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Our board of directors is a group of experienced and innovative leaders in management and administration, health care, education and research.

​Wynne Powell

Board Chair

Wynne Powell is a BC business leader with an extensive record of public service.

Mr. Powell began his career over 40 years ago as part-owner of a chain of camera stores and a photographic lab. He has since developed a national reputation for excellence in retailing and rose to be President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of London Drugs, London Air Services, TLD Computers and Sonora Resort. In February 2014, Mr. Powell announced his retirement as President & CEO of London Drugs and TLD Computers. 
 
He continues to serve as a director of BCB Corporate, London Air Services and associated aero companies, London Enterprises Limited dba as Sonora Resort Group, and was formerly a director of the Vancouver Board of Trade, a member of the Premier's Economic Advisory Council and a member of the Board of Directors for the Conference Board of Canada.

For his active role in the community, Mr. Powell received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, as well as medals from the Order of St. John and the Order of the Hospital of St. John. He was recognized as Retailer Leader of the Year by the Retail Council of Canada, was awarded the Henry Singer Award for leadership from the University of Alberta and in 2008, was recognized by the Certified General Accountants of Canada (CGA-Canada) as one of the top 100 CGAs for outstanding contribution to the accounting designation and the community.

Mr. Powell is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), and received an FCGA - a fellowship award from the Certified General Accountants association, and an honorary Doctorate of Technology from the BC Institute of Technology (BCIT). His long affiliation with BCIT began with his graduation from the Business Administration program; he later served as chair of the BCIT board for eight years, chair of the BCIT Foundation, and is now a lifetime governor of the BCIT Foundation.
 
In 2003, Mr. Powell received a distinguished alumni award for lifetime achievement and was awarded the CGA R.W. Caulfield Award for Leadership. Mr. Powell has been Chair of the Provincial Health Services Authority since its inception in 2001. He has also served as Chair of the Health Authority Board Chairs since their inception in 2001. In April 2013, he became Chair of BC Emergency Health Services. He was interim Chair of Fraser Health Authority from April to October 2014.
 
Term of appointment: December 12, 2001 - December 31, 2016
Committee membership: Ex-Officio of the Audit, Finance, Governance & Human Resources, Research and Quality & Access committees 


Dr. Donald Brooks

Dr. Donald Brooks is the Director of SPARC (Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity) at the University of BC (UBC), where he plays a leading role in building UBC's research capacity and competitiveness, and in promoting collaboration within the scientific community, both nationally and internationally. This appointment follows 10 years as Associate Vice-President, Research at UBC. An alumnus who joined UBC in 1974, Dr. Brooks is a professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Chemistry, a founding member of the UBC Centre for Blood Research, and has published over 200 research studies. He is also a past board chair of the Child & Family Research Institute and a past chair of numerous advisory and review committees at TRIUMF and the Canadian Space Agency.
 
Term of appointment: March 14, 2012 - December 31, 2018
Committee membership: member of the Governance & Human Resources, Quality & Access and Research committees
 

Robert Kiesman

Robert Kiesman is a corporate lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions with Stikeman Elliott LLP in Vancouver. Prior to practising law, Mr. Kiesman spent 10 years working as a deep-sea commercial fisherman off the northwest coast of BC. He is an active part of his community, having served as a member of the Vancouver Airport Authority's environmental advisory committee and currently serving as Board Chairman of the Steveston Harbour Authority which manages Canada's largest commercial fishing harbour. Mr. Kiesman holds his Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies from Trinity Western University and Fishing Master (Class III) Certificate from the Canadian Coast Guard.

Term of appointment: February 11, 2015 - December 31, 2018
Committee membership: Board Secretary, member of the Audit and Finance committees

Chief Clarence Joseph Louie

Clarence Louie is Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band and CEO of the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation. He was first elected band chief in 1985 after completing Native American Studies programs at the Universities of Regina and Lethbridge. Since then, he has been dedicated to creating self-reliance for the band through strong, diversified economic development while preserving traditions and building on lessons of the past. He is actively involved in many boards such as the Aboriginal Business Canada Board. Chief Louie was awarded the Aboriginal Business Leader of the Year - All Nations Development Corporation in 1999 and the CANDO Award for Economic Developer of the Year Award in 2000.

Term of appointment: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Committee membership: member of the Governance & Human Resources, Quality & Access and Research committees

Tim Manning

Tim Manning is an executive officer of RBC Royal Bank, with over 38 years of experience in the financial services industry. In his current role as Regional Vice-President, Commercial Financial Services, BC, Mr. Manning is responsible for co-leading the commercial banking operations for RBC in British Columbia. Mr. Manning graduated from Stanstead College and Bishop’s University. In 1975, he joined RBC Royal Bank and has held a number of leadership and executive positions including multinational banking, special loans, commercial markets, small and medium enterprises, retail banking and internal audit services. He is also Vice Chair & Director of the Vancouver Board of Trade, Past Chair of Junior Achievement of British Columbia and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Canadian Athletic Foundation. For his active role in the community, he received the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal and the H.E. Miskiman National Leadership Award from Junior Achievement of Canada in 2013. Mr. Manning is married to Shirley and they have three adults sons.
 
Term of appointment: October 11, 2010 - December 31, 2016 
Committee membership: Vice Chair of PHSA Board, Chair of the Finance committee, member of the Audit committee
 

Lorraine McGrath

Lorraine McGrath, MBA, ICD.D is a certified corporate director and business advisor with an extensive career in financial services and health care. Highlights from Ms. McGrath's accomplished career include senior positions with the Bank of Montreal, where she specialized in commercial, wealth and retail banking; executive positions with Prospera Credit Union, where she led its launch into the BC Interior; and President of Paragon Pharmacies Ltd., where she successfully led a major merger and operational turnaround. Ms. McGrath has an exemplary record of community involvement that has included sitting on the Board of the Interior Health Authority, acting as past President of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, and serving as a Director of the BC Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Commission, Okanagan Partnership, Okanagan College Foundation, UBC Okanagan Advisory Board, and Wear-Air Oxygen. She also co-founded and is currently the Director of the Okanagan Innovation Fund.
 
Term of appointment: October 11, 2010 - December 31, 2016
Committee membership: Chair of the Governance & Human Resources committee, member of the Quality & Access and Research committees
 

John O'Fee, Q.C.

John O’Fee is a Kamloops-based lawyer and university lecturer. Mr. O’Fee was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2015, an honour granted to select members of the legal profession in recognition of  exceptional merit and contribution. After graduating from UBC with degrees in Commerce and Law, Mr. O'Fee returned to his hometown to establish his legal practice and start a family with his wife, Daniela. Over the past 25 years as a local professional, Mr. O'Fee has served Kamloops and the region in various capacities including school board chair, city councillor, regional district director and chair of the Thompson Nicola Hospital District. He has represented his region on the Municipal Finance Authority and served as president of the Kamloops Airport Authority Society as well as president of the Thompson Rivers University Foundation. Mr. O'Fee has earned recognition for his community and charitable work with a distinguished alumni award from Thompson Rivers University and a BC Community Achievement Award. 

Term of appointment: November 19, 2013 - December 31, 2016
Committee membership: member of the Audit and Finance committees
 

George Peary

George Peary holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University, as well as undergraduate degrees in arts, education and science. His career in secondary school administration spanned three-plus decades across western Canada and the Yukon Territory. Mr. Peary has had a long and varied record of community service. He has served the Fraser Valley as a member of Abbotsford city council, including a term as Mayor. He was a board member of Habitat for Humanity and chaired the successful Campaign for Health Care Excellence that raised $7.5 million for the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre. Mr. Peary is now working as a sessional instructor in the department of business administration at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). He recently completed a full semester assignment for UFV teaching at their campus in Chandigarh, India.
 
Term of appointment: December 12, 2012 - December 31, 2016
Committee membership: Chair of the Research committee, member of the Audit and Finance committees
 

J. Pauline Rafferty

J. Pauline Rafferty is a trained archaeologist and the former chief executive officer of the Royal British Columbia Museum (RBCM) in Victoria. Under her leadership, RBCM was transformed as a Crown corporation, and she was also deeply involved in enacting a new Museum Act that helped the museum achieve greater financial self-sufficiency while ensuring the history of the museum is maintained and understood by future generations. Prior to RBCM, Ms. Rafferty’s position was assistant deputy minister at the Ministry of Women’s Equality. She currently sits on the advisory board of the National Capital Commission, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Government House Foundation board, and is a former board member of multiple provincial and national organizations. Ms. Rafferty has been honoured for her work at the RBCM with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and awards from Royal Roads University, the Canadian Museum Association and Tourism BC.
 
Term of appointment: December 31, 2012 - December 31, 2018
Committee membership: Chair of the Audit committee, member of the Finance and Research committees
 

Allan Ritchie

Allan Ritchie is currently Vice-President of Western Canada Operations for Spectra Energy Transmission. He previously served as Vice-President of Field Services, Vice-President of Pipeline & Field Services, and Vice-President of Field Operations at Duke Energy, as well as Vice-President of Operations at Westcoast Energy Inc., Pipeline & Field Services Divisions (Calgary) and Vice-President of Process Operations (BC). Mr. Ritchie holds a BSc from the University of Lethbridge. He currently resides in Fort St. John.
 
Term of appointment: July 26, 2005 - July 31, 2016
Committee membership: Chair of the Quality & Access committee, member of the Governance & Human Resources committee
 

Sharon Stromdahl

Sharon Stromdahl retired from Northern Savings Credit Union in Prince Rupert where her roles included Senior VP & Chief Operating Officer and interim President. In her community, Ms. Stromdahl served as an advisory member of the Credit Union Solutions Centre, Director of the Career Resource Centre and Advisory Claim Member for CUMIS Insurance. She holds a Managing Sales Culture certification from BDS Certification Vancouver, a certificate in Business Owner Development from Newport Marketing School, and has studied sales coaching and financial analysis at UBC’s Sauder School of Business and business administration at Northwest Community College.
 
Term of appointment: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016 
Committee membership: member of the Governance & Human Resources, Quality & Access and Research committees
 

David J. Turchen

David J. Turchen is a partner and licensed Chartered Professional Accountant with the Abbotsford office of MNP LLP, one of Canada's leading national accounting, tax and business consulting firms. Growing up in a family with a physician, he began his accounting career in the health care sector in the United States. He has a wealth of experience in auditing, consulting and providing tax support to hospitals, nursing homes and medical clinics. Mr. Turchen serves as Chair of the Abbotsford Hospice Society. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting) from Youngstown State University in Ohio.
 
Term of appointment: January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Committee membership: member of the Audit, Finance and Research committees


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