Dr. D. (as he is affectionately known to his legions of friends and patients) is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and former Chief of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Sudi is deeply committed to serving the community in various capacities and was instrumental in creating community service networks within the inner city. He has been a director of several boards including Casey House, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He has been recognized for his volunteer work and academic standing by, among others, the University of Toronto, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, St. Michael's Hospital, the Indo Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. He was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2001.
Ravi has his own chartered accountant practice. He is committed to serving the community and believes strongly in giving back to it. He was the youngest founding member of EIPROC (East Indian Professional Residents of Canada) some 30 years ago and served in various board positions, including president, from 1999 to 2000. He became associated with the South Asian Community Council of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario as Chair of the Jewel Heart Ball and was unanimously elected president in 2004. He left the position in 2006 to work on The Ripple Effect Wellness Organization as one of its founders.
Salim Yusuf is director of The Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. As a Rhodes Scholar, he obtained his Dphil from Oxford University, UK. During this period, he was involved in initiating the concept of the large simple trials, coordinating the first ISIS trial and developing concepts of meta-analysis. Subsequently, he applied these principles to other areas that led to the SOLVD and DIG trials in heart failure (while at the U.S. National Institutes of Health) and, more recently, to the HOPE, OASIS and CURE trials. Dr. Yusuf holds a research chair at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, is a senior scientist of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and has received several research awards including the 2001 Prix Galien Canada Research Award and the Lucian Award for Cardiovascular Research in 2002. His recent interests include health in developing populations, and his studies involve more than 55 countries in all the inhabited continents of the world.
Dr. Manish Maingi received his MD from the University of Toronto and completed his Cardiology training at The University of Western Ontario. He has been Chief of the Department of Cardiology at The Credit Valley Hospital since 2003 and is also adjunct clinical instructor at The University of Toronto. His interests are in cardiac imaging, quality improvement and medical ethics.
Dr. Ganguli completed his medical training at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India in 1973. He then completed his residency in Psychiatry at Memorial University in Canada, and at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) with the University of Pittsburgh. In 1979, Dr. Ganguli joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and held appointments as Professor of Psychiatry, Pathology, and Health and Community Systems. While in Pittsburgh, he was also Chief of Clinical Services, WPIC, and Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. In 2008, Dr Ganguli moved to Toronto, Canada as Canada Research Chair, University of Toronto School of Medicine, and Executive Vice President (Clinical Programs) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).
Throughout his career Dr. Ganguli's research has focused on the underlying disease mechanisms and treatment of schizophrenia and related psychotic illnesses. For the last decade, his research has been specifically directed at understanding, preventing, and treating the causes of the increased risk of heart disease and diabetes in persons suffering from psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. His program in chronic disease management has a particular emphasis on developing and testing the efficacy and effectiveness of behavioural intervention in changing lifestyle in order to reduce cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and premature death in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other psychotic illnesses.
Jennifer Lynn is founder and President of LCI Associates Inc. a strategic communications and diversity-inclusive business solutions firm. A prominent communications strategist, dynamic entrepreneur, leadership coach, educator, and pre-eminent voice in the area of diversity and inclusion, Jennifer's distinguished career in business, broadcasting, public relations and the media spans the private, public and non-profit sectors.
Widely respected as a community builder and dedicated to community service, Jennifer has been honoured with the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for significant contribution to Canada, the community and fellow Canadians. Her extensive volunteer leadership includes chair of board of United Way Toronto; director of Tides Canada, Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Royal Conservatory of Music; and special advisor to the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council. She is a contributor to the book, "Five Good Ideas – Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success" (2011).
Sophia Banduk is an actuary based in Toronto, and holds an Honours Bachelors of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo. She has been an active volunteer in the Kitchener-Waterloo community and, more recently, in Toronto with a focus on volunteering with youth. Sophia's international volunteer experiences to date include a Dental health mission to Venezuela with Kindness in Action and a role as a summer school teacher in India with Cross Cultural Solutions.