President, 2020 - 2022
Barbie Murray, BScN, RN MCISc-WH Barbie Murray has been a nurse for 36 years and actively involved in nursing education and wound management. After completing her Master of Clinical Science in Wound Healing at Western University in 2011, Barbie served as the Academic Dean for the Faculty of Health Sciences at Victoria University in Uganda, Africa. She has participated in CMEs for advanced wound care practices in Canada, East Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. Currently employed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Barbie co-ordinates a multi-disciplinary leg ulcer clinic, which manages complex wounds through vascular, orthopedic, plastic surgery and infectious disease services. Barbie is currently President of the Wounds Canada Board of Directors, and serves on a number of regional and national committees dedicated to advanced wound care practices.
Past President, 2016 – 2020
Dr. Eisenberg is a hospitalist & wound consultant at St. John's Rehab in Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He is also an assistant professor & co-director of the MScCH WPC Program in the Department of Family & Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health in the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine.
Past President, 2013 – 2016
Dr. Greg Archibald is a professor and head for the Department of Family Medicine at Nova Scotia Health Authority. Dr. Archibald is a past president of his medical school class at Memorial University. He's held leadership positions in hospitals in Newfoundland and New Brunswick as well as been on provincial and national College of Family Physicians committees.
He's also on the Stroke Committee of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia (HSFNS). He worked with the HSFNS team that advised the Nova Scotia government on instituting Canadian practice standards for stroke management in the province; this work led to him receiving the provincial volunteer award of recognition from the HSFNS.
John is a general surgeon and physician lead at the Fraser Health Complex Wound Centre in British Columbia. He has specific interests in the optimal delivery of interprofessional wound care as well as physician engagement in quality improvement.
Janet L. Kuhnke is a RN nurse specialist in ostomy, wound and continence (NSWOC) and an Assistant Professor of Baccalaureate Nursing at Cape Breton University. She works in acute care and has worked on Vancouver Island for 20+ years in acute care, long-term care and home and community care programs as a Clinical Nurse Educator and NSWOC. She worked in partnership with families from Cowichan Tribes and Shellbeach and Kullet Bay near Ladysmith and Chemainus, BC.
Petra is the Senior Provincial Director of the Diabetes, Obesity and Nutrition - Strategic Clinical Network™ (DON SCN) at Alberta Health Services. The DON SCN’s vision is: All Albertans have access to services and supports that optimize their nutritional status, prevent or reduce the risks of diabetes and obesity, and enable those living with these chronic diseases to be healthy and well. Since 2012 she has been responsible for developing this diverse clinical and research network and for overseeing the design, evaluation and spread of initiatives that transform the delivery of health care services in these three interconnected clinical streams across Alberta. Three province-wide initiatives involve the development of a diabetic foot care pathway for use in Primary Care; the improvement of diabetes management in hospitals; and the development of bariatric friendly care hospital standards. She co-chairs Provincial Steering Committees for these initiatives for Alberta Health Services.
Petra has extensive experience in strategic and operational planning and evaluation across health care settings and has held senior management positions in strategic and hospital facilities planning, hospital support services operations and ambulatory care management. She has a BSC in Medical Laboratory Sciences and a master's in Health Services Administration from the University of Alberta and has published in the areas of health technology assessment, clinical practice guidelines, and innovations in health care organization.
Ellen is a Clinical Dietitian with over 27 years experience in a wide range of nutrition specialty areas including diabetes management, heart disease, weight management, enteral nutrition, pediatric care and eating disorders. She is registered with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia and is a Certified Diabetes Educator. Ellen received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and her master's degree in Human Nutrition from the University of British Columbia. Ellen works with Vancouver Coastal Health in Chronic Disease Services and Home & Community Care. Ellen also works as the dietitian with the North Shore Youth Eating Disorders Program. She works in a variety of settings including one-to-one counseling, small group and nutrition education seminars to help clients attain their nutrition and health goals.
Andrew Springer has been a practicing chiropodist since 1983. He has practiced in a variety of public and private practice settings. During his career he has been active in a number of professional activities requiring leadership, vision, integrity and compassion, including serving as President of the Ontario Society of Chiropodists and the College of Chiropodists of Ontario and in several capacities - clinical, management and administrative - at North York General Hospital, West Park Healthcare and Providence Healthcare. Andrew is also a member of the Ontario Diabetes Foot Care Task Force and consultant to the Indigenous Diabetes Health Circle. In 2010, Andrew received the recognition of “Outstanding Dedication and Service to the Advancement of the Profession” Ontario Society of Chiropodists.
Ex-officio Observer and Advisors
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Wounds Canada
Peggy Ahearn’s career in healthcare has included clinical care, sales, marketing, publishing and not for profit management.
Her experience as a Senior Product Manager for Wound Care for Sancella (now Molnlycke) introduced her into her current specialty
For over 15 years, she was President of The Medicine Group, a communications company specializing in Continuing Medical Education (CME). While at The Medicine Group, she was publisher of Family Practice a weekly newspaper for family physicians.
Her other experience includes Patient Support programs for Bayshore Speciality Rx, marketing and business development for Bayshore’s MyNurse initiative and Project Leader for the 2008 international World Union of Wound Healing Societies Congress in Toronto.
From 2011-2013, Peggy was Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Wound Care. Her present responsibilities with the CAWC ( now Wounds Canada) include strategic planning, business development and client relationships.
Trusted advisor to senior management and Boards of directors with extensive and diversified experience in both private practice and in-house settings.
1974-2010 - Associate and partner, Fasken Martineau and predecessors, an international business law and litigation law firm.
1994-2010 - General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, MDS Inc., a Cdn public health and life sciences company operating in over 40 countries.
2011-2013 - General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer, CML Healthcare Inc., a Cdn public diagnostic laboratory and imaging services company operating in Ontario, BC and Alberta.
2013-2014 - SVP Legal & Regulatory Affairs, LifeLabs, a Cdn private diagnostic laboratory, genetic testing and occupational health company operating in Ontario and BC.
2015- present - Principal, Brent Legal Consulting, providing Board governance, strategy and risk, compliance, mentoring and part-time general counsel services.
A seasoned professional with 20 years’ experience in a large multnational company. Exceptional abilities in strategic marketing, sales optimization and executional leadership. Excellent reputation for transparency, ethical conduct and leadership.
- Patricia Coutts, RN, IIWCC 2010-2012
- Cathy Burrows, MScCH 2007-2009
- David Keast, MSc, MD, FCFP 2004-2006
- Heather Orsted, RN, BN, ET, MSc 2002-2003
- Heather Orsted, RN, BN, ET, MSc / Karen Campbell, RN, PhD 2001 (Co-chairs)
- R. Gary Sibbald, BSc, MD, FRCPC (Med, Derm), MACP, DABD 1995 - 2000 (Chair)