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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.

Christie Newton


Dr. Newton is president of the BCCFP and leads the CPD and PMH Committees. In addition to her BCCFP Board contributions Dr. Newton was on the inaugural Board of the Vancouver Division of Family Practice, she served on the VCHA Primary Care Council and continues to serve on the Doctors of BC CPD Nucleus Committee. In addition to her advocacy and administrative work Dr. Newton practices at the UBC family practice teaching clinic providing care for local Point Grey residents as well as students, staff and faculty. As Director of Interprofessional Education she integrates practice, teaching and research in the area of collaborative team based care and the Patient’s Medical Home.

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


Deputy CMO and Executive Medical Leader (Island 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

Garey is Past-President of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He received his MD from the Univ. of Manitoba in 1979, his CCFP in 1990, and his FCFP in 2000. He was in full-service private practice in Winnipeg for many years, and then joined the Dept. of Family Medicine at the Univ. of Manitoba as a full-time Residency preceptor.

Prior to assuming his position as Chair, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine at Providence Health Care in Vancouver in 2003, where he served two terms, he was Medical Director of Community and Long term Care for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. He has also served as a member of the University of Manitoba Research Ethics Board, and is a Past-President of the Manitoba College of Family Physicians. He previously served as Co-Chair of the Collaborative Working Group on Shared Mental Health Care (Canadian Psychiatric Association and College of Family Physicians of Canada).

Garey is currently Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UBC, and remains active in teaching, research and clinical practice.  As well, he is the BC Ministry of Health physician representative on the General Practice Services Committee and the Shared Care Committee, and Medical Director, Primary Care, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. Dr. Mazowita is the 2010 recipient of the CFPC D I Rice Award.