Our Board

CSA’s Board of directors

Meet the officers and directors of the Canadian Spondylitis Association.

President: Gerald Major (Ontario)

When Gerald was 14 he was very active but something in his knees and feet just didn’t feel right. It took until he was 23 to reach a proper diagnosis but even then he was not approved for biologics.

Secretary: Brandon Wren (Ontario)
Treasurer: J.R. Brooks (Alberta)

J.R. Brooks is a 37 years old born and raised Calgarian currently living and working in Calgary as the Director of Operations for Livestock Water Recycling.

Director: Graeme Reed (Ontario)

Of mixed Anishinaabe and European descent, Graeme Reed is on a professional and personal journey of self-identification and reconciliation.

Director: Dr. Jia Hu (Alberta)

Jia Hu is 31 year-old practicing family physician and is in his last year of public health and preventive medicine residency program. He is also an Ankylosing Spondylitis patient.

Director: Marilyn Walsh (Ontario)

Marilyn was  forced to give up a nursing career in her early 20s. Ankylosing Spondylitis changed the trajectory of her life. She was not diagnosed until the age of 35.

Director: Don Bindon (BC)

Don is a retired RCMP Officer who was diagnosed with AS in 1989. He joined the Ankylosing Spondylitis Association of British Columbia as its President prior to his retirement from policing in 2005.

Director: Paul McCarthy (Ontario)

Paul is a senior management consultant with almost 20 years’ experience of providing business transformation consulting to clients in the U.K., Canada, U.S. and the Middle East.