We are pleased to introduce our new CNTN Executive Committee Co-chairs! The Executive Committee is responsible for the overall strategic leadership and governance of CNTN. Our new Co-Chairs will ensure the integrity of the Executive Committee meeting processes and ensure that policies and processes regarding confidentiality, protection of privacy, and conflict of interest are strictly maintained. The Co-Chairs will also be responsible for maintaining a positive working relationship with committee members and approving the draft agenda for each meeting.

We are grateful for the dedication of our new Co-Chairs and appreciate their guidance in moving CNTN forward.

Hans Vorster was diagnosed with CKD (FSGS) 22 years ago. Subsequently, he has gained enormous respect and passion for patient-centered care and patient engagement in all aspects of medical care, including research. This has led him to be fully involved in several relevant organizations, Ontario Renal Network (ORN), KFOC, Organ Donation and Transplantation Collaborative (ODTC) and others, but principally with Can-SOLVE CKD.

Dwight Sparkes lives in St John’s Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2014, Dwight was diagnosed with chronic tubulo-interstitial nephritis, caused by drug interaction while undergoing treatment for his vasculitis. Today Dwight’s vasculitis is in remission but lives with the effects of Chronic Kidney Disease every day. Dwight joined Can-SOLVE CKD as patient partner in 2017 as way to give back and hopefully be able to contribute to improving the lives of people living with CKD.

Dr. Madore completed his training in medicine and nephrology at the Université de Montréal. He then obtained a Master’s degree in Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. Dr. Madore’s main research interests involve biomarkers and cardiovascular complications in patients with chronic renal failure. His research focuses on genetic markers or other biomarkers that can predict the course of kidney disease and its consequences in the population.

Dr. Tennankore is a nephrologist and associate professor of medicine. His clinical expertise includes chronic kidney disease and home dialysis modalities (home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis). In addition to resident clinical education, he has an interest in research methodology and runs the research rotation for nephrology trainees.