Photograph of Marc Saunders, Project Manager

Clinical Trials BC (CTBC), an operational unit of the British Columbia Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) is pleased to announce that Marc Saunders is the unit’s incoming Project Manager effective May 8th, 2020.

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 (CTMS) working group and became familiar with the program, and with the members of the team.

In his new role, Marc’s initial focus will be to manage the implementation of British Columbia’s CTMS – an online platform used to plan, manage, and maintain clinical trials and is supported by cloud-based software which collects and stores trial data. He will be responsible for driving alignment around new processes and best practices for clinical trials, and will help support sites with their implementations.

“We’re delighted for Marc to join our team and help lead a successful implementation of the CTMS across our partner organizations,” says Alison Orth, Clinical Trials BC’s Unit Director. “Marc’s knowledge of the clinical trial processes and supports needed by clinical research sites will be invaluable to moving this work forward.”

Before being at CTBC and VCHRI, Marc worked with Island Health in Victoria as a clinical research assistant and as a renal dialysis technician. He also worked as a laboratory assistant in the Dr. Raad Nashmi Neurobiology Lab in the same city.

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


Clinical Trials BC ( advances British Columbia’s development as a world-class destination for clinical trials across the province’s hospitals, research institutions and communities. Its mission is to maximize the health, educational, and economic benefits of clinical trials to the citizens of BC.

The British Columbia Academic Health Science Network’s ( role is to advance learning health systems in BC and to enable innovations within the system that make the best use of provincial assets, resources and expertise. BC AHSN’s operational units include the BC SUPPORT Unit, Clinical Trials BC and Research Ethics BC.

For more information:
Dan Enjo, Communications Lead