CanCOLD Team

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

Quebec City (QC)

Director of the respiratory axis, Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec, Université Laval

Dr. Yves Lacasse

Quebec City (QC)

Director of the Respiratory Division, Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec, Université Laval

Dr. Denis O’Donnell

Kingston (ON)

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

Dr. Robert Cowie

Calgary (AB)

Director, Calgary COPD and Asthma Program, Health Sciences Center

Dr. Kenneth Chapman

Toronto (ON)

Director, Asthma & Airway Centre, University Health Network, Toronto Western Hospital,
Toronto University

Dr. Roger Goldstein

Toronto (ON)

Professor Medicine and Physical Therapy University of Toronto Director, Divisional Program in Respiratory Rehabilitation, University of Toronto Department of Medicine West Park Hospital

Dr. Darcy Marciniuk

Saskatoon (SK)

Medical Director, Chronic Disease Management Program for Saskatoon Health Region,
Royal University Hospital, Saskatchewan University, Professor of Medicine at the University
of Saskatchewan

Dr. Aaron Shawn

Ottawa (ON)

Staff physician, Division of Respiratory Medicine, Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa Associate Professor – University of OttawaDivision Head- Respiratory Medicine

Dr. Andrea Benedetti

Montréal (QC)

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

Dr. Paul Hernandez

Halifax (NS)

Head/Chief, Division of Respirology, Central Zone, Nova Scotia Health; Professor of Medicine, Dalhousie University.

Dr. Mark Fitzgerald

Vancouver (BC)

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


Teresa To, BSc, MSc, Ph.D.

Toronto (ON)

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

Hélène Perrault, Ph.D.

Montréal (QC)

Dean, Faculty of Education, McGill University; Medical Scientist, Montreal Chest Institute of the MUHC

Tanja Taivassalo, Ph.D.

Montréal (QC)

Assistant Professor, Chercheur Boursier FRSQ Junior 1, Department of Kinesiology, McGill University

William Sheel, Ph.D.

Vancouver (BC)

Associate Professor, School of Human Kinetics, The University of British Columbia

Peter Pare, MD

Vancouver (BC)

Professor, James Hogg iCAPTURE Centre for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research, Department of Medicine and Pathology University of British Columbia, St. Paul’s Hospital

James C. Hogg, MD, Ph.D.

Vancouver (BC)

Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, The iCAPTURE Centre, St. Paul’s Hospital


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