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The Chronic Pain Network currently has more than 25 active patient and caregiver representatives across Canada, including representatives from Indigenous/Aboriginal communities. Patient partners are engaged in Network committees, contributing to research priorities, evaluating projects and helping to guide the Network. 

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Billie Jo Bogden
Ottawa, Ontario

Billie Jo has a background in policy, communications and intergovernmental
affairs.  She is currently working on a collective action project to address
gaps in education and awareness both within the health care sector and the
community.  Advocating for patient rights, she supports a more active
participation in the development of patient treatment plans and the
integration of care for patients living with chronic pain. 

Billie Jo sits on the Chronic Pain Network's Patient Oriented
Research Committee.  
 

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Carolynn Bulmer
Victoria, British Columbia

Carolynn Bulmer is a group leader for the Vanderhoof Chronic Pain Self
Management and Support Group. She participates the advisory committees
with Northern Health and community physicians relating to chronic pain. 

Carolynn sits on the Chronic Pain Network's Patient Engagement committee. 
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Mary Brachaniec
Moncton, New Brunswick

Mary Brachaniec is a retired physiotherapist with experience in several
national and provincial Arthritis Society initiatives. She also served on
the CIHR Institute for Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis Knowledge
Exchange Task Force and the Cochrane Consumer Network for
several years.

Mary sits on the Chronic Pain Network's Knowledge Translation and
Patient Oriented Research committees.
 
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Lynn Cooper
Kitchener, Ontario

Lynn Cooper is the president of the Canadian Pain Coalition. She has
spent more than 20 years volunteering with organizations that seek to
better understand issues surrounding chronic pain, and furthering
research into and management of chronic pain. 

Lynn sits on the Chronic Pain Network's Steering committee. 
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Mario Di Carlo
Montreal, Québec

Mario Di Carlo was struck by polio at the age of 1 year old; a disease now
virtually eradicated. The illness left him with significant physical weaknesses. 
Over the years, he ​has used his personal and professional experience to help
bring forward causes dear to his heart, such as the Polio Quebec Association,
the Association québécoise de la douleur chronique (AQDC), the West Island
Mission (WIM) and the Regroupement provincial des comités des usagers (RPCU).
Mario was also a member of the board of the McGill University Health Centre
(MUHC) and headed the Patients’ Committee of the institution. He collaborated
in the Transforming Care at the Bedside (TCaB) project, also at the MUHC.
As Master Trainer of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)
and Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP) from Stanford University
Mario also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Translation from Concordia University.

Mario sits on the Chronic Pain Network's Patient
Engagement committee. 
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Kathleen Eubanks
Toronto, Ontario

Kathleen Eubanks is the Co-Founder and President of Ehlers-Danlos
Syndrome Canada. 

Kathleen sits on the Chronic Pain Network's Patient Engagement committee. 
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Janet Gunderson
Glaslyn, Saskatchewan

Janet Gunderson has been an active volunteer with The Arthritis Society for
more 15 years. She is currently on the steering committee for the 
Canadian
Arthritis Patient Alliance and was formerly on The Consumer Advisory Council
for the Canadian Arthritis Network. Janet
 is also active with the Cochrane
Muscoloskeletal Group. 

Janet sits on the Chronic Pain Network's Patient Engagement committee. 
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Richard Hovey
Montreal, Québec

Richard Hovey is an Associate Professor in the Division of Oral
Health and Society with the Faculty of Dentistry at the University
of McGill. Richard researches suffering, which spans the lived
experiences of living with osteoporosis, preventable medical error,
type II diabetes, social isolation and chronic pain. He has also
conducted interdisciplinary synergetic research workshops for
researchers from basic science to public health to learn how to
work together effectively through a hermeneutic relational process. 

Richard part of the Chronic Pain Network's Registry Working Group. 
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Isabel Jordan
Squamish, British Columbia

Isabel Jordan is the Chair of the Rare Disease Foundation, as well as a
founding member. Isabel has volunteered with many non-profit groups
and is active with Vancouver Parent 2 Parent Resource Network and a
partner in the #ItDoesn'tHavetoHurt campaign.

