About CLF

A group of Stroll for Liver participants with their backs to the camera, wearing white shirts with the Liver.ca logo on them

A passion for research brought to life.

In 1969 the Canadian Liver Foundation was born out of the passion and concern of a committed group of business leaders and doctors who believed that liver disease needed a champion. With the help of volunteers, patients and families, researchers, doctors, donors and corporate supporters who share our vision of a world without liver disease, we are bringing liver research to life.

In the lab:

Investing in life-saving research.
Funding for liver research is crucial. Every development today will have a tremendous and exponential impact on prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cures for liver disease in the future. In order to attract new talent, help researchers get established and support new advances and breakthroughs, the CLF funds the research of both senior and emerging investigators, as well as medical students. Learn more.

In the community:

In addition to funding the search for answers, bringing liver research to life means sharing what we learn to improve the lives of liver disease patients and those who are at risk for liver disease. Learn more.

Patient support:

We assist people coping with liver disease online, in person and via our National Help Line at 1 (800) 563-5483. We answer their questions after diagnosis, help them understand their disease, and provide them with the resources they need. Through our Peer Support Network, we connect them with others who have gone through the same experience. Learn more.

Education:

We help Canadians protect their liver health and prevent liver disease by teaching them about the liver’s vital functions and how to make liver-healthy lifestyle decisions every day. Learn more.

We encourage early diagnosis and treatment by working closely with the medical community and offering tools and resources on screening and patient care. Learn more.

Advocacy:

We strive to improve prevention and the quality of life of those living with liver disease by advocating for better screening, access to treatment, and patient care. We do this by working with federal, provincial and municipal governments, community organizations, health care providers and individuals to raise awareness of liver-related health issues and to push for policy changes. Learn more.

Vision, Mission, Mandate

Who We Are

Our Purpose

Awards

Achievements

What's Happening

Governance


Vision, Mission & Mandate

Our Vision
A world without liver disease.

Our Mission
Bringing liver research to life for all Canadians

Through research we are able to improve prevention, screening, diagnostics and treatments in order to reduce the incidence and impact of liver disease.

Research is the key to minimizing the impact on people affected by liver diseases, but it's only as good as its practical application. Through our advocacy, education and patient support efforts, we share the knowledge gained through research to improve the lives of liver disease patients and protect others who are at risk. At the same time we seek to eliminate the barriers that may limit patients’ access to research breakthroughs.

Our Mandate
The Canadian Liver Foundation’s mandate is to promote liver health and reduce the incidence and impact of liver disease by providing support for research and education into the causes, diagnoses, prevention and treatment of liver disease.

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Who We Are

We are the passionate people behind the Canadian Liver Foundation! Click on the names below to learn more about the organization that is bringing liver research to life.

Alina Lin - Manager, Asian Programs

Alina is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the planning, organization and execution of Asian health promotion events, presentations and forums. Alina enjoys writing and travelling in her spare time.

Anjan Saha - Accounting Clerk

Anjan performs accounting tasks in support of the national and regional offices of the CLF. Anjan is responsible for our accounts payable and generation of regional financial statements. When Anjan takes a break from the numbers, you can find him at the cinema watching the latest blockbuster. 

Anne Brisson - Regional Coordinator, Montréal

Anne identifies and develops prospects while cultivating partnerships for community activation across Montréal. Anne is also an artist who enjoys painting, drawing and especially sculpting. She applies the same creative and passion to her job, creating a memorable, magical experience for the LIVERight Gala. 

Bianca Pengelly - Regional Coordinator, Manitoba

Bianca is responsible for driving revenue growth through community-based programs and relationships in the province of Manitoba. If she isn't passionately working with the CLF, she is outside with her family and friends. Snow or shine, she loves creating memories with tons of laughter.

Billie Potkonjak - National Director, Health Promotion & Patient Services

Billie manages national patient support programs and services, and coordinates peer review of the CLF research grant competition. In her spare time, Billie enjoys opera, theatre, reading, and taking care of her granddog Hobbes. 

