Board of Directors

Kirk Morrison, Board Chair, Alberta
Kirk has come to know IPF through the experiences of his mother, Barbara Morrison of Niagara-on-the-Lake, who has lived with the disease for a number of years now.

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 serves as the Executive Vice President of Energy & 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 34 years, and has two adult sons, Robert who lives in Kamloops, and Andrew, who resides in Calgary.

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.

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.

Todd Georgieff

“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.

George Kaminsky, British Columbia

Ranjena Maloni, Ontario

Gregory Martin

“I wanted to join CPFF as my father, Richard Martin, passed away from this deadly disease on October 01, 2018. I witnessed first-hand the effects of IPF and do not wish this to happen to any other human being nor their family members.  Joining the board will allow me to support Pulmonary Fibrosis in Canada and across the globe in terms of raising awareness, educating the public and obtaining funding for research, patient programs and ultimately finding a cure.”

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Greg currently holds the position of Director of Sales with TELUS. He has also held responsibility for the TELUS relationships for many key charitable foundations within Calgary, including STARS, Boys & Girls Club, and In from the Cold, as well as being an active participant in TELUS’ We Give Where We Live and We Day.

Greg is also a certified coach and volunteer for the Bow Valley Hockey Society and a leader in the #endbullying campaign.

He holds a degree in Business Operations and pursues his passion for continuous growth by being an active leader and supporter in developing people, businesses and non-profit organizations.

Gregory joined the CPFF Board in 2019.

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.”

Dr. Gokul Vidyasankar, Newfoundland & Labrador

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.

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