Team Members

Rebecca Barnes

Program Leader

Rebecca Barnes is the Program Leader for the Canadian Tumour Repository Network (CTRNet).  She is responsible for helping the Executive and Management Committees with strategic planning and for overseeing some of CTRNet’s current initiatives.  Rebecca has a long-standing history with CTRNet, having been part of several task forces to help develop its tools and programs such as the Standard Operating Procedures and the Biobank Certification Program.  She has worked in cancer research and biobanking for nearly 10 years, including positions managing biobanking programs in BC.  In addition to her CTRNet role, in the past year Rebecca has taken on a new role to establish a ‘Permission to Contact for research’ program for a regional health authority.  The common thread for her various roles has been enhancement of health research capacity, through sustainable and standardized systems and processes. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science (Biology) and a Master’s degree (Environmental Toxicology/Carcinogenesis).


Nicolas Luc

ATiM Project Leader

Nicolas Luc joined (CTRNet) in 2007. As the ATiM Project Leader he identifies, analyzes, prioritizes and controls new requirements and change requests for ATiM based on the business needs and the comments of network biobank experts.  He is also in charge of ongoing functional analysis and consolidating and communicating information to the developers.

In addition, Nicolas works actively with network biobanks as an ATiM software consultant. He analyses the gaps between the ATiM core version and specific biobank requirements, designs custom solutions, customizes the ATiM source code, deploys the customized versions and offers training and support to bank users.

Nicolas has also worked for 6 years on software development both for biomedical research and clinical research. Nicolas holds a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics.


Amanda Spakowski

Administrative Assistant

Amanda Spakowski is the Administrative Assistant for the Canadian Tumour Repository Network (CTRNet). She is responsible for all administrative functions within the organization. She assists and contributes in the coordination of meetings, workshops, and special projects in addition to managing CTRNet’s finances. Her background is in Accounts Payable, which started at Manitoba Conservation-Forestry Branch. She is continuing her education in business and administrative studies.






Sheila O'Donoghue

Education/Certification Program Lead

Sheila O'Donoghue is the Biobank Leader, Tumour Tissue Repository, BC Cancer Agency and a Project Manager for UBC Office of Biobank Education and Research.  She is responsible for the education and certification programs offered by the Biobank Resource center.  She is an active member of the International Society of Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) Education and Training Committee and the ISBER 2014 Annual meeting Organizing Advisory Committee.  She was the project manager for the BC BioLibrary and also spent ten years managing national clinical trials for academic researchers.


Stefanie Cheah

Certification Project Coordinator

Stefanie Cheah is the Project Coordinator for the University of British Columbia Office of Biobank Education and Research (OBER). Recently she has been involved with coordinating "permission to contact" processes in clinics that encourages patients to participate in research and has been involved in the development of the education content and program materials for the Biobank Certification Program. Stefanie brings over five years' experience in the laboratory setting specializing in the areas of molecular biology, immunology and biochemistry. In addition, Stefanie has pursued her M.Sc. in Experimental Medicine and education in project management.


Lise Matzke

Project Manager, Biobank Resource Centre

Lise is the Biobank Resource Centre (BRC) Project Manager at the UBC Office of Biobank Education and Research. She is responsible for developing biobank tools and templates for the BRC as well as providing biobank support including consulting services. Lise has participated in technical, research and administrative aspects of biobanking for over a decade and her activities have focused on basic, clinical, translational, forensic and archaeological focused biospecimen research. Lise is a member of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) Education and Training Committee; Canadian Association of Pathology (CAP) and Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA).


Simon Dee

IT Project Manager

Simon Dee leads the application platform and services development for BC Cancer Agency's next-generation Bio-banking platform. He has experience in building technically challenging web-based applications and services. He has implemented the TTR (Tumour Tissue Repository) Information Systems Architecture and has also provided a cutting edge solution to support the BC Cancer Agency TTR Database Repository initiative of storing patient clinical data, pathologist annotations, outcomes, and specimen inventories for cancer research. This solution will be ground breaking in supporting and directing new research initiatives as well as allow the exploration of data mining not possible in the past.


Anna Meredith

Project Manager for Biospecimen Research and Access

Anna Meredith is a Project Manager for Biospecimen Research and Access at OBER. She has over 10 years of experience in translational research using human biospecimens, including: study design and protocol development; sample collection, archiving and banking; and scientific writing for manuscripts and grant applications. Anna has a background in molecular biology and biochemistry, and completed her PhD training in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of British Columbia, where her research focused on heart failure, biomarker discovery, and cardiac remodeling.

Manon de Ladurantaye

Research Assistant

Manon de Ladurantaye is a research assistant in Dr Mes-Masson’s laboratory at the Montreal Cancer Institute and the University of Montreal Research Center (CRCHUM). She performs quality control for CTRNet member banks and large scale projects such as the Terry Fox Research Institute pan Canadian COEUR Initiative. She oversees reception, shipment, storage, inventory, coordination and communication of results with other centers to help them improve the quality of banked samples. She is also the CTRNet French Certification Coordinator.  In the Biobank Certification Program, she provides information, support and adjudicates the registration and certification of French language biobanks.