To support the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (CDSBC) in ensuring that dentists, dental therapists and certified dental assistants provide people with safe care and services, the Minister of Health has appointed five new board members to the board of the CDSBC.
“The new public board members of the CDSBC bring a range of experience from the public and private health-care sectors,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix. “The diversity in background, perspective and expertise they bring will help to stabilize the board and support the college in acting in the best interest of the public.”
Public board members being appointed are:
- Heather Anne Davidson, assistant deputy minister for the Ministry of Health;
- Dr. Lynn Stevenson, associate deputy minister for the Ministry of Health;
- Sabine Feulgen, associate deputy minister, corporate services for the Ministry of Health;
- Dianne Doyle, president and CEO of Providence Health Care; and
- Carl Roy, president and CEO of the Provincial Health Services Authority.
Together, they bring a depth of experience in the public and private sectors, health research, clinical patient services and a variety of non-profit board work.
In a further move to assist the college in serving British Columbians, Dix took the rare and significant step of moving forward with a review into the administrative and operational practices of the college, including the board of the CDSBC.
The review, which is in response to a series of unrelated complaints made against the college, will generate learnings that the CDSBC and professional colleges throughout B.C.’s health system will be able to apply as best practices.
Dix has asked Harry Cayton, chief executive of the United Kingdom’s Professional Standards Authority to conduct the review. Cayton, a leading expert in the field of professional regulation, has worked with numerous regulatory bodies including the College of the Registered Nurses of British Columbia and the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. In addition to the work carried out across Canada, Cayton led a special investigation on the U.K.’s General Dental Council in 2015.
“I’ve asked Harry Cayton to complete the review to support the college in its continued work in service of the health and safety of British Columbians,” Dix said. “We’re working with the college to ensure the public’s best interest and safety remains in the forefront of their actions.”
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Heather Anne Davidson is an assistant deputy minister with the B.C. Ministry of Health. Davidson was previously the assistant deputy minister for the Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance. Active in her community, Davidson serves as a director for the Canadian Institute for Patient Safety. She has had held previous director roles for the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research, the Michael Smith Health Research Foundation, and the Institute for Health System Sustainability.
Lynn Stevenson is a senior health-care executive with extensive leadership experience in health-care operations, quality and safety, human resources and research. Stevenson is a registered nurse and has a PhD with a research focus on organizational change, practice and leadership. She is an associate deputy minister with the B.C. Ministry of Health. In this role, she provides leadership to the health services portfolio, including medical beneficiary and pharmaceuticals, health-service policy, quality assurance, population and public health, planning and innovation divisions and health-sector performance, information, analytics and reporting.
Stevenson has board experience as the past co-chair of the British Columbia Academic Health Council, a member of the Royal Roads University School of Leadership Studies advisory council.
Sabine Feulgen is an associate deputy minister, with the B.C. Ministry of Health. In this role, Feulgen is responsible for providing leadership to the ministry’s finance and corporate services division, the information management and information technology division, the information analysis and reporting division, and the medical beneficiary and pharmaceuticals division. Feulgen is the board chair for several of the ministry’s major capital project boards, including the Clinical Systems and Transformation Project.
Dianne Doyle has held the role of president and CEO of Providence Health Care since 2006. Doyle began her health-care career as a staff nurse and has held multiple roles of clinician, educator and administrator. Under her leadership, Providence has been recognized with numerous provincial and national awards, including “Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures” and “Top Employer for New Canadians”.
She is a fellow of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and a frequent presenter at quality and leadership forums and a member of many provincial and national boards. In 2007 and 2008, the Women’s Executive Network named Doyle as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the Public Sector.
Carl Roy was appointed president and CEO of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) in January 2014, bringing more than 30 years of experience in both the public and private health-care sectors to the role. He is known for his commitment to innovative change, people-focused management and passion for solving challenges. Having joined PHSA in 2010 as senior vice-president, Roy served as executive officer for the Emergency and Health Services Commission (now BC Emergency Health Services). In this role, he successfully led the integration of the BC Ambulance Service into the health sector. In 2012, he was promoted to the position of executive vice-president and chief administrative officer, providing leadership across PHSA that centred on performance enhancement and service integration. Prior to joining PHSA, Roy served as CEO for Providence Health Care in Vancouver, president of the Caritas Health Group in Edmonton, and president and CEO of Sudbury General Hospital and St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Sudbury, Ont., as well as several health-care companies.