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Board of Directors - Doctors Without Borders Canada

On June 3rd and June 4th, 2023, MSF Canada will be holding its Annual General Assembly (AGA). A part of these proceedings will include the election of new board members by association members in good standing. As such, we are seeking to fill three (3) vacancies. All the positions have 3 years’ terms ending in June 2026.

  • One (1) position is reserved for a medical profile* 
  • Two (2) positions are reserved for medical or non-medical profiles.

*Medical profile: As per Art 31.15 of the MSF International Statutes, medical background means all professions that have, during initial training and later practice, a practitioner-patient relationship. 

Job Description

In accordance with our bylaws, every Director shall be an individual who

  • is not an undischarged bankrupt
  • has not been an ineligible individual under the Income Tax Act (Canada)
  • is not an employee of MSF Canada or any of the other MSF sections (this includes HQ and field positions)
  • is not on the Board of Directors of another MSF section Candidates do not have to be a member of the MSF Canada Association.

Please find the full job description here.

Time Commitment: average of 5-10 hours a week.

Tasks include, among others, reading/preparation, providing input/feedback (by email and in meetings), committee work and attending the following Board meetings:

  • Video conferences (2-3 hours) = 4-6 a year
  • 2 half-day online meetings = 2 a year
  • 2 full-day in-person meetings = 2 a year (including the AGA)

Committee Work and Representation Roles: Board members are expected to join one or more Board Committees and/or take on a representation role.  All committees and international platforms have meeting schedules outside of the Board meetings. Additional work is carried out in between meetings.

Desired competencies: The Nominations Committee is seeking motivated, collaborative individuals who are committed to safeguarding and advancing the interests of MSF Canada.

Individuals with skills in finance, legal, fundraising, human resources, communications, organizational governance, association engagement, Diversity Equity and Inclusion leadership and field operations experience (MSF specific and general), as well as bilingual (Eng/Fr) candidates, are strongly encouraged to apply.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates who can represent the communities we work with and seek to assist, or with demonstrated experience and proficiency in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

For more information including how to apply, please visit: https://asso.msf.ca/Becoming-a-Board-Member

Ruby Gill, President. Elected 2019-2025.

Ruby Gill was born in the UK, raised in Vancouver and recently moved to Toronto. She is a Registered Nurse with an International Masters’ in Health Leadership from McGill University. Ruby started her MSF journey in 2004 with Friends of MSF UBC. She worked with MSF in various roles, as a nurse in Nigeria, as the International Association Coordinator, and as the Diversity and Inclusion Advisor to OCA.

Ruby’s work experience is a mix of direct clinical experience (burns and trauma as well as harm reduction), project management/consulting, and most recently, teaching in the Bachelor of Science Nursing Program. She plans to continue teaching and consulting in Toronto.

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Nadine Crossland, Vice President. Elected 2022-2025.

Beginning her career as an RN in Canada and the U.S., Nadine went on to spend several years as a field nurse with MSF. After obtaining her Master’s degree in International Public Health, she joined the Department of International Public Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine where she worked as a Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Coordinator. Upon returning to Canada, Nadine moved to Nunavut where she worked in Tuberculosis Control and was on the faculty of the BSc Arctic Nursing program. Based in Ottawa, Nadine now provides consultancy services, both domestically and abroad, for various types of health and social service programming. She specializes in: adult education & training; monitoring & evaluation; and project planning & management. 

Idriss Lomba, Board Member. Elected 2020-2023.

During the past 10 years, Idriss has led communication strategies for wide-ranging humanitarian organizations and social initiatives, building brand awareness, encouraging donations, and managing public relations crises in international humanitarian settings.

He served previously as Manager of Donor Relations and Community Partnerships and Communications officer for MSF Canada, and as External Relations Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Idriss cares deeply about humanitarian and social missions and uses his cultural awareness to lead by example, develop ideas, and inspire his peers. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies, as well as his Master of Humanities from Wright State University.

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Byron Sonberg, Treasurer. Co-opted annually 2022-2023.

Byron is a Board Member of Youth Employment Services (YES) and the former Chair and Treasurer of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. Prior to that, he held several directorship positions at faith-based organizations. He is also a Chair Peer Group Forum co-facilitator for the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA CA), Byron also has an MBA from Ivey Business School at Western University and holds and ICD.D designation from the ICD.

As Managing Director at Goodmans LLP, Byron is responsible for administrative services including Client and Office Services, Finance, Human Resources, and Technology. He joined the firm as Controller with experience both in public accounting and industry.

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Adam DeSimine, Secretary. Elected 2022-2025.

Adam DiSimine is a senior legal officer at St. Andrew’s Refugee Services in Cairo. He holds a B.A. in political studies from Queen’s University, a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School and an LL.M. in public international law from the University of Amsterdam. He is admitted to practice law in New York. He has previously worked as a corporate attorney at a leading U.S. law firm and as a junior research associate at Public International Law & Policy Group. Adam is also a member of the Board at Yazidi Legal Network.

