Board of Directors
Patricia H. Southern, FCPA, FCA (Chair)
Pat Southern is a chartered accountant who has held executive financial and administrative positions, including Chief Financial Officer, in several professional services firms, and in public and private companies. Currently, Pat is Chief Financial Officer at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. Pat has served in volunteer senior leadership positions, as treasurer, director and chair of the board, with a variety of non-profit agencies, professional associations and Trent University, making her an essential asset to the Parachute Board of Directors.
Donna Wilson (Vice-chair)
Injury prevention has been an integral part of Donna Wilson’s roles throughout her 17 years as an executive in sectors like financial services, health, sport & entertainment and workplace regulation. Donna resides in British Columbia and is the Vice president, People, Performance & Lower Mainland Laboratories at the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). In this role Donna holds responsibility for executive human resources leadership across PHSA, Workforce Scheduling, PHSA Clinical Data Analytics, Lower Mainland consolidated public laboratories and the Provincial Infection Control Network of BC (PICNet). Donna came to PHSA from LifeLabs, Canada’s largest private laboratory company, where she was the senior vice president, people, community and strategy. As SVP, People, Donna led the development of culture and talent across LifeLabs. Prior to joining LifeLabs, Donna led five operational areas at WorksafeBC as VP, Industry Services and Sustainability. From 2005 to 2010, she was the Executive VP, Workforce and Sustainability at the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee (VANOC). In addition to her responsibilities for hiring and training a large organization of full and part-time employees and some 25,000 volunteers, Donna played a key role in leading the development of VANOC’s organizational culture, strategic direction and project leadership oversight. Donna holds a B.A. Psychology from Simon Fraser University (1979), an Executive Certificate from Queens (2000) and is a Chartered Director (McMasters University).
Pamela Fuselli, MSc (Interim President & CEO)
Pamela Fuselli, MSc is the Interim President & CEO at Parachute. She has held positions of Vice President, Knowledge Transfer & Stakeholder Relations and was the Executive Director at Safe Kids Canada. During this tenure was one of the four leaders that successfully led a process of national consultation and visioning, resulting in the formation of Parachute.
Pamela leads Parachute, as a knowledge translation organization, in turning evidence to action through strong relationships with key stakeholders and organizations across Canada. Over 20 years in the health care/injury prevention sector, Pamela’s work has focused on behaviour change, the impact of good public policy and the importance of collaboration to further the impact on social change.
Pamela is responsible for publications including The Cost of Injury in Canada Report (2015) and the Canadian Injury Prevention Resource the first such resource in Canada. She is a member the Canadian Collaborative Centres for Injury Prevention, the Canadian Paediatric Society’s Injury Prevention Committee, the Trauma Association of Canada’s Injury Prevention Working Group, a number of Canadian Standards Association’s Technical Committees, Sport Canada’s Federal/ Provincial/Territorial Working Group on Concussions, Canadian Concussion Collaborative, Transport Canada’s Vulnerable Road User Countermeasures Advisory Committee, Seniors Falls Prevention Month Steering Committee and is the Chief Editor the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals Safety Network Newsletter. Pamela is a Board member of the Canadian Drowning Prevention Coalition, Secretariat for the Canadian Surveillance System on Poison Information and Secretariat for the Canadian Collaborating Centres on Injury Prevention.
Pamela’s role in research ranges from co-principle investigator to KT advisor on research grants. Examples include a CIHR-funded, multi-year, five-city project focusing on the impact of the built environment on children’s active transportation and a live pilot project to develop a peer to peer concussion model for high school students.
In addition, Pamela is a keynote and plenary speaker and presenter at conferences and workshops and a media spokesperson on a wide range of injury prevention topics, public policy issues and knowledge mobilization.
Pamela received her BSC in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 1992, her BHA (2002) from Ryerson University and MSc (2010) in Creativity and Change Leadership from the State University of New York College at Buffalo.
