The CTA Board of Directors

The CTA National Executive is drawn from across Canada, and Provincial Directors are selected from the each province or greater region that comprise our national body. Board positions are two-year terms and are selected through an application and interview process.

National Executive

Abbotsford, BC

I am a kidney transplant warrior since 2013. But I’ve been advocating for organ donation awareness for over 15 years when my cousin received her double-lung transplant at 11. My uncle received his double-lung transplant the same year I received my kidney and I have an aunt who received bone marrow from her sister, the donor. My own kidney was made possible from my daughter through the kidney exchange program. Organ donation, therefore, is a family affair. And what better place to share important information that impacts lifestyle and health post-transplant and create awareness of what organ donation can do for an individual and families than a family-oriented organization such as the Canadian Transplant Association.

I hold a BGS Degree from Simon Fraser University, a PMP from Project Management Institute, and multiple Leadership and Contribution awards from IBM. I have over 30 years business experience, mostly computers and software industry with almost 20 of that in project management and leadership, leading large and diverse teams spread around the world, to deliver highly impactful and successful projects and solutions. I believe I have the passion and skills necessary to help our talented and unique team on the CTA Board work cohesively and cooperatively to deliver meaningful programs to our membership community.

I am also a mother of 3 wonderful children, one son with special needs and a grandmother to 3. I hope to finish my 200 Yoga Teacher Training in January and then bring that skill to the transplant community, as yoga helped me in many aspects of my healing post-transplant, to gain the courage and confidence to begin living a healthy and active life and to eventually compete in the Games. I look forward to getting to know many of our members throughout the course of my tenure and to many more adventures with this kidney that has afforded me better health and opportunity.

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bbrown

Edmonton, AB

After receiving a very special gift of a kidney from my older brother Barry in 1997, I began looking for ways to celebrate and enjoy the world of freedom that a transplant has provided me, and give back to the community by increasing organ and tissue donor awareness across the country and beyond.

In 2002 I joined the Canadian Transplant Association as a provincial director to aide in continuing the goals and objectives of the organization. I have been on the board in various capacities with the majority of that time spent as President.  Throughout those years I’ve seen many changes in the medical treatment and the growth of many organizations involved in improving the outcomes of organ and tissue transplantation, while creating a positive outlook for many on the waiting list.

The CTA provided the path I was looking for post-transplant, which would lead me to participating in the first Canadian Transplant games in 2000 at Sherbrooke, QC, which was followed by traveling to Kobe, Japan in 2001 to compete in my first World Transplant Games; both truly amazing experiences. I became hooked on the camaraderie and spirit of the games and continued competing in multiple National and World games. Post transplant life has given me quality time spent with family and friends over the years and opportunities to explore the world and various mountain tops on some very memorable expeditions.

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dsmith

Toronto, ON

Bianca is a health and wellness specialist and is passionate about helping people achieve their health and fitness goals and to live their best life possible by utilizing holistic principles and an individualized approach. She has extensive experience in sport event planning and management, including serving on the Executive LOC for the 2008 Canadian Transplant Games in Windsor, ON.

Completing a Master’s degree from McGill University in Health and Exercise Psychology, her thesis focused on the behavioural and affective outcomes of motivation for physical activity among transplant recipients. The research program provided insights to transplant recipient’s health related quality of life, and psychological well-being in relation to physical activity.

Surrounded by the transplant community her entire life, as her father is transplant recipient, Bianca has been involved with the CTA and promoting organ donation from a very young age. Bianca is excited to bring her wide range of expertise and multidisciplinary skill set in health and wellness, sport performance, event management, and research to the CTA Board of Directors.

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bsegatto

Saint John, NB

My life was changed when I was diagnosed with a rare Liver Disease Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis in 2007 at 23 years of age. While waiting for my life saving liver transplant I discovered my love for fundraising, volunteering and working with nonprofit organizations. So, in 2011 at only 27 years of age when I received the gift of life with a liver transplant, I decided to change my career and work for a charitable organization both professionally and volunteer wise and to share my story openly to help promote organ and tissue donation across NB.

I joined the CTA in 2014 as part of the local organizing committee for the Canadian Transplant Games held in Moncton NB. After participating as an athlete and experiencing the comradery of the organization and games I decided to join the CTA as the provincial director for New Brunswick.

In 2018 I accepted the role of Vice President of the CTA and look forward to moving the CTA forward across Canada.

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kwheaton

St. John's, NL / Toronto, ON

Heather has a Bachelor's of Social Work from Memorial University, a Masters of Social Work (Leadership) from the University of Calgary and is currently completing a Doctorate of Social Sciences at Royal Roads. Heather's dissertation focuses on transplant patients who relocate to access medical care not available in their home province. Heather will draw on her personal experience with this topic and will highlight the role of home and place in the transplant journey.

