Jonathan Lomas is co-founder of CHEPA and was the centre’s co-ordinator from 1991 until 1996. He then moved to Ottawa to become Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation -- a nationally endowed organization founded in 1997 to support evidence-informed decision-making in the health sector. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Lomas has been called “the Godfather of knowledge translation” by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Lomas was a professor of Health Policy Analysis for fifteen years at McMaster and is, with Greg Stoddart, the co-founder of CHEPA.
Lomas moved to Ottawa in 1997 to become the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation -- a nationally endowed organization founded in 1997 to support evidence-informed decision-making in the health sector, which he led until taking partial retirement in 2007. During his decade of leadership the foundation received international accolades and national awards, both for its work as a knowledge brokering agency and for its innovative workplace environment.
Since then he has, among other things: worked with the World Health Organization in Europe and Central America, chaired funding initiatives for England’s National Health Service R & D program, helped the Ontario Ministry of Health in Toronto and the New Zealand Ministry of Health in Auckland with programs for evidence-informed decision-making, and designed and then launched a major new granting program for Australia’s Health and Medical Research Council in Canberra.
The main focus of his career, and the area in which he has an international reputation and numerous publications, is the spread of research and innovation to health systems decision-making. He has been called “the Godfather of knowledge translation” by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
In 2005 he received a Doctorat Honoris Causa from the University of Montreal in recognition of his leadership in linking academic researchers with health service managers and policy makers. In 2006 he was elected as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and also in that year he was the only Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2009 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
He provided research and advice to the World Bank, national and regional governments, various non-governmental organizations, task forces and inquiries in Canada, U.S., U.K., The Netherlands, France, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, and a number of developing countries.
He is married with two children and lives in Ottawa where, since his retirement, he has taken up creative writing, beekeeping, curling and outdoor pursuits such as cross-country skiing, hiking and canoeing.