PHSA’s executive team is a group of experienced and innovative leaders in management and administration, health care, education and research.
Dr. David Byres has over 25 years of experience in the health sector, most recently as the Associate Deputy Minister, Clinical Leadership for the B.C. Ministry of Health. He has held responsibility across a number of divisions in the Ministry including Primary Care, Pharmaceutical, Lab and Blood Services, Specialized Services, Population and Public Health, Health Sector Workforce and Beneficiary Services, and the Office of Indigenous Health.
Previously, David served as the Executive Vice President for Providence Health Care and later as the Chief Nurse Executive for the Ministry of Health. His health career began in community mental health and as a registered nurse in medicine, mental health, community, and emergency settings.
David is actively involved in research and is currently a co-principal investigator examining a health equity intervention framework to promote the provision of equity oriented care for Indigenous people in B.C.’s emergency departments.
David holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor and Masters of Science degree in Nursing. He is an Adjunct Professor with the School of Nursing at UBC and Adjunct Assistant Professor with the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria. He is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, recipient of the Dean's Medal of Distinction from the UBC Faculty of Applied Science and was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing.
In her role as Vice President, People & Culture, Jaci leads the organization’s human resources functions – including talent management, HR business consulting, strategic labour relations and HR systems transformation – and plays a significant part in fostering provincial collaboration and furthering our organization’s focus on our people as our greatest asset.
Jaci joined PHSA in 2018 as the Executive Director of Talent Management. Prior to joining PHSA, Jaci held progressive leadership roles, including human resources and labour relations positions at Canadian Pacific Railway, building a human resources function at lululemon, and doing large-scale workforce planning and scheduling for 55,000 games-time staff, volunteers and contractors as VANOC’s director of workforce planning for the 2010 Olympic Games.
Jaci holds a master’s degree in human resource & organizational development, a bachelor’s degree in communications and attended Hamline University Law School.
In her role as Vice President, Pandemic Response, Lexie oversees PHSA’s ongoing organizational pandemic response to COVID-19 and liaises with the Pandemic Response Department at the Ministry of Health, while collaborating with colleagues in similar roles with B.C.’s other health authorities. Lexie ensures PHSA maintains a timely, focused response to pandemic planning needs while maintaining capacity for business continuity across all other health care programs and services.
Lexie also holds the position of Chief Data Governance & Analytics Officer, supporting PHSA to make “data informed” decisions that support the needs of both patients and care providers.
With 25 years’ experience leading complex projects related to analytics, decision support, performance evaluation, funding and reporting in BC and Ontario, Lexie will is well versed in leading organizations through strategy, operations and policy development. Her hands-on experience is supplemented with a strong academic background, including an MBA and advanced statistical and research, business, and finance training.
As Vice President, Finance, Michael Lord provides strategic financial leadership to PHSA and its many robust programs and services and holds executive responsibility for financial strategy, management and reporting.
Michael has over 20 years of progressively-responsible roles in the areas of financial leadership, service delivery and policy development. His career includes several years in the BC Public Service, serving with the ministries of Health, Finance, and Social Development & Poverty Reduction. More recently, in Saskatchewan, Michael led the development of provincial accessibility legislation and played a significant role in shaping the future of community housing.
Michael holds a degree in Economics and Political Science, has a Chartered Professional Accountant designation, and is finishing a Certificate in Conflict Resolution and Negotiation.
Scott is responsible for leading business operations within PHSA, as well as consolidated non-clinical support services, with a focus on enhancing value across the provincial health care system.
Scott has diverse experience in the private sector. Before joining PHSA, Scott worked with Stryker Canada, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies. Starting in 2008, he assumed increasingly senior leadership roles in commercial sales, marketing, contracting, tendering and pricing, operational and commercial performance and financial performance, and in 2016 he took on the role as president. Under Scott’s leadership, Stryker Canada maintained its reputation as an industry leader in the provision of innovative products and services and earned consistent recognition as a top Canadian employer and workplace.
