The Health Data Research Network's Board of Directors provides responsible and effective governance over the organization's activities and affairs.

Directors represent a variety of backgrounds, including clinicians, researchers, patients and decision-makers. They bring a diversity of views and perspectives informed by their unique experiences within the healthcare system, including by gender, by age and by region of residence, within rural and urban settings.

Directors are elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and serve for a term of three years. The Interim Advisory Board was established in January 2019

Cathy Fooks

Cathy Fooks

Chair of the Board

Cathy Fooks is the President and CEO of The Change Foundation.  Based in Toronto, the Foundation is dedicated to independent analysis and informed debate on current and emerging health issues.

Prior to her position at the Foundation, Cathy was the founding Executive Director of the Health Council of Canada where she was responsible for implementing the Council’s mandate of reporting to Canadians about health care renewal.  She has held other executive positions with the Canadian Policy Research Networks, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

Ms. Fooks brings with her over thirty years experience in health policy and research, government affairs and media relations. She has written numerous articles and reports on the Canadian health care system. She holds degrees in political science and economics from Trent University, (Hons B.A.), and Queen’s University, (M.A.). She has completed the Executive Program in Change Management at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto as well as the Executive Program in Strategic Perspectives for Non-Profit Management at the Harvard Business School.

Guy Bujold

Guy Bujold

Vice-Chair of the Board

Guy Bujold is a consulting retired senior executive.

He was Chair of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP from September 2017 to January 2019. Since retiring from CANARIE Inc. where he was President and C.E.O. from October of 2008 to February 2010, Mr. Bujold has provided strategic advice to private and public sector clients in the areas of policy, program development and uptake, and communications.

Mr. Bujold has held a number of senior positions in the federal public service including those of President of the Canadian Space Agency; Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Special Projects in the Deputy Minister’s Office,  Assistant Deputy Minister of the Science and Innovation Sector, and Assistant Deputy Minister of the Operations Sector at Industry Canada; Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy and Communications at Infrastructure Canada; Deputy Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard; and Assistant Deputy Minister, Corporate Services for the Department of Finance and Treasury Board Secretariat.

Anne Martin-Matthews

Anne Martin-Matthews

Secretary of the Board, Chair of Nominations Committee

Anne Martin-Matthews is the Associate Vice-President Health and a Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. She served the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) on a secondment as Acting Vice-President Research, Knowledge Translation and Ethics  (2017-2018). From 2004-2011, she was Scientific Director of CIHR’s Institute of Aging. There, she championed the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging, the Mobility in Aging strategic initiative, and established CIHR’s Summer Programme in Aging. Throughout her 40 year career, Anne’s research has focused on aging and old age, social care and health, and home care. She has been Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal on Aging and President, Research Committee on Aging, International Sociological Association. At UBC she has held administrative roles as Associate Dean Research, and Dean pro tem in the Faculty of Arts.

Anne holds a PhD from McMaster University, and honourary degrees from Newcastle University (UK) and her alma mater, Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has received Killam and national awards for her excellence in student mentoring. Anne serves on the Board of Directors of AGEWELL: Canada’s Technology and Aging Network, and in advisory roles for Finland’s Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. In 2018 she was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada, in recognition of her research contributions in aging.

Chris Power

Chris Power

Treasurer of the Board, Chair of Finance Committee

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.  

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Masters in Health Services Administration from Dalhousie University. She is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, and holds a Fellowship in Management for Executive Nurses from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In 2003, she received the Award for Excellence and Innovation from the Canadian College of Health Services Executives and in 2007 received an Award of Excellence from the Halifax Progress Club. She was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the Public-Sector Category three years in a row from 2007-2009 and in 2010 was inducted into the Hall of Fame. She was named one of the Top 50 CEO’s in Atlantic Canada four times and in 2013 was inducted into the Top 50 CEOs Hall of Fame. In 2013 Chris received an honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from St. Mary’s University.