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.
Brendan Dick is the Director of Pensions and Benefits for the Hospital Employees' Union as well as the Coordinator of the Enhanced Disability Management Program for the Facilities Bargaining Association. He is co-chair of the Canadian Blood Services (CBS) defined benefit pension plan and has been a CBS trustee since 2005. He is currently a member of the Canadian Board of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans. He is a past Chair/Vice Chair of the Municipal Pension Board of Trustees and served on the board from 2003 to 2014. Brendan has completed the Advanced Trustee Management Standards Program and the Responsible Trustee Program through the Sauder School of Business. He sat on the lnterplan Audit Committee (Municipal, Public Service, College and Teachers Pension Plans) for more than 15 years, and as a board member on the B.C. Pension Corporation in 2013/14. Has been a plan member of the Pacific Blue Cross for close to 30 years and currently resides in Coquitlam, B.C.
Aaron Ekman was elected as the Secretary Treasurer of the BC Federation of Labour in 2014.Before taking on this position, he was the Northern Regional Coordinator with the BC Government and Service Employees Union, and lived in Prince George. Ekman first became active in the student union movement, serving as President of the USC-Okanagan Students Society. He was the first chairperson of the Young Workers' Committee of the Vancouver & District Labour Council and has worked in commercial roofing, sheet-metal fabrication, and commercial/industrial installation. Ekman was the founding president of the North Central Labour Council, representing more than 12,000 union members across northern BC, and previously worked as a union organizer.
Joe Elworthy is the president of UNIFOR Local 2200 that represents more than 1000 Skilled Trades and Support Workers employed by Coast Mountain Bus Company (Translink) in Metro Vancouver. He has worked for Coast Mountain Bus company for more than 40 years (since 1976) and has served as president of his union local for 18 years, for five terms of office. Since 1993, he served as Trust Chair for the Transit Employees' Health Benefit Trust. Other roles have included serving as Financial Secretary for the UNIFOR National Skilled Trades Council; the Sector Advisory Group for the BC Industry Training Authority; National President of the Confederation of Canadian Union and the Independent Canadian Transit Union; and, Trustee for the BC Public Service Pension Plan. Joe Elworthy has also led educational seminars for the International Foundation and the benefits related conferences, and has presented to the Conference Board of Canada and PBLI Conferences.
Alicia Gallo is the Vice President of MoveUp representing more than 12,000 union members at public and private sector companies in Western Canada. Elected to the executive council in 2009, Alicia serves on several committees within the union and her workplace, including the Educational, OH&S, Arbitration Review, Constitution & By-Law, Events & Social Planning and CMBC Bargaining committees, and is the executive board liaison for the Youth Action committee. She's a member of the BC Federation of Labour's Constitution and Structure committee and Community and Social Action committee. She sits on the council for Camp Jubilee, a wilderness camp supported by B.C.'s labour movement, and is the CMBC advocate for the United Way. She is a past delegate to the New West & District Labour Council. She has a degree in Health Sciences, specializing in Pharmacology, and is working towards her bachelor's in Human Resources and Labour Relations.
Jim lker is a teacher and the past president of the BC Teachers' Federation (BCTF) .He has an honours degree in Political Science and Sociology at McMaster University, and Bachelor of Education at Dalhousie University. Since 1977, Jim has worked as a teacher in nearly every elementary grade- including Kindergarten. He also was a teacher counsellor, learning assistance, and special education teacher. He got involved in the Burns Lake District Teachers' Union, the first year of teaching. His local bargaining team negotiated the first three contracts between 1988 and 1994. He was also a member of the first provincial bargaining committee in 1995 and subsequent teams in 1998, 2006, 2011 and 2013. He was chief negotiator for the 2011 and 2013 teams. First elected to the BCTF Executive in 2002 as a member-at-large and served for five years before becoming BCTF Vice President and then President. He continues his teaching career that spans 40 years working for School District #91 (Nechako Lakes).
Dr. Sandra Jenneson graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2003 with a cooperative degree in microbiology and immunology. She concurrently was a student at the Justice Institute of BC and received her paramedic certification and worked as a paramedic with the BC Ambulance Service. In 2006, she was accepted to medical school at the University of British Columbia and graduated in 2010 with a medical degree, then began a residency in the emergency medicine program. In 2015 she graduated with a specialist designation in emergency medicine and a subspecialist designation in emergency health services. Currently, she works as an emergency room physician at the Royal Columbian Hospital, as a Regional Medical Director at B.C. Emergency Health Services and holds a Clinical Associate Professor position within the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Stéphane Voyer is a specialist in General Internal Medicine. He is originally from Montreal, and trained at McGill University. He completed his specialist training in Vancouver, and holds a Masters in Adult Education from UBC. He works at St. Paul's Hospital, where he is active in education and educational administration. He also works throughout northern BC to provide access to specialist medicine in otherwise underserved parts of the province, both through on-site outreach clinics, and via novel telemedicine strategies. He lives in the Olympic Village with his wife and two young children.
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.
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 on the Board of Concentra Bank. Previously she served as Chair of the Douglas College Board, 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.