Cheryl Ahong - Director of Finance & Administration

Cheryl has been with the CLF for over 15 years. Cheryl wears many different hats, from IT trouble shooting issues, to daily cash flow reporting, and budgeting to name a few. When Cheryl is away from the CLF she enjoys a good round of golf and Astanga Yoga. 

Debralee Fernets - Regional Manager, Alberta

Debralee started with the Canadian Liver Foundation in 2005. She enjoys raising awareness and funds for a cause that is very close to her heart. Debralee loves to travel and walk marathons. 

Dianne Duguay - Direct Marketing Coordinator

Dianne provides administrative and clerical support in French and English to the National Fundraising Department. Dianne enjoys dealing with people and has a sincere desire to help. Come Fridays, she looks forward to escaping the hustle and bustle of the city and going north where it is peaceful and calm. 

Gary Fagan - President & CEO

Gary is responsible for the overall management of the CLF to support the organization's mission of promoting liver health and providing hope to people living with liver disease in Canada through research, education, advocacy and support programs. Gary enjoys travelling and photography. 

Harpreet Dosanjh - Regional Coordinator, BC/Yukon

Harpreet ensures that programs and events are implemented to maximize fundraising opportunities. Harpreet loves to read, cook and try out new recipes. 

Jennifer Turack - Regional Coordinator, GTA

As regional coordinator, Jen identifies and develops prospects to support our efforts in raising funds for liver research. Jen meets people and patients across the GTA to cultivate partnerships and raise awareness. When she is not working, she loves entertaining family and friends, reading a good book and watching reality TV!

Judy Thompson - Direct Marketing Manager

Judy has been with the CLF for over 17 years. Judy manages the content and production of Direct Marketing campaigns, including telefundraising, direct mail, monthly giving and wedding celebration programs. Judy enjoys working on various craft projects and spending time with friends and family. 

Karen Lyon - Senior Operations Manager

Karen manages all internal and regional operations at the CLF. Karen enjoys travelling and playing Sudoku. 

Karen Seto - National Director, Professional Education & Partnerships

Karen Seto is a dedicated and passionate partnership-building professional who utilizes her great sense of humour to maintain and grow national and international partnerships in support of liver research and education. When she takes a break from the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and uses the rest of her free time pulling weeds from the lawn or shovelling snow. 

Karina Reid - Project Coordinator

Karina provides the Director of Professional Education and Partnerships with administrative support while assisting with various projects. In Karina's free time outside of work, you can find her hunched over a sewing machine fashioning garments or over a pair of knitting needles knitting up scarves galore, with many projects on the go. 

Kris Martin - National Receptionist & Administration

Kris manages the switchboard and greets and assists all visitors at the CLF National Office. When Kris is not going out of her way to help, she's a creative, imaginative person at heart. She has a passion for creating and designing hand-crafted cards and on occasion includes the writing of her verses and/or poems. 

Lisa Lam - Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Lisa manages all Executive aspects of the CLF under the direction of the President & CEO. Lisa loves long walks with her dog and working out at the gym. 

Monica Chui - Director, Regional Business Development, Western Canada

Monica believes professionalism + passion = success. Monica also believes a healthy lifestyles is a life time commitment. She enjoys yoga, working out in the gym, kick-boxing and running along the seawall. 

Sharron Riley-Persson - Director of Fundraising

Sharron manages, coaches and motivates the Direct Marketing, GTA and Eastern Ontario staff and volunteers to achieve and exceed fundraising targets. Sharron loves gardening, gourmet cooking and her Australian Cattle Dog, Wils. 

Sheila Hughes - Regional Development Manager, Chatham/Kent

Sheila organizes bingos, gaming and develops and builds on community relations and CLF visibility in Southwestern Ontario. Sheila spends most weekends in the camping season with her family and friends while reading a good book by the fire. In the winter, you will find Sheila in her sewing room quilting or scrap booking. 

Simran Khattra - Fundraising/Administrative Coordinator, Vancouver

Simran develops and builds upon community relations and CLF visibility in Vancouver. Simran enjoys biking, painting and writing. 

Tyler Wiebe - Development Coordinator, Calgary

Tyler is a caring man who enjoys helping people, which is exactly what he loves to do in his role at the Canadian Liver Foundation! When he isn't at the office, he is busy having adventures with his family. 

