Executive Steering Committee


The Executive Steering Committee provides guidance for program and project teams to ensure that all activities are aligned with the common mission, vision and guiding principles of the CWHHA.

Dr. Kerri-Anne Mullen

Interim Chair

Kerri-Anne Mullen, PhD, MSc

Director, Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre and Prevention and Wellness Centre
Division of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, ON | @mullenkerri

Dr. Najah Adreak

Trainee Representative

Najah Adreak, MD 
Research Assistant, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery
University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus
Vancouver, BC| @NajahAdreak
Helen Robert

Patient Advocate Co-Chair, Advocacy 

Helen Robert, B.Comm, CCP
Person with Lived Experience
Ottawa, ON | @HelenLRobert
Dr. Christine Pacheco

Healthcare Professional Co-Chair, Knowledge Translation and Mobilization 

Christine Pacheco, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Cardiologist, Pierre-Boucher Hospital, and University of Montréal Hospital Centre (CHUM)
Faculty Member, Department of Medicine, University of Montreal
Clinical Investigator-Researcher, Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier de Université de Montréal (CRCHUM)
Montréal, QC | @cpachecoMD
Jennifer Monaghan

Patient Advocate Co-Chair, Training and Education 

Jennifer Monaghan, LLB, BA
Person with Lived Experience
Kelowna, BC
Dr. Carolyn Baer

Healthcare Professional Co-Chair, Training and Education 

Carolyn Baer, MD, FRCPC
General Internist
Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University
Moncton, NB | @drcbaer
Nicole Nickerson

Patient Advocate Co-Chair, Advocacy 

Nicole Nickerson

Person with Lived Experience
Middle Lehave, NS | @NicoleNickers11

Dr. Judy Luu

Healthcare Professional Co-Chair, Advocacy

Judy Luu, MD/PhD, FRCPC

Women’s Heart Health Cardiologist
Assistant Professor, McGill University
Director of Research, Courtois CMR Program
Montreal, QC | @JudyMLuu

Charlotte Girard

Patient Advocate Co-Chair, Health Systems and Policy

Charlotte Girard

Person with Lived Experience
Otterburn Park, QC

Dr. Jodi Edwards

Healthcare Professional Co-Chair, Health Systems and Policy

Jodi Edwards, PhD

Scientist and Director
Brain and Heart Nexus Research Program
Co-Director, UOHI Population Outcomes Research Unit
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Adjunct Scientist, ICES
Assistant Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, ON | @brainheartnexus



The purpose of the Secretariat is to facilitate the growth and development of the CWHHA and to support promotion and collaboration, and dissemination and implementation of best practices regarding women’s heart health across Canada. 

The Secretariat is a convening body that provides operational, communications, and project management support, and facilitates knowledge brokering membership engagement, and stakeholder coordination. The Secretariat is housed at the Canada Women’s Heart Health Centre at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

Lisa Comber


Lisa Comber, KTPC, BA

Ottawa, ON | @comberlisa

Melissa Core-Gunn


Melissa Core-Gunn, BSc, DIPM

Ottawa, ON | @melissacoregunn