About • Cardiovascular Network of Canada — CANet

About Us

Cardiovascular Network of Canada

Our Network brings together health care professionals, academia, government, industry, not-for-profit, and patients to support new ideas and ground-breaking cardiac research.

CANet is developing and promoting effective practical solutions for personal, healthcare, and business applications. Our approach is to put the right tools in the right hands at the right time.

We want to empower:

  • Patients to manage their own health
  • Caregivers to improve patient care at the bedside and in the community
  • Health care providers to give timely, effective, and efficient services


To create, test, evaluate, and implement innovative technologies and health strategies to accomplish the vision.


A transformed healthcare system, driving quality, and affordable care to all Canadians for better cardiovascular health outcomes. 


Members of CANet’s Board of Directors and Committees come from across Canada and bring a diverse range or expertise.

Board of Directors

  • François Labonté (Chair)
    Senior Finance Executive, Consultant

  • Richard Alvarez
    CEO, Richard Alvarez & Associates
  • Laura Arbour, MD
    Professor, University of Victoria
  • Shurjeel Choudhri, PhD
    Senior Vice President & Head of Medical and Scientific Affairs, Bayer Inc.
  • Robert Courchaine (Observer)
    NCE Liaison, Network of Centres of Excellence of Canada
  • Shannon Kelly (Observer)
    PhD Student, CANet Trainee Representative, University of Ottawa
  • José Mussi
    Senior Director, Digital Health and Innovation, PwC
  • Kevin O’Neil, PhD (Observer)
    Managing Director, CANet
  • Ratika Parkash, MD  (Observer)
    Associate Scientific Director, CANet
  • Mary Runte, PhD
    Associate Professor, University of Lethbridge
  • Alan Shepard, PhD
    President and Vice-chancellor, Western University
  • Anthony Tang, MD (Observer)
    Scientific Director and CEO, CANet
  • George Wells, PhD (Observer)
    Associate Scientific Director, CANet

Audit and Finance Committee

  • Francois Labonte (Chair)
    Senior Finance Executive, Consultant

  • Robert Courchaine
    NCE Representative
  • Mary Runte, PhD
    Associate Professor, University of Lethbridge
  • Kevin O’Neil, PhD
    Managing Director, CANet
  • David Brazier
    Director of Finance, CANet

Business Development Committee

  • Shurjeel Choudhri (Chair)
    Senior Vice President & Head of Medical and Scientific Affairs, Bayer Inc.

  • Jose Mussi
    Senior Director, Digital Health and Innovation, PwC Canada
  • Mary Runte, PhD
    Associate Professor, University of Lethbridge
  • Anthony Tang, MD
    Scientific Director and CEO, CANet
  • Kevin O’Neil, PhD
    Managing Director, CANet

Research Management Committee

  • Anthony Tang, MD (Chair)
    Scientific Director and CEO, CANet

  • Katherine Allan, PhD
    Research Associate (Cardiology), St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Robert Courchaine
    NCE Representative
  • Shannon Kelly
    Ph.D Student, University of Ottawa
  • Kevin O’Neil, PhD
    Managing Director, CANet
  • Ratika Parkash, MD
    Director of Research, Division of Cardiology, Dalhousie University
  • Mary Runte
    Associate Professor, University of Lethbridge
  • William Stevenson, MD
    Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Mario Talajic, MD
    Cardiologist, Institut de Cardiologie de Montréal
  • George Wells, PhD
    Associate Scientific Director, CANet

International Expert Advisory Committee

  • William Stevenson, MD (Chair)
    Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt School of Medicine, Nashville, TN

  • Sana Al-Khatib, MD
    Professor of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Raleigh, NC
  • Philip Cuculich, MD
    Associate Professor of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Paul Mercer
    Patient Representative
  • Thomas Munger, MD
    Cardiologist, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Kevin O’Neil, PhD
    Managing Director, CANet
  • Jeffrey Olgin, MD
    Professor of Medicine, University of California, California, CA
  • Jeanne Poole, MD
    Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Leslie Saxon, MD
    Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Mario Talajic, MD
    Vice-Doyen Exécutif, Sciences Cliniques et Réseau, Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC
  • Anthony Tang, MD
    Scientific Director and CEO, CANet
  • Hugh Winsor
    Patient Representative

Training and Education Committee

  • Katherine Allan, PhD (Chair)
    Senior Research Associate (Cardiology), St. Michael’s Hospital

