Meet Our Board Members

<span>Dr. VANDER LEEK,</span> <span style="font-size:12px;padding:0px 5px;color:#222e50">PRESIDENT</span>

Dr. VANDER LEEK, PRESIDENT

MD, FRCPC, FAAAAI

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<span>DR. HAROLD KIM,</span> <span style="font-size:12px;padding:0px 5px;color:#222e50">PAST PRESIDENT</span>

DR. HAROLD KIM, PAST PRESIDENT

MD, FRCPC

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<span>DR. ANNE ELLIS,</span><span style="font-size:12px;padding:0px 5px;color:#222e50">VICE-PRESIDENT</span>

DR. ANNE ELLIS,VICE-PRESIDENT

MD, MSc, FRCPC

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<span>DR. EDMOND CHAN,</span><span style="font-size:12px;padding:0px 5px;color:#222e50">SECRETARY-TREASURER</span>

DR. EDMOND CHAN,SECRETARY-TREASURER

MD, MSc, FRCPC

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<span>LORI CONNORS,</span><span style="font-size:12px;padding:0px 5px;color:#222e50">BOARD OF DIRECTOR AND CPD CHAIR</span>

LORI CONNORS,BOARD OF DIRECTOR AND CPD CHAIR

MD, MEd, FRCPC

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<span>KYLA HILDEBRAND,</span> <span style="font-size:12px;padding:0px 5px;color:#222e50">BOARD OF DIRECTOR</span>

KYLA HILDEBRAND, BOARD OF DIRECTOR

MD, FRCPC, MScCH, (HPTE)

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<span>DOUG MACK,</span><span style="font-size:12px;padding:0px 5px;color:#222e50">BOARD OF DIRECTOR</span>

DOUG MACK,BOARD OF DIRECTOR

MSc, MD, FRCPC

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<span>HARISSIOS VLIAGOFTIS,</span><span style="font-size:12px;padding:0px 5px;color:#222e50">BOARD OF DIRECTOR</span>

HARISSIOS VLIAGOFTIS,BOARD OF DIRECTOR

MD

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<span>DR. MOSHE BEN-SHOSHAN,</span><span style="font-size:12px;padding:0px 5px;color:#222e50">BOARD OF DIRECTOR</span>

DR. MOSHE BEN-SHOSHAN,BOARD OF DIRECTOR

MSC, MD, FRCPC

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<span>DR. PHILIPPE BÉGIN,</span><span style="font-size:12px;padding:0px 5px;color:#222e50">BOARD OF DIRECTOR</span>

DR. PHILIPPE BÉGIN,BOARD OF DIRECTOR

MD, PhD, FRCPC

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<span>ELISSA ABRAMS,</span><span style="font-size:12px;padding:0px 5px;color:#222e50">SECTION ADVISOR - ANAPHYLAXIS AND FOOD ALLERGY </span>

ELISSA ABRAMS,SECTION ADVISOR - ANAPHYLAXIS AND FOOD ALLERGY

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<span>ANDREW O’KEEFE,</span><span style="font-size:12px;padding:0px 5px;color:#222e50">SECTION ADVISOR – ASTHMA</span>

ANDREW O’KEEFE,SECTION ADVISOR – ASTHMA

MD, FRCPC

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<span>DR. VY KIM,</span><span style="font-size:12px;padding:0px 5px;color:#222e50">SECTION ADVISOR – IMMUNOLOGY</span>

DR. VY KIM,SECTION ADVISOR – IMMUNOLOGY

MD, DMRF

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<span>ELANA LAVINE,</span><span style="font-size:12px;padding:0px 5px;color:#222e50">SECTION ADVISOR – PEDIATRICS</span>

ELANA LAVINE,SECTION ADVISOR – PEDIATRICS

MD, FRCPC, FAAAAI

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<span>JACLYN QUIRT,</span><span style="font-size:12px;padding:0px 5px;color:#222e50">SECTION ADVISOR – RHINITIS & SINUSITIS</span>

JACLYN QUIRT,SECTION ADVISOR – RHINITIS & SINUSITIS

MD, FRCPC

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<span>JENNIFER PROTUDJER,</span> <span style="font-size:12px;padding:0px 5px;color:#222e50">CO-SECTION ADVISOR – ALLIED HEALTH</span>

JENNIFER PROTUDJER, CO-SECTION ADVISOR – ALLIED HEALTH

PhD

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<span>MERIEM LATROUS</span><span style="font-size:12px;padding:0px 5px;color:#222e50">FELLOW-IN-TRAINING REPRESENTATIVE</span>

MERIEM LATROUSFELLOW-IN-TRAINING REPRESENTATIVE

MD, FRCPC

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<span>JASMIN LIDINGTON,</span> <span style="font-size:12px;padding:0px 5px;color:#222e50">EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR</span>

JASMIN LIDINGTON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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<span>SARAH BROWN,</span> <span style="font-size:12px;padding:0px 5px;color:#222e50">MEETINGS & EVENT MANAGER</span>

SARAH BROWN, MEETINGS & EVENT MANAGER

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Dr. Tim Vander Leek, President

MD, FRCPC, FAAAAI

 

Dr. Vander Leek completed both medical school and a Pediatric residency at the University of Alberta, followed by subspecialty training in Clinical Immunology & Allergy at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado. He is part of a private practice pediatric allergy clinic in Edmonton, Alberta, and is a member of the Department of Pediatrics at the Stollery Children’s hospital, University of Alberta.

