Our Board of Trustees


Jim Beaubien: Jim has over 40 years experience as a consultant, facilitator and educator, sharing his knowledge, skills, wisdom and humour with corporations and schools of business throughout North America.

In addition to being a managing partner at HOPE Learning with his wife Karen Caesar, Jim is also an adjunct professor for the Executive Education Program at the University of Alberta, and Organizational Development and Leadership MA at the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara. He has taught with the Society of Certified Management Accountants’ Strategic Leadership Program, the Canadian Medical Association, and the University of Calgary. Students in the MBA program at the University of Alberta jointly selected Jim and Karen as Professors of the Year for 2003.

In addition to his work with HOPE Learning, Jim is a managing partner with Flowpoint Systems, a privately owned manufacturer and distributor of intelligent bulk water and fluid distribution stations, fluid receiving stations, and the Flow+ Access Terminal and Software system.

In his consulting work, Jim specializes in strategic planning, organizational development and leadership with an emphasis on implementation.

Jim is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and a member of the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta.

Dr. Karen Breeck: Dr. Karen Breeck  is a past President of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada (FMWC) and former Aerospace Medicine Specialist with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

Born and raised in Calgary, Dr. Breeck moved to Newfoundland to study cetaceans, receiving her B.Sc. (Biology) in 1987. She stayed at Memorial University for medical school, also deciding to sign up to the Medical Officer Training Plan (MOTP) before receiving her MD in 1990.

In 2000, Dr. Breeck pursued a MHSc at University of Toronto in Occupational and Environmental Health with a Diploma in Women’s Studies. As part of her degree she  completed a research project on the gender specific operational medical support needs for female CAF pilots.  In 2002 she became American Boarded in Preventive Medicine after completing an aerospace medicine residency with the United States Air Force in San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Breeck has certifications in Basic and Advanced Diving Medicine, Submarine Medicine, Tropical Medicine, Emergency Disaster Planning, Space Indoctrination, Land / Sea / Arctic Survival, Resistance to Interrogation, Basic and Advanced Flight Safety, Compassion Fatigue, Flight Medicine, Civil Aviation Medicine and is a proud “Top Knife” graduate from Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

Highlights of Dr. Breeck’s military career included peacekeeping in the Middle East, ice storm and hurricane disaster relief, being the sole flight surgeon on a US carrier at sea for 9/11, secondment to the Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Medical Support Office and subsequent medical support of a shuttle mission at Johnson Space Center, medical advisor duties to the Chief of the Air Staff, flight surgeon to the Snowbirds and last but most certainly not least, supporting our Canadian military casualties from the Afghanistan war on their way back home via Germany.

During her twenty years of military service Dr Breeck had the privilege to work/live in every province of Canada and 26 nations internationally. Dr Breeck was recognized with the Canadian Society of Physician Leadership Excellence in Medical Leadership Award in 2009.

Dr. Breeck presently resides in Ottawa, Ontario  and continues to search for meaningful ways to continue serving her community and country through volunteering, mentoring, advocating and philanthropy efforts.  She has served on a number of volunteer not-for-profit boards and committees and is a proud member of Toastmasters and the Women, Peace and Security Network-Canada.

Ruth Collins-NakaiDr. Ruth Collins-Nakai, CM: Dr. Collins-Nakai, is an internationally respected pediatric and adult congenital cardiologist, spent over 30 years at the University of Alberta in various roles, including Full Professor and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. She served as Commissioner of the Premier’s Commission on Future Health Care for Albertans, President of the Alberta Medical Association, Chair of the Board of Governors of the American College of Cardiology, President of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, President of the InterAmerican Society of Cardiology, as one of the founding members of the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and as President of the Canadian Medical Association.

In 2001, the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences awarded her its Distinguished Achievement Award for promoting cardiovascular education and research throughout the world and in 2005 she was recognized as one of Alberta’s 100 Physicians of the Century. She has also been honored with the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Lois E. Hole’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Canadian Medical Association’s Medal of Service. She has been named a “Distinguished Citizen” by Grant MacEwan College and in June 2009 was recognized and installed in the City of Edmonton Hall of Fame for her service to community. In 2012 she was the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, and most recently (2015) received the Annual Achievement Award from the Canadian Cardiovascular Society. She was appointed Lt. Colonel for 1 Field Ambulance, Canadian Forces, in September of 2013.

She now continues with consulting, board directorships, and leadership initiatives.  She currently serves on several business, professional and philanthropic boards and, until June of 2013, Alberta Health Services.  She is married with two grown children.  She is an avid golfer, and proud of her rural Alberta roots.

