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
Quality & Regulatory Affairs 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.

 

 

Korin Yunker
Provincial Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS) Project Manager

Korin Yunker has a deep knowledge of database systems within the clinical research environment. She spent seven years in the biotechnology industry, where she was involved in developing and taking to clinic a novel, first-in-class drug targeting infectious disease.

Following this, she was the Site Manager at a privately-held clinical research site, where she successfully implemented of the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax incentive program for the company and transitioned the site to a more functional Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS) platform.

Most recently, Korin worked as a Project Manager within the Provincial Clinical Trial Department at BC Cancer. She was responsible for rolling out EDGE across six regional centres and supported planning for a new CTMS and Cerner EHR adoption.

 

 

Sarah Hanif
Senior Administrative Assistant

Sarah Hanif has more than ten years of administrative experience across the healthcare and financial sector. In this position, she provides administrative and project support to Clinical Trials BC and Research Ethics BC. Sarah graduated from the University College of Birmingham, UK with a National Diploma in Sports and Holistic Therapies.

She has extensive experience with all administrative tasks, including scheduling and correspondence, website maintenance, organizing travel, submission of expense claims, as well as providing support on various projects.

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.

 

 

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