Board of Directors


FOUNDER                         Arthur J. Hudson

Lanny McInnes, Chair

Lanny McInnes currently serves as Retail Council of Canada’s Director, Prairies. In this role, Lanny acts as RCC’s government liaison and media spokesperson across Western Canada from RCC’s Winnipeg office. Lanny joined RCC in August 2003 as Manager of Member and Government Relations (Manitoba) and his duties were expanded to include RCC activities in Saskatchewan in 2005 and Alberta in 2012. Currently, Lanny also oversees RCC’s government relations activities in British   Columbia.                                                                                                        

Lanny brings extensive experience and training in strategic planning, policy development and board governance through his involvement on various boards and advisory councils. Lanny currently sits as a director on a number of Canada’s product stewardship organizations including the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association, Encorp Pacific, Saskatchewan Scrap Tire Corporation and Multi-Material Stewardship Western. Lanny also is a member of the Manitoba Employers Council, the Manitoba Retail Safety Council, the Saskatchewan Business Council and the Alliance for Business Competitiveness in Alberta.

Lanny has had a long involvement with the ALS community both nationally and provincially. Previously to being name Chair of ALS Canada, Lanny served as Vice-Chair of the organization from 2011-2012 and is a former President of the ALS Society of Manitoba. Lanny also serves as a member of the Minister of Family Services and Labour’s Accessibility Advisory Council in Manitoba.

Geneviève Bertrand, Vice-Chair 

Geneviève, an Accenture Managing Director, has almost 20 years in the information technology consulting services industry in a wide variety of business disciplines. An accomplished influential leader, with diversified domestic and international experience for medium and large Fortune 500 corporations. Geneviève focuses on East Canada ERP sales leveraging her organization governance as well as hands-on management of technology enabled business transformation programs and large-scale, multi-function, multi-site implementations. She is currently advising Montréal and Ottawa clients with the establishment of their global ERP deployment strategies.

Geneviève joined Accenture with a Master ès Science thesis on "Knowledge transfer when implementing ERP systems" from HEC Montréal where she applied her curiousness towards neurology in studying the memory brain functions. She participated in the launch of the Accenture Canadian Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products (PMP) practice in the summer of 2005 which she co-led with a peer for four years.

Geneviève brings experience in project & program management, technology and board governance through her current consulting work and previous involvement on various boards and chamber of commerce councils. Geneviève started serving on charity and sport boards at age 17 when she held the treasurer position for the Association de Handball Olympique de Laval (AHOL) which led to her initial chair position. She has participated in various Montréal  Chamber of Commerce of which the pharmaceutical and the transporation councils. She has participated in the planning, construction and launch of two daycare centers in her Montréal neighbourhood and chaired a Novice Baseball Tournament for the 5-7 boys and girls.

Geneviève's initial contact with ALS was through her best friend's mother. She joined the Quebec ALS Board in September 2007 wanting to better understand the disease, to improve the quality of life of ALS patients and their families as well as to raise money so we can finally cure ALS! She went on to become the Chair of the Quebec Board and has been representing the province in National forums since 2009.

Laureate of various awards and distinctions such as the Accenture "Great Place to Work for Woman" Award in 2004, as well as the Prix Relève d'Excellence Young Professional Category Award from HEC Montréal and finally the SP Leadership Award, Canadian Multiple Sclerosis Society, both received in 2005. She is a mother of two children and an alto choir singer.

 Heather Durham

Heather Durham obtained degrees from Western University (B.Sc. Physiology and Pharmacology; M.Sc. Pharmacology) and from the University of Alberta (Ph.D. Pharmacology) and did her postdoctoral training at McGill University (Dept. of Pharmacology and Therapeutics and the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI)). Subsequently, she joined the faculty of McGill in the Dept. of Neurology/Neurosurgery and the MNI and now holds the rank of Professor.

She has been a member of the Board of Directors of ALS Canada since 2006 and Chair of the Research Policy Committee, now the Scientific Medical and Advisory Council. She has routinely participated in ALS Day and Parliament Hill, advocating for funding of research and services. She is also a long time member of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and serves intermittently on grant review committees for the ALS Association in the U.S.

Aside from ALS interests, she brings to the Board considerable administrative experiment. She served as President, Past-President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Councillor for the Society of Toxicology of Canada and has been a member of several advisory committees for the Department of National Defence, Health Canada, and Agriculture Agri-Foods Canada. At McGill, Heather has held several administrative positions including Director of the Neuroscience graduate program, Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and Chair of the MNI Lab Safety Program.

