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:

Debbie Fischer, BSc, MHA, CHRP, ICD.D

Debbie Fischer, BSc, MHA, CHRP, ICD.D

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

She serves on the boards of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Ontario Education Collaborative Marketplace, Pro-Demnity Insurance and North York General Hospital. Previously, Debbie was the chair of Plexxus, a hospital shared services organization, and a director on the Ontario Centres of Excellence and the executive committee of the Ontario Genetics Secretariat.

Debbie has a BSc from McGill University and MHA from the University of Ottawa.

Ewan Affleck, MD

Ewan Affleck, MD

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 was the long serving Medical Director of the Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority and Clinical Director of Family Medicine at Stanton Territorial Hospital until 2015 when he assumed the role of Chief Medical Information Officer of the Northwest Territories.

A digital health information systems expert, he pioneered the implementation of an electronic medical record system in the Northwest Territories, and serves as co-sponsor and clinical lead for the Territorial EMR project. A member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Medical Association and a faculty member of the University of Calgary, he maintains an active clinical practice, teaches, and provides both hospital-based and community services.

Ewan is passionate about developing sustainable health services for northern communities. In 2013 he was appointed to the Order of Canada for his contribution to northern health care. He is active in sports and helped develop a non-profit adventure-based experiential learning organization, and has volunteered as a physician at the Arctic Winter Games and Vancouver Winter Olympics. Ewan is married and has two children.

Michael Cloutier

Michael Cloutier

Mike Cloutier is an accomplished business leader and consultant with over 33 years’ experience in the life sciences sector.

Mike was president and CEO of four major pharmaceutical firms and one not-for-profit health organization. He is known as a powerful leader among the healthcare community and in federal, provincial and municipal political circles throughout Canada. His current role is as General Manager PTC Therapeutics Canada ULC, a pharmaceutical company known to support patients and caregivers in the area of nonsense-mutation Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Mike is the Board Chair at Merus Labs International, is a Director on the board of OBIO and a director at the Cameron Institute. Internationally, he has held positions in Latin America and Europe, more recently serving as the Vice-President, Human Resources - Global Marketing for AstraZeneca Inc.

A dedicated philanthropist, Mike has served on numerous boards including the Canadian Stroke Network, Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning and the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation. Mike is the past Fundraising Chair of the Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

He was inducted to the Sheridan College School of Business Marketing Hall of Fame and the Canadian Pharmaceutical Marketing Hall of Fame.

George Davie

George Davie

Managing Director for the Hazelton Innovation Group

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.

Darren Larsen, BSc, MD, CCFP, MPLc

Darren Larsen, BSc, MD, CCFP, MPLc

Darren is a family physician from Thornhill, ON. He currently works as the Chief Medical Information Officer at OntarioMD. He is involved in many provincial and national health information technology, quality improvement, innovation and leadership initiatives with the Ontario Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association, Health Quality Ontario, eHealth Ontario, the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario and with Canada’s Health Informatics Association (COACH).

Darren obtained his BSc at the University of Alberta, his MD at the University of Calgary and did residency at the University of Ottawa. He holds a Masters Certificate in Physician Leadership from York University’s Schulich School of Business. He is an Adjunct Clinical Teacher at the University of Toronto Department of Family and Community Medicine and practices with the Women's College Hospital Family Health Team.

Ann Michael

Ann Michael

Ann Michael is President and Founder of Delta Think, a publishing consultancy focused on innovation in product strategy, development, and content management. Delta Think has worked with dozens of major commercial and non-profit scholarly and educational publishers as they clarified their business objectives, gained insight into their customers’ needs, defined new content products and business models, introduced new tools and technologies, and developed the skills and expertise needed to be successful in an ever changing publishing environment.

Ann is currently the President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), a frequent organizer and speaker at publishing conferences, and is a contributor to the SSP’s blog, The Scholarly Kitchen.

Amanda Whitewood, CMA, FCMA, CHE, C.Dir.

Lindee David, CEO, Joule

Amanda serves the Halifax Regional Municipality as CFO and Director of Finance and Information, Communication and Technology. As the 4th largest municipality in Canada, Halifax is where rich history meets progressive thinking to create opportunities and conditions for residents and businesses to thrive. A seasoned corporate executive with over 20 years of experience in health care and postsecondary education, her passion is creating sustainable delivery models to enable growth and innovation. Her track record includes leading the design and implementation of numerous information systems to support rapid decision making by clinicians, administrators and directors.

Recognized as a leader in strategic financial management, health care administration and governance, Amanda’s academic credentials include the Chartered Director designation from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and a Fellow with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. Serving on numerous boards, including as chair for the Society of Management Accountants (now CPA Canada), both provincially and nationally, Amanda is a highly regarded leader in governance and administration.



Lindee David, CEO, Joule

Lindee David, CEO, Joule

Ms. Lindee David is the Chief Executive Officer of Joule, a subsidiary of the Canadian Medical Association. Ms. David is a strategic, innovative senior healthcare executive, with a blended experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors.

Her collaborative approach to complex business challenges combined with her inspirational leadership is demonstrated through her proven track record of achieving business results in an evolving market. Ms. David managed high profile strategic initiatives in the corporate sector ranging from changing the selling models for mature biotech products to market access programs to obtain drug coverage. In the non-profit sector, she led the Canadian Hemophilia Society through the contaminated blood scandal resulting in significant social change policy for the Canadian blood system.

Prior to joining Joule, she held positions with Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, ALS Society of Canada, Janssen Ortho, a Division of Johnson and Johnson, Canadian Blood Services and the Canadian Hemophilia Society. Ms. David holds a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education Degree from Queen’s University.