24-Apr-2015 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
900 Canada Place Way
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3L5


BC Lower Mainland Chapter
BC Health Service Consolidation - Lessons learned 
The good, the bad and the future

Date: Friday, April 24, 2015
(Pacific Time)
7:00 a.m. - Breakfast and Registration
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Session
Place: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel,
900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver, BC

This event will examine the Health Service Consolidation agenda and projects which have been occurring in British Columbia.  A panel of health system leaders who have been directly involved with Health Service Consolidation will discuss the projects, governance, funding, and the lessons learned from this complex process of integration.  Attendees will have an opportunity to hear each panelist speak on their experience with Health Service Consolidation; this will be followed by a question and answer session.

Event facilitator: Marc Pelletier - Senior Strategic Advisor, BC Ministry of Health


  • Yoel Robens-Paradise, Executive Director of Health Information Management for the BC Lower Mainland
  • John Andruschak ,Vice President, Consolidation Lead, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Lower Mainland Laboratory Services
  • Lindsay Kislock, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Sector IM/IT Division, Ministry of Health, Province of British Columbia
  • David Handley, Vice-President, Business Partnerships, Program Management Office for Lower Mainland Consolidation


Event Fees:
Registration fee
includes breakfast

Member Rate
Non-Member Rate
Season Pass


Marc Pelletier – Marc Pelletier is a senior executive currently working with the BC Ministry of Health as Senior Strategic Advisor. Prior to this role Marc was the VP Clinical Operations and Strategic Planning with the Fraser Health Authority.  Marc's 25 year career spans a broad range of leadership roles in clinical and support areas of health service delivery in both acute and community programs in health authorities in British Columbia and Ontario.  Marc holds a Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation and has earned Masters degrees in Health Administration and in Criminology both from the University of Toronto.

Yoel Robens-Paradise is the Executive Director of Health Information Management for the BC Lower Mainland. Accountable for providing organization-wide leadership and strategic planning for HIM at Fraser Health Authority, Providence Health Care, Provincial Health Services Authority and Vancouver

Coastal Health Authority. He leads services provided by approx 1,500 staff in Registration, Records Management, Coding and Transcription at 38 Health Care sites. Prior to this role, he was the Director of Health Records Services for Providence Health Care in Vancouver, British Columbia from 2001 to 2009, and held the portfolio of Privacy Officer for Providence from 2001 to 2004. Yoel was previously the Project Director for the Regional Evaluation of Surgical Indications and Outcomes, a Health Canada funded evaluation at 5 hospitals involving 160 surgeons in 30 departments. The project included collection of patient reported health related quality of life data pre/post operatively for six surgical procedures, and the review of clinical indications against established guidelines. Yoel also was the Director of Evaluation for the Vancouver Richmond Health Board from 1997 to 2001. He spent the mid 1990’s running patient reported outcomes projects as the Admin Manager for the Center for Clinical Effectiveness at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. He received his Masters in Public Administration and Health Policy from Columbia University and has spoken at numerous conferences, and published articles on health information management, outcomes measurement and planning and evaluation of health services.

John Andruschak - John began his clinical career as a Respiratory Therapist coming from Alberta.  From 1979 to 1984 John was the RRT for critical care at the Royal Columbian Hospital.  John left to become the Manager of the Respiratory Therapy and Pulmonary Diagnostics departments at the Vancouver General Hospital (VGH).  During the 10 year period, he held responsibility of a number of portfolios in Anaesthesia, Hyperbaric Medicine, Heart Cath, Non-invasive Cardiac Diagnostics at both VGH and University of British Columbia (UBC) hospitals and professional practice responsibility for Respiratory Therapy.

In 1990 John began working with the Vancouver Richmond Health Board, and in the Vancouver Community, as the Director of At Home Support Services, Adult and Infant Child and Youth Programs in South Vancouver as well as Aboriginal Health.  In 1995 John moved to Fraser Health – White Rock South Surrey where he was responsible for Acute Services at Peace Arch Hospital and Community Programs in Mental Health and Public Health.  John joined the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) in 2005 as Director of British Columbia Reproductive Care Program and then moved to the PHSA Corporate office in 2007. There he become responsible for clinical and support services until 2009, when lower mainland consolidation strategies had him take on responsibility for the consolidation of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.  Today John is a Vice President within PHSA with his primary file being the consolidation of Lab across the Lower Mainland as well as responsibility for Provincial Infection Control Network and Provincial Blood Co-ordinating Office.

Lindsay Kislock, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Sector IM/IT Division, Ministry of Health, British Columbia
Lindsay Kislock joined the Ministry of Health as the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM), Health Sector Information Management and Information Technology in July 2011.  During her tenure at the Ministry of Health, Lindsay has led the successful introduction of the BC Services card, streamlined and improved the timeliness of access to health data for researchers, and overseen the implementation of the Ministry’s eHealth initiatives.

Prior to this appointment, Lindsay served as the ADM, Agriculture Science and Policy at the Ministry of Agriculture and as the ADM, Small Business and Regulatory Reform with the Ministry of Small Business and Revenue.  During her 25 years of service with the BC Government Lindsay has held a variety of senior management positions with the Ministry of Children and Family Development, the Ministry of Human Resources, and the Ministry of Employment and Investment.
Lindsay holds a Master’s degree from the Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Lakehead University.

David Handley, Vice-President, Business Partnerships
David leads Lower Mainland Business Initiatives and Support Services.  He and his team have enjoyed providing services since 2009 to Vancouver Coastal Health, Providence Health Care, Fraser Health and the Provincial Health Services Authority. David's health career started as a physical therapist, and he has held several HR leadership and Senior Executive roles in Canadian health authorities. He is a certified member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Over the last 4 years David has also been accountable to the MOH for leading the Program Management Office for Lower Mainland Consolidation.  He has reported on progress, removed barriers and dealt with many system issues and challenges and reported to the Collaboration Council. 

He Chairs the Operations Committee – designates of Provincial Health CEO’s and the MOH whose mandate is to enable the success of Consolidated Departments.

In addition to significant experience with Consolidation, David and his team are industry experts in developing alternate service delivery models in health care.  They negotiate complex and innovative contracts, and effectively manage the quality of service providers through leading edge contract management practices


Full Details

Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 1.5 Category I  credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.

  Due to catering commitments, cancellations will be billed the full amount if not received before April 22, 2015 . As this event is expected to be well attended – plan to register early.

Due to space limitations we cannot guarantee admission to on site walk-ins.  No-shows will be billed for the full registration fee.