Board of Directors

Kirk Morrison, Board Chair, Alberta
Kirk became familiar with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis through the experiences of his mother, Barbara Morrison of Niagara-on-the-Lake, who lived with the disease for a number of years.

Kirk is a professional engineer with over 35 years of experience in the energy & resources, environmental and infrastructure industries. His career has progressed from the design, construction and management of a variety of projects to his current executive, strategic planning and management responsibilities at Stantec Consulting where he served as the Executive Vice President of Energy and Resources.

Kirk has served on the Boards of a number of non-profit organizations including most recently the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (2014 to 2017), where he was a founding Board member and Chair of the Membership Committee; and Silvera for Seniors (2009 to 2017), where he served as Board Chair and Chair of the Governance Committee.

Kirk has Bachelors and Masters degrees in civil engineering from the Universities of Waterloo and British Columbia respectively, and is a graduate of the Directors Education Program from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Kirk resides in Calgary. He has been married to Michelle for 37 years, and has two adult sons, Robert who lives in Kamloops, and Andrew, who resides in Calgary.

Ray Protti, British Columbia

Mark Ashcroft

Mark Ashcroft, Ontario
Mark understands the challenges of living with pulmonary fibrosis. It took three years after the onset of symptoms for Mark to finally receive a diagnosis of IPF. He was already familiar with pulmonary fibrosis, having lost a brother to the disease in 1997, at the age of 41.

A resident of Oshawa, Ontario, Mark has spent most of his career in paramedic and fire services. He is currently a professor in the pre-fire program at Seneca College and during more than 31 years at Toronto Fire Services (1987 to 2018) served as the acting district chief and a training officer. He also worked as a primary care paramedic for Durham Region Paramedic Services, for six years full time (1981 to 1987) and 17 years part time, after joining Toronto Fire Services.

Mark currently serves on the Board of the Oshawa Senior Community Centres 55+ and the Oshawa Public Library. He also served for nine years on the Lakeridge Health Corporation Board of Trustees and for two years on the Durham Access to Care Board of Directors. During his time at Lakeridge, a large, multi-campus hospital, with a $750 million budget, Mark was involved in strategic planning and governance.

Mark joined the CPFF Board in August 2021.

Todd Georgieff, Quebec

“I am happy to be joining CPFF to help lead the organization through its next stage of growth. I have spent my whole career in healthcare, first as a hospital pharmacist and then managing global drug development programs for major pharma companies. I am hoping to apply some of that learning and experience to support patients, families, health providers and researchers working in this under-recognized disease area.”

Todd Georgieff, a resident of Montreal, Quebec, is a collaborative, strategic leader and excellent communicator with almost 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical drug development in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. He is currently an industry collaborations lead at Roche and Genentech.

Todd holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto and an MBA from York University.

On a personal note, Todd’s father-in-law passed away in February 2019 after a nine-year battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Todd joined the CPFF Board in 2019.

Tom Hunter, Ontario
As CEO, Tom leads the strategic renewal and redevelopment of CityHousing Hamilton’s portfolio, the first phase of which includes four new builds and one high-rise retrofit, all to the Passive House standard, along with two neighbourhood revitalization projects with development firms.

An experienced senior leader from the healthcare sector, he has deep experience in fostering high performance culture, guiding organizational transformation, and is known for his work in the field of mental health. Tom’s integrated approach to understanding what impacts health outcomes has shaped his determination to create high-performance buildings that meet the needs of individuals while benefiting the local community and contributing to a socially sustainable city.

He champions the City’s vision to be: “the best place to raise a child and age successfully,” bringing a human-centred approach to housing.

Ranjena Maloni, Ontario
Ranjena Maloni joined the board in 2017 after a second member of her family was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. She is a clinical research management professional with more than 10 years experience in academic research programs. She is currently the manager of a large national oncology research network.

Ranjena brings to the Board her wealth of experience in operating research grant programs, advocacy for treatment options and experience working closely with medical professionals, patients and researchers. She is passionate about raising patient and community awareness and understanding about clinical trial options for pulmonary fibrosis.

Moyra Martin, Alberta
“My husband Dick passed away from pulmonary fibrosis in 2018 after a twelve-year battle with this disease. I believe that to affect change, one must be involved. I am honoured to be a Director with the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation and to have opportunities to use my leadership skills to move forward actions that impact patients and all those affected by pulmonary fibrosis. I remain dedicated to supporting the mission of CPFF and I am confident that together we will continue to make a difference.”

Moyra holds a Masters in Education and Human Resources and has served the Calgary Catholic School District as a teacher and administrator for 25 years. She has served on numerous educational committees at the district and provincial level and served as the Executive Director of the Calgary Catholic Education Foundation. Moyra is a proud Calgarian and an active volunteer with the Calgary Stampede. She is an avid reader, theatre-goer and gardener, who loves to travel.

Verity Pringle, Treasurer, British Columbia

Verity is a CPA and an experienced staff accountant with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. She is skilled in generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), financial accounting, teamwork, Microsoft Excel and auditing. Verity is a strong accounting professional, who graduated from the Sauder School of Business.

Holly Smith, British Columbia
“As an oppressed minority, I understand how challenging it is to deal with a life limiting illness while at the same time experiencing fear of accessing needed resources. I would bring to the board this understanding and acknowledgement and can help to support others who are in similar positions.”

A resident of Ladysmith, B.C., Holly worked as a social worker and as a registered psychologist until her retirement in 2019. Along with Martha Hardy, she co-founded the Central Vancouver Island CPFF support group and currently serves as its co-chair. She also serves as an educator/facilitator for Vancouver General Hospital Lung Rehabilitation Program, teaching and supporting interstitial lung disease patients that struggle with preparatory and anticipatory grief.

Holly has a Master’s degree in social work and a PhD in psychology. She joined the Board in August 2021.

Dr. Gokul Vidyasankar, Newfoundland & Labrador

Dr. Gokul Vidyasankar is a respirologist and associate professor of medicine at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Dr. Vidyasankar grew up in St. John’s and has always considered Newfoundland his home. He joined Memorial University in 2014, and has been happy to be a part of their robust and diverse 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 also trained in internal medicine at Memorial, and completed his clinical fellowship in respirology in 2014 at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Vidyasankar’s primary focus as a faculty member is teaching, which he considers one of the most satisfying parts of his job. He is committed to educating and training both undergraduate and postgraduate students, and is also involved in numerous initiatives dedicated to improving the management of chronic respiratory diseases in the province.

His clinical interests include cystic fibrosis and interstitial lung disease.

Ex officio, Sharon Lee, Executive Director

“I am honoured to use my fundraising experience and leadership skills to expand CPFF’s services for Canadians living with pulmonary fibrosis and to continue to invest in research for advances in treatments and a cure.”

Sharon Lee is responsible for supporting CPFF’s board of directors and volunteer groups. She serves as the main public contact and spokesperson for the organization and represents the foundation in all professional business capacities. She works to continue Founder Robert Davidson’s vision and dedication to Canadians touched by pulmonary fibrosis.

A 20-year veteran of the non-profit sector, Sharon was most recently with the Allergy Asthma Information Association.  She has also held positions with the Canadian Council of Human Resources, ErinoakKids Foundation and Ontario Real Estate Association Foundation. She joined CPFF as Executive Director in 2018.

Sharon holds a MA from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Philanthropy & Development, specializing in non-profit management, high-level fundraising and donor relations. Sharon currently volunteers on the board of her Rotary Club, and has been a presenter at various conferences, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals GTA, Canadian Association of Gift Planners, Human Resources Association of Manitoba, North American Human Resource Management Association and