BOARD
OF DIRECTORS

Patrick McGrath, OC, PhD. FRSC, FCAH
Patrick McGrath

Chair of the Board

Patrick McGrath, OC, PhD. FRSC, FCAH co-founded Strongest Families Institute as it spun out of his research at the IWK Health Centre. He joined the Board of Directors of the Strongest Families Institute at its inception and has been Chair of the Board since then.  With Dr. Pottie, he won the Manning and Governor General Awards for Innovation. Dr. McGrath is a clinical psychologist, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University, a practicing clinician at the Centre for Medical and Psychological Health and a Scientist at the IWK Health Centre.

Robert Hunt
Robert Hunt

Board Treasurer

Robert Hunt joined the Board of Directors of the Strongest Families Institute in November of 2011. Rob serves as the Board Treasurer, a role he has held since joining the board in November 2011. Robert is a Partner with Grant Thornton and is a chartered professional accountant and chartered accountant, licensed insolvency trustee, Fellow Chartered Insolvency & Restructuring Professional and a member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada.

Darrell Johnston

Darrell Johnston joined the Board of Directors of the Strongest Families Institute in July of 2017. Darrell is the former Regional Vice President of Compass Group Canada. Darrell brings his many years of experience in senior management and involvement with other boards focused on mental health to the Strongest Families Institute Board of Directors.

Glen LeBlanc
Glen LeBlanc

Glen LeBlanc joined the Board of Directors of the Strongest Families Institute in February of 2018. Glen is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, BCE & Bell Canada. Glen’s vast financial executive and board experience, as well as, his volunteer involvement with NS Charities provides a valuable asset to the Strongest Families Board of Directors.

Dr. David Lovas
Dr. David Lovas

Dr. David Lovas joined the Board of Directors of the Strongest Families Institute in April of 2018. Dr. Lovas is the physician co-leader of the Emergency Mental Health & Addictions Service (EMHAS) at the IWK Health Centre. Dr. Lovas is the Program Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program and Assistant Professor with the Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University.

Patricia Murray
Patricia Murray

Patricia Murray joined the Board of Directors of the Strongest Families Institute in November of 2019. Patricia Murray is retired from the Department of Health and Wellness, Mental Health and Addictions Branch. She served as Director of Children's Services, Acting Executive Director and finally Special Advisor to the Associate Deputy Minister on Mental Health and Addictions. She previously worked at the IWK as Director of Ambulatory Services in the Mental Health and Addictions Program. She has held both chair and director positions on several boards which provided services to children, seniors and families.

Gordon Phaneuf
Gordon Phaneuf

Gordon Phaneuf joined the Board of Directors of the Strongest Families Institute in November of 2017. Gordon is the President of Farnswork Associates Inc. FAI, in Ottawa, Ontario. Gordon works in policy, programming and advocacy initiatives to advance child well-being. Gordon’s former role as CEO of the Child Welfare League of Canada provides him with vast experience with intergovernmental relations which has been a strong asset for the Strongest Families Institute Board of Directors.

Jen Richard
Jen Richard

Jen Richard joined the Board of Directors of the Strongest Families Institute Board in January of 2020. Jen is People Services and Payroll Operations Manager for Admiral Insurance. Her expertise is in Human Resources providing guidance and advisory direction to senior level executives in employee engagement, performance and morale.

Fae J. Shaw
Fae J. Shaw

Fae J. Shaw, Q.C. joined the Board of Directors of the Strongest Families Institute in June of 2015. Fae is a Partner with the law firm of McInnes Cooper where she practices primarily in the areas of corporate, M&A and corporate finance.

Elizabeth Snide
Elizabeth Snide

Elizabeth Snide joined the Board of Directors of the Strongest Families Institute in November of 2017. Elizabeth is the VP of Finance & Admin with MacFarlands Limited and is a chartered professional accountant and certified management accountant.

Grant Sullivan
Grant Sullivan

Grant Sullivan joined the Board of Directors of the Strongest Families Institute in June of 2016. Grant is Executive Director for the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program in Atlantic and Nunavut. Grant brings with him to the Board his experience as a seasoned business executive, leadership qualities and skills as a graduate professor, entrepreneur and engineer.