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.


Chris Carvalho, PMP

Manager, Global Networks (Interim)

Chris Carvalho is an experienced management consultant specializing in large, complex system transformation projects. Chris has spent the majority of his career working with both public and private sector clients in the health care field. He has extensive experience in the healthcare technology space and has led the design, development and implementation of numerous (30+) healthcare information systems, ranging from small physician offices to large hospital facilities.

His previous projects have provided him with the facilitation and stakeholder management skills required to work with current and future HTAi partners. Chris is excited to lead the activities related to the expansion of the HTAi Global Network and continue to help build strong connections among those involved in the HTA community.


Rebecca Trowman, MSc, BSc

Director, Scientific Initiatives

Rebecca Trowman joined the HTAi Secretariat in 2017 as the manager of the Policy Forum series. Since then, she has taken on the additional responsibility of managing the Interest Groups, as well as projects such as the strategic planning, scientific development, and capacity building activities of the Society. Rebecca became the Director of Scientific Initiatives in June 2019 with responsibility for the scientific elements of all of the Society activities.

Prior to joining HTAi, Rebecca worked as a senior policy officer in the Western Australia Department of Health. Her role there spanned various projects including initiation of a disinvestment work program, workforce and service planning, and state-based HTA of health technologies. In a previous role, Rebecca worked as a technical adviser at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in the UK. She conducted and supervised the production of technology appraisals, provided scientific advice to pharmaceutical companies, contributed to the review of the NICE methods guide, and represented NICE at international conferences and training events.

Rebecca holds an MSc in Health Services Research and a BSc in mathematics and statistics, and has formal training in systematic reviewing and health economics. Rebecca is also a longstanding member of HTAi and attended her first HTAi Annual Meeting as a delegate in Rome, Italy in 2005.


Katelyn Pretzlaff

Events Coordinator

Katelyn Pretzlaff has experience in event planning, communications and customer service through her professional and volunteer work, and has previous administrative experience with HTAi. As co-founder of a local, non-profit organization for brain cancer, Katelyn is actively involved in the brain tumor community and volunteers her time to raise awareness of, and funds for, brain cancer research. Years of experience in research, event planning and website and social media management has allowed her to develop strong project management and communication skills.

Katelyn also holds a BSc in biology and chemistry and a diploma in public relations. She’s enjoying the opportunity to combine her interests in health, science and technology with her experience to assist with HTAi’s global events and initiatives.


Laura Varga

Annual Meeting Administrator

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.


Rebecca Stiffell

Coordinator, Scientific & Health Policy Initiatives

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.


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.