Joule's Board of Directors

Joule’s board of directors steers the company’s  long-term strategy of creating value and deepening the loyalty of CMA members. Its focus is on creating a model of social value creation, helping physicians deliver quality care and transforming health care through collaborations with physicians and others.

We’re pleased to introduce you to them now:

Deepak Kaura, MD FRCPC DABR MBA

Deepak Kaura

A pediatric radiologist who has started several technology companies, Deepak Kaura brings a range of experience and leadership skills to the role of Board Chair. Passionate about improving health through the use of technology balanced with personalized human touch, Deepak is dedicated to innovation, building teams and has a keen interest in Artificial Intelligence.

Deepak has recently returned to Canada from five years in Qatar to join 1QBit, a quantum computing software company, as its Chief Medical Officer. In Qatar, as Executive Chair of Sidra’s Foundational Clinical Services Management Group, he played a critical role in setting up and establishing new standards in patient care at a 400-bed children and women’s hospital and creating Imagine, an innovation framework that produces intellectual property by crowdsourcing ideas. Prior to this he was the Head of Diagnostic Imaging at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Deepak earned his medical degree at the University of Manitoba, is a Diplomat of the American Board of Radiology, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Certification of Canada and has a Master of Business Administration from HEC Paris.   

Ewan Affleck, MD

Ewan Affleck

A graduate of the McGill School of Medicine, and Dalhousie University where he studied history, Ewan Affleck has worked and lived in northern Canada since 1992. He currently serving as the Senior Medical Advisor – Health Informatics, for the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta.

Prior, he has held positions as the Medical Director of the Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority, Clinical Director of Family Medicine at Stanton Territorial Hospital and Chief Medical Information Officer of the Northwest Territories. Ewan’s passion is developing sustainable health services for northern communities.  A digital health information systems expert, he pioneered the implementation of an enterprise electronic medical record system in the Northwest Territories that is unprecedented in Canada in its level of integration.

Ewan serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Medical Association and is a faculty member for the University of Calgary. He maintains an active clinical practice, teaches and provides both hospital-based and community services. Ewan is an avid adventurer, a musician, a husband and a father. In 2013, he was appointed to the Order of Canada for his contribution to northern health care.

Brian Brodie

Brian Brodie

Brian Brodie, MD is a family physician in Chilliwack, located in the beautiful Fraser Valley of British Columbia. After a lengthy time at the Board of Doctors BC (formerly the British Columbia Medical Association), where he was the President in 2009-10, he joined the CMA Board as a director in 2010. After a year as the Honorary Treasurer in 2012-13, he became the Chair of the CMA Board in 2013.

Dr. Brodie completed the Institute of Corporate Directors’ program in 2014 and attained his ICD.D designation in early 2015. He was recognized by his peers and honoured with the distinction of the Canadian Certified Physician Executives (CCPE) in spring 2015 in Vancouver.

Although a third of his time is spent in Ottawa doing the work of the Board, he continues a full-time clinical practice and maintains his many interests in business and family life. He is a keen sportsman and enjoys golf, running and weight training and has an active family life with his seven children and seven grandchildren. His vision and motivation in life is to help others reach their full potential and find the wisdom that lies within each of us.

Lindee David, CEO, Joule

Lindee David

Ms. Lindee David is the Chief Executive Officer of Joule, a subsidiary of the Canadian Medical Association. Ms. David is a strategic, innovative senior healthcare executive, with a blended experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors.

Her collaborative approach to complex business challenges combined with her inspirational leadership is demonstrated through her proven track record of achieving business results in an evolving market. Ms. David managed high profile strategic initiatives in the corporate sector ranging from changing the selling models for mature biotech products to market access programs to obtain drug coverage. In the non-profit sector, she led the Canadian Hemophilia Society through the contaminated blood scandal resulting in significant social change policy for the Canadian blood system.

Prior to joining Joule, she held positions with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, ALS Society of Canada, Janssen Ortho, a Division of Johnson and Johnson, Canadian Blood Services and the Canadian Hemophilia Society. Ms. David holds a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education Degree from Queen’s University.

George Davie

George Davie

Managing Director for the Hazelton Innovation Group

George Davie is Managing Director for the Hazelton Innovation Group, a leading Growth and Innovation consulting company providing growth strategies, corporate and brand innovation counsel on a Global basis for Fortune 125 clients. He is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the firm including the management of consulting engagements, business development, client counsel and the day to day operations. Under Mr. Davie’s leadership, the firm is regarded as one of the premiere Growth and Innovation consulting companies in North America.

Over the past 20+ years with the firm, Mr. Davie has worked with many of the top Fortune 125 firms, including: American Express, BMO, MasterCard, RBC, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Dole– conducting work in North America, Western Europe, Asia, South America, Latin America, South Africa, Australia, and Malaysia.

Prior to the Hazelton Group, Mr. Davie worked as Vice President, Director of Client Services – McKim Advertising (BBDO); Director of Brand and Market Development, Molson Breweries; and Director of New Product Development, S.C. Johnson & Son Ltd.

Mr. Davie is a past director of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Moosehead Breweries, and currently sits on the board of the 407 ETR. Mr. He is an alumnus of the University of Western Ontario.