Heather’s laboratory is within the Neuromuscular Research Group of the MNI. She was encouraged to pursue ALS research by the late Dr. George Karpati, a leader in translational neuromuscular medicine, who took her to a patient’s room and showed her ALS first hand. Although a basic scientist by training, Heather has a translational mindset, using basic science to understand disease at the cellular level and applying that information to identify and test potential therapeutic approaches. She has approached the study of ALS and other motor neuron disorders by addressing the interplay between disease mechanisms and the physiological properties of motor neurons that underlie their particular vulnerability. Her lab has created culture models of several familial forms of ALS and uses them first to identify commonalities and differences in how these mutant proteins alter motor neuron function and to compare these mechanisms to sporadic ALS, and secondly to evaluate the impact of candidate therapies.

Heather believes this is the most exciting time in ALS research ever and that ALS Canada is charged with the responsibility of supporting the many productive, internationally recognized ALS scientists across the country in the best way possible. 

 Graeme Imrie

Graeme is Director of Human Resources/Corporate Communications at the Sherbourne Health Centre, a $12M unionized, accredited health care facility in downtown Toronto, with population-based primary care, a 24/7 in-patient acute care unit, at-risk youth outreach programs and a provincial research/knowledge transfer program. In his role he oversees employee/labour relations, talent acquisition, employee development, and risk management, as well as patient relations, web/media communications and fund development. As a member of the Executive Team, he is active in strategic planning and general operations management.

Graeme also practices as an independent consultant, providing services in recruitment, human resources, change management, career counselling, and stakeholder relations.

Prior, he held the position of Director of Human Resources at the Canadian Diabetes Association, a $70M non-profit health organization with 900 unionized, and non-union staff across Canada, with corporate, wholesale, research, retail, publishing, call centre, camping, government relations and public education operations.

Graeme holds a Bachelors in Business with joint speciality in Human Resources and Public Relations and is a Certified Human Resources Professional.

In 2011 Graeme demonstrated thought leadership through professional speaking engagements, including “Conversational Interviews – Matching Candidates and Roles” for PAVR-O and “Career Planning for Fundraisers” for the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2012, he published “The Numbers Behind Diversity” in Canadian HR Reporter, the trade journal for Human Resources professionals. He has also guest lectured on “Employee Rights and Discipline” at the York University School of Human Resource Management. 

 Cathy Martin

Cathy lives in Edmonton, and joined the board of ALS Canada in 2004. She has chaired the committees previously known as the Services, Education and Resources Committee and the Affiliate Agreement Committee. With the re-organization of ALS Canada, Cathy was honoured to Co-Chair the Federation Council with Phil Dubois.

Cathy holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and an undergraduate degree in Family Studies. Her work experience has ranged from working with families of children with special needs and behaviour challenges to business planning and community engagement. Cathy is currently working in the area of Aboriginal engagement and strategy with the government of Alberta. Cathy brings an understanding of systems, group dynamics, community engagement and developmental process to her work with the Federation Council.

Cathy became involved with the ALS Society of Alberta and Canada after losing her mom to ALS in 2001. She has stayed involved because of the incredibly dynamic, dedicated, and inspirational people she has been privileged to work with – making a difference for people living with and affected by ALS throughout the country. 

 Dyana McLellan

Dyana McLellan is Counsel to the National Managing Partner of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG).  In this role, Dyana provides primary analysis, planning, organization and implementation support to the National Managing Partner. In addition, Dyana manages the logistics of the meetings of BLG’s National Council, National Management Committee and other national firm committees, and acts as secretary for all meetings.

Prior to taking on her Counsel role, Dyana was a partner in the Securities & Capital Markets Group at BLG, with ten years’ experience and expertise in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions (public and private) and corporate governance matters.

Dyana received her BA in Psychology, with a minor in Criminal Justice, from the University of New Brunswick (Saint John) and her LL.B from the University of New Brunswick (Frederiction). She was called to the Alberta Bar in 2001 and the Ontario Bar in 2002.

Dyana has a personal connection with the ALS Society after losing her father to ALS in November 2004. In memory of her father and in the spirit of giving back to the ALS community, Dyana organized a team of family and friends to participate in the Walk for ALS in Saint John, New Brunswick. This participation has grown to involve her mother, Diane, acting as Walk Coordinator and Dyana and the rest of the team volunteering at four Walks. 

