Ontario Blood Consultation Group (OBCG) was formerly known as the Ontario Blood Advisory Committee (OBAC) and was established in 2006 to serve as a broad-based external advisory group to the Provincial Ministry of Health (MOH) Blood Programs Office on blood system issues. Membership is representative of the various regions in Ontario and multiple disciplines within transfusion medicine (i.e. Anesthesiology, Transfusion Specialists, Hematology, Laboratory Services, Nursing and Consumers).


OBCG is mandated to provide evidence-based advice, assist with prioritization of blood related issues and setting the strategic direction for the provincial blood program; and to recommend and support implementation of effective strategies to address issues. The MOH serves as the secretariat for OBCG.


Members include:

Representation Name
Hematology, Tertiary Transfusion
Medicine Director, National Advisory
Committee on Blood and Blood Products (NAC)
Dr. Katerina Pavenski
Clinical Hematology, National Advisory Committee on Blood and Blood Products (NAC) Dr. Alan Tinmouth
Canadian Blood Services (CBS) Mr. Robert Romans
Senior Hospital Administrator Mr. Mark Hartman
Patient Vacant
Anesthesiology Dr. Daniel Bainbridge
Clinical Hematology, Pediatric Dr. Lani Lieberman
Hematopathology Dr. Lois Shepherd
Critical Care Dr. Bram Rochwerg
Nursing Ms. Donna Berta
Pathology Dr. Allison Collins
Transfusion Specialist Manager Vacant
ONTraC Steering Committee & Nurse – Patient Blood Management Ms. Laura McKenzie-Kerr
ONTraC, Hematology – Patient Blood Management Dr. John Freedman
ONTraC Ms. Alanna Howell
ORBCoN Regional Managers, Annual Rotation Ms. Wendy Owens,
Mr. Troy Thompson,
Ms. Denise Evanovitch
ORBCoN Sponsors, Annual Rotation Dr. Donnie Arnold,
Dr. Antonio Giulivi,
Dr. Jeannie Callum
MOH, ex officio Ms. Vivian Leung
MOH, ex officio Mr. Thomas Smith
MOH, ex offcio Ms. Sophie Yang