Our Board of Directors

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. Richard Taylor
Chair, 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.
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.
Mr. Trevor Davies
Director since 2018
Trevor has an extensive background in board governance, including not-for-profit, pension and labour union experience. Since 2013, he has been the secretary treasurer for CUPE BC and is also a trustee with the BC Municipal Pension Plan. His previous roles include being President of CUPE Local 374, a trustee with the Canadian Employee Pension Plan and a director with the Working Opportunity Fund.

He holds an Environmental and Occupational Health certificate from the University of Victoria, a certification of Foundation and Advanced Trust Management Systems from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, and has attended the Wharton Business School for Investment Portfolio Concepts and Management.
Mr. Brendan Dick
Director since 2017

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.

Mr. Aaron Ekman
Director since 2017

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.

Mr. Joe Elworthy
Director since 2017

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.

Ms. Alicia Gallo
Director since 2017

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.

Mr. Marty Gibbons
Director since 2018
Since 2005, Marty has held the position of Union President for United Steel Workers (USW) Local 1-417, which represents approximately 1500 members. He has been a trustee and co-chair for the Southern Interior Health and Welfare Plan since 2005, and a pension trustee for the IWA Forest Industry Pension Plan since 2016.

Marty holds a GBA from Dalhousie University and an Occupational Health and Safety Certificate from BCIT.
Ms. Joey Hartman
Director since 2018
Joey Hartman retired in 2018 from her position as president of the Vancouver & District Labour Council, representing 60,000 workers in the Vancouver area. She offers over 36 years of leadership as a trade union, community and social justice activist with extensive governance experience.

Since 1981 Ms. Hartman has served on a variety of boards including the United Way and other charities, union and labour federations, advocacy organizations and labour history associations. Her background includes local, national and international work in both waged and volunteer positions.
Mr. Jim lker
Director since 2017

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
Director since 2017

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.

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.
Dr. Stéphane Voyer
Director since 2017

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.

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. Brendan Dick
Director since 2017

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.

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.
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. 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 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.

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.