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Leadership

Our Staff

We have a dedicated group of professionals who contribute their diverse experience and expertise towards building a well-rounded team that is committed to improving outcomes for pregnant women, newborns, and their families. We work in partnership with the Ministry of Health, health authorities, other PHSA agencies, professional associations, and researchers.

Our Leadership Team

Kim Williams, RN, MSN
Provincial Executive Director
Kim received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Victoria and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of British Columbia. Her passion for perinatal nursing began as a frontline nurse over 25 years ago at BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre. She moved to Fraser Health in 2001 where her career progressed across many leadership roles, including clinical educator, unit manager, health service administrator, project manager, and system planner. Kim returned to PHSA in 2008 and became the Provincial Executive Director of Perinatal Services BC in 2010. Throughout these changes, she has always maintained her ongoing commitment to improving services for pregnant women and infants across BC.

 

Lucy Barney, Statlimx Nation, RN, BSN, MSN
Provincial Lead, Aboriginal Health
Lucy is at the forefront of developing innovative and successful programming for Aboriginal people. She works on strategies to assist existing programs and to develop new programs for maternal/child health that will enable Aboriginal people to access culturally appropriate services. Lucy’s own life experience as a First Nation woman, mother, and traditional dancer brings enormous commitment, dedication, and creativity to her work. Her voice as a leader is crucial. She is a model of strong, innovative leadership in the Aboriginal community. She was awarded an ACCOLAIDS Award for Innovative Programming and a Langara College Outstanding Alumni Award for Community Service. Lucy completed her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of British Columbia. She was program manager of Chee Mamuk, an Aboriginal HIV/AIDS education program at the BC Centre for Disease Control, for nine years and is currently a member of the First Nations Health Authority Maternal and Child Health Committee.

 

Kenny Der, BSc, CHIM, CPHIMS-CA
Manager, Clinical Data Integrity, Privacy, and Access
Kenny is a past president of the Health Records Association of BC and a certified professional in health informatics by the Canadian College of Health Information Management, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and, COACH. He has specialized in the management of health data and led many system enhancement initiatives by leveraging technology to improve processes and functionality. At Perinatal Services BC, Kenny has management responsibility for the BC Perinatal Data Registry and other data holdings at PSBC. This role encompasses data management, privacy, security, and systems development, including the advancement of a robust business intelligence environment. His focus is on providing high quality data to provincial stakeholders and directly supporting evidence-based decision making.

 

Christina Kay, MD, MSc, CCFP, FRCPC
Primary Maternity Care Lead – Family Physician
Christina is a family physician and a specialist in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and has a Master of Science in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research. She has practiced medicine in urban and rural BC and the Northwest Territories. She is a clinical instructor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia and provides maternity care at BC Women's Hospital. In her role at PSBC as Primary Maternity Care Lead – Family Physician, Christina works closely with PSBC’s Primary Maternity Care Lead – Midwifery to support primary maternity care and promote interdisciplinary collaborative practice. They provide ongoing clinical consultation on initiatives that impact primary maternity care, including data collection and analysis, guideline development, knowledge translation, and system planning. Christina is also the clinical link between PSBC and family physicians across BC.

 
 
Adam King, SSP, MPH
Director, Provincial Promotion, Prevention, and Primary Care
Adam is responsible for leading the development and implementation of best practice initiatives which promote healthy pregnancies and healthy infants in collaboration with other agency leaders, the Ministry of Health, and provincial stakeholders, including frontline leaders in community, primary care, and acute care settings as well as the public. He is also responsible for building quality health promotion knowledge and skills across the health care continuum and assisting to prioritize health promotion issues and developing evidence-based solutions. Adam has a Master of Public Health and has previously led maternal-child health promotion initiatives internationally through UNICEF and the Aga Khan Foundation; federally and provincially through the Public Health Agency of Canada; and regionally through Fraser Health. Adam maintains a deep interest in global health systems and has consulting experience in Tanzania, China, Russia, Syria, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
 

Sylvie Langlois, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG
Medical Director, BC Prenatal

Genetic Screening Program
Sylvie obtained her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec. She went on to do specialty training in Pediatrics at McGill University and Fellowship training in Clinical and Molecular Genetics at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She has been a clinical geneticist at BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre since 1989 and is Professor in the UBC Department of Medical Genetics. She has been the medical director of the BC Prenatal Genetic Screening Program since its implementation. Her research contributions have been in the area of prenatal diagnosis and molecular genetics.

