HTAi Secretariat

The Secretariat is located at the Institute of Health Economics in Edmonton, Alberta. The role of the Secretariat is to provide professional strategic and administrative support to the Board of Directors and its sub-Committees, to administer HTAi programs and member services, and to execute all functions necessary for the society’s operations.

Daniel Lalonde, MBA, BA, Paramedic

Executive Director

Daniel Lalonde brings a rich background in global health leadership, clinical information systems (CIS), and technology commercialization to Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi). He is a native Edmontonian and is passionate about transforming healthcare through innovative processes and technological advancements. Daniel has extensive expertise with advisory services, electronic health records and physician engagement. He is also a licensed critical care Paramedic who has served in various field and flight capacities across Canada and abroad.

Daniel has led complex, high-value health system advancements throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East and has an understanding of the diverse political, cultural, and economic drivers which underpin them. Within these roles, Daniel has directed numerous business case assessments of health technologies – either to assist with funding determinations for early stage innovations or to guide organizations seeking to investigate and differentiate products for consideration within their portfolios. He has led key transformations including deployment of a national Emergency Medical Services telecommunications platform and integration of electronic health records within several major health systems.  Prior to joining HTAi, Daniel provided oversight for Hoag Health System’s CIS Department in Orange County, California where he directed a large clinical and IT team to deliver on the Board’s vision for an enterprise-wide paperless environment.


Lara Check, BSc (Hons), MPH

Director, Operations

Lara completed a Masters in Public Health with specialization in health policy and management at the University of Alberta in the early 90s, and has more than 20 years of leadership experience. Her various roles at Alberta Health Services (AHS) were opportunities to experience the value and barriers to using HTA in real world decision making.  Collaborating with researchers and leaders of health delivery programs, Lara’s experience includes leadership roles in AHS Contracting Procurement and Supply Management, Academic Affairs and Research and Physician Recruitment. Gaining the perspective of government decision making, Lara’s leadership roles at the Government of Alberta built her skills in operationalizing policy and legislation, leading large teams through change management, enabling staff and building networks to deliver results.

As Director, Operations at HTAi, Lara supports growth for HTAi’s membership, grants, and partnership opportunities; develops, builds and manages HTAi’s Global Networks; and contributes and manages the strategic planning and implementation efforts, all of which are critical to the success of the Society and its events and programs.


Lucy Henry

Director, Scientific Initiatives

Lucy has been working in the field of international health research since 2009, and brings a compliment of research methodology and management experience to her role as HTAi’s Director of Scientific Initiatives. Lucy is well versed in review, guideline, and HTA methods, from roles with the Cochrane Collaboration, the World Federation of Hemophilia, and HTAi. Lucy also has experience in patient-oriented research methods in trials and outcomes research having held senior methodologist roles with the Canadian Strategy for Patient Oriented Research Methods Centre and a specialized international methods research group called Outcomes Measures in Rheumatology.

Lucy currently has 38 peer reviewed publications, has sat on the Cochrane Methods Board, The Ottawa Hospital Ethics Board, the Open Medicine Editorial board, provided methods consult on numerous projects, and acted as an Associate Editor for Systematic Reviews Journal.

Lucy has working knowledge of the global HTA, SLR and Guideline landscape, and is passionate about building global, national, and regional partnerships to reduce research waste and promote optimal and efficient patient-oriented decision making. Lucy is interested in promoting collaborative field-based strategic foresight, and answering the questions on how adaptations in trial methodologies, data collection and analyses will impact our approaches to HTA production and use over time.


Stephanie Mitty, CPA, CA

Director, Finance

Stephanie found her way to finance through a circuitous route, spending nearly eight years as the marketing coordinator for Canada’s largest hot tub manufacturer. This position exposed her to accounting and set her sights on acquiring her accounting designation. After obtaining her designation, Stephanie began working with clients of all sizes and needs. This experience provided her with invaluable technical expertise in financial reporting across various frameworks, an in-depth understanding of internal controls, and how to manage the financial risks that different organizations face that are key to a successful organization.

Stephanie first began working with HTAi while managing the organization’s annual audit. When it was time to move away from public practice, Stephanie happily accepted the opportunity to join their team.

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Rebecca Stiffell

Manager, Events

Rebecca Stiffell has experience in administration, communications, committee support and event planning. Throughout her professional career she has worked in academia and not for profit organisations and has previously held roles supporting the Head of Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London and lead researchers at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit at University College London. She is accustomed to building strong working relationships with a variety of researchers, clinicians and management staff and has worked on multi-national projects across the fields of medicine and life sciences. Rebecca is enjoying the opportunity to support our Policy Forum and Interest Groups and to expand her project management skills.


