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

Doug Hughes is the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Health Services Policy Division of the Ministry of Health. The Division is responsible for policy development of health services delivered through the Health Authorities in British Columbia. He currently co-chairs the Standing Committee on Health Services and Population Health and the General Practice Services Committee. He also serves on the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute Committee. Doug has worked for the provincial government for the past 30 years in various positions across the province and has lead the development of policy and the management of services for children and families, seniors, mental health and substance use, acute care and services to people with disabilities. He has a masters of social work administration from the University of Calgary and a bachelor of arts in political science from St Mary’s University. He holds graduate certificates in leadership from Royal Roads University and executive management from Queens University.

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 also co-chairs the Practice Support Program Steering Committee and is 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 Peter Barnsdale runs a full-service family practice in Mission. Peter’s medical training began in the United Kingdom, where he trained as a nurse before entering medical school.

Peter is a strong believer in empowering physicians to optimize patient care. In addition to serving on the GPSC, Peter sits on the board of Doctors of BC. He was instrumental in establishing the Mission Division of Family Practice and continues to serve on its board of directors. Peter has undertaken medical leadership training and as Regional Department Head of Family Practice at the Fraser Health Authority, he oversees the privileging process for family doctors working in hospitals in the region.

Peter enjoys BC’s natural beauty through a variety of outdoor activities, as well as spending time with his family.

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.

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

Shana Ooms is the Director of Primary Health Care Strategic Initiatives 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.

Ministry of Health

Nancy South is Executive Director for the Ministry of Health’s Workforce and Analytics Branch, which is part of the Health Sector Workforce Division. In addition to serving as a Ministry representative on the GPSC, she participates on the Tariff Committee.

A career public servant, Nancy served as the Director, Major Capital Projects, Interior Northern and Island Health Authorities prior to taking on her current role. Before that, she was Director of Monitoring and Reporting for the Acute Sector in the Ministry’s Health Services Policy and Quality Assurance Division for five years. Nancy holds a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of British Columbia, a master of arts in economics from the University of Essex and a doctorate in economics from the University of Toronto.

When not applying her knowledge of labour economics to enhancing BC health care, Nancy enjoys teaching Canadian Economic History at the University of Victoria as well as reading and gardening.

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

Marie Hawkins

Executive Director of Primary Health Care and Chronic Disease Management, Fraser Health Authority

Phil Lawrence

Director,  Community Health and Care, Vancouver Island Health Authority

Pam Mulroy

Lead, Primary Health Care, Northern Health Authority

Carol Park

Director, Primary Care, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Nataliya Skuridina

Senior Medical Officer - Fraser, First Nations Health Authority

Support Staff

Dr Brenda Hefford

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

Dr Jean Clarke

Executive Director, Society of General Practitioners of BC

Carolyn Grafton & Dana Bales

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

Alana Godin

Director, Community Practice and Quality, Doctors of BC

Susan Papadionissiou

Director, Community Partnerships and Integration, Doctors of BC

Angela Micco

Secretariat, Integrated Primary and Community Care, Medical Services Division, Ministry of Health

Emma Isaac

Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Primary Health Care, Ministry of Health

Katie Hill

Director, Shared Care Committee, Doctors of BC


*Voting members