Alison Orth, Unit Director

Alison is a Clinical Research Professional with more than 20 years of experience leading health research studies and project teams at both community and academic sites. She has a passion for quality, integrity and continuous improvement.A globally certified clinical research coordinator with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University, Alison has facilitated more than 80 industry and grant-funded clinical trials, outbreak investigations, retrospective chart reviews, attitudinal surveys and evaluation projects.  She has held a variety of research leadership positions in the public and private sectors, including at TASC Research Services, at a large multi-investigator site, and most recently within the Population Health Observatory at Fraser Health.

As part of her role with Clinical Trials BC, Alison is leading a national initiative to engage research participants about their experience with clinical research in order to enhance patient and public participation in trials and their overall experience as a participant.  Recently she coauthored a published outbreak research protocol and is a co-investigator on two research studies.



Jean Smart, Regulatory Affairs & Quality Officer

Jean Smart is a certified regulatory affairs professional with more than 30 years of clinical, regulatory quality and research management experience. She has participated in numerous provincial and global regulatory initiatives. She is currently active on national and international project committees, teams and boards. Her education and specialization is in regulatory policy and governance, research program development, and quality training.As Quality & Regulatory Affairs Officer for Clinical Trials BC, Jean is responsible for the regulatory leadership of provincial and external cooperative initiatives. Acting as a resource to internal and external stakeholders, she focuses on regulatory and quality management program training and development to enhance compliance, regulatory awareness and develop expertise to build clinical research capacity in British Columbia.



Sarah Hanif, Project Coordinator

Sarah Hanif has more than ten years of administrative experience across the healthcare and financial sector. In this position, she provides project support for the unit. Sarah graduated from the University College of Birmingham, UK with a National Diploma in Sports and Holistic Therapies. She has extensive experience with all project and administrative tasks.

Most recently, Sarah has been involved with the implementation and planning of the new Job Board launch for Clinical Trials BC, which is a new online platform to post and promote positions located in British Columbia across the clinical research and trials sector for stakeholders.



Photograph of Marc Saunders, Project Manager Marc Saunders, Project Manager

Marc’s focus as Project Manager is to manage the implementation of British Columbia’s CTMS. He is responsible for driving alignment around new processes and best practices for clinical trials, and will help support sites with their implementations.

Marc previously worked with the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) where he spent several years as Community Outreach Coordinator for clinical and research education. At VCHRI, Marc became an active member of CTBC’s Clinical Trials Management System Program working group and became familiar with the program, and with the members of the team.

Marc holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria and a Masters of Biomedical Technology from the University of Calgary.

Aoife Kelly, Administrative Assistant

Aoife Kelly is the Administrative Assistant supporting CTBC and Research Ethics BC( REBC). She has over six years administrative experience, working in Ireland, France and the US.

Aoife holds a Masters degree in Gender and Women’s Studies from Trinity College Dublin and a postgraduate certificate in Sexuality and Sexual Health Education from Dublin City University.

Dan Enjo, Communications Lead

Dan Enjo is the Communications Lead of BC AHSN, which includes heading the communications strategies of the Clinical Trials BC, Research Ethics BC and BC SUPPORT Unit. He builds, supports and maintains the identity, reputation and brand of all units of the BC AHSN organization.