Myeloma Canada Board of Directors
Myeloma Canada is governed by a Board of Directors whose role is to provide leadership, guide the strategic direction of the organization, and ensure that it achieves its mission. Central to this, is the reinforcement and development of our four pillars: Education, Awareness, Access & Advocacy, and Science & Research.
Johanne Mullen, Chair
Johanne Mullen is a partner in the Deals Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. She specializes in project financing and public-private partnerships (PPPs), and provides advice to clients with respect to the development and financing of large projects, notably in the infrastructure sector. Her advisory experience includes developing business cases, developing financing and funding strategies, securing credit ratings, running competitions to identify financiers, as well as implementing, negotiating, and closing financings.
Some of Johanne’s recent mandates include McGill University Health Centre’s $1.3 billion redeployment to the Glen campus; Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec’s redevelopment of the Hôtel Dieu Hospital; the cities of Longueuil and Montreal water infrastructure funding; and city of Montreal’s transportation infrastructure funding.
Johanne is regularly invited to speak at conferences on the subjects of PPPs and project financing. She is also president of the “Institut pour le partenariat public privé du Québec” (Institute for public private partnerships of Quebec).
Johanne holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from Concordia University and a Master of Business Administration in International Business from McGill University.
Eric Low, Vice-Chair
Eric Low has worked in the field of medical research charities for over 20 years. He founded Myeloma UK in 1996 and was their Chief Executive until February 2017. Currently, Eric combines working for the Amyloidosis Research Consortium as their Head of Global Strategy with a consultancy business specialising primarily in evidence development, stakeholder engagement and market access strategies.
Eric describes himself as incredibly committed and focused on improving patient outcomes and puts patients at the centre of everything he does. His career goal is to have made a significant and material impact on the quality of life of patients and the prevention and curability of rare diseases.
Central to achieving this, Eric has a strong track record of delivery and success in building multi-stakeholder research collaborations and consortia, and delivering innovative solutions to complex issues, challenges and barriers standing in the way of progress.
Eric also holds several board, honorary, advisory and voluntary positions and advises numerous medical and health-focused charities on a pro bono basis. He was awarded an OBE for services to charity in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2012.
Ellis Basevitz, Treasurer
Ellis Basevitz joined Myeloma Canada’s Board of Directors, as treasurer. He is the founder of the accounting firm PSB Boisjoli.
Ellis owes his career success to his ability to establish lasting relationships with clients and business partners. Known for his enthusiasm for problem solving, he provides original and creative ideas that help clients save money and grow their assets. His services are based on mutual trust, knowing how to listen to and understand the needs and objectives of clients, and partnering with clients in the development of short and long-term strategies, whether personal or business.
During his career, Ellis has been a mentor and an example for many young accountants who have now become partners. He has shared with them his philosophy on customer service and trained them to provide value-added services.
Within the firm, Ellis is a consultant valued for his vision, creativity, and originality, and has assumed marketing and business development roles.
Ellis is a Quebec Chartered Accountant (CA). He is also a member of the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec and of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Donna Reece, MD, Director
Donna Reece is Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and Director of the Program for Multiple Myeloma and Related Diseases in the Department of Medical Oncology and Hematology at Princess Margaret Hospital/University of Toronto. She holds the Molly and David Bloom Chair in Multiple Myeloma Research and is Chair of the Multiple Myeloma Clinical Trials Group of the National Cancer Institute of Canada, as well as a Co-Chair of the Myeloma Working Committee at the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research. She also serves on the Myeloma Canada Scientific Advisory Board and leads the Myeloma Canada Research Network.
Anthony Reiman, MD, Director
Anthony Reiman is a medical oncologist with a special interest in the study and treatment of myeloma. He is based at the Saint John Regional Hospital in New Brunswick and is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation and of the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute. He is the Canadian Cancer Society Research Chair at the University of New Brunswick and the Assistant Dean, Research, at Dalhousie Medicine, New Brunswick.
Anthony is currently a Professor of Medicine at Dalhousie University, and is an active researcher with over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Anthony is also the co-chair of the myeloma committee at the Canadian Cancer Trials Group, and a member of both the US National Cancer Institute Myeloma Steering Committee and the International Myeloma Working Group. He sits on several committees with the Myeloma Canada Research Network.
