Health Research BC welcomes chief people & culture officer

24 October 2022

Michael Smith Health Research BC welcomes Sandra Case as our chief people & culture officer, effective immediately. In this newly created role, Sandra will be responsible for leading, advancing and embedding Health Research BC’s values and culture in all aspects of our work, setting us up for success in building a vibrant, coherent, inclusive and globally competitive health research system in British Columbia.

“I am pleased to welcome Sandra as a member of the senior leadership team at an exciting time in our organization,” says Dr. Bev Holmes, president & CEO of Health Research BC. “Sandra will be integral to our success as we ensure our operations are well-integrated with and support the implementation of our three-year strategy. Her strong experience and successful track record of leading organizational change will help us enrich our culture, build thriving and connected teams, and advance equity, diversity and inclusion in all our work.”

Sandra has extensive expertise in human resources, coaching and employment law. She has held executive and senior management roles at the Port of Vancouver and the Community Social Services Employers’ Association and commenced her career as an employment lawyer with national firms. She has presided as Board Chair at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table and served on the Board of the Writers’ Festival. Sandra holds a Juris Doctor of Law from UBC, an Institute of Corporate Directors’ Designation and a graduate leadership degree from Royal Roads University.

“I am honoured to join Michael Smith Health Research BC’s team and look forward to working with dedicated professionals to enhance the organization’s culture of respect, inclusivity and integrity,” says Sandra. “This is a pivotal time for the organization where Health Research BC is in a powerful position to advance positive change in the health research system to continue to support BC’s exceptional health researchers whose work improves the health of people in British Columbia.”