MedicAlert didn’t start in a boardroom.
In 1953, a teenage girl named Linda Collins cut her finger badly. The hospital gave her a tetanus shot, but Linda had an allergic reaction and went into anaphylactic shock. She almost died. Her terrified parents, Dr. and Mrs. Marion Collins, began attaching a note about her antitoxin allergy to her coat whenever she had to leave home.
Eventually, they had a silver ID bracelet custom-made for Linda with her medical needs engraved. As more people began discovering how rapid access to medical information could save lives, the Collins family project eventually grew into a charity; and their living room headquarters became a worldwide network.
MedicAlert Foundation Canada has protected over 1 million Canadians since 1961. It’s the only medical ID bracelet that supports Canadians with 24/7 notification of loved ones, and a special hotline for paramedics, police, and emergency responders to get access to detailed health records in an average of 5 seconds.
Help us save lives.
Board of Directors
Josée is the Deputy Secretary and Independent Adjudicative Counsel of the Ontario Securities Commission. She brings 15 years of experience in law and economic regulation. She is a member of the Ontario and Quebec bars, and is a guest lecturer on economic regulation and public law.
Tony is currently President of Breakthrough Services Inc. which provides strategic, financial and operational advisory advice to companies looking to significantly enhance shareholder value. Previously, Tony was Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer and a founding executive of Celestica Inc between 1994 and 2007. Prior to that, Tony held numerous senior positions at IBM. Tony holds a BBA and an MBA degree from York University. He completed the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Business and the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the ICD.D designation.
Dr. Catherine Aczel Boivie is a widely respected executive with over 20 years of experience in the leadership of advancing the value of information technology as a business and education enabler. Catherine is the Executive in Residence at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. Prior executive roles include: Senior Vice President of Information Technology and Facility Management for Vancity Credit Union; Senior Vice President of Information Technology at Pacific Blue Cross and Canadian Automobile Association of B.C. She holds a BMath degree from University of Waterloo, MEd and PhD from University of Toronto. Catherine is also an experienced board member having served on several boards, including those of Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC), Certified General Accountants Association of Canada, the Burnaby Board of Trade and the Artsclub theatre.
Dr. Catherine Boivie
Dr. Boivie has been publicly recognized for her contributions, including the University of Waterloo Mathematics Alumni Achievement Medal and was named one of Canada's top 100 most powerful women by the Women's Executive Network in the "Trailblazers and Trendsetters" category and has received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for being a "catalyst for technology transformation".
Doug Craig is the founding Executive Director of the Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network, a not-for-profit aimed at enhancing the delivery of primary care. Doug held progressively senior roles in two early-stage health biotechnology companies prior to the PCN. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta and NAIT and holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors
Salimah received her Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1999 and Masters in Clinical Social Work degree in 2000, both from the University of Calgary. In addition, she completed her Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Manitoba in 2003.
As a Social Worker, Salimah’s clinical experience includes Mental Health, Trauma, Burns, as well as community Social Work specializing in the area of harm reduction with persons affected by HIV/AIDS. Salimah’s health law practice spans over a decade and has focused in the areas of physician bylaws interpretation and advice, quality assurance, transition services, consent to treatment, public health, continuing care, policy and risk management matters. Salimah is cognizant of the interplay between frontline clinical work and the law, and strives to provide her clients with practical relevant legal advice. Prior to leaving Alberta Health Services in September of 2015, Salimah held several positions within the former Calgary Health Region (where she joined in 2003) and Alberta Health Services including Legal Counsel, Associate General Counsel and General Counsel. In December 2015, Salimah joined AgeCare, Communities of Care and Wellness as their Chief Client Engagement Officer and General Counsel.
Formerly the President of Calgary's United Way, Ruth remains actively engaged in the Calgary community. She is a graduate of the ICD Corporate Director's Education Program and a member of the Executive of the Calgary Chapter of ICD. She is a Director of the National Institute of Canadian Citizenship; the MedicAlert Foundation Canada; the Calgary Opera Board; and the RCMP Foundation Board. She is the Vice-President of the Alberta Champion Society; a member of the Advisory Board for the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership at the Haskayne School of Business; and she serves on the Calgary Greenway Patrons Council. She is the Past President of the Calgary Chapter of the International Women's Forum.
