Board Membership and Composition
The BHCRI Board of Directors is composed of:
3 members from discovery/experimental research
3 members from clinical/translational research
2 members from population health research
2 members from behavioural research (to be interpreted broadly)
2 members from locally active supporting organizations
2 members from nationally active supporting organizations
4 members from the lay/business community
with significant representation of all four Atlantic Provinces
Members of the BHCRI Board of Directors:
- Mr. Chris MacDougall, Chair, Businessman, Truro, NS
Chris MacDougall, a former Truro lawyer, is the owner and operator of a Tim Horton’s Restaurant in Elmsdale, Nova Scotia. He received a Degree in Business Administration from Acadia University in 1976 and in 1980, he obtained a Degree in Law from Dalhousie University. Chris currently lives in Truro and has been very active in community affairs, having recently chaired a $26 million fundraising campaign for a new Regional Hospital.
- Dr. Sheila Drover, BioMedical Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland
- Dr. Conrad Fernandez, Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, Departments of Pediatrics and Bioethics, IWK Health Centre, Halifax, NS
Dr. Conrad Fernandez is a professor and head of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Pediatrics, IWK Health Centre, Dalhousie University. He is cross-appointed in the Departments of Bioethics. He is vice-Chair of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Bioethics committee and co-Chair of the newly established COG Return of Research Results committee. He has an active research program in the return of research results to participants. He is also a member of the COG renal tumors steering committee and conducts clinical trials in childhood kidney cancer.
- Dr. Roger Gervais, VP Research, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, Fredericton, NB
Dr. Gervais is a career administrator with a PhD in Education Administration and is responsible for various management, planning and evaluation activities in several organizations. He has experience in multi-million dollar budget management, including the financial processes related to them. As a manager and researcher, he secured the necessary funding to implement several large-scale R&D projects. As president of Enterprises NRG, he has undertaken several evaluation studies. He also wrote several confidential reports for New Brunswick institutions and organizations leading to the implementation of new programs or initiatives.
- Dr. Laura Gillespie, Professor of Molecular Oncology, Division of BioMedical Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Dr. Laura Gillespie is a professor and founding member of the Terry Fox Cancer Research Laboratories in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University. She runs an active breast cancer research program, focusing on gene regulators and their role in tumour suppression during breast cancer initiation and progression. She has served on grants panels from a variety of federalagencies and private charities, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Research Society (CRS), the Breast Cancer Society (BCS)and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF). Throughout her career, her research work has been supported by funds from the CIHR, NSERC, CBCF,CRS, BCS, the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute and the Biotechnology sector. She holds a patent for her gene discovery and is actively engaged in community outreach programs, particularly in the area of breast cancer education.
- Dr. David Hoskin, Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, and Surgery, Dalhousie University
Dr. David Hoskin is a professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, and Surgery at Dalhousie University. He also holds the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Atlantic Region endowed chair in breast cancer research. In addition to his academic appointments, Dr. Hoskin is a member of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation's board of directors and is chair of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation national grants committee. Dr. Hoskin has also served on numerous scientific review panels and is a member of the editorial board of cancer letters. Dr. Hoskin's research interests include iron metabolism by breast cancer cells and breast cancer prevention and treatment using natural products. His research program is supported by agencies such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Dr. Hoskin has published over 150 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters.
- Dr. Eshwar Kumar, Co-CEO, New Brunswick Cancer Network, Fredericton, NB
Dr. Eshwar Kumar has been Co-CEO of the New Brunswick Cancer Network, a division of the New Brunswick Department of Health since 2005. A graduate of St Johns Medical College at Bangalore University, India, he obtained his Fellowship in Radiotherapy and Oncology from the Royal College of Radiologists, London, UK in 1982. He has been practicing as a Radiation Oncologist in Saint John, New Brunswick since 1984. He was Head of the Department of Oncology and Medical Director of the Oncology Program at the Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation, Saint John, NB, from June 1994 to March 2009. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Dalhousie University, Halifax. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies (CAPCA) as well as the Board of directors of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) and the Canadian Cancer Society -NB Division. He also serves as a surveyor for Accreditation Canada.
- Dr. Stephen Lewis, Assistant Scientific Director, Atlantic Cancer Research Institute, Moncton, NB
Dr. Lewis is currently the Assistant Scientific Director at the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of New Brunswick (Saint John), an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at Dalhousie University, and Professeur Associé in the department de chimie et biochimie at Université de Moncton. In addition to his academic appointments, Dr. Lewis is the Chair of the Research Grants Committee for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Atlantic Chapter and a member of several peer review committees. Dr. Lewis is currently investigating how deregulated protein synthesis contributes to the development and progression of cancer, with a particular focus on metastatic breast cancer.
- Ms. Erika Nicholson, Senior Director, Cancer Care at the Nova Scotia Health Authority
Erika Is The Senior Director For The Program Of Care For Cancer With The Nova Scotia Health Authority. She Holds A Bachelor Of Science In Nutritional Science And A Masters Of Health Science In Community Health, Both From The University Of Toronto. She Has Held Leadership Roles In The Private, Not-For-Profit And Public Sectors In Bermuda And Canada. Prior To Joining The Nova Scotia Health Authority, Erika Was Director Of Prevention And Early Detection With Cancer Care Nova Scotia Where She Successfully Led The Development Of An Integrated Strategy For Cancer Prevention Across The Cancer Control Continuum And Was Responsible For The Development Of Nova Scotia's Colon Cancer Prevention Program. In Addition To Her Work In Nova Scotia, Erika Sits On A Number Of Pan-Canadian Cancer Care Committees.
