Joule's Board of Directors

Joule’s board of directors steers the company’s  long-term strategy of creating value and deepening the loyalty of CMA members. Its focus is on creating a model of social value creation, helping physicians deliver quality care and transforming health care through collaborations with physicians and others.

We’re pleased to introduce you to them now:


Deepak Kaura

A pediatric radiologist who has started several technology companies, Deepak Kaura brings a range of experience and leadership skills to the role of Board Chair. Passionate about improving health through the use of technology balanced with personalized human touch, Deepak is dedicated to innovation, building teams and has a keen interest in Artificial Intelligence.

Deepak has recently returned to Canada from five years in Qatar to join 1QBit, a quantum computing software company, as its Chief Medical Officer. In Qatar, as Executive Chair of Sidra’s Foundational Clinical Services Management Group, he played a critical role in setting up and establishing new standards in patient care at a 400-bed children and women’s hospital and creating Imagine, an innovation framework that produces intellectual property by crowdsourcing ideas. Prior to this he was the Head of Diagnostic Imaging at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Deepak earned his medical degree at the University of Manitoba, is a Diplomat of the American Board of Radiology, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Certification of Canada and has a Master of Business Administration from HEC Paris.   

Ewan Affleck, MD

Ewan Affleck

A graduate of the McGill School of Medicine, and Dalhousie University where he studied history, Ewan Affleck has worked and lived in northern Canada since 1992. He currently serving as the Senior Medical Advisor – Health Informatics, for the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta.

Prior, he has held positions as the Medical Director of the Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority, Clinical Director of Family Medicine at Stanton Territorial Hospital and Chief Medical Information Officer of the Northwest Territories. Ewan’s passion is developing sustainable health services for northern communities.  A digital health information systems expert, he pioneered the implementation of an enterprise electronic medical record system in the Northwest Territories that is unprecedented in Canada in its level of integration.

Ewan serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Medical Association and is a faculty member for the University of Calgary. He maintains an active clinical practice, teaches and provides both hospital-based and community services. Ewan is an avid adventurer, a musician, a husband and a father. In 2013, he was appointed to the Order of Canada for his contribution to northern health care.

Suzanne Strasberg, Chair

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Dr. Strasberg works in Toronto as a member of the Jane Finch Family Health Team, where she’s the lead physician responsible for submission of budgets to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and for development of the business and operational plan for the corporation. A staff member at the Humber River Regional Hospital, her interests include pediatrics, adolescent medicine, gynecology and shared-care obstetrics. 

Dr. Strasberg has had extensive involvement with the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), including time served as a board director, board chair and president. She has also chaired many OMA committees pertaining to communications, strategic planning and family health organization model negotiation. She has worked closely with the CMA, as a board member, as co-chair of the CMA committee on public/private interface, as a member of a committee dedicated to health care and education and as a General Council delegate. She served as chair of MD Financial Holdings Inc. from 2014 to 2018.

Rounding out her community involvement, Dr. Strasberg currently serves as the provincial primary care lead at Cancer Care Ontario and is a founding member of the Coalition of Family Physicians of Ontario.

George Davie

George Davie

George Davie is Managing Director for the Hazelton Innovation Group, a leading Growth and Innovation consulting company providing growth strategies, corporate and brand innovation counsel on a Global basis for Fortune 125 clients. He is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the firm including the management of consulting engagements, business development, client counsel and the day to day operations. Under Mr. Davie’s leadership, the firm is regarded as one of the premiere Growth and Innovation consulting companies in North America.

Over the past 20+ years with the firm, Mr. Davie has worked with many of the top Fortune 125 firms, including: American Express, BMO, MasterCard, RBC, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Dole– conducting work in North America, Western Europe, Asia, South America, Latin America, South Africa, Australia, and Malaysia.

Prior to the Hazelton Group, Mr. Davie worked as Vice President, Director of Client Services – McKim Advertising (BBDO); Director of Brand and Market Development, Molson Breweries; and Director of New Product Development, S.C. Johnson & Son Ltd.

Mr. Davie is a past director of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Moosehead Breweries, and currently sits on the board of the 407 ETR. Mr. He is an alumnus of the University of Western Ontario.

Alistair Erskine, MD

Alistair Erskine

The Chief Digital Health Officer at Partners Healthcare—Brigham Woman’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals—Dr. Alistair Erskine is responsible for sequencing innovative technologies, harmonizing data across clinical care, research and health plan enterprise, and activating patients in a manner congruent with emerging patient consumerism. He joins the Joule Board of Directors in the role of digital entrepreneur, bringing ample experience in business analytics, the integration of ultramodern technologies in health care and a specialization in Artificial Intelligence.

