Whistleblowing Canada is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and managed by volunteer staff in its startup phase.
Ian Bron, MA, PhD (cand) - Vice President
Ian Bron is a consultant and accountability activist interested in assisting individuals and organizations develop speak-up cultures in order to prevent misconduct before it can cause serious damage. His career has spanned a number of roles: naval officer, educator, federal government regulator, and program evaluation lead. He is also a PhD candidate at Carleton University, studying whistleblowing systems. Besides Whistleblowing Canada, he is a founding member of Anti-corruption and Accountability Canada (formerly Canadians for Accountability), a grassroots organization dedicated to improving the integrity of Canadian institutions.
In 2005 Ian Bron began to raise concerns regarding the inadequacy of standards being developed by Transport Canada for security in our ports to prevent terrorist attacks. Management's response was to isolate and harass him. When he wrote a formal report about his concerns in 2006 his bosses claimed that he was harassing them and launched an investigation that would ultimately last 3 years.
In 2013 Bron left the public service. He asserts that his concerns regarding security were never properly investigated and that few of the problems he identified have been addressed.
- Video: Ian Bron
Michèle Brill-Edwards, MD, FRCPC - Director
Dr. Michèle Brill-Edwards is a pediatrician and clinical pharmacologist, trained at the University of Toronto and recently retired from the Emergency Department of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine.
From 1980 to 1996, Dr. Brill-Edwards worked at Health Canada, and from 1988 to 1992 was Canada’s senior physician responsible for the regulation of clinical trials and market approvals of prescription medicines. She also served in 1990-1992 as a temporary expert advisor on HIV-related medical research and drug evaluation for the World Health Organization in Geneva. Dr. Brill-Edwards has unique expertise in Canadian drug regulatory science, medicine and law.
Dr. Brill-Edwards resigned from Health Canada in 1996 to speak publicly against the undue influence of the pharmaceutical industry on the process of approval of drugs for marketing, and the resulting unreliable decisions endangering human lives. A national documentary about her resignation spurred ground-breaking medical research demonstrating for the first time that financial conflict of interest does bias the scientific evaluation of medicines. [N Engl J Med, Stelfox, 1998] This led to major international advancements by medical authorities to identify and control pharmaceutical conflict of interest in medical research, efforts which continue today.
She has worked with organizations that protect whistle-blowers and promote the regulation of medicines in the public interest, particularly the Canadian Health Coalition as a longstanding member of the Board.
- Video: Dr. Michele Brill Edwards
Pamela Forward, BA, MA, GCCR, RN - President
Pamela Forward is a workplace mediator and researcher. She moved to the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia from Ottawa, ON in 2017. A graduate of Carleton University (BA Political Science, Graduate Studies in Conflict Resolution, MA Legal Studies) and a registered nurse, Pamela has had a varied career in government (federal public service and advisor to federal cabinet Ministers), business and health care. Over the years, much of her work has been with people in conflict and crisis situations. As well, she has coached new mediators in Carleton University’s, Department of Law- Conflict Resolution Program, and law students in the University of Ottawa, Department of Law.
Pamela’s experience includes both management and advisory positions at the national and international levels. She has been active in professional organizations, community organizations, and political organizations throughout her career. Her interest in whistleblowing activism began in the 1990’s when she joined with others to support whistleblowers in the Federal Public Service. She recently completed an in-depth, qualitative case study on whistleblowing regarding drug safety issues at Health Canada which highlighted many system flaws resulting in reprisals against truth-tellers and impunity for wrong-doers. This blend of knowledge and experience has stimulated an abiding interest in supporting conflict-friendly, ethical and accountable organizations and inspired the founding of Whistleblowing Canada Research Society. A native Newfoundlander, Pamela has traveled extensively, particularly in the Middle and Far East and has lived in Spain.
Paloma Raggo, PhD - Director
Dr. Paloma Raggo is an assistant professor at the School of Public Policy and Administration and teaches in the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL) program. Carleton University’s new Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership is the first and only program of its kind in Canada. Paloma has a PhD in political science with a dual specialty in public policy/administration and international relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her research interests include international nonprofit/INGO leadership, organizational accountability, global philanthropy, online teaching, and mixed methodologies. From 2011 to 2013, she served as the associate director of the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR) of the Consortium for Qualitative Research Methods held at Syracuse University. She has received research related awards from the Canadian Association of Nonprofit Research and Social Economy Research (ANSER-ARES) (Best Thesis 2015), the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) (Emergent Scholar Award 2014), the Society for Political Methodology and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) (John Garcia Award 2011). She is currently working on her book: Leadership and Accountability in International Nonprofit Organizations and has received funding from SSHR for a project on transnational accountability.
Susan Reed, RN - Secretary-Treasurer
Susan Reed is a graduate of the Royal Victoria Hospital School of Nursing in Montreal and completed part-time studies relevant to her profession at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. Throughout her career in health care she assumed positions of increasing responsibility first in hospital management in Quebec and Ontario as Head Nurse, Nursing Supervisor, and Director of Nursing. In 1980 her career changed direction when she accepted a position as Administrator of a Long-Term Care Home with Extendicare Canada in Port Stanley Ontario, then in Halifax and in the Ottawa area in 1988, where she remained until 2006. During her employment she developed, with her staff, many innovative programs to improve care and quality of life for her clients. In 1989 Susan also became a part-time Surveyor for Accreditation Canada specializing in surveying Long-Term Care Homes, hospitals, and related community health care services, right across Canada. She continued in this role for the next 22 years. Susan is presently living in Ottawa with her husband. She has four grown children and seven grandchildren.
Executive Director: Pamela Forward