7-Apr-2017 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
837 West Hastings Street
Terminal City Club
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 1B6




The BC Lower Mainland Chapter in partnership with the BC Care Providers Association Presents:
Help Wanted: Are We Doing Enough to Train and Retain the Continuing Care Workforce of the Future?

Date: Friday, April 7th, 2017
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Place: Terminal City Club
837 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia


Michael McMillan
President & CEO of Health Employers Association of BC
David Thompson
Vice President, Seniors Care & Chief Quality, Safety and Performance Improvement Officer, Providence Health Care
Anita Dickson
President, Licensed Practical Nurse Association of BC
Jaimie Ashton
Director of Special Projects, Vancouver Division of Family Practice

Registration is limited. Seating is limited - sign-up immediately to avoid disappointment.

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Panel Biographies

Michael McMillan assumed President & CEO responsibilities at HEABC on August 15, 2016. Michael brings extensive health care operational experience and knowledge of the BC health care system to his leadership role at HEABC, gained though increasingly senior health care administration roles.

Most recently, Michael was Chief Operating Officer, Northern Interior Heath Service Delivery Area (NIHSDA) for Northern Health, where he was responsible for the delivery of high-quality health care services in Northern Health’s most populous health service delivery area, including the city of Prince George, and the region’s largest hospital, the University Hospital of Northern BC (UHNBC), as well as pharmacy services for all of Northern Health. Michael is also active in leadership roles at the provincial level as co-chair of the BC Health Technology Assessment Committee and a member of the BC Ministry of Health Standing Committee of Co-chairs. Michael has a B.Sc. in pharmaceutical sciences and an MBA, both from the University of BC

David Thompson joined Providence Health Care in 2008. He is responsible for the Elder Care Program and Palliative Services as well as PHC’s strategies for Seniors Care, Chronic Disease Management and Telehealth. David is also responsible for Quality, Safety and Performance Improvement at PHC. He is the Senior Leadership Team liaison for the Tapestry Foundation for Health Care, St. Michael’s Centre and Little Mountain Society. David has held leadership roles in the BC Health Care system for over 20 years. He is a Certified Health Executive (CHE) of the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) and CCHL Board representative for British Columbia. He is a Surveyor with Accreditation Canada and serves on the Board of Accreditation Canada. He has completed his Executive Training in Research Application (EXTRA) Fellowship through the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. He has served on many provincial committees throughout his career in the areas of seniors care, residential services, information management and quality and utilization improvement.

As an LPN and a manager, Anita Dickson appreciates the lens of operations of organizations, but her true vocation is to help people. She went back to school as an adult learner starting her health care career as an RCA, for 5 years working in Special Care units and Extended Care. Anita has worked as an LPN since 2001 in all areas of practice that were possible in Residential, Hospice and Acute Care (ER, Cardia Step Down, Palliative Tertiary, Ortho, Neuro and Med/ Surg). Anita has advanced her skills through further education, becoming an Instructor for both Classroom, clinical and Advance Palliative teaching in the new Practical Nursing program. Anita has found it to be exciting to be able to be part of policy writing and to provide consultations to help support LPN professional practice across a large health authority.

Jaimie Ashton joined the Vancouver Division of Family Practice (VDoFP) in 2013 as a Senior Consultant and moved into her present roll in February 2016. In her role as Director of Special Projects she designs, develops, manages, and supports strategic projects, initiatives, and programming focused on the Divisions work in Residential and Frail Elder Care. The largest of which is the VDoFP’s Residential Care Initiative which was launched July 1, 2015. This initiative has made a significant impact on the Residential Care landscape within Vancouver and it is this ability to contribute to positive systemic change that drives Jaimie. She has spent her whole career working in, or in support of, the public sector; transitioning into health care from the field of educational technology. She has found that her previous experience has uniquely prepared her to support the exciting developments occurring within health care and the Residential and Frail Elder Care sector in particular.  

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 March 31, 2017 . 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.