Board of Directors
Betsy Gibbons — Board Chair
Betsy Gibbons has served as HEABC Board Chair since 2011 and as a Board member since 2007. She has a keen interest in both the health services sector and labour relations/human resources. Betsy recently retired from her role as Senior Client Partner in Korn/Ferry International’s Vancouver office, where she specialized in senior-level executive and board recruitment in the industrial sector; specifically in mining. Betsy has more than 20 years of executive search and human capital experience and has been awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership with the Human Resources Management Association of BC. In addition to her professional experience, Betsy has been an active member of various civic organizations. She is past Chair of BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre Foundation, and a former member of the Judicial Council of BC. Betsy also served on the Provincial Health Services Authority Board of Directors from 2007 to 2015, where she was Chair of the Governance & Human Resources Committee and a member of the Quality & Access Committee. Betsy holds a BA in Economics and an MBA from Simon Fraser University.
Joseph McQuaid – Affiliated Care Provider Representative
Joseph McQuaid is the Executive Director of Alberni-Clayoquot Continuing Care Society on Vancouver Island. Leading the human resources management for Echo Village and Fir Park Village, Joseph works with a 15 member Board of Directors including community stakeholders from the City of Port Alberni, Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, Alberni Valley Senior Citizens Housing Society and the Alberni Valley Assisted Living Society.
Prior to this role, Joseph worked for a multi-national health company in Edmonton, Alberta as a health care administrator involved in collective bargaining negotiations. He served 10 years as the Community Care Facilities representative on the Community Care Facilities and Nursing Homes Licensing Board on Prince Edward Island where he played a key role in the province’s review of the long-term care sector.
Joseph graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He is also a graduate of the Human Resource program at the University of Alberta and the Long Term Care & Organizational Management program from the Canadian Hospital Association at the University of Ottawa.
Howard Johnson — Denominational Care Provider Representative
Howard Johnson is Chief Executive Officer for Baptist Housing. He has over 30 years of senior management experience in seniors housing and health care in British Columbia, Ontario and Prince Edward Island. He leads a team of more than 800 team members caring for almost 2,000 seniors in 17 Baptist Housing residences in Victoria, Vancouver and the Interior. He has faced complex labour relations issues with multiple unions over several jurisdictions.
Howard was a founding member of the Denominational Health Association and served as president for four years. Today, he also serves as a board member for BC Non-Profit Housing Association and Denominational Health Association.
Michael Marchbank — Fraser Health Representative
Michael Marchbank joined Fraser Health as President and CEO on January 2, 2015. Prior to that Michael was the President and CEO of Health Employers Association of BC starting in July 2011. He has an extensive breadth of knowledge and experience gained through increasingly senior positions in health care. Michael has held the position of Chief Operating Officer for the Provincial Health Services Authority which he assumed after serving as the Executive Vice-President of Provincial Health Services Authority. Prior to the consolidation and establishment of the six provincial health authorities, Michael held the position of Chief Human Resources Officer, and subsequently served as President & CEO of the Fraser Valley Health Region. From 1992 to 1997, Michael was Vice-President, Corporate Services for Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.
Michael has held a number of appointments in a wide range of health-related institutes, commissions and advisory committees including the BC Forensic Commission, the Child and Family Research Institute, the Women’s Health Research Institute and the Physician Strategic Services Advisory Committee. He has co-chaired, with the Assistant Deputy Minister of Health, the provincial Clinical Care Management Committee, a major standardized care initiative in BC. In 2001/2002, Michael was appointed by the Ministry of Health to the Canadian Nurse Advisory Committee to review nursing issues in Canada.
Lynn Stevenson — Associate Deputy Minister
Lynn Stevenson was appointed Associate Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health January 2014. In this role she provides leadership to the Health Services portfolio including the Medical Beneficiary and Pharmaceuticals, Health Services Policy, Population and Public Health, Health Sector Information and Analytics and the Research Innovation and Knowledge Management divisions.
Prior to this appointment, Lynn was the Executive Vice-President, People, Organizational Development and Chief Nurse for Island Health where she provided strategic leadership to a diverse portfolio including human resources, quality, research and patient safety, professional practice, organizational development and occupational health and safety. As the Chief Nurse, she was responsible for providing leadership and professional oversight for over 8,000 nursing and allied health professionals. She has also held senior leadership positions at Fraser Health and BC Cancer Agency.
Lynn has extensive health care experience in operations, quality and safety, human resources and research. She currently is the board chair of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI), former co-chair of the British Columbia Academic Health Council, and a member of the Royals Roads University Leadership Advisory Board.
Lynn is a registered nurse by profession, has a PhD with a research focus on organizational change, practice and leadership. She is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL), a CFHI EXTRA Fellow, Certified corporate director (ICD-D) and holds Adjunct Professor positions in the Schools of Nursing at the Universities of British Columbia and Victoria.
Christina Zacharuk — Government Representative
Christina Zacharuk is the President & CEO of the Public Sector Employers’ Council Secretariat, Ministry of Finance.
Christina joined the BC Public Service in 2004 and moved to PSEC in 2005. She has over a decade of experience in every aspect of public sector bargaining. In addition, she has broad expertise in policy development, including corporate governance, strategic labour relations, executive and exempt compensation across the public sector.