  • Brianna Davies
    Research Genetic Counsellor, University of BC
  • Santokh Dhillon, MD
    Pediatric EP Cardiologist, Associate Professor, Dalhousie University
  • Varinder Kaur Randhawa, MD
    Heart Failure Transplant Cardiologist and CCM Fellow, St Michael’s Hospital
  • Shannon Kelly
    PhD Candidate, University of Ottawa
  • Kevin O’Neil, PhD
    Managing Director, CANet
  • Danaka Porter
    PhD Candidate, University of Calgary
  • Tigana Runte
    Research Analyst/Biostatistician, London Health Sciences Centre
  • Bianca Mammarella
    Undergraduate Student, Honours Integrated Science level IV (c) 
  • Joel Sherwood
    Senior Account Executive – Trainer, Zoll Medical Inc.   
  • Sarah Whibley,
    Training and Education Coordinator, CANet

Patient Advisory Council

  • Mary Runte (Chair)
    Associate Professor, University of Lethbridge

  • Diane Strachan
  • Darrin Bauer
  • Ann-Marie Julien
  • Linda Riches
  • Barbara Martin
  • Rose Anne MacIsaac
  • Robert MacLachlan
  • Danaka Porter
  • Tim Westhaver
  • Hugh Winsor


Our organization is comprised of a diverse range of professional, health, and leadership expertise.

Dr. Anthony Tang

Scientific Director and CEO

Dr. Ratika Parkash

Associate Scientific Director

Dr. George Wells

Associate Scientific Director

Operations Centre

Kevin O’Neil

Managing Director

David Brazier

Director of Finance

Fabian Folias

Director of Digital Marketing
and Communications

Courtney Gingrich

Engagement Lead

Thea Lee

Project Coordinator

Sarah Whibley

Training and Education Coordinator

Technology Development

Dr. Pavel Antiperovitch

Medical Development Lead

Dr. Chi-Ming Chow

Medical Consultant

Jason Gallagher

Data Centre Operations Support

Ted Leung

Senior Application Developer

Dorin Preda

Intermediate Full Stack Developer
CANet — Cardiac Arrhythmia Network of Canada

Connor Simmonds-Parke

Full Stack Developer

Michael Surya HadiPutra

Application Developer

Serena Leung

Web Developer

Network Investigators

CANet brings together Canada’s globally recognized experts in a wide array of related disciplines to share ideas and advance the cardiac research and treatment field.

We harness the talents of the best researchers, engineers, and social scientists.

Click here to view a complete list of investigators with additional search and sort capabilities.



The future of our initiatives will be sustained by the next generation of investigators, clinicians, and healthcare professionals. We formed the CANet HQP Association for Trainees (CHAT) to nurture new professionals in public and private research through the development of Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP).

CHAT provides its members valuable resources and opportunities to network with like-minded colleagues, and participate in events and competitions across Canada that help strengthen their research and career development.

To date, CHAT has conducted 275 courses and workshops, trained 10,605 HQP, and launched 176 new careers in the public and private sector workplace. There have also been 143 job promotions received for Allied Health Research Professionals.

To learn more about CHAT and our members, click here.

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Patients & Caregivers

Patients and caregivers participate across all network activities:

  • As the Chair of the Board of Directors
  • As active members on all committees (Board of Directors, Management, Research)
  • Defining the merit of all research proposals
  • Leading or co-leading every major research project

Our Patient Advisory Council (PAC) consists of patients and caregivers from across Canada.

Members of our PAC share their knowledge of living with a heart condition and also participate in many of our network’s activities and initiatives.

Visit our patient and caregiver community, click here.



Our unique partnerships create the ideal environment for scientific and clinical advances, knowledge translation, and business opportunities.


We have generated over $50M in partner matching funds. We continue to build partnerships that advance CANet’s mission of using our internationally recognized research groups to attract key stakeholders, work with patients and other communities to generate new knowledge, novel technologies, and key health strategies that will help identify and treat patients at risk.


  • Acutus Medical
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Analytics 4 Life
  • Apotex
  • Aufero Medical
  • Bayer
  • Baylis Medical
  • Biosense Webster
  • Biotronik Canada
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Boston Scientific
  • Capital Health
  • CellAegis Devices
  • Clearbridge Mobile
  • Cloud DX
  • Conavi Medical Inc. (Colibri Technologies)
  • CorHealth
  • CUBE Medical Solutions
  • Cicada Creative Inc
  • Drone Delivery Canada

  • Ensho Health
  • ERT Research Fund
  • GE Healthcare
  • IBM Canada
  • Icentia
  • InDro Robotics Inc.
  • Instinctools
  • Ironstone Product Development
  • Johnson & Johnson Medical Products
  • Kablooe
  • Kinduct
  • LifeLabs Genetics
  • LXA
  • Maritime SPOR SUPPORT Unit
  • Medacon Atlantic
  • Medtronic Canada
  • Muskoka Paramedic Services
  • O-Two Medical Devices
  • Peel Region Paramedic Services
  • Pfizer

