Erin Cherban, MSc, CCRP
Chief Clinical Research Officer

Erin Cherban rejoined the CTN in 2016. As Chief Clinical Research Officer, she is responsible for ensuring that clinical trial and research services, including project management and strategies for ongoing implementation are in place to support clinical trials conducted across the CTN. She is also responsible for monitoring.

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Erin previously worked with the CTN from 1999 to 2010 and rejoined in 2016. In the interim, she served as Director of Clinical Research Operations at the Rick Hansen Institute.

After completing her Master of Sciences degree, Erin worked in academic and pharmaceutical-sponsored clinical research organizations. Her expertise includes clinical trial concept and protocol development; international, multi-centre clinical trial project management; monitoring/auditing clinical trial sites; and collaborative leadership of multidisciplinary teams. Throughout her career in research, Erin has actively volunteered to develop and promote clinical research continuing education and professional development. In addition to being a Network of Networks (N2) board member, she was elected to the Society of Clinical Research Administrator (SoCRA) board of directors from 2006 to 2009 and currently proctors SoCRA Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP®) examinations.

Dana Nohynek, MSc, RAC
Director, Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance

Dana joined the CTN as a director of regulatory affairs and quality assurance in 2013. She leads the regulatory and quality affairs functions within the CTN through the management of infrastructure and guidelines for creating, maintaining and enhancing administrative, regulatory and quality assurance systems associated with conducting clinical trials. Dana has the overall responsibility for developing, facilitating and executing regulatory strategies to support CTN studies and to oversee the maintenance and compliance of quality systems.

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Dana holds a BSc (Honors) from the University of Waterloo (1998), a MSc from the University of Toronto (2000) and a RAC certification (2006) granted by the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS). She has >10 years of industry experience that includes the development of regulatory strategies throughout various phases of clinical investigation, extensive interactions with regulatory authorities, preparation and submission of applications to health agencies in Canada, the United States and Europe. In addition, Dana has implemented quality systems, developed internal training programs, and participated in agency audits.

Dana has worked for small to mid-size biotech and medical device companies as well as with large pharma. She is an executive member of RAPS’s Southern BC chapter.

Kevin Pendergraft
Manager, Communications and Knowledge Translation

Kevin Pendergraft joined the CTN in 2003 and is responsible for the content, tone and design of the Network’s many bilingual electronic and print publications.

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Kevin’s other duties include coordinating the work of the Community Advisory Committee, assisting senior management and researchers with presentations and materials to support clinical trial activity, presenting workshops on clinical trials and representing the CTN in the HIV community, among researchers and with other stakeholders. In tandem with the chief administrative officer, he leads the annual reporting to CIHR.

Following a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University, Kevin’s comes to the CTN with over twenty years experience in communications including advertising, marketing, organizing events, writing, and print and website design.

Mirek Piaseczny, PhD
Chief Information Officer

Dr. Mirek Piaseczny joined the CTN in 1992, not long after the founding of the network. He is responsible for Information Technology (systems and systems administration), as well as for software development and data management.

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Mirek has over 30 years of experience in leading the development, implementation, and management of information technology solutions in areas of clinical research and the health care delivery process. His expertise includes clinical systems design, systems architecture, software development, interface development and health data exchanges. Mirek has a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Lodz, Poland (1978), and a PhD in Natural Sciences, Health Informatics from the Medical Academy of Lodz, Poland (1984).

His work experience includes the BC Renal Agency, the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHEOS), Circle Drugs Ltd and the Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine. Mirek’s professional interests include clinical trials, electronic health records, health registries, and administrative databases.

Jacqueline Sas
Manager, Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and Committees

Jacqueline Sas joined the CTN in 1990 and was one of the network’s first employees. She provides administrative oversight and strategic vision for the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and for the CTN’s numerous committees.

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Jacqueline’s other responsibilities include planning and managing CTN’s semi-annual meetings, participating in international conferences, liaising with numerous pharmaceutical and health organizations to search for potential funds for domestic and international fellowships and providing guidance to committees through the CTN’s review process. She is proficient in French, English and Spanish and manages three off-site translators. She also provides expertise to the project managers running CTN trials by proofreading informed consents and case report forms.

Originally from Peru, Jacqueline started her career working at UNESCO in Paris while finishing her French Language Training at the Université Paris-Sorbonne. Jacqueline moved back to Lima and worked at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) based in the Canadian Embassy before moving to Canada.

Joel Singer, PhD
Program Head, Methodology and Statistics

Dr. Singer received his honours BSc from McGill University in 1972 and went on to the University of Waterloo, where he obtained his MA and PhD in human experimental psychology. In 1979, he joined the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University where he played a key role in designing trials in the fields of cardiology and health promotion and in the design and evaluation of quality of life instruments. He joined the CTN at its inception in 1990.

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Dr. Singer is a professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) where he is Associate Director of the MHSc program. He is involved as a co-investigator in trials of HIV, arthritis, ICU care, health promotion and neonatology, and has published widely in major journals as lead methodologist on many RCTs. Dr. Singer is a member of the CTN’s Data Safety Monitoring Committee, and Chair of the Data Safety Monitoring Board for the Ontario Clinical Oncology Group.

Kristin Westland, BA, MA, CRM, CPA, CMA
Chief Administrative Officer

Ms. Kristin Westland joined the CTN as chief administrative officer in March 2014 and brings over fifteen years of experience in research administration. In addition to the CTN, she is the Director of Operations for the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS), a UBC Faculty of Medicine research centre located at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, BC. Kristin joined CHÉOS in 2010 after working as the Programme Manager for the Collaboration for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC. She has also served as the Director of Operations for the provincial BC Centre for Improved Cardiovascular Health (ICVHealth).

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Before moving to British Columbia, Kristin worked for a number of organizations in Massachusetts, US, including Eaton Vance Management in Boston where she was a research department assistant. Originally hailing from Kenora, Ontario, she holds a BA and MA, is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), and holds the Canadian Risk Management (CRM) professional designation.

Hubert Wong, PhD
Associate Head, Methodology and Statistics

Dr. Wong is the senior biostatistician for the CTN. His duties include assisting researchers in the design of their clinical trials and overseeing the analysis of study data. He currently serves on the CTN’s Scientific Review Committee and CTN’s Data Safety Monitoring Committee. He received his PhD in 2000 from the Department of Statistics, and holds a faculty appointment in the School of Population and Public Health, both at the University of British Columbia.

Karin Bezuidenhout, B.Bibl, MBA
Data Management Operations Lead

Karin Bezuidenhout joined the CTN in 2015. As Data Management Operations Lead she is responsible for the organization and execution of the CTN data processes and strategies. Karin holds a B.Bibl (1998) and a MBA (2006) from the University of the Free State, South Africa, and has more than 11 years’ experience in clinical data management. Before moving to the CTN, Karin worked for a leading Contract Research Organization as Lead Data Manager on multiple global Phase II, III and IV studies, with experience in various EDC and paper-based systems.

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