Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN)
Réseau canadien des personnes séropositives (RCPS)

An independent network for and by people living with HIV and HIV co-infections in Canada
Un réseau indépendant pour et par les personnes séropositives et avec des co-infections au Canada

The CPPN's current Board of Directors
(send the Board an email at [email protected])

» A director must be a member of the CPPN.
» Regional directors must be resident in the region they represent.
» Directors elected to a designated seat must self-identify with the community to/for which the seat is designated.

Regional Director: British Columbia
Claudette Cardinal (Treasurer)
([email protected])

Regional Director: the Prairies
Robert Bardston
([email protected])

Despite an AIDS diagnosis in 1985, Robert, a cellist in his other life, has enjoyed a status of "undetectable" for several years.  His membership in the CPPN completes a long desire for participation in an advocacy organization for and by HIV stakeholders.  It is Robert's hope that the CPPN's activities will reduce stigmatization of people living with HIV and ensure fair and equal treatment through our governmental involvement.

Regional Director: Atlantic
Michael Liddell
([email protected])

Since the late 1980’s, Michael Liddell experienced the effects of HIV on the mind, body and spirit firsthand. His reaction to the epidemic, then, was to live his life in silence. About ten years ago, Michael attended a forum for those people living with HIV and, there – for the first time, he realized the potential of self-empowerment, dialogue, knowledge transfer, and networking. He realized that he could help those living with and affected by HIV and make a difference.

Michael became a volunteer and served two terms on the Board of Directors of the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia where he was the Chair of two active committees engaged in policy and strategic planning development, as well as program evaluation. He became an active participant in various steering and advisory committees at provincial and national levels, and he engaged in peer support mentoring. Michael also volunteered, both as a participant and an advisor, for various community-based HIV research studies and presently holds a position as Community Advisor on the Blended Leadership Committee of the Atlantic Interdisciplinary Research Network for Social and Behavioural Issues in Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS (AIRN).

Director and representative for Aboriginal/Indigenous communities
Rene Boucher
([email protected])

Rene Boucher is a longtime survivor of HIV and AIDS. Being diagnosed in the early 90’s at a time when treatments were still in the experimental stage proved challenging for Rene. It was through this and other challenges that encouraged Rene to become an activist in the HIV/AIDS Movement. His latest endeavor was to help create a resolution for the Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA) for the Chiefs of Ontario which was unanimously passed in June of 2013. He also is the Chair of a group that was formed in 2011 that looks at bringing together Aboriginal People Living with HIV/AIDS from First Nations across Ontario. They have successfully held 4 Summits that look at care, treatment, support in First Nations for People Living with HIV/AIDS and their family members. 

Rene has travelled to several First Nations throughout Ontario, most of them that are only accessible by air. He’s focused his attention on advocating for the rights of People Living with HIV/AIDS and is working with his peers on helping the Chiefs of Ontario look at developing a Harm Reduction Strategy for First Nations in Ontario. He believes that if we work together on addressing Stigma and Discrimination of People Living with HIV/AIDS, and begin to recognize how stigma acts as a barrier to understanding the importance of doing education and awareness sessions in our First Nations. Only then will we begin to see a decrease in the numbers of Aboriginal People getting diagnosed with HIV and Hep C. We need to recognize that HIV affects us all in some manner. He hopes that one day we will see HIV diagnosis become a thing of the past and that support for People Living with HIV/AIDS in First Nations will greatly improve.

Director and representative for Ethnocultural and Migrant Communities
CPPN Co-Founder and Past Chair
Christian Hui
([email protected])

Christian Hui has lived with HIV since 2013. In 2010, he was diagnosed with hepatitis C for which he received a successful round of treatment in 2011. As an activist and as a positive person, the CPPN realizes a collective and personal dream that Canadians have long wished for: an independent network for and by people living with HIV and HIV co-infections, through which positive Canadians are supported as principal drivers of the country’s response to HIV and HIV co-infections. As a peer, an advocate, and a continuous learner, Christian is committed to helping mobilize communities and strengthen relationships with stakeholders locally, provincially, nationally and internationally to create a stronger movement for all people living with HIV and HIV co-infections everywhere.

