Meet the Program Advisory Committees

Project Management

Debra Krar

Debra is a seasoned professional Management Consultant and Project/Program Manager with a pragmatic approach to problem solving. Debra is currently engaged as a Program Manager and Management Consultant at the Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Prior to joining the Ontario Ministry of Labour, she spent a decade in financial services as a Program Manager for BMO, Scotiabank, CIBC and Project Portfolio Manager at RBC.  Debra also has experience creating an Enterprise PMO within the healthcare sector.  She continues to serve as Secretary/Treasurer CMC-Ontario Executive Council since 2015 and served on the Board of Directors at the Project Management Institute, Toronto Chapter from 2006-2014.  Debra earned a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biology from the University of Western Ontario and a MBA from the New York Institute of Technology – Old Westbury.   She holds/maintains the following certifications: PMP, CMC, CPHIMS-CA, and ITIL.

 

Rich Batchelor

MMgt BSc MACMP MSHRM PII Pg/fMP CIM ACC

Rich is the President & Chief Change Agent of Capillary Consulting. He has been successfully delivering change for over 25 years. He has consulted, coached and educated with organizations across all parts of the globe focusing on change enablement, leadership, organizational development and strategy alignment. He is passionate in developing change capacity for future generations and is engaged with a number of progressive higher education institutions as an educator and advisor. He is a founding member of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) and was founding president of the Toronto Chapter for 6 years. He has also founded the Toronto Change Days conference, based on the highly successful Berlin Change Days, a hands-on weekend of fun learning about change unlike any other change conference in North America! He has a Masters in change management and is certified in Project Management, Process improvement, Facilitation, HR, Coaching, Counseling and Psychotherapy. He is also a Certified Lego® Serious Play® Facilitator & Workshop Designer, Certified in facilitating organizations through uncertainty and complexity and an accredited emotional culture deck “elephant rider”!

 

Lilian Abu-Halaga   

Lilian is a senior leader with over 20 years of experience in Project Management.  Lilian recently left the full time world to return to her consulting roots. She’s working with her current client Interac to help transform their PMO.  Prior to this, she was the Director of Enterprise Project Management at Meridian Credit Union with a team of ten project and program managers working on the organization’s largest strategic initiatives.  Before joining Meridian, her experience at other financial institutions included Senior Project Manager in the Project Management Office at HSBC Finance Corporation and Program Director in the Office of the Chief Data Officer, Integrated Data & Analytics Program at Toronto Dominion Bank Financial Group. Lilian works passionately to bring strategy to life and supports executive teams to execute initiatives beyond tactical project management to organizational transformation and change.  She has a proven history of leading, coaching, developing and mentoring project management teams to focus on delivering business benefits and believes that is what project management should be all about. Outside of work, Lilian’s volunteer efforts include mentoring new professional Canadians to find a job through the Toronto Regional Immigration Education Counsel (TRIEC).  She also provides leadership to community engagement corporate committees to help others find their volunteering passion.  Lilian is a member of the Project Management Institute and is PMP certified.  In addition, she holds a Change Manager Certificate from Prosci, a Risk Manager Certificate from the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies & Global Risk Management Institute, and a Scrum Master Certificate from the Scrum Alliance.

 

MARYLKA EMPEY

MBA, CHRE, CCP, FCMC

Marylka is a Fellow Certified Management Consultant with a proven ability to develop and implement strategic business solutions to drive organizational effectiveness, productivity, and profitability. As an advisor to CEOs and Boards, Marylka has successfully implemented transformational projects across organizations to secure an organization’s ability to attract, develop, and retain an engaged and high performing workforce. Marylka has more than 15 years of experience serving on various boards, at the local, provincial, and national levels, in various leadership roles, including Board Chair. She also has taught business courses at the University and College level. In 2019, CMC Ontario awarded Marylka the Fellow Certified Management Consultant (FCMC) to recognize her service to clients, the community, and the Association. Marylka earned an MBA in Organization Behaviour and Industrial Relations from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McGill University. Marylka also earned a Certificate in Digital Transformation: Leading People, Data & Technology from the Haas School of Business, UC Berkley Executive Education.

Regulatory Affairs

Deborah Pinchev

Deborah is a Quality/Regulatory Affairs Manager at StarFish Medical, Canada’s largest medical device development company. Deborah has 5 years of Regulatory and Quality experience with a focus on the medical device industry. Prior to joining StarFish, she was a Laboratory Manager for a cell biology research lab at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Deborah earned her B.Sc. in Biochemistry at the University of Guelph, her M.Sc. in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University, and has a graduate certificate in Regulatory Affairs at Humber College.

 

Paul Chipperton

Paul was co-founder & CEO of Profound Medical Inc. (tsx:prn) where he guided an MRI-guided, thermal-ultrasound technology for Prostate Cancer through ISO13485 and 510K with FDA. Most recently he has served as President & CEO of Mperia Therapeutics Inc., with a portfolio of high potency peptide analogs targeting the CD36-TLR2 receptor to optimize anti-inflammatory macrophage activity in preparation for an IND-submission. A former Senotor of Queen’s University, he also authors and lectures various courses on business, innovation, and biotechnology topics at the Masters level on both sides of the Atlantic. He holds a BSc Chemistry and MBA.

Eva Nalian

Eva currently serves as a Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs at PerkinElmer, Inc. an American global corporation focused in the business area of diagnostics, where she creates and implements the company’s regulatory strategy for newborn screening and maternal health products by performing regulatory submissions in the US, Canada and internationally. She has a successful track record in developing global regulatory strategies and securing regulatory approvals for high risk products on a global scale. Eva has participated in Quality audits throughout her career, has developed and implemented Quality Systems for start-ups and managed clinical studies required for 510(K) submissions in the US and Canada.  Eva has worked with start-ups and mid-size medical device and IVD companies in Israel, California and Canada. Eva has an engineering degree in Biotechnology and Food Engineering from the Technion, Israel, as well as a Regulatory Affairs Certification through the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.

Maham Ansari

Maham currently serves as a Director of Regulatory Affairs at Synaptive Medical, a Toronto-based medical device manufacturer specializing in imaging diagnostic applications and surgical robotics in neurosurgery, where she built the regulatory department from scratch and played a large role in expanding the company’s international footprint. She has a successful track record in developing global regulatory strategies and securing regulatory approvals for high risk products on a global scale. Maham has also hosted numerous Quality audits throughout her career, has developed and implemented Quality Systems from scratch, and led companies through successful FDA and Notified Body inspections.  Her experience primarily spans within the medical device and in vitro diagnostic space in Canada and Europe, where she has worked for a mix of start-ups and larger organizations like QIAGEN, Nanogen and Mapi. Maham has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master’s in Bioscience Regulatory Affairs from the Johns Hopkins University.  She also maintains a Regulatory Affairs Certification through the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.

 

TracyMeffen

Tracy Meffen

Tracy is a Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance professional with more than twenty-five years of experience in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. She is currently responsible for Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance at Genevant Sciences developing RNA-based therapies in multiple therapeutic areas. Tracy was previously responsible for regulatory and quality activities for Arbutus Biopharma developing a cure for chronic Hepatitis B, and prior to that for Lungpacer Medical, a start-up medical device organization developing a novel technology for use in critical care medicine. Tracy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, a Master’s degree in Regulatory Affairs from Northeastern University, and three Regulatory Affairs Certificates (EU, US, and Canada) from the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society.