Veronica Herfindahl - National Director, Marketing and Communications

Veronica's main role is to increase awareness of liver health and liver disease while creating a strong public image for the CLF. Veronica loves spending time with her family and teaching her daughter to dance Tango. 


Our Purpose

You may rarely stop to think about it, but your liver is essential to your life. If your liver stops working, so do you. 

Liver diseases affect children, women and men with equal and sometimes fatal consequences. 1 in 4 Canadians may be affected by liver disease, and many do not even know it. Liver disease can take over 100 different forms and can be caused by a variety of factors including genetics, obesity, viruses, toxins, drugs, alcohol and problems with the immune system.  Tragically, by the time liver disease is detected it is often too late as severe liver damage has already occurred. 

This is why we are bringing liver research to life. 

The importance of research

Every new discovery and insight is important.

Every development in liver research today means tremendous advances in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and possible cures for liver disease in the future. 

Liver transplants are life-changing events for recipients and their families, but they still come with many risks. With the ongoing shortage of available donor organs, we need to make sure that every liver transplant is successful both in the short-term and the long-term. With more research we may be able to find ways to improve these outcomes for patients.” – Dr. Eberhard Renner, Director, Gastrointestinal Transplantation, Toronto General Hospital. 

Research is key to the eradication of all liver diseases––but it is only as good as its practical application. Through our advocacy, education and patient support efforts, we share the knowledge gained through research and seek to eliminate the barriers that may limit patient access to research breakthroughs. 

Patient Support

Helping people with liver disease live longer, better lives.

Being diagnosed with liver disease can be a frightening experience and there are often far more questions than answers. It can be very comforting to talk to others who know what you are going through and to get information and advice from a trusted source.

The Canadian Liver Foundation offers patients and their families the opportunity to connect with one another, share their stories and have their questions answered.

Education

It is time to get the facts about liver disease.

There are a lot of stereotypes and misconceptions about liver disease, so it is crucial that accurate and accessible information be available that can help overcome biases and ensure those suffering with liver disease are not unfairly stigmatized.

The Canadian Liver Foundation is a reliable research-based information source for patients, families and friends, healthcare professionals, community agencies and the general public. 

Fear of the unknown and fear of being judged means people with liver disease can be isolated and not know who to turn to for help.

For people living with liver disease, often the biggest challenge they face is the fear that comes from a lack of information. That is why, with your help, the Canadian Liver Foundation is funding research, providing education, and building awareness to change this.

Advocacy

Everyone deserves a healthy liver.

Research continues to lead to exciting breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of liver disease. But, unfortunately, some patients may have difficulty obtaining the benefits of this research.

The Canadian Liver Foundation's advocacy efforts seek to ensure that patients have equal and affordable access to the most effective treatments regardless of their income or where they live. We have successfully advocated for new hepatitis C drug therapies for use in Canada and are continuing to push provincial governments to provide access to these treatments to patients in their regions. 

Your support makes all the difference

The Canadian Liver Foundation relies on support from caring individuals, community-minded corporations and foundations to continue funding life-saving liver research as well as patient support, education and advocacy programs for all Canadians. 

Liver disease is already a serious health concern in Canada, and as our population ages it is only getting worse. One in four Canadians may be affected by liver disease. The time to act is now!

We need advances in diagnosis and treatment; advances that may one day lead to a cure. The Canadian Liver Foundation has been funding liver research in Canada for over 48 years, an achievement we credit to the generosity and continued commitment of our donors. 

If you want to help bring research to life like we do, visit our How You Can Help page to see what kind of a difference you can make in your own community, at your own capacity.


Awards

The Canadian Liver Foundation’s mission of bringing liver research to life is built on the passion and expertise of researchers and physicians in Canada and around the world who seek to unlock the mysteries of liver disease.

All that the Canadian Liver Foundation knows about liver disease – prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care – is based in scientific research. The best research, however, is of no use unless we have ways to share this knowledge and deliver programs and services that truly help people living with or at risk for liver disease. The CLF relies heavily on the generosity of individuals across Canada who offer their valuable time to help the CLF raise funds and deliver much-needed liver education and patient support programs.

