The Eye and Tissue Advisory Committee (ETAC) provides strategic planning advice and content expertise to Canadian Blood Services to facilitate improvement in the areas of ocular and multi-tissue donation and transplantation. 

To achieve this mandate, the ETAC:

  • Functions in an advisory capacity to guide the development of national ocular and multi-tissue strategies, the intent of which are to advance service delivery across the eye and multi-tissue donation and transplantation systems
  • Develops recommendations for improvements using a coordinated and collaborative approach for the consideration of Canadian Blood Services
  • Identifies opportunities for collaboration and partnership with similar bodies both nationally and internationally
  • Liaises with the other ocular and multi-tissue advisory committees, where present and as required.

For more information about this committee and its activities, please contact

Eye and Tissue Advisory Committee Members

Mike Bentley Chair | Program Manager, Give Life Alberta, Alberta Health Services, Edmonton, Alberta 

Mark Gentile | Vice-Chair | Health Services Manager, Regional Tissue Bank, Nova Scotia Health, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ivan Yan | Chief Medical Technologist, Eye Bank of British Columbia, British Columbia Tissue Bank, Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Sonia Yeung | Medical Director, Eye Bank of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia

Kris Porlier | Unit Manager, Clinical Islet Lab/Comprehensive Tissue Centre, Give Life Alberta, Alberta Health Services, Edmonton, Alberta

Chris Murray | Manager, Give Life Alberta, Alberta Health Services, Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary, Alberta

Cherie Kapell Brown | Director, Critical Care, Respiratory and Organ Donation & Transplant, Saskatoon and North, Saskatchewan Health Authority, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Dr. Stephen Brodovsky | Medical Director, Misericordia Eye Bank, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Michelle Tomiuk | Director, Provincial Coordinated Health Services, Manitoba Tissue and Eye Bank, Winnipeg, Manitoba

David Stezenko | Executive Director, RegenMed - Lake Superior Centre for Regenerative Medicine, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Dr. Akash Gupta | Medical Advisor, Canadian Blood Services l Transfusion and Tissue Bank, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario

Christine Humphreys | Director, Eye Bank of Canada (Ontario Division), Toronto, Ontario

Sasha Rice | Director, Tissue Program, Ontario Health Trillium Gift of Life Network, Toronto, Ontario

Etienne Fissette | Director, Human Tissue Operations, Héma-Québec, Québec, Québec

Debbie Jefferson | Quality Supervisor/Ocular Division Manager, New Brunswick Organ & Tissue Program, Horizon Health Network, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Saint John, New Brunswick


Catherine Butler | DirectorOrgan & Tissue Donation & Transplantation

Peggy John | Associate Director, Program Operations, OTDT, Canadian Blood Services, Vancouver, British Columbia

Everad Tilokee | Project Manager, System Development, OTDT, Canadian Blood Services, Ottawa, Ontario

Ken Lotherington | Senior Project Manager, System Development, OTDT, Canadian Blood Services, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Last updated June 2024