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I am grateful to have been selected by the Nomination Committee as the presidential nominee. I am passionate about supporting EGBC’s primary focus of protecting the public and ensuring public safety. This is an exciting opportunity for me to continue to serve Engineers and Geoscientists BC, and support our professions and regulatory body at a point in my career where I can draw on many years of professional and leadership experience to support the role of President. With prior experience as a Councilor and Vice President, I am familiar with the governance structure and the work of the Council. As a Biomedical Engineer I bring experience and perspective that is different from some more traditional engineering disciplines. Working in the healthcare industry, I bring a deep commitment to public safety through ensuring the safe use of medical devices in patient care.
It is an especially important time for EGBC as it continues its transition to the new Professional Governance Act. Through ongoing positive engagement with the Government of BC, EGBC will ensure the public interest is enhanced while achieving a balance with appropriate levels of regulatory requirements that will allow it to remain effective and improve its responsiveness as a regulatory body. EGBC will also continue to ensure registrants are informed and supported through this transition, as new parts of the PGA come into effect.
I bring extensive leadership experience, including working in provincial collaborative change initiatives in healthcare involving multiple organizations including the Ministry of Health, Doctors of BC, community agencies and health authorities. Currently I lead the Lower Mainland Biomedical Engineering department, which manages the safe and effective use of medical equipment for patients and providers in the four lower mainland health authorities. I chose my field of engineering in healthcare because of how strongly I felt that my work needs to contribute to helping patients, protecting their safety, and improving healthcare. I hold strong personal values of integrity, respect, and inclusion. I believe in engaging staff and stakeholders authentically to ensure that the work at hand is best informed by a wide range of experience and perspectives to help reach the best solutions. These experiences will help me to be of service to the Council and our professions.
MA (Leadership and Training), Royal Roads University, 2006
M.Eng. (Clinical Engineering), UBC, 1989
B.Sc. (Engineering Chemistry), Queen’s University, 1986
Executive Director, Lower Mainland Biomedical Engineering, Provincial Health Services Authority, 2017–present
Regional Director, Primary Care Integration, Vancouver Coastal Health, 2009–2017
Manager, Biomedical Engineer, Biomedical Engineering, Vancouver Coastal Health, 1989–2009
Member, Executive Sub-Committee, 2020–present
Member of Council (Vice President), 2020–present
Member, Standing Awards Advisory Group, 2019–2020
Interviewer, Interview Panel Committee, Credentials Committee, 2019–present
Member of Council, 2014–2016
Member, ASTTBC/APEGBC Joint Committee, 2014–2016
Member, Audit Committee, 2014–2016
Board member, Medical Device Development Centre, Vancouver, 2018–present Membership Committee Chair, American College of Clinical Engineering, 2008–2009 Membership Committee Member, American College of Clinical Engineering, 2007–2008
Board member, Burnaby Hospice Society, 2021–present
Community representative, Sarah Ross Modular Housing Community Advisory Committee, 2018–present
Engineers and Geoscientists BC is the regulatory authority charged with protecting the public interest with respect to the practice of engineering and geoscience in the province of BC. What is the key challenge facing the organization?
There is increasing public scrutiny of many self-regulating professions, including healthcare professionals, forestry professionals, engineers and geoscientists. As self-regulated professionals, engineers and geoscientists are entrusted with a privileged responsibility to ensure the safety of the public is put first. The Government of BC has been responding to the increased public scrutiny with changes to regulatory legislation for many self-governing professions, including ours. EGBC has been working with the government to transition from our existing and long standing Engineers and Geoscientists Act to the new Professional Governance Act, which was passed in 2018, and came into effect on February 5 2021. This new Act brings opportunities and challenges to EGBC, as the professional regulator, and to the registrants and firms. And so while the intent of the new Professional Governance Act is to strengthen the protection of the public, EGBC needs to continue its positive engagement with the Government of BC to ensure public interest is enhanced while balancing this with appropriate levels of regulatory requirements. Continued thoughtful, patient and diplomatic engagement is important for EGBC to achieve an optimized regulatory approach that will strengthen public safety while maintaining and improving its responsiveness as a regulator.
What are the key issues facing the engineering and/or geoscience professions?
Inclusion and diversity
Balancing gender equality and addressing racial bias are required to make engineering a more inclusive and welcoming profession. This will increase the number of new members to the profession, ensuring it can meet the continued demand for engineering professionals and well as bringing more diverse approaches and perspectives to the engineering solutions that are developed.
Climate change continues to be a critical issue with both geoscience and engineering playing key roles ensuring effective and sustainable approaches and solutions are developed to protect the public and our environment.
Functioning in a COVID-19 world continues to be a challenge for all of us, organizations and businesses, including EGBC. With restrictions relaxing, the impacts are also lessening, but some still remain on how we conduct our work. Protecting the public takes on a whole new meaning in the time of a pandemic. The professions are also in a position to help solve issues and challenges brought on by COVID-19, furthering our key purpose to protect the safety, health and welfare of the public.
Emerging technology and engineering disciplines
As technology continues to evolve and develop into new and specialised areas, this brings emerging new areas of engineering practice. We need to ensure we are inclusive of, prepared to assess competency, and regulate these new and emerging fields of engineering.
Looking five years ahead, what is your vision for Engineers and Geoscientists BC as a professional regulatory body in BC?
Building on its strong position as a leading professional regulatory body for engineering and geoscience in Canada, EGBC will be seen as a forward thinking, inclusive, and responsive organization that supports and ensures the professions hold public safety paramount as they improve and positively impact society and the environment.
For Council to achieve its goals and meet its fiduciary responsibilities, Council has identified the need for diverse voices on Council, with a blend of the following skills and competences: leadership, financial literacy, risk management, human resources, strategy, regulatory understanding, governance and technical proficiency. Please highlight the areas of strength you bring to the role.
With 30 years of progressive leadership experience, I lead a department of 200 engineering and technology staff across the BC lower mainland, have completed a Masters of Arts in Leadership, and have led collaborative change initiatives to transform primary and community care delivery in BC.
I lead an organization with a $30 M budget, reviewing financial progress, assessing new and emerging cost pressures and determining mitigation strategies.
Safely managing medical devices includes risk management to ensure patient safety, through assessment of new technology to ensure selection of safe and effective medical devices, implementing maintenance programs that reduce risk of equipment downtime, addressing hazards, and investigating incidents to prevent the recurrence of problems.
My extensive HR experience with union and non-union environments includes knowledge of proper hiring practices, respectful workplace requirements, diversity and inclusion, and performance management.
I collaboratively developed a multi-year strategic plan, including a mission, vision, values and strategic goals; and supported a large system strategy within the healthcare system, leading transformational change in primary and community care.
Along with understanding the professional regulatory requirements of our professional act, biomedical engineering has a strong focus on regulatory requirements of medical devices.
With previous experience on the EGBC Council, and a board member on the Medical Device Development Centre Board, I have developed knowledge and experience in board governance, understanding the important focus on ensuring the organization's responsibilities are being met while monitoring financial performance and strategic goals.
My technical background of biomedical engineering brings diversity of practice to Council.
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