Client Services Advisory Council

The Client Services Advisory Council is composed of individuals with a variety of experiences with ALS who provide input and perspectives to support ALS Canada in improving the journey of people and families living with ALS in Ontario. The Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Board, making recommendations for client service program delivery, community partnerships and provincial advocacy according to the strategic priorities.


Patrick Nelson
ALS Canada Board member; Principal, Santis Health; family member of a loved one who had ALS

Lisa Droppo
Vice President, Client Services

Margot Algie
Retired from corporate communications, Person Living With ALS

Ron Black
Retired from medical supply and equipment industry and Respiratory Therapist

Sheldon Crystal
Executive Director, Qualicare Vaughan

Tasneem Dharas
Operations Manager, Assistive Technology Clinic, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Heidi Kinnon
Senior Manager, Central LHIN

Vincent Quinn
Person living with ALS

Sarah Reedman
Regional Manager

Dr. Christen Shoesmith
Neurologist, London Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Anu Tandon
Respirologist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Danielle Wells
ALS/NMC Clinical Coordinator, Assistive Technology Clinic, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Scientific and Medical Advisory Council

The Scientific and Medical Advisory Council provides strategic advice to the Board and management of ALS Canada to ensure all research activities contribute to the vision of ALS Canada, are aligned with the organization’s strategic priorities, are informed by best practices, and are carried out with integrity. The Council also facilitates collaboration within the Canadian ALS research community and supports the Canadian ALS research community’s involvement in international initiatives.


Christine Vande Velde, PhD
ALS Canada Board Member; Associate Professor, Université de Montréal

Angela Genge, MD
ALS Canada Board Member, Montreal Neurological Institute

François Gros-Louis, PhD
Université Laval

Jasna Kriz, PhD
Unviersité Laval

Hanns Lochmüller, MD, PhD
University of Ottawa

Robin Parks, PhD
University of Ottawa

Janice Robertson, PhD
University of Toronto

Kerri Schellenberg, MD
University of Saskatchewan


Aaron Izenberg – University of Toronto, Co-Chair CALS (voting member)

Colleen Doyle – Research Coordinator, ALS Canada

Wendy Johnston – University of Alberta, Co-Chair CALS (voting member)

Josette Melanson – Chair, ALS Canada Board

Tammy Moore – CEO, ALS Canada

David Taylor – VP Research, ALS Canada