Archbishop J. Michael Miller
He has been shepherd of Vancouver’s 435,000 Catholics since January 2009, and prior to that was Coadjutor Archbishop assisting former archbishop Raymond Roussin. He has held a remarkable number of positions in the 43 years since his ordination, from university president to the Vatican Congregation for Catholic education. In addition to teaching theology in seminaries in the US, Mexico and Rome, he has served on the boards of schools, universities and health care institutions, as well as professional and public service organizations. He has received six honorary doctorates, and is a specialist on the papacy and modern papal teaching.
He has written seven books on topics ranging from the Holy See’s teaching on Catholic schools, to the development of the papacy and the encyclicals of Pope John Paul II.
Susan House is the former Executive Director of the Denominational Health Association and the Catholic Health Association of BC, positions she has held for twenty-two years until her retirement in 2016. She also chaired the Provincial Catholic Health Associations group and, as their rep, sat on the Governing Council of the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada. She was also a member of the Affiliates Committee of the Health Employers’ Association of BC. In 2011, she was appointed by then-Health Minister Michael de Jong to the Spiritual Care Task Force which developed the Spiritual Care Framework for the province and subsequently was appointed by Health Minister Terry Lake to the Spiritual Care Advisory Committee. She also sat on the board of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of BC.
She is passionate about seniors’ care and the importance of encouraging advance care planning. While with CHABC, she created a faith-based perspective resource on this issue. She is also a strong proponent of Spiritual Care being available for all who wish to receive it in a health care setting.
Susan is an alumnus of Simon Fraser University, having graduated with a BA (Eng.) in 1973. While at CHABC, she completed the three-year Health Care Leaders’ Program with the Catholic Health Association of Canada.
Susan and her husband Bill live in Aldergrove. They have four children and five grandchildren. She and Bill love to travel and have driven extensively across Canada and the United States over the past two decades. She is actively involved in her parish, Saint Michael’s in Burnaby.
Susan was recognized in 2016 as a recipient of the Pro Ecclesia and Pontifice medal – the highest award that is conferred on lay people and the clergy for distinguished service to the Church. In 2017, she received the Life Time Achievement Award from the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada and the St. Camillus Award for her efforts to improve health care in BC from the Catholic Physicians’ Guild of the Vancouver Archdiocese.
Bishop Gary Gordon
Bishop Gary Gordon was born in 1957 at St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver. In 2014, he was installed as the 17th Bishop of the Diocese of Victoria. Prior to that, he served as Bishop of Whitehorse for eight years. In 2006, in honour of his connection with the people, especially the First Nations communities in the Fraser Valley, Bishop Gordon received the name Xyolhmetoxw, which means ‘taking care of the people’ in Halq’eméylem, the language of the Stó:lō Nation.
Bishop Gary’s care for the people has extended to forming the Capital Region Social Justice Action Committee, as well as continuing to be the CCCB Bishop ponens to the Interfaith Committee on Chaplaincy with the Correctional Service of Canada.
Leading by example, Bishop Gordon continues to weave a tapestry of faith in the fabric and lives of all those entrusted to our care now and in the future. Bishop Gordon has been a member of the Providence Health Care Society since 2014.
Eric was a Founding Partner of Harris and Company LLP in Vancouver and was given the designation of Queen’s Counsel in 1997. Until his retirement from the Firm in 2022, he was considered to be one of the 500 leading lawyers in Canada.
Eric served on the Board of the Dalai Lama Center and was a Vice Chair of the Business Council of BC. He also previously served on the Board of the Justice Institute.
Dianne leads from a faith-based perspective, with a focus on integrating compassion and social justice within the BC health system. A hallmark of her leadership has been the intentionality with which she has fostered a culture that is mission-driven. In September 2006, she was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Providence Health Care (PHC), one of Canada's largest faith-based health care organizations operating 17 facilities in Greater Vancouver, BC, including St. Paul's Hospital. During her almost 12-year tenure as CEO, PHC made a significant impact on the health and well-being of many of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our society. PHC was recognized in 2012 and 2016 as one of B.C.'s Top Employers as well as one of the Best Employers for New Canadians in 2012. Additionally, Providence was accredited with Exemplary status by Accreditation Canada in 2013 and 2017. The organization received the Coaching Wise Designation from the International Coaching Federation in 2016 and, most recently, PHC was listed in BC Busincess' Top 100 Companies in 2017.