Dr. Erskine trained at Brown University and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and is triple Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Clinical Informatics and Pediatrics. He completed a two-year degree MBA program at MIT’s Sloan School of Management along with MIT’s business analytics and artificial intelligence certificate. Alistair has been practicing medicine for 15 years.

Debbie Fischer, BSc MHA CHRP ICD.D

Debbie Fischer

Debbie is a seasoned health care executive with over 30 years of experience in hospital management, government and professional services. She is an executive associate with KPMG, focusing on organizational and system change in the health care and public sectors. Debbie is also the Executive in Residence at the Rotman School of Business’ Centre for Health Care Strategy. She has taught for its Executive Leadership Development Program and serves on its Health Care and Life Science Advisory Committee. Previously, she was Executive Vice President, Strategy and Organizational Development, at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, and Assistant Deputy Minister, Transition, at Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

She serves on the boards of the Ontario Education Collaborative Marketplace, Pro-Demnity Insurance, North York General Hospital and the GS1 Canada Healthcare Special Advisory Group. Previously, Debbie was the Chair of Plexxus, and was a director on the boards of the Ontario Centres of Excellence, the Governance Council of the Canadian Institute of Health Research, and the executive committee of the Ontario Genetics Secretariat.

Debbie has a BSc from McGill University and MHA from the University of Ottawa. She also holds a CHRP designation and an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Ann Michael

Ann Michael

Ann Michael is CEO of Delta Think, a business and technology consulting and advisory firm focused on innovation and growth in membership organizations and scholarly publishers. Ann has worked with clients to help them gain insight into their customers’ needs, define their strategy, build their product and services portfolio, implement new tools and technologies, and develop new skills and expertise. She is an ardent believer in data informed decision-making and was instrumental in the 2017 launch of the Delta Think Open Access Data & Analytics Tool, a comprehensive, interactive, regularly updated data set with diverse visualizations and extensive analysis.

Ann is a Past President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), a Board Officer for the National Federation for Advanced Information Services (NFAIS), an editorial board member for Learned Publishing, and is a contributor to the SSP’s blog, The Scholarly Kitchen.    

Tim Smith, CEO, Canadian Medical Association

Tim Smith

Mr. Tim Smith has been the Canadian Medical Association’s (CMA’s) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since 2015. In March 2019, he also became CEO of the CMA Group of Companies, including CEO of CMAH 2018, and CEO and board chair of CMA Investco Inc.

As CEO, Mr. Smith has led visionary changes to this 151-year old organization, revamping its governance structure and leading the historic sale of MD Financial Management in 2018. Prior to this, he served as the CMA’s vice-president of professional services and leadership as well as the executive vice-president of member solutions for MD Physicians Services Inc. Mr. Smith has an economics degree and MBA from the University of Ottawa.

Amanda Whitewood, CMA FCMA CHE C.Dir.

Amanda Whitewood

Amanda Whitewood is the Chief Operating Officer at IWK Health Centre, which provides quality care to women, children, youth and families in the Maritime Provinces and beyond. As a leader and executive, Amanda has more than 25 years’ experience in health care, post-secondary education and government. From 2008 to 2015, she was Vice President of Sustainability and CFO for Capital Health in Halifax. She has also held vice presidential roles with Mount Saint Vincent University and the Nova Scotia Hospital.

Amanda serves on the board of the Immigration Services Association of Nova Scotia and is the Vice Chair for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), and holds the peer-awarded designation of Fellow for her contributions to community and the profession. She is also a Chartered Director (C.Dir.) and a Certified Health Executive (CHE). In addition to serving on the Joule Board, Amanda is also the Joule Chair for the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee.  

Ann Watson, MBA

Ann Watson

Ann is an impact investor with ample experience in corporate structuring, financing and venture capital within social enterprises as well as private and public markets. An entrepreneur with interests in Artificial Intelligence and Digital Health, Ann has broad knowledge of the technology market and deep understanding of the demands of Canada’s aging population on our health care.  Ann currently serves as an advisor at Turalt, a company dedicated to bringing empathy to technology, and was a founding member of Canadian Women in Private Equity and guest lecturer at Ivey School of Business.

Ann has a Master of Business Administration from Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist.