The governance of WCHRI is defined in a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Alberta Health Services (AHS), the governors of the University of Alberta (U of A), the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation (SCHF) and the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation (RAHF).   

Oversight Board

The Oversight Board is made up of representatives from the U of A, AHS, SCHF and RAHF. 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 
Richard Fedorak Dean, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, U of A (Chair)
Steve Dew
(Randy Goebel, Designate)
Provost & Vice-President Academic, U of A
Lorne Babiuk
(Randy Goebel, Delegate)
Vice-President, Research, U of A
Susan Gilmour Chair, Department of Pediatrics, U of A
Radha Chari Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, U of A
David Evans   Vice-Dean, Research, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, U of A
Kue Young Dean, School of Public Health, U of A
Lorne Tyrrell Director, Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, U of A
Kathryn Todd Vice-President Research, Innovation and Analytics, AHS (Vice-Chair)
Christine Westerlund Senior Operating Officer, Stollery Children's Hospital, AHS
Judith Hockney Senior Operating Officer, Royal Alexandra Hospital & Sturgeon Community Hospital, AHS
Mike House   President/CEO, Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation
Jeff Bryson Board of Trustees representative, Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation
Andrew Otway   President/CEO, Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation
Melanie Nakatsui  Board of Directors representative, Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation
Ex -officio (non-voting members)
Sandra Davidge Institute Executive Director
Lawrence Richer Institute Associate Director
updated November 2017

Scientific Advisory Committee

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
Scientific Director, Kids Brain Health Network

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

Program Advisory Committee

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 which 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 (all U of A staff)
Todd Alexander Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
Geoff Ball Professor, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
Rhonda Bell Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
WCHRI theme lead for healthy development
Margie Davenport Assistant Professor, Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation
Sandra Davidge Executive Director, WCHRI
David Eisenstat Professor, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
Lisa Hornberger Professor, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
Gary Lopaschuk  Associate Chair, Research, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
Andrew Mackie Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
Lawrence Richer  Associate Director, WCHRI
WCHRI theme lead for children’s health and well-being
Sue Ross  Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
WCHRI theme lead for lifelong women’s health
Shannon Scott Professor, Faculty of Nursing
Lonnie Zwaigenbaum Professor, Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
updated October 2017