SPOR National Steering Committee

Co-chair – Dr. Robert S. Bell
Deputy Minister
Health and Long-Term Care
Government of Ontario
Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Robert Bell was appointed Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Government of Ontario, in June 2014. Prior to this role, he served as President and CEO of University Health Network (UHN) in June 2005. An internationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon, health care executive, clinician-scientist, and educator, Dr. Bell brought more than 20 years of experience in academic health care to leadership of Canada's largest research hospital.

Dr. Bell served as Chief Operating Officer of UHN's Princess Margaret Hospital, where he was responsible for leading Canada's largest comprehensive cancer centre, from 2000 to 2005. During this time, he also served as Regional Vice President and Chair of the Clinical Council of Cancer Care Ontario for two years. During his career as a clinician-scientist at the University of Toronto, Dr. Bell received more than five million dollars in peer reviewed funding and published more than 170 peer-reviewed papers.

Dr. Bell earned a Doctor of Medicine from McGill University in 1975 and a Master's of Science from the University of Toronto in 1981. He completed a Fellowship in Orthopaedic Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University in 1985. In 2005, he participated in the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Dr. Bell is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Co-chair – Dr. Alain Beaudet
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Alain Beaudet, MD, PhD, is the President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). As President, Dr. Beaudet acts both as Chair of the Governing Council and Chief Executive Officer of CIHR. Before joining CIHR in July 2008, Dr. Beaudet was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ), a position held since 2004.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Beaudet built a distinguished career at the world-renowned Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI). He headed the MNI's functional neuroanatomy laboratory, pursuing basic research into the action mechanisms and role of neuropeptides in the central nervous system, the control of intracellular receptor trafficking and its involvement in neuron signalling and new pain therapies. From 1985 to 1992, Dr. Beaudet was associate director (research) at the MNI. He has also taught in McGill University's Neurology-Neurosurgery and Anatomy-Cell Biology departments. Dr. Beaudet has written more than 175 original articles and some 40 monographs and book chapters.

Dr. Beaudet earned a medical degree and a PhD in neuroscience from the Université de Montréal. He did postdoctoral training at the Centre d'études nucléaires in Saclay, France and the University of Zurich's Brain Research Institute in Switzerland.

Mr. Bruce Cooper
Deputy Minister
Department of Health and Community Services
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
St. John's, NL

Mr. Bruce Cooper is the Deputy Minister in the Department of Health and Community Services with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Prior to his current role, Mr. Cooper held several other senior executive leadership positions in the public, health and non-profit sectors including Assistant Deputy Minister roles in the Province's Labour Relations Agency, Departments of Child, Youth and Family Services and Health and Community Services. He is also a former Executive Director with Health and Community Services – St. John's Region, and Executive Director and Registrar of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers.

Mr. Cooper holds a Bachelor and Master's of Social Work from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Dr. Louis Couture
Sous-ministre adjoint
Direction générale des services de santé et médecine universitaire (DGSSMU)
Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux

Ms. Debbie DeLancey
Deputy Minister
Health and Social Services
Government of Northwest Territories
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Ms. Clara Evalik
Executive Director, Kitikmeot Region
Department of Health and Social Services
Government of Nunavut
Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

Ms. Clara Evalik is from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, located on Victoria Island on the 69th parallel in Canada's North where she lives with her spouse, 4 daughters, 1 son, and 6 grandchildren. She is presently the Kitikmeot Regional Executive Director of Health and Social Services with the Government of Nunavut.

Clara brings with her 21 years of senior management experience in the following areas: policy development, business planning, implementation of Nunavut and community programs and services, legislation development, and human resources management. She was also appointed to sit as a Commissioner with the Nunavut Implementation Commission from 1995 to 1999. She has been elected as a board member of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association and Pauktuutit of Canada (Inuit Women's Association), and recently as the Chair for a 4-year term of the Ottawa based Nunavut Sivuniksavut Training Program, which is geared to Canada's Inuit young students.

Ms. Evalik is Inuk. She is the voice and an advocate for her fellow Inuit and community people, and the Kitikmeot Region.

