CANTRAIN Management Team

Bruno J. Battistini

BSc, MSc, PhD

National Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer

+1 (819) 345-8448

Dr. Bruno Battistini has over 25 years of professional experience in the health/medical research sector. Before becoming President, CEO and Scientific Director of a Provincial Health Research Foundation, he occupied senior positions in the private sector (CSO, VP, (Senior) Director), was a Health Research Scholar and Assistant-Professor (Medicine) at Université Laval, and Scientist at Hôpital Laval – Quebec Heart & Lung Institute, and still lectures at the Université de Sherbrooke and Adjunct-Professor at uOttawa.

Bruno fostered strategic investment plans, developed many new programs/value demonstration initiatives, partnered and established alliances with many charities, federal agencies, national programs in aging, and the private sector, fostering an overall exponential increase in the Foundation’s activities and investment in the Health Research Enterprise and the knowledge economy.

Bruno created several Chairs at universities and the first NCE-AgeWell National Innovation Hub called APPTA who he Chaired from the start. He served on several provincial and national advisory committees, peer-review committees, and boards, was Co-Chair of and the Forum of Health Research Funders, continue to Chair the Research Oversight Committee of the $100M FACS program at CQDM for the past 4 years and is the recipient of many national awards and honors, >125 publications and >350 presentations.

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Caroline Béland


Executive Assistant

+1 (514) 373-7485

Ms Caroline Béland has more than 20 years of experience in organizing and managing multidisciplinary teams. A graduate of the University of Montreal in art history (M.A., 2011), she taught art history at college before becoming an executive assistant at Indigo Parc Canada Inc. and then at the Metropolitan Transport Network (exo), to finally touch on management as an IT and ITS operations supervisor, still at exo.

Caroline’s experience in diverse environments allowed her to become aware of the issues relating to changes in companies, which led her to pursue studies at HEC Montréal in Organizational Leadership. Her expertise, her systemic vision and her human-centric approach are welcome in our emerging national clinical trials training program.

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Sandra Peláez

BEdPsy., MSc, PhD

National Director, Clinical Trials Training Programs' Streams (CTTP)

+1 (514) 586-9171

Dr. Sandra Peláez is a counselor-researcher interested in behaviour change, chronic disease self-management, patient-physician collaboration, and knowledge translation. More specifically, and through the means of qualitative inquiry, Sandra worked at better understanding patients’ experience of living with a chronic disease, and at providing a grounded and sensitive response to the struggles that behaviour change represents. 

Sandra is an adjunct professor at the Université de Montréal (Canada) and an affiliated researcher at the Research Centre of the St. Justine Hospital (Montreal, Canada). Sandra has a Bachelors in Educational Psychology, completed at the Universidad Nacional de Lomas de Zamora (Bs. As., Argentina), a Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Madrid, Spain), a Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Sciences at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and two postdoctorates, one from McGill University (Montreal, Canada, 2011-2013) in which she was trained in health education, and another one from the Institut national de recherche scientifique, Centre Armand-Frappier (Montréal, Canada, 2015), in which she immersed herself in the field of epidemiology. 

This training and expertise allowed her to join the Institut national d’excellence en santé et services sociaux (INESSS) as a scientific professional (Montreal, Canada, 2019 -2022). During her studies, Sandra was supported by multiple training awards.

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Lisa M. Goos


National Director, Mentorship Program & Competency-based Learning Experience

+1 (416) 516-1684

Dr. Lisa Goos has over 20 years’ experience in research administration, knowledge translation and education in academic health science settings. Lisa received a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Queen’s University, a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from York University, and was a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program in Neurosciences and Mental Health at The Hospital for Sick Children. In addition to more than 10 years’ experience teaching students at the secondary and post-secondary levels, Lisa has provided scientific communications expertise to organizations such as the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto and the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at SickKids, and is co-author of an authoritative manual on the use of DNA evidence in the judicial system.

An exceptional corporate change agent, Lisa has held senior research administration positions at Baycrest Health Sciences, the Rotman Research Institute and The Hospital for Sick Children. In these roles, Lisa has driven institutional capacity development in order to optimize success in clinical research. She has developed both corporate and divisional strategic plans, led teams through the completion of large strategic projects, and implemented operational systems and procedures to support the effective management of the research enterprise.

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Mohamed Mahfoudi


Manager/Administrator, IT Systems

+1 (438) 518-2015

Mr. Mohamed Mahfoudi has 17 years of experience in the administration of network systems, integration of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and implementation and administration of websites.  He was webmaster of one of the largest press companies in his native country (, 2005-2019). He worked as such in several other companies as part of a project funded by the Ministry of Small and Medium companies where he had to implement an Integrated Management System by importing existing data, customizing and training end users.

During his career, Mohamed also worked as a consultant, network and web administrator with several companies where he had to manage computers, network parks, web servers and websites.

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Aude Le Rendu


Manager, Administration & Human Resources

+1 (514) XXX-XXXX

With a master’s degree in the political economy of health, Ms. Le Rendu worked in France in a private health group as project manager and then as Deputy Director of Operations. Her role was to coordinate the management of hospital structures and to ensure the administrative and budgetary management of the structures as well as the management of the personnel.

Subsequently, she joined a hospital group as manager of the consultation centers. Her function was to supervise the administration and operations of paramedical teams. In cooperation with the hospital’s medical team, she also contributed to the creation of a consultation center dedicated to women’s pathologies.

In her spare time, Aude enjoys continuing to discover Montreal, her adopted city, and spending time with her husband, son and friends.

