Executive Committee

Jacqueline Herman
Jacqueline HermanPresident, Director of Treatment Access & Health Policy
JACKIE HERMAN currently holds position of President of CNETS Canada and became an active volunteer in the charitable sector as a result of her own diagnosis with neuroendocrine cancer in 2008. Her desire to make a difference on behalf of the NET patient community initially led to a sporadic volunteer role with CNETS Canada in 2010, Jackie joined the CNETS Canada Board of Directors in early 2011 and the Executive Committee in early 2012. Jackie was appointed to the role of President in late 2012. Jackie is committed to ensuring the Canadian NET cancer patient voice is heard and the mandate of CNETS Canada is carried out including patient support and education, disease awareness, NET specific research and optimum access to treatments and diagnostics for Canadian NET patients. Jackie is also co-founder of Gastric Cancer Canada, Canada’s only online patient support group for those affected by gastric cancer.
Dr. Jean - Luc Urbain
Dr. Jean - Luc UrbainVice-President, Director of Medical Relations
DR. URBAIN has been an active member of the Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine community for more than 30 years. Originally native from Belgium, he earned his Medical Degree at the Catholic University of Louvain, the oldest Medical School in Europe. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine. He obtained his Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology at Temple University in Philadelphia. Urbain has been Professor of Diagnostic Imaging for more than two decade and has hold leadership positions in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging at Fox Chase Cancer Center, the Cleveland Clinic and at the University of Western Ontario. As a teacher and leader in Diagnostic and Molecular Imaging, he has published numerous abstracts, papers and book chapters in Nuclear Cardiology, Gastrointestinal Scintigraphy, Nuclear Oncology and Molecular Imaging and given lectures all over the world. Urbain is actively involved in patient advocacy and medical performance improvement. His main interests are currently in Molecular Imaging and Personalized Medicine.
Vernon Holt
Vernon Holt Secretary / Treasurer, Director of Finance
VERNON HOLT, born in 1929, began his business career in 1950 with what is now Domtar where he served for a number of years as Chief Systems Analyst after climbing the ranks in accounting. He has also served as Director/ Vice-President Finance in a large private service and manufacturing company and then as Director/Secretary-Treasurer of a small boutique stock brokerage. In later years he was privileged to work for the Guinness family corporation and subsidiaries as Director/Secretary-Treasurer of their Canadian operations in personal and corporate portfolio management. Since 1978 Vernon and his late wife, Lillian, also Secretary-Treasurer of a large Canadian corporation, concurrently operated their own private business serving the needs of individuals and small companies in the areas of accounting, administration, investments and taxation. Except for a period during his wife’s illness with Carcinoid cancer, Vernon has continued to be active in the same fields of endeavour. For many years he and Lillian also travelled extensively. His education consisted of a senior matriculation at Verdun High School and, while working days, 8 years of night lectures at McGill University and Sir George Williams University. He also attended many courses in management, finance, data processing, computer programming, time and motion as well as systems and methods, and, in addition, lectured and gave courses in some of these specialties.

