Susan Zimmerman is the Executive Director of the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research in Ottawa. She is a lawyer whose career has focused on health law and public policy. A native of Montreal, Susan received a Master of Laws from the University of Toronto. Prior to her appointment to the Secretariat in September, 2007, Ms Zimmerman 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 university lecturer in health law and ethics and a member of research ethics boards.