Board Of Directors

John Pepperell - Chair

CFA Senior
Vice Chair (Retired)
TD Asset Management

John Pepperell recently retired after an extensive career at senior levels in investment research and portfolio management. He was most recently Vice Chair, TD Asset Management. He has been a director for many years on boards in the social, community and environment fields, including The Earls court Child and Family Centre, the Georgian Bay Association and the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts.He has served on the board of directors of The Hearing Foundation of Canada since 2008 and was elected Chair in June 2010. He is an enthusiastic student of classical piano music.

Dr. Steve Aiken - Medical Research Committee Co-Chair

Dr. Steve Aiken

Dr. Steve Aiken is an Associate Professor of Audiology, Surgery, Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. He is a Past-President of the Canadian Academy of Audiology and the chair of the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force. Prior to joining Dalhousie, he spent time as a clinical audiologist at the Canadian Hearing Society and as an in-house audiologist and consultant in the hearing aid industry. Dr.Aiken’s research is focused on assessing how speech sounds are encoded in the brain.

Dr. Brian Westerberg - Medical Research Committee Co-Chair

Dr. Brian Westerberg, an Otolaryngologist specializing in Otology and Neurotology is based at the B.C. Rotary Hearing and Balance Centre in Vancouver British Columbia. Dr. Westerberg graduated from Queen’s University Faculty of Medicine in 1989, completed two years of Residency training in General Surgery at Queen’s before transferring to UBC to complete further training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He subsequently completed a Fellowship in Otology and Neurotology at the California Ear Institute at Stanford University in 1996 and a Masters in Health Care and Epidemiology at UBC in May 1999. Dr. Westerberg has served the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons as a Program Director for OHNS at UBC, as a member of the Examination Committee for his specialty, and as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Specialty Committee in OHNS, and is currently a member of the Residency Accreditation Committee. He has supervised numerous Masters and PhD candidates, and Clinical Fellows. His interest in global health is apparent in his involvement in Zimbabwe and Uganda Hearing Health Care Programs. He is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery and Director of the Branch for International Surgical Care at the University of British Columbia.University of British Columbia
Clinical Professor – Head, Division of Otolaryngology at Providence Health Care
Active Staff
BC Children’s Hospital 
Vancouver General Hospital
St. Paul’s Hospital

Dr. Peter Alberti

Professor (Emeritus)
University of Toronto

In addition to being an Emeritus Professor of Otolaryngology at the University of Toronto, Peter Alberti is the Past Secretary of the International Federation of Otalaryngological Societies, Advisor to the World Health Organization on Prevention of Hearing Loss. Peter has spent his working life on problems of hearing loss, its prevention and management, and has a special interest in social and industrial noise. He has edited several books and is the author and co-author of more than 200 scientific papers, mainly related to hearing loss.
In his retirement, Peter is a keen photographer.

Dr. Sylvie Hébert

Université de Montréal

Jonathan Preece

Associate, Robins Appleby LLP


Lindsay Thibault - Manager, Philanthropy

Prior to her role with The Hearing Foundation of Canada, Lindsay worked for several public affairs firms, serving as a bilingual liaison between high profile clients and government officials, helping to secure funding for several non-profit organizations. Throughout this time, she was also an active volunteer for the Liberal Party of Canada, where she assisted the department of operations, communications and fundraising.

Lindsay holds a BA in Ethics from the University of Ottawa and has since continued to pursue her studies at the graduate level.

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