Leaders in Health

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation is supported by two volunteer boards of directors. The Governing Board provides leadership in the areas of strategic planning, policy, legal and governance.  The Advisory Board manages operations, development and implementation.

Working collaboratively, these dedicated individuals advance the objectives of Foundation which are to:

  • advance the science and knowledge of diseases of the digestive organs
  • assist research, training, prevention and treatment of the conditions impairing the normal function of the digestive organs, including their functions in nutrition
  • promote dissemination of knowledge of diseases of the digestive organs through the Canadian community, and
  • assist in the development of new methods to ensure better quality of life people afflicted with these disorders.
  • Ms. Susanne Cookson

    Known for her creativity and innovation, Susanne has over 20 years in the healthcare sector with significant accomplishments along the way. While in Health Promotion at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Susanne has developed over 50 patient and consumer educational resources and programs, including a health television series and pan Canadian school site health promotion programs. To further add to Susanne's profile, she has had 10 years of Canadian and international sales and marketing experience in the pharmaceutical industry. Her outstanding performance was recognized in 2006 as she was inducted into the Canadian Healthcare Marketing Hall of Fame.

    Susanne says of her position with the CDHF, "I am thrilled to be a board member of the CDHF. I strongly believe that digestive health is core to our overall health and well-being. Increasing awareness, education and action toward improving the burden of digestive health issues in Canada is something that I am passionate about. I am excited to work with the other board members because I know they are action-oriented and get things done. I will bring a strategic, pragmatic approach to helping in this cause."       

Enhancing lifelong health

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation believes our ability to help establish, enrich and protect a healthy gut microbiota is the key to lifelong health

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