Lynn is a faculty member of the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) at the University of Torontoand the Clinical Sciences Division of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Laurentian and Lakehead Universities, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at Lakehead. She teaches both medical and other health professional students and graduate physicians. Besides an M.D. from Queen’s University, she earned a Fellowship in the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and serves as Medical Education Liaison/Staff Physician and Past Medical Director or Designated Medical Director of the University of Toronto-affiliated Environmental Health Clinic at Women’s College Hospital, Toronto. She is now the Post Graduate Year 3 (PGY3) Co-coordinator of the Clinical Environmental Health Fellowships, funded 2 per year for 3 years by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care at the Environmental Health Clinic- in collaboration with the DFCM and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH).
She was appointed by the Ontario Ministry of Health to the Clinical Research Advisory Board (CRAB) which was charged with developing and monitoring an Environmental Hypersensitivity Research Unit at the University of Toronto and the Environmental Health Clinic at Women’s College Hospital. While working in the Research Unit, she completed the eight required and audited two Master of Science courses in Epidemiology at the University of Toronto, and collaborated on studies with researchers in the new Research Unit, co-authoring several peer-reviewed scientific papers.
She has been President of both the Canadian Society for Environmental Medicine and the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, and is currently the Chair of the Environmental Health Committee of the Ontario College of Family Physicians. She is the representative of the Environmental Health Committee, the Environmental Health Clinic and EHI-Canada in the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care and serves on the Coordination Committee and Joint Research and Education Committee of the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE). The foci of CPCHE are scientific literature reviews, knowledge translation and health promotion.
She has served as an Advisor to numerous government, charitable and patient support organizations, and has received Environmental Health Awards from the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, the Canadian Society for Environmental Medicine, twice from the American Academy for Environmental Medicine, as well as the Power of Humanity Award from the Canadian Red Cross- Ontario Division.
Prior to working in the Environmental Health Clinic (since its inception in 1996), she practiced in Australia and small town Ontario – primary care family and emergency medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, and, after further training, general practice psychotherapy. She was the Chair of the Guidelines Task Force of the Professional Development Committee of the General Practice Psychotherapy Association which developed “Guidelines for the Practice of Psychotherapy by Physicians”, and was honoured with the Theratree Award of the General Practice Psychotherapy Association.
She has an Advanced University of Toronto Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis, and a Fellowship in the Canadian Society for Clinical Hypnosis – Ontario Division.
Dr. Alison Bested graduated from the University of Toronto’s Haematological Pathology residency program and passed the Royal College of Canada’s specialty board examinations in Haematological Pathology in 1984. She is one of only 100 Haematological Pathologists in Canada. Her residency training covered a wide variety of areas including: Immunology, Blood Banking, Genetics, Anatomical Pathology, Internal Medicine and Haematology both clinical and laboratory. Previously Dr. Bested was a lecturer in the Department of Pathology and Head of the Division of Haematology and Immuno-Haematology at the Toronto East General and Orthopaedic Hospital from 1985 to 1992.
For the past 23 years her medical specialty practice was dedicated to patients who had the following complex medical conditions: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Fibromyalgia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and chronic Lyme disease. Over the years she has assessed and treated thousands of patients with these medical conditions. Dr. Bested is licensed to practice medicine in the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia where she continues to work as a medical consultant.
She was on staff at the Environmental Health Clinic at Women’s College Hospital from 1996 to 2012 as the Medical Specialist Liaison and was the Acting Medical Director for a year finishing July 2008. At the Environmental Health Clinic, Dr. Bested taught medical students, nursing students and medical residents. She was a lecturer at the University of Toronto in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She was the Medical Director for the Complex Chronic Diseases Program at BC Women’s Hospital from October 2012 until May 2014. Currently she is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia in the Faculty of Medicine.
Dr. Bested was chosen by Health Canada to participate on the Expert Medical Consensus Panel that wrote the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Clinical Working Case Definition, Diagnostic and Treatment Protocols. This consensus definition was published in the Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 2003. In the literature this is known as the Canadian Consensus Definition of ME/CFS and is used worldwide by clinicians and researchers.
She was one of the authors of the 2014 ME/CFS Primer for Clinicians published by the International Association of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This summary publication is an updated version of the Canadian Consensus Definition of ME/CFS.
