About CPFF

Board of Directors

Robert Davidson, Chair, Ontario
Robert Davidson started the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (CPFF) in 2009. Robert was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in 2007, after noticing a breathing problem while completing his annual fitness test for Class 2 soccer referees, his favourite activity aside from his life as a Chartered Accountant and proud father of two.


Barbara Barr (Haylock), Vice-Chair, Ontario
Barbara Barr-Haylock is the Vice-chair of the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation and as someone who knows firsthand what it’s like to live with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), Barbara has worked tirelessly to provide information and education to others affected by this disease.
With a family history of lung disease, Barbara was alerted to health changes in 2005 and 2008, unfortunately without a proper diagnosis – an all too common experience. It would be 2 more years, in 2010 before she would receive her initial diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis and then two more years before she would receive a confirmation of the type of PF – Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis or IPF is a disease with a survival rate worse than many cancers. In fact, the average survival rate of a person with IPF is two to five years from diagnosis.
This past June Barbara received the gift of a new right lung but still lives with IPF in her left lung. She credits her almost seven years living with IPF to many factors but most particularly believing that knowledge is power and that patients must be proactive about their health care. In addition, Barbara recognizes the importance of the care at Toronto General Hospital’s ILD/PF Clinic and the approval of two IPF drugs that slow down the progression of the scarring. And front and centre is her husband Malcolm Haylock. Together THEY traveled the IPF road. Barbara says: “It’s a WE journey, not a ME journey.”
Barbara is truly committed to sharing her knowledge about IPF both as someone directly affected, and because of her passion to educate and help others and is truly grateful to be able to share her story and learning wherever and whenever possible.


Heather Davidson, Treasurer, Ontario
Heather Davidson is Robert’s wife. They have been working together at CPFF since 2009. Heather has an accounting background, working for a bank initially and then in accounting departments of various companies since moving to Canada in 1973. Heather lives in Markham, Ontario. She has 2 children and 3 children.


Doug Barber, Ontario
Doug started his career in Canada with Fairmont Hotels and subsequently joined Delta Hotels where prior to leaving for Asia he was General Manager of Canada’s third largest hotel the Delta Chelsea Inn in Toronto. Doug has been an active contributor to the hospitality industry. He was a member of the board of the Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners, Chairman of the HK Airport Manager’s Association, Vice-Chairman of the Hong Kong Hotels Association, and Chairman of the Hong Kong Joint Marketing Task Force on Tourism. In this regard, Mr. Barber is a recognised spokesman to the industry having been a guest speaker at the American Chamber of Commerce, Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific, Hong Kong Disney Conference, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Chinese University and others.

Doug is married to Adrianne So Ming Tak. He has one daughter Shannon Barber and he’s a proud grandfather to Fraser Shipton-Barber.


Darlene Gallant, Alberta
Darlene Gallant was born and raised in Alberta, she has spent over 30 years working in Health Care in various provinces. She has a wonderful son and an amazing grandson. The first time that she heard of the Canadian Pulmonary
Fibrosis Foundation was a little over 4 years ago, 6 months after her husband passed away from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. She became a member of the CPFF Board of Directors approximately 6 months ago.

Since retiring she is now busier than ever volunteering with the Respiratory Special Care Network, running the Edmonton Pulmonary Fibrosis Association and the support group meetings.


George Kaminsky, British Columbia


Ranjena Maloni, Ontario


Moyra Martin, Alberta
Moyra is presently Executive Director for the Calgary Catholic Education Foundation. As an educational leader Moyra served the Calgary Catholic School District as teacher and principal for 25 years. She has served on numerous educational committees at the district and provincial level focusing on teacher professional development. Moyra is a proud Calgarian and an active volunteer with the Calgary Stampede. She is an avid reader and theatergoer who loves to travel and enjoys challenging herself with the latest technology but a family gathering will always be her greatest joy.

“My husband Dick was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2006. Our family was devastated by this diagnosis but we faced this most difficult challenge as we always do as a family – together. I believe that to affect change, we must be involved. I am honoured to be a Director with the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. I have opportunities to move forward with actions that impact all patients and caregivers across Canada. I am dedicated to supporting the mission of CPFF and choose to spend my time and energy promoting awareness of this disease, supporting patient care and to seek resource support for research and hopefully a cure. I believe we are and will continue to make a difference.”


Pat Popwell, Nova Scotia
My name is Pat Popwell and I live in Cape Breton. I have been a nurse for 43 years obtaining my degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax. I am a Registered Pulmonary Function Technologist and worked on the Cape Breton Pulmonary Unit until obtaining the role of Chest Clinic Nurse/Technologist at the Cape Breton Chest Clinic. In 2005 I received my CRE certification – Certified Respiratory Educator and have been teaching Respiratory education to healthcare professionals across the maritimes.

I currently sit on the medical advisory board for the NS Lung Association. In 2010, I started a lung transplant support group followed by a Pulmonary Fibrosis support group in 2012. We joined both together and now we have an incredible family who meet monthly to share happy events. We have guest speakers but mainly the group members support each other. I became a member of the Board of Directors for the CPFF and oversee the development and support of new support groups. Of everything I did in my career, this is the most rewarding.


Dr. Gokul Vidyasankar, Newfoundland

Dr. Gokul Vidyasankar is a respirologist and assistant professor of Medicine in respirology at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Dr. Vidyasankar grew up in St. John’s and has always considered Newfoundland his as home.  He joined Memorial University in 2014, and has been happy to be a part of their robust and diverse group of faculty.

He received his BSc. in biological engineering, from the University of Guelph in 2005 and his medical degree from Memorial University in 2009. He trained in internal medicine at Memorial in 2012 and did his clinical fellowship in respirology in 2014.

Dr. Vidyasankar’s primary focus as a faculty is in teaching and education, and is one of the most satisfying parts of his job.  He is involved with teaching and training both undergraduate and postgraduate students on an ongoing basis, and is an active member of the Phase III (undergraduate) management team.

Clinical Interests include Cystic Fibrosis and Interstitial Lung Disease.


Stephen Binch, Ontario
Stephen is presently a Director of the Police Pensioners Association of Ontario. Director of the Hamilton Police Retirees Association. With a background in the Policing Community for over 30 years, serving on various boards and the Chief’s Advisory Committee.

He has spent several years in the travel industry organizing European tours while also travelling in Asia and Africa.

Prior to being diagnosed with IPF, he was a long distance cyclist and competitive tournament golfer. Now he has become more involved in being an advocate for the disease and the CPFF.

Stephen is truly thankful to have family members plus his wife Rosie, daughter, granddaughter and close friends giving him the support he needs to carry on through the progression of this disease.


Ex officio, Rosemary Colucci, Board appointed Secretary