Current Board of Directors

William (Bill) Lahey
Chair

Steven M. Smith
Vice-Chair

Maureen Summers
Board Member

Carl Breckenridge
Board Member

Mary Elizabeth Lyon
Board Member

 


William (Bill) Lahey
 

Chair

Mr. William Lahey is the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of King's College and previously an Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, where he continues to teach. He is a graduate of Mount Allison University (B.A., Geography), of Oxford University (B.A., Jurisprudence) and of the University of Toronto (LL.M.). At Oxford, he studied as Rhodes Scholar. He was clerk to Mr. Justice La Forest of Supreme Court of Canada, 1989-1990. He has been a member of the faculty at Dalhousie Law School since 2001, after a career in the Nova Scotia public service, including a position as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Health, 1998-2001. Between 2004 and 2007, he was Deputy Minister of the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour, on leave from Dalhousie Law School. From 2007-2011, he was Director of the Dalhousie Health Law Institute.  

His research spans the fields of health systems law and policy; administrative law; environmental regulation; professional regulation; and legal history. He is consulted by governments and others in law and policy in multiple fields, including health, environment and energy.  Awards include the 2003/2004 Dalhousie Law Students' Society and Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award (for teaching in upper year courses) and the 2007/2008 Dalhousie Law School Hannah and Harold Barnet Award for Excellence in Teaching First Year Law. He was honored in 2008 for his contributions to the development of the knowledge economy in Nova Scotia by Nova Knowledge, an organization dedicated to economic innovation. In addition to his role as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, he is Chair of the Board of Directors of Efficiency Nova Scotia Corporation, Nova Scotia’s independent not-for-profit administrator of efficiency and conservation programs for electricity and other kinds of energy.
 

Steven M. Smith
Vice-Chair

Steven M. Smith, PhD, has been dedicated to the health research community in his capacity as Dean of Science and Professor of Psychology at Saint Mary’s University. He has held these positions since 2011 and 2010 respectively. Steven has served as a Chair and member of many academic administrative committees and councils, various granting agencies, and as a reviewer for several journals. His research focuses on health promotion, attitudes and persuasion, psychology and law, and the role of human factors in decision making. Steven holds a Masters and PhD in Social Psychology from Queen’s University, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Experimental Psychology from Bishop’s University.  

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Maureen Summers
Board Member

Maureen Summers is a consultant in the public and not-for-profit sectors.  Maureen brings to her consulting practice a wealth of knowledge and experience gained over 25 years in the public and not-for-profit sectors.  Her consulting experiences together with her leadership positions honed her skills in working with diverse projects, groups & individuals across the not-for-profit, health and community services sectors. 

As provincial CEO for a national health charity, Maureen excelled in the areas of governance, strategy, policy, project management, and performance management.  Her support of the health research community, particularly the cancer research community, has been constant through her career and has included acting as a lay reviewer on NCIC research panels, partnering with Dalhousie Medical School to develop a program for student trainees, and spearheading the development & establishment of a cancer research Chair in Population Health.  Maureen has been on the Board of the NSHRF for seven years, and has brought her understanding of the research community and of governance to the NSHRF board table.  Maureen holds an MSc in Health Studies, and a BSc in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, and is certified in Prosci Change Management.

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Carl Breckenridge
Board Member

Carl Breckenridge, PhD, is past Vice-President (Research) at Dalhousie. His research interests involve the structure, function, and metabolism of lipids and plasma lipoproteins and their role in cardiovascular disease. As Vice-President (Research) at Dalhousie, he was responsible for facilitating institutional initiatives for major research emphases in the areas of Health Studies, Ocean Studies, Materials, Information and Communication Technologies, Energy, and Arts & Culture.
 
He has published over 120 peer-reviewed publications and has been honoured with the Rubenstein Memorial Award (of the Canadian Lipoprotein conference), a Merit Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia and the Max Forman Senior Research Prize from the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation. 
 
Since his retirement he has volunteered on boards and committees of a number of Maritime and Atlantic agencies including Springboard Atlantic and the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission and has undertaken consulting work with regard to the development of research and innovation initiatives. He received his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto and completed postdoctoral studies at the Centre de Neurochimie, France.

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Mary Elizabeth Lyon
Board Member

Mary Elizabeth Lyon, PhD, recently retired as the Interim Vice-President Academic at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU), having served for a decade as the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Faculty of Professional Studies. Mary Elizabth is Professor Emerita and previous Chair of the Department of Child and Youth Study. Her academic background and research has focused on early childhood development, including early language development and policy and program development for young children. She has extensive experience reviewing faculty and student research proposals, researchers’ records and serving as a peer reviewer for external funding agencies, including the Social Sciences and Human Resources Canada (SSHRC), the NSHRF and the Child Care Initiatives Fund. Mary Elizabeth has participated in significantly funded collaborative research networks and provided collegial, consultation and community service throughout Canada and elsewhere in the world. She has independently and collaboratively published in refereed, scholarly journals, peer-reviewed book chapters and books and edited conference proceedings as well as on-line and multimedia publications. She holds a PhD and Master’s Degree from the University of Manchester, Department of Audiology, Speech Pathology and Education of the Deaf, a Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of London, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Birmingham. 

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