Two books were published by Dr. Bested and her co-authors: “Hope and Help for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia”, 2nd Edition, 2008 and “The Complete Fibromyalgia Health Diet Guild and Cookbook”, 2013.
Annette graduated with an Honours B.A. in Psychology from Guelph University, and then earned Masters and Doctoral degrees in Psychology from the University of Toronto. She became licensed in clinical psychology in Ontario in 1989 (Ed.D., C.Psych.).
Annette has had clinical practice focuses in health, disability, forensic and criminal psychology. She developed innovative individual and group psycho-educational coping skills programs for those with complex chronic clinical conditions. She has utilized movie clips and self-hypnotic techniques to help relieve distressing symptoms, promote restorative sleep, encourage self-management, and enhance health recovery and self-confidence with a special emphasis on the development of life purpose, quality of life and meaning regardless of health impairments.
She served as the president of CAPDA, (the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment) from 2014 until 2016 and received the Founders’ Award of Excellence for her work with that organization. She served as the education chair of the Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis- Ontario Division, and, with her committee, developed popular annual Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Courses in Clinical Hypnosis from 2004 through 2006. These courses were accredited as Continuing Education for physicians. Annette is currently a Fellow of the CSCH-OD.
Annette has worked as a contract staff member for the Canadian Forces in 2013 and 2014 to familiarize herself with the needs of those experiencing operational stress; she continues work in this capacity in her practice in Oakville and with Veterans’ Affairs.
Her interests include the development of treatment and assessment strategies for health issues that affect psychological functioning, and, from the psychological perspective, the support and enhancement of quality of life in times of major change and stress for the individual and his/her family. Her current work focus is in the development and improvement of the assessment process for psychological disability within many contexts and environments, and to determine the psychological and mental health issues that are inherent in any illness or injury. Her work includes psychological-legal assessments and expert witness testimony in complex cases.
Annette is listed with the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. Both of these associations review and assess appropriate credentialing and assist in enhanced professional mobility within North America.
Kathleen Cooper studied at the University of Toronto and has worked in environmental research positions for nearly 30 years. She joined the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) in 1987. As Senior Researcher at CELA, and a paralegal, she provides casework support to environmental litigation files and has directed several large law reform campaigns on the subjects of toxic substances, pesticides, land use planning and hazards in consumer products.
She chairs the Research and Policy Committee of the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE), an innovative forum to facilitate collaboration among health, environment and child care professionals promoting children’s environmental health in Canada. She has authored several of CPCHE’s publications including Child Health and the Environment – A Primer, and the companion technical report for Toronto Public Health from which the Primer is summarized. More recently, she co-authored a detailed scoping review, published by CELA, the Ontario College of Family Physicians and the Environmental Health Institute of Canada, addressing the evidence of associations between early life exposure to toxic substances/pollution and chronic disease. She also co-authored Healthy Retrofits: The Case for Better Integration of Children’s Environmental Health Protection into Energy Efficiency Programs, a baseline report for an outreach project that integrates CELA’s work on energy efficiency and affordability with the work on preventing prenatal and childhood exposure to toxic substances.
Joe is a banker / financier with extensive national and international experience who holds several undergraduateand postgraduate diplomas from Queen’s University, The Canadian Bankers’ Association, and The Institute of Canadian Bankers. He is the sole holder of the “Certificate in General Management with Honours” from the latter institution.
Initially with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Joe held most posts in branch banking in Toronto and region, including supervisory and credit training positions, before being appointed as the bank’s representative in Zurich, Switzerland, and then Frankfurt, West Germany. In Frankfurt, in 1973-1974, he founded and managed a branch and then returned to Canada as the Chairman of the Canadian Bankers’ Association Study Group in the Bank Act Revision Committee. He then became the Superintendent of Business Development for CIBC from 1976-1980, and the Superintendent of Corporate Banking from 1980-1981.
He next served as the Vice President of the Bank of America Canada in Toronto before forming DEPAG Deposit Agency of Canada Inc. in November, 1983, a financial service corporation under contractual service to The Royal Bank of Canada and several other Canadian financial institutions.
