As Director, Strategy, Zena supports the Foundation’s strategic planning at the organizational, departmental and initiative levels. She is responsible for development of the organization’s research programs strategy, development and implementation of the partnerships strategy, evaluation strategy, and provincial initiatives and projects.
Zena has nearly 10 years of experience in senior roles at organizations working to change the practice and application of health research in service of better health for all. She is skilled at fostering high-performing teams and building meaningful relationships with diverse stakeholders, leading to sustained engagement and mutually beneficial partnerships. She also has a proven ability to successfully develop and execute strategy, large-scale initiatives, and national programs aimed at building capacity to solve complex health problems.
Prior to MSFHR, Zena was director of strategic relations and operations at the BC Centre for Improved Cardiovascular Health, and assistant director at the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health.
Zena holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario; a Master of Arts, Communication from Simon Fraser University; a PhD, Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia; and a certificate in the Foundations of Effective Management and Leadership from the Justice Institute of BC.