15-Jan-2016 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
500 Granville Street
SFU Beedie School of Business
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 1W6



BC Lower Mainland Chapter Presents in Partnership with SFU Beedie School of Business
Primary Healthcare Renewal and Collaborative Practice: Is grass roots
governance the key to change?

Date: Friday, January 15, 2016
(Pacific Time)
7:00 - 7:30 a.m. - Breakfast and Networking
7:30 - 9:00 a.m. - Presentations
Place: SFU Beedie School of Business
500 Granville Street
Parking and Transportation Details

Opening Remarks

  • Kate Dilworth, Adjunct Professor, Director Learning Design, Beedie School of Business

Guest Speakers 

  • Keli Anderson, President & CEO, National Institute of Families for Child & Youth Mental Health
  • Dr. Jana Davidson, Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Children’s & Women’s Mental Health and Concurrent Disorder Programs, BC Children’s Hospital, Clinical Professor and Head of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at UBC
  • Dr. Garey Mazowita,Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UBC.  Past President, College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Valerie Tregillus, Project Director, Child and Youth Mental Health & Substance Use Collaborative

Over the past dozen years, B.C. has been a leader in innovative change driven primarily by family physicians with extraordinary partnerships with and leadership from government, health authorities and Doctors of BC.  Two examples are Divisions of Family Practice and the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative.  Both are scaled to cover the Province and have created unique infrastructure and partnerships for change in the community.  A common thread runs through these initiatives and their successes: power at the local level to partner and create solutions to local priorities and the deep involvement of people with lived experiences.  The governance within Ministries, health authorities and Doctors of BC has uniquely modelled a shift in roles to respond to this infrastructure and model, providing: stewardship, policy and legislative support, removal of barriers that impede local solutions and, most importantly address regional and provincial/organizational priorities within this context.  Will the future governance of the health and social systems reflect this model rather than the traditional command/control and top/down hierarchy?  This is an opportunity to share examples and examine safely the effectiveness and perils of pushing beyond the boundaries.


Registration is limited. Sign-up immediately to avoid disappointment.

Event Fees:
Registration fee
includes breakfast

Non-Member Rate
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Keli Anderson

Keli is the President & CEO National Institute of Families for Child & Youth Mental Health, Doing Business As the F.O.R.C.E. in BC.

Keli has a 25-year-old son who was diagnosed at 10 with bipolar disorder.  For 15 years, Keli has promoted early intervention and health promotion, despite the stigma that both her son and her family have faced.

She started out co-founding the FORCE Society for Kids’ Mental Health in BC within a year of her son’s diagnosis and became it’s Executive Director from 2000-2013 before co-founding the National Institute of Families for Child & Youth Mental Health in 2009 with Dr. Jana Davidson.

Keli leads a team of 27 young people and parents with lived experience in child and youth mental health that work in communities across BC.  Keli is dedicated to families in every community of our province and in our nation and is working on promoting FamilySmart practice across Canada.

Keli’s efforts have resulted in many awards including the UBC Unsung Hero Award in 2005, YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 2007, Distinguished Service to Families Award in 2010 and the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.

Dr. Jana Davidson

Jana Davidson is Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Children’s & Women’s Mental Health and Concurrent Disorder Programs, BC Children’s Hospital, Clinical Professor and Head of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at UBC.  Together with Keli Anderson, she co-founded the National Institute of Families for Child & Youth Mental Health in 2010. Jana completed both her medical training and psychiatric residency at the University of British Columbia and her Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at BC Children’s Hospital and the Early Psychosis Intervention Program in Melbourne, Australia.  At present, Jana consults to the provincial Child & Adolescent Mental Health Metabolic Clinic and the Provincial Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Program.  Her research interests include the metabolic effects of second generation antipsychotics on children and youth.

Dr. Garey Mazowita

Dr. G. Mazowita received his MD from the Univ. of Manitoba in 1979, his CCFP in 1990, and his FCFP in 2000.  He was in full-service practice, including intrapartum obstetrics, emergency, residential care and ICU for many years, and subsequently joined the Dept. of Family Medicine at the Univ. of Manitoba as a full-time Residency preceptor. From 1999 to 2003 he was Medical Director of Community and Long Term Care at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.  Following this, he was Head, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, Providence Healthcare in Vancouver from 2003 to 2014.  He has previously served as a member of the University of Manitoba Research Ethics Board, and is a Past-President of the Manitoba College of Family Physicians.  He is currently Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UBC.   Dr. Mazowita was the 2010 recipient of the CFPC D I Rice Award.  He is currently Past President, College of Family Physicians of Canada, a member of the BC General Practice Services and Shared Care Committees, and Medical Director Primary Care, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.  

Valerie Tregillus

Val is currently the Leader of the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative working for Doctors of BC .  The Collaborative involves 65 Local Action Teams across the Province, linked wherever possible to their Divisions of Family Practice, with approximately 2000 participants.  Val was awarded Honourary Membership of the Canadian College of Family Physicians last Fall.  

Prior to joining Doctors of BC Val was on contract to Interior Health to Lead the Inter-Divisional Strategic Council – a partnership of the health authority and eight Divisions of Family Practice.  Previously, she was Executive Director in the Ministry of Health for Primary Health Care.  In that role, she co-chaired both the General Practice Services Committee and the Shared Care Committee with a combined budget of over $200m.  During that time, two major Collaboratives were held to improve patient care across the province.  In addition, maternity, chronic disease and complex care incentives for family doctors were put into place to close gaps in care.  

Val’s education and early career were in business in London, England and in Ottawa.   Since then her career path has been to follow the passion of system change to improve the lives of patients, families and providers.  

Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 1.25 Category I  credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.

  Due to catering commitments, cancellations will be billed the full amount if not received before January 8, 2016 . 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.