Jude Kornelsen, PhD

Associate Professor & Co-Director, Centre for Rural Health Research, UBC

Jude is a health services researcher and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC who has a focused program of research on rural maternity care. As co-director of the Centre for Rural Health Research, her primary focus involves rural maternal health issues including the emergence and integration of midwifery in our health care system.


Katrina Plamondon, MSN RN BN

Nursing Research Facilitator, Interior Health

After completing her degree at the University of Calgary, Katrina first focused her career in Cardiovascular Intensive Care, Emergency and Coronary Care. Most recently, she returned to her home province of BC and became the Nursing Research Facilitator for Interior Health. Katrina’s research interests include population and global health, globalization and health, and knowledge translation. Katrina is an Adjunct Professor with UBCO’s School of Nursing.


Cindy Trytten

Director of Research & Capacity Building, Island Health

My career in health research is diverse and spans both the public and private sectors over 27 years. I’m now focusing this accumulated experience on the mutli-faceted challenges of building research capacity and the ability to synthesize and use knowledge to support evidence-based practice at the Vancouver Island Health Authority and on Vancouver Island. I actively support and contribute to regional, provincial and national initiatives to build research capacity and facilitate the integration of new knowledge and best practice into the health care system.


Tammy Hoefer

Regional Manager of IDC, Northern Health

Tammy currently manages the Innovation Development Commons (IDC), which is a partnership between the University of Northern BC and the Northern Health Authority. The IDC promotes and facilitates the collaboration between researchers and practitioners who work in Northern BC. As the regional manager, Tammy has been instrumental in planning and implementing activities such as skill enhancing workshops, research rounds and presentations, national rural research conferences, and the facilitation of partnerships between researchers and clinicians.