Heather became involved in the transplant community in 2012, when her husband (Jamie) experienced heart failure and they traveled to Toronto for treatment that was not available in Newfoundland. In 2014, Heather and Jamie relocated to Toronto for a transplant assessment. In 2016 Jamie was placed on the transplant list and received his gift of life in 2017. Sadly, the transplant was not successful and Jamie passed away. 

Heather volunteers with many health related charities such as Hope Air, Ronald McDonald House Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and UHN. Heather is Secretary of the National Board of the Canadian Transplant Association and has participated in the World Transplant Games in Switzerland in 2018 and the Canadian Transplant Games in 2016 and 2018.

Heather is passionate about sharing her experience as a patient, caregiver, advocate, researcher and donor family - as she was able to give the gift of sight, through Jamie's passing.

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hlannon

Tavistock, ON

On February 10, 2011 I received a Heart transplant at London Health Sciences Centre. I became a member of the CTA in 2012. In 2014 I was asked to be the National Treasurer and will hold that position until 2020 when my 6 year term expires. I have successfully competed in the CTA Games in Calgary, Moncton, Toronto and Vancouver.  

I have a wonderful wife, Margaret, and we have two children, Victoria and Sean and a daughter-in law Laura, as well as our grandson Nathan.

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msullivan

Kamloops, BC

I’m a proud BC girl and have been born, raised and loved Kamloops my whole life. My connection to transplant and organ donation comes through my dad who received his liver transplant in May 2017 after a 20+ year battle with autoimmune disease. I like to think it’s this connection that also sparked my career goals, as I am proud to be an ICU Registered Nurse! My goals are to increasing our tangible membership benefits as well as bringing together as many healthy lifestyle resources as possible to provide to all of our members across this great country.  

 

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Windsor, Ontario

Niva Segatto

Niva is highly involved with volunteerism at the local, regional, provincial, and national level. CTA and organ donor awareness are among the many organizations and causes she takes part in, but it is perhaps closest to her heart. Her husband is a 3-time kidney recipient and she has seen the value of organ donation through her family life. She is also a CTA Ontario division representative, and leads the Windsor-Essex Gift of Life Association.

After serving as the Canadian Team Manager in Nancy, France in 2003, Niva had the vision to bring the Canadian Transplant Games to Windsor in 2008. She continues to take on leadership roles in many major sport events including International Children’s Games, Ontario Summer Games, FINA World Championships, and the Memorial Cup.

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Provincial Directors

Abbotsford, BC

I am a kidney transplant warrior since 2013. But I’ve been advocating for organ donation awareness for over 15 years when my cousin received her double-lung transplant at 11. My uncle received his double-lung transplant the same year I received my kidney and I have an aunt who received bone marrow from her sister, the donor. My own kidney was made possible from my daughter through the kidney exchange program. Organ donation, therefore, is a family affair. And what better place to share important information that impacts lifestyle and health post-transplant and create awareness of what organ donation can do for an individual and families than a family-oriented organization such as the Canadian Transplant Association.

I hold a BGS Degree from Simon Fraser University, a PMP from Project Management Institute, and multiple Leadership and Contribution awards from IBM. I have over 30 years business experience, mostly computers and software industry with almost 20 of that in project management and leadership, leading large and diverse teams spread around the world, to deliver highly impactful and successful projects and solutions. I believe I have the passion and skills necessary to help our talented and unique team on the CTA Board work cohesively and cooperatively to deliver meaningful programs to our membership community.

I am also a mother of 3 wonderful children, one son with special needs and a grandmother to 3. I hope to finish my 200 Yoga Teacher Training in January and then bring that skill to the transplant community, as yoga helped me in many aspects of my healing post-transplant, to gain the courage and confidence to begin living a healthy and active life and to eventually compete in the Games. I look forward to getting to know many of our members throughout the course of my tenure and to many more adventures with this kidney that has afforded me better health and opportunity.

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bbrown

Calgary, AB

Hirde Paul Singh had no direct connection with transplant when he started volunteering at Calgary’s Peter Lougheed Hospital in 2012. While volunteering, he realized there is a long waiting list for patients for organs and tissue in Alberta. He chose to focus on this important issue and got connected with the Southern Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Program at Calgary’s Foothills Medical Centre. Upon his request, Alberta Health Services printed organ and tissue donation information brochures in numerous languages for distribution. Hirde Paul Singh has enlightened numerous ethnic communities about organ and tissue donation, breaking down language barriers and facilitating education about its importance.

In 2015 and 2016, Hirde Paul Singh organized Calgary’s National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week walk also raising thousands of dollars in funding for continued Canadian Transplant Association awareness. He has received a serious commitment from over twenty South Asian organizations to continue with awareness raising in Alberta thanks to his restless efforts.

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hps

Melville, SK

Born and raised in Melville, SK and I received a kidney transplant in October of 1974 from a cadaver. I was married in July of 1976 and am the father of two. I retired from the Federal Agriculture in August of 2011.

I enjoy staying active and volunteer at my local church, am a member of the Knights of Columbus, I have been involved as an area rep and canvasser in Melville’s Donor’s Choice Appeal (United Way sort of campaign) since the late 1970’s.

I play golf in the summer and curl in the winter. I volunteer at the local Curling Rink, run a youth curling program and I am currently the President of the Curling Club.

I had been involved with the Kidney Foundation (SK. Branch) in the early years of my transplant and became a member of CTA in 2005.

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larryk

I was 24 years old and a new mother when I received my diagnosis of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis. Over the next 9 years, I became sicker and sicker until I was finally in need of a liver transplant- the only treatment for this disease. I was one of the lucky ones that qualified to receive a living donor and in March of 2011, my Uncle Ken saved my life by donating 2/3 of his liver to me. While a transplant is never a cure, it has given me several very healthy, bonus years with my family, friends and loved ones. I will be forever grateful for his gift!

Very soon after my transplant I became active within the transplant community and was introduced to other local recipients who have gone on to be close friends. Through the Canadian Transplant Association, I have been able to compete in 4 National Transplant Games and 2 World Transplant Games (Durban, South Africa and Malaga, Spain) and have seen that, without a doubt, organ donation works! I am inspired by transplant athletes all over the world and hope to bring these experiences back and motivate others to live a healthy, active life, regardless of athletic ability.

 

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kk

Saint John, NB

My life was changed when I was diagnosed with a rare Liver Disease Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis in 2007 at 23 years of age. While waiting for my life saving liver transplant I discovered my love for fundraising, volunteering and working with nonprofit organizations. So, in 2011 at only 27 years of age when I received the gift of life with a liver transplant, I decided to change my career and work for a charitable organization both professionally and volunteer wise and to share my story openly to help promote organ and tissue donation across NB.

I joined the CTA in 2014 as part of the local organizing committee for the Canadian Transplant Games held in Moncton NB. After participating as an athlete and experiencing the comradery of the organization and games I decided to join the CTA as the provincial director for New Brunswick.

In 2018 I accepted the role of Vice President of the CTA and look forward to moving the CTA forward across Canada.

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kwheaton

Dartmouth, NS

I was born and raised in Meteghan Station, Nova Scotia, however I am currently living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. I am of Acadian decent and also bilingual in both French and English. My connection to transplant started when I received my gift of life on June 19, 2015. Ever since my kidney transplant I have made every effort to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation in my home province of Nova Scotia. I’m a full-time martial arts instructor and avid badminton player. I have been married since 1991 and I also have a daughter. My wife and daughter have both been (and still are) very supportive before, during and after my transplant.

I am very excited to be Nova Scotia’s new provincial director and look forward to working together with everyone to raise awareness provincially and nationally.  

 

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mmaillet

St. John's, NL

Jonathan Hickman was born and raised in St. John’s and began his career with Hickman Automotive Group at the young age of 15.  Following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, he has held many positions in their fourth generation, family-owned and operated automotive business.  As Vice-President of Hickman Automotive Group, Jonathan and his brother Bert, employ almost 500 people in Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia. Under their leadership, the Group operates 14 vehicle and motorcycle locations, as well as various other companies.  In 2014, Jonathan was awarded the highest honour a Canadian Dealer can attain over the course of his career, the Laureate Award for Business Innovation.   Jonathan takes great pride in his employees and their ability to provide dependable, customer-oriented service.  He is equally as proud of the assistance and support the organization has provided to community initiatives that help make our communities and province a better place in which to live.

Jonathan serves on several boards, including the Inter-Association Affairs Group for the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association, the Georgian College Board of Governors, as well as the Atlantic Chrysler Advertising Board.  He is also the former NL representative on the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association Board, and former board member of the NL Employer’s Council.

In his down time, Jonathan enjoys a very active lifestyle.  Though he received a kidney transplant on January 19, 2015 from his sister, Kim, he remains active and enjoys competing at the Canadian Transplant Games.  In 2016, Jonathan competed in swimming, biking, running and his strong performance encouraged and motivated him to begin training for the World Transplant Games which took place in Spain in 2017.  Jonathan is currently training for the next world championship in the summer of 2019.

Jonathan and his wife, Alison, reside in St. John’s with their two children, Caroline and Cameron, and their two dogs, Tika and Oakley.

 

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