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The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is committed to making a difference in Northern Ontario and beyond by providing access to a community-engaged medical education and undertaking/leading innovative research.

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The Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) is evidence that when our communities pull together, Northern solutions to Northern issues can materialize.

Our vision is to provide excellence in health sciences and medical education, research and service in, of, and for Northern Ontario.  The School values, among many qualities, a passion for living in, working in, and serving Northern and rural communities.

Meet the Advancement Team

Photo of NOSM's Advancement Manager, Gail BresciaGail Brescia

Gail is the Advancement Manager for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM).  The Advancement unit has the responsibility for Fundraising, Alumni and Community Relations.  Gail obtained her Canadian Fundraising Executive certification (CFRE) in December 2013.  Gail is one of only three fundraising professionals in Thunder Bay with this professional designation.  This year she celebrates her 11th anniversary with NOSM.  Gail is an alumni of Lakehead University. A very active community member she is a Past President of the Lakehead Rotary Club in Thunder Bay and currently serving on the District Grants Committee, a Paul Harris Fellow, Past President of Leadership Thunder Bay, Chair of the Legacy Giving Thunder Bay Partnership, Chair of the Breast Cancer Support Group, and a member of the Dragons of Hope Dragon Boat team.  This summer Gail will be participating in the International Dragon Boat Festival in Florence Italy.  Gail offers her experience and knowledge of event planning and fundraising to many community organizations including ALS and the Regional Food Distribution Centre.

Photo of Katie Biasiol, NOSM's Advancement CoordinatorKatie Biasiol

Katie is the Advancement Coordinator for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). Working closely with the Manager of Advancement and Advancement Officer to coordinate and facilitate the growth of financial support, the development and implementation of cultivation and stewardship activities for NOSM.   This will be Katie’s 10th year at NOSM and 9th in the Advancement Office.


Photo of Julie Houle, NOSM's Advancement OfficerJulie Houle

Julie joined the Advancement team at NOSM in February 2018 as the Advancement Officer. Prior to joining the School of Medicine team, Julie occupied several roles in the Development Office at Laurentian University.  Her primary responsibilities as Advancement Officer include alumni relations, annual giving and major gifts. Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and littérature française from Laurentian University and is a proud Franco-Ontarien.  Julie is passionate about music and Northern Ontario and is the Secretary of the Northern Lights Festival Boreal Board.

Contact Information

Gail Brescia
Manager, Advancement
Tel: 807-766-7433
Fax: 807-766-7370

Katie Biasiol
Advancement Coordinator
Tel: 807-766-7424
Fax: 807-766-7370

Julie Houle
Advancement Officer
Tel: 705-662-7154