Laura Varga

Administrator, Annual Meeting

Laura has a diverse background in many areas including communications, marketing, accounting, administration and event planning and started her career path in professional services environments including law and accounting.

Laura entered the not-for-profit environment in 2006, working with the Canadian office of an International Accounting Association. It was there that she developed her skills as an event planner, organizing over 50 conferences, meetings and training events for the membership.  She also worked as the Senior Executive Assistant to the Board and Executive, providing support in all areas including financial operations, communications, and membership recruitment and relations.

Laura’s not-for-profit experience extends to several volunteer Board positions including Communications Director and Secretary/Treasurer.

Volunteer work became important to Laura from very early on; she was a volunteer fitness instructor for over 25 years with the YMCA, coached and managed youth soccer for many years and most recently, and one of her biggest passions, works with a local animal rescue organization both fostering and rehabilitating stray, abandoned and unwanted dogs.

Her experience in professional services environments coupled with that in a not-for-profit organization has equipped Laura with the ability to take on most any task and she does so with enthusiasm, passion and a desire to contribute to an amazing team of dedicated professionals.


Michael Powell

Coordinator, Governance & Executive Projects

Michael Powell is an accomplished coordinator specializing in program administration, committee and event organization, project management, communication and stakeholder outreach. He is excited to be apart of the HTAi team as the Coordinator, Governance and Executive Projects and is ready to tackle all the challenges this role presents.

Michael has spent his professional career working in the public and not-for-profit sector. He has taken the lead coordinating numerous initiatives including educational projects, international agreements, leadership development programs, and application reviews. He is particularly passionate about working in an international setting, interacting with people from different cultures and backgrounds. Michael takes pride in identifying and building strong collaborations between organizations as well as strengthen existing partnerships, both at home and abroad.

Michael is an alumnus of the University of Alberta, graduating with a BA in Political Science. In his spare time, he likes playing and watching soccer, tackling home renos, and spending time in the Rocky Mountains.


Denise Jarrett

Senior Coordinator, Annual Meetings

Denise joins the HTA secretariat team bringing over 20 years of project and event management experience. She has studied and worked in the fields of healthcare and health research throughout her career and most recently worked for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK.

For eight years, as a project manager at NICE, Denise managed a series of multi-disciplinary committees responsible for the delivery of a portfolio of more than 40 public health guidelines. During her time in the public health team, she was able to gather a wealth of knowledge and understanding of health guideline development methodologies and processes. This experience was most significantly used when Denise was able to oversee and lead on a project to redesign the timelines that NICE use to develop their public health guidelines.

Denise’s experience in event management includes the delivery of three major international health conferences. Her appointment as Senior Coordinator for HTAi Annual Meeting team comes following her successful delivery of the Guidelines International Development (G-I-N) Annual Conference, which took place in September 2018.


Elizabeth Kendall

Senior Coordinator, Communications and Events

Elizabeth Kendall has over 10 years of experience in communications, marketing, and business development, with additional experience in customer service and event planning. Elizabeth worked in marketing and advertising for over seven years throughout the United States and Canada before moving into the not-for-profit sector in 2015. Her diverse work in communications, marketing, and business development has provided a unique perspective on building stakeholder relationships, brand management, and communication tactics. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has taken pride in her ability to create strong strategies that grow organizations and deliver notable results.

Elizabeth holds a BA in communications and a diploma in psychology from the University of Iowa. She’s enjoying the opportunity to apply her skills and knowledge in communications and marketing to assist with HTAi’s global events and initiatives.


Hana Price

Coordinator, Events

Hana Price has over 10 years experience in Event Management & Coordination, as well as Communications, Administration, Travel and Project Coordination. Throughout her career, Hana has held positions in various roles in the not for profit sector, including holding a long time role of Event Coordinator with the Institute of Health Economics, as well as taking on various project coordination roles and communication projects.

Hana has organized several types of corporate events such as Consensus Development Conferences, Roundtables, Forums, Webinars, Policy Forums and Annual Meetings, both locally, nationally, and internationally.

Hana is enjoying the opportunity to support various HTAi events through her role as Coordinator, Events.


Dilara Boyd

Administrator, Finance

Dilara Boyd has professional experience in executive, financial, and legal administration; conflict resolution; leadership; customer service; event planning; and communication.

Dilara has been involved in the non-profit community since 2004, and brings diverse experiences to HTAi after working and volunteering to support refugees, immigrants, and skilled workers through administrative and language support in Canada. Much of Dilara’s non-profit work focuses on advancing the literacy and academic achievements of women in her community. She is also a member of organizing committees for community events.