Strategic Provincial Advisory Committee (SRAC) Members

Committee members are appointed by the Planning Section Chief, Health Emergency Coordination Centre, Ministry of Health with input from MSFHR as BC’s provincial health research funder. Members were selected to ensure a broad range of research expertise and background that can support BC’s pandemic research response at this time, and for their connections and ability to reach out and include a wide-range of stakeholder input.

David Patrick (Chair) 
Director of Research and Medical Epidemiology Lead for Antimicrobial Resistance – BC Centre for Disease Control
Professor - School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

Dr. David Patrick is professor and past director of population and public health at UBC and director of research at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). He has a career interest in responses to emerging infectious diseases, having led BC's epidemiology team through SARS and the H1N1 pandemic. He currently chairs a group coordinating COVID-19 research in BC and connects research strategy to BC's health emergency command structure.

Lorne Babiuk 
Past Vice-President (Research) - University of Alberta
Former Director of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization -  University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Lorne Babiuk is a world leader in Canadian vaccine research and has devoted his career to Canadian-based research to advance human and animal health in Canada and internationally. Dr. Babiuk is a global authority in infectious diseases—particularly virology, immunology and vaccine delivery. Before becoming the University of Alberta’s vice-president research, Dr. Babiuk founded the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) in Saskatoon. Today, Dr. Babiuk serves on numerous committees that help set science policy in Canada and around the world, as well as assist companies in achieving global commercial success.

Tania Bubela 
Professor and Dean - Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Tania Bubela is professor and dean of the faculty of health sciences at SFU, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2019) and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2018). She advises government health and science agencies as well as life sciences research communities and patient organizations. Dr. Bubela co-leads CLEONet, funded by Genome Canada and others, on implementation of precision oncology in Canada. She has over one hundred publications in law, ethics and biomedical journals.

Perry Kendall
Co-Interim Executive Director - BC Centre on Substance Use 

Dr. Perry Kendall is the co-interim executive director at the BC Centre on Substance Use. As the province’s former provincial health officer, Dr. Kendall was a leading voice in calling for public health approaches to substance use. He led the BC provincial response to SARS, H1N1 and Ebola viruses. Dr. Kendall has also held leadership positions in Ontario, including serving as Toronto’s chief medical officer of health and the president of the Ontario Addiction Research Foundation. He is an officer of the order of Canada and BC.

Adeera Levin 
Professor - Medicine, University of British Columbia
Head - Division of Nephrology, University of British Columbia
Executive Director - BC Renal Agency
Consulting Nephrologist - St Paul's Hospital

Dr. Adeera Levin is a professor of medicine, head of the nephrology division at the University of British Columbia, and consultant nephrologist at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. She is also the executive director of the BC Renal Agency, where she developed an evidence-based transparent system to enhance patient care. Dr. Levin was awarded the Canadian Society of Nephrology Outstanding Contributions to Canadian Nephrology (2013), the Kidney Foundation Research Medal of Excellence (2014), and was inducted as a fellow into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2015, Dr. Levin received MSFHR’s Aubrey J. Tingle Prize and is an officer of the order of Canada.

Jeff Reading
Professor - Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Chair - FNHA Health and Wellness, St. Paul's Hospital
Member, BC Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research

Dr. Jeff Reading (PhD) is the inaugural British Columbia First Nations Health Authority Chair in Heart Health and Wellness at St. Paul’s Hospital and Professor, Simon Fraser University (2016. Dr. Reading is the lead on the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force National Indigenous Seroprevalence study. Jeff's broad interests include First Nations heart health and well-being and community-engaged research.

David Snadden
Professor – Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
Rural Doctors’ UBC Chair in Rural Health

Dr. David Snadden is a professor in the UBC department of family practice at UBC. He previously led the development of the northern medical program, a distributed site of the faculty of medicine at UBC and from 2011 to 2016 was the executive associate dean education for the faculty of medicine. As the Rural Doctors’ UBC Chair in Rural Health, he is engaged in building rural research capacity and advocating for improved rural health care. His current research activities are and focused on recruitment and retention of rural health professionals, primary care system change, and on a hermeneutic approach to implementation science.

Kelli Stajduhar 
Professor - School of Nursing, University of Victoria
Scientist - End of Life Program, Fraser Health

Dr. Kelli Stajduhar is a professor in the University of Victoria school of nursing and institute on aging & lifelong health, and research scientist with Fraser Health. She has worked for 30 years in oncology, palliative care, and gerontology as a practicing nurse, educator, and researcher. In 2017 Dr. Stajduhar was named Academic of the Year from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC and was inducted as a fellow into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Martin Schechter
Chief Scientific Officer – Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Professor - School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

Dr. Martin Schechter is a professor in (and previously the founding director of) the school of population & public health in the faculty of medicine at UBC. Dr. Schechter 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.  Dr. Schechter is also an advisor to MSFHR’s board and executive team.

Alice Virani
Director, Ethics service, Provincial Health Services Authority

Dr. Alice Virani is the Director of Ethics at the Provincial Health Services Authority of BC and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Genetics at UBC. Her research interests relate to ethics and genetics, pediatric bioethics and public health ethics. She has over ten years experience serving as an ethicist on various research ethics boards in BC and currently serves on Canada’s Panel on Research Ethics.

Victoria Schuckel  
Executive Director, Research and Technology, BC Ministry of Health

Victoria Schuckel, MA, is executive director, Research and Technology (R&T), at the BC Ministry of Health (MoH). She is the MoH project lead for the BC SUPPORT Unit and the BC Academic Health Science Network. The R&T branch supports collaboration with external research units and funders, manages the Ministry’s health technology review process and works on initiatives involving other ministries and stakeholders with academic, social policy and economic development interests in health research. She currently provides leadership and project support to a group advising MoH senior leadership on primary and community care research to support the implementation of care transformation.

Kelly Barnard (secretariat)
Project Consultant; Former Senior Public Health Medical Consultant,  Government of British Columbia

Dr. Kelly Barnard, an experienced community health physician, served as a senior medical consultant with the BC government for 20 years. In that role, she provided strategic leadership with specific interest evidence-based policy. She led the development of strategies for the optimal use of health services data to support health and disease surveillance, and the monitoring and evaluation of health interventions, policy and research. In 2009 she was seconded by the provincial health officer to serve as the clinical care lead for the ministry's initial pandemic influenza preparedness strategy, completed during the management of the H1N1 outbreak.

Citizen's Advisory Council (through BC SUPPORT Unit)

Details coming soon.