Board of Directors

Shaina Reid (President)

Shaina Reid is a passionate and respected health informatics leader with over 15 years of expertise in various clinical information system implementations across Canada and the US. She currently is responsible for overseeing all implementations as the Portfolio Director for the Clinical + Systems Transformation project (CST), spanning the majority of facilities across Vancouver Coastal Health, Providence Health Care and Provincial Health Service Authority. Shaina has held various roles on this large transformational initiative since the project’s inception in 2013. Prior to her work as part of the CST leadership team, Shaina worked as the Senior IT Project Manager for BC Cancer responsible for all implementation of all information systems and technologies for the opening BC Cancer Center for the North, a public-private partnership (P3) project. Additionally, Shaina led a project team who implemented the Cerner Ambulatory and Maternity at Children's and Women's Hospital. Previously, she consulted across the US in a number of hospitals implementing clinical information systems in environments further advanced than BC's current state. Shaina is a results-driven senior leader with strong executive and senior leadership relationships across Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Providence Health Care. Shaina was the recipient of various HINF and COACH scholarships while she achieved a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours, specializing in Health Information Science. She also holds an active Project Management Professional certification (PMP).

Brian Lefebvre (President Elect) 

Brian Lefebvre

Brian Lefebvre is a thoughtful and passionate health informatics leader with over 15 years of experience in different sectors of Canadian healthcare - including the past 10 years in BC focussed on digital health strategy and project delivery. Currently, Brian is a Senior Manager with PHSA IMITS, Provincial eHealth Projects, leading a portfolio of initiatives focussed on improving continuity of care for citizens across BC through the Province-wide roll out of new and existing digital solutions. Throughout his career, Brian's focus has been on strategy, operations, and project management - and how these disciplines intersect. After graduating from the Royal Military College of Canada with a degree in Business Administration and serving 9 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, Brian joined the BC Centre for Disease Control as the Operations Manager for Environmental Health Services. In this role, he developed an appreciation for informatics, health analytics, and the crucial role information systems play in healthcare strategy and operations. While at BCCDC, Brian also worked for the Public Health Information Systems team leading efforts to support a new Provincial Public Health system and gaining an appreciation for the critical role collaboration plays in the success of digital health deployments. Following this, Brian joined PHSA IMITS and on behalf of Vancouver Coastal Health launched the Community Interoperability and Informatics Project (VCH CIIP) in 2017. Along the way, Brian also completed a Certificate in Healthcare Management from Ryerson University, Masters in Public Health from UBC, PROSCI Change Management training, and PRINCE2 project management certification.

Anushka Premji-Osman (Past President)

Anushka Premji-Osman is a senior management consultant offering more than 16 years of health informatics experience, including expert knowledge in the public health domain. As Senior Vice President, Anushka leads one of Gevity's largest divisions - Canada West - and is accountable for client relationship management, contract management, resourcing, and finance management. In her role, Anushka drives health-related business development activities and helps to ensure the company's strategic direction is enabled and maintained. She is currently a Director of the Gevity Board as well as the past president for the non-profit HIMSS - BC. With her broad geographic portfolio, Anushka is able to leverage the learnings from other provinces and her peers within Gevity to ensure her clients have access to experts and learnings from across Canada and globally. Anushka attended Queen's University, achieving a Bachelor of Science Degree specializing in Life Sciences, as well as the University of Victoria, where she achieved a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours, specializing in Health Information Science. In addition, Anushka holds both PMP and Prosci designations.

Andy Yngreso (Treasurer)

Andy Yngreso

Andy Yngreso is the Regional Director of Strategic Planning, Projects, and Business Optimization in Providence Health's Health Information Management (HIM) organization. His responsibilities include leading a portfolio which operates and maintains HIM's data management platform, data analytics, business intelligence, and assesses technical innovation to improve HIM's core operations. Further, Andy facilitates planning of HIM’s strategic direction and implementation of priority initiatives through project management and business analysis support. Andy has extensive background in planning, implementing, and consulting in health informatics and clinical information systems across Canada and the US. Having held positions within McKesson, PHSA, Allscripts, Hoag Presbyterian Hospital System (California), and Telus Health, he has an in-depth understanding of clinical systems and their impact on patient care processes. Andy has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Washington, a Project Management Certificate (PMP). Andy has keen interest in the digital transformation of care delivery and looks forward to contributing to the BCHIMSS Board.

Garth Vatkin (Secretary)

Garth Vatkin

Garth Vatkin is a Registered Nurse with more than 15 years of healthcare related experience. Currently, as a Portfolio Liaison with the Doctors of BC, Garth is focused on supporting groups of specialists across the province implementing technology based solutions in efforts to improve the patient and provider experience. Prior to this role, Garth held an administrative role with Interior Health as the Manager for the Patient Care Quality Office and Patient Safety Investigations. He has also worked in pharmacy as a Clinical Information Specialist and as a Quality Consultant. Garth has a Master's in Health Administration from the University of British Columbia and has a keen interest in aligning the needs of clinicians with the innovations of tomorrow.

