Quality Academy

Faculty & Advisory Committee

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Faculty & Advisory Committee

Faculty

We have an excellent group of dedicated experts who are both passionate and knowledgeable about their areas of expertise related to improving the quality of care. These faculty members will provide direct teaching and be available for advice to program participants. As well, several faculty will also serve as mentors who will be paired with a group of participants to provide ongoing one-to-one support.

Human Factors Specialist
Vancouver Coastal Health

Allison is a Human Factors Specialist with strong experience in applying engineering and psychology principles on a variety of large and small projects relating to healthcare. She currently works part-time at Vancouver Coastal Health as a Human Factors Specialist in Quality and Patient Safety, and independently consults on Human Factors principles to a variety of industries in Vancouver, British Columbia, and across Canada. Committed to safety and quality of care, Allison’s goal and motivation is to introduce and incorporate human factors engineering principles into healthcare in British Columbia.

Executive Director, Learning, Analytics & & Strategic Initiatives
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Andrew joined the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council in July 2009. Prior to joining the Council, Andrew spent several years working in the biotechnology industry, with the BC Cancer Research Centre and the BC Ministry of Health Services.

Andrew’s passion for patient safety and quality improvement, accompanied by his proven project management abilities, assists the Council in achieving its mandate of fostering quality improvement across the continuum of care. He successfully leads complex initiatives and works to develop collaborative partnerships with health system stakeholders in order to equip people at all levels of the system with the knowledge and skills needed for sustained change. He is particularly interested in the ongoing development of learning opportunities for quality improvement, mechanisms of innovation, the use of data for improvement and public accountability of the health care system. Andrew leads the Council’s measurement activities, strategic initiatives and learning programs such as the Quality Academy, Quality Forum and Quality Café.

Andrew holds a Masters in Health Administration from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Victoria.

Director, Analytics & Strategic Initiatives
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Ben joined the Council in 2014, starting as a Quality Leader supporting clinical improvement initiatives before becoming Director of the Council’s Patient & Public Engagement team, which supports the Patient Voices Network. In 2018 he moved to a new role leading the Analytics & Strategic Initiatives team.

Ben has always been passionate about numbers, starting at an early age devouring box scores in the newspaper. He has a specific interest in helping turn data into knowledge to support quality improvement in BC’s health system. Through his experiences Ben has seen the value of combining numbers with contextual information to be able to tell a story that inspires action. Ben holds a Master of Health Administration from
Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a joint major in Business and Geography, from Simon Fraser University.

Principal
Improvement Associates Ltd.

Bruce co-founded Improvement Associates in 2000 and has worked primarily on the improvement of healthcare. He is Collaborative Director for the Canadian Collaborative to Improve Patient Care and Safety in the ICU, and advises on a number of healthcare improvement initiatives. He is a graduate of Trent University, the Banff School of Advanced Management and holds an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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 MRSA , and improved care for acute myocardial infarction. 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.

Executive Director, Health System Improvement & Engagement
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Colleen joined the Council in 2014 as a Quality Leader supporting clinical improvement initiatives. Prior to this, she led improvement efforts across the continuum of care through her role as the Manager of Quality and Patient Safety for Interior Health West and Patient Experience for Interior Health (IH).

Colleen’s passion is to work with health care professionals at the point of care to facilitate system-level improvements. As part of this, she led the IH Diabetes Collaborative. Along with her team, Colleen also designed the quality improvement and patient safety (QIPS) unit leader program, which focused on building quality improvement capacity at the point of care. In addition, she engaged with partners to develop the structure for IH Local Quality Committees and the framework for quality reviews. Previously she also served as IH’s Leader, Physician Engagement, where she collaborated with physicians on quality improvement initiatives in the lab, operating room, medical device reprocessing, obstetrics and critical care.

Colleen holds a Master of Information Studies and a Master of Health Administration from the University of British Columbia. She has completed training in quality improvement and the collaborative breakthrough series through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Colleen also has her Green and Black Belt in Lean Health Care from the Canadian Logistics Institute.

Provincial Patient Safety & Quality Officer and Chair
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Dr. Cochrane is a Professor at the University of British Columbia in Neurosurgery, a certificant of the American Board of Pediatric Neurological Surgery, and a Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition to his involvement in boards and committees at the provincial, national and international levels, he maintains his clinical practice as staff neurosurgeon at BC ’s Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. Dr. Cochrane brings a broad understanding of patient safety and has an interest in healthcare system sustainability through improving quality of care, resulting in cost savings for the system.

Associate
Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation

Francois Dionne is based at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation in the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Dionne completed his doctoral training in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, and also holds a Master’s degree in Business from UBC. The focus of his work is on the application of methods to support priority setting and resource allocation decision-making in health care. He has consulted widely with health care and government organizations across Canada over the last six years and is one of Canada’s leading experts in the application of multi-criteria decision analysis in health care.