Dr. Paul C. Hébert
Physician-in-Chief, Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM)
Senior Scientist, Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montreal (CRCHUM)
Full Professor, Department of Medicine, Université de Montréal
Montreal, Québec

Dr. Paul C. Hébert is a Senior Scientist at the Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montreal (CRCHUM) and currently Full Professor in the Department of Medicine of the Université de Montréal. He is also Physician-in-Chief at the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM). Prior to this, he was a Critical Care Physician at The Ottawa Hospital and a Senior Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI). He also held the rank of Full Professor in the Department of Medicine (Critical Care) at the University of Ottawa, with cross-appointments to the Departments of Anesthesiology, Surgery as well as Epidemiology and Community Medicine.

During his 18 years on Faculty at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Hébert established the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the General Campus of The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa Centre for Transfusion Research. In his role as Vice-Chair of Research from 2003 to 2007, he was responsible for the overall strategic direction of research for the University's Department of Medicine. From 2007 to 2011, Dr. Hébert served as Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). Concurrently, from 2008 to 2010, he acted as strategic lead and first Executive Director of the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Dr. Hébert has served as Principal and/or Co-Investigator of 48 externally funded, peer-reviewed research projects (with a combined grant value in excess of $33 million) and has close to 250 peer-reviewed scientific publications to his name. Based on his many accomplishments, Dr. Hébert was elected to Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in June 2010.

Mr. Simon Kennedy

Simon Kennedy was named Deputy Minister of Health effective January 21, 2015.

Previously, he served as the Deputy Minister of International Trade and Canada's G-20 Sherpa. He oversaw the Trade Portfolio through one of the most productive periods in the history of Canadian trade negotiations. During his tenure, negotiations were successfully concluded on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. Negotiations were also concluded on the Canada-South Korea Free Trade Agreement, Canada's first free trade agreement in Asia, and the treaty brought into force.

Prior to his assignment at International Trade, Mr. Kennedy served as the Senior Associate Deputy Minister at Industry Canada from September 2010 to November 2012. One of his key responsibilities was to administer Canada's foreign investment review regime. For almost a year during this period, Mr. Kennedy was also the Prime Minister's representative on the Canada-U.S. Beyond the Border Working Group. In this role, he led the negotiation with the White House of the Canada-U.S. Action Plan for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness, announced by the Prime Minister and President Obama in December 2011.

Mr. Kennedy began his career with the public service in 1990, serving in a variety of progressively senior roles at Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He also held several senior positions at the Privy Council Office, the department supporting the Prime Minister, in the 1990s and 2000s. These most recently included two deputy-level appointments: Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for Operations (2008-2010) and Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet for Plans and Consultation (2007-2008).

Mr. Kennedy holds a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Master of Science in Communications Management from Syracuse University. He is a graduate of INSEAD's Advanced Management Programme. Mr. Kennedy also holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors

Ms. Anne Lyddiatt
National Trainer
Patient Partners in Arthritis Program
Ingersoll, Ontario

Ms. Anne Lyddiatt's work experience in nursing was primarily in the areas of administration, education and community health. A diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis necessitated leaving the work force but once her disease was under control, she became active in volunteer activities.

Fifteen years ago, Ms. Lyddiatt joined a volunteer program, Patient Partners in Arthritis. In this program, she was trained in basic clinical musculoskeletal examination skills to a level enabling her to lead educational sessions with medical students, residents and health care professionals within the medical school curriculum and CME (continuing medical education) events. Her involvement in the program evolved and, for the past twelve years, Anne has been the national trainer. Twelve Canadian medical schools include the program in their curriculum, so her duties also involve maintaining standardization of the program and ensuring resources and training are up to date.

Anne has served on and continues to serve on various groups and boards to help in the development of self-management guidelines and tools for chronic disease management, at both the patient and professional level.

Dr. Barry A. McLellan
President and Chief Executive Officer
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Barry McLellan is the President and CEO of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. In this role, he provides leadership for one of Canada's largest academic health sciences centres. Each year, the hospital conducts extensive research, provides educational opportunities for 2,000 students and cares for one million patients. The hospital provides a broad range of tertiary regional programs and services including specialties in cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, high-risk obstetrics and gynaecology, orthopaedic and arthritic conditions, trauma and critical care, and community care. In addition, Sunnybrook is Canada's largest facility caring for the country's war veterans.