Dianne's values are demonstrated outside of her profession in her volunteer work for many non-profits, and her incredible ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Dianne has been active in her church and community, supporting many non-profit groups with her time and expertise.
Dianne is the recipient of numerous leadership awards including a Lifetime Acheivement award from the Health Leaders Association of BC, Top 100 Most Powerful Women award from the Women's Executive Network, and an Award of Distinction from the College of Registered Nurses of BC.
Dianne is recognized as a champion of Catholic health care provincially and nationally. She has held numerous positions including Chair for Catholic Health Association of Canada, the Denominational Health Association of BC and Catholic Health Association of BC. Dianne twice served as honorary chair of The BC Leadership Breakfast and in 2018 gave the keynote address.
In June 2019 Dianne received an Honorary Doctorate from St. Marks College, UBC. Dianne has a BSN from the University of Ottawa and an MSN from the University of British Columbia. Her health leadership credentials include a CHA in Health Services Management, a CHE Certification, and Fellowship in CCHL. She brings more than 30 years of senior executive experience in health care to her role.
Dianne's husband, Ken Robinson, is a BC Coast Pilot and they have three adult children, Ashley, Chris and Melissa.
Kate Perkins is the Operations Manager of the charity, WorkWithUs Foundation, whose mandate is to assist those with barriers into employment find work. Kate has been a strong community advocate for the past 16 years where she was President of the Board at the Trout Lake Community Centre. Through that time, Kate assisted in the championing of a new Ice Rink and Community Centre and was the recipient of the Diamond Jubilee Award for Outstanding Community Service. Most recently, Kate worked with her Community Centre Associations colleagues over a 5 year period, to achieve a new Joint Operating Agreement with the City of Vancouver/Park Board in the fall of 2017.
Kate is a believer that connection to one's community is the strength of the fabric of our society. Kate is also a member of the PHC Board of Directors.
Kate joined the Providence Living Board in June 2019.
Sandra spent her early career in corrections and human resources. She worked in senior management positions in the public sector in Alberta and BC and for a professional services firm.
Over 20 years ago, she started the consulting business called HTDInc. Consulting services include human resources services for a variety of organizations locally, nationally and internationally. The majority of services over recent years include leadership development, training design and delivery, performance management and organizational design. More recently she has taken on assignments relating to board effectiveness and governance.
Sandra is passionate about contributing back to the community. She started her board experience in Calgary where she was elected to a credit union board and served as Chair of the Audit Committee. In BC her board experience revolved primarily around health care. She was on a number of boards that ultimately resulted in the formation of Providence Health Care. At Providence she Chaired several Committees and ended her term there as Board Chair. She was appointed to the Board of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, where she served as Chair of the HR and Governance Committee and Chair of the Safety and Patient Quality Committee. At the same time, she chaired the Tapestry Foundation for Health Care Board of Directors. She also spent time on the boards of Vancouver not-for-profit arts organizations.
Sandra currently sits on the BC Real Estate Council and Board of Hope Air. She joined the Providence Living Board in January 2017.
Tony has over 30 years of experience in finance, accounting, human resources and operations in both the public and private sector. In his 10+ years of experience working at Canadian Airlines, Tony learned firsthand the value of providing outstanding customer service. He also has 13 years of experience working in private pay and funded seniors housing and care.
Tony chose to work in the seniors industry because he has a deep respect for what seniors have contributed to the country and to society. He believes that seniors deserve to live in a safe, caring, active and fun place as they age. He is proud to be able to provide this type of environment for seniors at PARC Retirement Living. Outside of work, you can find Tony learning, reading, exercising and traveling.
Tony Baena joined the Providence Living Board in August 2018.
Honourable Fred Horne, ECA, MBA
Fred Horne is a Canadian health policy consultant and served as Alberta’s Minister of Health from 2011-2014.
A frequent speaker and panelist on health system issues, he is currently Principal of Horne and Associates, Health Policy Consultants; Senior Advisor to Ottawa-based 3Sixty Public Affairs; and Chair of Mohawk Medbuy Corporation, a national, not-for-profit shared services organization.
Horne serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health and volunteers his time to support policy education and patient education and engagement initiatives across the country.
Horne’s career in health policy spans over 30 years. Current areas of focus include value-based health care, seniors care, health system governance and pharmaceutical policy. Horne also currently serves on the boards of the Canadian Frailty Network (National Centre of Excellence) and Providence Living (BC).
Chris Kelsey is a lawyer and the former Board Chair for St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox. He and his Board oversaw the transition of acute care services to the new Comox Valley Hospital, as well as the transition of St. Joseph’s to a standalone long-term care residence and hospice. Chris has also been involved in developing an exciting new role for St. Joseph’s as a centre of excellence in seniors’ care, and St. Joseph’s move to becoming a member of the Providence family.
Chris obtained his undergraduate degree in International Relations from UBC, and his law degree from the University of Victoria. After articling and practicing law with the Vancouver firm of Bull, Housser and Tupper, Chris and his wife Susan moved to the Comox Valley in 1989 where Chris became a partner with Swift Datoo Law Corporation.
Chris is a general solicitor practicing in the areas of corporate law, wills and estate planning, and real estate, and serves a broad range of clients.
Chris has been an active volunteer in his community and in the legal profession. He has served as a board member of community organizations, and provides pro bono legal services and advice to a number of charitable organizations. He has served as a member of the Provincial Council of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, and as a past Chair of the Member Services Committee of the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association. He is a frequent lecturer for the Law Society of British Columbia’s Professional Legal Training Course, which is the Law Society’s Bar admission course.
Chris joined the Providence Living Board in January 2017.
Nelson Kwan is currently retired following a 35 year career with Telus Communications. His career with Telus progressed through a variety of roles in Finance with increasing responsibilities, including ten years as Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller, followed by his most recent role as Senior Vice President Finance, Telus, and CFO, Telus International.
Nelson is presently involved in three not-for-profit organization Boards in support of Providence Health Care, the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Society and the Richmond Hospital Foundation. In addition, Nelson was a member of the Telus Vancouver Community Board from 2011 to 2014 and Chaired the Education sub-Committee. Nelson is also proud to have been the Executive Sponsor over the course of ten years for Telus’s Finance Management Development Program (FMDP) which helped in developing finance talent for Telus as well as establishing Telus as one of the very few first non-accounting firms in Canada to be the official training offices for Chartered Accountants in BC, Alberta and Ontario.
In 2011, Nelson had the honour of being named a Telus Legend.
Nelson Kwan joined the Providence Living Board in January 2017.
Colleen Tracy Torrison
Colleen served as Chair of the Tapestry Foundation for 3 terms 2006-2009 and Board member until 2014. Tapestry raised funds for the seniors care residences operated and managed by Providence Health Care. Prior to that, she was a transitional board member of the St. Vincent’s’ Hospital /Holy Family Hospital Foundation and board member of Holy Family Hospital Foundation.
The major focus of Colleen’s career experience includes the development, construction, funding and management of Residential Care Services for seniors. Her involvement with services for seniors includes Complex & Intermediate Residential Care; Assisted living; Independent Seniors Living, Home Care and engagement with community groups. Colleen has served on Boards for a number of non-profit community and health related associations and societies. She also served as an accreditation surveyor for Accreditation Canada.
Some additional health/leadership related involvement includes:
- Designer, builder and operator of several seniors care facilities in Vancouver and Victoria, both publicly and privately funded.
- Founding member and appointed Executive Director BC Seniors’ Living Association (formerly BCRCA - BC Retirement Communities Association).
