As CEO of Wounds Canada, Mariam is responsible for both the strategic direction and day-to-day operations of the organization. She is a chiropodist and diabetes educator by training and is currently completing a Master’s in Educational Leadership degree. Mariam has also published, developed and lectured in multiple programs both nationally and internationally in the area of diabetic foot complications and amputation prevention. Through her different roles as an executive director, health-care practitioner and educator, researcher and faculty member for many well-recognized organizations, Mariam has extensive practical and professional experience.
Rita Audi is a health sciences student at McMaster University with an avid interest in public health and social equity. Currently, she is a junior analyst at the Public Health Agency of Canada and a research assistant at the McMaster Health Forum, which uses evidence-based research to strengthen health systems worldwide. Rita hopes to expand her experiences in public health in order to create positive change in any capacity. Outside of work, she participates in projects related to gender equity.
Laura works closely with members of the marketing, communications, knowledge translation and advocacy teams to promote Wounds Canada as an important voice in Canada’s health-care system and a driver of change in patient care. With editing and communications experience across diverse industries including health care, non-profit, government, politics, advertising, education, publishing and travel, she is excited to help Wounds Canada deliver its message on a national scale. Laura holds a Master's in English with a specialization in creative writing from University of Toronto
Sowmya is responsible for scheduling meetings, assisting with small projects, promoting conferences, and moderating events. She embraces continuous improvement, learning, and creativity. Sowmya holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto with a Major in Mental Health and a Double-Minor in Biology and Creative Writing.
As Wounds Canada’s Art Director, Robert manages all of the branding, design and publications. Robert’s work is instrumental in Wounds Canada’s digital and print works. He is a true professional with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto, a degree in Industrial Design from Carleton University and nearly 40 years of experience in graphic and product design.
Darren Levine EdD, is an independent consultant supporting organizations to reimagine possibilities in today’s changing landscape. As a grant writer, social innovator and leadership educator, Dr. Levine’s work focuses on cultivating workplaces that inspire and engage, where all members can discover their creative potential and exercise leadership for innovative change.
Over the past twenty-five years, Darren has held a variety of management roles and has exercised leadership in several contexts including the not-for-profit and public sectors. Darren is Associate Faculty in the School of Leadership at Royal Roads University where he teaches graduate courses in organizational leadership and supervises student research. Darren holds a Doctor of Education (2010) and a Master of Education (2002) from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (2010) along with a Bachelor of Arts from York University (1999). He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Values-Based Leadership from Royal Roads University (2018) and Leadership for the 21st Century Executive Education Certificate from Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University (2015).
Sasangi holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Toronto with a Major in Health Policy Studies and a Double-Minor in Psychology and Anthropology. This year, she will be completing her Post-Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Seneca College.
Tobi is a member of Wounds Canada’s education team, working on an as-needed basis. She has been a practising registered chiropodist for over 12 years, with a special interest in treating diabetic foot wounds. She currently works in a multidisciplinary wound care team in a Toronto-area hospital. Her interest in education has also led her to teach to chiropody students. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from York University and a diploma in Chiropody from The Michener Institute.
Crystal oversees the development, implementation and evaluation of educational programs and resources. Crystal deeply cares about wound prevention and management, especially after losing her grandfather due to lower-limb amputation secondary to diabetes. She is passionate about educating in the medical community, working as a Lecturer for Western University's Master of Clinical Science in Wound Healing Program and a private wound care consultant.
As the Business Manager of Wounds Canada, Addie is responsible for bookkeeping, accounting, HR, office management, organizational planning, sales, website and program administration. Addie holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and a post graduate certificate in Human Resources Management.
Maureen is responsible for all of the logistics for Wounds Canada conferences and events. She has over 20 years of experience in the trade show/events business, as well as expertise in working with non-profit associations and on the facility side of events. Maureen helps Wounds Canada deliver education and awareness about wounds to thousands of professionals every year.
Sue oversees the general communications for Wounds Canada and has a special focus on converting the latest evidence into forms patients, clinicians and health decision makers can use to positively change their behaviours and improve their practices. She has been a communication and program development specialist in the areas of education and health and wellness for almost 40 years.
Olena works closely with clients to fulfil marketing initiatives while also promoting Wounds Canada through various communications channels. She has managed a variety of medical education programs, digital projects, events, health-care professional and patient awareness campaigns and enjoys working in areas of education and advocacy knowing that the work has a direct impact on the quality of life for patients. Olena completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Toronto in Biology and Psychology and has also completed certificates in Business Communications and Digital Strategy and Communications Management.
Educational Faculty and Advisors
- Greg Archibald, MD,CCFP, FCFP and Professor and Head, Department of Family Medicine
- Heather Orsted, RN, BN, ET, MSc
- Mariam Botros, DCh, DE, IIWCC
- Pat Coutts, RN, IIWCC
- Robyn Evans, BSc, MD, CCFP
- David Keast, MSc, MD, FCFP
- Janet Kuhnke, RN, BA, BScN, Msc, ET, PhD
- Kerstin Lewis, RN, BScN, IIWCC
- Deirdre O’Sullivan-Drombolis, BSc PT, MCISc (Wound Healing)
- Ann Marie McLaren, DCh, BSc, MClSc, Registered Chiropodist/Foot Specialist
- Barbie Murray, CNS (APN) BScN RN MCScWH MDLUC/Vascular
- Tej Sahota, DPM, AACFAS