Our Board and Advisors

A dedicated and hard-working Board of Directors, Advisors and Honourary Members provide guidance to the Executive Director, Estelle Paget.

Our Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse group of individuals with varying backgrounds and areas of expertise. Several are founding members of KidCareCanada. They enthusiastically welcome the newer board members and value their perspectives.

Our Advisors are experts in various aspects of early childhood, Indigenous culture, audio-visual media production, research and health. ALL can be counted on to generously share their expertise.

Our Honourary Members are ALL active contributors to our work.

We feel privileged that all are dedicated to our mission.

Our Board

Estelle Paget

Estelle Paget

Executive Director, Founder

Educator, Mother of two and grandmother of four little boys

Carl Nilsen

Carl Nilsen

President

Senior Director, Altus Group, Father of three daughters and grandfather of four

Heather McQueen

Heather McQueen

Vice-President

Manager Strategy & Enablement, TELUS Health, Mother to an amazing 6 year old little girl

Kevin Koch

Kevin Koch

Treasurer

Economist & Tax Manager, PricewaterhouseCooper, Father to two daughters

Mary Ann Cummings

Mary Ann Cummings

Secretary

Lawyer for over 30 years, now retired. Founder and President of Books for Me! registered charity, Mom of two and grandmother of three

Dr. Helen M. Burt

Dr. Helen M. Burt

Director

Associate Vice-President Research & Innovation, UBC, Proud mom and gran

Dr. Andrew Macnab

Dr. Andrew Macnab

Director

Pediatrician, Child Health Researcher, Distinguished Scholar, Father in a blended family, grandfather

Our Advisors

Dr. Padmapriya Kandhadai

Dr. Padmapriya Kandhadai

Cognitive Psychologist, Former Research Associate UBC Infant Development Centre

Dr. Gabor Maté

Dr. Gabor Maté

Renowned Physician, Speaker and Author

Dr. Julie Paget

Dr. Julie Paget

Anaesthetist with a background in rural family practice

Pat Rekert

Pat Rekert

Corporate & Charitable Event Designer & Producer

Pippa Rowcliffe

Pippa Rowcliffe

Deputy Director of Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP)

Kristina Verruyt

Kristina Verruyt

Indigenous Advisor, former Legislative Bureau Chief, Shaw TV,

Our Honourary Members

Hon. Dr. Dana Brynelsen

Hon. Dr. Dana Brynelsen

Provincial Advisor Infant Development Programs, Retired

Adele Diamond, PhD

Adele Diamond, PhD

Professor, Ph.D. Scientist Level 3, CFRI, Developmental Neurosciences & Child Health

Diana Safarik

Diana Safarik

RN (prenatal)

Janet Werker, PhD

Janet Werker, PhD

FRSC, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Department of Psychology UBC

Former Members of Our Board:

Diana Elliot
Susan Evans
Dr. Tisha Gangopadhyay
Sally Geller
Ned Goodman
Dr. Julie Paget
Dr. Lionel Traverse

Former Advisors:

Dr. Carolyn Steinberg

Former Honourary Members:

Dr. Tim Oberlander
Dr. Stefanie Green