Board of Directors

Dr. Elinor Wilson

Chair

Dr. Elinor Wilson has worked in the academic and public sectors, and at the international, national and provincial levels. She has published extensively on a variety of public health issues including women’s health.

Wilson served most recently as president of Assisted Human Reproduction, a federal regulatory agency established to promote health, safety, dignity and rights for Canadians who use or are born of assisted human reproduction technologies. Previously, she served as CEO of the Canadian Public Health Association, where she was responsible for managing an operating program and project budget of more than $15 million and for building relationships with stakeholders in the public, private, and non-governmental sectors.

Wilson holds a PhD in administration management from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a Master of Health Sciences degree from McMaster University. Her numerous professional activities include membership of the Institute of Population and Public Health Advisory Board at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She was formerly vice-president of the World Heart Federation, president of the Inter-American Heart Foundation, and chair of the Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century.

Dr. Nadine Caron

Dr. Nadine Caron is a general endocrine surgeon at Prince George Regional Hospital and an assistant professor at University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Northern Medical Program.

As the first female First Nations student to graduate from UBC’s medical school, Caron won the Hamber Gold Medal as the top graduating student and was named one of Maclean's "100 Canadians to Watch." During her surgical residency, she completed her Master of Public Health from Harvard University and was awarded UBC's Top Student Award. Passionate about Aboriginal health and Canadian health policy, she has served on numerous committees including the BC and Canadian medical associations, the BC Ministry of Health, and the Native Physicians Association of Canada. Through role modelling, speaking engagements and formal committees, Caron aims to share her passion and foster ongoing opportunities to eliminate health disparities in rural, remote, northern and Aboriginal communities.

Robin Ciceri

Robin Ciceri is president of The Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia (RUCBC).

Ciceri joined the Council in 2010 after a career in the BC government where she held a number of leadership positions including Deputy Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development and CEO of the Public Sector Employers' Council. Prior to this, she was Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Deputy Minister of Small Business and Revenue. Her experience also includes senior positions in intergovernmental relations, economic development, and health.

Ciceri currently serves on the boards of the BC Academic Health Sciences Network, the BC Council for International Education and LifeSciences British Columbia. She was formerly on the boards of the BC Innovation Council, the Immigrant Employment Council of BC and the Commonwealth of Learning. She is also a member of the Presidents’ Group, a committee of prominent business leaders in the province who provide advice to the Minister of Social Development and Innovation. Ciceri holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Professional Certificate in Secondary Education, and a Master’s of Public Administration.

Dr. Heather Davidson

Dr. Heather Davidson is assistant deputy minister with the BC Ministry of Health's Planning and Innovation Division.

Davidson has worked with the provincial government since 1991. She has worked in a variety of roles within the Ministry of Health and has also worked in housing policy with the Ministry of Housing and Constructive Standards and income and disability assistance with the Ministry of Social Development. She has been an assistant deputy minister with the Ministry of Health since 2010.

Her current responsibilities include strategic planning and policy for the health sector, performance monitoring and analytics, and health research. The Seniors Directorate, which is responsible for implementation of the Seniors Action Plan and Healthy Aging, is also part of her portfolio.

Davidson holds a PhD in Psychology (adult development and aging) from the University of Victoria.

Jack Falk

Secretary-Treasurer

Jack Falk was most recently the vice-president of finance and operations at the University of Victoria (UVic) before retiring in 2006.

While at UVic, Falk was responsible for budget and planning, finance, human resources and labour relations, computing, student services, capital projects and physical plant, and audit and risk management. Some of his significant contributions include the introduction of a new budget and planning system, the proposal of a major five-year capital plan, and being part of UVic's team that established the joint UVic-UBC medical school initiative.

Prior to UVic, Falk was vice-president of administration and finance at Okanagan University College, where he was involved in the purchase and building of a new campus, which is now the core of UBC Okanagan. Falk has been an active board member with numerous organizations, including BCNET, Heritage Reality, Neptune Canada, Vancouver Island Technology Park, and UVic’s Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration.

