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.

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.

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.