Leadership Model

BRIC-NS is governed through a tri-partite leadership model comprised of a scientific, clinical and policy lead.  This model ensures that the network’s patient-oriented research efforts are not only scientifically sound but clinically relevant and practically feasible.  The goal is to produce quality results that are broadly applied to improve the quality, cost effectiveness and outcome of care.

Science Lead: Fred Burge, MD – Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and Epidemiology, Director, Primary Care Research Unit, Dalhousie University

Clinical Lead: Rick Gibson, MD – Family Physician and Senior Medical Director, Primary Health Care and Department of Family Practice , Nova Scotia Health Authority

Policy co-Lead: Lynn Edwards, MHA –  Senior Director, Primary Health Care & Chronic Disease Management, Nova Scotia Health Authority

Policy co-Lead: Denise MacDonald-Billard, MPA – Project Executive (Senior Director), Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness


Additional expertise and leadership is provided by the BRIC NS Co-Investigators:

Lois Jackson, PhD – Professor of Health Promotion, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University

Sara Kirk, PhD – Canada Research Chair in Health Services Research, Scientific Director, Healthy Populations Institute, Dalhousie University

Emily Gard Marshall, PhD – Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University

Ruth Martin-Misener, PhD – Professor, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University

BRIC NS Staff manage the day-to-day operations of the network:

Network Director: Beverley Lawson, MSc Senior Research Associate, Department of Family Medicine, Dalhousie University

Network Manager: Jessica Nowlan, MISt