Isabel sits on the Chronic Pain Network's Knowledge
Translation committee. 
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Jacques Laliberté
Saint-Bruno, Québec

Jacques Laliberté is the founding president of the Association de la
douleur chronique (AQDC) in 2004. He is now past president on its
Board of Directors.

Jacques co-chair of the Chronic Pain Network's Executive committee. 
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Therese Lane
Toronto, Ontario

Therese is a patient advocate, volunteer and active member of
Action Ontario PNP (peripheral nerve pain).
 
Theresa sits on the Chronic Pain Network's Patient Engagement committee. 
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Rebecca Lee
Ottawa, Ontario

Rebecca Lee is a member of the Clinical Trials Ontario Patient and Public
Advisory Group, spokesperson for The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog
Guides, contributor to the chronic illness and disability publication The Mighty
and past member of Queen’s University InvisAbilities.

Rebecca sits on the Chronic Pain Network's Patient Engagement committee. 
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Curtis May
Richmond, British Columbia

Curtis is a medical student at the University of British Columbia. He is
a research assistant at a chronic pain clinic, CHANGEpain clinic in
Vancouver and a volunteer with Pain BC. He plays the saxophone
and is a farmer.

Curtis is part of the Chronic Pain Network's Registry Working Group. 
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Carley Ouellette
Toronto, Ontario

Carley Ouellette is a recent nursing graduate from Western University and
will be an incoming graduate nursing student  at McMaster University.
Carley is a research student in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences
department at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). 

Carley sits on the Chronic Pain Network's Training & Mentoring committee
and is part of the Registry Working Group.
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Stéphanie Perreault
Gatineau, Québec

Stéphanie Perreault comes from a background in public policy, at the
federal level, with experience in translating knowledge into policy.
Stéphanie is also a published author. 

Stéphanie is the Patient Co-Chair on the Chronic Pain Network's 
the Knowledge Translation committee. 
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Cyndi Sand-Eveland
Nelson, British Columbia

Cyndi Sand-Eveland has than 20 years experience working with deaf
and hard of hearing students, students with learning disabilities, and
ESL students." She is also a published author. 

Cyndi sits on the Chronic Pain Network's Patient Engagement committee. 
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Lesley Singer
Montreal, Québec

Lesley Singer is a physiotherapist, clinical educator and founder of the Pain
Science Division within the Canadian Physiotherapist Association. She also
has experience with translating knowledge to clinicians. Lesley has been
living with chronic neuropathic pain since 2000. 

Lesley sits on the Chronic Pain Network's Knowledge Translation committee
and Training & Mentoring committee.
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Karen Smith
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Karen Smith comes from a background in Public Relations
and has served on many non-profit boards. She also sits
on the Canadian Pain Society's Scientific Community. 

Karen sits on the Chronic Pain Network's Executive committee. 
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Janice Sumpton
London, Ontario

Janice is a pharmacist and interdisciplinary team member of the
Pediatric Chronic Pain Program at Children’s Hospital in London.
She is a Canadian Pain Coalition board member and Co-Chair of
the Patient/Public Working Group for Canadian Opioid use in
Chronic Non-Cancer Pain.

Janice sits on the Chronic Pain Network's Patient Oriented
Research Committee. 
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Marc White
Vancouver, British Columbia

Marc White is co-founder, CEO and President of the Canadian Institute for
the Relief of Pain and Disability. He is also a clinical assistant professor with
the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. 

Marc sits on the Chronic Pain Network's Patient Oriented Research
committee and is part of the Clinical Research Network. 
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Linda Wilhelm
Kings County, New Brunswick

Linda Wilhelm is the president of the Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance
and was previously with the Canadian Arthritis Network's Consumer
Advisory Council. She has also a collaborated on a number of Canadian
Institutes of Health Research Strategy for Patient Oriented Research grants. 

Linda sits on the Chronic Pain Network's Steering committee and Patient
Engagement committee. 
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Natalie Zacchia
Montreal, Québec

Natalie Zacchia is a ​clinical research administrator at McGill University,
trained in Public Health and Health promotion. 

Natalie is part of the Chronic Pain Network's Clinical Research Network. 
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