Ruth has received numerous awards including an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Calgary, the Strategic Leadership Forum's President of the Year, and Consumers' Choice Business Woman of the Year. A recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for volunteer service and the Alberta Centennial Medal, Ruth is committed to service to the community. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Teacher's College at Columbia University.
Françoise Faverjon-Fortin is Vice-President & Chief Underwriter Insurance of Export Development Canada. She has over 25 years of finance and risk management in the infrastructure, energy, mining and transportation sectors.
An accomplished business woman, Françoise has earn numerous recognitions including: A Recognition Award from the Association of Quebec Women in Finance (2012) as well as the prestigious Leadership Award (2008), and has been recognized as one of Canada's top “Women in the Lead” for board appointment for the past 6 years
In addition to chairing the Board of Directors for Canadian MedicAlert Foundation, Françoise is also Vice-Chair of The Montreal Council on Foreign Relations (CORIM).
Tim is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Family and Emergency Medicine at Laval University, and is passionate about defining and assessing clinical competence for certification to start independent practice. He has been actively involved in education throughout his career, developing the first post-graduate residency programs in Emergency Medicine at Laval University, and as an examiner in Family Medicine and in Emergency Medicine for all three certifying Colleges in Canada.
Blair Bigham is a paramedic, physician and scientist in Ontario. Blair completed his Masters of Science at the University of Toronto while working as a paramedic on land ambulances and helicopters in southern Ontario. He is now a resident physician at McMaster University. His research focuses on patient safety and knowledge translation in emergency medical services. When not studying, conducting research or responding to 911 calls, Blair enjoys canoeing and hiking. An avid traveler, he is always looking for his next international adventure.
Dr. Blair Bigham
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Leslie Quinton was named Vice President, Corporate Communications in May 2016. In this role, she has oversight for all aspects of Air Canada's corporate and employee communications, corporate image and positioning, social media, and the airline's Corporate Sustainability Report. She also leads Air Canada's community investment programs focused mainly on the well-being of children and youth with management oversight for the Air Canada Foundation.
A skilled corporate communications professional, Leslie held senior roles in global strategic communications, stakeholder relations, corporate social responsibility, internal communications, and issues, crisis and brand management prior to joining Air Canada. She was previously Senior Vice-President, Global Corporate Communications at SNC-Lavalin, where she was responsible for all global aspects of reputation management, strategic communications, media and public relations, crisis and issues management and related strategies. She was also Senior Vice-President at Massy-Forget Public Relations where she advised several Fortune 500 clients, and she has taught public relations and corporate communications at McGill University for eight years.
Leslie is involved in several non-profit organizations including MedicAlert and Girl Guides of Canada as a board member and as a volunteer. She is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at business conferences and universities, as well as having been a guest newspaper, web and radio contributor, and she has won multiple awards for communications and philanthropic leadership. Leslie studied humanities at Concordia University
Dr. Linda Maxwell is the Founding and Managing Director of the Biomedical Zone, a Ryerson University and St. Michael's Hospital joint partnership, whose core mission is development of technology-focused early-stage companies, delivering solutions to real-world health problems.
Dr. Linda Maxwell
Dr. Maxwell has a passion for the advancement of medicine and healthcare through innovation, entrepreneurship, and cross-disciplinary collaboration. In additional to over 10 years at the front line of medicine as a surgeon with healthcare experience on three continents, Dr. Maxwell has international experience in research commercialization, early stage capital raising, and management of healthcare angel investment networks. Further, Dr. Maxwell is a systems thinker and change agent, having served as an operational and management consultant in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, advising senior executives and industry leaders.
Dr. Maxwell earned honors bachelors (A.B. cum laude degree in Biology from Harvard University, a doctorate of medicine (M.D.) from Yale University and an masters of business administration (M.B.A.) from University of Oxford. Dr. Maxwell is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, a licensed ear, nose, and throat (otolaryngology) surgeon and American board certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.
Isabelle Oliva, M. Sc. and CHRP, possesses more than twenty years of experience in organisational development, training, change management and business transformation.
