Clinical Trials BC

About us


We support clinical trial investigators, sites and institutions to ensure a world-class destination for clinical trials. Focusing on infrastructure and capacity building with a collaborative approach, we enable clinical trial excellence across British Columbia. 


As part of Michael Smith Health Research BC, we work with our cross-organizational teams, BC SUPPORT Unit and Research Ethics BC, and our partners and stakeholders to advance and support health research that benefits the people of BC.

What we do

Workforce innovation and training

  • Professional certification and mentoring
  • Training and development for BC’s clinical research community
  • Hosting webinars and speaker series with local experts

Site support and clinical research navigation

  • Navigation of and guidance around BC’s provincial clinical trial network
  • Program development and implementation
  • Site education and training
  • Regulatory, compliance and quality consulting
  • Audit and inspection preparation

Advancing clinical trials provincially, nationally and internationally

  • Representing the province within the global regulatory environment
  • Participating in expert working groups on national clinical trials governance and policy initiatives
  • Leading and contributing to strategic planning and infrastructure initiatives that benefit clinical trial sites and teams
  • Generating data and knowledge to understand and improve the patient/participant experience, and make practice improvements

Developing and providing provincially accessible tools and resources

  • Online clinical research tools, resources and e-learning programs
  • Implementation support for quality management system (QMS) frameworks
  • Clinical trial management system (CTMS)
  • Patient and researcher volunteer database (REACH BC)

I am a researcher and/or on a research team

Clinical Trials BC supports researchers and investigators like you in developing expertise in clinical research processes, quality and risk management. We also provide access to provincial tools and resources.

I am a sponsor/industry partner

Our efficient provincial structure, network and population diversity are among many reasons to bring your clinical trial to our province.


I am a patient partner/potential trial participant

If you are interested in learning about clinical trials or being a trial participant in our province, Clinical Trials BC has resources for you. Our team also engages patient partners to gather data to improve the patient experience.

Annual activities report


The annual report highlights Clinical Trials BC’s activities, programs, key achievements and involvement and contribution to the clinical research and clinical trial community on both provincial and national levels.

2020-2021 Clinical Trials BC Activities Report

Our Advisory Council

The Clinical Trials BC Advisory Council is a source of expert advice that supports the achievement of our strategic priorities. Our council members represent a range of expertise including academia, the health system, health research-related organizations and patient/public.

Gavin Stuart

Chair, Clinical Trials BC Advisory Council | Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Julia Bickford

Research Director, Northern Health

Kate Keetch

Director, Department of Evaluation and Research Services, Fraser Health

Kendall Ho

Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, UBC

Lisa Elser

Patient partner

Mandeep Manhas

Manager, Strategic Projects Innovation Division, Ministry of Health

Martin Dawes

Professor, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Melanie Reid

Patient partner

Paul Winwood

Regional Associate Dean, Affiliate Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, UNBC

Robert McMaster

Past Chair, Clinical Trials BC Advisory Council | Vice Dean, Research, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Robert Olson

Affiliate Associate Professor | Research Lead, Northern Medical Program, UNBC

Srinivas Murthy

Investigator, BC Children's Hospital

Stephania Manusha

Director, Clinical Trials Administration, VCHRI

Tania Bubela

Professor and Dean of Health Sciences, SFU

Wendy Hurlburt

President & CEO, Life Sciences BC