Team

LEADERSHIP TEAM

 

Ty "The NeuroGuy" McKinney, PhD

DIRECTOR, RESEARCH

Ty brings neuroscience research expertise and his entrepreneurial experience as Co-Founder of 8 Bit Cortex to coordinate Branch Out's grant programs and promote the impact and awareness of NeuroCAM in the community

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Natalie Alexandre

BIKE TOUR & EVENTS COORDINATOR 

Senior Manager of Business Development and Corporate Events at Concorde Entertainment Group, facilitating purpose-driven events. 
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Meagan McKenzie

Marketing & Graphic Design

Eastern Alberta Regional Innovation Network Coordinator at Startup Lloydminster at Startup Lloydminster

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Janet Henderson, CPBA

YOUR BRAIN ON ART & COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Janet has been a leader of the Your Brain on Art fundraising event for several years and helps Branch Out establish collaborations with the broader community to support such initiatives. Janet's passion comes from her own family's experience with neurological conditions and a desire to improve how brain health conditions are diagnosed and treated. 

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Robyn Zak

BOOKKEEPING & ACCOUNTING

Accountant at Mint Accounting

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

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David Fillo

CHAIR OF BOARD

Former Energy Executive and Business Advisor

Dave is passionate about building strong communities matched with financial investments that enable scientific research into innovative technology and non traditional approaches to support overall brain health. 

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Derek Payne, CPA, B.com.

TREASURER & FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR

Financial Executive, Advisor & Corporate Director

Former CFO at DIRTT, Treasurer & VP Finance at WestJet and Epilepsy patient advocate
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Kaitlyn Gramlich, JD, B.Mgt.

SECRETARY

Secretary

Dedicated Lawyer with expertise in business, insurance, and commercial litigation 

 

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Crystal Philips

CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

Health Lead at Thin Air Labs

Crystal is a dedicated patient advocate who loves Branching Out to help our incredible team find and fund top neuroscientists and innovators from across Canada. As Health Lead at Thin Air Labs, she helps entrepreneurs turn their great academic research into new preventions, therapies and treatment options for a healthier future. 

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Dr. Tracy Thomson, MD, HBSc, CCFP, CYT, CMedAC.

DIRECTOR & CHAIR OF FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

President at Gaia Collaborative Medicine Inc. 

Holistic MD, personalized medicine advocate, and Qui Gong instructor 
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Dr. Keith Sharkey

DIRECTOR & CHAIR OF RESEARCH COMMITTEE

Professor, University of Calgary

Passionate academic and scientist whose research is focused on brain-gut interactions in health and disease

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Gail McDougall

DIRECTOR & FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

Former CEO of Heart and Stroke Foundation & developed a National Network of 56 Kids Help Phone Chapters

Enthusiastic community member devoted to charity partnerships 

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Dr. Katie Green

DIRECTOR

Funding Catalyst, Thin Air Labs

Dedicated to scientifically-valid NeuroCAM Research