She is the Vice-President of Human Resources for Reitmans (Canada) Limited since 2007, also leading Corporate Communications. In her current role at one of the largest fashion retailers in Canada she is responsible for designing and deploying strategies and solutions to attract, develop and engage talents as well as guide business transformation initiatives.
Before joining Reitmans Canada Isabelle was VP of Human Resources for BCE Emergis, in the Telecommunications industry. Prior to this she has held various leadership roles in different industries always focusing on improving business performance and productivity via people management and organisational development.
Isabelle holds a Master degree in Business-Human Productivity Management from Sherbrooke University as well as other degrees namely in Marketing and Communications.
Alex MacBeath, MBA (Dalhousie University) is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and was awarded his FCA in 2003. He is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds his ICD.D designation through the Rotman School of Management. Alex has completed Executive Education Programs at Harvard Business School, Oxford University and Kellogg School of Business.
With Grant Thornton LLP for 35 years, 26 of those were as partner both in the Atlantic Provinces and Ontario. He was CEO and Executive Partner of Grant Thornton LLP from 2001 – 2008. From 2008 until his retirement in 2012, he was ‘Global Leader, Markets’ and ‘Regional Leader, Asia Pacific’ at Grant Thornton International based in London, UK.
Alex has extensive experience in business strategy, risk management, national and international markets and managing change in large and complex organizations; he is currently a Board member of a number of organizations including Health PEI.
Sara Jane Snook is a professional engineer with over 25 years experience in energy development, corporate finance and environmental regulation. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering from Dalhousie University as well as a Management Development Certificate from the University of Calgary.
Sara Jane Snook
Ms. Snook is a former Deputy Minister at the Nova Scotia Department of Environment, a former Board Member of the National Energy Board and of the Canada Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board, a corporate banker with a major Canadian bank, a significant contributor at a large multinational oil company, and a long time member of the public service with the Nova Scotia provincial government. She is an avid proponent for science, technology, engineering and math careers for young Canadians. She is a Board Member of the Standards Council of Canada and a Director of the Canadian Academy of Engineers. Ms. Snook is a member of Engineers Nova Scotia, the Alberta Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Robert has diverse executive experience in the fields of health, entertainment, and heavy construction. Robert has held several senior roles at MedicAlert, ensuring that subscribers have access to the highest quality emergency health information services available in Canada.
Robert Ridge, MBA
President and CEO
Riyaz holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and has a Chartered Accountant designation. Riyaz brings several years of Senior Management expertise in Marketing, Strategic Planning, Operations, Customer Loyalty and Finance. His focus is to ensure MedicAlert continues to be the leading Canadian brand and provider of emergency medical information services and the first choice for Canadians when looking for protection and peace of mind.
Riyaz Moledina, MBA, CPA, CA
Chief Operating and Marketing Officer
Michael brings over 20 years of experience in mission-critical operations management, extensive systems integrations, strategic planning, and vendor management. He's passionate about developing MedicAlert partnerships and e-health initiatives.
Director, Health Information Systems
Catherine brings over 19 years of client service and team-building management in the customer service sector to her role at MedicAlert. She directs the MedicAlert Call Centre’s growth and quality assurance, manages the volunteer program, and leads all frontline staff to deliver unmatched member services.
Director, Customer Experience & Partnerships
Dorothy has been a Chartered Accountant since 1993, and has significant finance experience at a software reseller. She joined MedicAlert in 2002 and now helms MedicAlert financial reporting, internal controls, business risk management and statutory compliance.
Dorothy Griesbach, CPA, CA
Director, Finance & Corporate Affairs, Chief Privacy Officer
Davina brings over 15 years of integrated marketing experiences from advertising agencies, financial services and consumer goods & services to her role at MedicAlert. Her leadership will oversee the development and growth of the new membership acquisitions, product reorders and fundraising portfolios. She has extensive digital marketing expertise and is passionate about integrating traditional and digital marketing strategies to maximize opportunities for MedicAlert’s future.
Become a MedicAlert subscriber and choose a MedicAlert ID. We'll take care of the rest.