Our Team

Jillianne Code, Ph.D

Co-Founder & President

Dr. Jillianne Code is a two-time heart transplant recipient and heart failure survivor, assistant professor at University of British Columbia, former post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University, keynote speaker, blogger at heartfailuretoharvard.com, and passionate promoter of patient and family centred care.

Marc Bains, BBA

Co-Founder & Vice-President

Mr. Marc Bains is a heart transplant recipient diagnosed with heart failure at the age of 23, he holds a BBA in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, is an independent financial advisor and marketing consultant for startups and is extraordinarily passionate about promoting a coordinated approach to heart failure in Canada.

Sean Virani, MD, MSc, MPH, FRCPC

Medical Director, Board Member

Dr. Sean Virani is a key opinion leader for heart failure in Canada, a professor of medicine at University of British Columbia, an executive of the Canadian Heart Failure Society, provincial leader and advisor for heart failure, and is a passionate advocate for heart failure patients and healthcare transformation.

Our Support Group

The HeartLife Foundation is a patient-driven charity whose mission is to transform the quality of life for people living with heart failure by engaging, educating, and empowering a global community to create lasting solutions and build healthier lives. 

Join our Help for Hearts closed Facebook group to get support and share ideas.

Join Us & Subscribe

Have your voice heard. If you are a patient, family member or friend of someone with lived experience of heart failure or if you are a practitioner, allied health professional, not-for-profit or corporate partner, or simply a concerned citizen – Become a member – it’s free.


Women @ HeartLife

The HeartLife Foundation is proud to support the Canadian Women with Medical Heart Issues Facebook group. 

HL joins the mission of this group lead by our HeartLife Champion, Jackie to inspire and support women living with heart disease or heart failure to Live Bravely & Love Boldly every day. You are not alone!