Board of directors
Jack Davis, MA
Since 2008 Jack has acted as an advisor to CEOs and corporations on leadership and strategy. Jack has a long history of leadership in health care and the public sector having served as the President and CEO of the Calgary Health Region for over eight years and as a Deputy Minister in the province of Alberta for five separate ministries over a ten year period.
In addition to being Pure North S’Energy Foundation’s Board Chair, Jack currently serves on a number of boards including the Boards of Directors of Teranet Inc., CBI Health Group and LifeLabs Inc., as a Director of the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships and a member of the Board of Governors of Banff Centre, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Sinneave Family Foundation and as a member of the Selection Committee for the Trudeau Foundation Mentor Program.
Allan Markin, OC, AEO, BSc, P.Eng
Founder and Chief Accountability Officer
Allan Markin is the Founder and Chief Accountability Officer of the Pure North S’Energy Foundation. He is also a well-known Calgarian, philanthropist and co-founder of Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL). Pure North grew out of an employee wellness program that was provided to employees of CNRL. His efforts to ensure an optimal health environment for his workers and their families led to his recognition of the role that vitamins and other nutrients play in their health and welfare. It didn’t take long for him to realize the impact these services could have on a larger population, that’s why Allan created the Pure North S’Energy Foundation in 2007.
Allan’s presence is reflected in Pure North’s research driven core, the ambition to create significant government policy change and the motivation for everyone to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Pure North’s goal is to prevent chronic disease using research based nutrients.
James A Stone, BPHE, BA, MSc, M.D., PhD, FRCPC, FAACVPR, FACC
James Stone is currently a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Calgary and the Associate Director of Research at the TotalCardiology Cardiac Rehabilitation and Risk Reduction Program in Calgary. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.
Dr. Stone holds undergraduate degrees in Physical and Health Education, Biology and Medicine from Queen’s University, a Master’s of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and a Ph.D. in Cardiovascular Physiology. He has completed Royal College fellowships in both Internal Medicine and Cardiology and is a Fellow of the American Association of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and the American College of Cardiology.
Ronald E. Hunninghake, MD
Ron Hunninghake graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1976. Board certified in Family Medicine, his early practice years reflected a conventional perspective seeking a wellness expression. All through medical school he had annoyed his professors with a burning question: “When will we learn more about health?”
His quest for a new paradigm of true health care was fulfilled in his association with Dr. Hugh Riordan which began in 1989. Dr. Riordan’s synthesis of patient as co-learner, his detective approach to identifying root causes rather than simply treating symptoms, and his own passion to find orthomolecular treatments resonated with Dr. Ron’s original insight of using health as the ultimate antidote for chronic disease.
With Dr. Riordan’s untimely passing in 2005, Dr. Ron was appointed Chief Medical Officer of what is now the Riordan Clinic. In the challenging years that followed, he advanced the scope and vision of the clinic, inspiring staff and patients as co-learners to take better care of themselves, form new and sustainable habits of health, and to assume greater responsibility for their own health care.
Serving as “the face of the Riordan Clinic,” Dr. Ron drew upon a vast array of its original orthomolecular research to eloquently present Riordan’s message of hope to audiences in Japan, Spain, the Netherlands, Canada and Mexico, as well as extensively in the United States. He hosted his third IV Vitamin C and Cancer Symposium in 2012, gathering doctors from all over the world to lead a new generation of orthomolecular researchers and clinicians.
David T. Lynch, PhD
David Lynch was born in the coal-mining village of Minto, New Brunswick, studied Chemical Engineering (UNB), and completed a PhD in 1982 (University of Alberta).
Under Dr. Lynch’s leadership as Dean of Engineering at the University of Alberta from 1994 to 2015, the total engineering undergraduate and graduate student enrolments more than doubled to over 6,000 students, over 280 professors were hired, over 50 endowed and industrial Chair positions were established, research funding increased from $6 million/year to over $65 million/year, and five new buildings were constructed along with a major renovation that have provided 1.5 million sq.ft. of new and renewed space for engineering research and education.
Dr. Lynch led the establishment of several major initiatives including the National Institute for Nanotechnology, the Imperial Oil Institute for Oil Sands Innovation, the Canadian Centre for Clean Coal/Carbon and Mineral Processing Technologies, the Hole School for Construction Engineering, and the Nasseri School of Building Science and Engineering.
