Members of Council 

The Council of the College of Naturopaths is the governing body of the College, like a Board of Directors.  It includes naturopaths elected by the Members of the College and members of the public who are appointed by Ontario's Lieutenant Governor in Council. The Council is responsible for administering the Naturopathy Act, 2007 and providing strategic leadership for the College. Members of the Council have a duty to protect the public interest, and are accountable to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

Professional Members 


The following naturopaths have been elected to the College Council.

Kim Bretz, ND Dr. Kim Bretz, ND is a 2001 graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and founder of Fundamentals of Health, a thriving multidisciplinary clinic in Waterloo, Ontario.  She is a public speaker, having presented to multiple corporations and agencies, and teaches at the University of Waterloo Pharmacy in the area of complementary and alternative medicine and interprofessionalism. She has been the clinical lead on a research trial through the University of Guelph and taught at the College of Massage and Hydrotherapy in the area of gastrointestinal physiology and endocrinology. 

Dr. Bretz has worked for numerous supplement and lab companies as a consultant, was on the advisory board for Ferring Pharmaceuticals’ and was involved with their continuing education program in the area of the human microbiota. She began her role as a council member for CONO in 2015. 
Shelley Burns, ND


Dr. Shelley Burns, ND is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor working out of the Evergreen Brick Works.  As an expert in executive health medicine, she works with patients to achieve peak health performance.  Dr. Burns is the founder of Health Peak Nutraceuticals and plays a key role in ongoing development of the unique range of supplements available under this brand.  She is past Chair of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors.  Dr. Burns supervises at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic and is a columnist for the US publication, Skin Deep magazine.  She has been quoted in Maclean’s magazine, The Toronto Star, The Medical Post and has appeared in interviews on CTV.  Dr. Burns completed the four year program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto where she received the NaturoMedic Award for proficiency in Naturopathic Medicine.  She holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and philosophy from Wilfrid Laurier University and certification in Complementary and Integrative Medicine from the Harvard Medical School.
Tara Gignac, ND
 
Dr. Tara Gignac, ND has been practicing full scope, primary care naturopathic medicine in Collingwood, ON for 14 years. She is a member in good standing with both the OAND and CAND and has sat on the board of the OAND. She was Chair of the Program Advisory Committee with the CCNM and was a member of the Professional Advisory Committee of the North-Simcoe-Muskoka LHIN. Dr. Gignac presented at conventions, taught at the CCNM, was involved in research and written for dozens of publications.
Brenda Lessard-Rhead, ND (Inactive)
Dr. Brenda Lessard-Rhead, ND (Inactive) graduated as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in 1999 following completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario. 

During Brenda’s internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic College Clinic, her clinical experience also included externship programs in two community-based health care facilities: LAMP (Lakeshore Area Multi-Service Project) and Anishnawbe (a Health Care Centre for aboriginal peoples). Brenda served as a Naturopathic Medical Advisor for Seroyal, a professional natural pharmaceutical company, for several years as well as giving educational seminars in Nutrition, Homeopathy and Botanical Medicine to Health Care Practitioners across North America. She also worked as a Clinical Supervisor at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic.

At the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN), she taught Anatomy and Physiology as well as Pathology courses at the Greater Toronto Area branches from 2001 until 2015, and for whom she co-authored the book Nutritional Pathology, Second Edition.

To improve her patient care, Brenda has taken additional training in the field of Biotherapeutic Drainage, Phytotherapy and Homeopathic Miasms, Temperaments and Constitutions. 

Brenda lives with her family in Aurora.
Danielle O'Connor, ND
Dr. Danielle O'Connor, ND received her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at the University of Windsor, and then went on to graduate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2003.  Danielle has worked in the Halton Region for over 10 years where she has worked in very busy, progressive clinics alongside integrative medical doctors getting extensive training in IV therapies, chelation and bio-identical hormones.  Danielle attends the Medical Academy of Special Needs to further her training in Biomedical Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD, and currently practices at the Natural Care Clinic in Burlington.
Jacob Scheer, ND  
Biography to come

Jordan Sokoloski, ND

Dr. Jordan Sokoloski, ND, has a primary care, family focused practice at Thunder Bay Naturopathic Clinic in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He completed his undergraduate degree in biology at McMaster University in Hamilton and graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto in 2013. Jordan grew up in Thunder Bay and knew he wanted to practice in beautiful Northern Ontario.

