As Director, Strategy, Zena provides strategic leadership and support across the Foundation, as well as overseeing evaluation and impact analysis, partnerships and research programs.
Zena has over 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 is passionate about health equity, LGBTQ+ health and social justice and volunteers her time with non-profit organizations – currently as co-chair of the board of the Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre. A seasoned public speaker and educator, she’s given over 50 presentations, guest lectures, invited talks and keynote addresses on health-related topics to diverse audiences in Canada and abroad. She’s the editor of the Lambda Literary award-winning anthology, The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2016) and co-edited the Lambda-award nominated anthology Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011).
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.