John GrayDr. John Gray: Dr. Gray joined the staff of the Canadian Medical Protective Association in 2000 and was the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer until October 2014. A graduate of Queen’s University, he practised family medicine in Peterborough from 1974 to 2000. His interest in the medical profession is reflected in his more than 20 years on the executive of his county medical society and 10 years with the Ontario Medical Association, including one year as president. He had served 5 years on the board of directors of the Canadian Medical Association and 2 years on the council of the CMPA prior to his appointment to staff. He was a diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice until 2004, and is a fellow of both the American Academy of Family Physicians and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. In addition to his CMPA responsibilities, Dr. Gray was a member of the board of directors of the Physician Insurers’ Association of America (PIAA) and chaired that organization’s international section. In 2013 Dr. Gray was awarded Honorary Memberships by the Ottawa Academy of Medicine and by the Canadian Medical Association, the Leadership Award by the PIAA, and Life Membership by the Ontario Medical Association. In 2015 Dr Gray was awarded the Canadian Medical Association Medal of Service.

Anna reid photoDr. Anna Reid: Anna Reid received her honours degree in wildlife biology at the University Of Guelph in 1981 and in 1986 she completed her medical degree at the University of Ottawa. In 1988 she completed her family practice residency (rural stream) through the University of British Columbia and in 2000 she returned to Vancouver to complete further critical care training.

Dr. Reid worked as a rural locum in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories, primarily with aboriginal communities, before settling into a comprehensive family practice in Nelson, BC until 2000. She then practiced as an emergency room and intensive care unit physician at Kootenay Lake Hospital before moving to Yellowknife in 2008, where she practices both emergency and hospitalist medicine, and coordinates remote emergency transports. Dr. Reid has held leadership positions as Medical Director in two hospitals.

Early in her career, Dr. Reid volunteered with the Himalayan Rescue Association in Nepal, where she became interested in health care delivery and the importance of advocating for the disadvantaged. She continues to be deeply concerned about the homeless, mentally ill and addicted patients who face inequities in access to care. Interest in these systems issues led to her becoming President of the Northwest Territories Medical Association from 2009 to 2011 and subsequently the Canadian Medical Association in 2012-3.

With extensive experience in both family practice and specialized hospital care, Dr. Reid has developed an understanding of health care systems and issues related to improving quality of care. Known as a mediator and consensus-seeker, she brings a strong work ethic, sense of humour, vision and passion to all of her endeavours.

Dr. Reid has long been interested in the issue of Physician Health and Wellness and has been a vocal advocate for changes to our workplaces and medical culture which would enable us to support our colleagues and rediscover the humanity in medicine. She keeps healthy by going on wilderness expeditions and playing several musical instruments. She lives with her spouse, Linda, who is her constant support and source of inspiration.

Jean SchnobMr. Jean Schnob: Mr. Schnob is a tax partner and managing partner of Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton in Ottawa with over twenty-five years of experience specializing in assurance, taxation and advisory services.  Mr. Schnob is a versatile, creative and well-rounded business executive who is cognizant that successful tax planning must emanate from an understanding of the economics of a transaction and with sensitivity to the drivers of business arrangements. Mr. Schnob has a broad professional background, including technical subject instruction and speaking appearances. He has also participated in the tabling of a variety of reports and analyses on behalf of provincial public accounting institutes and regulatory bodies.


HughDr. Hugh Scully (Chair, CMF Board of Trustees): A cardiac surgeon, Dr. Hugh Scully was trained at Queen’s University, the University of Toronto, and at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is Professor of Surgery and Health Policy at the University of Toronto and Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at UHN Toronto General Hospital [TGH]. At UHN TGH, he has served as Deputy Head of CV Surgery, Deputy Surgeon-in-Chief, Chairman of the Education Committee, Chief of Staff and on the Board of Trustees. Presently, he is President of the Mt. Sinai-UHN Academic Medical Organization.

Dr. Hugh Scully was the Founding President of the Professional Association of Interns and Residents of Ontario [PAIRO], ultimately leading to the formation of the Canadian Association of Interns and Residents,[CAIR]. He is Past-President of the Ontario Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association [CMA], and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, [CCS]. He has served on the Councils [Boards] of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the World Medical Association as well as the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons.[ACS]. Presently, he is the only non-American member of the Health Policy and Advocacy Group of the ACS in Washington. Recently, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. In 2010, Dr. Scully received the CMA’s Medal of Service and the Annual {Lifetime} Achievement Award from the CCS.  Dr. Scully now chairs the Archives and Awards Committee at the CMA and also sits on the Board of the Directors for Partners in Health (Canada). He is a recipient of the Gold and Diamond Queen’s Jubilee Medals.

Since 2013, Dr. Scully has been a leadership volunteer with the Canadian Medical Foundation as Chair of the CMF’s multi-million dollar fundraising effort to raise support for physician health and wellness: The Every Physician Campaign.

In the world of motorsport, he is a Founding Fellow of the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability {Paris}, represents Canada as a Member of the FIA Medical Commission {Paris}, is Chairman-Emeritus and Chair of the Curriculum Committee of the International Council of Motorsport Sciences {Indianapolis} and is Medical Director and Safety Committee Chair of the Honda Indy Toronto. A motor sports enthusiast, Dr. Scully has received many awards for contributions to motorsport medicine and safety and is a Member, and Chairman, of the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame.

Dr. Scully resides in Toronto with his wife, Vanessa, former Principal Ballerina with the National Ballet of Canada.