True North Team

The True North Clinical Research Staff is comprised of a team of highly qualified professionals dedicated to making a difference in the lives of all those touched by conditions of the aged.

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Mark Johnston, MD, FRCP (C)

Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director

Dr. Mark Johnston has been practicing psychiatry for over 15 years.  His focus has always been on our aging community and what can be done to improve quality of life.  He is dedicated to contributing to the effort to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease through conducting numerous clinical trials at his research clinics in Kentville and Halifax.

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Heather Murley

Chief Financial Officer

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Rikki Jagger, APGD-CRQA

Chief Operating Officer

With 13 years in healthcare, and over 5 years at True North Clinical Research, Rikki has a rich and diverse background specializing in care for the geriatric population. She now passionately leads a team dedicated to making a difference in the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

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Nicole Blanchard

Director of Operations

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Lesley Marshall

Director of Business Support


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Mark Johnston, MD, FRCP (C)
Mark Allan, MD
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Ronald Wojcik, MD
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Rodney Brittain, MD
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Lely Abud, MD
Dave Wilcox, MD
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Jennifer Johnston, MD
Chris King, MD
Kerrie Schoffer, MD

Clinical Research Coordinators

Linda Walters-Findlay, RN

Kathryn Smith, LPN

Assessment Specialists

Janice Patton, LPN


Jamie Halliday


Dr. Kjerstin Baldwin, Ph. D, R. Psych


Charlene Morrissey, RN


Sharon Boutilier, LPN


Support Staff

Brittany Veinott

Business Development Specialist

Harjot Chahal

Regulatory Specialist

Julie Thorsen

Regulatory Compliance Lead

Samantha Meeker

Memory Clinic Coordinator


Kate Bessette

Patient Navigation

Barb Eddy

Accounting Assistant

Brianne Penney, BACS, B.Ed

Community Outreach Coordinator

Lauren MacDonald

Research Assistant

Autumn Rafuse

Research Assistant

Kerri Marshall

Memory Clinic Coordinator

Jennifer Delorey

Memory Clinic Coordinator

Emily Murphy

Support Specialist

Helen Young


Privacy and Ethics

Clinical trials are an essential part of the research and development of all pharmaceutical drugs where the safety and effectiveness of potential treatments are evaluated. At True North Clinical Research, we are committed to industry best practices and ensuring we are consistently providing our clients with the highest quality care. All work done at True North adheres to the principles established by ICH-GCP, TPCS2, and Health Canada Division 5. All clinical trials activity is approved and monitored by an ethics review board and by Health Canada. True North adheres to the Personal Information Protection and Electronics Act (PIPEDA) and the Nova Scotia Health Information Act (PHIA). We have appropriate data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures to protect against unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure or destruction of your personal information and stored data in our database.

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True North Clinical Research

70 Exhibition Street, Suite 130, Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada
362 Lacewood Drive, Suite 203, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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