Presented on June 2, 2021
Dr. Penny Ballem was hired by the provincial government to lead British Columbia’s COVID-19 immunization efforts – one of the most important initiatives we’ve ever been tasked with within our health sector in BC. Dr. Ballem is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She has had a 35-year career as a health leader and academic clinician in British Columbia. She served as the B.C. deputy minister of health from 2001-06. She also served as the city manager for the City of Vancouver from 2008-15. Dr. Ballem was appointed Chair of the Board of Vancouver Coastal Health in January 2019.