Before joining Stryker Canada, Scott spent 13 years leading teams in the areas of business development and sales and marketing with Boston Scientific and Xerox. He completed his B.A. at the Rochester Institute of Technology and has completed the executive leadership program at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
As Vice President, Transformation & Sustainability, Kendra McPherson plays a pivotal leadership role with respect to organizational strategy and systemic problem-solving. Through the Transformation Leadership Office, Kendra is focused on where PHSA is going from a system perspective, driving our executive leaders to meet milestones and deliver on outcomes critical to the transformation of PHSA and the BC health care system overall. Kendra has led and managed a number of large, system-wide transformation initiatives locally, provincially, across Canada, and in the United States. Through these experiences, she has developed a deep understanding of diverse issues impacting the continuum of care, as well as insights into what it takes to achieve and sustain strong gains in efficiency, patient care, and clinical outcomes. Kendra holds a Bachelor of Arts in Family and Nutritional Sciences from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University and numerous professional certifications. She is nearing completion of the Chartered Director Program at McMaster University and is inspired by the energy and experience of partnerships that yield true transformation, and by applying a system-based approach to reaching goals and acknowledging collective, sustainable and positive achievements.
As Executive Vice President, Clinical Policy, Planning & Partnerships, Dr. Maureen O’Donnell is responsible for drawing on collaborative stakeholder engagement and robust data and analytics to inform provincial clinical policy, professional practice, population health, service planning, and delivery networks and development of strategic partnerships. Maureen’s portfolio sets standards, monitors, funds and leads evaluation across all service lines not connected to direct patient care, including: BCCDC/Public Health; Provincial Data Governance, Outcome Management & Reporting; Provincial Infection Control Network; Child Health BC; all Population Health programs: BC Perinatal Services, BC Cardiac Services, BC Stroke Services, BC Renal, BC Trans Care, BC Transplant, BC Chronic Diseases and BC Trauma Services and Virtual Health. Maureen brings to this role a diverse background: She is a subspecialist pediatrician, an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the former Executive Director of Child Health BC. In addition to her medical and subspecialty training, Dr. O’Donnell holds a MSc in clinical epidemiology from McMaster University. She also served for almost five years in a policy context as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Health in British Columbia. Maureen is Chair of the Board of Directors of Children’s Healthcare Canada and a member of the Royal College Examination Board for Developmental Pediatrics. Previous appointments include: board member for the TREKK knowledge translation NCE; Past President of the AACPDM; Chair of Canada’s Royal College of Physician and Surgeon’s Specialty Committee on Developmental Pediatrics; and President of the Canadian Pediatric Society’s Developmental Section.
Ron is a leader in health care technology, with 30 years in progressively senior roles within the PHSA Information Management and Information Technology Services team, including Chief Information Officer and as the current director of the Clinical Systems Transformation project. He brings extensive knowledge and a thorough understanding of our clinical systems and business environments within the province's health authorities. Ron has also worked extensively on evolving provincial eHealth initiatives such as the Provincial Lab Information System and Provincial Diagnostic Imaging Viewer.
Susan Wannamaker has held diverse executive roles in her almost-40-year career in health care, including clinical background as a nurse, operational experience in running hospitals, leading significant transformation initiatives and 20 years in leadership roles at Vancouver Coastal Health. Susan has been "hands on" at virtually every level of the BC health care system; as a result, she has a deep understanding of how different roles and professions work together, and appreciates how important relationships within and across health authorities are to achieving lasting, positive outcomes.
Most recently, she was president of BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre. Prior to that, she was senior vice president at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, Ontario, responsible for all hospital operations and ensuring operational readiness for a new hospital expansion.
Donna Wilson is the Executive Vice President responsible for Indigenous Health & Cultural Safety, Communications & Stakeholder Engagement, Legal, Risk and Privacy, and Board Governance, across the Provincial Health Services Authority. Donna also holds executive accountability for Lower Mainland Diagnostic and Treatment Services. These services include Provincial Laboratory Medicine Services and public sector laboratories, Lower Mainland Consolidated (LMC) diagnostic imaging services and LMC pharmacy services. Prior to joining the health sector in B.C., Donna was Senior Vice President, People, Community and Strategy at LifeLabs, Canada’s largest private laboratory. Donna has held various executive roles in financial services, professional sport events and insurance services since 2001. A highlight of her career was delivering the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler as the Executive Vice President, Workforce & Sustainability as part of the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee. Donna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Simon Fraser University and an Executive Management Certificate from Queens University, and is a Chartered Director (McMaster University). Donna presently sits as a Director on the BCIT Foundation Board and is Chair of the Human Resources Committee for the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia.