Management Team

Denis Bourguignon

Denis Bourguignon

Chief Financial Officer

Denis Bourguignon has a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours Accounting degree, from the University of Ottawa, a Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University and has been a professional accountant for over 15 years. He served as CFO of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada and also sat on the board of directors of the Certified General Accountants (CGA) Ontario (Ottawa Chapter) for seven years and The Foundation for the Study of Processes of Government in Canada for five years. Bourguignon was the recipient of the CGA Ontario Distinguished Service Award in 2006 and the CGA Ottawa Chapter Distinguished Award in 2009.

Danielle Claus

Danielle Claus

Executive Director

Danielle Claus joined SEAMO in 2011 after serving as interim Director of Integrated Cancer Screening at Cancer Care Ontario. She has over 20 years of experience in the health care sector and has worked at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), as well as several other agencies, including Public Health Ontario and the Mississauga-Halton District Health Council. As a hospital consultant with the MOHLTC, Claus worked with hospitals in Southeastern Ontario, taking them through the early stages of restructuring. Claus holds a Masters of Public Administration from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Jane Philpott

Dr. Jane Philpott

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Jane Philpott is the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University. Jane has significant experience in medical administration, having served as Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She was a family physician for 30 years and spent the first decade of her career in Niger, West Africa.  From 2015 to 2019 she served as federal Minister of Health, Minister of Indigenous Services, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government. Recently, Dr. Philpott has been appointed as the Ministers' Special Advisor for the Ontario Health Data Platform.  

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Dr. Stephen Vanner

Medical Director (acting)

Dr. Vanner received a undergraduate degree in Life Sciences and a concurrent MD and MSc degree from Queen’s University. After completing his Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology training at Queen’s and he carried out post doctoral research training in enteric neurophysiology at the Vollum Institute in Portland, Oregon. Since returning to Queen’s University in 1991 he has been an attending staff in Gastroenterology at the Kingston General and Hotel Dieu Hospitals and cares for patients with gastrointestinal disorders in both the inpatient and outpatient departments. He performs a full range of endoscopic procedures including ERCP. He has subspecialty expertise in gastrointestinal motility disorders involving the lower GI tract including the small intestine, colon and anorectum and is director of the anorectal motility laboratory. He has an established translational research program that examines mechanisms underlying pain signaling and motility in the gastrointestinal tract.