David Byres (Co-Principal Investigator) is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia, Associate Deputy Minister of Clinical Leadership at the BC Ministry of Health.
I am a registered nurse with a clinical background in mental health, substance use, street nursing and emergency. As a co-principal investigator for this study, I also bring two decades of leadership experience in health organizations including senior executive roles and a fellowship for Nurse Executives at the Wharton School of Business. I am currently leading a province wide dialogue on nursing policy. I have supported the integration of cultural safety within health organizations including Indigenous health teams, sacred spaces, and traditional healing practices. I have lead the development of patient and family centered practices and brought the international conference on patient and family centered care to British Columbia. I have lead work to develop North America’s only opioid treatment clinic to prescribe diacetylmorphine and remain committed to social justice. My current work supports the use of evidence based policy development for nursing and health providers in British Columbia. I am a past co-chair of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Nursing Research Advisory Council.