Eye and Tissue Advisory Committee

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 otdt@blood.ca

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