Brigitte Mettler (Past President, Director - Communication & Marketing)

Brigitte Mettler

Brigitte Mettler is a strategic leader in technology adoption, optimization and emerging solutions with a human factors (change management) and usability focus. With over 20 years working in healthcare, Brigitte brings a wealth of expertise and some great stories. She is passionate about mentoring/encouraging others to excel and reach their full potential. A Masters in Science, Health Informatics from the University of Victoria, a designation as a CPA, CGA (Certified General Accountants of BC) and a BBA from SAIT give Brigitte a unique perspective of balancing technology expectations and feasibility with realistic approaches and guidance. Brigitte believes as key influencers, it is our obligation to participate in the discussion of moving health information concepts forward and sharing experiences with like minded individuals to shape the future of healthcare in British Columbia. Brigitte's past board experience also includes serving as director of the Certified General Accountants of BC (CGA-BC) board for six years.

Rachel Barker (Director - Virtual Program)

Rachel Barker

Rachel Barker is an experienced digital health leader with 15 years of experience in the information technology industry, including over 10 years in B.C. Health IT spanning the private sector, public health, non-profits, startups, and consulting. She has extensive experience in a variety of roles including senior management, project and change management, technical and business analysis, product management, and operations. She is proud to have served on the BCHIMPS / BCHIMSS board since 2019 in Communications and Program Director roles, and prior to that acted as the Vancouver chapter leader of Hacking Health and co-organizer of the Vancouver HxD (Healthcare Experience Design) meetup group. She is is passionate about the importance of change management and user experience in Health IT, enjoys fostering cross-sector collaboration in healthcare and working with innovative healthcare technologies, and loves a good FHIR pun.

Nancy Gabor (Director - Networking & Partnerships)

Nancy Gabor, Virtual Care Specialist at Mustimuhw Information Solutions, is a passionate advocate for technology-enabled healthcare in support of individual and community health and health sovereignty. With over 15 years of experience in strategy and project leadership with provincial telehealth/virtual delivery programs in both BC and Ontario, Nancy is excited to bring digital health tools to First Nations communities across Canada.

Nancy has provided leadership in the areas of health system advocacy, virtual care strategy, performance and evaluation, business analysis, project and change management, market research and communications. She has worked for and with organizations including the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Coastal Health, The Clearview Group, Provincial Health Services Authority, IBM, the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), and the Ontario Hospital Association.

Nancy brings a deep understanding of the Canadian healthcare landscape, trends and requirements for remote and collaborative care in addition to insights into virtual care and health system strategies and leadership across Canada. Nancy holds an MSc. Health Information Sciences from the University of Victoria, and the PMP, PROSCI and CPHIMS-CA credentials.

Katharine Casey (Director - Members Relations)

Katharine Casey

Katharine Casey’s career spans across British Columbia. Living in Prince Rupert, she managed a law firm whilst completing her MBA at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George. Within the MBA program were many Northern Health employees who convinced Katharine that healthcare was meaningful, rewarding and challenging work. She made a 180˚ turn from the law and began working for the NHA’s Telehealth program, building videoconference rooms and training home care nurses on electronic charting. She spoke with many intelligent people whilst traveling to each northern city. Through them, she realized how important Telehealth was to these communities by providing access to urban city healthcare. Moving to Vancouver, Katharine managed the videoconferencing operations and negotiated with the health authorities for the UBC Faculty of Medicine. This work expanded her exposure to more communities across BC. Working with her university and health authority partners, together, they ensured students, residents and faculty could come, learn and be supported in remote areas using technology. Today, Katharine lives in Victoria, working for Island Health directing a team of programmers distributed across Vancouver Island. Her team focuses on Island Health employees and supporting and designing the systems they use to conduct the business of healthcare. Katharine’s MBA colleagues were right. A career in healthcare has been complex on multiple levels and personally fulfilling. She is a British Columbian healthcare leader who is compelled to bring people together for the exchange of ideas and information for the betterment of BC. She would consider it a privilege to commit her experience and skills to support the BCHIMPS mission as a director of the board.

Melissa Chua (Director - Knowledge Management & Accreditation)

Melissa Chau

Melissa Chua has 20 years of experience in the information technology industry, and has worked in various projects in government, healthcare, finance, telecommunications, transportation and more. Her skills both as a health consultant and a management team member at Gevity will show that she will be an asset to the board. As a consultant, Melissa has a thorough understanding of project management best practices and life cycle, and the ability to see the big picture in business concepts and strategies and relate them to a tactical plan. She understands how to work with various stakeholders to foster collaboration and reach decisions on difficult issues. Her ability to communicate at all levels of an organization, provide focused leadership, and build strong, engaged teams at every level, translates to successful project delivery. Melissa has a Master’s in Business Administration from Queen’s University with a certificate in Responsible Leadership, and a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours degree from the University of British Columbia with a double major in Management Information Systems and Finance.

Oliver Thompson (Director - Sponsorship & Patient Partnership)

Oliver Thompson

Oliver Thompson is an experienced leader in healthcare technology with more than 20 years working in the sector and over 10 years’ experience successfully delivering projects within complex clinical environments covering Provincial, Health Authority, Acute, Community and Primary Care.  Oliver is currently the Director, eHealth Projects Delivery at the Provincial Health Services Authority in BC, responsible for a portfolio of projects focused on expanding access to, and sharing of, clinical information, including the Provincial eHealth Viewer, Provincial eForms Solution, EMR-to-EMR Interoperability and Provincial Immunization Registry.  Oliver is known and respected for building strong relationships across clinical, business and technology stakeholders, and focusing teams on achieving results.  Oliver has an MBA from the University of British Columbia and a BA in Arts Administration from the University of Waterloo.

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