Prior to his position as President and CEO at Sunnybrook, Dr. McLellan was the Chief Coroner for Ontario. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a Medical Doctorate in 1981 and subsequently trained in emergency medicine, receiving a Fellowship in 1985 (Specialist in Emergency Medicine). He was the Director of the Trauma Program and Vice President of Specialty Services at Sunnybrook. He also served as Director of the hospital's Emergency Department, Base Hospital Program (paramedic program) and Trauma Research.

Dr. McLellan is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He has published more than 60 scientific papers, written a textbook on trauma care and lectured extensively, including international presentations in the fields of trauma care and forensic investigation.

Dr. W. Robert McMaster
Vice-President Research, Vancouver Coastal Health
Executive Director, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia

Dr. Robert McMaster received a Bachelor and Master of Science from the University of British Columbia UBC) that was followed by a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. His research interests are in the areas of molecular immunology, parasitology and transplant immunology. He is co-lead on a multi-million initiative "Biomarkers in Transplantation" with funding from Genome Canada/Genome BC and the Prevention of Organ Failure (PROOF) Centre of Excellence.

He is actively involved with national and international granting agencies including the World Health Organization, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research where he serves as the Scientific Officer for the Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Peer Review Grant Committee, and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, having served as Chair of the Research Advisory Council.

Dr. McMaster is a Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics and was Head of the Department, from 2000 to 2010. He also served as Director of the Immunity and Infection Research Centre at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI), and Director of Transplant Immunology for British Columbia Transplant. He recently was appointed as Executive Director, VCHRI, and Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Medicine, UBC.

Dr. Brian Postl
Dean, Faculty of Medicine
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Dr. Brian Postl's five-year term as Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba began in July 2010. He is a graduate of the University of Manitoba. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1976 and the Royal College Fellowship in Community Medicine and in Pediatrics in 1981 and 1982, respectively. He was the founding president and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), a position he held for ten years.

Dr. Postl has served as head of Pediatrics and Child Health and of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He has also served as director of the J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit and Division of Community and Northern Medicine, and as director of the Faculty of Medicine's community medical residency program.

His research, published works and professional involvement focus on Aboriginal child health, circumpolar health and human resource planning. His contributions in these areas, combined with his experience as a visiting pediatrician to communities in northern Manitoba and Nunavut, contributed to him earning the Canadian Association of Pediatric Health Centre's Child Health Award of Distinction in 2006 and the Inter-Provincial Association on Native Employment's Champion of Aboriginal Employment award in 2007. Dr. Postl serves on a number of committees and boards of provincial and national associations, foundations, institutes and other organizations.

Dr. Norman D. Rosenblum
Pediatric Nephrologist, Senior Scientist, and Professor
The Hospital for Sick Children
Associate Dean, Physician Scientist Training, University of Toronto
Canada Research Chair, Developmental Nephrology
Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Norman Rosenblum is a clinician scientist trained in Paediatric Nephrology and experimental nephrology. Since joining the Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto in 1993, Norman has established a research program in kidney development within the Program in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology at SickKids and the University of Toronto Collaborative Program in Developmental Biology.

His research is focused on genetic and molecular mechanisms that control normal and disrupted mammalian renal development and clinical outcomes in affected humans. Support for this work is provided via grants from the Kidney Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canada Research Chairs program.

Dr. Rosenblum has a major interest in the education and career development of clinician scientists at an individual and programmatic level. As Associate Dean, Physician Scientist Training in the Faculty of Medicine, Norman directs the MD-PhD program, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Clinician Investigator Program and serves as Associate Director (Education) of the McLaughlin Centre for Molecular Medicine. Dr. Rosenblum played a leading role in the founding of the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP), an interdisciplinary training program aimed at generating the next generation of Clinician-Scientists in the field of child health in Canada, and has acted as Principal Investigator of the CCHCSP since its inception.

