Governance & Advisory Groups


The BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) board provides governance and oversight to the BC SUPPORT Unit, in addition to the other operational units of BC AHSN (Clinical Trials BC and Research Ethics BC)

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:

Member Title / Organization
Fraser Bell Vice-President, Planning, Quality and Information Management
Northern Health
Kevin Butterworth Executive Director, Technology and Innovation - BC Ministry of Health
Ellen Chesney Chief Administrative Officer, Research
Provincial Health Services Authority
Susan Chunick Director, Department of Evaluation & Research Services
Fraser Health
Heather Davidson Assistant Deputy Minister, Planning and Innovation
BC Ministry of Health
Norbert Haunerland Associate Vice-President, Research
Simon Fraser University
Michael Hayes Director Health Education and Research
University of Victoria
Bev Holmes President and CEO,
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Richard Jock Vice-President, Policy, Planning & Strategic Services
First Nations Health Authority
Yvonne Lefebvre Scientific Research Director
Interior Health
Tony Loughran Assistant Deputy Minister, Governance, Quality Assurance and Strategic Policy - BC Ministry of Health
Paul Man Vice-President, Research & Academic Affairs, Providence Health Care
Rob McMaster Vice-President, Research
Vancouver Coastal Health
Malcolm Ogborn Executive Medical Director, Medical & Academic Affairs - Vancouver Island Health Authority
Geoff Payne Interim Vice President Research and Graduate Programs - University of Northern British Columbia
Laurel Radley Representative for Patients as Partners | Patient Voices Network
Rachael Scarth Associate Vice-President, Research Operations, University of Victoria
Martin Wale Deputy 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.