Dr. Jiwa is the President and CEO of Osteoporosis Canada, and has been with the organization since 2006. Prior to joining Osteoporosis Canada, Dr. Jiwa was the former Provincial Osteoporosis Co-ordinator, employed by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and charged with rolling out all aspects of the $5 million annual Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy. Prior to this and after leaving her private practice in Orlando, Florida, Dr. Jiwa was a Program Consultant for the Acute Services Division of the Ministry of Health, where she played a significant role in project planning, implementation and evaluation of a number of provincial health initiatives, including chronic kidney disease, asthma and age-related macular degeneration.
In 2020 Dr. Jiwa was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Osteoporosis Foundation, representing North America, for a term of 4 years. In 2017, Dr. Jiwa was re-elected chair of the Patient Societies Subcommittee of the Committee of National Societies (CNS) of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) for a 5th term of two years. In 2016, she was awarded the President’s Award from the International Osteoporosis Foundation. She is also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Dr. Jiwa has also attained the designation of Certified Health Executive from the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, and in 2017 she completed the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at Harvard Business School.
She holds a Masters Degree in Health Administration from the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation from the University of Toronto, a Doctorate of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Science, Genetics and Psychology from the University of Toronto.
Laurie Georges is the Director, Finance and Human Resources at Osteoporosis Canada and has been with the organization since 1994. After obtaining a Business degree, Laurie worked in one of Toronto’s main hospital’s in the finance department. She then developed an interest in the charitable sector and while still working for the hospital she moved to the foundation side and began her career in not-for-profit.
Laurie then moved to Osteoporosis Canada and has been with the organization for over 25 years. In this time, Laurie has been involved in many areas of the organization as it has grown and adapted over OC’s 35+ years. Laurie manages all of OC’s financial operations which includes accounting, budgets, audit, investments, payroll and human resources for 60+ employees.
In 2012, Laurie was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
After working as an analyst and a journalist in the financial sector for a number of years, Ravi has spent the last few years managing projects in the health sector. At present, he is the project lead for the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy, a multifaceted, comprehensive chronic disease prevention and management strategy funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Ravi holds a Masters Degree in Health Administration from the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation from the University of Toronto and a Masters Degree in Leadership and Training (MALT) from Royal Roads University. Ravi has attained the designation of Certified Health Executive from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Tracie Napoli is the Director, Fund Development and Marketing and Communications at Osteoporosis Canada and has been with the organization since 2012. Tracie has worked for local, national and international charities including Children’s Miracle Network, Villa Charities, March of Dimes Canada, Special Olympics Ontario and the MS Society of Canada.
Her fund development, marketing and communication work in the not-for-profit sector exhibits a cross section of experience including business development, event and peer-to-peer fundraising, direct marketing, individual giving and volunteer management. Her focus for OC’s marketing and communications is to enhance engagement with all key stakeholders internally and externally, to ensure the OC brand is impactful, consistent and aligned throughout the country.
Prior to her career in the not-for-profit sector, Tracie worked in radio and television doing on-air work at local radio stations in Ontario and in TV production for Rogers Television, CTV Sportsnet and the CBC.
Kerry Grady is the Senior Manager of Scientific and Clinical Programs at Osteoporosis Canada. She supports the Scientific Advisory Council who advises the OC board and staff on scientific and clinical issues.
Kerry is a registered dietitian. She graduated from Ryerson University with a degree in Foods and Nutrition, interned at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, and also has a Master’s degree in Community Nutrition from the University of Toronto. She was recently honoured by Dietitians of Canada as a catalyst of change.