Current Board of Directors
William (Bill) Lahey
Steven M. Smith
Mary Elizabeth Lyon
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shelagh Campbell-Palmer is a member of the health professions community in her capacity as the Manager of Professional Practice at the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists, a position she has held since 2010. Prior to this, Shelagh worked as a pharmacist for more than 25 years in retail, hospital and District Health Authority service settings. Shelagh was the District Manager of Palliative Care and Chronic Pain Services at Annapolis Valley Health and a staff pharmacist at Valley Regional Hospital. She has demonstrated her capacity and commitment to knowledge transfer and evidence-based practice in the health system. She is also a member of the Canadian Pharmacists Association, the Pharmacy Association of Nova Scotia, a registrant of the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists and is a board member for the Quality End of Life Care Coalition of Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Dalhousie University.