The Leading Together Championing Committee

The Leading Together Championing Committee (LTCC) is mandated to promote and champion Leading Together: Canada Takes Action on HIV/AIDS (2005-2010). The LTCC meets twice a year.

The members of the LTCC are:

Kim Thomas (Co-Chair) has worked for over ten years in the AIDS movement. She is driven by a strong commitment to ensure that decision makers at the policy level hear the voices of the people and communities most affected by HIV/AIDS. Having started her career at the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, Kim is currently the Director of Programs at the Canadian AIDS Society where she oversees the organization’s work on policy analysis, development and advocacy, capacity building and national partnership building.  She possesses wide experience and knowledge on a variety of HIV/AIDS issues including microbicide and vaccine development, co-infection and harm reduction, poverty and homelessness, and population-specific issues.

Marsha Hay Snyder is the A/Director of the HIV/AIDS Policy, Coordination and Programs Division, Centre for Communicable Diseases and Infection Control, in the Public Health Agency of Canada.  The Division is responsible for federal public health leadership in HIV/AIDS in the areas of knowledge development, program and policy interventions and coordination, planning and reporting.  Ms. Hay Snyder joined Health Canada in 1998 and has since held senior positions in the areas of public policy and program development.  She guided the development of the Five Year Review of the Canadian Strategy on HIV/AIDS, Leading Together, and the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada, and is currently chair of the Federal Initiative Responsibility Centre Committee, which governs the collaborative action of the federal government partners.

Sharon Baxter (Interim Co-Chair) is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. Sharon holds a Masters of Social Work degree in Public Policy and Administration and has worked on national health policy for sixteen years.  Sharon is the past co-chair of the coordinating body of the Canadian Strategy on Palliative and End-of-Life Care. Sharon sits on many national committees and coalitions looking at end-of-life care issues specifically around health policy. Sharon also works on HIV/AIDS vaccines and microbicide files outside of her current full time position. Sharon Baxter was previously the Executive Director of the Canadian AIDS Society where she was involved in both domestic and international HIV/AIDS work for seven years.

Jacqueline Gahagan, PhD, is Professor of Health Promotion in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University where she also holds cross appointments in Community Health and Epidemiology, International Development Studies, Gender Studies, and Nursing.  She is a member of the editorial board for several peer-reviewed journals, including Health Care for Women International and the Canadian Journal of Public Health. Jacqueline has been involved in the field of HIV/AIDS advocacy, activism and research for nearly two decades and her current research interests focus on the social and behavioural aspects of HIV/Hep C and STIs. Prior to joining Dalhousie University, Jacqueline worked in public health as a health promotion specialist, a program evaluation specialist and as a health promotion consultant.  Jacqueline is also a founding member of the Atlantic Interdisciplinary Research Network, a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada, and a former member of the board of directors’ for the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, the Canadian Association for HIV Research, the Nova-Scotia Gambia Association, the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development, among others. (Liaison for the Ministerial Advisory Council on the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada)

Frank McGee has been the Coordinator of the AIDS Bureau of the Ontario Ministry of Health since February 1997. The AIDS Bureau provides funding for community-based AIDS support and education programs, outreach to injection drug users, research and research infrastructure, monitors both the Anonymous HIV Testing program and the prenatal HIV testing program, and provides secretariat for the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS. Frank has had diverse experience with HIV/AIDS issues including research, community and government. He has presented at numerous international, national, and provincial conferences on HIV/AIDS. In his role as AIDS Coordinator, Frank participates on a range of HIV/AIDS research projects and teams. Frank is currently the Co-chair of the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS and is an ex-officio member of the federal Minister of Health's advisory council on HIV/AIDS. Prior to becoming Coordinator of the AIDS Bureau, Frank held a number of AIDS-related government positions starting in 1988. (Provincial Government representative)

Terry Pigeon (Interim Co-Chair) has been HIV+ since about 1985. His professional background is as a controller-general manager in various Quebec businesses, with finance, human resources and negotiation skills. He has been involved in the HIV/AIDS area since 1996 in Montreal where he was with AIDS Community Care Montreal. He has been an active volunteer and has worked as Volunteer Coordinator, interim Office Coordinator and Interim Executive Director. He has served on the Board for ten years, five of them as President. He is currently President of the Fondation Québécoise du Sida. He is also the Chair of the Board of the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange. Terry is a strong advocate of the rights and responsibilities of HIV+ individuals and the role that community organizations play in this area.

Edoye Porbeni, a former journalist, spent her early career reporting on health and social issues affecting black North Americans. From 2005 to 2007, she was the project coordinator of a federally funded project to establish HIV/AIDS resource services in three cities within British Columbia’s Fraser Health Region. She is also a member of the Fraser Health Authority’s Regional Committee for HIV/AIDS. Ms. Porbeni’s experience includes HIV/AIDS program/project planning and execution. Her interests include the psychosocial aspects of HIV/AIDS as it pertains to women, youth and immigrants. Ms. Porbeni is also involved with HIV/AIDS initiatives in her home country, Nigeria. She holds a degree in Communications and International Relations from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Randy Jackson is a member of the Chippewas' of Kettle and Stony Point in south-western Ontario. Randy is a qualitative researcher working exclusively in the area of HIV/AIDS in Aboriginal communities - and particularly in the area of "lived experience". Randy has training in sociology from the University of Ottawa and the University of Manitoba, has worked at the HIV/AIDS community level for over 14 years. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD focused on social justice in the School of Social Work at McMaster University. For fun, Randy loves to travel, enjoys the creative process of photography and keeps fit by jogging.

Denise Lambert’s interest in HIV/AIDS began in 1985. Being connected to a high risk network, Denise learned how HIV was transmitted. By 1987, she was doing HIV/AIDS presentations in federal and provincial correctional centres. In 1988, she conducted her first research study with the Yellowhead Tribal Council in Alberta. She holds a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with the University of Alberta - Faculty of Physical Education. Her primary goal is to get information about HIV to people who need it and to ensure Indigenous peoples are involved in decisions affecting HIV programs and policy. Designing programs, interventions and evaluation tools that recognize the value of practical application and a complementary evidence base are her current focus. Denise works with the Kimamow Atoskanow Foundation in Alberta. She is a member of the National Aboriginal Council on HIV representing the community perspective. The “Tree of Creation”, a nature based framework for Indigenous peoples, guides the work she does.