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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.

Mary Fayad

Mary Fayad first joined the CSN as a maternity leave replacement for Jennifer Masek in 2007 and twice after that when Jennifer was off again with 2 more maternity leaves.  Mary has a CA designation and an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa.  Prior to joining the CSN, Mary did contract work for various other Not for Profits.

Lori Barron
Communications Director

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 Hello Interactive Media & Design Inc., 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.

Rachel Kalbfleisch
Communications Officer

Rachel Kalbfleisch first joined the communications team at the CSN in 2008. In her current role she is handling the network’s wrap-up communications efforts. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism (Hons.) degree from Carleton University, and has worked as a freelance writer publishing articles relating to the nonprofit sector. Rachel has also worked for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Bar Association.

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