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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, Director, Senior Faculty, UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR)

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

Helen BurtHelen Burt, Associate Vice President Research & International, UBC

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, President, Research Universities' Council of BC

Robin Ciceri is the President of The Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia. Robin joined the Council in 2010 after a career in the BC government where she held a number of leadership positions including Deputy Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development and CEO of the Public Sector Employers’ Council. Prior to this, Robin was Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Deputy Minister of Small Business and Revenue.

Robin currently serves on the Boards of the BC Innovation Council, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the BC Academic Health Sciences Network, the BC Council for International Education, the Immigrant Employment Council of BC and LifeSciences BC. Robin also serves on the Presidents’ Group providing advice to the Minister of Social Development and Innovation.  Robin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Professional Certificate in Secondary Education, and a Master of Public Administration.

Heather Davidson, Assistant Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Health

Hayden Lansdell, Executive Lead, Integrated Data Division, BC Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology

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.


Page last revised: January 16, 2019