Linda Bennett is the Executive Director, Canadian Rheumatology Research Consortium, http://www.rheumtrials.com/english.htm. She has an undergraduate degree in science from the University of Toronto. She’s previously worked in family planning, AIDS education and harm reduction programs with the Toronto Department of Public Health and community-based clinics. After coordinating clinical trials, she joined the biopharmaceutical industry where she held a variety of roles in clinical research. Since 2004, she’s managed the day-to-day operations of the Canadian Rheumatology Research Consortium, a national network of academic and community rheumatologists that conducts clinical trials in arthritis. It’s focused on raising awareness of the importance of clinical research in Canada and of collaboration with other stakeholders to address shared challenges. It’s particularly proud of its partnership with the Arthritis Consumer Experts and its role as a founding member of the Network of Networks.