Liz Rice

Liz Rice, B.A.Sc. Enviro-Health Speaker

20 years of having very poor health, made Liz Rice very passionate about encouraging others to invest more in theirs. Liz is an Environmental-Health Speaker specializing in toxicity and the interaction between the environment and human health.


The Health Saver

11 years ago Liz experienced a life changing event (video below) which has become the primary focus of her work today.  A co-worker walked past her desk wearing an extreme amount of cologne. In one day her life changed radically – she went from having no sensitivity to fragrances, to being disabled by them!  She was diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) – an environmental illness.  To get better, she had to drastically decrease her exposure to the toxins in daily life.  That meant making significant changes at home and at work.

After many years of navigating the toxins in her daily life, and on the urging of friends and colleagues to share her knowledge with others, Liz founded her company Enviro-Health Presentations.  Her goal is to reach people before they suffer from poor health – specifically poor health arising from easily managed environmental factors, such as the chemicals used to make fragrances.

There are so many simple things we can all do to [...] continue the story

Dawn Richards

Dawn Richards

Dawn is a science and patient consultant. She received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Alberta, and has spent the past 15 years in various roles, as a: bench scientist, project and operations manager, technology transfer and commercialization manager, and business development officer. She has worked in biotech as well as in the not for profit and academic sectors. She is a firm believer in the application of her scientific training and rigour to other professional roles and in her abilities to communicate to multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder (scientific, medical, lay) audiences.

Little did Dawn know that her diagnosis with rheumatoid arthritis nearly a decade ago would instigate the career journey she is navigating. As a trained scientist and a person living with a chronic illness, she is intertwining her passion for science with what she feels is making the most of her chronic illness diagnosis. As a consultant, she helps clients write and edit grants and manuscripts, translate research findings in to lay language so the public can understand and benefit from outcomes, and understand and incorporate the patient perspective in to projects. Her clients include academia and the pharmaceutical industry. Her scientific training, on the job [...] continue the story

Yael Cohen Braun

Yael Cohen Braun Yael Cohen Braun is the founder, president, and CEO of Fuck Cancer, a cancer education organization aiming to activate Gen-C, generation content, to engage with their community about early detection, preventative lifestyles and communication around cancer. Yael launched Fuck Cancer in 2009 after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Determined to marshal strength for her mom, Yael decided to use the “F” word to fight the “C” word. Yael herself serves as an advocate for a range of health and health care issues and through her work with Fuck Cancer, she is changing the way people talk about cancer by creating a human, authentic movement.

In May 2014, Yael launched StandWith, a caregiver platform revolutionizing the way we interact with loved ones who are undergoing long-term medical treatment. Yael created StandWith to streamline patient and caregiver’s lives during emotionally charged times by providing real-time updates and self-selected task capabilities. StandWith will be available to the public on September 15.

Yael has been named one of the “12 people who are transforming philanthropy” by The Globe and Mail, one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” by the Financial Post, one of [...] continue the story

Sherry L. Dupuis, Ph.D.

Sherry L. Dupuis, Ph.D. Sherry Dupuis is the former Director of the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP), and a Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo. Guided by an authentic partnership approach and a number of years experience working in long-term care, Sherry’s research program has focused primarily on identifying ways to improve the quality of the lives of persons living with dementia and their families and to ensuring that the voices of persons with dementia and their informal and formal partners in care are actively included in research, education, and practice.

Sherry is also committed to research as a means of triggering personal transformation and social change. Thus, she is interested in exploring arts-based approaches to research and alternative representations of research results that make research findings more accessible and more effective in shifting images and understandings of dementia and actions in dementia care. Her most recent examples include “Re-imagining Dementia Through the Arts”, a community arts-based project that resulted in eight visual and poetic expressions of dementia from the perspectives of persons living with it and their family members, and “Cracked: New Light on Dementia”, an innovative research-based theatre production that [...] continue the story

Sandy Smeenk

Sandy Smeenk Founder and Executive Director, The ILC Family Centered Chronic Pain Care Program

Sandy Smeenk is the Executive Director of the ILC Family Centered Child and Youth Chronic Pain Care Program, the first charity in Ontario and Canada with the dedicated focus to bridge gaps in community based care for the 2.2 in 44 children, adolescents, young adults and families living with complex chronic pain diseases including those that are hereditary.

As Founder of the ILC, Sandy has a well-developed business sense and ability to meet project deadlines where she uses her past experience as a Human Resources Professional in government contract compliance and managing operating budgets of $1.5 M, to reach ILC’s short and long term strategic goals.  Sandy works with a dedicated volunteer Board of Directors and Business and Medical Advisory Committees, where they focus on promoting and highlighting what is done well in health care and community services, while influencing the much needed change to integrate inclusionary care to this at risk population.

Since ILC’s incorporation, Sandy has led substantive initiatives that have resulted in improvements in chronic pain care, most recently including the development of the Difficult to Diagnose Disease Scientific Workshop and Conference where multidisciplinary specialists come together to begin [...] continue the story