Operations and Management Committee

The Operations/Management Committee is composed of 16 Principal Investigators (PIs) including the Co-Scientific Leads and the co-Leads of each of the Research Programs. This committee is responsible for advising the Scientific Co-Leads and the SPOR Network management on all activities of the Network. All research and management activities are brought forward to this committee, chaired by Gary Lewis who, in turn, reports to the Steering Council.

Networking among Investigators across Goals Groups within Diabetes Action Canada is necessary to optimize collaborative integration and efficiency. The Co-Scientific Leads and Research Program Leads work together with their counterparts in the other SPOR Networks in collaboration with provincial SPOR SUPPORT Units and the CIHR SPOR Program.

The following is a brief overview of the administrative function of this Committee:

  • Coordinates and monitors all research, KT and education translation activities within the Network with advice from the Patient Circles
  • Ensure the work plans are executed with adherence to timelines
  • Evaluative reporting on outputs and outcomes
  • Advises the Steering Council about new Network members
  • Provides guidance and feedback on strategic directions of the Network, including changes to implementation of projects or development of new opportunities
  • Advises Goal Groups about new opportunities for acquiring new revenues and partners
  • Receives annual reports of all of the projects and evaluates progress toward target deliverables and milestones
  • Assists in preparation of the annual budget with the Executive Director and DAC Administrative team
  • Assists the management team in ensuring timely reporting of the revenues and expenses and assessing financial targets according to the planned budget throughout the year
  • Works closely with institutional fund-raising leads to leverage new resources to meet and exceed the target for matched funding

Members of the Operations/Management Committee

  • Gary Lewis (Co-lead)
  • Jean-Pierre Després (Co-lead)

Principal Investigators (PI):

  • Adalsteinn Brown
  • Michael Farkouh
  • Paul Fernyhough

Aging, Community and Population Health

  • Maureen Markle- Reid
  • Jenny Ploeg
  • Ruta Valaitis

Digital Health to Improve Diabetes Care

  • Joe Cafazzo (PI)
  • Michelle Greiver (PI)

Foot Care to Prevent Amputations

  • Mohammad Al-Omran
  • Thomas Forbes

Health Technology Assessment and Network Analytics

  • Valeria Rac

Indigenous Peoples Health

  • Jon McGavock (PI)
  • Alex McComber

Innovations in Type-1 Diabetes
  • Bruce Perkins (PI)
  • Peter Senior

Knowledge Translation

  • Sophie Desroches
  • France Légaré (PI)

Patient Engagement Enabling Research Program

  • Joyce Dogba
  • Holly Witteman

Tele-ophthalmology Retinopathy Screening

  • Michael Brent (PI)
  • David Maberley (PI)

Training and Mentoring

  • Mathieu Bélanger (PI)
  • André Carpentier (PI)

Sex and Gender

  • Paula Rochon (PI)
  • Robin Mason


  • Liz Petrova (Fundraising)
  • Lai, Josh (Fundraising)
  • Tracy McQuire- Manager, Research Operations
  • Catharine Whiteside - ex officio
  • Jessica Antwi- Recorder

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