Board of Directors

Our outstanding Board of Directors provides oversight and strategic direction for CAHSPR.

President | Roxane Borges Da Silva

Université de Montréal
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing

Roxane Borgès Da Silva is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Management, Evaluation and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Montréal. She is a health economist and a researcher at Université de Montréal Public Health Research Institute (IRSPUM) and at the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO). She holds a master's degree in econometrics from Aix-Marseille University and a PhD in public health (specialization in health care organization) from the University of Montreal. Her research agenda lies at the crossroads of health economics and sociology of organizations, and aims to improve efficiency in the health care system. Its funded research projects focus on the evaluation of health policies and innovations and health professionals practice.

Past-President | Chris Power

Canadian Patient Safety Institute

What began as a desire to help those in need 35 years ago has evolved into a mission to improve the
quality of healthcare for all Canadians. Chris Power's journey in healthcare began at the bedside as a
front-line nurse. Since then, she has grown into one of the preeminent healthcare executives in Canada.
Her experiences, her success, and her values have led her to the position of CEO of the Canadian
Patient Safety Institute.  Previously, Chris served for eight years as president and CEO of Capital Health, Nova Scotia. Under Chris’s leadership Capital Health achieved Accreditation with Exemplary Status in 2014 with recognition for 10 Leading Practices. Chris holds significant governance roles including incoming Chair of the Canadian Association for Health Services & Policy Research, member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Governing Council and Board member of Colleges & Institutes of Canada. She is past Chair of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and past Co-Chair of HealthCareCAN. Most recently Chris participated as a member of the federal advisory panel on healthcare innovation and through this role has gained even greater insight into the many pan-Canadian organizations that will be beneficial in forming partnerships, leveraging expertise and advancing the goals of CPSI.

Executive Director | Frank Markel

Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research
Executive Director

Frank Markel, Ph.D., has had a long and varied career in health care. Frank has held several senior administrative positions in the course of his career including the following: President and CEO of Trillium Gift of Life Network, Ontario’s organ and tissue donation organization, Executive Vice President of Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, President and CEO of Hillcrest Hospital, and Vice-President, Planning at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Frank has also worked in the policy area. His roles there include that of Executive Director, the Joint Policy and Planning Committee, and Executive Director of the then Ontario Council of Administrators of Teaching Hospitals. Throughout his career, Frank has taught in the University of Toronto’s program in health administration. He holds the title of Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

Treasurer | Erin Strumpf

McGill University
Associate Professor

Erin Strumpf, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University. She received her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Economics from Harvard University and was a pre-doctoral fellow in Health and Aging with the National Bureau for Economic Research and the U.S. National Institute on Aging. Her research in health economics focuses on the impact of health care service design and delivery on spending and health outcomes overall, and in disparities across groups. She has completed several research projects analyzing the impacts of health policy changes on individual behavior, health care service use, and health outcomes. Her current research agenda focuses on the impacts of preventive and primary care practice. In one project, she is evaluating the costs and benefits of population-based cancer screening based on U.S. and Canadian guidelines. In a second, she is measuring the health care system impacts of integrated primary care delivery in Quebec in terms of service utilization, system costs, and population health outcomes. (Photo taken by Owen Egan)

Member | Jennifer Zelmer

Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
President and CEO

Dr. Jennifer Zelmer joined the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement as its President and CEO in September 2018. She brings a long-standing commitment to healthcare improvement to the role, as well as expertise in spreading and scaling innovations that deliver better health, care, and value. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Policy, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Victoria, and a member of several health-related advisory committees and boards. Previously, as President of Azimuth Health Group, Dr. Zelmer was a strategic advisor to leaders who sought to advance health and healthcare at local, national, and international levels. Before that, she held senior leadership positions with Canada Health Infoway, the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization, and the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Dr. Zelmer received her PhD and MA in economics from McMaster University and her B.Sc. in health information science from the University of Victoria.

Member | Emily Marshall

Department of Family Medicine at Dalhousie University
Associate Professor and Affiliate Scientist

Emily Marshall is an associate professor and affiliate scientist in the Department of Family Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She received her BA in Anthropology and Political Science and her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at University of British Columbia. She received her Masters in Science in Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University and is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia. Emily’s research interests are:

1) community based primary health care services including research from the perspective of the providers and patients

2) Distinguishing models of primary health care and determining how they impact system and patient outcomes such as chronic disease prevention and management

3) Quality in care with a focus on both population data and vulnerable populations

4) Equity in health care access, utilization and unmet health care needs throughout the life course. Specifically, her work examines how patients can gain more apt and timely access to health care, how quality of care can be improved, how services can be more comprehensive, and how continuity of care throughout our lifetimes might be better achieved.

