About Us

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Kawasaki Disease Canada was incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act in May, 2014. In December 2015, Kawasaki Disease Canada became registered as a national charity.

Kawasaki Disease Canada’s mission is to promote awareness and education about Kawasaki disease, support individuals and family members affected by the disease, and advance research into the disease and its consequences.  Our vision is a world free of Kawasaki disease.

Elizabeth is a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts program at the University of Guelph, the Personal Financial Planner Diploma program, and the Richard Ivey School of Business Leadership Program.  Following a successful career in financial services for almost 30 years, Elizabeth took over the position of President & Chief Executive Officer at The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation in August 2017.  Elizabeth has volunteered for a number of organizations including the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Board of Directors, Operations Chairperson for Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion, and in various roles for Heart & Stroke Foundation, United Way and KidsAbility.

In 2008, Elizabeth’s 6-year old son, Dylan, passed away suddenly of heart complications due to undiagnosed Kawasaki Disease.  After sharing her story for a number of years with everyone and anyone who would listen in order to spread awareness of the disease, she felt compelled to do more.  In February 2014, Kawasaki Disease Canada was born and Elizabeth is co-founder and Chair of the Board of Directors. The organization was incorporated as a national not-for-profit in May 2014 and achieved charitable status in December 2015.

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Jane is a Registered Physiotherapist and Clinic Director at LifeMark Hespeler Road.

Jane has worked for over 20 years in the health care field as a registered physiotherapist. She strives to be a lifelong learner in order to educate herself and empower others. She is driven to provide the best possible care to help people recover from whatever condition has brought them to her office. In 2008, her close friends lost their son to undiagnosed Kawasaki disease. Never having heard of the disease, it is Jane’s passion to help raise awareness and education in both the public and health care communities in order to prevent other children and families from experiencing the potential devastating effects of Kawasaki disease.

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Ankur Gupta moved from India to Canada to pursue his MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University when he realized his passion was in finance and not engineering which he had pursued in his undergrad at NIT Trichy. He has always been entrepreneurial and founded two companies- Euartha Capital Advisory with his friends, and Dessertelicious (a home bakery) with his now wife, while working as a Research Engineer. He has currently been working with Scotia Wealth Management since June 2015 as a Wealth Management Associate.

While in India, Ankur tried to give back to society as best he could by being a part of as many social initiatives as possible. He was a part of an organization that helped educate girls so as to help them in becoming independent. He formed a group of underprivileged children in his locality and taught them Mathematics and Science on weekends. He also helped raise awareness and funds for this cause by organizing various fundraisers and taking part in numerous events. Thus, in his effort to give back to the community here in Canada, he is thrilled to work with Kawasaki Disease Canada.

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Ken is an independent management consultant and interim executive with expertise in government, business-government relations, not-for-profit governance, stakeholder relations, financial services and project management. He is an accomplished negotiator with a depth of experience in strategy, due diligence, financial analysis and financial management. He has held a portfolio of executive roles in government and the private sector. Ken has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario (Ivey), an M.Sc. in chemistry from Queen’s University and a B.Sc. (Honours) from the University of Manitoba. Ken is married, with two healthy children, but a niece and nephew, both with congenital heart defects, have helped him to appreciate how fortunate he is.

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Carin’s son, Isaiah, contracted KD just before turning 3 years of age with resultant coronary aneurysms. He has undergone bypass surgery and is currently 6 yrs old. Since Isaiah’s diagnosis, Carin has been a passionate online Kawasaki Disease awareness advocate.

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Kenneth is an instructor and experiential coordinator at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy as well as a part-time pharmacist with Rexall Pharmaplus.

He has over 10 years’ experience as a pharmacy manager and preceptor for future pharmacists.  In addition, he has been actively involved in various aspects of pharmacy student education with the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto and the School of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo. He is driven to provide the best possible individualized care to his patients and likewise, help develop the best possible educational experiences for pharmacy learners.

A graduate of the Bachelor of Science program at the University of Waterloo followed by a brief period with Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Kenneth headed west to undertake his pharmacy degree at the University of Saskatchewan.

Kenneth joined the Kawasaki Disease Canada board in June 2018 to donate his time to improve the lives of others and provide support for families of children with life threatening diseases. He believes pharmacists are uniquely situated in the healthcare system to offer public awareness, patient support and education surrounding Kawasaki Disease.

Kenneth is a peer-reviewer for articles published in a reputable pharmacy education journal and believes the scientific knowledge he brings to the Board will assist with reviewing requests for research funding. He is well positioned to liaise with the current Kawasaki disease researchers at various institutions across Canada.

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As the National leader of the R&D and Government Incentives group at Grant Thornton Canada, Martha assists clients across all industries on SR&ED, OIDMTC and tax incentive advisory and compliance matters. She is a frequent speaker on innovation having appeared on BNN, CFAX Radio and a contributor to print publications such as Food in Canada and PLANT Magazine. She often presents on SR&ED, digital media, innovation and tax credits for Communitech, YEDI, OFVC and Canada Greenhouse Conference and was a member of CPA Canada’s SR&ED Symposium Advisory Committee 2015 & 2016. She joined the Kawasaki Disease Canada board in May 2017 to donate her time to improve the lives of others and provide support for families of children with life threatening diseases.

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