ICAD’s Board of Directors consists of nine members, four of whom serve on the Executive Committee (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer). Two of the positions on the Board are reserved for persons living with HIV or AIDS.
Get to Know Our 2016-17 Board of Directors
Tricia Smith, President (PEI)
Tricia Smith is employed by Simon Fraser University as Project Director of the AYAZAZI study. AYAZAZI is a youth-centered, interdisciplinary research study exploring the link between socio-behavioural, structural, clinical, and biomedical factors to better understand HIV acquisition risk among 427 adolescents and young adults (AYA) aged 16-24 years living in Soweto and Durban, South Africa.The project is funded by the Canadian HIV Vaccines Initiative and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Tricia has a Masters of Science degree, focusing on Health Promotion from Queen’s University. She has been involved in HIV prevention, treatment and management efforts, both at home and internationally for over 15 years. Tricia’s work with the Body Mapping methodology has been showcased by CATIE and through publications by the Anatomy of Adherence Project at Western University and through the WATCH study based at McMaster University.
Dr. Alexandra King is a member of the Nipissing First Nation (Ontario). She is an Internal Medicine Specialist and is the Senior Staff Physician at the Vancouver Infectious Diseases Centre (VIDC). At VIDC, she is also the Sub-Investigator on a number of HCV and HIV clinical research trials. In addition, she is a Principal Investigator on various CIHR Research Grants on HIV, Hepatitis C, and related Indigenous health studies. As an Indigenous doctor, her work mainly focuses on the hepatitis C burden which disproportionately affects First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. She provides HIV and hepatitis C care in Vancouver as well as in Williams Lake, a small city in the BC interior. She serves on many local and national initiatives, including CanHepC (Clinical Core, Knowledge Translation Core), CIHR HIV/AIDS Community-Based Research Steering Committee and Canadian National Aboriginal Working Group on HIV & AIDS. She is also the co-lead for the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN) Working Group for People Who Use Drugs.
Throughout her medical training, she received numerous awards for her activism, including the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award, the President’s Award for the Outstanding Native Student of the Year and the Dr. John Big Canoe Memorial Scholarship. She has started her PhD at Simon Fraser University, focusing on intervention research at the nexus of health determinants, mental health and addictions, blood-born and sexually transmitted infections, and incarceration in Indigenous people in Canada.
Associate professor (University of Ottawa), Hélène would bring to the ICAD Board her atypical trajectory as a cross-cultural caregiver, community evaluator and researcher, locally and internationally. Engaged for 24 years in the HIV and AIDS response, first, as a nurse in the 90s, then as a volunteer for DST/AIDS prevention with sex workers in North Brazil (1994-2000), which brought her to examine the tensions between State and Social civil society in the evaluation of local community practices. Since 2002, she works with COCQ-sida (Québec) for community-based evaluation tools development and research on housing and HIV. She explores the challenges to do research in contexts of dangerousness and unpredictability. Fluent in French, English, Portuguese and Spanish, her publications aim a large audience. Twice elected in her mixed housing coop board, her leitmotiv is to reinforce decisional power for the people directly touched by poverty and living in proximity with them.
Elizabeth Dyke, PhD, is an experienced Consultant who specializes in health and development, with a particular interest in HIV. Internationally, Elizabeth has worked as a researcher, writer, facilitator, and program evaluator with non-government organizations in East Africa on issues of HIV and equity. Domestically, she has held senior executive positions in health, including Director of the Canadian Population Health Initiative and Director of the Health Charities Council of Canada. Her commitment to social justice and community service is exemplified by Board membership with Health Nexus, a Canadian organization focused on maternal and child health, past volunteering with CARE Canada, and her engagement with a small group of volunteers who are supporting a Syrian refugee family in Ottawa. Elizabeth brings a unique blend of civil society, academic and programming experience that includes an understanding of human resources and fundraising that is grounded in personal experience.
