skip to main content

Our Leadership

Our Board of Directors

The Board's primary responsibility is to foster the long-term success of Pacific Blue Cross, while ensuring it meets its responsibilities to our members.

Pacific Blue Cross Board of Directors

  • Mr. Mark Olsen
    Board Chair, Director since 1989
    Mark Olsen has been the Business Manager of the Construction and Specialized Workers’ Union Local 1611 (aka Labourers) since 2002, and was Legal Counsel for the Union from 1988-2002. Mark has also been on the Union’s Medical and Benefit Plan Board since 1989 and Chair since 1997.
  • Dr. Mark Schonfeld
    Vice Chair, Director since 2010
    Dr. Mark Schonfeld has practiced as a family physician in Vancouver for 22 years and has been on active staff at Vancouver General Hospital, BC Children's and BC Women's Hospitals. He served as CEO of the BC Medical Association (BCMA) for 14 years.

    Dr. Schonfeld is Chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade Health Care Policy Committee and a member of its Board of Governors. His previous Board experience includes: the Physicians Services Committee; the Justice Institute of BC; the Hamber Foundation; and the Medical Services Commission, among others.
  • Dr. Richard Busse
    Director since 2001
    Dr. Richard Busse is a past president of the British Columbia Dental Association and has been in private dental practice in East Vancouver for 27 years. He has been a clinical instructor at the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia

    Dr. Busse holds Fellowships in the American College of Dentists, Academy of Dentistry International, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and has served on numerous committees in organized dentistry at the local, provincial and national level.
  • Mr. John Fitzpatrick
    Director since 1984
    John Fitzpatrick is a retired Union agent and has served as the Secretary Treasurer of the Vancouver & District Labour Council, President of the Marine Workers & Boilermakers Union and the Shipyard General Workers Federation. He has also been an Executive Officer with the BC Federation of Labour.

    John has the distinction of serving as Pacific Blue Cross’ first Chair of the Board after the merger between CU&C and Medical Services Association and has served on several boards including: the BC Community Financial Services Corporation, East Vancouver Community Skills Connection, Vancouver & North Vancouver Economic Development Committees, Camp Jubilee and The Co-operators Insurance Group.
  • Mr. Gary Fane
    Director since 2015
    Mr. Fane has been with the BCNU since 2005 where he is an experienced practitioner at arbitrations and Labour Board hearings, balancing the needs of the health care system and the nurses to mutual satisfaction. Mr. Fane also serves on the Board of Directors at Nav Canada.
  • Mr. John Hope
    Director since 1999
    John Hope is the Clinical Director of Pharmacy Services for British Columbia at HealthPRO. Prior to his current position John was Director of Pharmacy for various BC hospitals including, Vancouver General Hospital, Burnaby Hospital and Children’s & Women’s Health Center of BC.

    John has been actively involved in the College of Pharmacists of BC, sitting on the board and serving as President in 2006.
  • Ms. Colleen Jordan
    Director since 1983
    Colleen Jordan is serving her fourth term as a Councillor for the City of Burnaby. Previously, Colleen served as Secretary-Treasurer of the BC Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) for 15 years.

    Colleen has made a strong commitment to health care in British Columbia having served on the Pacific Blue Cross board and the board of its predecessor for more than 30 years. Colleen is also Chair of the Board of Community Savings Credit Union and serves on many other Boards and Committees, including Metro Vancouver.
  • Ms. Mary LaPlante
    Director since 1997
    Until her retirement, Mary LaPlante served as the Financial Secretary and a member of the Provincial Executive of the Hospital Employees Union for 22 years.

    Mary has been a Director of Community Savings Credit Union since 2006, where she is Chair of the Investment and Lending Committee and a member of the Audit, Enterprise Risk Management and Community Involvement Committees.
  • Mr. Gerry Smith
    Director since 2001
    Gerry Smith has worked as a labour representative for 23 years with Industrial Wood and Allied Workers of Canada (IWA Canada) and United Steelworkers (USW). He co-chairs the jointly-trusteed USW Coastal Health and Welfare plan, is a trustee on the IWA-Forest Industry LTD Plan and an advisor to the IWA Forest Industry Pension Plan.

    Gerry holds a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation from Dalhousie University and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and has served on several boards governing health services in BC and across Canada.
  • Mr. Robert (Bob) Wallis
    Director since 2015

    Robert Wallis recently retired after 15 years with Kal Tire. During his time there, Robert served as Senior Vice President of the Kal Tire’s Mining Tire Group which operations internationally, as well as nine years as the organization’s Chief Financial Officer.

    Robert currently sits on the Board of Directors for Allnorth Consultants Limited. Previously he has also served on the Board of Directors for Kal Tire and the University of British Columbia Investment Management Trust. He has also served as Secretary to the Board for Spectra Group of Great Restaurants and MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates.

  • Mr. Brian Woods
    Director since 2015

    Brian Woods is the Principal of Health Capacity Solution, a consulting company specializing in health care finance, major deal structuring, P3 projects and general management. Brian has 38 years of progressive senior leadership experience focused in healthcare including roles at Fraser Health Authority where he served as Vice President Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. He was previously a practising pharmacist.

    Brian currently serves as the National Board Director of the Canadian Pharmacist Association including a number of committees within the CPhA. Previously, he has served on a number of Boards including Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre.

