The leadership team at ethica CRO is driven by an uncompromising passion to help our clients bring innovative therapeutic products to market and improve the well-being of mankind. Our team guides the company and fuels ethica CRO’s drive to innovate with forward thinking and strategic leadership to support our clients’ research programs and promote our mission to achieve research ethics excellence.
Janice founded ethica CRO Inc. instilling in her company her values and commitment to the protection of human research participants. This commitment led to ethica CRO becoming the ﬁrst CRO in the world to earn full accreditation of its Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) in 2006.
After completing her PhD and Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Molecular Pharmacology, Janice proceeded to develop her skills at the Director level within global pharma before founding her ﬁrst contract research organization (CRO) in 1992. During the ensuing 25 years, Janice established her credentials as a successful and respected business leader and entrepreneur.
Janice founded Human Research Accreditation Canada in 2017, and founded its sister company, Human Research Standards Organization (HRSO), in 2019. Janice is currently the President & CEO of both organizations. In February 2020, under Janice’s direction, HRSO was accredited by the Standards Council of Canada, giving it the authority to develop national standards for the conduct and oversight of human research.
Janice’s leadership and entrepreneurship have been recognized through numerous awards and nominations such as the prestigious Ernst & Young and RBC Women Entrepreneur of the Year Awards and PROFIT Magazine’s PROFIT W100 ranking of Canada’s Top Women Entrepreneurs.
As President, Martin is responsible for managing ethica CRO’s business operations and for leading its Human Research Protection Program. Martin is a member of the Quebec Bar and brings close to twenty years of experience in biotechnology law and research ethics.
Martin was actively involved in the creation of an on-line tutorial for the institutional research ethics boards affiliated to the Quebec Ministry of Health. Martin also chaired the Research Integrity Committee of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and was a member of Canada’s federal research agencies’ Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research (PRCR). He currently acts as a member of the Human Research Standards Organization (HRSO) Technical Steering Committee and contributed to the publication of HRSO’s first national standard, Development of a Human Research Protection Program.
His in-depth knowledge of the legal, regulatory and ethical complexities of clinical research has been instrumental to the development of innovative, effective and responsible product development strategies. Martin holds a Master’s Degree in Law and Bioethics from McGill University, a LLB and a BA in philosophy from Université de Montréal.
As Managing Director, Murray is responsible for ethica CRO’s business development and clinical operations. Murray is also ethica CRO’s chief scientist as Director of Clinical and Scientific Affairs where he brings over twenty-five years of experience in clinical research development.
Before joining ethica, Murray spent over ten years at Hoechst Marion Roussel (now part of Sanofi) where he served in various clinical research management positions, with his most recent position serving as Associate Director of Drug development. Murray also held the position of Director of Clinical Development for a Montreal-based biotechnology company where he guided the development of molecules from the bench to clinical research. Over the course of the past twenty-five years, Murray has led the development of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and nutraceuticals in a variety of therapeutic areas.
ethica CRO’s clients have benefited greatly from Murray’s creativity, business acumen and unique knowledge of therapeutic products development. Murray holds an MSc in medical science (neuropathology) from University of Calgary and a BSc in biology from University of Lethbridge.
As the Associate Director of Clinical Research at ethica CRO, Tamara’s duties include managing all aspects of the clinical trials, as well as providing support and direction to the clinical project management team.
Tamara joined ethica in 2005 as a Clinical Research Associate where she played an instrumental role in study initiation and site monitoring of Phase I to IV clinical studies throughout Canada and the United States. Over the past fifteen years, the clients of ethica have benefited from Tamara’s exemplary knowledge and expertise in clinical research management and monitoring, her solid work ethics, as well as her outstanding professionalism.
Tamara holds a Master’s Degree of Science in pharmaceutical science from Université de Montréal, a graduate certificate in human resources management from HEC and a BSc in biology from Université de Montréal.
As Associate Director of Data Management, Nassima is responsible for the rigorous management of all of ethica CRO’s clinical trials data activities to ensure their quality and integrity.
A natural leader and a perpetual learner with strong research ethics, Nassima provides mentorship and guidance to the data management team. Before joining before joining ethica in 2012, Nassima worked for F. Hoffmann-La Roche as both Medical Science Liaison and Clinical Research Associate in the field of infectious diseases. With experience in both clinical project and clinical data management, Nassima brings a holistic approach to data analytics.
Nassima holds a BSc in biology from University of Science and Technology Houari Boumediene of Algeria and several professional training certificates from the Society of Clinical Data Management (SCDM).
As Associate Director of QSOD, Paola is responsible for supporting ethica’s CRO’s superior quality standards and fostering a culture that celebrates excellence, inclusiveness, mutual respect, and honest, open-door communication, throughout the organization. In her dual role, Paola is also responsible for developing and implementing organizational strategies based on ethica CRO’s goals.
Paola possesses extensive managerial and consulting expertise in change enablement, operations, business process optimization, digital transformation, and customer service. Paola is as much dedicated to helping effect the personal development of individuals as she is to shaping organizational growth. Paola is recognized for her integrity and her influential role as leader, partner, coach, and communicator, creating solid relationships and building trust among all stakeholders.
Paola earned a Master of Science degree in Organization Development from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from McGill University.