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Our Board

CSA’s Board of directors

Meet the officers and directors of the Canadian Spondylitis Association.

Chair: Graeme Reed (BC)

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

Treasurer : Andrea Fadel (Ontario)

Andrea was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) in 2016, and continues to explore alternative treatments to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. She is volunteering with the Canadian Spondylitis Association (CSA) in hopes of making a difference in someone else’s journey.

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: Dr. Joe Bornstein (Ontario)
Director: Kim Ewasechko (Alberta)

Concurrently, over the past decade Kim has leveraged this experience and deployed it in the Not-for-Profit sector as a Board Member at the Canadian Liver Foundation from 2010 to 2020 – with the last few years as a Finance Committee Member, and as a Board Member of Field Hockey Canada – with the last few years as Treasurer.

Director: Dr. Elie Karam (Québec)

He is currently seeking to put his leadership, medical, and research skills in the service of the CSA in order to raise more awareness and improve the quality of life for patients living with spondyloarthropathies.

Director: Caitlin Keating (Ontario)

Caitlin is passionate about improving access to healthcare and timely diagnosis, particularly for young adults and athletes who suffer from spondyloarthritis. She also believes in the value of volunteering and improving health and community outcomes.

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 : Mathew Marchand (Québec)
Director: Nicolaas Volkenborn (Ontario)

Nicolaas (Nic) is a finance professional with in-depth experience in Financial Planning and Analysis, Corporate Development and Operations. He has successfully led projects in different areas including new product launches, business development and technology transformations. Key focus areas include preparation of long-term plans and forecasts, project execution and implementation of governance structures in order to meet legal and regulatory requirements.

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.