Heather Harris has more than 25 years of experience in clinical research, spanning pharmaceutical and biotech companies, non-profit organizations, and academic centres. Most recently, Heather worked with BC’s SPOR SUPPORT Unit to build and enhance BC’s clinical and health research enterprise. She also served as inaugural Director of Operations for the British Columbia Clinical Infrastructure Network (BCCRIN).
As Executive Director of Can-SOLVE CKD, Heather acts as the primary liaison for the network and oversees the core operations team. She is responsible for monitoring network performance and activities to ensure the work is within scope and budget. She also facilitates communication within and outside the network, engages stakeholders, and facilitates development of knowledge translation products and reporting on network achievements.
604-682-2344 ext. 64025
Selina Allu is a Knowledge Translation Broker with a Master’s degree in Health Geography. She has almost a decade of combined experience in knowledge translation, knowledge management, and outreach (provincial and national). Selina has led the development and delivery of comprehensive knowledge outreach plans, including the design, planning, and execution of targeted knowledge dissemination while building strong and collaborative working relationships with stakeholders and end-users to broaden research reach and impact.
As KT Broker for Can-SOLVE CKD, Selina ensures that research findings are applied in real world settings through effective knowledge translation strategies and collaborations with end-users.
Sara Banai joined Can-SOLVE CKD in October 2018 in the role of Administrative Assistant. Her responsibilities include coordinating meetings and events, maintaining office organization, and other general administrative tasks. Sara recently completed her bachelor’s degree in geography at the University of British Columbia, focusing on environment and sustainability. In her spare time, Sara enjoys reading, hiking, and cooking.
604-682-2344 ext. 69265
Chantal Boucher has worked with the Kidney Foundation of Canada in the National Marketing and Communications department for 18 years. She was initially in project coordination for the department but in 2014 she began to provide support to the Kidney Foundation’s KRESCENT program. This included the coordination of bi-annual workshops and working directly with the KRESCENT awardees and managers of the programme.
More recently, Chantal’s role expanded to support the activities of the Can-SOLVE CKD Patient Council, its members, sub-committees, and working groups. She will also support the Can-SOLVE CKD training program through KRESCENT as well as still continuing to support the KRESCENT programme itself.
514-369-4806 ext. 224
Linnea Franson is a communications professional from Toronto, Ontario. Equipped with her passion for learning, she recently completed her master’s degree in professional communication at Ryerson University.
As the Communications Coordinator for the Can-SOLVE CKD network, her responsibilities include researching, writing and preparing various communication materials, including newsletters, website content, and social media content. Outside of the office, you can find Linnea speeding towards any hiking trail, curling up with a good book, or enjoying a nice cup of coffee.
Grace is a Chartered Professional Accountant with more than 20 years of experience in various fields of accounting and audit. Prior to joining the Can-SOLVE CKD team, she held financial and operations management roles at the University of British Columbia.
As Finance Manager for Can-SOLVE CKD, Grace provides financial management and strategic support. She is responsible for financial reporting to various stakeholders and budget management for the Network. She oversees the general ledger and accounts payable functions; interpretation of UBC, tri-council and funders’ financial policies and procedures; systems and internal controls design and implementation.
604-682-2344 ext. 64255
Theresa joins the Can-SOLVE CKD team from the University of British Columbia. She has also worked with Specialists of BC as the Executive Assistant to the Director and held administrative support positions in various departments of the Vancouver Park Board for more than a decade.
As a member of the Core Operations Team, Theresa provides general support to the Network Director, fellow team members and Can-SOLVE CKD committees. She is responsible for the day-to-day operational activities of the Can-SOLVE CKD Network, including the scheduling of meetings, preparation of meeting material, taking minutes, preparing reports, entering data, updating policy and procedures, formatting documents, managing the document storage system, assisting in tasks related to human resources and other general administrative tasks.