- Founding member and Executive Director for Assisted Living Centre of Excellence (ALCE). This 3 year project was a collaboration between BC service providers, Ministry and Health Authority staff. The ALCE leadership provided the practical experience and expertise that contributed to the development of the Assisted Living Performance Standards; the registration of qualified providers; the application of regulatory and complaint investigation processes and, the appointment of an Assisted Living Registrar. The Office of Assisted Living Registry is regulated under the Community Care & Assisted Living Act.
- Co-chair of the HEABC/HLRA transitional board which merged a number of organizations responsible for contract negotiations, labour relations and human resources services.
- Vice-Chair Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) and board member.
- Chair (2 terms) & Board member (6 terms) BC Care Providers. Developed and launched a Member Certification Program which tied membership to compliance with quality and regulatory standards determined by an operational review.
- Member of Canadian College of Health Leaders Association, with a Certified Health Executive designation in good standing since 1984.
- Founding member of BC Quality Improvement Professionals which after linking with similar provincial groups resulted in the creation of a national organization with international links.
Colleen maintains her involvement in residential services to seniors through her consulting work in areas which include project development, design, leadership, labour relations, operations, and marketing.
Colleen joined the Providence Living Board in January 2017.
She was most recently the Vice President of Acute Specialty Services at Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). She retired from her role at PHSA in 2017 but continues to work on a consulting basis.
She has 40 years of health care experience and 20 years of experience in Vice President and CEO roles. A significant portion of her career has involved working in faith based organizations with 17 years at PHC and 5 years as the CEO of the Good Samaritan Society (GSS). She also has many years of experience working in Elder Care.
Carla has experience across a broad range of health care settings - academic teaching hospitals, community hospitals, seniors housing, assisted living and long term care, mental health, rehab, and Ministry of Health. She also has experience across a variety of functional areas – change management, strategic planning, nursing, finance, medical affairs, quality, information systems, and clinical program and service delivery.
Carla is trained and worked as a Psychiatric Nurse in both hospital and community settings for 6 years early in her career, so she understands and can relate to the role of direct care providers. She also holds a BA and a MBA.
Carla joined the Providence Living Board in April 2018.
With over 20 years experience in both the insurance and automotive industries, Brad is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Transcan Leasing Corp, a start-up phase automobile leasing company.
Prior to joining Transcan, Brad held CFO positions with both the Dueck Auto Group, and HUB International Insurance Brokers, with responsibilities including corporate banking, tax, insurance/risk management, mergers and acquisitions, financial statement preparation and analysis, and human resources, across the following industries:
- Insurance Brokerages
- Automotive Dealerships
- Arenas and Recreational Facilities
- Sports Franchises
- Property Development
- Public/Private Partnerships
A graduate with Honours from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, he earned the Bronze Medal in achieving his Certified Management Accounting designation in the Province of British Columbia. He is actively involved as a director with Providence Residential Community Care, and has held various board positions with St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, the Tapestry Foundation for Health Care, Financial Executives International, and the BC Sports Hall of Fame.
In his spare time, Brad has completed 1 full- and 8 half-marathons, and enjoys cycling, working out and playing the guitar.
Maria’s roots are in Vancouver and, except for three years spent in Europe, she has lived, studied and worked in Vancouver all her life. Maria trained first at UBC and then in England as an economist. She worked as a consultant, primarily in the area of benefit-cost analysis with a special interest in balancing social, environmental and economic issues.
From 2008 to 2018, Maria served three terms in local government, representing residents of the UBC area and other unincorporated parts of Metro Vancouver on the Boards of Directors of the Metro Vancouver Regional District and on the Mayors’ Council for Regional Transportation.
Maria is the Board Chair for a foundation that funds a supported housing facility for formerly homeless people with mental health and addiction challenges. From 2005 to 2017, Maria served on the Boards of Directors for St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi Colleges on UBC’s campus, and she is an active member and volunteer for St. Mark’s Parish.
Maria joined the Providence Living Board in 2019.