Headquarters Staff

Kelly Curwin

Kelly Curwin photoKelly Curwin is TFRI's chief communications officer. She holds an MBA in communications and public relations management from Royal Roads University (Victoria) and a Bachelor of Journalism (honours) from Carleton University (Ottawa). As a communications consultant, she conducted work for the Fraser Health Authority, Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga, the University of Waterloo and KCI (formerly Ketchum Canada Inc.) in Toronto. She worked in public relations at McMaster University for more than a decade, and she is a former editor of Nunavut's Nunatsiaq News in Iqaluit.  An award-winning writer and editor, she is a former volunteer for Wellwood Resource Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. 

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 Bernard Czajkowski

Bernard Bernard Czajkowski is TFRI’s research finance co-ordinator. He has extensive experience in accounting, finance and health sciences. He has worked for McGill University, Concordia University and various large financial institutions throughout Canada. He holds degrees in accounting and biochemistry and is currently pursuing his CFA charter.
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Shane Duan

Shane DuanShane Duan is TFRI’s co-ordinator of projects and database management. He has worked on several large research projects, including co-ordinating a TFRI-funded Pan-Canadian translational research project at the BC Cancer Research Centre. Shane also brings strong experience in database administration to the team.

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Darrell Fox

Darrell Fox is the younger brother of Terry Fox, for whom the Terry Fox Foundation and the Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI) are named.  In 1980, at the age of 17, Darrell joined Terry (and Terry’s best friend Doug Alward) on his Marathon of Hope in Saint John, New Brunswick. As Terry’s younger brother, Darrell has had a long history of involvement with the legacy founded by his brother. In 1990, Darrell became the provincial director for The Terry Fox Foundation in British Columbia. In 1994, he moved to the National Office in Toronto, Ontario where he served for two years as the assistant national director and then national director of the Terry Fox Foundation from January 1996 until June 2009. To date, the Foundation has raised over $600 million for cancer research worldwide.  Today Darrell serves on the TFRI’s Board of Directors and is a senior advisor to the Institute. A holder of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Darrell continues to be involved in projects and activities related to Terry Fox and his 32-year legacy.

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Stephen Herst

Stephen Herst is chief operating officer. Stephen was previously director of research development at the BC Cancer Research Centre, and held executive positions at two successful Networks of Centres of Excellence - the Canadian Genetic Diseases Network and the Protein Engineering Network of Centres of Excellence. He was part of the team that launched the Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops, and was involved in the early development of the Human Genome Organization in Europe. More recently, Stephen has been a project manager for a number of large-scale genomics research programs at the BC Cancer Agency.


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Victor Ling

Dr. Victor Ling is the founding president and scientific director of TFRI. He is an authority on multi-drug resistance in cancer and is well-known for his discovery of P-glycoprotein, the first molecule identified to be responsible for drug resistance. Dr. Ling was the vice-president of discovery research at the BC Cancer Agency. Dr. Ling provides overall leadership to TFRI, the development of translational research, relationships with stakeholders, and TFRI communications. For more biographical information, please visit his web page

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Marlene Manson

Marlene MansonMarlene is TFRI’s executive and events assistant. She has worked in medical and research offices, including the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, as well as industry. Marlene was most recently with Ernst and Young and brings extensive office administration experience to her role

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Russell Watkins

Russell WatkinsRussell Watkins is TFRI’s senior programs manager. He holds a doctorate in molecular evolution from Simon Fraser University. Russell has an extensive background in the management of large-scale research projects. He has worked for Dalhousie University, the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, the University of British Columbia, and most recently at the BC Cancer Agency Genome Sciences Centre.

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Katelyn Verstraten

Verstraten, KatelynKatelyn Verstraten is TFRI’s science communications specialist. Her skills have been honed in some of the top newsrooms across Canada - CTV News, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and The Vancouver Sun – and she has won numerous journalism awards, including the 2016 Jack Webster Award for Science, Technology, Health and Environment. Katelyn holds a Masters of Journalism from the University of British Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (2014) and an Honours Bachelor degree in Psychology from Queen’s University (2011). She is extremely passionate about cancer research and running, and Terry Fox is her hero.

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