Jason Rivers MD, FRCPC, FAAD, President
Dr. Rivers is a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of British Columbia, and a past director of the dermatology residency training program there. He practices medical and cosmetic dermatology at Pacific Dermaesthetics in Vancouver, BC.
Dr. Rivers has been involved in spearheading Canadian public education programs on skin issues for more than 20 years. He is a former national director of the Canadian Dermatology Association’s Sun Awareness and Skin Cancer Prevention Program and continues to serve as Regional Director.
The author of more than 135 articles and book chapters, Dr. Rivers is also editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, the official publication of the Canadian Dermatology Association.
Conflict of Interest statement: Founder, Riversol Skincare. Consultant, speaker or investigator for Allergan, Almirall, Cutera, Galderma, Leo, Merz, Valeant.
Having been involved in public education for almost 25 years, I realize the need to have an organization that can help to disseminate high quality information to those who suffer with acne and rosacea with the society’s ultimate goal being the improvement in these individuals’ quality of life.
The formation of the society comes at a pivotal time when new treatment options are emerging for diseases that have a major negative impact on a person’s self esteem.
Sue Sherlock Chair and Executive Director
Sue is a senior health communications expert with more than two decades experience in the not for profit sector creating and executing public health education and awareness programs that improve lives.
Much of Sue’s career has been spent working with dermatologists to raise awareness among Canadians about skin cancer.
Sue was awarded a Gold Triangle for Excellence in Public Education on Dermatology Issues by the American Academy of Dermatology and received the Public Education Award from the Canadian Dermatology Association.
While writing about acne and rosacea, I discovered that despite being really common conditions, it’s hard for Canadians to find factual, independent and reputable information on these conditions. There are lots of myths and misinformation out there making it hard for people seeking improvement.
Seeing a need for education —and finding a group of Canadian dermatologists who were equally passionate about raising awareness about these conditions — the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada came in being.
Kim Jonat BSc, BEd, MEd, Director
Kim is an educator who has worked in secondary schools for the past thirteen years. She taught science and math before becoming a school administrator. She earned her Masters in Education in Educational Administration and Leadership at the University of British Columbia.
Kim firmly believes that it takes the care and compassion of family and community to raise healthy, happy youth. She has a strong interest in social-emotional learning and community involvement.