Dr. Carlyn Volume-Smith was appointed to the Health Quality Council Board of Directors in April 2021. She is a licensed clinical pharmacist with a B.Sc. in Pharmacy, a M.Sc. in Health Promotion, and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Alberta. Her doctoral thesis was a qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the impact of drug policy changes on healthcare providers and patients.
Dr. Volume-Smith has spent more than two decades in the pharmaceutical policy and the health benefit sectors. She has managed complex scientific advisory processes that support Government of Alberta sponsored drug programs. Additionally, while working with a private health benefit provider, she managed departments charged with the adjudication of more than $2 billion annually of extended health, travel, dental, and drug claims for health benefit plans.
During her tenure within Alberta Health, she established and maintained strategic relationships with other provincial and federal government departments. This included specialty drug programs, Alberta Health Services-Pharmacy Services, and research/academic communities to develop, advance and communicate evidence-informed and outcome-based drug program policies. Dr. Volume-Smith also had the opportunity to collaborate and consult with healthcare and allied healthcare providers, vendor associations, professional associations and colleges, as well as the general public, to refine the government sponsored drug and supplementary health benefit programs. Additionally, she served on several pan-Canadian committees including the Provincial Advisory Group for the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review, the Provincial/Territorial Working Group on Rare Diseases and the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Working Group on Pharmaceuticals.
Currently, Dr. Volume-Smith is a member of the executive team at the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan, a not-for-profit organization that provides health and disability benefits to more than 60,000 employees of Alberta’s public education sector and their families.