Our Board of Directors are volunteers who are committed to making a difference in the
fight to end pancreatic cancer by delivering on our mission to overcome this disease.
Many members of our Board have been personally affected by this disease including two survivors.
Dr. Michael Clarfield
Michael is a sports medicine physician in Toronto. After graduating from medical school at The University of Toronto in 1980, he became the first physician to practice full time sports medicine in Toronto. He is now the director of The Sports Medicine Specialists in Toronto which is the largest sports medicine clinic in Canada. He is presently the Team Physician for Tennis Canada, Company Physician for The National Ballet of Canada, and Head Physician to the NHL. Previously Michael was the Head Physician for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1989-2004), Team Physician Toronto Argonauts (2009-2013), and Team Physician Spidertech UCI Pro Cycling Team. He is also an Assistant Professor at The University of Toronto. Michael is happily married with two children. He enjoys many recreational activities especially cycling, skiing, hockey and golf.
Dr. Anish Kirpalani
A radiologist with over 10 years of broad practice experience in both academic and private/community settings in Canada and the USA. He has been a staff radiologist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto since 2009, where he is also the medical director of the St. Michael’s MRI Research Centre, an Associate Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Toronto. In addition to maintaining a busy clinical practice, Anish has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and has given numerous invited presentations in the fields of abdominal and cardiovascular radiology. Anish is a strong supporter of innovative educational programs, both professionally and in community service. He has a background in both engineering and medicine.
Derek is a Tax Partner at Fuller Landau LLP; a mid-sized accounting and advisory firm in Toronto. Derek has been a Canadian income tax professional since 1999. Before joining Fuller Landau in December 2010, Derek worked at one of the big four accounting firms as well as at two other mid-sized accounting firms in Toronto. Derek is a Certified General Accountant, a Chartered Professional Accountant, and a Certified Financial Planner. Derek Joined the board of Pancreatic Cancer Canada in August 2011 as a director shortly after he lost his father to pancreatic Cancer. Derek was appointed Secretary/Treasurer in November 2012. In his spare time, Derek enjoys playing hockey, watching sports, and spending time with his family.
A multiple award-winning producer, consultant, and writer, Sandy has extensive experience across a variety of media: film, television, fine art and digital content. She has spent the last twenty- five years living and working in New York City, Toronto and Los Angeles. When pancreatic cancer stole her mother, Sandy was overwhelmed by a profound sense of powerlessness as she searched for options for her mother’s care. Determined not to let pancreatic cancer have the last word Sandy became a member of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in New York prior to joining the board of PCC. In the fall of 2013 Sandy and her sister launched the first Gloria Pearl PCC Educational Symposium in honour of their mother. The symposium is the first phase of an ongoing national commitment to supporting families in need. Sandy believes the power of education is key to increasing awareness about this terrible disease and ultimately finding a cure.
As Senior Vice-president and President, TELUS Retail Limited, Mark leads and supports the team responsible for the end-to-end experience of our retail points of distribution. With more than 3,000 team members coast to coast, their primary focus is to evolve and transform TELUS’ award-winning retail and customer experience and become a leading destination for digital lifestyle and business solutions. Mark also oversees the Mobility and Future Friendly Home (FFH) portfolios for the TELUS and Koodo consumer and small business segments with more than 400 TELUS Stores and Koodo Shops, 225 dealer partners, Direct to Consumer for FFH, and our key national retailer partners. He is also a proud board member for iStore. Previous to this role, Mark was Vice-president, TELUS Stores, Koodo Shops and Channel Development. Under Mark’s leadership, the team successfully introduced the new TELUS Connected Experience store, where customers can experience and explore complete solutions to meet their lifestyle needs, guided by specially trained team members. Prior to this, he held the role of Vice-president, Channels and Channel Support, where he was responsible for the sales of wireless consumer and FFH products through multiple channels and supported the Trade Marketing, Continuous Learning, and Channel Support groups nationally. Mark’s career began with ClearNet with the launch of Mike service in 1996. Since then, he has held several senior roles in Marketing Operations, Product Development, Trade Marketing, and Channels. He’s also worn his world-renowned, patterned socks to work from his start at TELUS. In 2016, Mark was named to the board of the Pancreatic Cancer Canada Foundation and Wellspring. His community involvement also extends to other organizations, such as Camp Oochigeas through the Sporting Life 10K, Adopt-a-Family, and Make-A-Wish Rope for Hope. Mark and his team truly support and believe in the TELUS value of giving where we live.
As the Head of Strategy & Operations, Mickey is a key member of the Canadian Management Team responsible for enabling and supporting the successful delivery of business plans, market initiatives and overall operational excellence. Mickey and the team at Google Canada provide digital solutions to help businesses reach their audiences and build their brands through unleashing the power of the web. Prior to joining Google in 2015, Mickey was the Head of the Integrated Customer Experience Division and member of the Canadian Leadership Team at Apple Canada, a role he held since 2012. Prior to Apple, Mickey was the Director, National Retail at TELUS and held several senior leadership roles in sales, strategic planning, channel marketing, operations and training at TELUS, Mars and Heinz. Mickey grew up in the greater Toronto area, graduated from the University of Calgary in 2000 and has completed executive development courses at the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management. Mickey resides in Oakville with his wife Joanna and their two young children Sophie and Joseph. When he is not chasing Sophie and Joseph around, you can find Mickey trying to improve his golf game, experiencing new cuisines or planning the next exciting family holiday.
A passionate advocate for both caregivers and families, Cyndi’s philanthropic focus has been on pancreatic research since losing her husband, Darren, four years ago to the disease. As her husband’s primary caregiver, Cyndi was shocked at the medical communities’ lack of support for patient’s caregivers and families and will be spearheading a national outreach program as part of her role on the Pancreatic Cancer Canada Foundation’s Board. Living in Vancouver, Cyndi will also ensure that our families on the west coast of Canada are always represented.
As President of The&Partnership, Christopher is responsible for setting the company’s strategic vision and growth path in the Canadian market, as well as managing the operations in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. The&Partnership’s Canadian offering was established in 2014 and has a growing client base that includes TELUS, Sleeman Breweries, Purolator, Volvo, Manulife and the City of Toronto. Christopher returned to his hometown of Toronto in 2015 to take the helm after several years abroad, most recently leading the Leo Burnett Group’s global Cola-Cola brands business from their global headquarters in Chicago. His responsibilities covered disciplines including brand advertising, digital, shopper marketing and activation for markets as diverse as the US, LATAM, Western Europe and Asia-Pacific. In his years in Chicago he also was actively involved in supporting the Greater Chicago Food Depository, the larger distributor of food to pantries in the Midwest for people in need. Prior to serving with Leo Burnett, Christopher spent a decade with TAXI in roles of increasing responsibility, from being one of seven employees to launch TAXI 2 in 2006, to serving as Managing Director of TAXI in Amsterdam, Netherlands, following the agency’s acquisition of a local digital company. Christopher has always loved the balance of art and commerce that lies at the heart of the industry in which he works and is a passionate believer in the power of creativity to drive business and to better the world. Over the years he has had the privilege of creating results-driven work with some of the world’s greatest brands and companies including Unilever, Heineken, Nike, Pfizer, Procter and Gamble and Coca-Cola.