Office of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships

Providence Health Care (PHC), the PHC Research Institute (PHCRI) and St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation (SPHF) recently launched the Office of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships.

Shauna Turner leads this office as Chief Innovation Officer, PHC and Executive Vice President Research, PHCRI. Ivone Martins is developing and lead the fundraising for the establishment and ongoing fundraising as Chief Innovation Development Officer, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation.

The Office of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships is new, as are the roles of Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Vice President, Research. Shauna will lead PHC’s innovation strategy, building on PHC’s culture of innovation and working across PHC to develop a portfolio of practice innovations, new lines of business, research-funding partnerships, and commercial partnership opportunities for our organization.

An experienced CEO in the private and public sector, Shauna brings over 20 years of experience to her new role. She built successful technology companies, selling to Fortune 500 media firms, government and health care enterprises in the US and Canada. In the public sector, Shauna served as Assistant Deputy Minister in government, leading the innovation, technology and small business (SME) portfolios. Shauna has also worked in finance and investment as CEO of a venture capital and infrastructure fund with $2.5-billion (US dollars) in joint holdings in the US and Canada. A champion for innovation, Shauna has made significant contributions to public policy related to advancing innovation and commercialization and contributed to regulatory consortiums to develop standards for e-health and mobile health in the US and Canada.

Ivone Martins assumes the new role of Chief Innovation Development Officer following eight years as Vice-President, Development and then Chief Development Officer for St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation. Ivone brings more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning and fundraising in the health and education sectors in British Columbia and Alberta, with leadership roles at institutions such as the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta. As well, Ivone has more than 10 years of related experience and learning in the community development and social services sectors, including community engagement as a social planner and program manager in addition to post-graduate education in intercultural and international community development.

“PHC, our staff, physicians/medical staff, researchers and leaders have had a prolific history of making game-changing contributions to the world of medical sciences and compassionate care,” says Dianne Doyle, President & CEO of PHC. “The ideas and knowledge generation in our organization have had a global impact in a number of areas – many times despite numerous resourcing challenges. Innovation at PHC is not done by one office or one team – it emanates from throughout our organization, research centres, individuals and teams, and will continue to do so.”

The Office of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships is dedicated to fostering the passion and brilliance of individuals in our organization and the collaborative energies of our teams to develop and translate innovative ideas into real-world solutions for patients. In order to accelerate innovation and learning, the Office of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships will lead an innovation fund that aligns with PHC’s strategy and priorities. This milestone announcement is made possible through collaboration, leadership and funding provided by the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation. 

These are exciting times for PHC, PHCRI and the SPH Foundation, as the organizations undertake comprehensive planning for the new St. Paul’s, and as we continue to make provincial, national and global contributions through research and knowledge translation.