Maureen Bird-Graper (Chair), is a retired Administrator from the Toronto District School Board. In addition to degrees obtained at Western University, she has specialist certification in Guidance and Physical Education. In 1993, Maureen and her family were involved in a motor vehicle accident. As a result, Maureen's husband and younger son struggle with the effects of traumatic brain injuries. Maureen also volunteers with the ABI Network.
Board of Directors
Martha Bell is a retired professional equestrian photographer and journalist. Since 2003, Martha has demonstrated unwavering commitment and perseverance in supporting a family member with brain injury. As an active family participant in CHIRS programs and services, Martha brings a unique perspective on the integral role that CHIRS plays in the lives of its participants and the larger community. In addition, her wealth of experience in navigating mental health and brain injury services and advocating for fair and equitable access to resources is a tremendous asset to the Board.
Stephen Birman (Vice Chair), graduated from the University of Toronto law school in 2007. Stephen is an Associate Lawyer at Thomson, Rogers where his law practice is focused in Plaintiff personal injury and class action work. Stephen has successfully litigated claims on behalf of accident victims and enjoys representing plaintiffs in various capacities. Stephen is honoured to be a member of the CHIRS board.
Philip C. Brown, B.Comm., MBA, is a former senior executive of a major North American Bank. Through a variety of senior leadership roles during his over 30 year career in the private sector, he has gained a wide breadth of business experience. In 2005, he started Clarkson Brown Inc. to offer organizations customized programs to develop the leadership, critical thinking and strategy skills of their key personnel. Phil also has a personal understanding of traumatic brain injury; his wife lives with the effects of a stroke she had in her late 40’s.
Samantha Chapman, B.A (Hon), LL.B. (Corporate Secretary), is a proactive corporate and commercial lawyer at Morrison Brown Sosnovitch LLP. Samantha’s practice has included incorporating and organizing both for-profit and not-for-profit corporations and charities. She provides strategic advice and representation to shareholders, directors and officers on various legal matters affecting the management and operations of both for-profit and not-for-profit corporations. Samantha has been involved in a vast array of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, sale transactions and various types of contractual arrangements.
Dr. Nora Cullen is a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Chief of Staff at West Park Healthcare Centre. She works clinically with adults who have sustained a brain injury, assisting them with re-integration into the community. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and her research interests involve long-term outcome measurement following brain injury and the interventions that impact on those outcomes. She is a co-author of the Evidence Based Review of Acquired Brain Injury and the ABI Knowledge Uptake Strategy.
Stephen Randall, B.Comm., CGA (Treasurer), is an experienced senior financial executive specializing in financial and IT management. Stephen has been involved in both the private and public sector; private equity funded and publicly traded companies. He is a strategically oriented individual and is presently the CFO of Titan Medical Inc. a development stage company involved in the development of a Robotic Surgical Platform.
Karen Sasaki, MSW, RSW (Recording Secretary), is a Social Worker at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and adjunct lecturer with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. For more than 20 years, she has worked in the field of neuro rehabilitation with adult survivors of brain injury, their families, and community service providers. Karen received her Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto and is actively involved in the International Network of Social Workers in Brain Injury (INSWABI).
Patricia H. Southern, FCPA, FCA, is a chartered accountant who has held executive financial and administrative positions, including Chief Financial Officer, in several professional services firms and in public and private companies. Currently, Pat is Chief Financial Officer at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. Pat has served in volunteer senior leadership positions as treasurer, director, and chair of the board with a variety of non-profit agencies, professional associations, and Trent University.