Governance & Advisory Groups


The BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) board provides governance and oversight to the BC SUPPORT Unit.

Advisory groups

The Interim Governing Council (IGC), which oversaw the early development and start-up phase of the Unit, continues to support our planning and development.

The IGC is comprised of the following members:

MemberTitle / Organization
Fraser BellVice-President, Planning, Quality and Information Management
Northern Health
Kevin ButterworthExecutive Director, Technology and Innovation - BC Ministry of Health
Ellen ChesneyChief Administrative Officer, Research
Provincial Health Services Authority
Susan ChunickDirector, Department of Evaluation & Research Services
Fraser Health
Heather DavidsonAssistant Deputy Minister, Planning and Innovation
BC Ministry of Health
Norbert HaunerlandAssociate Vice-President, Research
Simon Fraser University
Michael HayesDirector Health Education and Research
University of Victoria
Bev HolmesPresident and CEO,
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Richard JockVice-President, Policy, Planning & Strategic Services
First Nations Health Authority
Yvonne LefebvreScientific Research Director
Interior Health
Tony LoughranAssistant Deputy Minister, Governance, Quality Assurance and Strategic Policy - BC Ministry of Health
Paul ManVice-President, Research & Academic Affairs, Providence Health Care
Rob McMasterVice-President, Research
Vancouver Coastal Health
Malcolm OgbornExecutive Medical Director, Medical & Academic Affairs - Vancouver Island Health Authority
Geoff PayneInterim Vice President Research and Graduate Programs - University of Northern British Columbia
Laurel RadleyRepresentative for Patients as Partners | Patient Voices Network
Rachael ScarthAssociate Vice-President, Research Operations, University of Victoria
Martin WaleDeputy Chief Medical Officer and Executive Medical Director
Vancouver Island Health Authority

IGC representation is drawn from:

The Unit is also partnered with additional advisory groups for specific purposes.