To demonstrate our appreciation for the volunteer support the CLF has received and to recognize the incredible work of liver researchers in Canada and around the world, we invite you to join us in celebrating and honouring these very deserving awardees.

CLF-CASL GOLD MEDAL AWARD

The Canadian Liver Foundation was the first organization in the world committed to promoting liver health and fighting liver disease through research and education. In keeping with our pioneering mandate, the CLF established a Gold Medal Award in 1983 to recognize doctors and scientists who have made a significant contribution to moving the field of liver research forward.

Today, the award is given jointly with the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver (CASL). The CLF-CASL Gold Medal recipients comprise an impressive list of internationally-recognized liver specialists. The knowledge gained from the collective research of these individuals has provided the CLF with the information we need to help improve the lives of Canadians living with or at risk for liver disease.

Please join us in recognizing the research excellence of the following recipients of the CLF-CASL Gold Medal Award:

2017: Dr. Anna Suk-Fong Lok

A headshot of Dr. Anna LokDr. Anna Suk-Fong Lok is the Alice Lohrman Andrews Research Professor in Hepatology in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. Lok is also the Director of Clinical Hepatology and Associate Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Lok obtained her medical degree from the University of Hong Kong and her hepatology training under Dame Sheila Sherlock at the Royal Free Hospital in London, UK. She was on the faculty at the University of Hong Kong until she moved to the United States in 1992. Her research focuses on the natural history and treatment of hepatitis B and C, and the prevention of liver cancer. Dr. Lok has trained more than 30 fellows and junior faculty from all over the world, some of whom have risen to the ranks of full professors and directors of liver programs in their home country.

Past Recipients

2016: Dr. Morris Sherman2005: Dr. Ian Wanless1995: Dr. Diane W. Cox
2015: Dr. Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao2004: Dr. Jenny Heathcote1994: Dr. M. James Phillips
2014: Dr. Jordi Bruix2003: Dr. Roger Butterworth1993: Dr. Telfer Reynolds
2013: Dr. Alberta Czaja2002: Dr. Michel Huet1992: Dr. Roger Williams
2012: Dr. Jaime Bosch2001: Dr. Jay Hoofnagle1991: Dr. Hector Orrego
2011: Dr. Michael Houghton2000: Dr. Lorne Tyrrell1990: Dr. B. S. Blumberg
2010: Dr. Paul Adams1999: Dr. Juan Rodes1989: Dr. Hyman J. Zimmerman
2009: Dr. Jean-Paul Villeneuve1998: Dr. William Wall1988: Dr. Carl A. Goresky
2008: Dr. Eve Roberts1997: Dr. Laurie Powell1986: Dame Sheila Sherlock
2007: Dr. Victor Feinman1996: Dr. Laurence Blendis 1985: Dr. Rudi Schmid
2006: Dr. Harvey Alter  1983: Dr. Jean-Pierre Benhamou

 

CASL-CLF SASS-KORTSAK AWARD

Dr. Andrew Sass-Kortsak was a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto and the Head of the Research Institute. His pivotal research and his dedication to training the next generation of scientists has helped to change the lives of children impacted by liver disease.

Dr. Sass-Kortsak passed away in 1986. In 1990, the Canadian Liver Foundation, in partnership with the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver (CASL), created the Sass-Kortsak Award to honour the late Dr. Sass-Kortsak who made tremendous contributions to the field of pediatric hepatology and did much to further the work of the Foundation. The CLF is proud to carry on his simple yet powerful guiding principle: focus on the patient.

Please join us in celebrating the research excellence of the following recipients of the CASL-CLF Sass-Kortsak Award.

2016: Dr. Eve A. Roberts

Headshot of Dr. Eve RobertsDr. Roberts was educated at Bryn Mawr College and at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she obtained her M.D. degree in 1973. Her postgraduate training included training in hepatology with Dame Sheila Sherlock at the Royal Free Hospital in London, UK, and research training relating to hepatic pathophysiology and pharmacology in Toronto at the Addiction Research Foundation, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Hospital for Sick Children Research Institute. 

