Leadership and Governance

ImmUnity Canada empowers Canadians impacted by immunodeficiency disorders to live well through education, support, advocacy, community-building, and research.

We are ImmUnity Canada

ImmUnity Canada is a registered charity that provides a community for people and families impacted by primary immunodeficiency. We advocate for education, research, and support for PI patients. Together, we can give all Canadians with PI access to the resources they need to thrive.

Our organization was founded in 1997 as the Canadian Immunodeficiency Patient Organization (CIPO). In October 2022, we celebrated our 25th anniversary by unveiling our new name, ImmUnity Canada.

ImmUnity Canada Board of Directors

Christine Duncan Wilson

Hamilton, ON

Board Role: Chair

Board Committees: Finance, Governance, Evaluations

Lee Strickland

Toronto, ON

Board Role: Vice Chair

Board Committees: Finance, Governance

Brent Leonard

Luksville, QC

Board Role: Treasurer

Board Committees: Finance

Thomas Lee

Toronto, ON

Board Role: Secretary

Board Committees: Governance

Ingrid Brodie

Coldbrook, NS

Board Role: Director

Board Committees: Evaluations

Alyshah Nurani

Edmonton, AB

Board Role: Director

Board Committees: Evaluations

Kim Hanson

Edmonton, AB

Board Role: Director

Board Committees: Evaluations

Paola Andrea Fernandez de Soto Abdul Rahim

Board Role: Director

Medical Science Advisory Committee

Dr. Stephen Betschel

St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto


Dr. Bruce Ritchie

University of Alberta, Edmonton


Dr. Beata Derfalvi

IWK Health Centre, Halifax

Dr. Gina Lacuesta

Dalhousie University, Halifax

Dr. Donald Vinh

McGill University, Montreal

Dr. Bruce Mazer

McGill University, Montreal

Dr. Hugo Chapedelaine

IRCM, University of Montreal

Dr. Vy Kim

Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

Dr. Kyla Hildebrand

BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver

Dr. Anne Junker

BC Women’s Hospital, Vancouver (retired)

Dr. Bob Schellenberg

St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver (retired)

We empower Canadians with primary immunodeficiencies to live well.

Become a Member

It's quick and easy, and it won't cost you a dime! Register and join a supportive community right here in Canada.

Find an Event

With regional chapters across the country, ImmUnity Canada looks forward to welcoming you to an event!

Volunteer with Us

Our community is built by volunteers like you. Share your time and skills to help Canadians with PI live well.

Support the Cause

You can help fund research, education, advocacy and access to care. With your support, we're not alone.

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