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.

Management Team

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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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Nicole Blanchard

Director of Operations

Greg MacDonald CPA, CA

Director of Finance

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Lesley Marshall

Director of Business Support

Steve Curwin, BEd

Community Outreach Manager


True North Mark Johnston
Mark Johnston, MD, FRCP (C)
Mark Allan, MD
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Ronald Wojcik, MD
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Rodney Brittain, MD
Dave Wilcox, MD
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Kerrie Schoffer, MD

Clinical Research Coordinators

Madie El-Aghil, MD

Linda Walters-Findlay, RN

Kathryn Smith, LPN

Rebecca Clarke, LPN

Assessment Specialists

Janice Patton, LPN

Rater / Patient Navigator

Jamie Halliday


Shannon Blois

Rater / Memory Clinic Coordinator

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


Charlene Morrissey, RN


Infusion Nurses

Fiona Coulter, RN
Morgan Grimbly, RN
Natalie Johnston, RN
Sarah Mantin, RN
Laura MacKeigan, RN
Fiona Peacock, RN
Jackie Publicover, RN
Mary Ellen Shea, RN
Sylvia Stiles, RN
Danielle Thompson, RN

Support Staff

Brittany Veinott

Business Development Specialist

Julie Thorsen

Regulatory Compliance Lead

Kristen Doyle


Heather Rushton

Patient Navigator

Natasha LaPierre

Research Assistant

Autumn Rafuse

Research Assistant

Laura Harris

Memory Clinic Coordinator

Kali Phillips

Support Specialist / Memory Clinic Coordinator

Barb Eddy

Accounting Assistant

Heather Ouellette

Support Specialist

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.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, please contact us at:

True North Clinical Research

21 Roy Ave, Suite 230, New Minas, Nova Scotia, Canada
36 Solutions Drive, Suite 420, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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