About Us

Our Board Members

Board Chair

Jennifer Gerdts is Chair of the Board of Directors of Food Allergy Canada. She is an independent sales and marketing consultant with a focus on strategy development, business planning and organization effectiveness. Jennifer’s sales and marketing experience began at Procter & Gamble where she spent 10 years followed more by than a decade consulting to both large and small North American companies. Jennifer has three children. Her twin boys have allergies to peanuts, tree nuts and seafood and allergic to egg and sesame.

Vice Chair

Jeff Smith is Vice Chair of Food Allergy Canada and has been on the board since 2008. He has served as a volunteer director of prominent Canadian charities since 1997, including six years on the board of Covenant House Vancouver. Trained as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, Jeff has more than 15 years of business development, finance and operations experience in the technology and aviation industries. He is currently Senior Vice President, Commercial at Axine Water Technologies, a Vancouver company with a breakthrough wastewater treatment technology.  Jeff was previously the global Vice President, Commercial at CHC Helicopters and a Global Sales Director at SAP. In 2010 he was selected by Business in Vancouver as one of Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40. His eldest of three children is at risk for anaphylaxis to peanuts.


Brian Brennan, CA is a director/Treasurer of Food Allergy Canada. Brian is the principal partner at MAX Potential, an organization dedicated to the success and development of management teams and senior executives. He is also a Chair with TEC Canada. Prior to joining the Board, he was a public speaker on behalf of Food Allergy Canada. Brian and his wife have three children, two of whom are severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts.

Corporate Secretary

Sarah Caskey is a director/Corporate Secretary of Food Allergy Canada. She holds a Ph.D. in English literature and teaches Canadian literature at the University of Toronto, focusing on the Canadian short story and the contemporary Canadian novel. Sarah completed Bachelor and Masters degrees at Trinity College, University of Toronto, and her doctorate at The University of Western Ontario. Sarah has two children, one of whom is severely allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and sesame seeds.


Phillip Haid is currently a director and Past Chair of the Board of Directors of Food Allergy Canada. Phillip is Co-founder and CEO of Public Inc., a social purpose business that creates fundraising, advocacy and volunteer engagement campaigns for social causes. Phillip has two sons with food allergies (peanuts, nuts and fish).

Barbara Mellman is a director of Food Allergy Canada. She is a lawyer who is licensed to practice law in the Province of Ontario and State of Michigan. Barbara was Senior Counsel at Manulife Financial, practicing extensively in the areas of employment and corporate law. Barbara is currently Vice President of the Board of Directors of St. Stephen’s Community House, a social service agency that serves the Toronto downtown west community. She also volunteers as a literacy mentor to young children through the “Leading to Reading” program of the Toronto Public Library.

David Ullman is a director of Food Allergy Canada. He is an associate with Minden Gross LLP and practices extensively with respect to insolvency and in particular, insolvent technology companies. David received his B.A.H. in history at Queen’s University and his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1999. David has a severe allergy to peanuts.

Mark Satov is a director of Food Allergy Canada.  He is a business advisor who works with a wide range of clients on their customer strategy through the work of his firm, SATOV Consultants.  He is a frequent commentator on mainstream business media, including BNN, CBC and The Globe and Mail, providing his views on business events and trends. Mark lives in Toronto with his family.  His eldest daughter is allergic to tree nuts.

Amy Outschoorn is a director of Food Allergy Canada. She presently works as the Director of Continuing Professional Development at the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC). In this capacity Amy is responsible for providing strategic direction and oversight to the CFPC’s MAINPRO® program, the framework, standards and guidelines for the continuing education of Canadian family physicians.  Prior to joining the CFPC in 2012, Amy worked in the fields of sales, marketing, loyalty, instructional design and learning strategy She has energetic and entertaining twin boys, both of whom are severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts.

Angela Harris is a director of Food Allergy Canada. She is currently Corporate Account Manager, Healthcare Business Solutions at Cook Medical, a privately held company based in Bloomington, Indiana. Cook Medical manufactures over 16,000 products across 13 hospital service lines, and serves 135 countries. Angela has worked in Medical and Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing for the past 15 years, after starting her career as an athletic therapist and strength coach in the Canadian Football League. Angela is a proud graduate of Mount Allison University. Prior to joining the Board, Angela became involved with Food Allergy Canada as a mentor and educator. Angela lives in Dieppe, New Brunswick with her husband Stephen and two sons. Her oldest son is allergic to dairy.