Christine Burchett

Director & Secretary / Treasurer

Christine Burchett participated in the creation of the Canadian Sepsis Foundation and presently serves as a Director and the Foundation’s Secretary / Treasurer.

Christine’s initial participation in the Foundation arose when a long-time client brought the disease to her attention.  The daughter of a life-long nurse who saw her share of tragedies and triumphs with respect to sepsis, once Christine unveiled of the breadth and depth of this imminently treatable disease and how education and information, combined, constitute one of the strongest “cures”, she was eager to participate in some fashion with others who were likewise dedicated to raising the awareness of this treatable disease and in turn helping to save the lives of loved one.

Christine possesses years of legal and commercial transaction experience, gained within national and global companies, public service environments, and as an independent consultant.  Christine currently owns and runs her own law firm in Newmarket, Ontario, with a focus in Corporate / Commercial Law, Wills & Estates and Real Estate. 
Born in Hawaii, Christine began her professional career as an electrical engineer with Boeing.  Christine successfully transitioned to a career in law and after working abroad, moved to Ontario in 1998 where she leveraged her legal and engineering experience at a global aircraft manufacturing company by successfully facilitating and leading new and used aircraft sale, lease, acquisition and associated financing transactions world-wide.

Christine holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Gonzaga University and a law degree from Seattle University School of Law.   Christine successfully pursued her license to practice law in Ontario and willingly traded a career in large corporate environments for a more balanced life working in her own law firm near her home and family.  Christine is an enthusiastic snowmobiler, a voracious reader, enjoys the practice of Aikido, and is a life-long supporter of wildlife and wildlife habitat conservation efforts.
Alison Fox-Robichaud, BSc, MSc, MD, FRCPC (Int Med, Crit Care)


Dr. Fox-Robichaud is Professor in the Division of Critical Care, Department of Medicine in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University and an Intensivist and Director of Medical Education at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS). She is the current President of the Canadian Critical Care Society and inaugural Chair of the Canadian Sepsis Foundation.

A clinician scientist in the Thrombosis and Atherosclerosis Research Institute at McMaster, Dr. Fox-Robichaud is particularly interested in the pathophysiology of sepsis and in moving laboratory research discoveries into clinical care. She is a member of the Canadian Critical Care Translational Biology Group and the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group. She currently holds a Collaborative Health Research Program grant develop a point of care device for the sepsis biomarker cell free DNA.

In addition to her clinical and research responsibilities, Dr. Fox-Robichaud is an educator and the current chair of the Critical Care Medicine examination board at the Royal ColClege of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She is particularly interested in continuing education in critical care and the improvement of crisis management skills and communication strategies. She is the recipient of a 2015 Leading Practice Award from Accreditation Canada for the integration of an electronic early warning score into HHS. This work will improve recognition of sepsis and other patient deterioration. She has over 60 peer-reviewed publications that reflect this broad engagement in academic medicine.

Thomas Heymann

advisory board member

Tom has senior business development and operating experience in the commercial and not for profit sectors. He served as Chief Operating Officer at Little Kids Rock, the country’s largest free instrumental music charity, and as Executive Director at Young Audiences New York. 

Tom has also held senior management roles at major media companies including; A&E Television Networks and Lorimar Entertainment. Tom was the first General Manager of The Biography Channel where he led the channel to six years of growth and expansion, and received an Emmy for Biography: The Google Boys. He also launched and headed A&E’s Interactive, Publishing, and Consumer Products Divisions as Sr. Vice President/General Manager.

Tom created and wrote six books with Random House concerning demographic and popular culture in the United States (On an Average Day…), the former Soviet Union and Japan. He is also the inventor of the children’s board game; The Baby Panda Game. Tom earned his MBA in Marketing from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and graduated from Northwestern University with a BS in Communication.