Population Data BC is delighted to announce the appointment of Gitta Oldendorff as their new Managing Director.
Having held senior positions at the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the City of Vancouver and ICBC, Gitta brings a wealth of experience in stakeholder relations, leadership, planning, and customer-focus to the role. She joins the multi-university, data and education organization at an exciting time for the field of data access and linkage, with national and provincial initiatives that will broaden the data available for research and streamline access to those data.
“I am very much looking forward to being part of PopData’s next phase of development and helping to create the best possible conditions for facilitating internationally-recognised research here in BC,” she said.
Gitta’s appointment comes after the departure of former Executive Director Nancy Meagher, who stepped down after 11 years with Population Data BC in April 2016. Nancy was at the organization’s helm from its inception as the Population Health and Learning Observatory, and through its transition to PopData in 2008. Over the years PopData developed into a nationally and internationally recognized leader in data access and linkage for research, owning in large measure, according to its Advisory Board member, Michael Hayes to Nancy’s “commitment to the organization, and to the broader vision of improved health outcomes and better policy decisions based on the analysis of administrative data.”
Gitta holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hamburg and, outside the office, she enjoys running and is a keen follower of soccer.