She joined the staff of the Hospital for Sick Children and its Research Institute in 1984, where she focused on paediatric hepatology. Her clinical research interest include a broad spectrum of paediatric liver disorders including perinatal hemochromatosis, paediatric hepatitis B and hepatitis C, primary sclerosing cholangitis, childhood non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, Wilson disease, and drug hepatotoxicity in children. Dr. Roberts was the principal clinician-researcher on the research team which identified the gene abnormal in Wilson disease. 

Past Recipients

2014: Professor Mei Hwei Chang2006: Dr. David Perlmutter1996: Dr. Alex Mowat (posthumously)
2012: Dr. Georgina Mieli-Vergani2004: Dr. Andrée Rasquin1994: Dr. Daniel Alagille
2010: Dr. Peter Whitington2002: Dr. Jean-Bernard Otte1992: Dr. Irmin Sternlieb
2008: Dr. Milton Finegold2000: Dr. Frederick J. Suchy1990: Dr. Claude C. Roy
 1998: Dr. William Balistreri 

 

QUEEN ELIZABETH II DIAMOND JUBILEE MEDAL

The Diamond Jubilee Medal, which has a dark red ribbon and an engraving of the queen.

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created in 2012 to mark the 60th Anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as the Queen of Canada and to recognize her service to this country.

At the same time, the Canadian Liver Foundation had an opportunity to award this commemorative medal to 30 outstanding volunteers across Canada in recognition of their contributions to the fight against liver disease.

Please join us in celebrating the incredible volunteers who have harnessed their passion and dedication to helping the CLF fulfill our mission of bringing liver research to life.


Alberta

  • Don Wishart, Executive Vice President, Operations and Major Projects, TransCanada 
  • Dr. Robert Myers, Former Assistant Professor , Liver Unit, Gastrointestinal Research Group, University of Calgary
  • Dr. Winnie Wong, Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and the Assistant Dean of Education of the Postgraduate Medical Education Program at the University of Alberta 

Atlantic

  • Dale O’Connor, CLF Chapter President, Guysborough 
  • Dr. Kevork Peltekian, Professor of Medicine and Head of Division of Digestive Care and Endoscopy Dalhousie University, Specialist in Hepatology and Liver Transplantation, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre
  • Dr. Thomas Michalak, Senior Canada Research Chair in Viral Hepatitis / Immunology,  Professor of Molecular Virology and Medicine, Memorial University 
  • Melanie Weir, founder of Olivia’s Memorial Walk fundraiser for liver research

British Columbia

  • Dr. Eric Yoshida, Professor of Medicine, University of British Columbia and Hepatologist, Vancouver General Hospital
  • Dr. Mel Krajden, Director, BC Hepatitis Services, BC Centre for Disease Control
  • Dr. Susan Kwan, Co-Director, ICU, Burnaby Hospital
  • Jo-Ann Ford, RN, Nurse Practitioner, Vancouver General Hospital
  • Robert Wilson, retired nurse and 12 year volunteer with BC/Yukon region

Ontario

  • Andy Cumming, Managing Director, Blackheath Fund Management
  • Colina Yim, RN, nurse practitioner at the Toronto Liver Clinic, Toronto Western Hospital.Quebec
  • Daljit Nagpal, Biologist, Health Canada
  • Elliott Jacobson, partner in Elliott Jacobson and Associates consulting firm
  • Frank Bialystok, University of Toronto professor, Chair of the Canadian Jewish Congress (Ontario)
  • Haley Millman, liver and pancreas transplant recipient and graphic artist
  • Laurie Fraser, Human Factors Engineering Specialist, Ontario Power Generation
  • Luke Chan,  Associate Vice President,  International Affairs, McMaster University
  • Dr. Morris Sherman, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto and Hepatologist, University Health Network.
  • Nelson Millman, former Executive Producer for Studio Productions at Sportsnet
  • Pam Johnson
  • Pascale Cloutier, LLB, partner,  Miller Thomson LLB
  • Roger Hunter, retiree and nine-year national CLF volunteer
  • Theresa Stewart, retired CLF Chapter President, Guelph

Québec

  • Dr. Bernard Willems, Professor of Medicine, Université de Montréal
  • Dr. Marc Bilodeau, Professor of Medicine, Université de Montréal, Former Director, National Canadian Research Training Program in Hepatitis C (now known as the Canadian Network on Hepatitis C)

Saskatchewan

  • Brian Kusisto, President, Kenroc Building Materials Co. Ltd.
  • Ken Sexton, CEO, Kenroc Building Materials Co. Ltd.


