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Population Data BC (PopData) operates within a governance and management framework, which includes the following:

  • The Data Stewards Working Group includes Data Stewards from each organisation whose Data PopData administers or is soon to administer. Its objectives are to advise and support PopData and to ensure that the policy and process framework for access to Data meets their privacy and security expectations. 
  • The Advisory Board convenes five times a year (and as needed) and plays a critical role in guiding PopData and its operations on core issues, such as strategy, policy, funding, and security. The Advisory Board is comprised of leaders in the research field and has representation from multiple institutions.
  • PopData’s Scientific Director provides overall leadership, board engagement, and a focus on external relations and strategy development. The Scientific Director has delegated accountability and responsibility for PopData’s functions and is responsible to the Interim Advisory Board.
  • PopData’s Managing Director and unit Leads are involved in the day-to-day management of PopData.
  • Additionally, PopData (UBC) is accountable to both Data Stewards and the public through signed data sharing agreements.

> For a visual representation of our organisation, please view our Organisational Chart

Advisory Board Members

The Population Data BC Interim Advisory Board provides direction for achieving our mission as an organisation. In practice, this means directing and guiding the Executive Director in the development of Population Data BC's infrastructure development as well as its operations.


Morris BarerMorris L. Barer, Senior Faculty, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR), University of British Columbia

Morris L. Barer is a Professor in the Health Services and Policy Division within the School of Population and Public Health. He was the inaugural Scientific Director of the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (one of the thirteen Canadian Institutes of Health Research).   > Read more ...

Stirling Bryan, Scientific Director, BC SUPPORT Unit

Dr. Stirling Bryan is an economist with a career-long specialization in health care. His early career was spent in the UK, with appointments in London and Birmingham. In 2005, as a Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy, he spent a year at Stanford University, moving to Canada in 2008. He is a Professor in UBC’s School of Population & Public Health, and a Senior Scientist at Vancouver Coastal Health’s Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation. His research seeks to inform policy and practice: in the UK, he had an extensive involvement with the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE); and in Canada, he chaired CADTH’s Health Technology Expert Review Panel. Currently, he chairs the Advisory Board for CIHR’s Institute for Health Services & Policy Research, and is a Board member of the Canadian Association for Health Services & Policy Research. In 2006, he was appointed Scientific Director for the BC SUPPORT Unit, a component part of BC’s Academic Health Sciences Network, focused on promoting patient-oriented research.

Helen BurtHelen Burt, Associate Vice President Research & Innovation, University of British Columbia

Dr Burt has been serving as the Vice President Research & International, pro tem since May 2016 and was the Associate Vice President Research in the Vice President Research & International Office at the University of British Columbia from 2011-2016. She is a professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC. She was born in Manchester, England and obtained her B. Pharm.(Hons) from the University of Bath and her Ph.D in Pharmaceutics from UBC. She has published over 170 peer-reviewed papers and 8 patents. She has been the recipient of several teaching prizes and research awards, including the UBC Killam Teaching Prize and Killam Faculty Research Prize, NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation, CSPS Award of Leadership in Canadian Pharmaceutical Sciences and YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Science, Research and Technology. She is a founding scientist in the Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) and a member of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.   > Read more ...

Robin CiceriRobin Ciceri, Vice-President, External Relations, University of British Columbia

Robin Ciceri is Vice-President, External Relations at The University of British Columbia.  In her role, Robin leads UBC’s communications, campus and community planning, government relations and broad-based engagement with communities.  As Vice-President, External Relations, Robin supports the university in accomplishing the vision and goals and commitments as set out in the strategic plan: Shaping UBC’s Next Century.

Before joining UBC, Robin was the President of The Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia responsible for strategic advice, system leadership and advocating on behalf of the presidents of BC’s research universities.  Previous to this, Robin held a number of BC Government leadership positions including Deputy Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, Deputy Minister of Human Resources, Deputy Minister of Small Business and Revenue and CEO of the Public Sector Employers’ Council Secretariat.

Robin currently serves on the Boards of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, BC Academic Health Science Network, LifeSciences BC, Digital Technology Supercluster and UBC Properties Trust.

Heather Davidson, Assistant Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Health

Dr. Davidson holds a PhD in Psychology (Adult Development and Aging) from the University of Victoria, British Columbia.   She has worked for the BC government since 1991 in a series of progressively senior positions, mostly in the Ministry of Health. She is currently Assistant Deputy Minister of the Partnerships and Innovation Division with responsibilities for research & innovation, legislation and intergovernmental relations.  She was an early advocate for evidence-based policy and decision making and has maintained strong linkages with the research community throughout her government career.  She sits on the Board(s) of the Academic Health Science Network, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability and is a member of the Medical Services Commission. 

Hayden Lansdell, Chief Data Officer, Digital Platforms and Data Division, Ministry of Citizen's Services

Hayden Lansdell is the Chief Data Officer (CDO) for the Digital Platforms and Data Division in the BC Ministry of Citizens’ Services. As CDO, Hayden provides oversight to government-wide initiatives focused on enabling access to and use of public sector data.

Previously, Hayden was the Executive Director for Strategy at the Ministry of International Trade where he oversaw BC's international marketing activities. Prior to joining the Ministry of International Trade, Hayden was the Communications Director in the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training. This position followed Hayden's eight years of work in Ottawa where he led a number of regulatory policy and pharmaceutical policy initiatives at both Health Canada and Environment Canada. 

Michael Masson, Associate Vice-President, Research, University of Victoria

Dr. Masson earned an honours B.A. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Colorado. After a postdoctoral year at Carnegie Mellon University, he joined the University of Victoria in 1980. He is currently Professor of Psychology and was Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences from 2015 to 2019. He was also Chair of Psychology from 1997-2001. In 2018, Dr. Masson received the Donald O. Hebb Distinguished Contribution Award from the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science, and in 2010 he received the Richard C. Tees Distinguished Leadership Award from the same organization. He has served on grant panels for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) four times since 1991.

Dr. Masson’s research is in the area of human cognition and memory and most recently he has been studying basic mechanisms underlying the relation between cognition and action. His research has been continuously supported by NSERC since 1981.

Dugan ONeilDugan O'Neil, Associate Vice President, Research, Simon Fraser University

As the Associate Vice-President, Research, Dugan O’Neil works closely with the Vice-President, Research and shares responsibility for academic leadership in, and administration of, research and other scholarly activities. Together, they work to raise SFU’s research profile to an internationally competitive level.

Activities include the encouragement, facilitation and administration of research across faculties and other offices at SFU.

He is cited for integrating sophisticated digital infrastructure into a diverse scientific community that spans engineering, natural sciences, health, social sciences and humanities.


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