Anthony Everett, Director
Anthony Everett is a passionate philanthropist who excels at articulating compelling visions for success and promotes value-based relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
In 2011, Anthony was appointed by the City of Prince George to lead northern British Columbia as the head volunteer and board chair of the Host Society for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. In this position, Anthony helped the Host Society to successfully produce and execute the largest multi-sport and cultural event in northern BC history. Additionally, his strategic oversight helped build positive relationships with all levels of government and generated $8 million in private sector funding to enhance the 2015 Canada Winter Games’ business plan, and to enhance sport and cultural experiences.
As a visionary for innovative strategies and successful leadership, Anthony created a nationally recognized, award-winning staff team for the Northern British Columbia Tourism Association (NBCTA), in the areas of tourism marketing, destination branding, and community tourism development. In the role of CEO for NBCTA, he designed and implemented a new approach to re-establish trust with northern BC communities and tourism operator. The new approach included introducing principles of value-based leadership, collaborative tourism development, and supportive business initiatives. Over the course of nine years with NBCTA, Anthony raised the profile of the northern BC tourism sector regionally, provincially, and nationally.
Anthony now works as a consultant. He provides strategic planning assistance, meeting facilitation, and community tourism planning, including marketing and communication planning as well as guidance to board directors through governance workshops. He is also engaged as a passionate public speaker on the subjects of leadership, sport, tourism, and health.
Antoinette Bozac – Director
Antoinette is an expert trustee and award-winning lawyer in Canada, as well as a Corporate Services Executive with over 20 years' experience at public, private and crown corporations in highly regulated industries, including healthcare. In addition to leading the compliance, governance, human resources and legal functions, Antoinette has experience in managing pensions and benefits, health and safety, insurance and risk management, operational strategy, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, government and investor relations, public affairs, and communications. She has extensive Board Director experience, including with health-focused charities. Antoinette is a Governor of Concordia University and the government-appointed Trustee for l'Association des enseignant(e)s francophones d'Ontario. She is fluently trilingual, Lean Six Sigma certified, and a synchronized skater. Antoinette is honoured to be joining the Board of Myeloma Canada.
Emily Crowe , (PhD) – Director
Emily specialises in health technology assessment (HTA) and evidence requirement and is a Senior Scientific Adviser in the Scientific Advice program at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK. Emily also leads the development of a parallel advice service with the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health. Additionally, she advises on clinical trial development programs and plans for health economic evaluation, preparing developers for evaluation by payers. Emily has a PhD in biochemistry from the University of British Columbia and completed postdoctoral research in immune cell biology. She works closely with patients to gain a deeper understanding of the unmet medical need for new treatments to improve survival and quality of life and as such, is very proud to be joining the Board of Myeloma Canada.
Lorelei Dalrymple – Director
Lorelei works as a Team Lead for Alberta's largest credit union. Since her 2009 diagnosis, she has been extremely active in the Canadian myeloma community, holding roles on the Myeloma Alberta Support Society Board, including President for three years, and Myeloma Canada's Patient Advisory Council where she has been Chair since 2016. Lorelei has been instrumental in Myeloma Canada's Support Group Leader and Advocacy Summits, the Myeloma Awareness Day at the Alberta legislature, and the Myeloma Canada Early Diagnosis program. She is a member of the Board of the Myeloma Canada Research Network and a steering committee member of Myeloma Canada's Myeloma Priority Setting Partnership for research in Canada. Lorelei is thrilled to join the Myeloma Canada Board and ensure the voices of myeloma patients are represented.
Mélanie Martel - Director
Mélanie is a partner at the law firm of DLA Piper where she practises in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Latent Defects, Class Actions, sale contracts, lease disputes, bankruptcy and insolvency. She represents a broad range of clients before all levels of the court, but also acts to prevent, avoid and settle litigation where possible. Mélanie has been teaching Contract Law (sale, lease, service and enterprise) at the University of Sherbrooke since 2008, as well as the Law of Obligations and Proceedings at the Quebec Bar School since 2009. She is active in the community and currently serves as Director of the Société de Transport de Laval. Serving on the Myeloma Canada Board represents both a personal and professional honour for Mélanie as her sister is currently fighting myeloma.
Keith Taylor - Director
Keith studied at the University of British Columbia, Cambridge University and Sheffield University. He has worked as a police officer in London, UK and with the Vancouver Police Department, as well as in research, planning and management with the Calgary Police Service, the Justice Institute of BC and Canada Post. He has served on several Boards and committees and is currently Partner in a consulting firm specializing in police, justice, governance and community issues. An accomplished photographer, he enjoys short-course triathlons, hiking and biking. Diagnosed with myeloma in 2012, Keith has been in remission since 2014. As a Director on Myeloma Canada's Board, he is grateful to give back to the myeloma community for what he describes as the superb care he receives as a patient.