Committee Members

The GPSC is a partnership of the Government of BC and Doctors of BC that works on behalf of doctors to strengthen full-service family practice and patient care in BC.

The committee is comprised of six representatives from the Doctors of BC and six representatives of the Government of BC, and has guest members from each health authority and the Society of General Practitioners.

Doctors of BC and Ministry of Health Representatives*

Please click on name for member biography.

Ministry of Health

Ted Patterson is the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Primary and Community Care Policy Division at the Ministry of Health. Prior to this appointment, Ted was the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Ministry’s Health Sector Workforce Division. Previously, Ted was Executive Director at the Public Sector Employers' Council (PSEC) Secretariat in the Ministry of Finance, where he was responsible for collective bargaining and compensation strategies for the Health, K-12 and University sectors. In this role, Ted also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the BC Public School Employers' Association and represented government at a number of major negotiation tables.

Ted has also worked in a number of other senior level positions within the Ministry of Health, including Director of Labour Relations and Special Initiatives in the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer.

Ted holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Political Studies, both from the University of Saskatchewan.

Doctors of BC

Dr Shelley Ross graduated from the University of Alberta with her medical degree and did her family practice residency through UBC. Shelley is a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

She was in full-service family practice with a large obstetrics component throughout her career until closing her 36-year practice in 2012 to become President of the Doctors of BC.

Since 2013, Shelley has been co-chair of the GPSC. She is also a member of the Shared Care Committee.

She currently sits on the board of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) as a representative from BC, is the Secretary General to the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA), and chairs the CMA Governance Committee. Shelley has been President of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada and the Medical Women’s International Association.

Shelley does locums in full-service family practice and continues to practice obstetrics through maternity clinics and hospitals throughout the Fraser Health Authority.

Ministry of Health

A social work graduate from the University of Victoria, Mark Armitage is the Executive Director of Integrated Primary and Community Care in the Health Services Policy and Quality Assurance Division, Ministry of Health. Mark’s main areas of focus are collaboration with provincial health authorities related to physician care and services, the transformational work within primary care, mental health and substance use programs, the stewardship of provincial policy on home and community care, and the implementation of recommendations from the ombudsperson’s report on seniors.

Prior to his current role, Mark spent a decade as a Probation Officer with the Community Corrections Branch of the Ministry of Attorney General, during which time he was awarded a Solicitor General’s Corrections Exemplary Service Medal. Subsequently, he spent 15 years with the Ministry of Children and Family Development in various management and executive roles, and as acting Assistant Deputy Minister for regional operations on Vancouver Island and in the Interior.

Mark is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration. He enjoys spending time with his three adult sons and his German wire-haired pointer, playing the guitar and mandolin, and exercising.

Ministry of Health

Dr Richard Crow is the Executive Medical Director for Island Health’s Population and Community Health Portfolio. In this role, he co-manages several island-wide programs, including Mental Health and Substance Use; Public Health; Child, Youth, and Family Services; Seniors Health Strategy; End-of-Life Services; and Integrated Primary and Community Care. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine and Affiliate Assistant Professor, University of Victoria, Division of Medical Sciences, and became a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2000.

He has previously served on both the Specialist Services Committee and the Shared Care Committee. He has a special interest in population health, prevention, and vulnerable populations. Previous leadership roles include Lead Faculty - Curriculum for the Family Practice Residency Program at UBC, President of the Victoria Medical Society, and VP Medicine for the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

Dr Crow received his BSc, MSc, and MD degrees from UBC and completed his family practice residency at the University of Western Ontario. He then moved to BC and practiced family medicine for over 20 years, mainly in Victoria.

Doctors of BC

Dr Fiona Duncan is a family physician at Chaldecott Medical Clinic in Vancouver. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Family Practice and a past preceptor with the St. Paul’s Hospital Family Practice Residency Program.

Fiona completed her bachelor of arts in history and a medical degree from the University of British Columbia, and her residency in McMaster University’s Rural Family Medicine Program.

