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Antoine Hakim Antoine Hakim

Scientific Director, CEO

The CSN’s CEO and Scientific Director is Dr. Antoine Hakim, who is Professor and University Chair in Neurology at the University of Ottawa, Director of the Neuroscience Research Program at the Ottawa Health Research Institute and Senior Director of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario Centre for Stroke Recovery. He holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (New York State) and an MD from Albany Medical College.

Kevin Willis

Executive Director

Dr. Willis is the CSN’s Executive Director.  After graduating with a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Birmingham he subsequently held research positions at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the National Research Council of Canada (Ottawa, ON), Allelix Biopharmaceuticals (Mississauga, ON) and Procept Inc. (Cambridge, MA). Dr. Willis joined the Network in 2002 from Millennium Pharmaceuticals (Cambridge, MA) where he was Program Director for central nervous system disease research.

Jennifer Masek


Jennifer Masek joined the CSN in 2002.  She holds a CGA designation and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree.  Prior to joining the CSN, Jennifer worked for the Ottawa Senators Foundation and for a small public accounting firm.

Lori Barron


Lori is responsible the Network’s communications and outreach efforts, as well as the creative direction of the Network’s web and marketing initiatives. Prior to joining the CSN Lori was Communications Manager for the Stem Cell Network, and most recently was a Communications & Web Officer for Health Canada.  Lori has freelanced as a creative marketing communications and graphic design consultant as owner of savvyGURL media, since 2003. She holds degrees in English and Classical Studies, an honours diploma in Marketing Communications/Business Management, is a certified professional photographer, and has studied Graphic Design.

Robin Millbank

Manager, Professional Development

Robin Millbank handles the development of professional education resources and training programs for the CSN.  She has been with the CSN since 2001, and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Law) from Carleton University.

Laurie Cameron

Manager, Congress & Meeting Services

Laurie Cameron is responsible for the organization and management of the annual Canadian Stroke Congress, as well as other CSN-related meetings.  She originally joined the CSN in 2005 as the Program Coordinator for the Canadian Stroke Strategy.  She brings with her a wealth of health care experience gained from the pediatric, acute and long term care health sectors, as well as the Ontario Ministry of Health.   She is currently working on her CAE and CMP designations, and is a member of Meeting Planners International (MPI) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).

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