Improving Quality of Life

Community Advisory Board

John Kelly, Chairman

“What really motivates me is how the OICC is committed to working alongside, and together with, conventional cancer care professionals and researchers. The OICC is filling a gap within the cancer care system. When I hear patients’ stories I see the tremendous impact the Centre is having on those living with cancer. I am inspired to help grow the Centre, to ensure anyone who faces cancer has access to this complementary care.” 

John has 44 years of entrepreneurial and executive experience in the technology sector. One of Ottawa’s most respected serial entrepreneurs, John is co-founder of Murphy Business Ottawa and also co-owner of Comfort Keepers, a homecare business.  He is the former CEO of JetForm Corporation, and founded several businesses, including and among others SHL Systemhouse and NABU Network Corporation. John is a board member of several private and public companies, as well as former chair of the United Way Ottawa Campaign, and former honorary chair of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. 

John has received many honors and awards including Master Entrepreneur of the Year, Ontario (1997), Most Respected CEO, Ottawa (1998), Civic Entrepreneur of the Year, Ottawa (1999), Ottawa Business Man of the Year(2001) and Chair of the United Way Campaign  (Ottawa, 2000).  He was awarded the Governor General Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) and the Ottawa Lifetime Achievement Award (2012).  In May 2014, Kelly was honoured at the 29th Annual CATAAlliance Innovation Awards for his outstanding technological innovation and corporate leadership which has significantly expanded the frontiers of Canada's advanced technology industry.  The award was sponsored by the Telfer School of Management of the University of Ottawa and was voted on by CATA members. He holds an honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Iona College, an honors Law degree from the University of Ottawa, and an honorary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa.

Sandra Harvey

“The research that the OICC is doing is very exciting to demonstrate the impact of complementary medicine when working alongside conventional medicine. The OICC mission to encourage collaboration between all types of medical practitioners for the overall health and comfort of the patient is why I choose to be a cheerleader of the OICC.  There can be no downside to this approach.” 

Sandra is co-founder of Murphy Business Ottawa.  She has over 15 years of experience in financial, operational and general management of independent businesses.  Her background provides her with a diverse skill set ideal for both executing the technical aspects and managing the non-technical elements during the sale transaction.

Sandra completed her MBA in 2006 and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Ottawa.  She is a member of Leaders at Heart (University of Ottawa Heart Institute), CAFÉ Canadian Association of Family Enterprise, the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Kanata Chamber of Commerce and Women’s Business Network.  She recently earned the Top 10 Producer award from Murphy Business and Financial for 2011 and 2012, and the Olga Howe Networker award from the WBN.

Jackie King

“I think this a critical development in our community. Ottawa has always been a city of innovation and on the leading edge of medical care - the OICC is further proof of that.  Not only will it help the people of our community dealing with cancer, it reinforces Ottawa's leadership in cancer care and treatment. OICC is at its infancy in terms of its potential in this city and I'm just so proud to be part of an amazing team to help it grow.”

With the firm since 1999, Jackie King is currently Senior Vice President and General Manager of Hill+Knowlton Strategies' Ottawa office, overseeing its public + corporate affairs, public engagement + research, procurement + trade and public sector communications groups.

Jackie is a seasoned professional with almost 15 years of experience in the field of strategic communications and business administration and in-depth experience in strategic planning, business and people management, stakeholder consultations and engagement, advocacy, issues management/crisis communication, corporate reputation, change and internal engagement/communications and dispute resolution. Her clients span a number of industries and sectors including:  government, aerospace and defence, health, energy, financial, natural resources, renewable fuels, technology, trade, transportation, and non-profit.

David Nostbakken

"Since the majority of cancer patients seek complementary or alternative care, the OICC provides a safe and professional approach. It blends naturopathic modalities with those of oncology. I support OICC because it is needed... and provides a missing ingredient in health practice."

David is president of N + N, an Ottawa-based communications company, specializing in strategic thinking and creative policy planning. David has been at the forefront of a variety of ground-breaking initiatives. He was Founding Executive Director and Chair of Vision TV, the world’s first multi-faith television network; Founding President and CEO of WETV, a global media network in 60 countries in support of expression of cultural diversity. As a Founder, Chair and Executive Vice President of Ecology Global Network he works with universities worldwide in exploring innovative uses of social networks and digital technologies in matters of sustainable development. He is an instructor at Carleton University and a McLuhan Fellow of the iSchool, University of Toronto.

David was involved with Power of Peace Network, a UNESCO-based digital service for improved cross-cultural dialogue, and China Green Channel International. He has been Director of Communications for the International Development Research Centre, and Director of Public Education for the Canadian Cancer Society. David has served on a variety of advisory councils and boards of directors, and currently chairs CCNM Enterprises and CCNM Press, the publishing arm of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). Honours include two Canada Council Fellowship awards, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal and the Gold Medal from the World Health Organization.

Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka

“The battle against cancer is multi-dimensional. OICC brings many dimensions together, and is a significant addition to our community's anti-cancer arsenal. Through the Community Advisory board, we hope to mobilize the community in this challenge. We are all in this together, because, in one way or another, we are all impacted by cancer.”

Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka, C.M., has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Machzikei Hadas in Ottawa since 1967. In addition to being an accomplished author of more than 35 books and countless articles in the fields of religion, health, and psychology, he is also host of Sunday Night with Rabbi Bulka on CFRA and regular contributor to "Ask the Religion Experts" in the Ottawa Citizen.

The Rabbi is renowned for his tireless commitment to the Ottawa community through service on charitable and civic boards and regular participation in charity events. He has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Service Award for his exemplary service to the Jewish Community of Ottawa, and was the inaugural recipient of Scouts Canada's National Salute Award. He was cited for more than 300 blood donations, is on the board of Canadian Blood Services, and actively involved in the promotion of organ donation programs. Rabbi Bulka serves as Honorary Chaplain of the Dominion Command of the Royal Canadian Legion, chairs the Trillium Gift of Life Network as well as the Hospice Ottawa West campaign.  In 2006, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Carleton University for his community and humanitarian service, was awarded the "Key to the City" in February, 2010, and became a member of the Order of Canada in June, 2013.

Richard Patten

“The reason why I support the centre is because regular cancer treatment is too narrow in its approach. It can be more effective when supported with complementary care. We should be open to all approaches to treatment not just one.”

Richard is the former MPP for Ottawa Centre, as well as Ontario’s former Minister of Government Services and Minster of Correctional Services.  During his 5 years out of government he was the President of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Eastern Ontario. Under his guidance, the children’s hospital’s first Research facility was built, attracting donors from around the world.

Prior to public life, Richard worked for the YMCA and served as President of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation. Upon leaving politics, he worked as a consultant with Plasco Energy Group and other start-ups in the environmental and innovative area. Currently Richard is consulting for ArrowMight, an organization focused on helping address the literacy needs of Canadians.  While Richard contributed immensely to his community through his public service, it is his volunteer efforts that have had the greatest impact. He established the Richard Patten Aboriginal Student Bursary to help alleviate financial barriers preventing students from getting post- secondary education, and presently, Richard fundraises for the Wabano Aborginal Community Health Centre.  He serves as a board member for various organizations.

Terry Vida

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer and at the time, the OICC did not exist.  I created my own version of that, by seeking the services of a naturopathic doctor, personal trainer, massage and acupuncture therapist, and intuitive coach.  I believe that my recovery was faster, less painful and allowed me to integrate this life-changing event into my life journey with my family.  The OICC provides these services and I would like to help potential clients and service providers understand the benefits that the OICC can provide for cancer patients and their caregivers and families.”

Terry Vida, a partner with ConversArt Consulting, is a bilingual management consultant with over ten years of experience with the public sector in policy, program management and human resources management. She has eight years with the private sector as a management consultant in organizational development executive coaching, training and research.

Terry holds a Masters of Public Administration from Carleton University, a Bachelors of Political Science from the University of Windsor, a Certificate in Personnel Management from the Personnel Association of Ontario, a Masters in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate Institute and is currently completing a PhD in Human and Organizational Development at Fielding Graduate Institute, in California. Terry is married with twin eight-year old boys.  She volunteers with the Cumberland United Soccer Association.  After living the journey of breast cancer, Terry now provides support, advice and guidance to others who wish to have complementary care.

Kyle Braatz

“The OICC offers an impactful solution to bridge conventional and complementary care in a way that truly treats the person and not just the disease. I believe the OICC is pioneering the way healthcare should be delivered across the board. They are disrupting the care delivery system around what is best for the patient and I believe the impact they will have on our community will be unmeasurable.”

Kyle is the CEO and co-founder of Health Wave, a tech company focused on helping integrative health professionals improve patient outcomes. The first step towards this vision is a free platform to dispense supplements and facilitate product compliance (launched in early 2012).

Since 2009, Kyle started and ran a not-for-profit to benefit cancer research, cycled across Canada, and co-founded Simple Story Videos (

Kyle was among Ottawa’s Top 40 under 40 at the age of 28 for his achievements.  Kyle graduated from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. When not working he enjoys playing hockey, cycling, hunting, fishing and cottage life. He is recently married and loves dogs.

Colleen Kanna

“The OICC treats the whole person not just the cancer cells.  I believe a person does so much better when they combine conventional treatment with complementary care.  It’s an approach that treats the emotional and mental aspects of this disease along with the physical aspects that can help ease the pain and suffering, lift the spirit, and soothe the soul.”

Colleen is a cancer champion and entrepeneur.  Formerly Colleen was Chartered Accountant and Vice President of Finance at ExitCertified Corporation, an IT Training Company.  Colleen was diagnosed with breast cancer in the Fall of 2010.  Since that time, she has participated in many programs and services offered by the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre as well as the Cancer Survivorship Centre.  Being a cancer survivor, she is an advocate of complementary therapies and programs to promote whole-person care for those undergoing cancer treatments and beyond.  She continues to do outreach, promotional and fundraising activities with the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre and the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. 

In addition, she is an active member of the Ottawa Japanese Community and Past Vice-President and Board member for the Ottawa Japanese Cultural Centre.  She enjoys running, skiing, skating and yoga.