Jordan is a strong advocate for naturopathy in the city, regularly participating in speaking engagements for various local organizations and working to foster connections with other health care providers interested in learning more about naturopathy. When he is not busy at the clinic, Jordan enjoys family time with his wife and infant son, being in the outdoors, or with a good board game or book.
George Tardik, ND
Dr. Tardik ND is a Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Cobourg Ontario. Implementing a consultative approach in his practice, George works in step with his patients needs.  George works collaboratively with MD’s and specialists including working in practice with a Gastroenterologist in Richmond Hill, and two Oncologists from Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. As a researcher, he has worked for the Ministry of Health, and has published dozens of articles on the clinically efficacy of natural health treatments. George is a regular guest lecturer at McMaster University and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.  He has appeared on Marketplace, The Sports Journal and The Michael Coren Show. George lives with his wife and son in Cobourg, where he is committed to improving the lives of his patients in Northumberland community. 


Public Members 

The following members of the public have been appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

Dianne Delany
Dianne Delany has been a member of the former Transitional Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario since 2009. Ms. Delany has served as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Special Education Project with the Ministry of Education. She is a long-time volunteer with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, her children's school and her local church. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Waterloo.
R. Gail Goodman  R. Gail Goodman is a Partner at Papazian Heisey Myers, an insurance defence, employment, commercial litigations firm. Ms. Goodman is a former building insurance Lawyer at Heenan Blaikie and a former Chair of the Insurance Section of the Ontario Bar Association. Ms. Goodman's community involvement includes serving as a member of the Better Living Centre and has included volunteering for Out of the Cold. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Samuel Laldin Samuel Laldin was appointed as a public member to Council in November 2017. He has a background in health and worked as a Senior Medical Technologist (hematology, clinical laboratories) at the Kingston General Hospital for 28 years.  Mr. Laldin is dedicated to public service. He has served on multiple boards and held significant leadership positions in his community since his retirement, including his decade-long tenure as a public Council member of the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario. He is committed to building healthy, sustainable and caring communities across Canada in his role as Chair and CEO of the Christian Cultural Association of South Asians. Most recently, Mr. Laldin played an active role in establishing the Pakistani Youth Education Fund, a charitable organization dedicated to providing educational bursaries to disadvantaged students in the community, and currently serves as the Executive Director of the organization.
 
Scott Sawler Scott Sawler brings more than 20 years of management and policy experience in both government and private industry. He has provided strategic council and oversight in a variety of regulatory and government affairs roles including his current position as Managing Director of Canadian Regulatory Affairs for The Drug Safety Institute. Previously, Mr. Sawler served as Director General of the Natural and Non-prescription Health Products Directorate at Health Canada where he lead a restructuring of the Directorate and it’s policies to assure the safety and efficacy of health products licensed in Canada. Mr. Sawler has a deep expertise in Health Canada protocol, risk management and policy development and has represented Canadian interests at international forums on such matters as the harmonization of Canadian standards and other governance topics related to natural health products. Previously, Mr. Sawler has served on the Council of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario and on the Board of the Canadian Association of Professionals in Regulatory Affairs. He holds a Bachelors of Laws, a Bachelor of Science, a Masters in Health Law from Osgoode Hall Law School and an MBA in Pharmaceutical Management from Université Laval and was appointed as a Public Member of Council in October 2017.

 

Barry Sullivan
Barry Sullivan has a Bachelors degree (BA) in Psychology from Laurentian University and a Masters degree (MCA) in Applied Criminology from the University of Ottawa. He held several  senior management and administrative positions during his 34 year career with the Ontario Government in the Adult Corrections and Youth Justice areas. Over that period, he obtained valuable knowledge and experience in such related areas as: project management; policy and standards development; policy and legislative compliance monitoring; organizational design, development, and renewal; facilities design; strategic and operational planning; operational review, audit, and investigation; etc. Mr. Sullivan has been self employed as a Management Consultant since retiring from the OPS. He served as a Public Member of the former Transitional Council of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario from the time of it’s inception in 2009. He is a Retired Associate member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police-Zone 1A, and has served as a member, most recently as President, of the Board of Directors of the Child and Family Centre, a designated Lead Agency for the provision of mental health services for children, youth and families in the Sudbury/Manitoulin area, for the past 9 years.