The British Columbia Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) is pleased to announce the successful recruitment of a highly-qualified operations team to lead and support its recently-established operating unit, Clinical Trials BC.

Alison Orth has been hired as Unit Director, Clinical Trials. She will be responsible for leading Clinical Trials BC to deliver on strategic priorities aimed at developing British Columbia as a world-class destination for clinical trials. A globally certified clinical research coordinator with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University, Alison has more than 20 years of experience leading clinical research teams in both the private and public sector, most recently with the Population Health Observatory at Fraser Health. She recently coauthored a published research protocol and is a co-investigator on two ongoing research studies. A full biography can be found here.

Jean Smart has been hired as Quality & Regulatory Affairs Officer. Her role provides leadership for provincial clinical research regulatory and quality initiatives within our network and various partner initiatives. Jean has more than 30 years of clinical, regulatory quality and research management experience and is a certified regulatory affairs professional. She has participated in numerous provincial and global regulatory initiatives. A full biography can be found here.

Both Alison and Jean were instrumental in transitioning the functions of the former BC Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (BCCRIN) to create Clinical Trials BC under BC AHSN.


Korin Yunker has been seconded from BC Cancer for a two-year term as Provincial Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS) Project Manager. She will manage a provincial initiative, led by Clinical Trials BC, to implement a single CTMS across multiple institutions. CTMS platforms help research teams streamline clinical trial activities by providing a centralized way to track and report on active studies, patient accruals, patient trial schedules and finance activities. Korin has worked in both public and private sector settings to implement database systems within the clinical research environment.

The operations team is available for consultation to all regions in BC. Team members are also focused on establishing and enhancing relationships with external organizational partners, with an eye to leveraging resources and collaborating towards shared goals.

“We’re delighted to have such an experienced team in place to lead this work across the network and ensure we’re delivering tangible value to our clinical research stakeholders,” said Dr. Tom Noseworthy, BC AHSN CEO.

An immediate next step will be the formation of a new advisory council, ensuring representative input from the clinical research community and feedback on key priorities to the management team. Clinical Trials BC has also launched a new website ( to provide stakeholders with the latest information about strategic priorities, services and resources.


About Clinical Trials BC

Clinical Trials BC advances British Columbia’s development as a world-class destination for clinical trials across our province’s hospitals, research institutions and communities. Our mission is to maximize the health, educational, and economic benefits of clinical trials to the citizens of BC. Clinical Trials BC, along with the BC SUPPORT Unit and Research Ethics BC, is a unit of the BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN).


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