Achievements

2016: $1.2 million grant

Awarded a $1.2million research grant – the largest in the CLF’s history – to a team at the University Health Network studying the potential of using nanotechnology to cure liver cancer. The grant was made possible through a generous donor and matching funds from the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation.

Issued new statistics highlighting that 1 in 4 Canadians may be affected by liver disease.

2015: New brand & tagline

Introduced new CLF brand and tagline – Bringing liver research to life – to reinforce the Foundation’s commitment to liver research and liver health, offer a destination for Canadians looking for information and support and represent the value CLF brings to patients, health care providers and supporters.

Launched a national hepatitis C testing social media campaign ‘Could You Have It?’ reaching more than a million people and prompting more than 2,400 to complete an online risk assessment.

2013: Funding partner of CNTRP

Became a founding funding partner in the Canadian National Transplant Research Program involving research teams from 18 transplant centres and 15 universities and research centres across Canada plus collaboration with international researchers from Europe, Asia, Australia, USA and South America.

Published the landmark report “Liver Disease in Canada: A Crisis in the Making” which for the first time presented a true picture of the burden of disease and called upon provincial and federal governments to act.

2012: Hepatitis C testing

Became the first organization in Canada to call for hepatitis C testing for all adults born between 1945 and 1975.

2011: Hepatitis C drug therapies

Took on a significant advocacy role to help facilitate the approval of new breakthrough hepatitis C drug therapies.

2010: Int'l Liver Health Alliance

Initiated the first International Liver Health Alliance comprised of liver associations and educational institutions from around the world to facilitate global advocacy, education and awareness initiatives for liver disease.

2008: World Hepatitis Day

Led the Canadian World Hepatitis Day Alliance as part of a global effort to raise awareness and spur government action to address hepatitis B and C as serious liver health issues.

2007: Mount Kilimanjaro

16 Canadians on “Team CLF” successfully completed the Mt. Kilimanjaro Extreme Challenge – a fundraising climb of the tallest peak in Africa raising nearly $300,000 for liver research and education and raising awareness of liver health and the CLF via nationwide media coverage.

Launched the LIVERight Campaign to educate Canadians about the vital role the liver plays in nurturing and protecting the body and how everyday decisions can impact liver health.

Hosted the first ever National Liver Summit, bringing together over 30 of Canada’s key liver stakeholders to explore new approaches to establishing an effective and collaborative funding model to enhance liver research in Canada.

2006: World of Hepatology

Created the 1st Discover the World of Hepatology program in collaboration with the University of Manitoba to encourage bright young doctors who are at a crucial point in their careers to become the hepatology leaders of tomorrow.

2004: Canadian Hep C Conference

Reprised vital coordination role in the 2nd Canadian Hepatitis C Conference in Vancouver.

2003: Dr. Oscar Peterson

Launched North American print, radio and television PSA campaign with world-renowned jazz artist Dr. Oscar Peterson.

2002: A Night to Remember

Presented A Night to Remember benefit gala concert featuring Paul Anka, the Honourable Jean Chrétien, the Honourable John Manley, Lady Sarah Burns and 1500 adoring fans.

Became a founding supporter of the National CIHR Research Training Program in Hepatitis C – a national, multi-centre, trans-disciplinary research program in hepatitis C, providing research funding and establishing opportunities to share the knowledge of these research findings.

Established the National ABC’s of Liver Disease Conference featuring internationally-recognized hepatologists from around the world, with special guest speaker Pamela Anderson.

2001: Martin Short

Played a key role in organizing the 1st Canadian Hepatitis C Conference in Montreal. 

Launched National print, radio and television PSA campaign with comedian Martin Short.

1995: Living with Liver Disease

Launched the Living with Liver Disease education and support program for patients and their families, the first program of its kind in the world which has since been duplicated by liver organizations in the US, UK and France.

1993: Wilson Disease

Helped discover the defective gene responsible for Wilson disease, a hereditary liver disorder.

1992: Hepatitis B immunization

Successfully advocated for universal immunization programs for hepatitis B beginning in British Columbia.

1986: First CLF Chapter

First CLF chapter chartered in Calgary. Today, the CLF has volunteer chapters across Canada.

1971: First Summer Studentship

Awarded first Summer Studentship grant to Dr. Gary Levy, who is now a prominent hepatologist and the head of the Multi-Organ Transplant Program at Toronto General Hospital.

1969: CLF is born

The Canadian Liver Foundation opened its doors as the world’s 1st organization committed to finding cures for all types of liver disease.


What's Happening

2017 LIVERight Gala
A Fundraiser In Support of Liver Research and Education 

The LIVERight Gala logo

If your odds of winning the lottery were 1 in 4, you would rush to buy a ticket. But what if those same odds represented your chance of developing a serious liver disease? Suddenly, ‘beating the odds’ becomes a matter of life and death. 1 in 4 are the odds facing an estimated eight million Canadians from infants to seniors. But with your help, we can change those odds.

Join us for the LIVERight Gala, a fundraising event that offers guests a night of top notch entertainment and gourmet food in five cities across the country; Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver and for the first time this year, Montreal. The evening includes cocktails, live and silent auctions, a three-course meal, and great performances by our headline talent including Canadian music legend Randy Bachman (Toronto Gala).

This fall, make liver health your ‘cause’ for celebration and plan to attend a LIVERight Gala in one of our five locations. For more details contact your local chapter here.

For national sponsorship opportunities please contact Sharron Riley-Persson.

A view of the room, packed with people filling tables


LIVERight
 Health Forum 

LIVERight Health Forum logo

The LIVERight Health Forums are FREE educational events for people who are living with liver disease, their family and caregivers, those who are at risk of liver disease, and students who wish to pursue a profession in the healthcare field.

The goal of these events is to inform people of how to both prevent and cope with liver disease. The CLF’s LIVERight Health Forums offer access to top liver experts as part of a one-day program that includes presentations on a variety of liver disease topics as well as Q&A sessions.

Upcoming Forum

When: Saturday, November 4, 2017
Time: Registration/ Coffee - 9:00 AM 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM (light lunch provided at noon)
Where: Edmonton Clinic Health Academy at the University of Alberta.

Speakers and topics include the following:

Dr. Lorne Tyrrell – Moderator, Dr. Mang Ma - Fatty Liver Disease, Dr. Andrew Mason - PBC/PSC, Dr. Diana Mager -  Nutrition and the Liver, Dr. Jason Yap - “Fatty Liver in Children – Not Only a Growing Problem”, Dr. Michael Houghton - Hepatitis C Vaccine, Dr. Steve Shafran - Hepatitis C Elimination, Dr. Amir Landi - Biomarkers of autoimmune liver disease, Dr. Norm Kneteman - Liver Transplants, Dr. Lori West - CNTRP Update.

Register here!

Two CLF volunteer stand at a CLF information booth


STROLL for LIVER 

The Stroll for Liver Logo

Thank you to all the 2017 Stroll participants for making this year's Stroll for Liver season so successful!

Help us change the future for Canadians with liver disease! Join us for the 2018 Stroll for Liver – a family friendly, community-based walk/run event dedicated to raising funds for liver research and education. This national event takes place in 11 cities across the country. For more information on 2018 locations and dates please visit your local chapter here.

Keep an eye on the Stroll for Liver page here for more information about this year's events!

A group of Stroll participants hold the Stroll for Liver banner. They are joined by a lumberjack mascot


Current Awareness Campaigns:
 

Hepatitis C: #ThisisYourWarning

Hepatitis C is referred to as a silent disease because people infected often do not show signs of illness. They can go for years not knowing they are carrying this potentially fatal virus – and can spread it to others. Undiagnosed and untreated, hepatitis C can lead to a variety of serious health issues including cirrhosis, liver failure, liver cancer, or even death.