David Lynch has received awards for his teaching, research and leadership including a Humboldt Research Fellowship, the AC Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Alberta Chamber of Resources “Resource Person of the Year”.
David Warwick, DDS
Fellow International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
Dr. Warwick graduated from Hanna High School in 1977, he went on to attend Red Deer College for two years, then attended the University of Alberta Dental Program graduating with a Bachelor of Science and a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1983. As someone who is deeply rooted in family values, it’s not surprising that Dr. Warwick’s wife, Heather, works with him as a hygienist in the office as well as his oldest daughter, Robin Warwick (DDS), and his youngest son Kevin who is a certified dental lab technician. Dr. Warwick has worked with his oldest son Tim Warwick N.D. on the oral pathology-systemic disease connection. Sarah Warwick, Dr. Warwick’s younger daughter has been involved in the promotion and administration of the practice. Today, Dr. Warwick practices dentistry and treats close to 8,000 patients in this underserved corner of southeastern Alberta. His philosophy on dentistry takes into consideration the impact dental health, dental materials, and dental procedures have on overall general health. His dental treatment options are based on current science-based evidence, and he shares information with his patients, so they can make educated decisions about their oral and overall wellness.
Some of Dr. Warwick’s achievements include: assisting in the Philippines’ phase-out of mercury in dentistry; presenting at the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant in Edinburgh, Scotland; presenting the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2013 and then in 2014 presented the TAP in Brasilia, Nova Friburgo, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro Brazil; participating at the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology’s presence at the final United Nations meetings in Uruguay (2012) and Geneva (2013), which helped design the final draft of the recently ratified treaty on controlling mercury in the environment; and being instrumental in the removal of fluoride in the Henry Kroeger Regional Water Services Commission water supply and participating in regulatory negotiations for fluoride removal from Hanna and Calgary Alberta Water Supplies. He is also currently working on two papers on the subject of safe handling of dental mercury.
When asked recently about what wisdom he could share with fellow dentists, Dr. Warwick stated, “One of the most valuable qualities any person can have is ‘generous listening’. In a world of three second sound bites, I believe the art [of listening] is being lost, but if reestablished, will pay dividends in everyone’s life.”
Terrence J. Downey, PhD
Terrence J. Downey, PhD, is a Professor of Political Studies and President of St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan. He is President Emeritus of St, Mary’s University, Calgary, and a former Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo. He is an award winning professor whose areas of academic expertise include public policy and administration, and Canadian political economy.
Wendy Paramchuk, MSc
Wendy Paramchuk is the Executive Director at Pure North S’Energy Foundation. Pure North is a nonprofit foundation working to promote preventative health and wellness through the use of nutritional supplements, optimizing vitamin D, and providing lifestyle advice.
Ms. Paramchuk received her Master of Science Degree in Molecular Biology from the department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary in 1997. After graduating, Ms. Paramchuk spent 11 years in a Bio-medical Engineering lab at the University of Calgary (Pharmaceutical Production Research Facility – PPRF). In 2011 she began her journey with Pure North, taking on the role of Executive Director.
In her experience at Pure North, Ms. Paramchuk has exhibited great leadership, spearheading projects to develop Pure North’s research initiatives while ensuring the integrity of the foundations services to all clients. Ms. Paramchuk is passionate about health and whole body wellness. Her dedication to lifelong wellness and vitality serves as inspiration to the foundation, providing Pure North’s initiatives with thoughtful guidance, and the focus to bring preventative wellness to Canadians.
Michael J. Flatters, BL, LLB
Michael is a partner at Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer (“BD&P”), where he practices in the Tax group, with particular emphasis on the income tax and excise aspects of domestic and international corporate reorganizations, financings and commercial transactions. He also advises on corporate compensation plans, the registration and operation of registered pension plans and charities and on trust and litigation matters.
Michael’s practice includes the area of Aboriginal Law, where he has extensive experience in tax planning associated with the negotiation and implementation of comprehensive land claim agreements, impacts and benefits agreements and commercial business ventures involving aboriginal participants. He has participated in the negotiation and drafting of the taxation and finance chapters of significant aboriginal land claims agreements with the Government of Canada.
Michael has been named a leading tax lawyer in Canada in Best Lawyers in Canada, 2013-2015 and is a frequent presenter at the Canadian Tax Foundation conferences. He is a former editor of the Taxation and Financing of Aboriginal Businesses in Canada.