Quality Leader, Surgery
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Geoff joined the council in 2013 as a quality leader. Prior to this, he was a quality improvement consultant in surgery for Interior Health where he led the implementation of the surgical checklist for the region.

Geoff’s interests include empowering the point of care staff to achieve rapid and measurable improvements in their workplace to improve safety, efficiency, and overall quality of care. He co-developed the Teamwork and Communication Action Series coaching teams to improve non-technical skills such as how we communicate, how we respond to our personal and work environments and how we work as a team to achieve high quality patient care.

Geoff is an RN with an emergency nursing certification and worked throughout Western Canada and Western United States in emergency and intensive care units. He is a graduate from the BCPSQC Quality Academy, completed the collaborative breakthrough series through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and holds a Fellowship from the International Society for Quality in Health Care. Geoff has also been a certified private pilot for over 20 years.

Project Manager-Workplace Culture, People and Organizational Development
Executive Coach
Island Health

Helen is a Human Resources professional and Executive Coach with over 23 years’ experience in a variety of professional and leadership positions within the public healthcare systems in both Canada and the UK. Helen Wale is also a licensed trainer for Coaching Out of the Box®. As an executive coach, Helen has supported individuals progressing through the BC Health Authorities Experience Linx program as well as coaching individuals from a wide range of industries and sectors. Helen holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from De Montfort University (Leicester- UK) and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University. Specializing in leadership, business coaching, and career transition, Helen has a particular interest in developing individuals, and working with them to help achieve their goals and aspirations.

Director, Communications
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Kevin joined the BCPSQC in February 2012 and his fingerprints are found throughout its publications, social media activities, newsletter and online communications. Kevin draws upon his experience working for private industry and non-profit organizations as well as his education in sociology, journalism, public relations and marketing communications.

Principal
Improvement Associates Ltd.

Leanne co-founded Improvement Associates in 2000 and has worked primarily on the improvement of healthcare. As an Improvement Advisor, Leanne has designed and supported many Breakthrough Series Collaboratives across Canada and has taught at over 35 Learning Sessions. She has led the writing of several improvement guides based on these approaches. She is an active member of the national Safer Healthcare Now! Education and Resources Working Group. Leanne holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Alberta.

Principal
Martin Wale Consulting

Dr. Martin Wale is a UK-trained microbiologist and public health doc, and was an inaugural Fellow of the NHS Institute for Innovation & Improvement.  He was recruited to Canada in 2009 to lead the infection control System Wide Initiative in Island Health (then VIHA), subsequently moving through other medical leadership roles in Island Health, including Deputy CMO, and Interim VP Med and CMO.  In 2015, he started the BC Medical Quality Initiative for the BC Ministry of Health, and in 2017 was seconded to the Ministry to conduct a review of radiology in BC, and advise on implementation of the recommendations. Since leaving in June 2018, Martin has become freelance, starting his own consulting business and working with UBC, UVic, and Doctors of BC.  He has been Faculty for the BC Quality Academy and Clinician Quality Academy since their inception, and Faculty for the Canadian Patient Safety Officers’ Course since 2012.

Lead Consultant
Merge Consulting

Melanie has a breadth of experience facilitating innovative and system-wide collaborations to improve quality. Specializing in measurement, Melanie has worked with national, provincial and local initiatives to define indicators and measurement systems. Melanie’s main focus is appropriate data display and ensuring indicator results are meaningful to all levels of staff and leadership. In previous roles with Saskatchewan’s Health Quality Council and the the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council, Melanie led projects in a variety of care areas including surgery, ICU, wait times for cancer care, and chronic disease care in the community. She has also been instrumental in designing education programs for staff and physicians. Melanie now divides her time between consulting in the health care and social services sectors and works as Quality Leader for BC Mental Health and Addictions Services.

Geriatrician/Chief of Staff
West Coast General Hospital

Dr. Dorothy ‘Sam’ Williams is a Geriatrician /Chief of Staff at West Coast General Hospital in Port Alberni and Chair of the Health Authority Medical Advisory Committee for Island Health. She has been working as a Geriatrician for Island Health since 2000. She is a clinical instructor with the Department of Medicine UBC and the Island Medical Program.

Dr. Williams has a particular interest in Physician Health Issues; and is a member of the Physician Health Program ‘Physician Advocating Wellness’ groups in BC. She also chairs the Physician Health Program Steering Committee of Doctors of BC. In addition, how we communicate with each other and teams with a focus on building a culture of safety is of particular interest.

