David Wiljer is Senior Director, Transformational Education and Academic Advancement at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology currently transferring to the Department of Psychiatry and holds cross appointments to the department of Health Policy Management and Evaluation and the Institute for Medical Science. He is the co-Director of Knowledge Transfer for the TECHNA institute, a recent joint initiative between UofT and UHN for the commercialization of medical technologies. He was the founding Chair of the Canadian Committee for Patient Accessible Electronic Health Records (CCPAEHR). He has been an active member of the Executive Council of the American Association for Cancer Education for over eight years; he has held several posts on the board including President of the Association and an Associate Editor of the Journal for Cancer Education. David has a proven track record in turning innovation into practice on a local, national and international scale and has over 50 publications related to clinical and technology based innovations and research initiatives.
Donald C. Cole is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Head of the Global Health Division in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) and Interim Director of the Institute for Global Health Equity and Innovation. With over twenty years of practice, research and policy work in Canada and lower and middle income countries, he has led multi-stakeholder action research processes in sets of workplaces and communities to change conditions to improve physical and mental health. Supervisor or co-supervisor of numerous mixed methods masters' and doctoral students, he has co-authored over 160 peer-reviewed publications and over 30 chapters, and lead edited a book. He led the development of a Global Health Research Methods course to support mixed methods training at the DLSPH and a global health research mentorship series for post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty.
Elisha Muskat is the Executive Director of Ashoka Canada. She has been with Ashoka since 2009, as a volunteer and a member of the Canada, USA and Changemakers teams. Elisha has developed new operational systems and financial models within Ashoka, and launched Canada's first country-led Changemakers competition. Prior to joining Ashoka, Elisha worked primarily in youth development, building and running programs in Toronto, New York City and Syracuse. She has launched youth conflict-resolution and peer-mediation programs and developed a green business advisory for small business owners. Elisha has an MBA from Schulich School of Business at York University and a BA in Psychology from McGill University.
David Aylward is the President of COMCARE, a company with a long history of assisting public service missions with modern information and communications technologies. He serves as the Senior Advisor, Global Health and Technology, at Ashoka and is a leader of two related efforts: a team seeking to solve malnutrition, and Ashoka's Health for All initiative. Both initiatives seek to transform the lives of people at the base of the pyramid through new combinations of citizen, public and private organizations, using new innovative approaches, enabled by modern information and communications technologies, especially wireless. Until March 2011, he was the first Executive Director of the mHealth Alliance. The Alliance is dedicated to enabling quality health, and the delivery of quality health, to the farthest reaches of wireless networks. Prior to joining the mHealth Alliance, he was a Director and Chief Strategist of the non-profit 100 organization COMCARE Emergency Response Alliance, which he founded in 1998. David has a BA in Government from Dartmouth College and a JD with High Honors from George Washington University Law School.
Susan Pigott is the Executive in Residence with Ashoka Canada, having come from CAMH where she was Vice President of Communications and Community Engagement. Susan is a lifelong changemaker and closely connected to the social change ecosystem in Canada. She served as a panelist for Ashoka Canada in 2004 and is a close collaborator with many Canadian Ashoka Fellows, ASN members and advisors. Her experience ranges from introducing introducing beekeeping to the Tari Basin in the Southern Highlands of Papua New Guinea to co-leading an initiative to modernize income security policy for low income families in Ontario. Susan trained as a nurse at the Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing in Toronto and then worked as a registered nurse for 10 years in Toronto and in Australia and Papua New Guinea. In 1978, Ms. Pigott earned a master's degree in social work at the University of Toronto. Since then, she has worked in the non-profit human services field for over 25 years.
Amy Dalebout is the Manager of Operations and Integration at Ashoka Canada. Previous to this post Amy was Operations Manager for the Talent Team at Ashoka Global. In this role, she managed strategic relationships internally and externally, and collaborated with over 30 offices worldwide to develop new infrastructure tools. Her experiences range from Scotland to Indonesia, from Ghana to Guatemala, where she has launched projects and built infrastructure for and with entrepreneurs.
Susmitha Rallabandi is a physician from India with a Masters in Public Health from St. George's University, Grenada, West Indies. She has experience in teaching, research and clinical settings in various multicultural environments. Her research area of interests include mental health interventions among child and adolescent population in both developed and developing countries.