- Mr. Joseph Ramia, President, Rank Inc., Halifax, NS
Mr. Ramia is the CEO of Rank Incorporated, a real estate development company with a portfolio of over 3 million square feet of leasable space in Nova Scotia. His most current development – Nova Centre – is a one million square foot complex that houses the new Nova Scotia convention centre, office towers, hotel, retail and public spaces. Joseph Ramia began his career in the furniture business in 1974. Over the course of thirty-five years he has become a major player in Atlantic Canada’s furniture industry, establishing local and franchise furniture stores, as well as a major furniture distribution centre. In past years, Mr. Ramia has chaired the Canadian Furniture Council, and in 2010, Mr. Ramia was honored as the Canadian Furniture “Retailer of the Year.” In addition to his business interests, Joe Ramia is very much involved with a number of charities in the Halifax area, including the QEII Health Sciences Centre and the Phoenix House for Youth program.
- Dr. Anthony Reiman, Canadian Cancer Society Research Chair, University of New Brunswick; Medical Oncologist, Saint John Regional Hospital; Assistant Dean, Research, Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick
Dr. Reiman is a medical oncologist at the Saint John Regional Hospital, where he provides front line cancer care including diagnosis, systemic therapy and opportunities for patients to participate in research protocols. He is the Canadian Cancer Society Research Chair at the University of New Brunswick, with a focus on novel therapies and biomarkers for multiple myeloma, lymphoma and lung cancer. As Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean, Research for the Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick program, Dr. Reiman has helped to build and maintain a new research program in New Brunswick including cardiovascular research, occupational medicine and oncology and the provision of research opportunities to medical students, undergraduates, residents and postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Reiman serves on the board of directors of the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation and the scientific advisory boards of Myeloma Canada and Lymphoma Canada. He is on several committees of the NCIC Clinical Trials Group and is a member of the US NCI Myeloma Steering Committee and the International Myeloma Working Group. Dr. Reiman has published over 180 peer reviewed cancer research manuscripts and presentations.
- Dr. Brenda Sabo, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
Dr. Sabo is an Associate Professor with the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University where she teaches courses oncology and palliative nursing. She is the supervisor of several graduate students, all of whom have been successful in receiving funding support. Until June 2014 she was a psychotherapist with the Psychosocial Oncology Team, Cancer Care Program, Capital Health where she worked with patients and families living with an affected by cancer across the continuum from diagnosis to end of life. More recently she has taken on the role of facilitator for a brain tumor support group. Her research focuses on psychosocial issues (depression, anxiety, trauma) affecting patients, spouses, caregivers (professional and lay) arising out of the cancer experience, palliative and end of life concerns and healthcare professional education. She has been funded at the local, provincial and national level for her work. Dr. Sabo has numerous publications on distress and quality of life. Dr. Sabo’s research methodologies include qualitative, mixed method and systematic review.
- Mr. Ray Smallwood, First Vice President and Investment Advisor, Wood Gundy, St. John's, NL
Ray Smallwood is a First Vice-President of CIBC Wood Gundy in St. John's, Newfoundland. Mr. Smallwood completed his university education in Halifax, Nova Scotia, before beginning his investment career with CIBC Wood Gundy. Ray graduated from the Masters in Business Administration program at Saint Mary's University after obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree from Dalhousie University. Mr. Smallwood joined CIBC Wood Gundy in 1979 and, after a brief period in Toronto, worked in the Halifax Branch for two years before being appointed Branch Manager of the St. John's Branch in 1982. Mr. Smallwood was made a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute in 1994. In addition, Mr. Smallwood has earned his Certified Investment Manager designation and his Associate Portfolio Manager designation. Mr. Smallwood successfully managed the St. John's Branch for 25 years, and stepped down from the managerial position in the spring of 2007. Mr. Smallwood has not only been active in his industry association, but has also served on a variety of charitable boards and task forces.
- Ms. Heather Strong, Provincial Director, The Terry Fox Foundation, St. John's, NL
Heather Strong is in her 6th year as Newfoundland and Labrador’s provincial director of The Terry Fox Foundation. Throughout this time, event revenues and participation rates across her province have climbed steadily. While The Foundation is proudly positioned among the lowest expense ratios in the non-profit sector, Heather and just 32 colleagues across this country oversee the thousands of events in hundreds of communities, generating over $20M annually for cancer research. Heather is a national caliber curler, representing her province at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts - Canadian Women’s Curling Championships nine times. She also proudly co-parents a cat and two Bernese Mountain Dogs.
- Mr. Brian Thompson, CEO, Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, Halifax, NS
- Mr. Daniel Tweel, Lawyer, Tweel Law, Charlottetown, PE
- Dr. Robin Urquhart, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
Dr. Robin Urquhart is an Assistant Professor and Ramia Scientist in the Department of Surgery at Dalhousie University, with cross-appointments in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and Division of Medical Education. She is also an Affiliate Scientist at the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Her research relates to understanding how scientific evidence moves into clinical practice and policy for persons diagnosed with cancer, and which strategies optimize its implementation, scale-up, and sustained use. The goal of her research is to increase the use of scientific evidence across settings so that important discoveries reach more people, more quickly, and in a more lasting way. Robin’s contributions to health research and health care have been recognized by numerous awards, including the 2014 Discovery Award for Science and Technology (Emerging Professional category).
- Dr. David Waisman, Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS