Advisory Board

Judah A. Denburg


Dr. Denburg is Director and Chief of Service of Clinical Immunology and Allergy at Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster Division. He is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences having received his Professorship in 1988 and holds the William J. Walsh Chair in Medicine.

Dr. Denburg is active as a physician and is involved in one of the largest academic group practices in Allergy and Immunology in Canada. In his educational role, he serves as the primary link between basic and clinical immunology at McMaster and has mentored numerous students and fellows into leadership roles in the field of Allergy and Immunology.

In addition to his other duties, Dr. Denburg is the Scientific Director and CEO of The Allergy, Genes & Environment Network of Centres of Excellence (AllerGen NCE Inc.), a research and knowledge translation network in allergic diseases and asthma based at McMaster University in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. Launched in 2004 and successfully renewed to 2019, AllerGen unites Canada’s leading research and clinical care experts in allergic diseases and asthma with related industry and not-for-profit organizations. AllerGen brings prestige, and research and educational funding investments to McMaster University, and has positioned Canada as a global leader in allergy and asthma research and development.

Jaime Watt

Executive Chairman, Navigator

Jaime Watt is the Executive Chairman of Navigator. He specializes in complex public strategy issues, serving both domestic and international clients in the corporate, professional services, not-for-profit, and government sectors.

Jaime has been involved in corporate governance education and thought leadership throughout his career and regularly provides expert opinion in challenging governance situations. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Directors Education Program, jointly developed and administered by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He is also a guest lecturer for a variety of Rotman School programs, and the Ivey School of Business at Western University.

‪Widely regarded as Canada’s leading high stakes communications strategist, he is a trusted advisor to boards of directors, business and professional leaders as well as political leaders at all three levels of government across Canada. Jaime has led ground-breaking election campaigns that have transformed politics because of their boldness and creativity.‬‬

Lori Lee Oates, Ph.D.

Historian, Political commentator and Lecturer at Memorial University

Lori Lee holds a Ph.D. in global and imperial history from the University of Exeter, where she also taught history. She is affiliated with the M.Phil. (Humanities) program at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Her Ph.D. was funded by a studentship valued at £77,670. She also received grants to do primary research in France and Wales. Her research on the globalization of religion has been presented in Canada, the United States, and Europe. She has served on academic boards in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands, and been published by the Global and Imperial Forum.

Lori Lee has worked as a Senior Policy Advisor in the office of the minister at Status of Women Canada. Previously, she was a Director of Communications with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, where she was assigned to the Departments of Transportations and Works, Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Aboriginal Affairs.

She is a CBC Contributor and regularly provides political commentary in local and national media. Her latest venture is a podcast called Podco: Making Government Work for Us, with political scientists Stephen Tomblin and Lucian Ashworth. It addresses the need to update our democratic institutions at a local and international level.

Dr. Geoff Fernie

Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) Director

Professor Geoff Fernie is the Creaghan Family Chair in Prevention and Healthcare Technologies, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto and at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. He is a bioengineer who applies engineering to solve problems in medicine and healthcare. During his tenure as Director of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute from 2003 to 2018, he grew the research institute to be the top rehabilitation research centre in the world.

Dr. Fernie’s passion is the search for practical solutions to common problems of daily living for an aging population, people with disabilities and their caregivers.

Dr. Fernie has a track record of taking inventions from the laboratory to market and has helped to launch several companies. He has over 150 peer-reviewed journal papers/ book chapters and has been awarded nearly 50 patents. Among his many awards, Geoff is a member of the Order of Canada.

Bob Hallett

Musician & Theatre producer

A native and resident of St. John’s, in 1993 he and some friends started Great Big Sea, a legendary band which went on to sell over a million and half records around the world over a 20 year career. Among other accomplishments, the Band had twelve gold and multi-platinum albums, and several number one albums in Canada. A master musician, steeped in Newfoundland traditional styles, Bob can play a dozen instruments, and wrote and sang many songs with the Band. He has played thousands of concerts with Great Big Sea and other artists, and made countless appearances on television and radio. His company, Kilbride Music, has managed bands, produced records, created radio specials, and promoted many live concerts. He works with the producers of the Tony Award winning Broadway Musical Come From Away as a Music Consultant, and has also worked at the Stratford Festival as a Composer & Music Director. As an author he has written dozens of magazine articles, essays and several books, including the best-selling memoir Writing Out The Notes. In his spare time he runs Erin’s Pub, the city’s oldest music pub, in downtown St. John’s.