  • Ms. Debbie Svedic
    Director since 1999
    Deb Svedic spent most of her career with the BC Government and Service Employees' Union as a Senior Staff Representative specializing in all aspects of benefits and rehabilitation, both in the public and private sectors.

    Deb joined the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union in 1976 and has been a member of many joint committees. She was a member of the Joint Rehabilitation Committee and the Joint STIIP/LTD Advisory Board with the Provincial Government for over twenty years with a focus on returning thousands of members back to work.
  • Mr. Richard Taylor
    Director since 1991
    Richard Taylor served as the Executive Director of the Union of BC Municipalities for 22 years.

    Richard serves on a number of other boards, including Municipal Pension Board of Trustees, BC Assessment and the BC Pension Corporation. He is also on the board of BC Life and Chair of Pacific Blue Cross’ Community Connection Health Foundation.
  • Dr. Malcolm Williamson
    Director since 1993
    Dr. Malcolm Williamson is a dental consultant and has served as the Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC, the Director of Dental Services for the City of Vancouver and a Senior Dental Consultant for the Provincial Government.

    His professional career has focused on improving access to dental care for children, low-income adults, persons with disabilities and seniors. He is a member of many community health committees and has consulted on dental public health issues to universities and governments around the world.

BC Life Board of Directors

  • Mr. Kyle Mitchell
    Board Chair, Director since 1984
    Kyle Mitchell is Founding Partner in the Vancouver office of executive search firm Odgers Berndtson. Since retiring from active practice in executive search, he now focuses on providing advice and support to boards on issues related to governance and CEO succession.

    Kyle is a member of the UBC Sauder School of Business Advisory Board, an Honorary Governor of the Vancouver Foundation and a member of the Board of the Pacific Blue Cross Community Connection Health Foundation. Kyle holds degrees from UBC in commerce and law.
  • Mr. Rod Dewar
    Vice Chair, Director since 2014
    Rod Dewar is President and Chief Executive Officer of Island Savings Credit Union. Rod has extensive senior executive experience in insurance, financial services and transportation industries. Prior to joining Island Savings Credit Union, Rod was Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the BC Automobile Association and Vice-President of Airports for Canadian Airlines International.

    Rod serves on numerous boards past and present, including Chairman - BC Ferry Authority, Island Savings, Victoria Hospitals Foundation, Past Chair - Credential Financial Inc., NEI Investments Inc., and BCAA.
  • Mr. Terry Duggan
    Director since 2014
    Terry Duggan was the Managing Principal of the Vancouver office of Towers Perrin for 15 years prior to his retirement in 2010. Terry has provided consultation on retirement, benefits and compensation issues to human resources and finance executives for more than 30 years. He also worked as actuary and consultant to three jointly trusteed health and benefits plans in the BC forest industry for more than 20 years

    Terry served on the Board of Trustees of the Healthcare Benefit Trust for a three-year term commencing in 2011. As a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries, he made additional contributions to the profession through membership of the Institute’s Pension Plan Financial Reporting and Group Insurance Committees.
  • Mr. Doug Enns
    Director since 2015

    Doug Enns is currently the President of Upturn Consulting Ltd. Prior to his current position, Doug was the Managing Director of International Operations for a major software provider. He held several senior leadership positions in the financial services sector including Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Coast Savings.

    Doug serves as the Board Chair for the BC Consumer Protection Authority and as a board member for the MedicAlert Foundation Canada. Doug was previously the Board Chair for WorkSafe BC and has served on the boards of the University of Victoria, Royal Roads University and RalMax Industries.

  • Mr. Gary Fane
    Director since 2015

    Gary Fane is currently the Executive Director of Negotiations and Strategic Development with the British Columbia Nurses Union. Prior to that, Gary spent 15 years with the Canadian Auto Workers’ Union where he held numerous leadership positions.

    Gary currently serves on the Board of Directors at NAV Canada.

  • Mr. Jan K. Grude
    Director since 2013
    Jan K. Grude is the President and CEO of Pacific Blue Cross and British Columbia Life & Casualty Company. His complete biography is available here.
  • Mr. John Hope
    Director since 1999
    John Hope is the Clinical Director of Pharmacy Services for British Columbia at HealthPRO. Prior to his current position John was Director of Pharmacy for various BC hospitals including, Vancouver General Hospital, Burnaby Hospital and Children’s & Women’s Health Center of BC.

    John has been actively involved in the College of Pharmacists of BC, sitting on the board and serving as President in 2006.
  • Ms. Shelley Williams
    Director since 2015

    Shelley Williams is a CPA, CA with significant capital market and corporate finance experience. She has held senior financial positions at several multi-national companies, including Vice President, Corporate Treasurer at Finning International and Fletcher Challenge Canada.

    Shelley is currently serving as Chair of the Douglas College Board. Previously she served as Vice Chair of HFN LNG Development Corporation, and as an Independent Commissioner at the BC Securities Commission. She is a graduate from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

  • Dr. Malcolm Williamson
    Director since 1993
    Dr. Malcolm Williamson is a dental consultant and has served as the Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at UBC, the Director of Dental Services for the City of Vancouver and a Senior Dental Consultant for the Provincial Government.

    His professional career has focused on improving access to dental care for children, low-income adults, persons with disabilities and seniors. He is a member of many community health committees and has consulted on dental public health issues to universities and governments around the world.

Blue Shield

Blue Shield is a registered trade-mark of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
close