Michael has over 20 years of senior leadership experience in the areas of finance, 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.
Dr. Natasha Prodan-Bhalla is responsible for providing strategic leadership to nursing and allied health professionals across PHSA, for leading the development of a quality framework that includes patient engagement and experience, the PHSA policy office, accreditation, and ethics and spiritual care. Natasha is also the Chief Nurse and Professional Practice Officer in the B.C. Ministry of Health and shares her time across these roles.
Prior to this interim role, Natasha was the Collaborative Practice Leader for Nurse Practitioners with PHSA and still works as a Nurse Practitioner at BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre one day a week in the Heart Program for Women and the Access Clinic. Natasha completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Colorado, holds a Master of Nursing, Adult Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario. Natasha also holds a post masters Family Nurse Practitioner certificate from the University of Massachusetts, is a North American Menopause Practitioner, and holds a Cardiovascular Nursing Certification from the Canadian Nursing Association. She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Canadian Academy of Nursing. She is an adjunct professor in the Schools of Nursing at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria. She was a founding board member of the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC and is the current co-chair of the National Principle Nurses Advisors Task Force.
Dr. Patrick O’Connor is responsible for medical affairs, physician compensation and engagement. He also leads quality and safety for medical staff, including physicians and nurse practitioners, the BC Medical Quality Initiative, Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC), and oversight for PHSA’s new Health Authority Medical Advisory Committee.
Patrick has over a decade of experience in senior executive medical leadership at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) where he led Quality and Safety, Medical Affairs, Physician Compensation and the Patient Care Quality Office. Patrick is currently the medical executive lead for the Clinical and Systems Transformation (CST) project across PHSA, VCH and Providence Health Care—a major transformative initiative for all caregivers and patients who will have ready access to health records and data.
Patrick is a Dalhousie Medical School graduate who interned in B.C. and earned his FRCP in anesthesiology at McGill University. He practiced at Vancouver General Hospital until his retirement from clinical medicine, and he remains a clinical professor at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Anesthesia, Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
Dr. Réka Gustafson leads the integration of population and public health promotion, planning and prevention across PHSA’s clinical programs. In addition, she provides leadership to the BC Centre for Disease Control. As Deputy Provincial Health Officer, she is responsible for the delegated functions, duties and activities carried out under the Public Health Act.
Réka completed her Master of Science, Master of Health Science and MD degrees at the University of British Columbia. She holds a fellowship in Public Health and Preventative Medicine and certification in Family Medicine. Before her current position, she practiced public health as a Medical Health Officer in Vancouver Coastal Health for over fifteen years.
Zulie Sachedina is responsible for overseeing the Legal, Risk, Privacy, the Patient Care Quality and the Technology Development offices at PHSA.
Zulie has devoted more than 30 years to public service as a leader, lawyer and human rights advocate. She acquired her Masters in Health Administration and her law degree from the University of Toronto and her LL.M in Global Health Law and Governance from Georgetown Law Center in Washington, DC and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She is an Adjunct Professor and teaches Health Law at the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia and is a Technical Advisor for the Global Health Diplomacy Program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
Zulie is an active community volunteer and serves as a Governor of the Law Foundation of British Columbia, an organization with the legislative mandate to fund access to justice initiatives, support law reform and public legal education. As Chair of the Ismaili International Conciliation and Arbitration Board, she leads this global dispute resolution organization, which provides mediation services in 19 jurisdictions across the world.