Brad was born and raised in Barrie and attended Barrie North Collegiate, graduating top of his class and serving as valedictorian in 1984. He attended McMaster University in the Arts and Science Programme for two years before attending medical school at the University of Western Ontario in London, where he graduated cum laude in 1990. He remained in London to complete training in Internal Medicine followed by Cardiology, and then completed a six-month position as a Clinical Assistant for the Department of Cardiology at Victoria Hospital. He started his practice in Barrie in 1996, and joined the team at Southlake in 2000 where he worked in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory until 2018 when the RVH Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory opened up and he started to work in the lab there. He has a broad-based practice in clinical cardiology, with a particular interest in preventative medicine and risk factor modification. He has been the regional spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, and is often on radio and television discussing cardiovascular issues. He was the Physician Lead for the Division of Cardiology and the Clinical Director of the Cardiovascular Program at RVH from 2012 to 2017, helping to bring advanced cardiac care to the region which now includes angiograms, PCI and pacemaker implants. Outside of cardiology, he also has an interest in the climate crisis, and was appointed by the federal Minister of the Environment (the late Jim Prentice) as one of 25 members to the Sustainable Development Advisory Council, a membership he still maintains. He has written a book on the subject entitled “Comprehending the Climate Crisis” which has won awards and been endorsed by former Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield, and has received training from former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore in San Francisco in August 2012, allowing him to provide versions of Mr. Gore’s climate talk to Canadians. He now serves as a Mentor for Climate Reality Canada.
Historical examples will demonstrate how health care slowly improved in the past. However the COVID pandemic led to much more rapid change through adaptation. Now health care provides many services remotely in ways previously unheard of. Taking a cue from how the health care sector continues to think “outside the box,” the business sector can also ensure that the post-COVID world evolves in ways to help its clients without waiting for another global crisis.