CanHaem’s leadership includes an Executive Committee comprised of the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, and also up to eleven board members who coordinate the work of the Association. In addition, oversight is provided by our Governance Committee. Much of our work in implementing our strategic plan is delegated to our subcommittees: Education, Nursing, and Peer Review.

Please see below for more information about the Board of Directors and our subcommittees.

Executive Members

Medical Lead of the Pediatric Comprehensive Hemoglobinopathy Program of Northern Alberta.

Our program goal is to promote health and wellbeing for pediatric patients with hemoglobinopathies.

We are dedicated to health (including health maintenance and preventative medicine), education (for patients, families, healthcare professionals, administration and the public) advocacy, and research.

Aisha Bruce


Chair, Board of Directors


Michael Leaker


Vice-Chair, Board of Directors


Dr. Madeleine Verhovsek is an Associate Professor in the Division of Hematology and Thromboembolism at McMaster University, and the Director of the Adult Program at the McMaster Hemoglobinopathy Clinic.  She completed Internal Medicine training and Hematology Residency at McMaster University, followed by specialized training at Boston Medical Centre and Boston Children’s Hospital. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she is a Consultant Laboratory Hematologist with the Red Cell Disorders Laboratory, Hamilton Regional Laboratory Medicine Program.

Dr. Verhovsek has a passion for teaching, research, clinical care and patient advocacy.  She is delighted to be on the Board of Directors and Executive of the Canadian Haemoglobinopathy Association.  Dr. Verhovsek is the co-lead author of the Consensus Statement on the Care of Patients with Sickle Cell Disease in Canada, and an expert panel member for both the European RARE-Best Practices Sickle Cell Disease Guidelines and the American Society of Hematology Sickle Cell Disease Guidelines.

Madeleine Verhovsek


Secretary, Board of Directors


Ewurabena Simpson


Treasurer, Board of Directors


Board Members

Cathy Bourne, CRN

Catherine Corriveau-Bourque, MD, FRCPC

Stéphanie Forté, MD

Donald S. Houston, MD, PhD, FRCPC   

Vicky Price, MBChB, MSc, FRCPC

Molly Warner, MD

Suzan Williams, MD, MSc

CancerCare Manitoba

University of Alberta


University of Manitoba



University of Toronto

Committee Chairs

Education Committee:


Governance and Nominating Committee: 

Nursing Committee:   


Peer Review Committee: 

Registry Committee:

Catherine Corriveau-Bourque, MD FRCPC

Surabhi Rawal, MDCM MSc(HPE) FRCPC

Yves Pastore, MD, FMH

Heather McCartney, BScN RN

Gloria Gallant, BN RN

Richard Ward,  MSc MRCP(UK) FRCPath(UK)

Yves Pastore, MD

University of Alberta

McGill University

CHU Sainte-Justine

BC Children’s Hospital


University of Toronto

University of Montreal

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