Dr. Joy Johnson

Dr. Joy Johnson is the vice-president research and international at Simon Fraser University (SFU) where she leads strategic research initiatives and facilitates international opportunities that foster research collaborations and student exchange.

Her work focuses on facilitating research excellence, helping the university respond to new opportunities and securing research partnerships within the community and industry. A key element of Johnson’s role focuses on knowledge mobilization by facilitating opportunities to transfer the results of SFU research to society.

Johnson is a leader for the SFU Innovates initiative – a university-wide strategy and action plan to inspire, develop, and support impact-driven innovation and entrepreneurship.

Johnson received her PhD in nursing from the University of Alberta, and has served as a professor in the University of British Columbia School of Nursing and scientific director of the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her research expertise is in the area of health promotion and behavioral change.

Steven Kinsey

Vice Chair

A veteran of the telecom sector and IT industry for more than 20 years, Steven Kinsey has been active in helping industry recognize the innovative role of technology in advancing goals and objectives.

As executive vice-president of strategy and planning at Charter, a leading communications technology firm, he collaborates with the executive, sales, engineering and operations teams to build and execute on Charter’s Run, Grow, and Transform plans.

Prior to joining Charter, Kinsey was executive vice-president of sales at CounterPath after spending six years with Cisco Canada—first as regional manager for the Western Canada public sector team and then as vice-president of Cisco’s Canada West operations. Previous to Cisco, Kinsey was Western Canada regional manager at Nortel Networks.

Kinsey attended executive training at Harvard Business School and the Banff School of Advanced Management. He also has a diploma in yacht design and has a long history in boating—from design, to construction and sales—and holds a number of records as a competitive sailor.

In addition to sitting on the board of MSFHR, including as a member of the finance and audit committee, he served for 11 years on the board of BCNET, a not-for-profit shared information technology services organization that represents the interests of post-secondary and research institutes in BC.

Dr. Roslyn Kunin

Dr. Roslyn Kunin is one of those rare economists who can make the often difficult subject of economics understandable and even interesting.

She was educated in Quebec and Ontario, finishing her studies with a PhD in economics from the University of British Columbia. The University of Victoria has granted her the degree of Honorary Doctor of Laws. The Institute of Corporate Directors has granted her the ICD.D designation.

Kunin is the past chair of the Haida Enterprise Corporation and has served the community in many positions including chair of WorkSafe BC, chair of the Vancouver Stock Exchange, director of the Business Development Bank of Canada, director of the Canada West Foundation, governor of the University of British Columbia, and chair of the Vancouver Crisis Centre.

She is a member of the Order of Canada and has been awarded the Crystal Ball Award by the Association of Professional Economists, the Woman of Distinction Award by the YWCA, and a Canada 125 medal for service to Canada.

Dr. Geoffrey Payne

Dr. Geoffrey Payne is the interim vice-president of research at the University of Northern BC (UNBC) and a professor in the field of vascular physiology.

Payne came to UNBC in June 2004 as founding faculty of the medical school following a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and John B. Pierce Laboratory. He holds a PhD from Memorial University of Newfoundland in the field of cardiovascular and renal physiology.

In addition to his biomedical research on understanding how the normal mechanisms that regulate blood flow within the microcirculation of various vascular beds are impacted by inflammation and inflammation associated diseases, Payne has an active research program in medical education in which his interests include curriculum, assessment and admissions.

Dr. Sally Thorne

Past Chair

Dr. Sally Thorne is an academic nursing leader with a program of research in the fields of psychosocial cancer care and health care communication at the University of British Columbia's School of Nursing, where she is a professor and associate dean of applied science.

Her research and writing have focused attention on the human experience of seeking and obtaining appropriate care in the Canadian context. She has also been active in developing and refining qualitative methods for application to the inquiries of applied health professions and to knowledge transfer within an evidence-based care context. In her academic role, she teaches graduate courses in the philosophy of science, and serves as editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal Nursing Inquiry, as well as associate editor and editorial board member for several other journals in her field. She brings to the Foundation extensive non-profit board experience, including the BC Cancer Agency, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.