Think you are safe from hepatitis C? Think again.

Learn more about our This is Your Warning campaign here.

Liver Health Month: #TooClose4Comfort 

You may not see liver disease, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

Liver disease can sneak up on you. No one ever expects it will happen to them. And yet, someone you know may already be among the more than 8 million Canadians being affected by liver disease across Canada. The good news is that many liver diseases can be prevented, managed, or in some cases even cured – but early identification is critical.

Learn more about our Too Close 4 Comfort campaign here.

At the age of 43, Richard was diagnosed with hepatitis C. If that was not enough, the doctor informed Richard that he had probably had this liver disease for over 20 years, and now had cirrhosis of the liver and would soon need a liver transplant.

“When I was first diagnosed with hepatitis C, I had no idea how I got it. I chose to keep my diagnosis a secret from my children for fear of them treating me differently. I felt totally isolated.”

Events and campaigns educate the public about liver disease and help people like Richard feel less isolated. Take a look at your local CLF chapter to see how you can participate in our events, or donate now to help keep these incredible programs running.


Organizational Structure and Governance

The national office of the Canadian Liver Foundation is located in Markham, Ontario and manages the key operational functions of the organization with a team of full-time and part-time staff and volunteers.

In addition to this, the CLF operates out of the following regions:

  • BC/Yukon
  • Southern Alberta
  • Northern Alberta
  • Manitoba
  • Southwestern Ontario
  • Greater Toronto
  • Eastern Ontario
  • Quebec
  • Atlantic

Each regional office has a varying number of full-time/part-time staff and volunteers who split their time between fundraising, program implementation and patient support within the region.

Governance

The Canadian Liver Foundation is overseen by a 15 member board of directors comprised of physicians and private business people who are committed to making a difference in the fight against liver disease.

The CLF board of directors is the highest level of decision-making and authority in the CLF and its role is to act as a public steward by governing the affairs of the organization. Each member serves a term of three years with a possible extension for those who take on a leadership role.

The operations of the CLF are overseen by the CLF President, and each department is overseen by a manager or director.

The following is a list of the CLF’s National Board members:

CHAIRPERSON
Morris Sherman, MD, FRCPC 
Toronto General Hospital


PAST CHAIRPERSON AND CHAIRPERSON,
INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Kevork Peltekian, MD, FRCPC
Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre


SECRETARY/TREASURER
Elliott M. Jacobson, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D


CHAIRPERSON,
MEDICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (MAC)

Eric Yoshida, MD, FRCPC
Division of Gastroenterology
UBC - Department of Medicine, Diamond Health Care Centre


CHAIRPERSON, NATIONAL MARKETING
& COMMUNICATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Pascale Cloutier
Miller Thomson LLP


CHAIRPERSON, NATIONAL EDUCATION
ADVISORY COMMITTEE (NEAC)

Diana Mager, PhD MSc RD
Departments of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science,
Department of Pediatrics 
University of Alberta


CHAIRPERSON, NATIONAL
DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Larry Babins (Finance Committee)


CHAIRPERSON,
NATIONAL ADVOCACY COMMITTEE
Rick Jeysman

DIRECTOR
Michael Betel (Mktg & Comms Committee)
Canadian Blood Services

DIRECTOR
Queenie Choo
S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

DIRECTOR
Kim Ewasechko (Finance Committee)
nrg Analytics Inc.

DIRECTOR
Nelson Lee (Finance Committee)


DIRECTOR
Mel Krajden, MD, FRCPC (MAC)
B.C. Centre for Disease Control


DIRECTOR
Eberhard Renner, MD, FRCPC (MAC)
Health Sciences Centre

DIRECTOR
Marco Galego
Golden Star

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Morris Sherman, MD, FRCPC
Kevork Peltekian, MD, FRCPC
Eric Yoshida, MD, FRCPC
Elliott M. Jacobson, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D
Pascale Cloutier
Diana Mager, PhD
Larry Babins
Rick Jeysman
Gary A. Fagan (ex officio)