Board Members

Amanda Rice
Amanda RiceDirector of Education
AMANDA RICE is a motivated, results-driven professional with more than ten years of experience in developing insights and forming evidence-based strategies to solve business problems. Skilled at designing and executing complex projects to meet a variety of business objectives. She effective communicator with proven ability to build long-term relationships with stakeholders by establishing a high level of confidence and trust.
On February 23, 2010, Amanda’s husband was diagnosed with a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumour her life was changed forever. For the next four years, they navigated the healthcare system, sometimes successfully, sometimes not, met with many doctors, tried many drugs and experienced a billion different emotions along the way. They were lucky to find support from CNETS Canada. The conferences, patient education sessions and support groups were tremendously helpful in learning about treatments, but also getting to know others in the small community.
Dr. Girish Shah
Dr. Girish ShahDirector of Research
PROF. GIRISH SHAH, the recipient of “Outstanding Achievement in Carcinoid/ Neuroendocrine Tumor Research” in 2006 from the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation, Inc. of USA, is a Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at Laval University in Quebec City. He has been chief of the Laboratory for Skin Cancer Research at the CHU de Quebec (CHUL) Hospital Research Centre of Laval University since 1997. Prof. Shah’s research is focused on carcinoid neuroendocrine tumors and solar ultraviolet radiation-induced skin cancers with specific emphasis on DNA damage, DNA repair and cell death processes, all of which can influence either the development of these cancers or their resistance to therapy. Dr. Shah has authored 55 peer-reviewed articles, which have been cited more than 2,387 times in literature. In addition, he has authored 4 book chapters and 119 presentations at the meetings. Dr. Shah’s team, in collaboration with two carcinoid clinicians in Canada and USA, had earlier reported that nearly ¼ of the carcinoid neuroendocrine tumor patients suffer from subclinical niacin (vitamin B3) deficiency, an incidence that is much higher than pellagra, the clinical niacin deficiency syndrome reported in these patients. His recent work has identified how this biochemical anomaly can be exploited to improve efficiency of chemotherapy of carcinoid NET cancers. He is currently also the President of the Scientific & Medical Advisory Board of CNETS Canada.
Chris Silvestre
Chris SilvestreDirector of Communications and Information Technology
CHRIS SILVESTRE is the Director of Strategy and Marketing at SPARK, a creative agency based in Toronto. His extensive financial, strategy and technology experience that will be an asset to CNETS. Prior to SPARK, Chris started Loans for Less, an automated alternative finance business that operated through ATM-style kiosks. Prior to Loans for Less, Chris worked as an Equity Analyst at Toronto-based Veritas Investment Research, covering large-cap Canadian Equities and Special Situations. Chris graduated from the Schulich School of Business in 2007, where he earned an Honours BBA and was elected the Vice-President of the Undergraduate Business Council. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Silvia Steinhilber
Silvia SteinhilberDirector of Patient Support and Volunteers
SILVIA STEINHILBER is a biochemical technologist, who worked for two years at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre in the radiopharmacy producing radiolabled injectables for the Nuclear Medicine Department (mid 70’s). She left the hospital to enter a partnership with her father in an injection molding company. For the next 33 years as General Manager, she learned how to set up and operate injection molding machines and after a short evening course in accounting, looked after all the financial aspects including: daily bookkeeping, employee accounting, bank loans, grant applications, etc. Silvia became an active caregiver nine years ago when her mother was diagnosed with GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumor). Unfortunately there was no treatment available, so that was when Silvia started internet research and became familiar with e groups and was invited to join the Board Of Directors for The Life Raft Group, a non-profit support organization for GIST, and has been a director for them about seven years. This experience quickly led to researching Carcinoid on behalf of her husband Garry, who had been diagnosed with the disease, and travelling when necessary for his treatment. The last portion of the family business was sold in 2007 and a long delayed project of finishing the house built in 1995 has now become a priority. Silvia is a caregiver to her husband Garry and was caregiver to her mother until her passing early in 2010. She is also a founding director of CNETS Canada, a former Treasurer and presently a member of the Executive Committee.

Past Directors

  • Elissa Alter (deceased)

  • Dr. Carol Bates

  • Barbara Bell

  • Pamela Bell

  • Carolyn Bennett

  • Pierrette Breton

  • Maureen Coleman (deceased)

  • Linda Dean (deceased)

  • Dr. Al Driedger

  • Pooneh Fooladi

  • Sue Folinsbee

  • Laurie Gauthier (deceased)

  • Wendy Gillis (deceased)

  • Barry Jackowich (deceased)

  • Garry Johnson (deceased)

  • Jim Kormos

  • Robert Logan (deceased)

  • Susan Oliver

  • Robert Otis

  • Brian Riden

  • Patrick Sandes (deceased)

  • Julia Stinton

  • Boris Weiss