How We're Structured

Founded in 1918, CNIB is one of Canada’s oldest charities, and has become one of the world’s largest private agencies committed to vision health issues. CNIB is a multifaceted organization made up of about 850 full-time staff and thousands of dedicated volunteers.

As a registered charity, CNIB is governed by a volunteer board of directors​, made up of volunteers from across Canada, including representatives from the corporate, medical and government sectors, as well as individuals affected by vision loss. Together, in consultation with CNIB’s president and CEO, these individuals set all policy for the organization and guide management in key strategic decisions.

CNIB also has a national office,​ located in Toronto, which consists of several departments that support the efficient administration of the organization’s activities nationwide, and provide functional leadership to key initiatives at the regional level. 

In addition to the national office and The CNIB Library, CNIB has eight divisions, each headed by an executive director and guided by a divisional advisory board. Each division is responsible for managing the delivery of client services in a specific geographic area or function, and raising funds to support that service delivery. Each division is also responsible for the management and operation of the local offices within its specific geographic area. CNIB has more than 50 local offices across Canada, which vary in size, and are hubs for local service delivery and community engagement. 

Executive Team:

  • John M. Rafferty -President and CEO
  • Tim Alcock - Vice President, Marketing and Fund Development
  • Linda Goldblatt - Vice President, Corporate Services
  • Keith Gordon - Vice President, Research 
  • Craig Lillico - Vice President, Finance, CFO and Corporate Secretary​
  • Margaret McGrory - Vice President and Executive Director, CNIB Library
  • Len Baker - Executive Director and Regional Vice President, Ontario​ and Nunavut
  • ​Marie-Camille Blais - Executive Director, Quebec
  • Pam Gow-Boyd - Executive Director and Regional Vice President, Atlantic Canada
  • John McDonald ​- Executive Director and Regional Vice President, Alberta and Northwest Territories
  • John Mulka - Executive Director and Regional Vice President, British Columbia and Yukon
  • Garry Nenson​ - Executive Director and Regional Vice President, Manitoba and Saskatchewan

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Division Advisory Boards 2013-2014

British Columbia /Yukon Division Board

Ken Gray, Chair
Tami Grenon, Chair, Vice Chair
Rob Sleath, Immediate Past Chair
Amy Amantea 
Mathew Brown
Antoinette Dumalo
Ann McNabb
Charles Mossop
Catherine Murray
Raymond Yim

Regional Representatives   

Lower Mainland-South Coast & Fraser Valley
Ian Schatz, Treasurer  

Northern B.C. & Yukon
Cameron Sutherland, Chair
Nici DeCario

Southern Interior
Catherine Jacobse, Chair
Robert Adria, Chair

Vancouver Island
Donald Walls, Chair
Daniel Huang  

HONORARY MEMBERS
Margie Knox
John Wemyss

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Alberta-NWT Division Board

Donald K. Biberdorf, Chair
Dr. Cheryl Crocker, Ph.D.
Amanda Hart
Anne Babineau
William D. McFetridge
Robert D. Penner
Christine Caddel
Donna Cookson Martin
Gail Morrisroe-Wyman
Heather Bala-Edwards
Neepun Sharma
Patti Kostiuk

HONORARY CHAIR
F. Gary Homer

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Saskatchewan Division Board

Richard Jankowski, Chair
Dr. Dean Weninger, Vice Chair
Ron Gill
Cathy Hinther
Marty Klyne
Kaylea Lax
Jason Pion, CMA
Barb Pollock
Ron Pugsley
Dr. Ralph Schneider
Teresa Sebastian
Tyler Willox

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Manitoba Division Board 2013 – 2014

Glenn Hildebrand, Chair
Clint Castle. Immediate Past Chair
Jason Blanchette
Sandra Blanchette
Bob Brennan
Ken Curtis
Dr. Daya Gupta
Dr. Chander Gupta
Joanne Kelly
Malinda Lee
Sandra Pierson
Dr. Luke Small
David Wiebe

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Ontario-Nunavut Division Board 2013 - 2014

Robert English (Bob), Chair
Nirmala Armstrong
Ken Boshkoff
Brian Brisebois
Jeannie Collins-Ardern
Sam Fulton
Dorothy Macnaughton
Aaron Marsaw
Bruce O’Neil
Robert Pashby (Bob)
Elinor Schwob

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Quebec Division Board 2013 – 2014

Louis Lévesque
Alain A Malek
Elaine Mairand
James Officer
Frederick Pailleur
Andrej Rajic
Gilles Rivard
Michel Tanguay
Pierre-Martin Tardif Richard Wise

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New Brunswick Division Board 2013 - 2014

Andrew Daley, Chair
Marian Zaichkowski, Past Chair
Professor Aloke Chatterjee
Bob Lockhart
Shilo Bellis
Hélène Martin
Cynthia Goodwin
Arline Hachey
Josée Martin
Dr. Jeff Palk
Rilind Dragoshi
Jennifer Allaby

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Nova Scotia / Prince Edward Island Division Board 2013 – 2014

Dr. Rhett MacDonald, Chair
William (Bill) Blight, Vice Chair
Colleen Henderson, Past Chair
Glenda Parsons
Kevin Walsh
Ron Jones
Allen C. Fownes
Robert MacLeod
Dave Hilchey
David Hirtle

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Newfoundland and Labrador Division Board 2013 – 2014

Jim Hynes, Chair
Trevor Giles, Vice Chair
Patricia Suvak, Past Chair
Danny Barrett
Deanna Cheeke
Terry Gardner
Philip Strong
Jason Blair
Dr. Sarah Hutchens
Trina Oake

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CNIB Library

Andrew Martin, Chair                                
Betty Nobel, Past Chair                             
Kevin Burns, Honourary Treasurer              
Marcia Aronson                                        
Stephen Dawes                                        
Brenda McBride                                       
Joan Robinson                                         
Sheyfali Saujani                                      
Nancy Campbell                                       
Jean-Claude Provost

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Lake Joseph Division Board

Tim Tremain, Chair
Terry Kelly, Past Chair
Greg Dimmer
Lawrence Euteneier
Lion Ted Hughes
Steve Morson
Jim Tokos
Kristina Walgraeve

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