HDRN Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Christina Weise, Mahadeo Sukhai, Rebecca Fuhrer, and Robert Bell to its Board of Directors.
With decades of experience in working across disciplines both in Canada and internationally, they bring diverse perspectives and expertise to provide responsible and effective governance of HDRN Canada.
Christina Weise is the Interim Executive Director of the National Alliance for Provincial Health Research Organizations (NAPHRO). Before joining NAPHRO she was the Chief Executive Officer of Research Manitoba which promotes and provides support for research in health, natural and social sciences, engineering and humanities in Manitoba. Christina serves on numerous Boards including as Vice Chair of the Institute Advisory Board with the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, and as members of the Dean’s External Advisory Committee for the Faculty of Science, University of Manitoba, of the Health in Common Board of Directors and of the Advisory Council for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.
Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai is the world’s first congenitally blind biomedical research scientist. Mahadeo is Director of Research and Chief Inclusion and Accessibility Officer for the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind), having previously served as a researcher at the University Health Network in Toronto. Dr. Sukhai also holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, Queens University (Kingston, ON, Canada). In his role at CNIB, Mahadeo leads a significant research program focused on social determinants of health and inclusion for people living with sight loss in Canada. He also is responsible for organizational employee culture-building strategy related to inclusion, accessibility and employee wellness. Dr. Sukhai also co-founded IDEA-STEM, an organization dedicated to accessibility in science education, and NOVA, the international Network of researchers with Visual impairments and their Allies, a new professional society with the mission to improve accessibility and inclusion in the biomedical sciences for researchers with vision loss.
Rebecca Fuhrer is a Professor at McGill University in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health and served as Department Chair (2002-2012) and inaugural Director (2011-2016) of the MScPH Program. Her research centers on social determinants of mental disorders, cognitive aging, and the population level impact of mental health services; her experience includes participation in, and direction of, epidemiological cohort studies in France and the UK. Throughout her career, she has focused on the importance of the integrity of health and medical data collected and used for evidence-informed clinical and public health decision-making, and how state-of-the-art technologies can be harnessed to ensure optimal quality and improved access.
Robert Bell served as Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Health from 2014 to 2018. Prior to this role, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of University Health Network for nine years. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer at Princess Margaret Hospital, the Chair of Cancer Care Ontario’s Clinical Council and the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario. As an internationally recognized orthopedic surgeon, health system executive, clinician-scientist, and educator, Dr. Bell has more than 40 years of health care experience. Today he provides advice to a number of private and public organizations and has published his first novel “Hip”. All proceeds from that novel benefit the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.