Sylvio is CEO of Media City, an Outdoor media company with offices across Canada. His career in advertising/media extends over 25 years having worked for J. Walter Thompson and co-founding an advertising sales company, Media Alternatives, which was subsequently acquired by Media City. Over the years, Sylvio and his team have won several Media Innovation awards and established a reputation for creativity and launching numerous media “firsts”. He experienced first hand the impact of sports injuries when his son, playing AA hockey, received two severe concussions. His son passed away at the age of 16 years old and Sylvio was determined to make a difference for others through Parachute.
David Todd Deveau, P.Eng., MBA, BEDS
David is a professional engineer and Canadian Registered Safety Professional with over 20 years of management and executive experience in the private and public sectors. In 2018, David joined the Inland Group of Companies as group Vice President Environment Health and Safety. The Inland Group provides a comprehensive array of environmental and operational aviation services across North America and in Europe. Previous to this position, David was in a regulatory role as Regional Director of Occupational Health and Safety with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education. David also previously served as the Vice President Safety Quality and Environment for Jazz Aviation LP (Chorus Aviation) and held an executive post with the Nova Scotia Department of Justice. His career has centered around process improvement, quality management and health and safety, David has specialized expertise in the design and implementation of safety management systems (SMS) and is an advocate for risk and evidence based approaches to reducing injuries and accidents. David is the former chair of the Safety Subcommittee of the National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC) and of the Safety Council of the US-based Regional Airline Association (RAA). He also served as Canada’s aviation industry representative on the Federal Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Committee. He has presented frequently at safety forums across North America, Europe and Asia, and is a champion of just culture as a backdrop to improving safety performance and outcomes. David holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, a bachelor of environmental design studies degree and a masters in business administration. David lives with his wife and daughter near Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Peter is a Canadian football offensive lineman who is currently a free agent living in Hamilton. He was most recently a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 2007 to 2016
In his current capacity as Treasurer of the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA) , which represents the professional football players in the CFL with the objective of establishing fair and reasonable working conditions for the players. Much of what players take for granted today has been earned through hard-fought negotiations with the C.F.L.
In 2012, Peter Dyakowski was crowned the champion of the CBC game show Canada’s Smartest Person. Since then the television show boasts that Peter has become one of their favourite Canadians, quoting “Not only has he helped to re-define what smart looks like, he’s a really nice, down to earth guy”.
In 2014, the CFL veteran finished third during an appearance on Jeopardy. He has a Mensa-level IQ and is among the league’s most thoughtful and articulate interviewees.
Outside of his ongoing football career, Peter has been involved in pro-reading programs and several other educational initiatives and is one of the owners of the Oxford Learning Centre in Hamilton. He is also co-owner of Glimmis Canada which produces and distributes/sells pedestrian safety reflectors.
Peter is passionate about injury prevention with a focus on concussion and will bring a new perspective to the Board.
Mike Ellis, BSc, MD, FRCSC
Dr. Ellis joined the Department of Surgery and Pediatrics, Section of Neurosurgery at the University of Manitoba in June 2013. He is presently the Medical Director of the Pan Am Concussion Program a provincial government-funded program devoted to the multi-disciplinary clinical management of pediatric concussion. He also holds a scientist appointment at the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba and is Co-Director of the Canada North Concussion Network.
Dr. Ellis completed his Honours Bachelor of Science (Psychology), Bachelor of Science (Medicine) and medical school training at the University of Manitoba. Afterwards he completed his neurosurgical residency training at the University of Toronto during which time he also completed a fellowship in Concussion Spectrum Disorders with world-leading concussion expert Dr. Charles Tator.
He is also a Member, Manitoba Neuroscience Society, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and a Member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.
Ian Pike, PhD, MSc
Dr. Ian Pike is the Director of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UBC, Associate Scientist at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, and Co-executive Director and Spokesperson for The Community Against Preventable Injuries – an injury prevention social marketing organization. His academic training is in kinesiology, health promotion and injury prevention, with particular emphasis on population health and the workplace. He has some 30 years experience in injury prevention and healthy lifestyle promotion, and has worked in the private, not-for-profit, and academic sectors. For his leadership and work in developing a province-wide health promotion and injury prevention program for the health care sector, Dr. Pike was recognized with an international award of excellence by the Association for Worksite Health Promotion.
