Susan Zimmerman (LL.M.) is the Executive Director of the Interagency Secretariat on Research Ethics in Ottawa. She is a lawyer whose career has focused on health law and public policy. A native of Montreal, she received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College, civil law and common law degrees from McGill University, and a Master of Laws from the University of Toronto.
Ms. Zimmerman’s professional experience includes positions as a senior research associate at the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University, Director of Legislation and Law Reform at the Canadian Bar Association, legal counsel at Health Canada and Director of Research for the Law Commission of Canada. Prior to her appointment to the Interagency Secretariat on Research Ethics in September, 2007, she was a member of the Health Law Group at the Toronto office of a national law firm where she represented health care institutions and a variety of health care professionals. Ms. Zimmerman has also been a member of research ethics boards as well as university lecturer in health law and ethics.