Patrick Cupido


At-large director

Patrick Cupido was previously on CATIE’s board from 1998 to 2007 and from 2010 to 2018, including 10 years as chair and six years as treasurer. In those roles, he led the organization through a number of changes in structure and governance, including transitioning to a national organization and adopting new incorporation documents and governance policies.

Patrick served for 13 years on the Ontario HIV Treatment Network Cohort Study Governance Committee (OCS-GC). He had previously served on the OHTN’s HIV Information Infrastructure Project Advisory Committee. It was largely due to this experience that he was appointed to the Canadian HIV Trials Network’s Community Advisory Committee for five years, where, as on the OCS-GC, he contributed to community oversight of HIV research.

As a volunteer and then board member of the Canadian Treatment Action Council, Patrick took a particular interest in CTAC’s work in post-approval surveillance of HIV treatments. He co-chaired the advisory committee that oversaw a community-based research project in this area, led the dissemination of results to community, and authored or co-authored a number of conference presentations. His experience in this area led to his appointment to Health Canada’s Expert Advisory Committee on the Vigilance of Health Products.

Patrick has a further history of involvement in the community-based HIV movement dating back to when he learned he was HIV-positive in 1989, including serving as executive director of the AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area and as treasurer of Fife House Foundation and the Ontario AIDS Network. In many of his roles he has made usae of the managerial and financial skills that he gained through his business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and his employment at the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario. He has advised several not-for-profit organizations in financial literacy and governance issues. In 2004, he was inducted into the Ontario AIDS Network Honour Roll in recognition of his long-term commitment to the community-based HIV movement. 

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