Governing Council

The national CART-GRAC network is managed by a Governing Council of 7-10 members, including 4 officers: the Director; the Associate Director, Research; the Associate Director, Policy; and the Membership Chair. The Governing Council serves to maintain oversight of CART-GRAC activities, such as the network structure, membership, support and branding. For more information, please view our 2014 CART-GRAC Governance Report


Dr. Wendy V. Norman


Academic Positions:
Associate Professor and CHIR-PHAC Chair, Applied Public Health Research, Dept of Family Practice;
Associate Member, School of Population & Public Health;
Associate Member, Dept of Obstetrics & Gynecology;
Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia.
Scholar, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
About: Dr. Norman has been a family physician since 1985. She is an Associate Professor, holds the CIHR-Public Health Agency of Canada Chair in Family Planning Public Health Research and is the Director, Family Practice Research Training in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. She and her team are based in the Women’s Health Research Institute of BC Women’s Hospital and lead the national collaboration: Contraception and Abortion Research Team-Groupe de recherche sur l’avortement et la contraception. Norman is also supported by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research as a Scholar in Health Services and Policy Research. Dr. Norman currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Family Planning , and as the international member of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinical Studies Committee of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in the UK. She completed a CIHR Fellowship in Primary Healthcare Research (TUTOR-PHC, UWO, 2012), the UBC Department of Family Practice Clinician Scholar Program (2011), a Master of Health Science (Epidemiology, UBC, 2003), a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and International Hygiene (Liverpool, 1993), and residencies in GP-Anaesthesiology (UBC, 1988) and Family Medicine (U Alberta, 1987) and is currently undertaking a PhD in Public Health & Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Norman’s research program seeks to develop evidence to support improvements to family planning access, quality of care, and health policy. This research involves innovation end-users (governments and health policy decision makers, health professionals, health system leaders, and an advisory board of citizens) in problem identification, prioritization, and research design leading to facilitated uptake of solutions. Norman’s program utilizes content expertise, collaborations, and trust established over decades as a respected and effective physician leader in the field of family planning.
Selected Awards and Distinctions:
2012- BC Researcher of the Year, College of Family Physicians of Canada
2014   The Enid Johnson MacLeod Award for excellence in Women’s Health Research, Federation of Medical Women of Canada
2015-2017 Chair, Section of Researchers, College of Family Physicians of Canada
2015 – Darroch Award for Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research, Guttmacher Institute

Dr. Sheila Dunn

Associate Director, ResearchDr. Sheila Dunn

Academic Positions:
Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute
Director, Family Practice Health Centre, Women’s College Hospital
Staff Physician, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Women’s College Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Publications: “Sheila Dunn- PubMed”

About: Dr. Sheila Dunn is research director of the Family Practice Health Centre of Women’s College Hospital as well as an active member of the clinical staff. She completed her masters in clinical epidemiology in 2007 and is an Associate Professor and Clinician Investigator in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and Scientist at Women’s College Research Institute.

Dr. Dunn’s research focuses on women’s reproductive health care, specifically contraception, emergency contraception and medical abortion, including the development and evaluation of innovative models of care to enhance access and quality. She is a member of the SOGC Canadian Contraception Consensus Guideline Working Group and from 2009-2015 was on the board of the National Abortion Federation and served as Chair of the Clinical Practice Guideline Committee.

Dr. Marie-Soleil Wagner

Academic Positions:
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Montreal
Staff Physician, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, CHU Ste-Justine

About: Dr. Marie-Soleil Wagner is an obstetrician gynecologist who has been practicing in Montreal for the past 10 years. She is an assistant clinical professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Université de Montréal and at the CHU Sainte-Justine. There, Dr. Wagner supervises the OBGYN medical-student training program and is responsible for the residency-program rotation in family planning. Dr. Wagner has also been a specialist consultant in public health for the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ) since 2006, where she is a member of the Group of experts in Family Planning, the working group on the Quebec model of Collaborative Agreement in Hormonal Contraception, and the Protocole de contraception du Québec. She was Chair of the Contraceptive Awareness Program of SOGC from 2007 to 2009 and has been involved in many Consensus Guidelines, including on contraception and abortion.

Dr. Wagner completed her residency in obstetrics-gynecology at the Université de Montréal. After that, she completed a two-year fellowship program in family planning at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, under the direction of Dr. John K. Jain and Dr. Daniel R. Mishell Jr. (2003-2005). During her fellowship she also obtained an MS degree in Preventive Medicine (Clinical and Biomedical Investigations) at the University of Southern California.



Dr. Édith Guilbert, MD, M.Sc.E. Guilbert


Academic positions:

Senior medical advisor, National Institute of Public Health of Quebec
Associate clinical professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Laval University, Quebec
Staff physician, Family Planning Clinic, CHU de Québec, CHUL, Quebec
Member, Executive Board, Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

About: Dr. Edith Guilbert obtained her medical degree in 1978, from Laval University, Quebec. She also performed postgraduate studies in Education Sciences and Public Health at Laval University as well as at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA in the Department of Population Dynamics, School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Guilbert holds a master degree in Epidemiology from Laval University, as well as a Family Medicine Certificate from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She now does research for the Research Unit in Public Health of the CHU de Québec, after more than 20 years of clinical research in contraception, abortion and teenage pregnancy prevention. Dr. Guilbert has been honoured with numerous research grants and several honorific prices, among which the Mérite du Conseil interprofessionnel du Québec, in 2014, for her work on collaborative agreements.

Dr. Guilbert is a member of several professional associations, including the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), the Society of Family Planning and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. Dr. Guilbert is a member of the advisory committee of the Contraception Awareness Project of SOGC and leads the implementation in the province of Quebec of increased access to hormonal and intrauterine contraception through collaborative agreements and Protocole de contraception du Québec. She also co-chairs the Committees of SOGC producing Canadian guidelines on Contraception and Abortion.




Dr. Dorothy Shaw, MBChB, FRCSCDorothy_Shaw_thumb(1)

Health System Leadership & International Reproductive Health

Vice President, Medical Affairs; BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre; Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia




Dr. Janusz Kaczorowski, PhDJanusz

Sociology & Methodology

Professor and Research Director; Holder of the Docteur Sadok Besrour Endowed Chair in Family Medicine; Holder of the GSK-CIHR Chair in Optimal Management of Chronic Disease; Department of Family and Emergency Medicine; Université de Montréal and CRCHUM





Junior Clinician-Researcher Member