In February of 2012, she was asked to lead the transition of the independent College of Teachers to the Teacher Regulation Branch at the Ministry of Education. Two years later, she returned to PSEC to help lead the implementation of the 2014 Economic Stability Mandate.
Christina is a government-appointed director on the boards of the Health Employers Association of BC, the Post-Secondary Employers’ Association, the University Public Sector Employers’ Association, and the Crown Corporation Employers’ Association.
Christina graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor’s degree (Hons) in Sociology and she has a Master’s degree in Public Administration, with co-op experience at both the federal and provincial levels of government.
Chris Mazurkewich — Interior Health Representative
Chris Mazurkewich was appointed as President and CEO of Interior Health (IH) in October 2015.
Chris rejoined IH after spending four years at Alberta Health Services, most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he worked in close partnership with the Chief Medical Officer overseeing the clinical operations of the Alberta health service delivery system, including about 100 hospitals, community and residential care programs, and support services. Prior to his move to Alberta Health Services, he was the Chief Operating Officer, Strategic & Corporate Services, for IH from its inception in 2002 until 2009.
Through his previous leadership roles, Chris has had the opportunity to manage most elements of the health system, engage with a broad range of stakeholders, and participate extensively in provincial committees. In partnership with clinical colleagues, he is committed to understanding the needs of patients, clients, and residents; and ensuring quality services are available to meet those needs. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Administration (Health) from Central Michigan University, and a Chartered Accountant designation.
Cathy Ulrich — Northern Health Representative
Cathy Ulrich became President and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Health on June 15, 2007. Ms. Ulrich brings a wide range of experience and strong academic qualifications to the CEO’s position. She has spent the majority of her career in rural and northern locations where she gained a solid understanding of the nature of rural and northern communities, their health needs and concerns, and the unique approaches required to meet these needs.
As Northern Health's vice-president of clinical services and chief nursing officer from 2002 until her appointment as CEO in 2007, Ms. Ulrich successfully garnered and engaged resources for rural and northern health initiatives. She's been actively engaged in health services research, teaching and graduate student support.
Elissa Gamble — Proprietary Care Provider representative
Elissa Gamble is National Director, Home Health Operations for Bayshore HealthCare, where she oversees the operations of more than 20 branches across western Canada. As a member of the senior management team, she ensures effective labour relations and human resource management for all locations. Prior to her role as Regional Director, Elissa served as Area Director providing direct operational day-to-day leadership for Bayshore’s BC Government services branch.
Before joining Bayshore, Elissa held positions in a wide range of health organizations in the community, acute and tertiary care sectors. She worked with the Provincial Renal Agency as Director of Operations and was awarded the Administration Fellowship with Providence Health Care. She has also worked in residential care proving direct care and service.
Elissa holds an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of British Columbia. In addition to her role on HEABC’s Board, Elissa serves on the Board of Directors for the BC Care Providers Association.
Carl Roy — Provincial Health Services Authority Representative
Carl Roy was appointed President & CEO in January 2014, bringing more than 30 years of experience in both the public and private health care sectors to the role. He is known for his commitment to innovative change, people-focused management and passion for solving challenges. Having joined PHSA in 2010 as Senior Vice President, Mr. Roy served as Executive Officer for the Emergency and Health Services Commission (now BC Emergency Health Services). In this role, he successfully led the integration of the BC Ambulance Service into the health sector. In 2012, he was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, providing leadership across PHSA that centred on performance enhancement and service integration. Prior to joining PHSA, Mr. Roy served as CEO for Providence Health Care in Vancouver, President of the Caritas Health Group in Edmonton, and President & CEO of Sudbury General Hospital and St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Sudbury, Ontario, as well as several health care companies.
Mary Ackenhusen — Vancouver Coastal Health Representative
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Mary Ackenhusen leads the largest academic and tertiary health authority in British Columbia.
A member of the VCH Senior Executive Team since 2007, Mary has distinguished her collaborative leadership style by fostering a patient-centred approach to care, innovation and the redesign of services to enhance quality and efficiency. She has served as the Chief Operating Officer – Coastal, as well as the Chief Operating Officer – Vancouver, leading the largest community of care within VCH. In 2013, she served as acting Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Systems Development and Performance.
Prior to joining VCH, Mary served on the Fraser Health Authority’s leadership team for almost a decade. She led Fraser Health’s facility planning and real estate, systems analysis and performance improvement, and new business development. In 1990, she became Director of Quality and Operations at INSEAD, an international business school based in Fontainebleau, France.
Mary is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Master of Business Administration program and the West Virginia University’s Industrial Engineering masters and undergraduate programs. In 2013, she was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network.
Dr. Brendan Carr — Vancouver Island Health Authority Representative
Dr. Brendan Carr was appointed to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer on August 6, 2013. He has worked with the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) since March 2012 as the Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer and was acting President & CEO as of May 2013. Dr. Carr came to VIHA from the Capital District Health Authority (CDHA), in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he was the Vice President of Medicine and Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University. Dr. Carr holds a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Business Administration (MBA), he is a Certified Physician Executive (CCPE), a Certified Healthcare Executive (CHE) and he completed a research fellowship with the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation. Dr. Carr continues to be an active educator and health services researcher.