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June 16th @ 5:30pm, UBC Robson Square


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.


Event Details

Date: Friday June 16, 2023

Time: 5.30pm to 7:00pm (reception to follow)

Format: In-person

Cost: Free

 Location: Theatre, UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson St., Vancouver, B.C.

Registration: RSVP HERE by June 01st, 2023


Dr. David Byres, RN, DNP, FACN, ICD.D, CHE

President and CEO

 Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS)


David has over 25 years of experience in the health sector, most recently as the Associate Deputy Minister, Clinical Leadership for the B.C. Ministry of Health. He has held responsibility in the Ministry including Primary Care, Pharmaceutical, Lab and Blood Services, Specialized Services, Population and Public Health, Health Sector Workforce and Beneficiary Services, and the Office of Indigenous Health. David previously served as the Chief Nurse Executive for BC in the Ministry of Health.

David is involved in research and is currently a co-principal investigator with EQUIP Emergency Care examining a health equity intervention framework to promote equity oriented care for Indigenous people and other people at risk in B.C.’s emergency departments. He is also a co-investigator with PORTIA: a program of outcomes research on treatment with injectables for addiction.

David holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, a Bachelor and Masters of Science degree in Nursing, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He is an Adjunct Professor with the School of Nursing at UBC and Adjunct Assistant Professor with the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria. He serves on the Governance Committee of the BC College of Nurses and Midwives and is a Director on the Board of the Health Employers Association of BC and on the Board of HealthPro. David is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, recipient of the Dean’s Medal of Distinction from the UBC Faculty of Applied Science and inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing.


Dr. Danette Dawkin, BScHon, Md, CCFP, MHA

B.C. Family Doctors (President), Rural Coordination Centre of B.C., Carrier Sekani Family Services

Danette Dawkin is a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a physician, a teacher, a colleague, a patient, and a relentless asker of questions.  She is a white settler of mixed European descent who is honoured to live on the unceded, ancestral territories of the Lheidli T’enneh and Necoslie nations, and privileged to serve in several Carrier Sekani communities as part of her rural family practice.  Danette is also a (com)passionate and persistent physician leader at local and provincial tables and is the current President of BC Family Doctors.  Danette is a 2020 graduate of the UBC MHA program and an unwavering advocate of doing better every day in healthcare.


Mr. Brad Anderson, M.A.

Executive Director of Systems Transformation for Indigenous Health

 Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) Indigenous Health

Brad is a proud member of the Saddle Lake Nehiyâw (Cree) First Nation in Alberta.  Brad and his wife Jodi moved to Snuneymuxw in October of 2020 with their 17 year old son Carter. Prior to moving to Coast Salish Territory, Brad and his family lived in T’Kemplus te Secwepemc for over 20 years.

Brad has 15 years of leadership experience in Indigenous Health and is passionately committed to improving health outcomes of Indigenous people by influencing system transformation through Indigenous thought leadership. Brad takes a collaborative, relational approach to working with partners to improve understanding of the unique circumstances of Indigenous Peoples Health in BC. Brad is committed to working toward system changes that address Indigenous-specific racism and reduce the harms caused to Indigenous people in the health system.

Prior to being the Executive Director of Systems Transformation for Indigenous Health, Brad was the Senior Director of Provincial Indigenous Cultural Safety Programs at PHSA Indigenous Health. Brad was the Corporate Director of Aboriginal Health in Interior Health where he worked alongside regional leaders to develop and support Letters of Understanding with First Nations, the Partnership Accord Leadership Table, and the Métis Interior Leadership Table.  Brad believes meaningful engagement with all partners is essential and foundational to a successful working relationship.

Brad has a Master Degree in Community Development from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor Degree in Aboriginal Leadership and Administration from Simon Fraser University.



Jennifer Duff, RN, MHA, MBA

Chief Operating Officer, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)

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

Jen Duff is a University of British Columbia MHA alumni (2007). Her career spans 22 years in the health industry working clinically, clinical operations, change management, corporate leadership and project management. Her experience spans across acute and community health, local and provincial governments, community not-for-profits, the Forensic Psychiatric Commission, correctional facilities and both private and public sectors.  Presently, Jen holds the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) at the Provincial Health Services Authority.

Jen was named Business in Vancouver’s (BIV) Top 40 under 40 and was awarded the Canadian College of Health Leaders Young Leader award while holding progressively expansive roles in health. Prior to the role of COO at BCMHSUS, she held roles at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority as Regional Director for Mental Health & Substance Use, Regional Director for Maternal Child Health and worked at the Ministry of Health collaborating with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and Overdose Emergency Response Centre to implement injectable opioid agonist treatment provincially. Jen has worked in various clinical operational leadership roles in mental health, maternity and neonatal intensive care, and surgery.

A lifelong learner, Jen is passionate about improving our health system and ensuring its sustainability now and into the future. Jen is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders and additionally completed an Executive Master of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University including the Americas program completing academic semesters at the FIA University (Sao Paulo, Brazil),  ITAM, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, (Mexico), and the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management in Nashville, Tennessee.



Kindly RSVP for the event no later than June 01st, 2023.

Thank you very much.

For more information, please contact us: mha.program@ubc.ca


Email:  mha.program@ubc.ca

Phone: 604.822.2772