Dr. Harold Kim, Past president

MD, FRCPC

 

Dr. Harold Kim currently serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario and as Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University where he has been since 1998.  He attended the University of Western Ontario from 1985 until he graduated and became a certified Allergist and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1997.

Dr. Kim is current Chair for the 2021 and 2022 CSACI Annual Scientific Meeting.

Dr. Anne Ellis, Vice-resident

MD, MSc, FRCPC

Anne K. Ellis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine with a cross-appointment to the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University, having joined the Faculty in August 2008. Her position is one of a Clinician Scientist with 70% protected time for research.

She has served as the Chair of the Division of Allergy & Immunology since May 2010, and is the Director of the Allergy Research Unit of Kingston General Hospital; the flagship of this research program being the Environmental Exposure Unit (EEU), an internationally recognized and validated controlled allergen challenge model of allergic rhinitis. She is also the Co-Director of the Allergic Rhinitis Clinical Investigator Collaborative (AR-CIC), a National multi-centre network of allergic rhinitis researchers, which receives federal funding via AllerGen NCE.

Dr. Edmond Chan, Secretary-Treasurer

MD, MSc, FRCPC

Edmond S. Chan is the Head of the Division of Allergy & Immunology in the Department of Pediatrics, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. He sees patients in the Allergy clinic at BC Children’s Hospital. He created the UBC Pediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy fellowship training program and was its first program director. He is a Clinical Investigator at the Child and Family Research Institute, and his research interests are in food allergy and eosinophilic esophagitis. He is on the Board of directors of the Canadian Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology.

He is the principal author of the latest Canadian Paediatric Society/Canadian Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology Food Allergy Prevention position statement. He is on the NIAID Coordinating Committee and Expert Panel, for the update to the Food Allergy guidelines (Prevention of Peanut allergy).

Lori Connors, Board of Director and CPD Chair

MD, MEd, FRCPC

Lori Connors is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in both Allergy/Clinical Immunology and Internal Medicine. She has been in practice since 2010. Her time is spent mainly at Halifax Allergy and Asthma Associates as an allergist and immunologist. The remainder of her time is spent practicing internal medicine at the QEII Health Sciences Centre.  Outside of her medical practice Dr. Connors enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and son. She also is an avid reader and has recently discovered an appreciation for yoga.

Kyla Hildebrand, Board of Director 

MD, FRCPC, MScCH, (HPTE)

Kyla Hildebrand is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Allergy & Immunology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada. She completed her fellowship training in Pediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy at the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto. 

She is the program director for the Pediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy fellowship program at UBC and has completed a graduate degree focused in medical education at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include health advocacy, food allergy, severe asthma and primary immunodeficiency.

Doug Mack, Board of Director 

MSc, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Mack is a Pediatric Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Specialist.   He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University and is an active member of the Pediatric Emergency Department.  His interests include early childhood allergy prevention, anaphylaxis education and oral food desensitization.

Harissios Vliagoftis, Board of Director 

MD

Dr. Vliagoftis is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta and holds the GSK/CIHR Chair in Airway Inflammation. Dr Vliagoftis a clinician scientist with a research interest in the regulation of allergic airway inflammation. Dr. Vliagoftis has published over 65 original peer-reviewed publications and is actively involved in the training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. He is currently funded by CIHR, the GSK/CIHR Chair in Airway Inflammation, and has also been funded by the Lung Association of Alberta, Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions, the National Sanitarium Association, the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation, and the University of Alberta Foundation.
Dr. Vliagoftis is a member of the Advanced Education and Training Opportunities Advisory Committee (AETOAC) of AllerGEN NCE. He has held positions at the Board of the Lung Association of Alberta and Northwest Territories, the Board of the Canadian Allergy Asthma and Immunology Foundation (CAAIF) and the Board of AllerGEN NCE.

Dr. Moshe Ben-Shoshan, Board of Director 

MSC, MD, FRCPC

Dr Ben-Shoshan graduated from The Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv, Israel and completed his fellowship in Pediatric Allergy/Clinical Immunology at Montreal Children’s Hospital in 2009.  Dr Ben-Shoshan has been granted his Msc degree in Epidemiology in McGill in 2011.  In 2011 he was granted the Emerging Clinician Scientist  fellowship award by AllerGen NCE and in 2013 and 2019 the  FRSQ junior 1 and Junior 2 salary awards respectively.  In 2017 he has received the F. Estelle R. Simons award for Research by the  CSACI.  Dr Ben-Shoshan is currently a physician in the division of Allergy/ Immunology at Montreal Children’s Hospital and is involved in research initiatives on anaphylaxis, chronic urticaria  and immunodeficiency.

