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MHA Event: Dialog and Reception, June 15, 2018

May 08, 2018 |

How future leaders can ensure diversity and equality in healthcare

Women represent a majority of the healthcare workforce, yet are still significantly underrepresented in leadership positions. We invite you to join current MHA students to hear from our incredible panel of healthcare leaders as they reflect on their personal journeys, professional experiences and the value of creating a workplace that reflects its community.

Hosted by the Master of Health Administration instructor, Howard Waldner, who has opened up his classroom for the community to participate in this important dialogue.

Join us for this complimentary event – advance registration is required. 


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Event Details

Date: Friday June 15

Time: 5.30 to 8:00pm

  • 5:30 to 6:30pm – Panel Discussion
  • 6:30 to 7:00pm – Q&A
  • 7:00 to 8:00pm – MHA year-end reception for all students and alumni (light refreshments will be served)

Location: Theatre, UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson St.

Presented in partnership with the Faculty of Medicine Alumni Office.



Howard Waldner, Adjunct Professor, Master of Health Administration Program, School of Population and Public Health, UBC 

Howard Waldner is an experienced teacher and senior healthcare leader who has taught the leadership course within the MHA program for the last 3 years. He is the past President and Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver Island Health Authority (now Island Health), having held this role from 2004 until 2013. He is currently the Principal and Chief Executive of Caledonia Solutions, a strategic consulting company he founded in 2013.

Prior to joining VIHA, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the former Calgary Health Region from 1999 until 2004. Before moving to Calgary in 1999, he held a number of senior leadership roles within the Scottish National Health Service, most recently as the Chief Executive of Dundee University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

He received the Canadian College of Health Leaders National Award for Innovation in Health Care in 2013, and has gained an extensive knowledge of health and social care, during an exemplary career spanning some 35 years. He also has significant board governance experience, and is a certified member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D). He received his Executive MBA from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, is an active Certified member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and is a Fellow of the United Kingdom Institute of Health Care Managers.


Zahida Esmail, BSc(Pharm)’96, MHA’11 – Senior Director, Regional Clinical Operations at BC Cancer

Zahida Esmail currently serves as the Senior Director, Regional Operations, BC Cancer Agency. In this role she provides senior leadership and direction for the overall management of the BC Cancer Agency’s operations and administration at the Vancouver Center. Prior to this role, she worked as the Operations Director, Colon Screening Program at BC Cancer Agency, Regional Practice Initiatives Lead for Vancouver Coastal Health, Project Support Consultant for the BC Medication Management Project sponsored by the BC Pharmacy Association and the BC Ministry of Health, and as a Quality Outcomes Specialist for the College of Pharmacists of BC.

Recognized as a top emerging leader in Canada under the age of 40, Zahida is the recipient of the 2012 Emerging Leader Scholarship sponsored by ARAMARK, Emerging Health Leaders (EHL) and the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL). She traveled to Sweden in April 2012 with senior Canadian health leaders to learn about Sweden’s health system. In 2011, she also received the Robert Wood Johnson Award from CCHL for showing promise of making a noteworthy contribution in the field of Health Services Administration.

Zahida has a Master of Health Administration degree and an undergraduate degree in pharmacy from the University of British Columbia. An avid volunteer and an engaged member of CCHL and many other organizations, she has been recognized by the College of Pharmacists of BC for making an outstanding contribution to the profession through ongoing commitment to volunteering.


Fiona Dalton – President and CEO of Providence Health Care

With 23 years’ experience in the health care field, Fiona Dalton has a proven track record in leading complex and varied health organizations. From 2013 to December 2017, she was the Chief Executive Officer of University Hospital Southampton NHS (National Health Service) Foundation Trust in the UK – a renowned academic health sciences centre with 10,000 employees and an annual budget of over £680 million (approx. $1.2B CDN).

During her tenure at the University Hospital Southampton, Fiona led and oversaw numerous strategic transformation and improvement initiatives. She has a BA in Human Sciences from Queen’s College, Oxford University, and received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science by the University of Southampton in July 2017, in recognition of her work there. Some of Fiona’s previous roles have included serving as the Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO of the Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust from 2008 to 2013; Executive Director of Strategy and Business Development, at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust from 2005 to 2008; and Divisional Director, Responsible for Surgery, Cancer, Critical Care, Neurosciences, Theatres & Anaesthetics, at Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, 2000 to 2004.

Linda Dempster – VP, Patient Experience, Fraser Health Authority

Linda Dempster provides executive leadership and strategic oversight for the Patient Experience portfolio, ensuring the journey through our health care system is both high quality and seamless for patients, clients, residents and their families. The portfolio includes Patient Safety and Quality, supported by Professional Practice, Infection Prevention and Control, Ethics and Diversity Services and the Patient Care Quality Office. A second focus is Performance and Resource Optimization including Patient Access and Transitions, Performance support, Accreditation and Capacity Optimization. 

Sharon Lehr – Chief Program Officer, Operational Benchmarking and Efficiency, Alberta Health Services

Sharon Lehr has served as Chief Program Officer for Alberta Health Services since 2015. Ms. Lehr has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare system and has held progressive leadership positions throughout her career. Her career in health care started with the Department of Health and Community Services. Over the 17 years, she has developed expertise in areas of financial management, budget development and decision support in a complex academic health care environment. Ms. Lehr held the position of Director of Budgeting and Decision Support. She is sits as the Treasurer of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL). Ms. Lehr holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Employment Relations degree from Memorial University. 

Linda Lupini – Executive Vice President, PHSA & BC Emergency Health Services

Linda Lupini was appointed Executive Vice President, PHSA and BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) in April 2014.  In this role, Ms. Lupini has executive responsibility for all BCEHS services.  Her portfolio also includes Virtual Health, Trauma Services and the Mobile Medical Unit. She was formerly Chief Human Resources Officer for PHSA, responsible for the overall strategic planning, management and delivery of human resource services.  Ms. Lupini brings over 20 years of experience to the role including 15 years with biotechnology company QLT, where she managed all aspects of human resources and facilities management, and MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates, a leading international software firm.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and is currently working on a Masters in Organizational Psychology from the University of London (Birkbeck).


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