After doing a year of locums including in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES), in 2002, Fiona started her practice at Chaldecott Medical Clinic in Vancouver and started working with the Vancouver Coastal Health at the Pender Clinic in the DTES. Her work earned an Excellence in BC Health Care Award.

In addition to her contributions to the GPSC, Fiona is Vice Chair on the Vancouver Division of Family Practice Board of Directors. She chairs the Division’s Continuity of Care Committee and is on the Division’s Pathways Leadership Team.

She recently earned a master of arts in liberal studies at Simon Fraser University, which she undertook while balancing her family practice.

Doctors of BC

Dr Mitchell Fagan is a family physician at Murrayville Family Practice in Langley, BC and is also the medical director at the Langley Lodge. Dr Fagan is the former head of family practice at Langley Memorial Hospital, previously served as a CSC chair, and was the vice-chair of the Langley Division of Family Practice for five years. 

After working in a two-doctor practice for six years, Mitchell partnered with the Fraser Health Authority to develop and lead an inter-professional multidisciplinary team in a private primary care clinic in 2002. Since inception, the clinic’s team-based care approach has strengthened the delivery of full-scope primary care. The clinic works closely with home health, and cares for over 200 frail seniors through the Residential Care Initiative. In addition to his Division involvement, Dr Fagan has provided strategic insight to local government, non-profit organizations, health authorities, and universities through his involvement in regional and provincial committees and initiatives.

Dr Fagan has two children and two massive Newfoundlander dogs. He is also a farmer to more than 20 llamas.

Ministry of Health

Dr John Hamilton is Medical Director of Primary Care and Aboriginal Health for the Fraser Health Authority. He also operates a part-time family practice in Chilliwack, and serves on several subcommittees of the General Practice Services Committee, including the Residential Care Committee, the In-Hospital Care Program, five Collaborative Services Committees, and the Evaluation Committee, of which is he is co-chair.

For the Fraser Health Authority (FHA), John also sits on the Aboriginal Strategic Steering Committee, the Information Management and Technology Committee, the Pathways Implementation Committee and the Interdivisional Committee (as co-chair).

John completed his medical undergraduate and family practice training at the University of British Columbia. For the first decade of his career, he split his time evenly between the emergency department and family practice in Chilliwack. He then took on an administrative role with the FHA. Before his current role, John served as Department Head of Emergency, then as Medical Director of Chilliwack General Hospital.

Doctors of BC

A family physician with a busy practice in Summerland, BC, Dr Khati Hendry is also head of the Department of Family Practice at Penticton Regional Hospital and a Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia. She is an active member of the South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice and has served on the board of directors in various roles, including chair, since 2011.

After completing her medical training at the University of California (UC) in San Francisco and in Seattle, Khati worked extensively with immigrant populations in community health centres in the US. She served as Medical Director of La Clinica de la Raza and the Community Health Center Network in San Francisco, and completed the California Health Care Fellowship leader development program.

Khati has worked with quality improvement programs for chronic disease in both the US and Canada, was an Associate Clinical Professor of family and community medicine at UC San Francisco.

Khati enjoys travel, spotting wildlife, and writing song parodies. An occasional pianist and painter, she also refers to herself as an amateur astronomy nerd.

Ministry of Health

Richard Jock is a member of the Mohawks of Akwesasne and serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the First Nations Health Authority. As the COO, Richard’s portfolio includes health benefits, policy, planning, engagement, service improvements/integration, investment strategies, and regional partnership implementation. His position also provides leadership for the building, functioning and implementation of strong partnerships within the First Nations health governance structure and within the health system more broadly. Richard has worked for the past 25 years for First Nations organizations and the federal government, including numerous positions in the health field.

Prior to joining the FNHA, he held the post of Chief Executive Officer for the Assembly of First Nations. Among his other professional roles, Richard has held senior leadership positions at Norway House Health Services Incorporated, Health Canada, the National Aboriginal Health Organization, and Mohawk Council of Akwesasne.

