INAHTA Board Director (2018-2020)
CADTH, Canada

For several years, I’ve been a contributor to INAHTA activities including INAHTA’s Quality Assurance Working Group, the Value Network on Methods and Processes, and the associated Community of Practice (COP). I now wish to extend my involvement and contribute as a Director on INAHTA’s Board.  As a Director, I would continue to contribute to ongoing initiatives whilst helping INAHTA develop new areas. I can support and contribute to objectives in all three strategic areas and in particular, advance INAHTA’s work as it relates to its goals of delivering value to members and cultivating awareness of INAHTA.

My experience working with my international HTA colleagues has influenced my work at CADTH. I’ve learned often we are struggling with the same challenges in our work. The INAHTA community offers a “safe space”, where such challenges can be discussed with HTA bodies, exclusively. I believe INAHTA has an opportunity to enhance such discussion/networking opportunities outside of the Congress through increased efforts and further development of the COP model and expanding the successful INAHTA webinars. Importantly, these activities extend the reach of INAHTA to include additional member agency staff. I look forward to working on further developing these two important activities and creating new engagement activities.

I have recently finished a 19-month secondment to EUnetHTA from CADTH. Though I was familiar with EUnetHTA and many of its partners prior to joining, through a hands-on experience of a secondment I developed a deeper understanding of select national processes and EUnetHTA’s own procedures. While such secondment arrangements might not always be feasible, I’m keen to share some key learnings which may enhance INAHTA’s mentoring program or help to design short secondments that would maximise knowledge exchange. In addition to drawing on my experience with
EUnetHTA itself, I have experience with the established (e.g., Spanish HTA Network) and new/developing (e.g., FINOSE – Finland, Norway, and Sweden) regional HTA networks in Europe and can draw on this experience in the context of INAHTA interacting with other global and regional HTA networks.

I’ve benefited tremendously from INAHTA and I’m eager to give back to the network by serving as a Director.