Our external advisory committee is a group of senior policy makers, consultants, lawyers, and physicians who provide strategic advice to the Centre from an outside perspective.
David Sweanor (Chair)
Public Health Leader and Advocate
David's primary policy involvement has been in spearheading the development of efforts to reduce cigarette smoking in Canada and globally. This has been done as legal counsel to health activist groups, an advisor to a wide range of entities and in numerous publications, media interviews and speeches. He has worked with such bodies as the World Health Organization, World Bank, Pan American Health Organization, International Union Against Cancer and numerous governments, foundations, law firms and non-governmental organizations. His efforts have encompassed taxation policy, advertising restrictions, package warnings, protection from environmental tobacco smoke, smoking cessation interventions, litigation, product regulation and harm reduction initiatives.
He has testified before parliamentary committees federally and provincially in Canada as well as in other countries, and before both Senate and House committees in the United States of America. He has also received various awards for his work, including a ‘Public Health Hero’ lifetime achievement award from the Pan-American Health Organization.
David lives in Ottawa, and engages in extensive volunteer and philanthropic work that is focused on an eclectic range of issues. But they are still dominated by an interest in public policy interventions that increase the length and quality of life.
A partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, Daniel is a key member of the firm's Advocacy Group. His practice focuses on health law and medical defence, including acting as counsel to the Canadian Medical Protective Association and the physicians. He also provides advice in matters of commercial litigation and constitutional linguistic issues.
Daniel has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada. Daniel is a part-time professor, teaching evidence law and trial advocacy at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. He also lectures on evidence law, advocacy skills and health law with various organizations.
Counsel, Privacy and Data Management
Patricia Kosseim is Counsel in Osler's Privacy and Data Management Group and also co-leads Osler’s AccessPrivacy platform, an integrated suite of innovative information solutions.
Patricia is a national leading expert in privacy and access law, having served over a decade as Senior General Counsel and Director General at the Oﬃce of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC). She provided strategic legal and policy advice on complex and emerging privacy issues; advised Parliament on privacy implications of legislative bills; led research initiatives on new information technologies and advanced privacy law in major litigation cases before the courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to that, Patricia worked at Genome Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Lead Addiction Counsellor – Male Campus
Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DSYTC)
Amanda is the Lead Addiction Counsellor at the Male Campus of Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre and is also the Volunteer Coordinator for a local anti-bullying organization called Proud To Be Me. In addition to her roles, in 2017, she spent her extra time developing, leading, and coordinating two very unique and successful fundraisers raising $40k towards DSYTC’s new 30-bed treatment centre.
Amanda graduated from Carleton University with a B.A Honours in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a concentration in Psychology. Previously, she worked for the Youth Services Bureau as a Youth Worker in their Youth Justice Program.
Amanda was awarded a Community Builder: Community Leadership award by Black History Ottawa, as well as a Community Builder Award by United Way Ottawa. She has a passion for helping others and aspires to make a difference in the community specifically in the health and social sciences fields.