Board of Directors

Shaina Reid (President)

Shaina Reid

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 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 Senior Project Manager with PHSA IMITS currently leading the Vancouver Coastal Health EMR Integration Project - a portfolio of projects that support the establishment of Primary Care Networks. 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 Heath Services in 2009. 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 establish a Provincial support model for Panorama - a public health surveillance and clinical information system. Since 2015, Brian has been with PHSA IMITS where he remained engaged in Panorama-related work before assuming leadership of the Vancouver Coastal Health 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 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 currently working as a Senior Consultant in Community Health I.T. Innovation with the Doctors Technology Office at Doctors of BC. Prior to this, she spent the last 10 years working for healthcare software vendors in various technical and leadership roles including Sr. Business Analyst, Product Management, Director of Professional services, and VP of Operations. She is a passionate advocate for innovation in healthcare, and her non-profit and volunteer experience includes leading the Vancouver chapter of Hacking Health since 2014 (a non-profit organization with nearly 60 chapters worldwide and a focus on cross-sector collaboration to break down barriers to innovation in healthcare). In this role she has led planning activities for health innovation events such as speaker nights, design thinking workshops, 8-week design challenges, and hackathons (including the eHealth conference hackathon). She also served as a co-organizer for the Healthcare Experience Design (HxD) meetup group from 2014-2017.

Nancy Gabor (Director - Networking & Partnerships)

Nancy Gabor

Nancy Gabor is a passionate advocate for technology-enabled healthcare in support of consumers and healthcare providers. Her commitment is fueled by a desire to empower individuals as active partners in their own care.  Nancy brings over 15 years in eHealth in BC and Ontario, including 6 years as a senior strategist and domain expert in telehealth and virtual care with PHSA.  She has provided leadership in the areas of health system advocacy, service strategy, performance and evaluation, business analysis, project and change management, healthcare market research and communications. A volunteer leader with Digital Health Canada (previously COACH) since 2004, Nancy has established strong relationships with health informatics executives and senior leaders across Canada. Nancy holds an MSc. Health Information Science from the University of Victoria, and the PMP, PROSCI and CPHIMS-CA credentials. Nancy is currently providing project leadership for ActionADE, a multi-stakeholder project including UBC, Vancouver Coastal Health and the Pharmaceutical Services Division of the Ministry of Health to reduce repeat adverse drug events by improving information continuity from acute care to community-based pharmacies.

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 Chau (Director - Knowledge Management & Accreditation)

Melissa Chau

Melissa 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

Currently the Director, Provincial eHealth Projects at PHSA, Oliver Thompson is responsible for a portfolio of projects including the Provincial Public Health Application (Panorama), Provincial Lab Information System, CST Clinical Reports Distribution, the Provincial eHealth Viewer, and an effort to improve sharing of Clinical Information to support Primary Care Homes. Oliver's previous experience has been working at Physician Information Technology Office (PITO), responsible for Special Projects, including the Specialist EMR Adoption and tools and processes to support Clinical Adoption.

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