Mr. George Abbott, Chair
Mr. Abbott has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in politics and public service, holding many portfolios in the BC provincial government, including Education and Health. Prior to his election to the Legislature, Mr. Abbott was a Sessional Lecturer in Political Science at Okanagan University College. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Political Science at the University of Victoria.
Dr. Arun Garg, Vice-Chair
Dr. Garg is a Program Medical Director in the Laboratory of Medicine and Pathology at Fraser Health, and Clinical Professor of Pathology in the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia (UBC). He is past president of the British Columbia Medical Association (BCMA), has held a number of appointments with the Canadian Medical Association’s Board of Directors.
Dr. Anthony Boardman, Treasurer
Dr. Boardman is the Van Dusen Professor of Business Administration in the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. Prior to his appointment with UBC, he was a professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Jan Grude, Secretary
Mr. Grude is President and CEO of Pacific Blue Cross. He has more than 25 years of leadership experience in public and private organizations, in the health industry as well as financial services, manufacturing, insurance, and professional services. He serves as Governor of the Business Council of BC, a Director of the Vancouver Board of Trade, and Director and Board Member of the Canadian Life & Health Industry Association.
Dr. Samuel Abraham, Director
Dr. Abraham has had a long career in the BC health sector at the intersection of research, business development and clinical care, including 15 years with the BC Cancer Agency and BC Provincial Health Services Authority, where he served in a variety of research and business development executive leadership roles. During his time with BCCA/PHSA he led the development of a strong intellectual property portfolio, and developed intellectual property policies and ethical frameworks for addressing ownership and commercialization practice of genomic biomarkers and other seminal or platform developments, not only at BCCA and Genome BC but also nationally through a variety of mechanisms and internationally through the OECD. Dr. Abraham holds a PhD in Genetics from the University of British Columbia.
Mr. Bob de Faye, Director
Mr. Bob de Faye’s 32-year career in BC’s Public Service includes many years as deputy minister and an assistant deputy minister in a range of portfolios, in addition to senior health-related roles in Treasury Board; health policy; health regionalization; Ministry of Health administration; and the Medical Services Commission. As head of the Public Service Employer’s Council he had major roles in bargaining, labour relations and workforce development for BC’s health sector.
Ms. Barb Hambly, Director
Ms. Hambly is a former executive in the health care system in Western Canada, with experience in both rural and urban health authorities in Alberta. As a former CFO and SVP, Human Resources she is well acquainted with the challenges of sustaining and transforming the delivery of high quality health services. She was most recently VP, Public Affairs with LifeLabs. She is a Board Member of Make-A-Wish Canada.
Ms. Diana Miles, Director
Diana Miles was appointed President and CEO of WorkSafeBC in December 2014. She is responsible for the executive leadership and overall strategic direction of the organization. Ms. Miles is the Chair of the Community Against Preventable Injuries and has recently completed terms on the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety and dedicates time to not-for-profits in her community.
Dr. Alan Ruddiman, Director
Dr. Ruddiman is an internationally trained rural generalist physician and the immediate past-president of Doctors of BC. Born in Dundee, Scotland, he earned his MB.BCh. medical degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. A founding member of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada in 1992, Alan was recognized as an inaugural recipient of the society’s Fellowship in Rural & Remote Medicine in 2009. As a member of the Doctors of BC Council on Health Economics & Policy (CHEP), Alan was appointed in 2012 as the provincial physician lead on the policy paper “Medical Professionalism in British Columbia – Working Together: An Exploration of Professional Relationships in Medicine.” Alan is a University of BC, Faculty of Medicine clinical teacher, to both medical students and residents. He currently serves in as a consultant to the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), holding an Associate Director role, by promoting the enhancement of rural health in BC through education and advocacy.
Dr. Robert F. Woollard, Director
Previously a family physician in rural BC, Dr. Woollard is a Professor and former Head of the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. He is co-chair of the Global Consensus for Social Accountability, and is heavily involved in the issues of the social accountability and accreditation of medical schools. He also serves as Associate Director of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC.
Marc Pelletier, CEO
Mr. Pelletier brings extensive leadership experience in Canadian health care, spanning strategic consulting, government and large, complex health care delivery organizations. Most recently, Marc was a senior strategic advisor with BC’s Ministry of Health, developing a virtual care strategy for BC. Prior to this, Marc had a 20-year career with Fraser Health leading a variety of clinical, support and corporate functions. Marc has two master’s degrees – one in Criminology and one in Health Administration – from the University of Toronto.