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Advisory Committee

Together with the staff of the BCPSQC, the Advisory Committee provides insights and expertise into the development and ongoing evolution of this program.

Andrew Wray, MHA, BSc

Director of Learning & Strategic Initiatives
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Andrew is responsible for the development of learning opportunities in quality and patient safety, as well as supporting work towards improving relationships and communication between patients, families and healthcare workers. In partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care, Andrew helped introduce the Global Trigger Tool to health authorities in BC and maintains a Community of Practice for continued collaboration. Prior to joining the Council, Andrew spent several years working in the biotechnology industry, the BC Cancer Research Centre and most recently, the BC Ministry of Health Services where he focused on infection prevention and control.

Brenna Lynn

Associate Dean
UBC Continuing Professional Development

Dr. Brenna Lynn is the Associate Dean, UBC Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD). Dr. Lynn completed both a Bachelor’s degree and Master of Science from UBC, and received a doctoral degree from the University of Oregon. As Associate Dean, CPD, Dr. Lynn provides strategic leadership and support for the professional development of faculty in their roles as health profession practitioners, ensuring standards of practice are in place and meet national accreditation requirements, as well as collaborating with stakeholders and partners to promote and explore opportunities for continuing professional development. Dr. Lynn is passionate about continuous quality improvement, customized effective CPD, increasing interprofessional CPD opportunities, and keeping UBC on the cusp of innovation in order to improve practice and patient care.

Jeanette Boyd


Dr. Jeanette Boyd is proud to call herself a rural generalist, providing full-service family practice, including maternity care, to the community of Nelson. A BCCFP Director for seven years, she also has roles with the Rural Coordination Centre of BC, the GPSC Maternity Working Group, Perinatal Services BC, and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She believes in the importance of developing relationships, ensuring consistency, and building consensus to bring about meaningful change. As the President of the BCCFP, she gained gaining experience in nurturing relationships and consensus building with provincial and national health organizations. Going forward, she sees the College’s potential as a catalyst for change in primary care, and she is inspired by our bold new vision: Healthy People. Thriving Communities. Inspired Family Physicians.

Christina Krause

Executive Director
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Christina has a strong background in improvement work leading collaboratives on topics such as medication reconciliation, prevention of surgical site infection and MSRA, and improved care for acute myocardial infection. A certified Faculty member with the Institute for Healthcare Communication, she also served as a key member of the National Working Group which developed Pan-Canadian Disclosure Guidelines. In her current role, Christina has a particular interest in social movement theory and the mobilization of energy to facilitate large-scale change. Christina is currently an EXTRA Fellow with the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation.

Curtis A. Smecher, MD

Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety
BC Anesthesiologists Society

Curtis is a full-time clinician, strongly committed to improving the quality of patient care throughout the health care system. His improvement work covers multiple clinical areas, effective use of resources, operations management and building capacity for improvement. Previously, Curtis worked with multivariate statistics, queuing theory, computer performance improvement, and IT. Curtis trained as an Improvement Advisor with IHI.

Dan Horvat, MD, MCFP, BScHon

Assistant Professor, Northern Medical Program
University of Northern BC

Dan is a family physician practicing in Prince George, BC who has dedicated much of professional career to improving health services delivery.  He has extensive experience based on active involvement in a wide range of activities including the initiation and development of Divisions of Family Practice, the Attachment (GP4Me) initiative, Northern Partners in Care and the Family Practice Oncology Network.  He is on the committee in Prince George that initiated one of the two prototype Medical Staff Associations in the province.  He has worked for a health authority (Northern) for 6 years a regional medical director and primary care medical lead.  He’s also on the board of the Health Data Coalition and Doctors of BC.  He’s been on the board of a regional health authority.  Dan has also learned extensively from the international community.  He is keenly interested in trends in improvement and, particularly, in how the most effective healthcare systems have achieved their success.  This last activity has involved tremendous learning with leaders of organizations considered the most effective at supporting sustainable improvement across a wide range of areas simultaneously.

Julian Marsden, FCFP (EM)

Clinical Director, CCM
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

 Julian is a Clinical Professor at the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine and has been an active physician in the emergency department of St. Paul’s Hospital since 1992. Julian participated in the formation and early development of the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine in full recognition of the opportunities this affords to improve emergency health service delivery and has helped lead Evidence to Excellence, which aims to bring together emergency health care providers to share clinical and operational knowledge with the vision of improving emergency care across BC, since 2006.

Ken Hughes

Orthopedic Surgeon
Richmond Hospital


Workforce Planning Division, BC Ministry of Health 
Medical Lead for the BC Medical Quality Initiative

Trained in medical microbiology and public health in the UK, Martin spent most of his UK career in the Health Protection Agency before becoming a Fellow of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, working on Clostridium difficile and the “Productives” (Releasing Time to Care).  In 2007 Martin joined Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust as Chief Medical Officer, and was recruited from that position to Vancouver Island Health Authority in 2009.  He has been Deputy CMO, and Executive Medical Director in Quality, Patient Safety & Research, then in Medical Affairs & Research. Since 2014 he has also led the BC Medical Quality Initiative.

Past Members 

Bob Bluman, MD, CCFP, FCFP

Acting Associate Dean
UBC Continuing Professional Development 

Garey Mazowita, MD, CCFP, FCFP

Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine
University of British Columbia

Christie Newton

Past President