BRIAN T. SCHMIDT is Senior Vice President for the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) in British Columbia. He has just completed an 18 month term as the President of the BC Cancer Agency. His academic background includes an O.D. in Optometry (University of Waterloo) and a M.Sc. in Health Administration and Planning (UBC). Brian is a Fellow and Vice-Chair of the Board of the Canadian College of Health Leaders, and a Clinical Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC. He is an advisor to Accreditation Canada, and a former member and Chair of a number of health related Boards including the Board of Directors of the Health Employers Association of BC, and the Health Care Leaders Association of BC. Brian lives in West Vancouver, BC with his spouse and two children.