Ministry of Health

Shana Ooms is the Executive Director of Primary Health Care with the Ministry of Health. A representative to the GPSC since 2013, Shana has spent 10 years with the Ministry in a variety of research, policy development, and leadership positions. Each of these roles has supported the advancement of primary health care through areas such as chronic disease management, clinical practice guideline development, service frameworks, Integrated Health Networks, and Integrated Primary and Community Care service transformation.

Shana completed her post-secondary training at the University of Victoria, where she earned a master of science in exercise physiology and a bachelor of science honours with distinction in kinesiology. She is a past recipient of the Governor General’s Academic Medal and the Premier’s Excellence Award for the Cariboo Region.

Shana and her husband are proud parents to three school-age children, Lily, Graydon, and Lauren.

Doctors of BC

Dr George Watson

Dr George Watson is a Prince Rupert-based family physician who also provides care to the isolated First Nations communities off the North Coast of BC. To improve his ability to support remote communities while maintaining his in-town practice, George took flying lessons and bought a helicopter.

George opened his practice in 1981 after completing his medical degree at the University of British Columbia and post graduate training at McGill University in Montreal. In recent years, he has focused on developing an integrated team model of care in partnership with several allied health practitioners.

A member of the District Nine Board of Directors for the Society of General Practitioners for many years, George has also served on its executive. He is a Doctors of BC-appointed member of the GPSC and has represented the GPSC on the Shared Care Committee. George also served on the joint Ministry of Health and BC Medical Association (now Doctors of BC) Northern Isolation Committee.

Doctors of BC

Dr Joanne Young is a family physician in Vancouver. One of four partners in a full-service family practice, she also provides geriatric outreach to Downtown Eastside hotels through the Strathcona Mental Health Team and works with BC Women’s Sexual Assault Service.

Joanne completed her medical degree at McMaster University and her residency at the University of British Columbia, where she also completed a fellowship in geriatrics and palliative care. Joanne also holds an undergraduate degree in biology from Trent University.

Joanne was President and a board member of the Society of General Practitioners of BC (SGP). Currently, she is one of the SGP representatives to the GPSC, where she is part of the Workplan, Pathways, and A GP for Me working groups. Joanne also sits as a District Three delegate to the Doctors of BC board and is CEO of the Hillman Medical Education Fund.

When not at work, Joanne enjoys BC’s natural beauty with her family in one of their three remote cabins.

Health Authority Representatives

Jason Giesbrecht

Executive Director, Primary and Community Care Transformation, Interior Health Authority

Jillian Kratzer

Director, Primary Care, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Phil Lawrence

Director,  Community Health and Care, Vancouver Island Health Authority

Dr Shannon McDonald

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, First Nations Health Authority

Pam Mulroy

Lead, Primary Health Care, Northern Health Authority

David Thompson

Vice President, Community Hospitals & Programs, Fraser Health Authority

Support Staff

Dr Brenda Hefford

Executive Director, Community Practice, Quality and Integration, Doctors of BC

Dr Renee Fernandez

Executive Director, Society of General Practitioners of BC

Alana Godin

Director, Community Practice and Quality, Doctors of BC

Carolyn Grafton

Senior Communications Manager, Community Practice, Quality and Integration, Doctors of BC

Petra Lolic

Executive Cooordinator, Community Practice, Quality and Integration, Doctors of BC

Milena Markovic

Senior Administrative Assistant, Community Practice, Quality and Integration, Doctors of BC

Afsaneh Moradi

Director, Community Partnerships and Integration, Doctors of BC

Angela Micco

Senior Policy Analyst, Primary Healthcare, Ministry of Health

Joanna Richards

Director, Primary Health Care, Ministry of Health

Carol Rimmer

Director, Community Practice, Quality and Integration, Doctors of BC

*Voting members