CHPI People

Brett J Skinner, Founder, CEO and Editor

Brett J Skinner is the Founder and CEO of Canadian Health Policy Institute (CHPI) and the Editor of CHPI's online journal Canadian Health Policy. Dr. Skinner was previously Executive Director Health and Economic Policy at Innovative Medicines Canada (2013 to 2017); and he was also previously CEO (2010 to 2012) and Director of Health Policy Studies (2004 to 2012) at Fraser Institute. Dr. Skinner has a B.A. from the University of Windsor, an M.A. through joint studies between the University of Windsor and Wayne State University (Detroit), and a Ph.D. from Western University (aka University of Western Ontario, London), where he has lectured in both the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Department of Political Science. Dr. Skinner is the principal author or co-author of one book and over 60 major health policy research publications. His work has been published by think-tanks including Canadian Health Policy Institute (Toronto), Fraser Institute (Vancouver), Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (Halifax), Pacific Research Institute (San Francisco), Israel National Institute for Health Policy and Health Services Research (Tel Aviv), Galen Institute (Washington, D.C.), International Policy Network (London) and American Enterprise Institute (Washington, D.C.). His work has also been published in academic journals including Economic Affairs, Pharmacoeconomics,  and Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. In 2003 he was a co-author on a project that won the Atlas Economic Research Foundation’s Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Award for innovative projects in public policy. Dr. Skinner’s book, Canadian Health Policy Failures: What’s wrong? Who gets hurt? Why nothing changes, was a finalist for Atlas’ 2009 Fisher book prize. He has also authored hundreds of opinion-editorials published in National Post, Financial Post, Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun, Ottawa Citizen, La Presse, Montreal Gazette, Calgary Herald, Vancouver Sun, Chicago Sun Times, and other major daily newspapers. Dr. Skinner appears and is cited frequently as a health policy expert in the media. He has presented his research at conferences and events in Canada, the United States, Israel and South Africa. Dr. Skinner has provided expert testimony about his research in several Canadian legal cases, and he has testified on three occasions before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health in Ottawa. He has also briefed bi-partisan Congressional policy staff at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Laurie Skinner, Manager

Laurie Skinner has a Bachelor of Health Administration degree from the Ted Rogers School of Management, Health Services Management Program at Ryerson University (Toronto). She is a Registered Nurse (R.N.). with a Diploma in Health Sciences from St. Clair College (Windsor) and has also studied Business Administration and Social Sciences at the University of Windsor. She has worked in clinical nursing in the Maternal/Newborn Unit and Special Care Nursery at Windsor Regional Hospital's Metropolitan Campus and in the Combined Care Unit at Sunnybrook and Women's College Hospital in Toronto. Laurie has also worked as a Project Coordinator with the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), as a Physician Assistant Recruitment Advisor with HealthForceOntario MRA, and as a Nursing Recruitment Coordinator with the Professional Association of Internes and Residents of Ontario (PAIRO) / HFOJobs (HealthForceOntario). Laurie has made various presentations to HR professionals at 16 Ontario hospitals; staff at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care; representatives of several health care organizations including the Ontario Hospital Association; and Nursing students at the University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, York University and Seneca College.

Kimberley Tran, Economist and Media Spokesperson

Kimberley Tran is an economist who has conducted health policy research and consulted in market access, forecasting, government regulations, payer and industry trends, health economics and commercial effectiveness.  She was previously HEOR-Market Access Consultant with IMS Health Canada, a global health information, services and technology provider. Ms. Tran has contributed to health industry publications such as the IMS Provincial Reimbursement Advisor and PharmaFocus as well as health economic research study plans, in addition to numerous socio-economic and business publications.  Ms. Tran has also served as policy advisor and Economist with the Nova Scotia Department of Finance and the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council developing fiscal policies and legislation, advising federal-provincial affairs, and conducting budget and sector competitiveness analyses. Ms. Tran has a graduate degree in economics from Dalhousie University.