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.
Lara Check, BSc (Hons), MPH
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.
Alicia (known as Ali) is an event organizer with over 15 years experience in every aspect of events management, including large and small conference management in national and international locations, workshop development, and annual gala productions. Ali’s experience also includes event work with professional sports teams, universities, hospital foundations, and health technology startup organizations. She has also executed over 50 weddings over the past decade.
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.
Research Coordinator, Scientific Initiatives
Sydney Ruller finished her thesis-based Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa in June 2020. She also completed a Graduate Diploma in Population Health Risk Assessment and Management at the University of Ottawa, where she had a heavy focus on Epidemiology. Sydney completed an Honours bachelor’s degree in the Biological Sciences Program at the University of Guelph while also completing a Minor in Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences.
Sydney’s thesis work focused on risk communication and infectious disease, specifically Canadian media and its portrayal of Zika virus. She has a strong foundational knowledge in infectious disease and health communication, as this was the focus in her thesis work.
Sydney is passionate about Global and Public Health, and she brings experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods and methodology. Sydney also brings her experience working with government and academia to her role at HTAi.
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.
Bryce has been actively engaged and working in Edmonton’s event industry for 7+ years. He began his event experience as a creative director for a non-profit organization. Simultaneously he was also employed in a conference management role managing large conferences for upwards of 3,000 attendees.
Bryce received formal education from MacEwan University in Design and Illustration, which has provided a strong capacity for creative problem solving that elevates his events to the next level and supports his aptitude for strategic and critical thinking as it applies to the overall event and the interaction of guests within the event space.
A powerful asset to the HTAi team, Bryce is ready to pivot when the moment for flexibility and responsiveness calls; excels in providing creative and unique solutions; flourishes in his ability to communicate and direct; and is brilliant in managing and supporting personnel and volunteers with a level head, professionalism, and the utmost respect.
Coordinator, Governance & Executive Projects
Tatiana was born and raised in Omsk, Russia. She began her career in Moscow as a teacher, subsequently moving into the tourism industry allowing her to work in many corners of the world. After a move to Canada in 2002, she began her Canadian work experience as a contract English Teacher in a German bilingual school with Edmonton Public School Board. For the last 13 years Tatiana has been working as a professional administrator specializing in board and executive support. Tatiana’s experience includes senior administrative support service with large, member-based and not-for-profit organizations. She has led numerous administrative process improvement initiatives, and has supported boards of directors with a range of fiduciary and strategic activities. Most recently Tatiana worked at MacEwan University in the office of the Provost as Executive Assistant providing support to the General Faculties Council and its committees. Tatiana holds a Bachelor of Arts and Education from Omsk Teachers’ Training University, and she is currently pursuing her Certified Association Executive designation to remain current on best practices in all aspects of governance.
As HTAi’s Governance and Executive Projects Coordinator, Tatiana provides a range of administrative services, including support for Board and executive activities, governance matters, scheduling meetings and responding to information requests.