CanCOLD Team

CanCOLD is composed of experienced researchers who have a national and international leadership signature profile in respiratory health. This interdisciplinary team is comprised of highly skilled and passionate individuals who are all leaders in their field with a strong sense of standards and ethics.


Dr Jean Bourbeau
Director of the Respiratory, Epidemiology and Clinical Research Unit (RECRU), Montreal Chest Institute, McGill University, Montreal

Since 1995, Dr. Bourbeau has dedicated his clinical and epidemiology research efforts to helping those suffering from COPD. Currently, he is the Director of the Montreal Chest Institute’s COPD clinic and pulmonary rehabilitation program, and the director of the COPD Respiratory Health Network of the Fond de la Recherche en santé du Quebec (FRSQ). Dr Bourbeau has lead and devised, with other health professionals from the Quebec province, the renowned self-management COPD program called “Living well with COPD”. This program implemented worldwide has not only been shown to reduce hospital admissions by 40%, but it also demonstrated that such programs are able to reduce the economic burden of this disease.


Dr Wan Tan
Associate Professor, The James Hogg iCAPTURE Centre for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research, British Columbia University, Vancouver

In addition to her role as an advisory member of GOLD, Dr. Wan Tan is also a member of the advisory group to the World Lung Health Committee and the International Relations Committee of the American Thoracic Society. She is currently the lead investigator for the Canadian multicentre prevalence study “COLD (Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease)”; this is the foundation for the CanCOLD Study.


Dr. François Maltais
Director of the respiratory axis, Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie
de Québec, Université Laval,
Quebec City (QC)

Dr. Yves Lacasse
Director of the Respiratory Division, Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie
de Québec, Université Laval,
Quebec City (QC)

Dr. Denis O’Donnell
Professor of Medicine, Physiology, and Kinesiology/Health studies at Queens University
and Director of the Respiratory Investigation Unit at Kingston General Hospital
and Director of the COPD center and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program,
Kingston (ON)

Dr. Robert Cowie
Director, Calgary COPD and Asthma Program, Health Sciences Center,
Calgary (AB)

Dr. Kenneth Chapman
Director, Asthma & Airway Centre, University Health Network, Toronto Western Hospital,
Toronto University,
Toronto (ON)

Dr. Roger Goldstein
Professor Medicine and Physical Therapy University of Toronto Director, Divisional Program
in Respiratory Rehabilitation, University of Toronto Department of Medicine West Park Hospital,
Toronto (ON)

Dr. Darcy Marciniuk
Medical Director, Chronic Disease Management Program for Saskatoon Health Region,
Royal University Hospital, Saskatchewan University, Professor of Medicine at the University
of Saskatchewan,
Saskatoon (SK)

Dr. Aaron Shawn
Staff physician, Division of Respiratory Medicine, Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa Associate Professor –
University of OttawaDivision Head- Respiratory Medicine,
Ottawa (ON)

Dr. Andrea Benedetti
Assistant professor, Department of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology,
Biostatistics & Occupaional Health, McGill University and Medical Scientist, MUHC.
Member of the Respiratory Epidemiology and Clinical Research Unit at the Montreal
Chest Institute, McGill University,
Montréal (QC)

Dr. Paul Hernandez
Chair, Canadian Thoracic Society COPD Guidelines Dissemination and Implementation Committee,
Canadian Thoracic Society
Halifax Infirmary

Dr. Mark Fitzgerald
Professor of Medicine, Head, UBC and VGH Divisions of Respiratory Medicine,
Director, Centre for Lung Health
The Lung Centre, 7th Floor
Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre
Vancouver (BC)


Teresa To, BSc, MSc, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist and Program Head, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, The Hospital for Sick Children; Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Toronto (ON)

Hélène Perrault, Ph.D.
Dean, Faculty of Education, McGill University; Medical Scientist, Montreal Chest Institute of the MUHC
Montreal (QC)

Tanja Taivassalo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Chercheur Boursier FRSQ Junior 1, Department of Kinesiology, McGill University
Montreal (QC)

William Sheel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Human Kinetics, The University of British Columbia
Vancouver (BC)

Peter Pare, MD
Professor, James Hogg iCAPTURE Centre for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research, Department of Medicine and Pathology University of British Columbia, St. Paul's Hospital
Vancouver (BC)

James C. Hogg, MD, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, The iCAPTURE Centre, St. Paul's Hospital
Vancouver (BC)


It is CanCOLD intent to allow the training of graduate students and research fellows.