Birinder Singh, Board Member. Elected 2021-2024.

Dr. Birinder Singh is a physician and lawyer who is currently the Medical Director of Eglinton Station Medical Centre in midtown Toronto. He is a practicing family physician, in private practice since 2007. Birinder completed a combined law and medicine degree at The University of Western Ontario in 2004, followed by a clerkship for the Honourable Mr. Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada. Birinder has served on the Council of the Canadian Medical Protective Association since 2014, and more recently as an elected Board member of their safe medical care subsidiary, Saegis. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of Access Alliance Community Health Centre, and the Systemic Issues Working Group for the Sick Kids Family Legal Health Team. Birinder has acted as a legal consultant for a number of Supreme Court of Canada appeals and on a National Commission of Inquiry.

Ahmad Firas Khalid, Board Member. Elected 2021-2024.

Ahmad Firas Khalid is a medical doctor, a health policy and system researcher and lecturer, and a knowledge translation professional. Firas completed his PhD in Health Policy at McMaster University with a focus on supporting the use of research evidence to inform decision-making in crisis zones. Currently, Firas works as a Senior Research Manager at Evidence Aid. Recently, Firas worked as a Senior Research and Learning Consultant at the Canadian Red Cross working on Epidemic Prevention and Control COVID-19 research. In addition, Firas previously worked as a Health Policy Researcher at the Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices (UREPH) at MSF in Geneva, Switzerland. He also worked in the department of Child and Maternal Health at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Firas is the Founder and Executive Director of Knowledge Translation Hub – a knowledge synthesis hub designed to meet the demands of decision-makers and organizations.

Kevin Coppock, Board Member. Elected 2021-2024.

Kevin Coppock dedicated his life to humanitarian work while working as a volunteer in post-genocide Rwanda. This decision led him to Liberia, then Yemen and eventually to MSF in 2002 after completing an MSc at SOAS, University of London. With MSF he took operations management positions in Sierra Leone, Indian Controlled Kashmir, Chad, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Haiti (earthquake), Sudan, DRC, Myanmar, Syria, and Kyrgyzstan. In 2007 he joined the MSF Canada team as Humanitarian Liaison where he was able to develop and hone his understanding around the impossible choices MSF faces in the field, appreciate MSF Canada’s contribution to the Movement, and its role in Canadian society. He returned to the field full time with MSF at the beginning of 2010. Since August 2021, he is living in Canada studying full time at Georgetown University where he is completing an online Master of Professional Studies in Emergency and Disaster Management.

Simisola Johnson, Board Member. Elected 2021-2024.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and neuroscience at the University of Toronto, Simisola began her work in healthcare at an eye clinic. But her strong interest in global health issues has kept her anchored in the world of non-profit years prior. In the last decade, she has fundraised for a variety of non-profits (e.g. the Canadian Red Cross, Children Believe, CARE Canada etc.), campaigned for menstrual equity with a youth-led political organization based in Ontario, and has spearheaded the fundraising requests of small, faith-based organizations. Currently, she is assisting with new programming initiatives for youth with The Hunger Project. On her days off, she writes, primarily about public health issues. Her most recent articles have been published by the Harvard Public Health Review and the University of Toronto Medical Journal. Other areas of interest include ethics, child health and astronomy.

Sabrina Feldman, Legal Officer. Co-opted 2021-2024 (non-voting member).

Sabrina Feldman is a social justice lawyer with a practice that specializes in the intersection of criminal law and mental health law.  Prior to establishing her own private practice in Toronto, Sabrina worked for Legal Aid Ontario in some of Canada’s busiest courthouses and at a pre-eminent law firm specializing in assisting Indigenous governments, communities, and individuals.

Sabrina has been an active member of the social justice community in Canada and internationally, including assisting on test case education litigation in South Africa.

She is passionate about advancing human rights for individuals in underserved communities.

Sabrina received her LL.B. from the University of Windsor, and an LL.L. from the University of Ottawa, receiving numerous awards for academic achievement. She is currently pursuing her LL. M from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Heather Thomson

Heather Thomson, Board Member, Co-opted 2022-2023

Heather began her nursing career in the Attawapiskat First Nation reserve in northern Ontario. This three-year posting was the perfect preparation for her international MSF career, which spanned over 17 years with a total of nine international assignments, in the DRC, Uganda, Chad, CAR, South Sudan and Yemen. Throughout her MSF career she occupied the role of outreach nurse, project coordinator, and later medical coordinator. When not on international assignment, Heather remains active with MSF as the regional coordinator for the Ottawa Association since 2013, a member of the PSN since 2014, an MSF-C and OCB mentor since 2017, and providing medical coordinator representation on the OCA clinical governance committee since 2020. In Ottawa, Heather works as a nurse practitioner in a community health center and a part-time instructor at Queens University.