Our Leadership

Learn more about our leadership team by reading the sections below. 

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Stirling Bryan, Scientific Director


Dr. Stirling Bryan develops and oversees the Unit’s methods clusters and leads the planning and implementation of science-related aspects of all Unit operations, including the Provincial Hub’s services and the regional centres. Additionally, Stirling is Director of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation (C2E2), and professor in the School of Population & Public Health at UBC. In 2005/2006, he was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy, based at Stanford University. He chairs both the Advisory Board for CIHR’s Institute for Health Services & Policy Research and CADTH’s Health Technology Expert Review Panel.

In addition, Stirling is a member of the Editorial Board of Health Economics, a journal for which he is also an Associate Editor. Stirling’s research interests span the areas of economic evaluation and health technology assessment from applied and methodological perspectives, including preference elicitation and outcome measurement, and the use of economic analyses in decision-making.

Minnie Downey, Executive Director


Minnie Downey provides operational leadership of the BC SUPPORT Unit and oversees the implementation of the Unit’s business plan. In her most recent position with the Fraser Health Authority, she worked in the strategic projects division of the Office of the CEO. In this role, she championed Community Action and Resources Empowering Seniors (CARES), a collaborative project that spanned BC and Nova Scotia and proactively engaged with seniors to delay or reverse frailty. Previously, she was program director for Fraser Health’s Cardiac Services, providing leadership for the development and execution of services across the health authority’s 13 facilities and community programs. This work led her to receive the 2015 Golden Apple Innovation award from the Health Employers Association of BC for her leadership in the regionalization and standardization of the Implantable Cardiac Electrical Devices (ICED) project.

Minnie holds a Master of Arts in Health Leadership from Royal Roads University, Bachelor degrees in Technology and Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology Science from the College of the North Atlantic. Also, she has completed a fellowship in Executive Training in Healthcare Improvement with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, and is a Certified Healthcare Executive with the Canadian College of Healthcare Leaders.

Bev Holmes, Executive Co-Lead, BC Academic Health Science Network

Bev Holmes Biography Email

Bev Holmes is currently the President and CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), and concurrently serves as Executive Co-lead of the BC Academic Health Science Network, the parent organization of the BC SUPPORT Unit.

Prior to joining MSFHR, Bev spent 13 years as a health communications and knowledge translation consultant, researcher and writer. She has held communications management positions in several not-for-profit organizations including The Arthritis Society and United Way of the Lower Mainland, and remains an active member of the health research community. Bev regularly collaborates on research projects spanning knowledge translation, health communication, and public involvement in health research.

Bev received both her MA and PhD from SFU's School of Communication and currently holds adjunct appointments at UBC's School of Population and Public Health and SFU's Faculty of Health Sciences. She also serves in editorial positions with various peer review journals.

Kim McGrail, Data Director, BC AHSN and Data Lead, BC SUPPORT Unit


Kimberlyn McGrail, PhD, is the Data Lead at the BC SUPPORT Unit. Concurrently, she is a faculty member at the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Scientific Director for Population Data BC, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia School of Population and Public Health, and an associate with the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation (C2E2). Kim’s current research interests are in evaluation of health system policy interventions, aging and the use and cost of health care services, and governance of access to data for research purposes.

Kim was the 2009-10 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Associate in Health Care Policy and Practice. She holds a PhD in Health Care and Epidemiology from the University of British Columbia, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

Victoria Schuckel, Government Advisor

Biography to come.