Executive Team

Heidi YangHeidi Yang, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.)

Chief Executive Officer

Heidi Yang, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) is a collaborative leader with a strong vision for the future of engineering and geoscience regulation in BC. She has broad-based experience in the regulatory, forestry, and manufacturing sectors and a proven track record of building positive workplaces, developing value-added programs, engaging stakeholders, and leading organizations through times of change.

Throughout her 26-year career, Heidi has provided strategic leadership that has enabled her teams to implement effective systems to support innovative and sustainable operations. Most recently, she led engineering operations—including research, project management, product engineering, manufacturing process engineering, and facilities and maintenance engineering—for the largest privately-owned window and door manufacturer in Canada. She also held several senior executive roles with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), including one year as their interim CEO, where she led a rigorous business planning process that enhanced APEGA’s ability to deliver on its regulatory mandate and strengthened internal operations. Prior to her time with APEGA, Heidi spent 20 years at Weyerhaeuser, providing leadership for the quality management, customer strategies, and operations processes at the Grande Prairie, Alberta plant.

Heidi graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. She is committed to lifelong learning, with recent certifications through the Executive Program at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and Lean Six Sigma. Heidi is also a dedicated volunteer who has held several academic and community board roles, including with the Glenora Rotary Club—the first rotary club in North America to be chartered by professional women. In her spare time, Heidi enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

Jennifer Cho, CPA, CGA

Chief Financial and Administration Officer

As Chief Financial and Administration Officer, Jennifer Cho plays a leading role in the annual audit, budget, annual renewal process, risk management, human resources, as well as management of a variety of administrative responsibilities.

Jennifer is a Chartered Professional Accountant and brings many years of accounting experience from her role as a Controller at Aquilini Development and Construction Inc. and Intrawest ULC, as well as budgetary experience from her role at the City of Vancouver.

David-Pavan-Photo-110-x-140.jpgDavid Pavan, R.PH.

Chief Regulatory Officer

In the role of Chief Regulatory Officer and Registrar, David oversees the organization’s regulatory functions under the Professional Governance Act for both individual and firm registrants, including admissions, registration, practice standards, enforcement, legislation, and investigation and discipline. He develops and leads key strategic initiatives to achieve the goals within Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s 2022 – 2027 Strategic Plan, and builds collaborative relationships with other regulators to advance and address issues that impact professionals and professional regulation both provincially and nationally. As the organization’s Registrar, David also carries out the duties of that role as prescribed in legislation and oversees the development, implementation and execution of related policies and procedures.

David is a registered pharmacist with a strong background in professional regulation. He has extensive management experience in the pharmacy industry and has provided strategic leadership and oversight of regulatory functions in highly regulated organizations throughout his 28-year career. Prior to joining Engineers and Geoscientists BC, David served as the Deputy Registrar for the BC College of Pharmacists, where he was responsible for the organization’s registration, licensure, practice review, quality assurance, complaints, and investigation functions. He also served on several internal and external committees, including the Chair of the BC Provincial Prescription Monitoring Program and Vice Chair of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Prescription Review Panel as part of the Quality Assurance Committee. As the Deputy Registrar, David collaborated with other regulatory colleges, both provincially and nationally, the BC Ministry of Health, Health Canada, and other provincial and national organizations to better meet the regulatory requirements of the College of Pharmacists of BC.

Deesh Olychick, GPC.D.

Acting chief operating officer

As Acting Chief Operating Officer, Deesh is responsible for ensuring that the organization is positioned to perform at a high level and respond to the demands of its operating environment. This includes providing ongoing analysis of the operating environment and developing the organization’s strategy – both long-term corporate strategies and short-term operating plans – and driving alignment of key internal resources to meet those demands. To achieve these objectives, Deesh oversees the enrichment, management and sustainability of strategic relationships that provide insight into Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia’s environment – government, the public, registrants, industry and other key stakeholders – all those associated with and reliant on the regulation of engineering and geoscience in BC.

The operational functions the role directs include communications, programs and professional development, corporate governance and strategy, government relations, information systems, and privacy, as well as overseeing corporate business maturity efforts, business resilience functions, and monitoring drivers of business performance.

Deesh has held various senior roles within the organization and has experience in corporate governance, board operations, strategy development, marketing, and registrant programs. Deesh holds a BA from Simon Fraser University and a diploma in Marketing Communications from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.