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Luis Armando García Garza


Research Software Developer

+1 (438) 495-0376

Mr. Luis Armando García Garza has a solid experience of almost 30 years in programming and administration of computer systems. During his career in his native Mexico, he obtained an academic degree as an Electronic Systems Engineer at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. He has given proof of his abilities in the coordination and programming for a ‘’Quick Vote Count System’’ for an important electoral process and from that experience, he has been invited to participate in the maintenance of the electronic catalog of The Mexican Federal Judicial Weekly of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation. He then participated in an IT management team and local network administration for one of the most recognized university centers in the north of the country.

In his Canadian experience in Montreal, Quebec, Luis Armando has served as an IT Consultant for the Respiplus organization (, implementing the graphic design of teaching materials, the development for an online exercise learning platform, and the well-known ‘’Living Well with COPD’’ series. He also served as technical coordinator for the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center, contributing to the rebranding and design for the new website of the Canadian Cohort Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (CanCOLD

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Caroline Buote

BSc, MSc

National Programs' Designer & Developer of CTTP

+1 (819) 943-1825

Originally from the Montérégie region, Caroline Buote first studied a year in architecture at the Université de Montréal before moving to the Estrie region and obtaining a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology, followed by a master’s degree in clinical genomics, with a bioinformatics component, at the Université de Sherbrooke. She then worked as study director at IPS Therapeutic, a preclinical research CRO in evaluation of new drugs’ efficacy and safety, while completing, in parallel and remotely, a certificate in business administration – management with the Université de Laval. 

Caroline later moved to the South Shore of Montreal and, while working part-time for the NPO Sherbrooke Genomic Medicine as a next-gen sequencing (NGS) data analyst, began working as a clinical research coordinator in oncology at the Centre for Innovative Medicine (CIM) within the RI-MUHC. Having worked there for more than 5 years, she has managed clinical trials on head and neck cancers, sarcomas, gastrointestinal cancers, breast cancers and melanomas. 

Within the last 3 years, she has been specializing in training: building content, developing an onboarding program including hands-on practice, workshop and training delivery for staff and C&RA Experience students, creating eLearning modules integrated to a learning management system, authoring multiple working instructions as a subject matter expert (SME) and being a big part of the CIM compliance committee

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Katie Bainbridge


National Coordinator, Trialists Stream of CTTP

+1 (416) 662-4561

Prior to joining CANTRAIN, Ms. Katie Bainbridge set up and managed the Office of Clinical Research Professionals at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario. There, she developed and ran an onboarding and orientation program, a variety of professional development opportunities, and led networking, mentorship, and staff engagement initiatives. Central to this role was providing access to information, education and training, and establishing a connected community using various communication channels. Katie worked closely with a Clinical Research Advisory Committee to advocate for the professionalization of clinical research roles, improved resources, and more collaboration and understanding across departments.

Previously, Katie helped coordinate the SickKids Clinical Research Secretariat which oversaw the launch and development of the patient and family engagement in research program, the education and training program, and the redesign and launch of a streamlined clinical research approvals process.

Katie has several years’ experience in information management, publishing, and communications.

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Christina Farant

BSc, MSc, PhD

National Coordinator, Graduates & Postgraduate"s Trainees Stream of CTTP

+1 (514) XXX-XXXX

As the National Coordinator focusing on the Postgraduate Training stream of CANTRAIN, Ms Christina Farant’s objectives are to include high-quality connected online and experiential learning and training, as well as broadening the range of possible careers for postgraduate students interested in clinical trials and regulatory affairs.

Christina previously worked as the Training Coordinator for the Desjardins Centre for Advanced Training (DCAT) of the McGill University Health Centre’s Research Institute (RI-MUHC, Montréal). Her primary responsibility was to plan and coordinate postgraduate trainees’ career exploration and development training programs, activities, and events. Christina is passionate about instructional and graphic design and is committed to expanding her education and skill set in order to provide students with the finest experience possible.

Outside the office, Christina enjoys reading novels and listening to true crime and history podcasts. In her hometown of Montreal, Quebec, she enjoys spending time with her husband, young daughter, and their two cats.

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Lucie Couderc


Quebec Provincial Coordinator, Streams of CTTP

+1 (514) 809-1651

After obtaining her degree in biochemistry, Ms Lucie Couderc accumulated several years of experience within contract clinical research organizations (CRO). During her previous jobs, Lucie acquired an in-depth understanding of the clinical research process and more particularly of the various actors and institutions playing a role in it.

Before joining CANTRAIN, Lucie worked as a scientist and trainer. Beyond training her colleagues and developing educational materials, she was responsible for ensuring the transfer of knowledge and the standardization of processes across the various sites of her company. Lucie is convinced that by offering the appropriate tools and resources to students and professionals, we allow them to achieve professional success and broaden their horizons.

Outside of work, Lucie is passionate about sports, especially Pilates and rugby, which she has been practicing for several years.

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Mei Li


Institutional Clinical Research Educator (CRE)

+1 (514) 839-3118

Ms Mei Li received a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Huaxi Medical Centre, Sichuan University, and a Master’s degree in Health Management from the University of New South Wales. She has 7+ years of experience in teaching at the post-secondary level and systematic training on pedagogical skills in the Department of Education, Memorial University.

Mei is a professional in developing teaching dossiers and course materials for adult learning in health care settings, and conducting evaluations on learning activities. Mei has been involved in different healthcare training programs, including capacity building for primary health care, enhancing the capacity of health professionals in rural areas in China, and women’s sexual rights and health in marginalized communities. In addition to ensuring the deliverables based on the program plan, Mei is proactive in providing the learners with resources and assistance for their academic and professional development, adopting the learner-oriented approach virtually and in person.

As a researcher, Mei has engaged with research projects in the domain of family caregiving, primary health care, chronic disease management and women’s health.

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