Dr. has co-led three Canadian Institute of Health Research teams to conduct national projects to develop and validate injury indicators for Canadian children and youth; injury prevention among First Nations and Inuit children and youth; child passenger safety; risky play; and, the efficacy of social marketing to reduce preventable injuries.
A well known expert on injury prevention topics, Dr. Pike is a tireless advocate for public safety.
Steve Podborski, O.C., LL.D (Hon), OLY
Steve went into his role to lead Parachute from his role as Director, Wellness and Sports at TELUS. His tenure at TELUS began in 2003, in a consulting capacity to provide services to the then nascent VANOC. This developed into Steve becoming Director, Strategic Initiatives (2004) leading a world class team operating sponsorship activations with organizations including Formula 1, TELUS World Skins Game, Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, Montreal Alouettes, Edmonton Eskimos, Alpine Canada Alpin, Canadian Soccer Association, Snowboard Canada and Hockey Canada. Steve then became Director, Community Affairs (2009) contributing to TELUS being recognized as the World’s Most Philanthropic Corporation in 2010. As part of his increasing responsibilities at TELUS, Steve helped manage a $40M per year portfolio of giving to charities across Canada while driving results for Canadian kids in two major sports and health education programs: HEROS and 60 Minute Kids Club.
Steve Podborski is a two-time Olympian and first North American male to win an Olympic medal in downhill skiing, capturing a bronze at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. In 1982, Steve became the first and still only non-European male to win the World Cup downhill title and credits much of his unprecedented success to his ‘Crazy Canuck’ teammates. Since that time he has worked as an Olympic TV sport announcer for NBC and CBS and was Director, International Affairs for the successful bid for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Steve is in four sports Halls of Fame and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. Steve was the Assistant Chef de Mission for the Canadian Olympic Team for the 2010 Games, the most successful Canadian Olympic team in Games history with 14 gold medal performances. He was Canada’s Chef de Mission for the 2014 Olympic team in Sochi.
Zoe Robinson, CPA, CMA
Zoe Robinson has worked in the Canadian sport and the not-for-profit industry for nearly 30 years, serving in a variety of management positions and currently works as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Ski Patrol. She has worked previously in television and video production and health administration.
Zoe is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a Certified Management Accountant legacy designation, a graduate of Queen’s University (Bachelor of Arts – Music History) in Kingston Ontario and attended the Bachelor of Physical and Health Education program at the University of Toronto.
Zoe volunteers her time as a member of the Board of Directors for Canadian Mental Health Association – Vancouver Fraser Branch, located in Vancouver, and Parachute Canada. She works with non-profit boards of directors to improve the their effectiveness through board culture, meeting planning, professional development, and strategic planning. She has also worked with the business management and operations program at BCIT as a mentor to 2nd year students in an individual and group capacity.
Outside of her work, Zoe enjoys running, reading historical fiction, reading and learning about leadership, corporate finance, risk management and performance management
Alan Wainer, BComm, CPA, CA CPA (Illinois)
Alan Wainer is a partner in Crowe Soberman’s Audit & Advisory Group, is co-leader of the Healthcare Group, and has been with the firm since 1984. Alan regularly contributes articles typically on Estate Planning and Retirement Residences to the firm’s blog and to the media.
Alan subscribes to Isadore Sharp’s business philosophy, which states “profits are regarded not as an end in itself…but as a reward for providing true value to your customers, helping employees grow and behaving ethically as a corporate citizen.”
Alan’s passion for education and his heritage has translated into the causes he is involved in outside the office. Currently, in addition to the Parachute Board, he sits on the Holocaust Education Week Committee, is on the Board of Governors and a member of the Tour for Humanity Committee for the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies, and is a volunteer reader in the Family Centre at SickKids Hospital.