The Oversight Board is made up of representatives from the U of A, AHS, SCHF and AWHF. The board ensures that WCHRI meets the highest standard of good governance, including accountability and transparency and delivers quality, innovative research. The board provides strategic direction and is responsible for making sure that legal and regulatory requirements are met, approving the annual budget and monitoring WCHRI’s overall performance.

Oversight Board members

Brenda HemmelgarnDean, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, U of A (Chair)
Steven Dew
(Greta Cummings, Designate)
Provost & Vice-President Academic, U of A
Aminah Robinson FayekVice President, Research & Innovation, U of A
Sarah ForgieChair, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, U of A
Jane SchulzInterim Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, U of A
Lawrence RicherVice Dean, Research (Clinical), Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, U of A
Shanthi JohnsonDean, School of Public Health, U of A
Lorne TyrrellDirector, Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, U of A
Kathryn ToddVice President, Provincial Clinical Excellence, AHS
Christine WesterlundSenior Operating Officer, Stollery Children’s Hospital, AHS
Janie ClinkSenior Operating Officer, Royal Alexandra Hospital, AHS
Mike HousePresident & CEO, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation
Jeff BrysonBoard of Trustees representative, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation
Sharlene RutherfordPresident & CEO, Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation
Dianne BalonBoard of Directors representative, Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation
Ex -officio (non-voting members)
Sandra DavidgeInstitute Executive Director
Todd AlexanderInstitute Associate Director
Katherine SweetDirector of Strategic Partnerships, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation
Updated September 2021

The Scientific Advisory Committee is made up of internationally renowned research leaders. The committee provides an external viewpoint and advises WCHRI on a number of topics relevant to institute structure and strategy—research themes, operations, mentorship, leadership, evaluation, etc. The committee also offers WCHRI a mechanism to build national and international collaborations with other like-minded institutes and networks.

Scientific Advisory Committee members

Daniel Benjamin, MD, PhD

  • Kiser-Arena Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Duke University
  • Chair, Pediatric Trials Network
  • Associate Director, Duke Clinical Research Institute

Daniel Goldowitz, PhD

  • Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia
  • Senior Scientist, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, University of British Columbia

Annette Majnemer, OT, PhD, FCAHS

  • Vice Dean, Education, Faculty of Medicine
  • Professor, School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, McGill University
  • Director, CHILD-BRIGHT Network

Patrick McGrath, OC, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS

  • Professor, Department of Psychology, Dalhousie University
  • Former Vice President Research, Innovation and Knowledge Translation for the IWK Health Centre and the Nova Scotia Health Authority

Paula Rochon, MD, MPH, FCAHS

  • VP Research, Women’s College Hospital (WCH)
  • Professor, Department of Medicine and Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, University of Toronto
    RTO/ERO Chair in Geriatric Medicine

The Program Advisory Committee is made up of U of A cross-faculty representatives. The committee represents member interests and advises WCHRI’s executive director on programs and operations, which includes:

  • providing guidance on the development, prioritization and alignment of WCHRI programs and services;
  • assisting in the determination of performance indicators and reviewing actual performance against those indicators;
  • assisting in the dissemination of key WCHRI outcomes and results; and,
  • providing guidance on operational and business issues, especially issues that would compromise the success of WCHRI.

Theme leads are appointed within the Program Advisory Committee by the executive director. Their role is to provide more focused attention towards:

  • developing a community of member researchers within each theme area;
  • identifying opportunities to better support theme areas through existing programs and operations; and,
  • assisting with ongoing strategic planning by developing goals and objectives that will support theme area development.

Program Advisory Committee members

Todd AlexanderAssociate Director, WCHRI
Geoff BallAssociate Chair, Research, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
Rhonda BellProfessor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
WCHRI theme lead for pregnancy and developmental trajectories
Margie DavenportAssociate Professor,  Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation
Sandra DavidgeExecutive Director, WCHRI
Greg FunkProfessor, Physiology, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry;
Lead, WCHRI Shared Lab Space
Carla HilarioAssistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing
Lisa HornbergerProfessor, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
Maria MayanProfessor, Faculty of Extension
Jacqueline PeiAssociate Professor, Educational Psychology, Faculty of Education
Lesley PritchardAssistant Professor, Physical Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
Sue RossCavarzan Chair in Women’s Health Research
WCHRI theme lead for lifelong women’s health
Alexa ThompsonPhD student, Laboratory Medicine & Pathology, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
Lonnie ZwaigenbaumProfessor, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
Updated September 2021

Contact the Trainee Advisory Committee if you have comments or suggestions for trainee activities or if you would like more information.

The WCHRI Trainee Advisory Committee shall be responsible for the following areas:

  • Member faculties/departments
  • Research theme (child, maternal, women)
  • Levels/types of training (graduate, postdoctoral, residency)

The Trainee Advisory Committee is aimed at engaging in-training members in WCHRI programs and activities. The Trainee Advisory Committee reports to the Program Advisory Committee and shall be responsible for the following areas:

  • Representing in-training member interests in WCHRI
  • Providing feedback and suggestions to improve WCHRI programs and trainee engagement
  • Providing input on career and skill-building opportunities for in-training members
  • Advising on WCHRI Research Day workshops, topics and format
  • Participating in WCHRI Research Day activities as co-judges, co-moderators, timers, etc
  • Other topics as determined by the committee and approved by Program Advisory Committee

Trainee Advisory Committee members

Lauren Higa
Stephanie Yanow and Denise HemmingsUndergraduate studentPregnancySchool of Public Health; Medical Microbiology & Immunology
Forough JahandidehStephane BourquePostdoctoral FellowChild, PregnancyAnesthesiology & Pain Medicine
Brittany MattenchukMargie DavenportPhD candidatePregnancyKinesiology, Sport and Recreation
Ehsan Misaghi (delegate chair)Andrew WaskiewiczMD/PhD candidateChildren, PregnancyScience
Vaishvi PatelSue RossMedical studentWomenObstetrics & Gynecology
Kaya Persad
Gary LopaschukMasters studentChildrenPediatrics
Nicole RodriguezAnita KozyrskyjMasters studentChildren, Pregnancy, WomenPediatrics
Matthea SandersonPeter Kannu and Stacey HumePostdoctoral FellowChild, WomenMedical Genetics
Alexa Thompson (chair)Carmen CharltonPhD candidatePregnancyLaboratory Medicine & Pathology
Adrianne WatsonAnastassia VoronovaPhD candidateChildrenMedical Genetics
WCHRI Senior StaffTanya VothWCHRI
Updated January 2022