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October 27, 2017

Notice of Annual General Meeting to our Members

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of PBC Health Benefits Society, carrying on business as Pacific Blue Cross, will be held at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at the Westin Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia.


  1. Call to Order
  2. Report of the Credentials Committee
  3. Appointment of Recording Secretary and Parliamentarian
  4. Adoption of Rules of Order
  5. Adoption of the Agenda
  6. Chair’s Opening Remarks
  7. Introduction of the Board of Directors
  8. Minutes of the Extraordinary General Meeting Held December 28, 2016
  9. Minutes of the Annual Annual General Meeting held June 22, 2016
  10. Report of the Board of Directors
  11. Presentation of the Audited Financial Statements and the Report of the Auditor
  12. Appointment of Auditors
  13. President and Chief Executive Officer’s Remarks
  14. Election of Directors
    1. Report of the Nominating Committee
    2. Election of Directors from the following categories
      1. Health Care Professionals (2)
      2. Organizational Members (2)
      3. Individual Members (3)
  15. New Business
  16. Date and Place of the Next Annual General Meeting
  17. Adjournment


The number of Directors to be elected at the twentieth Annual General Meeting shall be seven (7) in total, comprising the following:

  1. two (2) health care professionals who shall be elected for a two (2) year term.
  2. two (2) organizational members who shall be elected for a two (2) year term;
  3. three (3) individual members who shall be elected for a two (2) year term;

Nominations of members to stand for election as Directors (other than those made by the Nominating Committee appointed by the Board of Directors) must be in writing, signed by not less than ten (10) members in good standing and must be received at the head office of PBC Health Benefits Society, namely 4250 Canada Way, Burnaby, B.C., V5G 4W6, not later than thirty (30) days prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting. All nominations must state the name, address, group and identity number of the nominee and each nominating member and must be accompanied by the written consent of the member standing for election.

In addition, copies of the annual report, including the annual financial statements, of PBC Health Benefits Society are available to members and can be obtained through the society's website or upon request at the head office of PBC Health Benefits Society. This material will also be available at the Annual General Meeting.

Registration for members attending the Annual General Meeting will commence at 3:00 p.m. on December 13, 2017 at the Westin Bayshore. Members must bring proof of membership and photo Id to present at the registration desk.

John D. Crawford

Board of Director Nominees

Health Care Professionals

Dr. Sandra Jenneson

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

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. 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 31 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, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and has served on numerous committees in organized dentistry at the local, provincial and national level.

John Hope

Director since 1999

John Hope is the Clinical Director of Pharmacy Services for British Columbia at HealthPRO Procurement Inc. Prior to his current position with HealthPRO John was Director of Pharmacy for various BC hospitals including, Vancouver General Hospital, Burnaby Hospital and Children’s & Women’s Health Center of BC. In addition he served as Pharmacy Director in the Department of Pharmacy of the Fraser Health Authority with a portfolio that included several site operations and oversight of the pharmacy computer operations. John has been actively involved in the College of Pharmacists of BC, sitting on the Board and serving as President in 2006. John currently is the Vice Chair of the College Inquiry Committee.

Organizational Members

Aaron Ekman

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.

Alicia Gallo

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.

Individual Members

Brendan Dick

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.

Joe Elworthy

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.

Jim lker

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).

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.

Gerry Smith

Director since 2001

Gerry, a retired USW National Staff Representative, currently is the “Past Chair” of the Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee, Investment and Loan Committee and the Governance Committee.

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.

Cynthia Bratkowski

Cindy Bratkowski was Pacific Blue Cross' Sr. Vice President, Information Technology and Client Services until she retired in April 2015. In Cindy's dual role, she was responsible for both technological and business process improvement initiatives at Pacific Blue Cross/ BC life. Cindy's leadership empowered people to push beyond the ordinary, resulting in superior service for Pacific Blue Cross members and awards of excellence in customer service. Cindy's Board experience includes President of the BC Contact Centre Association, BCIT Contact Centre Advisory Council; Executive Director, CIO Association of Canada and Contact Centre Canada. She was also a founding board member of the Community Against Preventable Injuries.

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