 

Lily Lee, RN, MSN, MPH

Director, Provincial Registry, Surveillance, Performance, and Analytics
Lily, previously a perinatal nurse consultant with the BC Perinatal Health Program, assumed the new role of Provincial Lead, Surveillance at Perinatal Services BC in 2010. She has over 30 years of experience in perinatal care and has held many leadership roles in advanced practice, education, management, and policy and program development. Lily is active in provincial and national perinatal organizations and is a member of the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System Committee. Lily completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Manitoba, Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin, and Master of Public Health from the University of Washington. Lily is also an adjunct professor at the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia.

Julie MacFarlane, MSc, CCGC
Provincial Lead, Screening Programs
Julie joined Perinatal Services BC in May 2009 as the Program Manager for the BC Prenatal Genetic Screening Program, where she is responsible for establishing and maintaining the infrastructure for centralized and coordinated prenatal screening around the province. Since then, the BC Newborn Screening Program and the Biliary Atresia Home Screening Program have been added to her portfolio. Julie has had extensive experience managing large-scale clinical genetic and pharmaceutical programs from her previous years at Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Burnaby, BC. She is also a Canadian certified genetic counsellor, with a Master of Science from the University of British Columbia. She is the author of two book chapters and numerous research publications in clinical and molecular genetics.

 
 

Gerald Marquette, MD, FRCSC
Medical Advisor, Maternity
Gerald has been with Perinatal Services BC since 2010. He completed his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Montreal, a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University, and a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. His was Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill University and University of Montreal, Associate Professor and Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at University of Montreal, and Site Head, Obstetrics and Gynecology at BC Women’s Hospital. Gerald is currently Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of British Columbia. Gerald was involved with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for 23 years as Head of the Examination Board for Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal Fetal Medicine and Head of the Specialty Committee. He has been involved in many research endeavours, resulting in publications in peer review journals and scientific research abstracts.

Hilary Vallance, MD, FRCPC, FCCMG
Medical Director, BC Newborn Screening Program
Hilary obtained her Doctor of Medicine from the University of British Columbia (UBC). She went on to do specialty training in Laboratory Medicine and fellowship training in Biochemical Genetics at UBC. She directs the Biochemical Geneticist Laboratory at BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre and is a Clinical Professor in the UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. She has been the Medical Director of the BC Newborn Screening Program since 1996. Her research contributions have been in the area of inborn errors of metabolism and newborn screening.
 
 

Janet Walker, RN, MSN
Director, Provincial Knowledge Transformation and Acute Care
As Provincial Lead for Education and Quality, Janet’s portfolio includes a wide range of areas, including breastfeeding, guideline revision and development, fetal health surveillance education, neonatal education, form development, and quality initiatives. Janet’s clinical experience includes postpartum, high-risk antepartum including home care, labour and delivery, neonatal nursery (level 2), research coordinator, childbirth education and outpatient diagnostic counselor. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing at the University of British Columbia and was Manager of Antepartum/Postpartum in the Acute Perinatal Program at BC Women’s Hospital. Janet was the RN/NP representative on the Board of Directors of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) for five years and is currently Chair, BC Baby-Friendly Network; Co-chair, Province and Territory Committee of the Breastfeeding Committee for Canada; and Adjunct Professor, UBC School of Nursing.

Leanne Yeates, RM MHM(c) 
Primary Maternity Care Lead – Midwifery
Leanne has been involved with women’s reproductive health for over 20 years. She has practiced and taught in urban, rural, and isolated communities in British Columbia, Ontario, and Nunavut. Her extensive experience in innovative program and practice development along with her success in interdisciplinary collaboration is a tremendous asset to both Perinatal Services BC and birthing communities across the province. Leanne is Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and serves on the Executive for the Department of Midwifery at BC Women’s Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital. She is presently obtaining her Master of Health Management degree through McMaster University, concurrently with her Certified Health Executive designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Leanne is passionate about interprofessional engagement and endeavours to create forums to help develop and support innovation in primary maternity care across British Columbia. 

 
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