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Board of Directors - Doctors Without Borders Canada

Ruby Gill, President. Elected 2019-2022.

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.

Idriss Lomba, Vice President. 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.

Andrew Zadel, Secretary. Elected 2019-2022.

Andrew Zadel completed missions with MSF as a Field Coordinator in South Sudan, Yemen, and Iraq. He is currently a volunteer with the Peer Support Network (PSN) and the organizing committee for the 2019 AGA, and was previously a volunteer in the Montreal office of MSF.

Andrew has had a seventeen year career working abroad with MSF, other NGOs, the United Nations and the World Bank. He worked as Head of Mission for Solidarités International and as Security Coordinator for Merlin. Andrew is from Montreal and he holds a master’s degree in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford. Andrew is currently on a temporary leave from the Board.

Ian Adair, Treasurer. Co-opted 2017-2022.

Ian is a retired Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA). After earning a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of British Columbia he articled with KPMG in Victoria, B.C. and then went on to a career working with BC Hydro. He first worked with MSF as a Financial Coordinator in 2005 and has served long missions (one year or longer) in both Pakistan and Uzbekistan, as well short assignments in Zambia, Sri Lanka, Nigeria (twice), and Haiti. Ian resides with his wife and son in Coldstream, B.C.

James Thuch Madhier. Elected 2020-2023.

James Thuch Madhier is the Founder & Executive Director of the Rainmaker Enterprise, an award-winning Toronto-based social enterprise organization driving last mile innovations in East Africa in the water, clean energy, public health & regenerative agriculture sectors to build healthy, inclusive, peaceful, and sustainable communities.

James works from the high-level, advising global leaders and as a current scientific advisory board member at Grand Challenges Canada, to the grassroots in East Africa, sparking intergenerational & cross-cultural leadership and systems change.

James is originally from South Sudan, where he lived until age 15 before relocating to Kenya during the Sudanese civil war. James moved to Canada in 2014 from Kenya on a merit-based scholarship to study at the University of Toronto. He now calls Toronto home.

Birinder Singh, Interim Secretary. 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. 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.

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Website: https://www.knowledgetranslationhub.com

YouTube: https://youtu.be/YV-56y5_fpo

Kevin Coppock. 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. 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. Co-opted 2021-2024.

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.