Who's Involved

Creating the Buzz

Margaret Atwood, internationally renowned author and literary celebrity, has agreed to endorse the project and lead the judging panel.

The following media and film celebrities have also agreed to participate in this project and will form the official panel of judges:

  • Sarah Polley - Actor and Director
  • David Cronenberg - Auteur and Filmmaker
  • Rick Mercer - Host of The Rick Mercer Report on CBC TV
  • Ron Mann - Documentary Filmmaker

Project Leadership

A team of high level professionals from diverse backgrounds has been assembled to lead this project. This team consists of experts in the Medical field, Academic Research, Corporate Development, Communications and Project Management.

Committee Chair

Dr. Sam Shemie
  • Director Extracorporeal Life Support, Montreal Childrens Hospital
  • Professor of Pediatrics, McGill University
  • Loeb Chair in Organ and Tissue Donation, University of Ottawa
  • Medical Advisor, Organs and Tissues, Canadian Blood Services

Executive Director

Lili Shalev Shawn
  • VP Management Director, JWT Toronto

Executive Committee Members

Dr. Peter Nickerson
  • Executive Medical Director, Organs & Tissues Office, Canadian Blood Services
  • Medical Director, Platelet Immunology Laboratory, Canadian Blood Services
  • Medical Consultant, Transplant Immunology Laboratory, DSM
  • Professor, Internal Medicine & Immunology
Kimberly Young
  • Executive Director of OTDT, Canadian Blood Services
David Lehberg
  • President & CEO, Knightstone Capital Management Inc.
Paulina Mirsky
  • Program Coordinator for the Loeb Chair and Research Consortium, University of Ottawa