Mr. Marcel Saulnier
Director General, Policy Coordination and Planning Directorate
Strategic Policy Branch
Health Canada

Marcel Saulnier is the Director General of the Policy Coordination and Planning Directorate, Strategic Policy Branch at Health Canada. His career has included policy leadership positions at the Canadian Medical Association, the Prime Minister's Office, Finance Canada, the National Forum on Health and Health and Welfare Canada. Marcel has a master's degree in Economics from the University of Montreal. He has wide-ranging interests in public policy, has written on a number of health policy topics and is a longstanding member of the Board of the Canadian Association of Health Services and Policy Research. Marcel grew up in an Acadian community in south-west Nova Scotia and resides in Ottawa with his wife and three children.

Mr. Yves Savoie
President & Chief Executive Officer
MS Society of Canada
Toronto, Ontario

As someone with more than 25 years’ experience in the charitable sector, I’m a passionate advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities in our community. Multiple sclerosis has touched several people in my life, including close friends and members of my extended family. It’s the stories of people living with MS that inspire me every day in my work.

I have an MA of Management from McGill University, an MBA from Concordia and a BA from the University of Toronto. I’ve spent 17 years as a CEO and have been honoured to lead the MS Society since 2007. I’m a coach and mentor to others working in our business, and a political junkie who is very proud to live in the best country in the world. I’m passionate about the important role governments need to play to make Canada a place where people with disabilities are truly part of the community.

I sit on the boards of the MS Scientific Research Foundation and the MS International Federation and have the privilege of being involved in shaping the agenda for MS research. I am really thrilled about the global commitment to accelerate the development of therapies for people with progressive MS.

I am very proud to be Acadian. I grew up in Campbellton, NB, and it’s only when I travelled to Vancouver Island to attend the Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific that I became fully bilingual.

Dr. Joe V. Selby
Executive Director
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Washington, DC

Dr. Bonnie Stevens
Professor, Faculties of Nursing and Medicine, University of Toronto
Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing Research, Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Bonnie Stevens (RN, PhD) is a Professor in the Lawrence S Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and the Signy Hildur Eaton Chair in Paediatric Nursing Research, Associate Chief Nursing Research and a Senior Scientist in the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children. She is also the Director of the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain, the Co-Director of the Pain Centre at the Hospital for Sick Children, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Dr. Stevens held a Career Scientist Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Premier's Research Excellence Award from the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology. She has received the Mary Ellen Jeans Lectureship Award from the Canadian Pain Society, the Mayday Pain & Society Fellowship, and the American Pain Society's Jeffrey Lawson Award for Advocacy in Children's Pain Relief. Her research is focused on the assessment and management of pain in infants and children, the evaluation of pediatric health services delivery models, and the effectiveness of knowledge translation strategies. She is currently the PI of the CIHR Team in Children's Pain.

Dr. Stevens has over 200 published papers and abstracts and is the co-editor of the 2007 book "Pain in Neonates and Infants" (Elsevier) and the upcoming "Oxford Textbook of Pain in Children".

Mr. Allan Stordy
President & Chief Executive Officer
Arete Human Resources Inc.
Calgary, Alberta


Dr. Jane E. Aubin
Chief Scientific Officer and Vice-President
Research and Knowledge Translation
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Ottawa, Ontario

As Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Jane E. Aubin oversees scientific affairs at CIHR and provides expert advice on matters relevant to science and technology, potential opportunities and emerging orientations and trends in the national and international health research community. As Vice-President, Research and Knowledge Translation Portfolio, she is also responsible for all aspects of adjudication of grants and awards at CIHR, and finally, as a member of the Science Council, she participates in the development, implementation and reporting on CIHR's research and knowledge translation strategy.

Dr. Aubin is currently a member of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, where she is Professor of Molecular Genetics and the Director of the Bone Program in the Centre for Modeling Human Disease. She has been Scientific Director and CEO of the Canadian Arthritis Network of Centres of Excellence and, for the past four years, Scientific Director of CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA). During her time as Scientific Director of IMHA, Dr. Aubin has shown outstanding leadership qualities and an unwavering commitment to working with others to improve the health and quality of life of patients with arthritis, musculoskeletal, oral and skin conditions.

Dr. Aubin received a B.Sc. (Hons) Chemistry and Mathematics and the Gold Medal in Chemistry at Queen's University in Kingston. She then completed her Ph.D. in Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. She later did her postdoctoral training in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Goettingen, Germany.

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