Director and representative for Youth
Muluba Habanyama (Secretary)
([email protected])

Muluba Habanyama is a 24-year old HIV activist in the greater Toronto area. When she was 2 years old, it was discovered that Muluba was born HIV-positive. After losing both her parents to the virus, she felt the isolation and mental illness that can come with living with HIV. Muluba has been open with her status since and she is passionate about the wellbeing of youth living with HIV. She serves on the Boards of Directors for the Ontario HIV Treatment Network, The Teresa Group, and San Francisco's YouthTechHealth. Muluba is CANFAR's National Youth Ambassador and she is working with her British Columbia peers on YouthCo's Youth Disclosure Project. Professionally, Muluba is a journalist and uses her communications skills in her HIV work. And, whenever there is a cause or event in the HIV community Muluba work tirelessly to ensure that youth have their seat at the table.

Director and representative for
people who identify as women or girls

Deborah Norris (Co-Chair)
([email protected])

Deborah has been an activist and advocate for people living with HIV since soon after her diagnosis in 1991. She has been a member of the Boards of Directors for local, provincial and international groups of people living with HIV, and has provided peer support to people living with HIV and community education on the social/psychological issues of living with HIV - and the basics of HIV infection - since 1992. Deborah co-founded a non-profit society for women living with HIV and was its chairperson for three years. She was recognized with a Community Leadership award by HIV Edmonton and nominated for a Woman of the Year award in the City of Edmonton. Deborah looks forward to continuing to represent the voices of people living with HIV, particularly those who identify as women and girls on the CPPN’s Board of Directors.

Director At-Large
Tracey Conway (Co-Chair)
([email protected])

Director At-Large
Jim Kane
([email protected])

Jim Kane has lived with HIV for more than 30 years and is a long-time HIV activist and advocate. He has, for many years, served on the Boards of Directors for GNP+ North America, the Canadian AIDS Society, the Canadian Treatment Action Council, Nine Circles Community Health Centre, Living Positive, and the Alberta Community Council on HIV.  For his work with and on behalf of people living with HIV, and for his service to the HIV Community in Canada, Jim was an honoured recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Director and representative for
people with HIV co-infections
Colleen Price
([email protected])

Colleen Price resides in Ottawa, is trained in Psychology, Sociology and as a Social Service Worker. A survivor of trauma, addictions, hepatitis C and HIV, Colleen is a committed, experienced advocate for testing, access to treatment, care and support for people living co-infected. She also advocates that harm reduction and mental health services become part of integrated whole health care for all PHA’s. Colleen is experienced in Board work and governance, program development and delivery, research, and policy development via her work at the Canadian Treatment Action Council (CTAC) Board of Directors, as Chair of the CTAC HIV and Hepatitis C Working Group (2006-2012), and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Interagency Coalition on HIV/AIDS. She also serves the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS (OACHA) and the OHTN OCS Governance Committee and various research teams. For her work with and on behalf of people living with HIV and HIV co-infections, Colleen was an honoured recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

It is Colleen’s hope that if elected, she will develop and lead a CPPN HIV and Hepatitis Co-Infection Working group to address the challenges which persist with respect to treatment barriers, information, prevention, support, programs and policy – all problematic challenges which affect the health and well-being of co-infected individuals.

Section 4 of the CPPN's By-Law Number 1 stipulates that the Board of Directors shall be composed of fourteen (14) directors.

Vacant seats
» Regional Director: Ontario   » Regional Director: Quebec   » Director At-Large
» Regional Director: Northern, rural, or remote communities

Executive Director
Jeff Potts
[email protected]

Jeff Potts was and remains motivated by the many realities that accompanied his own HIV-positive diagnosis nearly 30 years ago; and by the changing realities that go come (and go) with life as a "long-term survivor". Prior to assuming his responsibilities for and on behalf of the CPPN, Jeff was a long-time federal public servant with focus in public and population health and holding portfolio management responsibilities specific to HIV at Health Canada, health services and health promotion at Correctional Services Canada, and disease prevention and infection control programs and services specific to viral hepatitis at the Public Health Agency of Canada. 

In addition to his role as Executive Director for the CPPN, Jeff volunteers with the AIDS Committee of Ottawa AIDS as a member of its Board of Directors and (current) Chair of its Policy Committee. Jeff's commitment to the greater involvement and meaningful engagement of people living with HIV and HIV co-infections in all things related to our health, well-being, and quality of life (evidence, policy, and practice) is unyielding. Jeff shares a point of view with Helen Keller, who once said, "I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker."

The CPPN's Board of Directors is as much a "working Board" as it is a governing body. 

Specific expectations of the Board, and roles and responsibilities, are outlined in its Terms of ReferenceUpon election or appointment, each Board member is expected to sign and adhere to the Board's "Commitment Charter", within which specific commitments, obligations, and agreements are outlined in detail.

Click here to read more about the role and responsibilities of the CPPN's Executive Director.