BOARD
OF DIRECTORS

Any inquiries about Strongest Families Institute (SFI), its services, projects, or research projects can be directed to: Dr. Patricia Lingley-Pottie, Co-Founder, President & CEO, at ppottie@strongestfamilies.com.

Dr. Patrick J. McGrath, Founder, has stepped down from his role as Board Chair; however, he remains committed to SFI’s cause in a supporting role as an Expert Advisor.

 

 

 

Robert Hunt
Robert Hunt

Interim Chair

Robert Hunt, a seasoned chartered professional accountant, joined the Strongest Families Institute’s Board of Directors as Treasurer in November 2011. In 2023, he transitioned to Vice Chair and currently serves as Interim Chair. In addition to being a business leader and executive coach, Robert is also a licensed insolvency trustee, a Fellow Chartered Insolvency & Restructuring Professional, and a distinguished member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada. He also holds the esteemed Fellow CPA designation.

Patricia Murray
Patricia Murray

Board Secretary

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.

Liz Snide

Board Treasurer

Liz Snide joined the Board of Directors of the Strongest Families Institute in November of 2017. Liz is the VP of Finance at Hanmac Captial and is a chartered professional accountant and certified management accountant.

Our Board of Directors | 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.

Grant Sullivan
Grant Sullivan

Grant Sullivan joined the Board of Directors of the Strongest Families Institute in June of 2016. Grant is Director General 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.

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.

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.

Shawna Paris-Hoyt
Shawna Paris-Hoyte

Shawna Paris-Hoyte joined the Board of Directors of the Strongest Families Institute in February 2021. Shawna is an inter-professional and multidisciplinary university educator, a practising clinical social worker, lawyer, and the founding Director of the National Institute of Forensic Social Work. Shawna has provided services to children and families for over four decades and is a sought after speaker on issues related to racial trauma which is the focus of her doctoral research

Kristy Wolfe
Kristy Wolfe

Kristy Wolfe joined the Board of Directors of the Strongest Families Institute in June 2021. Her family originally became acquainted with the Strongest Families Institute when they participated in the Parents Empowering Kids program. Kristy brings with her a variety of experiences within education, healthcare and non-profit sectors throughout Alberta.

Cynthia Wagner
Cynthia Wagner

Cynthia is a veteran / military spouse and mom to two base brats. She’s always very involved in defence community organisations and has worked as a veterans’ transition project manager, as an advisor to a Member of Parliament who was a member of the veterans’ affairs committee, and deployed for six months as a civilian to Kandahar Afghanistan. She’s also worked in a lot of communications and project management positions across the country and internationally and is always up for new challenges.