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About the Certification Program

The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program, administered by the Asthma Canada in partnership with the international research organization Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), is an independent program created to scientifically test and identify consumer products that are more suitable for people with asthma and allergies.

Asthma Canada Logo Final ENAbout Asthma Canada

Asthma Canada is a nationally registered, voluntary health organization with over 30 years strong reputation of providing accredited asthma management services to Canadians.

We provide evidence-based, market-tested and age-appropriate asthma counseling, information and self management education programs. Asthma Canada is the only agency focused exclusively on defending the best interests of Canadians living with asthma.

We are dedicated to ensuring that every Canadian diagnosed with asthma and associated allergies, enjoys an active, asthma managed life. www.asthma.ca

allergy standards logoAbout Allergy Standards Limited

Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) is a physician led global certification company that prepares independent standards for testing a wide range of products to determine their suitability for asthma and allergy patients. ASL’s management team possesses specialist skills in a variety of medical fields including asthma and other allergic diseases. For more information please visit www.allergystandards.com

Canada Certification Program Team

Vanessa Foran, President & CEOVanessa Foran
President & CEO

Vanessa Foran joins Asthma Canada as President and CEO, bringing with her more than 20 years’ experience as an NGO leader working with patient groups such as the Canadian Diabetes Association and the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario. Most recently, she served Parkinson Society Canada as Vice President of Public Affairs and National Programs, overseeing public policy, research, and education and support services for people affected by Parkinson’s. She has also participated in numerous advocacy initiatives working with the Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness, the Canadian Caregiver Coalition, Best-Medicines Coalition and in 2015 Chaired the Health Charities Coalition of Canada’s Public Policy and Advocacy Committee, where she played a pivotal role assisting HCCC with their position on Access to Medicines.

Vanessa is a Certified Association Executive, has a degree in Biomedical Ethics from the University of Toronto, a graduate-certificate in public relations from Ryerson and is currently enrolled in an MSc in Public Policy and Management at the University of London in the UK. She lives with her husband and two teenage daughters. Her eldest has lived with Asthma from a very young age, providing Vanessa with direct experience and a passion to improve the lives of Canadians affected by this chronic disease.


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Program Executive and office Manager

Zhen Liu has been serving the Asthma Canada since 2007, as Program Executive and Office/IT Support Specialist.

If you would like to contact Zhen please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..