The Eating Disorders Foundation of Canada (EDF) was launched in 1995 and is a national, not-for-profit registered charity non-government organization (NGO).
Board of Directors:
Robbie Campbell – Founder, President, Medical Doctor
Dr. Robbie Campbell has worked with Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating Disorders for over 40 years as a psychiatrist. He is currently following the most severe and complex cases at Regional Mental Health Care London where he was also the Physician Leader of the Mood and Anxiety, Psychosis, Assessment and Ambulatory Care programs, as well as Physician Leader for seven ACT Teams and CAT (Coordinated Access Team). He is Professor Emeritus at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry with research offices at Western Discovery Park, and as such has developed innovative health care delivery models utilizing technology through major grants from the Federal Government and European Space Agency. Dr. Campbell brings his vast clinical, research and administrative experience to the consortium and as its director of research is well poised to provide the necessary clinical leadership to advance therapies for the treatment of eating disorders.
Founder, President, Medical Doctor
Anne Marie Coolen
Anne Marie Coolen – Director
Anne Marie recently retired after 26 years of directing a co-operative education program that delivered services to 1500 students, in 23 programs, spanning three faculties at Dalhousie University. She has extensive experience in planning, organizing, staffing, controlling, project management and relationship building.
As the mother of a daughter who suffered with eating disorders for four years, Anne Marie has had the opportunity to see a great and tremendous need for increased education, treatment, support and research for eating disorders. She has been an active volunteer in broad range of organizations for 40 years. Her experiences range from chairing national organizations to timekeeping at local athletic events. She is currently volunteering as a peer supporter for families and loved ones with eating disorders, and as a lobbyist for making eating disorders a mainstream health issue in Nova Scotia.
Anne Marie is an enthusiastic student of yoga philosophy and yoga teaching, and she enjoys choral singing and cycling. She is honoured to have the opportunity to work with people from across the country, on the Eating Disorders Foundation Board, to reduce the suffering of people affected by eating disorders.
Stephen Hodd – Director
Stephen Hodd is pleased to be invited to serve on the board of EDF Canada. As a long time friend of Dr. Robbie Campbell he has learned of the devastating effects of eating disorders and understands the need for developing residential treatment facilities and conducting basic research. With a masters degree in engineering, he began his 45 year business career as an environment consultant during which he was involved in many interesting environmental issues in Canada and the United States and later established an energy research division for a Canadian engineering company. As an entrepreneur, he has grown his innovative start-up meeting centre business into St. Andrew’s Club & Conference Centre, the largest privately owned venue in downtown Toronto where he serves as Chairman and President.
With experience as an engineer, innovator and entrepreneur, Stephen hopes to provide a fresh perspective on the issues facing EDF.
Stephen enjoys the challenge of re-purposing space and going against the consensus on global warming. He is actively involved in Rebounders Canada, a support group for adult survivors of childhood cancer, in a variety of ways including as a director. He is famous for a good game of golf played badly, family breakfast on the deck and doesn’t feel nearly as old as this bio would suggest.
Sue Huff – Director
Sue Huff is the Executive Director of Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta (EDSNA), author of Book of Hope, Stories of Love, Courage and Recovery from Families who have Battled Eating Disorders and mother of a child who has recovered from anorexia. She is a passionate advocate for supporting families facing eating disorders and raising awareness about this potentially life-threatening illness. Prior to her daughter’s diagnosis, Sue was a politician for five years, serving as the Acting Leader of the Alberta Party, a candidate in the 2012 provincial election and a trustee for Edmonton Public School Board. She is trained as an actor and has performed on many stages. As well, she is an award-winning writer for film and television. She lives in Edmonton with her husband, son, daughter, dog and cat. She is thrilled to be joining the esteemed members of this board.
Frank Hughes Director
David Pilon – Director
Dr. David Pilon is a Psychologist from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has practiced as apsychologist since 1990 and has been affiliated with the Eating Disorder Clinic of Capital Health in Halifax since then. Dr. Pilon was instrumental in establishing the Clinic’s group-based treatment program.
He is a founding board member of the Eating Disorder Association of Canada and has served as its President. He holds an appointment in Psychiatry at the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine. At Capital Health, he is Program Leader for all of the District’s Specialty Mental Health Services. Dr. Pilon is particularly interested in enhanced access to evidence based mental health services and capacity building with respect to mental health service delivery. He has been very active in the governance of many associations throughout his career.
Angela Rinaldis Director
Sharon Roberts – Director
Dr. Sharon Roberts is a Canadian sociologist and identity scholar. She has volunteered at the Eating Disorders Foundation of Canada since 2008 as the Vice President of Education and Research. She is an Associate Professor at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo, and the author of the Identity Issues Inventory (Roberts & Cote, 2014). Sharon collaborates with several international teams and applies her studies of identity to eating disorders, anthropomorphism (furries), & youth. Her interests in the furry fandom include fursona (identity) development, pornography, and bullying. She is a proud member of the International Anthropomorphic Research Project, the recipient of a $75,000 SSHRC Insight Development Grant, and is the founder of the Just Like You* anti-stigma campaign. Follow her work at www.facebook.com/DrSharonRoberts.
Bill Rogers – Director
Bill Rogers is Managing Director, CEO and Majority Shareholder of CCC Investment Banking. He has been in corporate finance for over 36 years. He has deep knowledge in a number of sectors including healthcare, food, agriculture and financial services.
Bill graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, where he was awarded the Gold Medal for being the outstanding student in his final year. He has successfully completed the Directors Education Program offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Business.
He has served in several boards over the years, including Trillium Health Centre where he held the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors until Trillium merged with Credit Valley Hospital on December 2011 to become the largest hospital in Ontario. Bill held the position of Vice Chairman for the new hospital for one year after the merger.
Susan Ruth – Director
A graduate of the University of Toronto, Susan holds a B.Sc. in Pharmacy and Senior Administrative Diplomas from the Canadian Hospital Association and Canadian College of Health Service Executives. She has worked for many years in Administration at Parkwood Hospital as Director of Pharmacy and St. Joseph’s Hospital as Director of Ambulatory Medicine.
Susan served on many community Boards including the Community Advisory Committee Dearness Services (Long Term Care Facility), for six years including four years as Chair. Susan served on the Women’s Christian Association Board of Directors for 10 years, three years as President. Currently Susan is on the Eating Disorder Foundation of Canada Board of Directors.
Paul Thomey – Director
Paul is Executive Director of the Eating Disorder Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is responsible for the day-to-day operation of a charity dedicated to supporting families dealing with eating disorders and their families. He reports to an 11 person Board of Directors.
Paul spent 22 years with Newfoundland Telephone in sales and marketing. He owns a small retail business specializing in licensed apparel and collectibles. He is past president of the St. John’s Board of Trade and served on the Board for 7 years. He has also worked in the newspaper industry and other not-for-profit organizations.
Paul is currently on the Board of Directors of the Jack Byrne Arena and in his second year as treasurer of the Board.