Besides being the President of DEPAG Deposit Agency of Canada Inc. since 1983, Joe has held leadership positions on many Boards. He is the Past Chairman of the Association of Representatives of Foreign Banks in the Federal Republic of Germany, Past Vice President of the Canadian Exporters’ Association, Ontario Chapter, and a Past Director of the German-Canadian Business and Professional Association. He has served as Vice Chair of the ShareLife Corporate Appeal of the Archdiocese of Toronto from 1980-present, as a Representative of the Belarus Confederation of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs from 2002-present, and as a Director and Treasurer for the Greater Toronto Area Philatelic Alliance from 2005-present. He is also currently the Chair of the Central Ontario Export Club, of the Federation of Export Clubs of Canada, and of the Canada-Romania Business Council. Joe is a member of The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Toronto and a longstanding member of The Albany Club of Toronto.
Eleanor graduated from York University with a B.A., and did administrative work as well as volunteering for a number of patient groups regarding health-related issues.
She was appointed by the Ontario Ministry of Health to serve on the Clinical Research Advisory Board (CRAB), which helped to establish the provincial Environmental Health Clinic at Women’s College Hospital and the Environmental Hypersensitivity Research Unit at the University of Toronto.
After the programs were started, and CRAB disbanded, she was a patient representative providing advice and support to both programs, and has continued volunteer activities with a number of organizations. From 2012-13, she was a member of the Steering Committee that made recommendations to the government about expansion of the clinical and research programs, which now serve patients with Environmental Sensitivities/Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Fibromyalgia.
“Charlie” graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from York University, Glendon College, Toronto in 1993, and thenspent two years at the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) at Ryerson University, graduating with a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation. In 1996, he participated in a Study Program at Bank J. Vontobel, Zurich, Switzerland and Salzburg, Austria, followed by two years’ study at the Institute of Canadian Bankers in Toronto, graduating with a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB) designation. From 1999-2001, he was enrolled in the Executive Masters of Business Administration Program at Queen’s University, graduating with his MBA in May 2001.
Besides his university training, Charlie has developed professionally through business, first owning and operating his own car care company 1988-89, serving as an Executive Assistant at DEPAG Deposit Agency of Canada Inc., a financial services company, 1990-1993, and as General Manager Federation of Export Clubs of Canada from 1993-present. From 1994-2003, he was the Manager of A. Bartello Enterprises Ltd., a land development firm and landlord. Since 1996, he has been Vice President of DEPAG Deposit Agency of Canada Inc.
However, his primary focus has been teaching, first a course on Global Entrepreneurship for the Forum for International Trade Training at Carleton University in 1998, followed by multiple courses at Ryerson University from 2001-present, as well as at the University of Guelph and Humber College from 2004-present. He has taught courses on Introduction to Business and Management, Marketing Research, Business Policy, and Bank Compliance, as well as courses on International Trade, Trade Law, Trade Research, Marketing and Logistics.
Charlie’s love for teaching has extended to his extracurricular activities where he has coached baseball and hockey over many years from the Minor Pee Wee to the Midget AAA levels. He served on the Conseil des Organismes Francophones du Toronto Metropolitain from 1994-1995, as a Member of the Program Development Team, CITP designation in 1997, as a Team Member of the ShareLife Corporate Campaign from 1997-2004, and, since 1998, as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), Ottawa. He was a Member of FITT’s Accreditation Committee from 1998-2004, and has been a Member of the Executive Committee and Treasurer since 2001. Charlie is also a Member of the Albany Club of Toronto, the Central Ontario Export Club, and the Canada-Romania Business Council.
David earned a BSc in Computer Science at what is now the University of Hertfordshire in England, and then came to Canada in 1970 where he worked for Manufacturer’s Life for 18 years in mainframe technical services and management. In 1988 David joined the City of Toronto to manage the support arm of their Information Centre (IC), both mainframes and personal computers (PCs). The IC eventually closed, and David moved to manage the IT needs of the Toronto Fire Department. From 1999 to 2003, he was the IT Manager for the Canadian Red Cross where he was responsible for 20+ servers, a building network, and 300+ PCs across Ontario.
Since 2003, he has had his own IT consulting business, Creekwood Digital Solutions. His idea of fun is developing software, photography and video making.