Director, Learning & Capability Development
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Shari joined the Council in January 2011. In 2018 she moved from her role as Director, Clinical Improvement to lead the Learning & Capability Development team. She is a Registered Respiratory Therapist by professional background with over 15 years of clinical experience, and received an MA in Learning & Technology from Royal Roads University in 2011.

She is a BCPSQC Quality Academy graduate, completed a program for Large Scale Change with the UK’s National Health Service in 2012, and has received fellowships from the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (2010) and the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (2017). She holds an adjunct faculty appointment within the Department of Allied Health, Faculty of Science at Thompson Rivers University.

Shari provides leadership in the development and execution of the Council’s educational strategy. She has a wide range of interests related to learning and health improvement including behavioural science, gamification, research, mobile technology, simulation, social movement theory, large scale change, and systems thinking.

Leader, Capability Development
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Tina recently joined the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council in May 2018 as Leader for Capability Development and works with the Council staff to create, deliver, and provide leadership to BCPSQC learning strategies. Tina’s passion lies in developing and facilitating education programs that empower and inspire organizations and people to meaningfully enhance the lives of the individuals and families they serve. Tina has worked in healthcare for over 15 years within a variety of clinical areas across BC and Alberta, including acute care, public health, community, as well as the academic and professional practice settings. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, completed her Masters of Leadership, Health Specialization at Royal Roads University, and is a proud graduate of Quality Academy.

Physician Quality Improvement (PQI) Consultant
Interior Health

Wrae has a breadth of clinical and QI Knowledge and skill, and has a particular interest in the area of; communication, resilience and high reliability in health care. Wrae is a fellow of the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapy with a MSc in Human Factors and Systems Safety from Lund University in Sweden. Wrae’s current role within Interior Health (Quality) is part of the Provincial PQI Initiative, (funded by the Specialist Services Committee-SSC), to support Physicians to lead Quality Initiatives within their workplaces.


Advisory Committee

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

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

Andrew joined the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council in July 2009. Prior to joining the Council, Andrew spent several years working in the biotechnology industry, with the BC Cancer Research Centre and the BC Ministry of Health Services.

Andrew’s passion for patient safety and quality improvement, accompanied by his proven project management abilities, assists the Council in achieving its mandate of fostering quality improvement across the continuum of care. He successfully leads complex initiatives and works to develop collaborative partnerships with health system stakeholders in order to equip people at all levels of the system with the knowledge and skills needed for sustained change. He is particularly interested in the ongoing development of learning opportunities for quality improvement, mechanisms of innovation, the use of data for improvement and public accountability of the health care system. Andrew leads the Council’s measurement activities, strategic initiatives and learning programs such as the Quality Academy, Quality Forum and Quality Café.

Andrew holds a Masters in Health Administration from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Victoria.

Executive Director
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council

Christina has strong background in improvement work leading collaboratives on topics such as medication reconciliation, prevention of surgical site infection and MRSA MRSA , and improved care for acute myocardial infarction. 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.

Assistant Professor, Northern Medical Program
Faculty of Medicine, University of BC

Dan has a long standing interest in sustainably improving healthcare.  His experience includes roles such as family physician, medical administrator, academic, regional health board member and consultant.   His interest in health system improvement has led him to explore the local and international community in search of best practices.  A focus of his research involves distilling the key, context independent activities that support highly effective healthcare systems.  Dan has also worked extensively in areas including primary care and the use of measurement and information technology in improvement.

Executive Director
Island Health 

Dermot began his career 15 years ago as a Certified Eye Bank Technologist. He has taken on successively more senior roles, providing leadership to complex transplant and surgical programs, as well as guiding teams through essential engagement and performance evaluation processes, such as VCH-Richmond’s first Qmentum survey, which is a rigorous review of a health care organization’s clinical programs with a focus on the essential components of safe and effective care.

Prior to taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer, Dermot served as Director of Medical Administration and Surgical Services for Richmond. In this position, he supported the Regional Surgical Executive Council in the further integration and alignment of surgical services to improve access and deliver high quality care and service for patients and their family members.

Dermot holds a Master of Science Degree in Physiology from McGill University and has extensive background in Quality Management Systems and LEAN thinking.

Vice President Collaborative Practice, Nursing & Health Professions
Alberta Health Services

Linda has a long standing interest and involvement in improving the quality of care. Linda led one of BC’s first sites to systematically implement the use of the Global Trigger Tool. She has also led work on implementation of SBAR as a communication tool. Her interest areas include infection control, high reliability organizations, and the link between patient and staff safety. A member of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute’s Education and Professional Development Advisory Committee, Linda has BSc in Nursing and a Master of Arts in Leadership.

Executive Medical Director (Island Health)
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.