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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is a group of volunteers committed to FBC’s mission to find treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases. The Board includes representatives from the corporate and medical worlds, as well as individuals affected by vision loss.

Executive Committee & Officers

Andrew Burke, Chair Partner, Steward McKelvey Halifax, Nova Scotia

Tara James, Vice Chair Senior Counsel, BMO Financial Group Toronto, Ontario

George Sheen, Treasurer  Partner, PwC (retired) Toronto, Ontario

Stephen Aylward, Corporate Secretary Lawyer, Stockwoods LLP Toronto, Ontario

Robert F. Richards, Chair of the Audit Committee Chairman, Heathbridge Capital Management Ltd. Toronto, Ontario

Malcolm Hunter, Executive Officer President, Fred Deeley Limited Vancouver, British Columbia


Alan Richard Berger, BSc, MDCM, FRCSC, Dip. ABO, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Vitreoretinal Surgeon, St. Michael’s Hospital, Vice Chairman, University of Toronto, Department of Ophthalmology Vision Sciences

Michel Cayouette, PhD Research Unit Director, Institut de recherche cliniques de Montreal (IRCM) Research Associate Professor, University of Montreal Montreal, Quebec

Netan Choudhry, MD, FRCS(C), DABO, Co-founder and Medical Director at Vitreous Retina Macular Specialists of Toronto

David Drury Managing Director, IBM Canada Ltd. Toronto, Ontario

Selena Friesen, OD, Optometrist, Waverley Eye Care

Donald F. Reed President and CEO, Franklin Templeton Investments Corp. (retired) Toronto, Ontario

Mike Seed, CIM First Vice President & Portfolio Manager, Seed Financial Group, CIBC Wood Gundy Edmonton, Alberta

Tahir Shafiq, Independent Management Consultant

Rob Simmons Vice President, Finance & Business Affairs, Atomic Cartoons Vancouver, British Columbia

Deepa Yoganathan, MD, FRCSC, DABO, Ophthalmologist, Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, University of Toronto

Latest FBC News View All

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Apr 25, 2019

A Message from the President and CEO For 45 years, the Foundation Fighting Blindness has raised and directed critical funding into sight-saving research for blinding eye diseases. From our earliest days as…

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Sep 9, 2019

This year, participants in Cycle for Sight events across the country set off on exciting routes through farmland, fields, and country lanes. As with any adventure, our cyclists occasionally came across the…

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Sep 5, 2019

Alongside our partners at the Canadian Retina Society, the Canadian Council of the Blind, and Novartis, we’re raising awareness about the signs and symptoms of age-related macular degeneration. Check out our PSA,…

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Laboratory Researchers
Sep 5, 2019

This month, the Inherited Retinal Dystrophies Consortium Operating for the Under-Represented for Novel Therapies and Services (IRD COUNTS) released a landmark study highlighting the personal costs of living with an inherited retinal…

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