N2 is excited to welcome our new Executive Director, Rebecca Barnes, who joined our team at the beginning of February. Rebecca began her career as a bench cancer researcher and over the past 15 years has worked in different leadership roles, all with the common thread of enhancing health research capacity through sustainable systems and processes and robust stakeholder engagement.

Prior to joining N2 she was responsible for helping to lead the Canadian Tissue Repository Network, and overseeing research engagement for the Vancouver Island Health Authority by serving as lead of the CIHR Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) initiative within the Vancouver Island region. Most recently she worked as Director of the University of Victoria’s Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Biology) and a Master’s degree (Environmental Toxicology/Carcinogenesis).