Ahmed Habré is a fourth year student in the International Development program at the University of Ottawa. He was born with HIVand has been volunteering in the community for almost a decade, mainly through public speaking and volunteering at camps for children and youth living with HIV, where he developed his passion for this vulnerable and isolated group. Recently, he has been pushing the youth agenda on a national level by creating and assisting emerging working groups and research groups lead by and for youth living with HIV. His main work has revolved around the creation of a national council of youth with the task of creating links with and advocating on behalf of youth communities across Canada. This has also included his participation in the creation of Connexion+, an emerging network of youth and service providers spearheading youth-focused research projects and conferences. Ahmed brings a youth lens to HIV/AIDS advocacy and programming fueled by an in-depth knowledge of issues facing youth and backed by an extensive network of youth living with HIV.
Christian Hui has lived with HIV since 2003 and was successfully treated for HCV in 2011. He has served his term as one of the designated PLHIV board members at the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development, and is currently the Ontario Representative/International Representative (Alternate) at the Global Network of People Living with HIV North America (GNP+NA). As a PLHIV activist, Christian strongly advocates for the human rights and the greater and meaningful involvement of people living with HIV. His work at Asian Community AIDS Services and the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment has allowed him to work with the ethno-racial and Immigrant, Refugee and Non-status (IRN) PLHIV communities. Christian is a steering committee member of the Toronto HIV/AIDS Network and will be completing his term as a board member at the Canadian Treatment Action Council. His blog articles have been featured on PositiveLite.com. Follow Christian on Twitter @chui108.
Judith is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She is also actively engaged with Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT) in the design and implementation of HIV interventions focusing on improving the health of Newcomers from the diverse ethno-racial communities. She is also a research associate at McMaster University working on HIV/AIDS projects and currently a member of the Board of Directors for HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario (HALCO). Judith is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Newcomer, Migrant and Refugee Health Project currently being rolled out by ICAD.
Judith is trained and worked in the field of Organizational Psychology and international development for over 8 years and has a range of experiences working in multi-sectoral arenas designing and implementing development projects. She has worked with UNICEF, Action Aids, and various Community Based Organizations designing, and facilitating implementation of HIV/AIDS interventions in Africa. Judith continues to utilize her multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral experience to identify competency gaps influencing successful HIV/AIDS interventions especially within the African, Caribbean, and Black communities. Her research areas include Community Based Research, Social Determinants of Health, HIV and Immigration, and Organizational Development.
I am a Latin American MPH student passionate about promoting the health of people living with HIV (PLWH) by addressing the determinants of health. My development and HIV/AIDS experience includes volunteering in agriculture projects for three months in Mali (2010), doing a 3-month public health internship in Bolivia (2012), volunteering weekly at the Dr. Peter’s AIDS Foundation in Vancouver (2012-2013), doing a 4-month practicum with the Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (2015), and (currently) doing a 3-month internship in Health Promotion in the Special Program of Sustainable Development and Health Equity at the Pan American Health Organization. I have strong leadership and communication skills, and have previously been on Board of Directors for two provincial not-for-profit organizations that serve French-speaking people in BC. I am very friendly, passionate about creating connections to foster community development, and I am committed towards battling health inequities locally and abroad.
Patti Wheatley is a young lawyer with a strong interest in HIV and development. She holds a B.A. from St. Thomas University (Human Rights and Sociology) and a law degree from the University of New Brunswick. Patti has been involved with HIV organizations for over ten years. Among other projects, she conducted her own research in South Africa examining the effectiveness of development policy related to HIV prevention. Patti also worked for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Swaziland. Patti finished her term as Vice-Chair of the Board of AIDS PEI earlier this year, and previously acted as Lawyer Supervisor for AIDS New Brunswick. Patti continues to act on boards with a focus on health policy and law, and is serving a government appointment to the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Patti considers her legal knowledge and background in HIV as strengths in all of her board work.