Senior Staff


Bev Holmes

Interim President & CEO

As Interim President & CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Bev draws upon a wealth of experience in health research, practice and policy.

Her commitment to integrating these disciplines has seen her head up the Foundation's research and impact initiatives whilst also serving as executive and interim lead of the BC Academic Health Science Network and the BC SUPPORT Unit, respectively.

Since joining MSFHR in 2010, Bev has helped establish MSFHR's reputation as a leader in knowledge translation, facilitated efforts to establish a strategic direction for provincial health research and supported the Foundation through a period of organizational redesign and program expansion. Most recently, during her time as vice-president, research & impact, she was responsible for funding programs, knowledge translation, provincial projects, and impact analysis.

Before joining MSFHR, Bev spent 13 years as a health communications and knowledge translation consultant, researcher and writer. She has held communications management positions in several not-for-profit organizations including The Arthritis Society and United Way of the Lower Mainland, and remains an active member of the health research community.

Bev received both her MA and PhD from SFU's School of Communication and currently holds adjunct appointments at UBC's School of Population and Public Health and SFU's Faculty of Health Sciences. Her research interests include knowledge translation, discourse analysis, health communication, risk communication, and public involvement in health research. She is increasingly called on to publish and present internationally on how best to support the translation of research evidence into policy and practice, especially from a funder's perspective.

Martin Schechter

Chief Scientific Officer

Martin is advisor to the president & CEO as well as MSFHR’s board, committees, and executive team.

He helps develop and maintain relationships between the Foundation and its stakeholders — including BC health authorities, the research community, and the Ministry of Health — and takes a lead role on specific projects. Martin is a professor in (and previously the founding director of) the School of Population & Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Martin combines interests in clinical epidemiology and health services research with HIV and addiction research. He is both a founder and national director of the Canadian HIV Trials Network, a national network of investigators and research facilities aimed at conducting trials of HIV therapies, preventions and vaccines. For his contributions, Martin has been awarded the Order of British Columbia (1994), a Tier I Canada Research Chair in HIV/AIDS and Urban Population Health (2001), the Science Council of British Columbia Gold Medal (2002), and fellowship in both the Royal Society of Canada (2004) and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2005).