Member | Frank Gavin

Canadian Family Advisory Network

Frank Gavin is a parent who has worked as a volunteer to advance child health and family-centred care since 1995. He served on and chaired the Family Advisory Committee to The Hospital for Sick Children and in 2002 helped found The Canadian Family Advisory Network (CFAN), chairing or co-chairing CFAN in its first six years. He now directs CFAN's national activities, represents CFAN on The Canadian Child and Youth Health Coalition, participates on the Research Advisory Committee of CIHR's Parenting Matters project, and is a board member of The Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health. In September 2011 Frank was appointed by The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health as one of two public members of The Canadian Drug Expert Committee. He taught English at Centennial College in Toronto for nearly thirty years. Frank received the first Volunteer Humanitarian Award from The Hospital for Sick Children in 2002 and the Contribution to Child Health Award from The Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres in 2008.


Director, Hall Laureate Representative | Mark Dobrow

Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation Dalla Lana School of Public Health University of Toronto
Associate Professor Director, Accessing Centre for Expertise (ACE) Executive Director, Converge3 – Integrating Health, Economic and Equity Evidence to Inform Policy

Dr. Mark Dobrow is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.  He is the Executive Director of Converge3 and the Director of the Accessing Centre for Expertise – two centres that contribute to evidence-informed decision-making.  Dr. Dobrow has held a number of roles that bridge health systems/policy research and leadership for both national and provincial health care agencies, including the Health Council of Canada, Health Quality Ontario, and Cancer Care Ontario.  Dr. Dobrow has a PhD in health services and policy research from the University of Toronto, an MSc in epidemiology from the University of Edinburgh and a BComm in health care administration from the University of Saskatchewan. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and was a Canadian Harkness fellow in The Commonwealth Fund’s International Program in Health Policy and Practice. He is currently the President of the Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation.

Member | Stirling Bryan

University of British Colombia
Scientific Director, Professor, Senior Scientist

Dr. Stirling Bryan is a university-based health economist who has had extensive engagement with the policy and decision-making world. He began his career in the UK with appointments at St Thomas' Hospital Medical School and then Brunel University, before moving to Birmingham (senior lecturer and then full professor at the University of Birmingham). His research track record reveals a long-standing goal of informing policy and practice, demonstrated, in part, through an extensive involvement with the UK National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE). For many years he led the University of Birmingham team that conducted economic analyses for NICE, and subsequently served for 3 years as a member of the NICE technology appraisals committee. In 2005 he was awarded a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship and spent one year at Stanford University, researching technology coverage decision making in a US health care organisations. He emigrated to Canada in 2008 (professor in UBC's School of Population & Public Health, and Director of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation, VCH Research Institute) and continues a focus on policy-relevant research. He served for 6 years as chair for CADTH’s Health Technology Expert Review Panel, and his ongoing UBC faculty position, sponsored by Vancouver Coastal Health, sees him working alongside policy colleagues in one of BC's largest regional health authorities. Further, he is the Scientific Director for the BC SUPPORT Unit, a component part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient Oriented Research.

Student Working Group Co-Chair | Élizabeth Côté-Boileau

University of Sherbrooke
PhD candidate in Health Sciences Research

Elizabeth is a third-year PhD candidate in Health Sciences Research at University of Sherbrooke, supervised by Pre Mylaine Breton (University of Sherbrooke) and Pr Jean-Louis Denis (University of Montreal). She is the recipient of a doctoral award from Quebec’s Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Montreal (2013), and a Master of Science in Public Health from University of Montreal’ School of Public Health (2015). Her main research interests focuses on health systems governance and transformations dynamic's, with a particular interest for performance and innovation management. For the past three years, Élizabeth has been working on various pan-Canadian research projects and more recently, she has been collaborating with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI). She is currently co-chairing the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR)’s Student Working Group, of which she has been part of since fall 2016. She is also one of the co-founder of the international Society for Studies in Organizing Care (SHOC)’s PhD/Early Career Researcher Hub, as well as an active member of University of Montreal’s Health-Hub on Politic, Organizations and Law studies.

President-Elect | Alan Katz

Director of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and Professor in the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Family Medicine
University of Manitoba

Alan Katz is the Director of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and Professor in the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He is also the MHRC Chair in Primary Prevention Research. He received his medical training at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and a MSc from the University of Manitoba. He has worked in rural Saskatchewan and in the core area of Winnipeg. He is a past chair of the Health Research Ethics Board in the Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and has been a researcher at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy for over 14 years. His research is focused on Primary Care delivery in First nations communities and quality of care indicators, knowledge translation and disease prevention. He currently holds over $4 million in research grants as the nominated principal investigator and is a co-investigator on grants valued at over $10 million.

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