Alistair Erskine, MD

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The Chief Digital Health Officer at Partners Healthcare—Brigham Woman’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals—Dr. Alistair Erskine is responsible for sequencing innovative technologies, harmonizing data across clinical care, research and health plan enterprise, and activating patients in a manner congruent with emerging patient consumerism. He joins the Joule Board of Directors in the role of digital entrepreneur, bringing ample experience in business analytics, the integration of ultramodern technologies in health care and a specialization in Artificial Intelligence.

Dr. Erskine trained at Brown University and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and is triple Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Clinical Informatics and Pediatrics. He completed a two-year degree MBA program at MIT’s Sloan School of Management along with MIT’s business analytics and artificial intelligence certificate. Alistair has been practicing medicine for 15 years.

Debbie Fischer, BSc, MHA, CHRP, ICD.D

Debbie Fischer

Debbie is a seasoned health care executive with over 30 years of experience in hospital management, government and professional services. She is an executive associate with KPMG, focusing on organizational and system change in the health care and public sectors. Debbie is also the Executive in Residence at the Rotman School of Business’ Centre for Health Care Strategy. She has taught for its Executive Leadership Development Program and serves on its Health Care and Life Science Advisory Committee. Previously, she was Executive Vice President, Strategy and Organizational Development, at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, and Assistant Deputy Minister, Transition, at Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

She serves on the boards of the Ontario Education Collaborative Marketplace, Pro-Demnity Insurance, North York General Hospital and the GS1 Canada Healthcare Special Advisory Group. Previously, Debbie was the Chair of Plexxus, and was a director on the boards of the Ontario Centres of Excellence, the Governance Council of the Canadian Institute of Health Research, and the executive committee of the Ontario Genetics Secretariat.

Debbie has a BSc from McGill University and MHA from the University of Ottawa. She also holds a CHRP designation and an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Ann Michael

Ann Michael

Ann Michael is CEO of Delta Think, a business and technology consulting and advisory firm focused on innovation and growth in membership organizations and scholarly publishers. Ann has worked with clients to help them gain insight into their customers’ needs, define their strategy, build their product and services portfolio, implement new tools and technologies, and develop new skills and expertise. She is an ardent believer in data informed decision-making and was instrumental in the 2017 launch of the Delta Think Open Access Data & Analytics Tool, a comprehensive, interactive, regularly updated data set with diverse visualizations and extensive analysis.

Ann is a Past President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), a Board Officer for the National Federation for Advanced Information Services (NFAIS), an editorial board member for Learned Publishing, and is a contributor to the SSP’s blog, The Scholarly Kitchen.    

Mr. Tim Smith, CEO, Canadian Medical Association

Tim Smith

Mr. Tim Smith has an economics degree and an MBA from the University of Ottawa and joined MD Physician Services (CMA Holdings Inc.) in 1996 after a successful career at The Ottawa Hospital and managing the University of Ottawa family medicine resident teaching unit. Over the past 25 years Tim continued his progressive healthcare and executive management experience in both the financial services and healthcare industries. Tim has led and managed several large strategic initiatives, including the acquisition, start-up and management of several key businesses for CMA Holdings Inc. His last assignment within CMA Holdings family was the acting Executive Vice President of Member Solutions for MD Physician Services Inc. He was responsible for leading the corporate marketing segmentation strategy that set the direction and priorities for products and services needed to meet physician members’ needs. In 2012, he came to the Canadian Medical Association and served as Vice-President of Professional Services and Leadership, was responsible for leading the launch of the new cma.ca website, the CMAJ, Knowledge for Practice, Clinical Products and Services, and the Professional Leadership Program. In December 2014, Tim took on the role as Interim CEO and led a corporate and governance restructuring of the CMA and in January 2015 was appointed as the Canadian Medical Association, Chief Executive Officer.

Amanda Whitewood, CMA, FCMA, CHE, C.Dir.

Amanda Whitewood

Amanda Whitewood is the Chief Operating Officer at IWK Health Centre, which provides quality care to women, children, youth and families in the Maritime Provinces and beyond. As a leader and executive, Amanda has more than 25 years’ experience in health care, post-secondary education and government. From 2008 to 2015, she was Vice President of Sustainability and CFO for Capital Health in Halifax. She has also held vice presidential roles with Mount Saint Vincent University and the Nova Scotia Hospital.

Amanda serves on the board of the Immigration Services Association of Nova Scotia and is the Vice Chair for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), and holds the peer-awarded designation of Fellow for her contributions to community and the profession. She is also a Chartered Director (C.Dir.) and a Certified Health Executive (CHE). In addition to serving on the Joule Board, Amanda is also the Joule Chair for the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee.  

Ann Watson, MBA

Ann Watson

Ann is an impact investor with ample experience in corporate structuring, financing and venture capital within social enterprises as well as private and public markets. An entrepreneur with interests in Artificial Intelligence and Digital Health, Ann has broad knowledge of the technology market and deep understanding of the demands of Canada’s aging population on our health care.  Ann currently serves as an advisor at Turalt, a company dedicated to bringing empathy to technology, and was a founding member of Canadian Women in Private Equity and guest lecturer at Ivey School of Business.

Ann has a Master of Business Administration from Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist.