PHSA’s executive team is a group of experienced and innovative leaders in management and administration, health care, education and research.
Benoit Morin is a senior executive leader with more than 20 years’ experience working in health care, academia and research. He holds an executive MBA from Queen’s University and a Ph.D. in health ethics and law from the University of Toronto, has a CPA designation (Certified Professional Accountant) and is trained in mindful leadership.
Benoit’s leadership experience includes several years spent transforming the Montreal West Island health care system as President & CEO and contributing to the overarching Quebec-based 2015-2018 health care reform. He also played a significant role in shaping the transformation-focused mandates of other health care-related organizations, including the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Toronto University Health Network, and created a new, proactive research support management model while serving with Concordia University.
Benoit is frequently described as a humanist leader with talent for building strong, highly engaged teams.
Thomas (Tom) Chan is responsible for leading PHSA’s Business Operations portfolio, which includes Corporate Services and most Commercial Service teams, and is focused on both internal and provincial functions. Tom provides strategic finance support for PHSA, as well as capital and contract management functions. He is also accountable for oversight of physician compensation and PHSA’s corporate policy office.
Before joining PHSA, Tom spent 13 years with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). During that time, he held progressively more responsible positions culminating in the role of vice president and CFO. Tom was responsible for the cost effective operation of a full range of services within the Finance and Corporate Services division.
In her role as Chief of Staff to the CEO, Jaci is focused on supporting the organization’s transformation and moving forward PHSA’s provincial mandate, with capacity to act for the CEO in meetings and on projects when his involvement may be limited. Jaci also holds strategic oversight over the human resources function of PHSA in her position as Vice President, People Services.
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, 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 human resources leadership and organizational development and learning, as well as Indigenous Health & Cultural Safety and Communications & Stakeholder Relations, across the Provincial Health Services Authority. She also holds executive accountability for Lower Mainland Diagnostic and Treatment Services. These services include the BC Pathology and Laboratory Agency and public sector laboratories, LMC diagnostic imaging services and LMC pharmacy services. Prior to joining the health sector in BC, 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 Vice-Chair of the Board for Parachute Canada a national injury prevention organization.