 Josette Melanson

Josette Melanson is currently VP Finance, Planning and Analysis for Sun life Financial supporting the Enterprise Services Division which provides technology, facilities, procurement, and travel services for over 15,000 employees across the globe. She is responsible for the Divisions’ financial management processes including transaction processing, strategic and tactical planning cycles and manages the company’s main financial systems.

Prior to joining Sun Life Financial, Josette held various positions at Wyeth, now part of Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, large pharmaceutical multinationals. She held progressive positions in Information Technology, Business Finance and Controllership functions within the commercial and manufacturing divisions.

She brings extensive pharmaceutical industry experience and a deep knowledge of the finance governance, planning and analysis as well as system deployment and support.

Josette holds an MBA from McGill in Marketing, a B.Comm from Concordia in Finance, and is a Certified General Accountant. 

Jane Williamson

Jane Williamson is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and is a Senior Director, Inspections with the Canadian Public Accountability Board (CPAB). The CPAB is a federal corporation charged with the oversight of public accounting firms who audit Canadian public companies. Prior to joining the CPAB, Jane spent twelve years as Vice President in the finance group of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, a Toronto based financial services holding company with revenues of US $8.0 billion and assets of US $36.9 billion. Prior to joining Fairfax, Jane was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLP.

Jane graduated in 1984 from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and thereafter earned her CPA designation. She lives in Toronto with her husband and enjoys running, skiing and golfing when weather and time permit. Jane was inspired to run a half marathon after watching a close friend, mentor and runner fight and ultimately succumb to ALS.

 Melanie York

Melanie has devoted her 35 year working career to the education and entertainment of kids and youth. In her role as executive producer for Corus Entertainment at YTV, Melanie produced award-winning preschool programs, anti-bullying campaigns, half-hour specials with UNICEF documenting the rights of the child, and multi-platform interactive programming for kids 6 to 11. During her 12 years at Corus, Melanie’s team worked creatively and strategically with sales, branding, and marketing teams.

Prior to her launching her television career, Melanie taught English as a Second Language for six years, and ran after school programs for at risk teenage girls. Her passion then took her to Street Kids International (SKI), and NGO that focused on enriching the lives of kids living on the streets. Animated videos dealing with sexual health and exploitation were produced and translated into 45 different languages. Another SKI project created small business kits, giving street kids the tools, and financial responsibility to earn money, whether from juggling for tourists, running a bicycle courier service or a corner shoeshine stand.

In 2008, Melanie was diagnosed with ALS. Her love of scuba diving, motorcycling, painting, and traveling the world stopped abruptly. Although her life now is much more challenging and restrictive, her need to communicate, create and contribute has not wavered. Melanie joined the Board of Directors for ALS Society of Canada in 2011, working closely with client services. Her support of disenfranchised youth, who are front-line caregivers to a loved one with ALS, remains close to her heart. Melanie also chairs the ALS support group at Sunnybrook Hospital. 

  Tracey Wallace

 Tracey Wallace, currently serves as an Officer & Vice-President of Human Resources for The ATCO    Group & Canadian Utilities Limited.   A global company with over 10,000 employees and assets of approximately $16 billion, ATCO delivers service excellence and innovative business solutions with leading companies engaged in Structures & Logistics (manufacturing, logistics and noise abatement), Utilities (pipelines, natural gas and electricity transmission and distribution), and Energy (power generation, natural gas gathering, processing, storage and liquids extraction).  In Tracey’s role as Vice-President, Human Resources, she is responsible for leading programs, initiatives and the Centres of Excellence in the design, implementation and operation of programs related to human resource strategy and governance including;  leadership, executive and employee development, coaching, performance management, compensation, pension/benefits, labour relations, change management, succession planning, e-learning, strategic recruitment, workforce planning /analytics, mergers/acquisitions, human resources management information systems (HRIS).

Tracey has a BSc in Business Administration, and an MBA in Human Resources Management, and is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).

Tracey’s life has been profoundly impacted by the devastating effects of ALS.  She lost her brother Scott, in May, 1995, and her sister-in-law, Petra, was diagnosed with the disease in April 2013.  

Tracey lives in Cochrane, Alberta, and enjoys being surrounded by the beauty and magnificence of the Canadian Rockies. She is an avid traveller, skier, hiker and outdoor enthusiast.












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