Adam R Freedman
Adam R. Freedman is a long-standing member of the CMF’s board of directors. Dedicated to the goals and objectives of the CMF, Adam assists the CMF with fundraising efforts and strategy development. Adam spent his university years in Halifax, Kingston and Quito, Ecuador. Currently, Adam lives in Toronto with his wife, Jaclyn Jacobs, their son, Mason, and their rambunctious terrier, Samson. When he's not practising corporate law, Adam enjoys canoeing, hiking, hockey and golf.
Gabi Mandowsky has been on the board of directors of the CMF for over 5 years and is proud to work with the whole CMF team to help support patients and families dealing with this difficult disease. After graduating with a JD/MBA from Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich School of Business, Gabi practiced corporate law at Torys LLP, a leading Canadian law firm. During her time there, she focused her practice in the corporate and capital markets group. She has represented and advised a number of public and private corporate clients in complex securities and mergers and acquisitions transactions. Gabi joined Aver Media Finance in 2012 and was responsible for the business and legal affairs of the company until April 2013, when she assumed the role of Senior Relationship Manager. She now manages a portfolio of client relationships, negotiating, executing and monitoring a portfolio of production and corporate loans in the media and entertainment industries.
Gabi and her husband, Ori, have a year-and-half-old daughter and currently live in Toronto.
Alissa M. Boardley
Alissa became involved with the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation shortly after her father was diagnosed with pleural mesothelioma in 2009. Having experienced first hand the feelings of helplessness and isolation that often come with a mesothelioma diagnosis, Alissa is keen to assist the CMF in developing the tools and support network so desperately needed by those directly affected by this disease in Canada, as well as the medical professionals overseeing their care.
Debbie Bianco is a past board member of Weizmann Canada and of Oolagen Community Services where she was a board member for nine years and recently was appointed as a lifetime board member. Her hope as a director of the CMF is to help raise public awareness as well as sufficient funds so that one day there will be a cure for mesothelioma.
Christopher W. Lee
Christopher W. Lee graduated Medicine in 1991 from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and subsequently specialized in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. Since 1998, he is a Medical Oncologist with the British Columbia Cancer Agency and the Surrey Memorial Hospital and, the Medical Director of the Edward Miller Clinical Research Unit at the BC Cancer Agency - Fraser Valley Centre. He is a clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia and a member of several societies and committees, including the Quality of Life Committee of the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) Clinical Trials Group. He is also Chair of the Systemic Policy Group of the BC Cancer Agency Lung Tumour Group and of the Mesothelioma and Thymoma Working Group, a subcommittee of the NCIC Clinical Trials Group Lung Disease Site Committee.
Dorn lives with his wife and children in Chestermere, a small town outside of Calgary. Dorn and his family felt compelled to get involved with the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation when their father was recently diagnosed with MPM. While their path ultimately led them to Toronto where successful treatment took place as part of a ground breaking clinical trial, they are determined to help others avoid the difficulties experienced along the way. He is determined to help others by increasing awareness, improving screening methods and establishing major fundraising events to advance mesothelioma research.