Members of Council 

The Council 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.

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 Naturopathic Doctor and owner of Pomegranate Healthcare Inc.  She has worked alongside physicians consulting as a team and continues to work with executive clients to assist them in achieving peak health.  

Dr. Burns, ND 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 Wilfred Laurier University and certification in Complementary and Integrative Medicine from the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Burns, ND is past chair of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors.  

Dr. Burns, ND supervises at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic (RSNC) where she has the honour of mentoring many Naturopathic interns. She was a columnist for the US publication, Skin Deep magazine and has been quoted in Maclean’s magazine, The Toronto Star and The Medical Post. She has also appeared in interviews on CTV.  Dr. Burns has addressed healthcare industry conferences in North America on Naturopathic Medicine and individualized preventive healthcare.
 
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  Dr. Scheer, ND, has been in private practice as a chiropractor since 1979 and as a naturopath since 1987. His academic background includes a Master of Health Sciences – Bioethics (2010) and an Hon. BSc (1975) from the University of Toronto. He has worked at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine as a clinic supervisor, lecturer, and teaching assistant. Dr. Scheer is also a frequent speaker at numerous events and conventions, including those of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. As an athletic trainer on various AAA hockey teams, Dr. Scheer has examined and treated numerous sport related injuries. In addition, he is a consultant for the insurance industry, providing independent medical evaluations (chiropractic and naturopathic) for motor vehicle accidents. He has written articles for Integrated Healthcare Practitioners, The Pulse, and chiropractic journals, and is the author of Naturopathic Medicine is Viable Therapy in the Prevention and Treatment of H1N1, published in the University of Toronto’s peer-reviewed Health Science Inquiry. He is on the board of Integrated Healthcare Practitioners as a peer reviewer and serves on the College of Naturopaths’ Registration Committee.  

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 two boys, 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.

 Asifa Baig Asifa Baig joined the Council in 2020 is President & CEO of GenNext Chartered Professional Accountants, specializing in business development through effective tax strategies, Integrated Risk Management and Conscious Entrepreneurship. She holds CPA, CA, and ORMP designations. 
Asifa's passion is conscious enterprise and smart business models helping transition families and businesses into the new economy. She also is a member of the ISO Standards committee for Emerging Risks and Resiliency (ERM).

 
Dean Catherwood Dean Catherwood has an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a CPA, CMA. He had held several senior management positions in wide range of industries over the past 40 years.

Currently, Dean has chosen to be a self-employed accountant working with several companies advising managements on financial and taxation issues and providing supports to their accounting teams.

Dean was very supportive and involved in his daughter’s extra curriculum activities during her athletic competitions’ years. He volunteered time for various functions to the sporting organizations that she participated in.  He is a strong supporter in pursuing an active and balanced lifestyle.
 
Dianne Delany

Dianne Delany has contributed to the regulation of naturopathy for over a decade. She has been a public member of Council since 2015 and served on the former Transitional Council of the College from its inception in 2009. Ms. Delany has served as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Special Education Project with the Ministry of Education and she is a long-time volunteer with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Waterloo.

 Lisa Fenton

Lisa Fenton’s passion for health and wellness has been a lifelong affinity. Hailing from Calgary, Lisa moved to Toronto to complete a Bachelor’s (Hons) in Physical and Health Education from the University of Toronto. This led to a rewarding 10-year career in the city’s public and private school systems, including teaching elementary students at the Keele Street Public School and high school students at the independent International Baccalaureate all-girls’ school, Branksome Hall.

A parent to two children in their twenties, Lisa travels extensively to attend legal conferences around the world with her husband, a criminal lawyer. In her spare time she enjoys physical activities indoors and out and is an avid cook. 
 
Sarah Griffiths Savolaine Sarah Griffiths Savolaine was appointed as a public member to the Council in 2020. She is a regulatory affairs and compliance professional with more than 20 years' experience across Canada and the United States. 
Sarah currently leads Regulatory Affairs for Canada at a leading energy company. Over the course of her career, she has also held numerous senior positions for industry associations, government technical panels,  community-based businesses, and non-profit organizations. Sarah earned a Master's of Science in Public Policy from the London School of Economics and received her Bachelor of Honours in Political Studies from Queen’s University.
Barry Sullivan

Barry Sullivan has been a public member of Council since 2015 and served on the former Transitional Council of the College from its inception in 2009. Mr. Sullivan has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Laurentian University and a Master’s degree 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. In those roles he obtained valuable experience in many areas, ranging from policy and standards development to auditing and investigations. Since retiring from the Ontario Public Service, he has been self-employed as a Management Consultant. He also served as a member and President of the Board of Directors of Compass for a nine-year term that ended in September 2016.  Compass is a designated Lead Agency for the provision of mental health services for children, youth and families in the Sudbury/Manitoulin area. Mr. Sullivan is currently a Retired Associate member of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.