Executive Team

Cecillia Colbeck


Chief Financial Officer

As chief financial officer, Cecillia is a leader focused on the strategy, implementation and management of the finance, information technology, and corporate services activities. She leads a team to develop and implement financial strategies and tactics that support Michael Smith Health Research BC to strengthen British Columbia’s health research system.


Cecillia is an advocate of a continuous improvement mindset supported by her 20+ years’ experience in global technology and innovation companies. She spent many of these years designing and implementing executive decision-making processes and tools based on evidence and analytics as touchstones. These past experiences help to ensure that appropriate decisions are made for the best use of available resources and funds to promote healthy British Columbians.


As CFO, Cecillia is committed to her fiduciary responsibilities by creating a collaborative, inclusive and diverse working environment. She enjoys working closely with her executive colleagues, board members, and staff teams to achieve strategic objectives.


Cecillia is a Chartered Professional Accountant and also holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration from UBC. She has completed an Executive Program in business analytics at the Wharton School of Business where she translated her learnings into real life business cases.


Cecillia and her partner love to spend time traveling and hiking and also quiet time reading and watching science fiction programs.