Research Ethics Board Chair - Volunteer

Administration · Sudbury, Ontario
Department Administration
Employment Type Volunteer
Minimum Experience Experienced


Research Ethics Board Chair
Volunteer Position

Health Sciences North/ Horizon Santé Nord is seeking a Chair for the Research Ethics Board (HSN REB).  Health Sciences North is an academic research hospital based in Sudbury, Ontario. As the tertiary care centre for Northeastern Ontario, HSN’s purpose is to provide high quality health services, support learning and generate research that improves health outcomes for the people of Northeastern Ontario. T
he REB is responsible for the ethical assessment and approval of research involving human participants, as well as promoting the ethical conduct of research at HSN, the Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI), and Saint Joseph’s Health Centre (SJHC). The HSN REB has entered into a reciprocal review relationship with Laurentian University, and has agreements with Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO) and the Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board (OCREB). The REB Chair is responsible for providing leadership and oversight of the board, and serves as an advocate for the work of the REB.

• Work with researchers to ensure that the rights, safety, and welfare of research participants are protected

• Ensure that the ethics review of a research project is comprehensive and completed in an efficient and timely manner
• Work with REB members to review, propose modifications to, approve, reject, suspend or terminate any proposed or ongoing research involving human participants
• Enable all REB members to freely and equitably participate in discussions during REB meetings
• Ensure that the members of the committee perform their duties diligently and maintain their skills through continuing education
• Ensure that the REB review process conforms to the requirements of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS)
• Where applicable, ensure that the REB review process conforms to the requirements of:
• The Ontario Personal Health Information Protection Act and Regulations
• The International Conference on Harmonization (ICH) Guidance E6: Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Consolidated Guideline
• ISO 14155: Clinical investigation of medical devices for human subjects — Good clinical practice

•The Food and Drugs Act and Regulations including:

  • Part C (Drugs) Division 3 (C.03.302 to C.03.319: Positron-emitting Radiopharmaceuticals) and Division 5 (Drugs for Clinical Trials Involving Human Subjects) of the Food and Drug Regulations
  • Part 3 of the Medical Devices Regulations
  • Part 4 of the Natural Health Products Regulations
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Service human research protections requirements

Participate in collaborations with other HSN, HSNRI, and SJHC affiliates including but not limited to, Laurentian University REB, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre REB, Lakehead University REB, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO), and the Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board (OCREB)


• Demonstrated leadership skills with a positive, proactive and respectful approach to relationship management
• Proven problem solving and critical thinking skills with the demonstrated ability to engage with stakeholders (researchers and administrators)
• Hold a degree from a recognized university (a graduate degree in a relevant health field will be considered an asset)
• Strong working knowledge of issues and standards in human research ethics
• Expert on relevant guidelines, regulations, and policies and their application
• Demonstrates personal and academic integrity
• Able to positively represent the HSN REB at regional, provincial and national events
• Possess excellent written and oral communication
• Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans certification, or to be completed prior to commencement of position


• Current or former REB Chair or member with at least two years of experience serving on a board
• Prior involvement with a REB preferred, but any experience with leading a committee will be considered an asset
• Knowledge and experience in research methodology and statistics
• Experience with or knowledge of clinical research and clinical trials
• A background and/or strong knowledge of the special considerations for conducting research with northern, rural, and Indigenous populations
• Bilingual in French and English
• Experience or knowledge of medical science and clinical research would be desirable, but is not necessarily required for this position
• Familiar with web‐based communication systems and/or have the ability to contribute to an eREB strategy

Time Commitment

• Three (3) year term
 Preparation for and attendance at eleven committee meetings annually onsite at HSN (post-pandemic, meetings are currently held remotely)

• Ad hoc weekly availability
• Typically 5 - 8 hours monthly to review applications and correspond with Research Ethics Board staff (occasionally more time is required)


• Join a highly experienced and committed inter-professional team of volunteers committed to upholding ethical standard in research
• Network and build lasting professional partnerships with colleagues, industry professionals and stakeholders
• Lead a culture of excellence that supports meaningful research and improvements to patient care and experiences

HSN is a proud member of Northern Ontario’s health innovation cluster that includes Laurentian University, Lakehead University, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute, HSN and HSNRI.  The REB Chair will be instrumental in shaping this ongoing relationship.

To Apply
Send your curriculum vitae and covering letter explaining your interest in the role and outlining your personal and professional suitability to: or apply online through BambooHR. Position will remain open until filled.

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