Sharon is the Senior Director, Research Ethics for Unity Health Toronto. A health care network comprised of Providence, St. Joseph’s Heath Centre, and St. Michael’s Hospital.
Sharon first joined CAREB in 2003, and has remained an active member. In 2008, she was elected to the CAREB Board of Directors and served as President from 2010-2012. Sharon was the recipient of the CAREB-ACCER President’s Award in 2013. Sharon represented CAREB at the Senate hearings on Canada’s Clinical Trial Infrastructure, and the Canadian General Standards Board development of standards for REBs reviewing clinical trials.
Sharon has also been involved with PRIM&R (Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research) serving on a number of committees, and is currently co-Chair of the PRIM&R Membership Committee.
Sharon began her career as a researcher with the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). She was instrumental in the development of the NWT Cancer Registry. Subsequently, Sharon became the Health Statistician for the GNWT, where she was responsible for the operations of the Community Health Management Information System across the NWT.
In 2012, Sharon was appointed Chair of the CIHR External Advisory Committee for the Streamlining of Health Research Ethics Review in support of the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research. Sharon is also a member of the Clinical Trials Ontario Research Ethics Advisory Group and is a member of their college of reviewers.
Sharon graduated with a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta, majoring in Genetics. She has also completed training at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
In her spare time, Sharon enjoys travelling and cooking.