Dr. Philippe Bégin, Board of Director 

MD, PhD, FRCPC

Dr Bégin is an allergist and associate professor from Université de Montréal. He completed his medical and specialty training, as well as a PhD in biomedical sciences at the Université de Montréal. He performed 2 years of complementary research training in food allergy research at Stanford University, after which he was recruited at the CHUM and CHU Sainte-Justine in Montréal. He is a FRQS and CIHR-funded clinicial trialist, with a specific interest in experimental approaches to immunologic and allergic disorders. His program further includes research on patient-centered outcomes, health technology assessment and clinical implementation science. He is the director of a pilot oral immunotherapy program funded by the provincial government and teaches immunology in the MD program and in the adult and pediatric allergy and immunology training programs at Université de Montréal.

Elissa Abrams, Section Advisor – Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy

Elissa Abrams is an Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, University of Manitoba. She is an Associate Member, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy and Immunology, University of British Columbia. She is completing her MPH at Johns Hopkins with a focus on healthcare policy and risk communication. She is Chair of the Food Allergy/Anaphylaxis Section of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and President of the Allergy Section of the Canadian Pediatric Society. Research interests include food allergy, food allergy prevention, asthma and healthcare policy

Andrew O’Keefe, Section Advisor – Asthma

MD, FRCPC

Dr. O’Keefe completed medical school and Pediatrics residency training at Memorial University. He trained in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, in Montreal, Quebec. He holds board certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Pediatrics and Allergy & Clinical Immunology (pediatric and adult).

Dr. Vy Kim, Section Advisor – Immunology

MD, DMRF

Dr. Vy Kim is a staff Clinical Immunologist and Allergist at SickKids and Assistant Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto. She completed her medical degree at McMaster University, her Paediatric residency and Paediatric Clinical Immunology & Allergy subspecialty residency at SickKids and her Master of Science in Community Health in Health Practitioner Teacher Education at the University of Toronto. She is director of the Immunology clinic and co-director of the Advanced Immunodeficiency Management (AIM) clinic at SickKids. She is the Program Director for the Paediatric Clinical Immunology & Allergy subspecialty residency program at the University of Toronto. Her clinical work includes inborn errors of immunity, stem cell therapy, anaphylaxis and food and drug allergies. She also has a special interest in medical education and quality improvement

Elana Lavine, Section Advisor – Pediatrics

MD, FRCPC, FAAAAI

Elana Lavine trained and in pediatrics and allergy/immunology at the University of Toronto. She now practices at the Vaughan Paediatric Clinic and at Humber River Hospital Paediatric Consultation Clinic, both in the greater Toronto area.
She is an adjunct assistant professor in the Dept of Pediatrics, Queen’s University, and serves as a frequent clinical teacher for their pediatrics and family practice residents.
She is also a clinical teacher with the Paediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy subspecialty residency program at SickKids. She has three (wonderful) kids who keep her very, very busy, but in the quiet moments she loves fiction and film.

Jaclyn Quirt, Section Advisor – Rhinitis & Sinusitis

MD, FRCPC

Program Director, McMaster Pediatric and Adult Clinical Immunology and Allergy
Assistant Clinical Professor, McMaster University, Department of Medicine
Private practice in Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Mississauga Ontario

Jennifer Protudje, Co-Section Advisor – Allied Health

PhD

Dr. Jennifer Protudjer is the Endowed Research Chair in Allergy, Asthma and the Environment; and, an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba; a research scientist at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba; and, an epidemiologist with the Clinical Trials Platform at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. She also holds an adjunct professorship in the Department of Foods and Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba; and, and is an affiliated researcher at the Karolinska Institute, where she completed her post-doctoral training. Her primary research interests include environmental risk factors for, and societal consequences of allergic disease, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Dr Protudjer has a passion for patient engagement and knowledge translation of allergic disease research with families, schools and other stakeholders, and for academic teaching.

Dr. Meriem Latrous, Fellow-In-Training Representative

MD, FRCPC

Meriem Latrous completed her medical degree at the University of Ottawa, followed by pediatric residency at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is currently completing fellowship training in Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology at UBC/BC Children’s Hospital. Her clinical interests include food allergy, allergic rhinitis, and allergy treatment and prevention. She has held many advocacy and leadership roles including being on the board of directors for Resident Doctors of BC, a volunteer for Resident Doctors of Canada, and is currently co-Chief Resident for the Clinical Immunology & Allergy Distributed Academic Half-day. When not at work, she enjoys playing soccer, going for long runs, and spending time by the ocean.

Jasmin Lidington, Executive Director

Jasmin comes to the CSACI with over 20 years of executive association experience for medical not-for-profits.  Her 13 years experience as the Executive Director in the medical specialty society sector has provided her with robust knowledge and experience in governance, membership program development and the delivery of quality medical education. In collaboration with the CSACI Executive, the CSACI CPD Chair, Jasmin ensures that the CSACI offers the best possible education and programs for Allergists and Immunologists across Canada.

Sarah Brown, Meetings & Event Manager

Sarah comes to the CSACI with over 20 years of meeting and events planning. Since 2004 she has managed the Canadian Conference on Global Health, and the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research since 2016. She has also worked on events for the WHO and the Royal College. Sarah is specialized in program development, logistics and speaker management.