  • Pharmasees
  • PHEMI Health Systems
  • Physio-Control, Inc
  • Plexxus
  • QoC Health
  • ResIM
  • Servier
  • Siemens Canada
  • Simpatico Intelligent Systems Inc. (Smile CDR)
  • Sistemas Genomicos
  • Sonde Health
  • St Jude Medical Canada (Abbott)
  • TelASK
  • ThinkON
  • Visual Country
  • Ultromics
  • Zoll Medical Corporation


  • Carelton University
  • Dalhousie University
  • Governors of the University of Calgary
  • McMaster University
  • Memorial University
  • Queen’s University
  • The Governing Council of the University of Toronto
  • The Governors of the University of Alberta
  • The Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning / McGill University

  • UBC VGH Division of Cardiology
  • Université Laval
  • University Health Network
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Lethbridge
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Montreal
  • University of Northern British Columbia
  • University of Ottawa

  • University of Ottawa Heart Institute
  • University of Prince Edward Island
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Sherbrooke
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University


  • Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (CACPR)
  • Canadian Cardiovascular Society
  • Canadian Heart Function Alliance (CHFA)
  • Canadian Heart Rhythm Society
  • Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

  • HeartLife Foundation
  • Heart & Stroke
  • Indoc Research
  • MaRS Discovery District
  • Medtech Canada
  • PaCED (Parents Advocating for Cardiac Education)

  • SADS
  • Southwestern Academic Health Network (SWAHN)
  • Syncope Trust And Reflex anoxic Seizures (STARS)
  • Terry Fox Research Institute – Digital Health and Discovery Platform (TFRI – DHDP)
  • The Key First Nation
  • Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Hospitals and institutes

  • Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM)/Unversite de Montreal
  • Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke
  • Centre Universitaire de sante McGill
  • CHU de Québec-Université Laval Research Center
  • CRIUCPQ/Universite Laval
  • Dartmouth General Hospital
  • Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital
  • Eastern Health
  • Hamilton Health Sciences Center/McMaster University
  • Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal
  • Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec
  • Jewish General Hospital
  • Kingston General Hospital/Queen’s University
  • London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC)
  • Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta/University of Calgary
  • London Health Research Institute Corporation/Lawson
  • Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
  • Montfort Hospital

  • New Brunswick Heart Centre
  • North York General
  • Northwest Region PreHospital Care Program
  • Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Providence Health Care
  • QEII HSC/Dalhousie University
  • Queensway Carleton Hospital
  • Regina General Hospital
  • Robarts Research
  • Royal Alexandra Hospital/University of Alberta
  • Royal Columbian Hospital
  • Royal Jubilee Hospital/University of Victoria
  • Royal University Hospital
  • Southlake Regional Health Centre
  • St. Boniface Hospital/University of Manitoba

  • St. John’s Health Science Centre
  • St. Justine Hospital
  • St. Michael’s Hospital
  • St. Paul’s Hospital
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • The Hospital for Sick Children
  • The Ottawa Hospital
  • Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
  • Trillium Health Care
  • UHN
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation
  • Victoria General Hospital
  • Windsor Cardiac Centre
  • Woman’s College Research Institute
  • Yorkton Regional Health Centre


  • Academic Medical Organization of Southwestern Ontario (AMOSO)
  • Alberta Health Services
  • BC Emergency Health Services
  • Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)
  • Canada Health Infoway
  • Canada Summer Jobs Program
  • Cardiovascular Health and Stroke Strategic Clinical Networks
  • Cardiovascular Health Nova Scotia
  • Cardiac Services BC
  • EMS- Calgary Zone
  • Government of Manitoba
  • Government of Nunavut, Department of Health
  • Halton Region Paramedic Services
  • Health Quality Ontario

  • Indigenous Services Canada
  • Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario (IPC)
  • Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH)
  • Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
  • Interior Health BC
  • Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
  • Mozell Family Analysis Core (LCIA)
  • National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH)
  • Nova Scotia Health
  • Nova Scotia Health Authority
  • Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation
  • Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario
  • Ontario Health
  • Ontario Research Fund
  • Ottawa Paramedic Service
  • Prairie Vascular Research Network
  • Province of Manitoba

  • Provincial Summer Jobs Service Ontario
  • Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region/Saskatchewan Health Authority
  • Regional Paramedic Program for Eastern Ontario
  • Rouge Valley Health System
  • Sante et Services sociaux Quebec
  • Saskatchewan Ministry of Health
  • Superior North EMS
  • The Ottawa Hospital Academic Medical Organization
  • Toronto Paramedic Services
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA)
  • Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
  • York Region Paramedic and Senior Services