Residing from coast to coast, CanLyme’s Board of Directors each has a unique connection to the cause.
Some are Lyme survivors, some are scientists, and some are friends or family members of Lyme victims – but all are committed to preventing the spread of Lyme disease and other tick borne diseases, improving diagnostics, and improving treatment. Tick borne diseases disease do not discriminate by language, education, financial standing, academic standing, religion, race, colour, sex identity, age, or wealth. We are driven by passion led by compassion.
Janet Sperling, PhD (Edmonton, AB)
President, CanLyme, Entomologist
Janet Sperling has personal experience navigating the complexities of Lyme diagnosis and treatment for her family. A Master’s in Entomology, and now a PhD, has given her the tools for understanding the biological diversity and diagnostic complexity of arthropod-vectored illnesses.
Janet is currently also a lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta.
Rossana Magnotta (Toronto, ON)
Magnotta Winery President and CEO
Rossana Magnotta is a driving force in raising Lyme disease awareness and fundraising in Canada. After witnessing her own family’s struggle with Lyme, Rossana knows firsthand how frustrating, exhausting and life-changing Lyme disease can be.
With a background in medical laboratory science, Rossana’s vast philanthropic activities over the years have focused on healthcare and the needy. Rossana has experience sitting on hospital and various other boards, and is now exclusively devoted to advancing Lyme disease awareness and research through fundraising, public speaking, and working closely with CanLyme to help build a research and testing facility in Canada.
Robert G. Murray (DDS) Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Rob grew up in a family and neighbourhood with lots of multiple sclerosis (MS) cases.
He has a biology background, with summer employment from the National Research Council and Department of Fisheries, while he studied dentistry (Dalhousie). He established a dental practice in the first collaborative Medical/Dental Centre in Lunenburg in 1973. Rob retired after 40 year practice with multiple physical complaints. He went on to self-diagnose Lyme borreliosis (LB) followed by medical diagnostics after researching the disease for an 84 year old friend. Rob recognized that not being able to lift one’s feet when skating was not normal aging, nor were many other symptoms. He already knew of the political problems and gaps in knowledge in the medical community when it came to LB and is determined to stay in Nova Scotia to change conditions on the ground for present and future patients.
Dr. Linda Laidlaw (Edmonton, AB)
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education; University of Alberta
Her research is in the area of literacy, curriculum, diversity, and complexity theory. After witnessing her own daughter’s struggle with Lyme disease and diagnosis, Linda developed an interest in the cognitive problems associated with chronic Lyme disease, and how parents and schools can best address those issues.
Linda’s daughter has made a substantial recovery, and her positive response to treatment has moderated her doctors’ previously skeptical view of Lyme disease.
Chris Robinson, MA (Health Economics), Cavendish, PEI
- Epidemiologist/manager – Public Health Agency of Canada, (2000 to 2012): eg Led $3 million fed-prov research culminating in CANRISK diabetes screening protocol & risk scoring tool; urinary sodium survey in Eastern Ontario to assess dietary salt intake in general population
- Senior health economist – NB Health and Community Services (1992 to 2000)
- Public health advocate (various CBC interviews & letters to editor re: tick borne disease; and creating PEI defibrillator registry; ambulance / emergency medical services)
Dr. W. Reuben Kaufman (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Professor Emeritus of Zoology; University of Alberta
A Professor at the University of Alberta from 1977 to 2012, Reuben Kaufman has conducted research on numerous aspects of tick biology since 1968. He retired to Salt Spring Island from U of A in 2012, and through the courtesy of Dr. Justene Tedder he has been given space at the Gulf Islands Veterinary Clinic to continue his research on the mechanical properties of the tick cuticle. He provides Janet Sperling with numerous Ixodes pacificus ticks from the island, which she uses for her research on Lyme Disease.
Suzanna Wong, PhD (Edmonton, AB)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Alberta
Herman Green BEd., MEd
Buffalo Point, Manitoba
Councilor and Land/Office Manager
(Volunteer) National Parole Board Member; (approx. 3-4 years), Created Southeast Tribal Division for Schools Incorporated 1980 and was Director of Education for the Southeast Resource Development (Tribal) Council until 1989, West Bay, ON., (Manitoulin Island): Director of Education (5 years), Brandon School Division 1994 and 1995 school years, Consultant on Aboriginal Education
(Volunteer) Manitoba’s Council on Post-Secondary Education (approx. 4 years) (COPSE)Southeast Resource Development Council; 1996 as First Nation Government Development AdvisorBuffalo Point First Nation; Land Manager, Jan 2008 and still as Councillor for the First Nation, Director for the Buffalo Point Development Corporation, Administrator of both Council/Board activities.
Buffalo Point is an endemic area for Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections as is most of Canada now. Herman has witnessed the effect lack of proper diagnostics and access to appropriate treatment has had on people in his community.
Dr. Sarah Keating (Toronto, ON)
Sarah Keating has witnessed the barriers to diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases in a close family member. She is committed to spreading awareness of the potential causative role of tick-borne diseases in mental illness, promoting education of Canadian health care practitioners and policy makers in tick-borne diseases, and promoting the role of tissue diagnosis to increase our understanding of these diseases.
Jim Wilson (West Kelowna, BC)
Past President and Founder; Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation
Jim Wilson has been involved in networking with Lyme victims and providing information for over 25 years. He contracted Lyme disease in 1991 in Dartmouth, N.S. and his daughter contracted Lyme disease in 2001 in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.
With a background in investigating medical malpractice and legal liability matters, Jim provides unique insight into medical research from a perspective of conflict of evidence.