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David Fischer is a Past Chair of the Anaphylaxis Interest Section and the Continuing Professional Development Committee of the CSACI. He is a co-author of the Canadian Immunotherapy Guidelines and an Adjunct Professor of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Western University.
Adjunct Professor, Western University
Vice President of CSACI
Sandeep Kapur grew up in rural Nova Scotia. He obtained his Bachelor of Science, and Medical degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. He then moved to the University of Manitoba, where he completed his Pediatrics Residency, and stayed on in Winnipeg to complete his Fellowship in Pediatric Clinical Immunology & Allergy. Sandeep Kapur has served the CSACI as acting Section Head of Pediatrics, as well as on the Board and Executive.
Harold Kim was born in Pusan, Korea and was raised in Uxbridge, Ontario. He completed medical school, internal medicine and allergy training at the University of Western Ontario.
Dr. Kim has been a section chair in asthma, Board member and Treasurer for the CSACI and is a past president of the Canadian Network of Respiratory Care. He practices in Kitchener, Ontario with academic appointments at Western University and McMaster University. Dr. Kim is happily married with five daughters. He strives to provide quality medical care to all of his patients and to support the subspecialty of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Canada.
Dr. Vander Leek completed both medical school and a Pediatric residency at the University of Alberta, followed by subspecialty training in Clinical Immunology & Allergy at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado. He is part of a private practice pediatric allergy clinic in Edmonton, Alberta, and is a member of the Department of Pediatrics at the Stollery Children’s hospital, University of Alberta.
Dean Befus is the Director of the Alberta Asthma Centre, and Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta. His research is on mast cells, asthma and allergy, neuro-endocrine immunology and novel therapeutics in inflammatory diseases.
Edmond S. Chan is the Head of the Division of Allergy & Immunology in the Department of Pediatrics, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. He sees patients in the Allergy clinic at BC Children’s Hospital. He created the UBC Pediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy fellowship training program and was its first program director. He is a Clinical Investigator at the Child and Family Research Institute, and his research interests are in food allergy and eosinophilic esophagitis. He is on the Board of directors of the Canadian Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology.
Anne K. Ellis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine with a cross-appointment to the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University, having joined the Faculty in August 2008. Her position is one of a Clinician Scientist with 70% protected time for research.
Christine McCusker has a BSc in microbiology/immunology from the University of Toronto and has an MSc from McMaster University in molecular virology. She did her MD degree also at McMaster University and trained in pediatrics and clinical allergy and immunology at McGill. She is a pediatrician and allergist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital where she is the director of the Allergy, Immunology and Dermatology division. She teaches undergraduate and graduate level immunology and organizes the immunology course for first year medical students at McGill University.
Lori Connors is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in both Allergy/Clinical Immunology and Internal Medicine. She has been in practice since 2010. Her time is spent mainly at Halifax Allergy and Asthma Associates as an allergist and immunologist. The remainder of her time is spent practicing internal medicine at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Outside of her medical practice Dr. Connors enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and son. She also is an avid reader and has recently discovered an appreciation for yoga.
Dr. Mack is a Pediatric Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Specialist. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University and is an active member of the Pediatric Emergency Department. His interests include early childhood allergy prevention, anaphylaxis education and oral food desensitization.
Dr. Michael Fein was born in Miami, Florida and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Duke University in North Carolina. He completed his medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his internal medicine residency at McGill University. He is currently the Chief Resident in Adult Clinical Immunology and Allergy at McGill University.
Julia Upton MD, FRCPC, MPH (Harvard TH Chan) Candidate 2018
Julia Upton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Allergy & Immunology at the University of Toronto and The Hospital for Sick Children with a cross appointment to Saint Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. She completed her fellowship training in Clinical Immunology and Allergy at the University of Toronto. Her interests include food desensitisation therapies, allergy diagnostics and advancing the recognition and treatment of immunodeficiencies.
Dr. Jason K Lee studied at Trinity College, University of Toronto and attended medical school at the University of Toronto. He completed Internal Medicine residency at the University of British Columbia and Clinical Immunology and Allergy fellowship at the University of Toronto. Dr. J K Lee is also a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology.
Outside of medicine Dr. J K Lee is involved in social justice issues with a particular emphasis on human rights abuses and environmental sustainability.
Kyla Hildebrand is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Allergy & Immunology at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada. She completed her fellowship training in Pediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy at the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto.
Stuart Turvey is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of British Columbia where he holds the Aubrey J. Tingle Professorship in Pediatric Immunology. He is a pediatric immunologist based at BC Children’s Hospital, and director of clinical research at the Child & Family Research Institute. Prior to coming to Vancouver, Turvey completed both his pediatric residency and allergy/immunology fellowship at Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston.
Dr. Sean Mace is a Royal College examiner for the Allergy and Clinical Immunology exam. He is actively involved in research in hereditary angioedema and has a special interest in this area. He has particular expertise in vasomotor rhinitis treatments and is actively involved with the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Dr. Mace is a clinical supervisor at his clinic in Scarborough
Linda is a Registered Dietitian. She works at HealthLinkBC where she operates the Allergy Nutrition Service ― a tele-practice-based service providing low barrier access to nutrition education, counselling and follow-up care for British Columbians with complex food allergy concerns.
Linda’s role at HealthLinkBC includes developing public and health professional resources on food allergy. She is also a writer and reviewer for Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition or PEN. PEN is a subscriber-based knowledge translation service that addresses topics ranging from food and nutrition to dietetic practice, serving Registered Dietitians across Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
Linda completed her undergraduate degree in dietetics at the University of British Columbia, a dietetic internship at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and a master in public health at Simon Fraser University. Her master programme practicum involved examining the impact of oral food challenges on health-related quality of life. Her master project explored the possible effects of phthalate exposures on food allergy and eczema among infants and young children. Linda is the newest co-chair of the Allied Health Interest section of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She lives in the Yaletown community of downtown Vancouver together with her partner of 24 years.
Louise Tremblay has been responsible, since 2002, for the management and administration of all operations and programs for CSACI and CAAIF. Louise has also worked at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada where she managed a number a medical specialty societies. Prior to her work at RC, she was the Communications, Media Relations and Public Education Coordinator for the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada.
Alexi has been the Manager for the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (CSACI) since 2013. In this capacity, Alexi manages the day-to-day operations and assists with the management of various projects. Alexi has over 10 years’ experience within the not-for-profit sector and enjoys the ongoing challenges. Alexi also serves as the Executive Director for the Canadian Association of Medical Oncologists.”