Meet our Board
Health Nexus is governed by a group of eight dynamic volunteers who share our commitment to health promotion and who reflect Canada’s diverse population.
- Monique Rocheleau- President
- Atif Ansari-Treasurer
- Jean-Pierre Girard
- Sheryl Feagan
- Amanda McLaren
- Emre Yurga
- Alex Abboud
- Alain Toni Jalkh
- Sara Wolfe
Monique Rocheleau- President
Monique has worked in both health, and social and community service sectors for over 22 years. During this time, she has held several positions: Executive Director with the Timmins Family Counselling Centre Inc.; Senior Health Planner with the Algoma, Cochrane, Manitoulin and Sudbury District Health Centre; Faculty Consultant for Laurentian University; Hospital Consultant for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care; Program Supervisor for the Best Start Initiative with the Ministry of Social and Community Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services; and Senior Officer with the North East Local Health Integration Network. She holds a Masters of Social Work from Laurentian University in Sudbury. (Member since 2015)
Atif Ansari – Treasurer
Atif is a senior financial executive who has held leadership roles in technology, marketing, communication and event management companies. He is currently the chief financial officer of Kognitive, Canada’s leading direct sales and experiential marketing agency. Prior to Kognitive, Atif held financial leadership roles with StatPro Group plc, DMG World Media and Bowne & Co. His expertise ranges from financial and strategic planning, internal controls, risk management, and measuring and enhancing organizational success.
A professional accountant, Atif holds designations from Canada (CPA, CMA) and the UK (ACMA, CGMA), and is also a member of FEI Canada. (Member since 2015)
As an international consultant in collective entrepreneurship, Jean -Pierre combines this and the academic fields with nearly 30 years of experience. On the ground, he was the first Executive Director of the Quebec Federation of Co-operative Housing and, working with organizations from different backgrounds, cumulated consultation mandates related to a range of expertise. Since 1989, Jean-Pierre has given a variety of university courses relevant to collective entrepreneurship in Quebec and Africa. He has developed an international expertise in public health and social entrepreneurship within health and social services by conducting studies, training stakeholders on the field and organizing missions such as in Japan. He has fulfilled mandates for the United Nations, Doctors Without Borders (Switzerland) and OECD nations. Amongst his directorial roles within several corporations since 1984, he was notably a member of the executive office of the International Health Cooperative Organization from 2001 to 2013. (Member since 2013)
Sheryl is currently employed as a lawyer with Donnelly Murphy Lawyers PC in Goderich. Her practice focuses on Wills, Estates, Estate Litigation, Family Law and representing children as a panel member with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Sheryl was called to the Bar in 2002. Prior to practising law, Sheryl worked as a Health Promotion Specialist and held senior management positions within the Huron County Health Unit. She brings strong background, practical experience and understanding in health promotion, the determinants of health and public health. Sheryl has held executive positions in provincial health promotion organizations and has served as a member of various boards including the Southwest Local Health Integration Network. Sheryl has a Bachelor degree in Physical and Health Education, a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from Western University in London. (Member since 2016)
Amanda is a Director of Parliamentary Affairs for the Senate of Canada and provides strategic and legislative advice on public policy and Parliamentary work. Amanda has over ten years’ experience on Parliament Hill and most recently provided advice on Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, which proposed to legalize and strictly regulate cannabis. She has worked on various committees, including the Senate Social Affairs, Science and Technology Committee, by supporting legislative and social studies issues related to cultural affairs and the arts, social and labour matters, health and welfare, youth issues, pensions and housing. She is the founding President of the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Ottawa and is past Young Vice President of BPW Canada – a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works to improve the social, economic and political conditions of working women in Canada. She brings a passion for the rights of women and girls, as well as strategic and public policy expertise to the board of Health Nexus (Board Member since 2018).
Emre has a long term interest in and passion for politics, and public policy, and in integrating these with his professional skills in architecture and community planning. He has worked with many social and not-for-profit organizations in Canada. Currently, Emre is a Strategic Policy Lead for the Government of Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care’s Strategic Policy and Planning Division. In his previous role, as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Ministry of Community and Social Services, he has developed and implemented ministry wide strategy for establishing guidelines and practices for outcome oriented policy and program development. Emre holds two master’s degrees: a Master in Architecture from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Public Policy from the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. He was a CIHR (Canadian Institute for Health Research) Fellow of Public Health Policy Program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and a Lupina Fellow of Comparative Program on Health and Society at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto (Board Member since 2018).
Alex Abboud operates Abboud Strategies, a consulting firm that works at the intersection of public policy, communications, and strategy. With a focus on the nonprofit and public sectors, Alex works with clients to advance their goals, and to develop new programs and strategies. Previously, Alex spent more than 10 years in leadership roles in the non-profit sector and government, serving as Director, Communications & Fund Development for Homeward Trust Edmonton, a key political staff person at City Hall in Edmonton, and as Executive Director of Students Nova Scotia.
Alex also currently serves on the boards of the Edmonton Heritage Council and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. In his spare time, he writes, is a marathon runner, and a hobby photographer (Board Member since 2018).
Alain Toni Jalkh
Alain Toni Jalkh is a multilingual Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). He is currently working as a Financial Advisor at the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in Ottawa, where he is responsible for providing financial advice to Senior Management of the Policy Sector. For the past ten years, Alain has occupied several Finance positions for various organizations, such as the Department of National Defense (DND), Public Works (PWGSC) along with various positions in the semi-private sector (University of Ottawa) and in the private sector. Alain earned a Bachelor of Commerce in Management and a Bachelor of in Commerce in Accounting from the University of Ottawa. He also obtained a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) specialized diploma of higher studies at the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO). Alain is currently completing his MBA diploma. He also currently serves on several Board of Directors in various Sectors (environment, neighborhood safety, human right, education, Accounting/Finance). Alain has also been coaching basketball for the past 10 years. Alain enjoys reading in the nature or on a stationary bike at the gym as he is subscribed to a dozen business related magazines. (Board Member since 2018).
Sara Wolfe is Anishnawbe from Brunswick House First Nation. She is a registered midwife and nurse. A first generation residential school survivor, Sara has worked for more than two decades in Indigenous community and perinatal health, in both urban and remote communities. She is a founding partner of Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto and was one of the co-leads of the award winning Toronto Birth Centre facility. She has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management (Member since 2019).