604-682-2344 ext. 64027
Cynthia MacDonald has recently joined Can-SOLVE CKD as Project Manager and has over 10 years of research experience. Her past roles have allowed her to work on various academic studies with a large patient engagement. More recently, she has been working on industry sponsored Clinical Trials (Phase 1 – 4). Her background is in Human Kinetics, and Exercise Science. Fun fact: Cynthia was a competitive figure skater for many years and wanted to go to the Olympics. When her skating career ended, she went into coaching and coached hockey players throughout university!
604-682-2344 ext. 64256
Graham Pollock is a health research communications professional with a background in journalism and digital storytelling. Prior to joining Can-SOLVE CKD, he was Senior Communications Specialist for the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. In this role, he led the development of content across a wide range of digital and print channels to communicate the impact of health research projects.
As Communications Manager for the Can-SOLVE CKD Network, Graham leads the implementation of a strategic communications plan to ensure the organized flow of information. He develops communications materials such as newsletters, progress reports, and website content in partnership with patients, researchers, and other network members.
604-682-2344 ext. 64028
Tansi, Aniin, Boozhoo, Greetings,
Sakastew Napew shi go Craig Settee nindizhinikaazag. Maakwa nidoodem. Ochekwi Sipi shi go Saskachewanoong shi go Winnipeg nidoojii. Niin Ni Anishinaabe shi go Nehinaw.
Sunrays shining through the clouds man and Craig Settee are my names. My kinship/clan is Bear. My family comes from the communities of Fisher Cree Nation, Dauphin River First Nation and Winnipeg, which are all in Manitoba, Canada. I am Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) on my mother’s side and Nehinaw (Cree) on my father’s side.
I am pleased to accept the role of IPERC Coordinator and continue to build upon the important work that Can-SOLVE CKD, patient-partners, researchers and the numerous stakeholders are doing. I look forward to being part of this network to further provide and produce positive kidney health and well-being outcomes through patient-oriented research and education.
My introduction to the Can-SOLVE CKD network began just over a year ago when I joined the IPERC and the Patient Council as a patient-partner. I am a living kidney donor to my brother, Kevin, and it will be 6 years in October 2018 that we had successful transplant surgeries. It is difficult to witness a family member experience chronic kidney disease (CKD) and I can only imagine living with CKD. I see and feel my role is to support the voices of patient-partners in these processes of kidney health research and well-being.
I felt it necessary to introduce myself in one of my mother tongues (Anishinaabemowin) because language ties my identity to my well-being and understanding my relationships in and with all facets of life. Indigenous ceremonies also help to ground me as an Anishinaabe and Cree man. Moving forward, I believe that research with Indigenous people as patients, researchers, doctors and stakeholders have diverse and unique ways of seeing, doing, knowing and being that benefits health research. I look forward to being of service to IPERC and supporting patient voices in the projects with Can-SOLVE CKD and numerous partners.
Miigwetch, Ekosi, Thank you.
604-682-2344 ext. 64018
Mila Tang has been working in the kidney research field for close to 10 years in various capacities from clinical trials and national network coordination, database management, biobanking and grant writing. Her background is in molecular biology, biochemistry and health informatics.
As the project manager for the Can-SOLVE CKD Network, Mila ensures transparency and accountability of all projects by coordinating and guiding planning, as well as monitoring, tracking and reporting progress.
604-682-2344 ext. 64256
Catherine Turner is a Métis woman whose family originates from the historic Red River Settlement in Manitoba. She is the Indigenous Liaison Manager of the Kidney Foundation of Canada BC & Yukon Branch and will be working with Can-SOLVE CKD to support the Indigenous Peoples’ Engagement and Research Council. She will work with the project leads to explore how best to enable Indigenous and non-Indigenous patient engagement in each of the network’s research projects.
Catherine is the past Chairperson of the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association and has been a member of their executive board since 2004. Catherine has worked in health and primary prevention programs with Aboriginal and First Nations communities for the past two decades, including administering an Aboriginal diabetes initiative for eight years.