Sharon began her career as a researcher with the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). She was instrumental in the development of the NWT Cancer Registry. Subsequently, Sharon became the Health Statistician for the GNWT, where she was responsible for the operations of the Community Health Management Information System.
In 2000, Sharon joined the University Health Network in Toronto as a Research Assistant responsible for recruitment and data collection on a large multi-centre study. It was then that Sharon became interested in the emerging field of research ethics. In 2003, Sharon joined St. Michael’s Hospital in the newly created role of Research Ethics Coordinator. In 2010 Sharon was appointed Director of the REO.
In 2008, Sharon was elected to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB) and served as President from 2010-2012. Sharon has also been involved with PRIM&R (Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research) serving on a number of committees.
Sharon represented CAREB at the Senate hearings on Canada’s Clinical Trial Infrastructure, and Canadian General Standards Board development of standards for REBs reviewing clinical trials.
In 2012, Sharon was appointed Chair of the CIHR External Advisory Committee for the Streamlining of Health Research Ethics Review in support of the Strategy for Patient Oriented Research. Sharon is also a member of the Clinical Trials Ontario Research Ethics Advisory Group.
Sharon graduated with a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta, majoring in Genetics. She has also completed training at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.