Dear Members and Subscribers,

I am honoured and excited to be taking on the challenge of leading the new BCHIMSS: Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society - BC Chapter as President this year. We are in the process of transforming BC’s beloved BCHIMPS organization to merge with the global HIMSS organization, while we stay focused on British Columbia’s Health Informatics landscape.

I served on the BCHIMPS Board of Directors as your Vice President, leading the BC HIMSS transition last year, which was ignited by my predecessors who had the vision and passion to inspire change and progression in our organization. We have now successfully completed the important formal transition, becoming the third Canadian Chapter of HIMSS. As I pass the torch to Brian Lefebvre, our President Elect, he will complete the important work of transforming the operations of our Board in alignment with HIMSS while looking for areas to continually improve and grow as we all settle into a "new normal."  As an organization that values and strives to create and strengthen personal and professional connections, this year clearly brings us additional challenges to overcome brought on by a global pandemic. 

What an unbelievable opportunity we have in the year ahead! Building upon Anushka's and  the team's successes in the past couple years with outstanding record-breaking events, our focus will be on expanding our audience to a wider and geographically diverse group through the power of VIRTUAL! We commit to continuing to provide innovative and high quality content and events through our new Virtual Program and to continue to connect personally with you through our more intimate Fireside Chat events. We will also strive to learn and grow through connections with our new HIMSS family and seek additional opportunities for partnerships with the Canadian and global community.  

I am lucky enough to be mentored this year by 2 past presidents, Anushka Premji-Osman and Brigitte M. Mettler. To top it off, we have a seriously stellar superstar BCHIMSS Board this year, welcoming three new Directors to the team. Please welcome with me Katharine Casey, Garth Vatkin and Melissa Chua,  and also I thank Tiffany Chui, Jennifer Charters and Ingrid Collet for their dedication and outstanding work over the past years.

Our 2012-21 BCHIMSS Board structure is:

  • Shaina Reid, President
  • Brian Lefebvre, President Elect
  • Anushka Premji-Osman, Past President
  • Andy Yngreso, Treasurer
  • Garth Vatkin, Secretary
  • Brigitte Mettler, Communication & Marketing Director
  • Rachel Barker, Director Virtual Program
  • Nancy Gabor, Director Networking & Partnerships
  • Katharine Casey, Director Member Relations
  • Melissa Chua, Director Knowledge Management & Accreditation
  • Oliver Thompson, Director Sponsorship & Patient Partnership
We would like to recognize the ongoing support of our ten Visionary Sponsors as they are essential in creating high quality events and opportunities throughout the year for our Members and guests: Affinity, CGI, Cerner, CGI, ettainHealth, Gevity, Microsoft, Novari, NTT Data, SAS, and TELUS Health. We encourage Members to seek out these organizations to personally thank them for their continued support of BC HIMSS!

    Shaina Reid

    President, BC HIMSS

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