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Alberta Innovates:

Mr. Tim Murphy, Vice-President, Health

Tim Murphy has more than 29 years of senior executive leadership experience in the health care sector. Prior to being appointed Vice President, Health at Alberta Innovates, he was the Vice President, Provincial Platforms and SPOR.  Prior to joining Alberta Innovates, Tim established an independent consulting practice and worked with clients such as: the CHILD Foundation, the Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability, and the Movember Foundation.  His other roles include being the inaugural Senior Vice President at the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) ‐ a provincial research organization based in Vancouver, and 10 years in senior management positions with two comprehensive Academic Oncology Centres ‐ Princess Margaret Hospital (1992‐1997) and the British Columbia Cancer Agency (1997‐2002). Tim holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, Life Sciences from Queen's University (1989); a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Toronto (1992); and, a Masters of Business Administration from Queen's University (2006). In 2007, he received his Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation.

Fonds de la recherche du Québec – Santé:

Mme. Carole Jabet, Scientific Director


As Scientific Director, Carole works to support excellence in health research, recognized worldwide and which contributes to the well-being of the population.  During her career, she participated in the establishment of research funding programs and structuring projects and in the establishment of high benefit partnerships with private and public actors in the health sector. She also actively contributes to the definition and implementation of initiatives facilitating the development and integration of innovations in the health care network.


Carole Jabet is an engineer from the École Centrale de Lyon and a PhD in molecular biophysics from the École Centrale de Paris, a postdoctoral fellow in the Biophysics department of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She has held positions for technical and economic evaluation of innovations (Agence nationale de valorization de la recherche, ANVAR) and for strategic management of scientific affairs (VP, Scientific Affairs - Génome Québec; partner at CapCOGITO; Deputy Director of Research at the Center Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal - CHUM).


Michael Smith Health Research BC:

Dr. Bev Holmes, President & CEO


Bev is a health research system leader with experience in practice and academia and a commitment to their integration. She has more than two decades of experience in the funding, production and use of research evidence to improve health. Working in the field of health and risk communication, Bev championed stakeholder involvement and sees it as key to bringing evidence into practice. Her doctoral degree focused on knowledge translation: the use of research evidence to improve health and health care. Her academic studies fueled her passion for “evidence on evidence use” and she continues to contribute to this body of knowledge, while learning from and applying it.


Bev chairs and sits on various research advisory groups across Canada and internationally, serves as an associate editor at Implementation Science Communications. She is an adjunct professor at SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences and UBC’s School of Population and Public Health, and holds a Chartered Director designation from the Degroote School of Business Directors College at McMaster University.


Bev is an advisor to funders interested in embracing their role as change agents to ensure citizens get maximum benefit from research investments. She publishes on and speaks about the importance of research systems, and the need for all stakeholder groups to play their part in the generation and use of knowledge to improve health and health care. In all this work, her intent is to be respectfully – but insistently – provocative.


As CEO of Michael Smith Health Research BC, Bev feels privileged to work with an outstanding Board, leadership team and staff group, and is committed to bringing evidence to her organization’s own practices towards strengthening British Columbia’s health research system.  Bev was previously the CEO of Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and has held a number of management positions in non-profit agencies. She received her MA and PhD from SFU’s School of Communication. Her research interests are knowledge translation, discourse analysis, health and risk communication, and public involvement in health research.

Bev and her partner have four children and one grandchild (so far); they love swimming, cryptic crosswords and spending time outdoors with their family on the lands where they gratefully live, work, and play: the traditional unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) First Nations; the traditional, unceded territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, and the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in.


New Brunswick Health Research Foundation:

Ms. Leah Carr, Director, Programs and Human Development


Leah Carr has worked for NBHRF since 2010 starting as the Manager of Funding Programs and being promoted to a Director position in 2013. Prior to joining NBHRF, Ms. Carr was a Performance Excellence Leader with Avis Budget Group where she implemented LEAN principles to improve operational and administrative processes across Canada and the United States. Ms. Carr holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and has a background in human resources and Principles of Lean giving her a unique perspective as she leads the team at NBHRF to align health research funding with the population needs of the province, and invest in high-calibre strategic health research and further build capacity in people and infrastructure, and increase support for clinical health research.


Ontario Ministry of Health

Jeffrey Zon, Team Lead and Manager



Research Manitoba:

Ms. Karen Dunlop, Chief Executive Officer


Karen is a strategic leader familiar with Manitoba’s industry, academic, government, association, and research ecosystem and has a strong understanding of government systems. She will guide Research Manitoba as the organization embraces new opportunities, responds to changing needs, and builds strategic partnerships, which will strengthen Manitoba’s research and innovation enterprise.


Karen has over 20 years of experience leading organizations at an operations and governance level to grow and transform in the healthcare, professional regulation, insurance, and professional services sectors. Karen’s professional education includes law and nursing degrees and certification in leadership, change management, governance, and executive coaching.


Before coming to Research Manitoba, Karen was a Critical Care Nurse, the Registrar and President of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, Regional Director of Emergency at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA), Founder and first Executive Director of the Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, and Past Chair of the WRHA. Karen has also participated on a number of provincial and national Boards such as the Canadian Nurses Protective Society, the Canadian Nurses Association, and the Health Insurance Reciprocal of Canada.


Research Nova Scotia:

Ms. Marli MacNeil, Chief Operating Officer (Co-Chair, NAPHRO)


Marli MacNeil has been a passionate advocate for translating research into products and services that improve people’s lives for more than 20 years. Since 2019, she has been the Chief Operating Officer for Research Nova Scotia, an independent, not-for-profit corporation with the mandate to support, organize and co-ordinate the funding of research in Nova Scotia. For the five years previous, Marli was the Executive Director, Innovation & Collaboration of the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation for prior to that, CEO of the province’s life sciences industry organization.


Marli holds degrees in journalism and political science and earned the professional designation Certified Association Executive (CAE) through advanced study with the Canadian Society of Association Executives.



Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation:

Mr. Patrick Odnokon, Chief Executive Officer, (Co-Chair, NAPHRO)


Patrick works with the SHRF Board and staff, partners and stakeholders to strengthen research capacity and competitiveness; increase investment in research and innovation; and align research with stakeholders’ needs. In addition, Patrick works closely with government to determine how Saskatchewan’s world-class research environment can best respond to a transformed health system and be leveraged into the province’s innovation agenda.


Patrick joined SHRF in October 2007 as the Director of Impact and Evaluation before becoming CEO in 2017. As director, Patrick played a key role in monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the progress and impact of SHRF’s work in advancing health research and innovation in Saskatchewan. His work has established SHRF as a leader nationally in research evaluation and impact assessment and has recently gained SHRF recognition internationally by the ROI Institute as one of their 2017-2018 award winners for most innovative approach to ROI (Return On Investment).     


Mr. Odnokon has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan and has worked in research over the past twenty years. He is an experienced collaborator and has contributed to more than thirty publications including peer reviewed papers, published abstracts and professional communications.

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