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 2021 Board of Directors
Christian Hui (Ontario)
Christian Hui (he/they), MSW, RSW is a cisgender, queer Asian immigrant settler residing in the Dish with One Spoon Territory/Toronto and a person living with HIV. A community mobilizer and activist, Christian possesses 15 years of professional and volunteer experience educating and supporting diverse stakeholders and communities in the areas of HIV prevention and support, sexual health, harm reduction, and research locally, nationally and internationally. He is a co-founder of two networks of people living with HIV, Ontario Positive Asians (OPA+) and the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN), and served on the Canadian Delegation to the UN High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in 2016. Christian is a Champions Team member of the Toronto to Zero (TTZ) Fast Track City Initiative, a National Ambassador of the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) and an International Steering Committee member of the Undetectable=Untransmittable (U=U) Campaign.He is currently a doctoral student at Ryerson University.
Emily Burkholder (British Columbia)
Emily (she/her) is a young professional in the field of International Development. She first became involved with ICAD while studying International Development issues in Africa at the University of Ottawa. There she volunteered with the organization and later moved on to volunteer and work for other non-profit organizations. Emily currently works as a Program Coordinator at Blind Beginnings in BC, a non profit working to support children who are blind or partially sighted. She has also worked in the disability community in the Caribbean, where she advocated for accessibility at the national College. In between these experiences, Emily has done research in Brazil, studied in Thailand and Barbados and has traveled extensively in various regions in Africa and Central America. Her travels are adverse and continually teaches her about her privilege. As a young professional, Emily looks forward to learning more about the non-profit sector while gaining some Board experience. Emily is continually inspired by the work of ICAD and seeks to continually support in any way possible.
Jean Harrowing (Alberta)
Jean (she/her) is a Registered Nurse and Associate Professor in Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge. She has spent many years on the Lethbridge HIV Connection Board of Directors (now known as AIDS Outreach Commuity Harm Reduction Education & Support Society, or ARCHES), including as Chair. Jean teaches Global Health courses in the Public Health program, and since 2008 has taken university students to Malawi to work, in conjunction with the Museums of Malawi, with rural school children about HIV prevention and treatment. She has been/ is involved in numerous research projects in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and the Caribbean regarding building capacity among nurses who provide HIV care, and engaging rural communities to address stigma among youth. Jean has also been working on a project to explore the experience of newcomers from SSA as they move through the mandatory screening process.
Judy Mill (Alberta)
Judy Mill has more than 20 years research, practice and teaching experience in HIV prevention and AIDS care, particularly with vulnerable populations. Her recent research projects have been located in both Canadian and international settings and have focused on: the influence of stigma on access to health services by persons with HIV; the involvement of nurses in HIV policy development in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean; and a mentorship intervention for nurses practicing HIV care. Judy has extensive public health nursing experience in Canada and has worked for 8 years on international health projects in Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. She was a member of the board of ICAD (2005 to 2009) and HIV Edmonton (2009 to 2014). In addition, Judy has been a member of various advisory committees related to HIV research in Canada and the United States, including CIHR’s HIV/AIDS Community Based Research Committee. In addition to joining the ICAD board in 2018, Judy is actively involved with the Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, helping to raise funds for Grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa caring for AIDS orphans.
Laura Keegan, HIV Edmonton (Alberta)
Laura (she/her) holds a Masters in International Social Work from the University of Calgary, and has lived and worked overseas in both Panama and Papua New Guinea. In 2010 she was awarded Avenue Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” for her commitment to HIV and humanitarianism and more recently awarded the Canada 150 Pin in 2017 for her community work in diversity and anti-discriminatory practice. She is currently employed at HIV Edmonton as the Director of Public Engagement working to end HIV related stigma and creating understanding and empathy. As a member of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) for the Canadian Red Cross she responded to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone using skills she learned from HIV advocacy and education as seeing stigma and isolation pervasive in both the response and when survivors returned home. She also volunteers locally with the Canadian Red Cross as Lead for Safety and Wellbeing in National level disaster responses as well as part of the Detention Monitoring Team.
Patti Wheatley (PEI)
Patti Wheatley (she/her) is a 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. That involvement has included: conducting her own research in South Africa, working at Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Swaziland, sitting as a board member, and supervising legal projects. Patti considers her legal knowledge and background in HIV as strengths in all of her board work. Beyond HIV Patti dedicates her time to several organizations which, while diverse in topic, demonstrate her on-going commitment to viewing human rights principles as foundational.
Sithokozile Maposa (Saskatchewan)
Sithokozile (she/her) is a Black African woman and scholar with an extensive Zimbabwean healthcare practice in HIV/AIDS, sexual health, and reproductive health rights-adolescent/maternal and child health. She places a high value in collaborating with community partners working with communities affected by health inequalities to promote better health outcomes through community-based programs. Her research work with multidisciplinary African and North American teams focuses on African girls, Indigenous people, and newcomers living in complex life situations to inform service and policy. In Canada, her CHABAC membership connects her to issues impacting Black Africans and Caribbean communities affected by HIV and stigma. Sithokozile’s expertise in implementing community-based research includes leading CIHR-funded research evaluating a community-based approach to wholistic care for mother-infant pairs experiencing a substance use disorder and/or HIV risk to improve better health and social outcomes for mothers and babies in Saskatchewan. These experiences and interests will add value to ICAD’s local/global goals.
Tracey Prentice (Ontario)
Tracey Prentice (she/her), has been engaged in the national and international response to HIV for the past 17 years. As a community-based health researcher, she has dedicated her professional life to creating space for, and amplifying the voices of, Indigenous and other under-represented communities, including people living with HIV. As a White cis-gendered woman, this means working alongside communities and individuals on projects that support community leadership, self-determination and strive for social change. Tracey brings this collaborative approach, grounded in a commitment to the principles of equity and social justice, to all her work, whether it be research, policy, or governance. She has a PhD in Population Health from the University of Ottawa and is currently the Science Advisor for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Indigenous Peoples Health. Originally from northern Ontario, Tracey has been a grateful visitor on the unceded Algonquin Territory we call Ottawa for more than 30 years.