Reporting to the president and chief executive officer of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), the executive vice president and chief ambulance officer has executive responsibility for all BCEHS services.
Reporting to the executive vice president, the BCEHS chief operating officer and chief medical officer are senior leaders within BCEHS. The chief operating officer chairs the Senior Leadership Committee, which provides strategic direction across the organization. This committee ensures that all decisions around planning and operations align with the broader mandate of PHSA and BCEHS and with the strategic health sector mandate set by government.
Leanne Heppell joined PHSA in July 2021 on an interim basis, from her position with Providence Health Care as Chief Operating Officer, Acute Care & Chief of Professional Practice & Nursing, which she held since 2015. Prior to this role, Leanne was the Vice President, Patient Safety and Innovation; and Chief of Professional Practice and Nursing.
Leanne brings to her role over 20 years of senior leadership experience, including with Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health and the BC Ambulance Service. She is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Victoria. Leanne graduated from UBC as a clinical nurse specialist in the Masters in nursing program, and completed a Masters in Leadership from Royal Roads University in 2003. She is also an academic supervisor of leadership studies at Royal Roads University.
Leanne is a values leader with a focus on putting patients and families first. Leanne completed a Doctorate of Business Administration in 2016.
Darlene MacKinnon has more than 15 years of progressive senior leadership roles in a career that has focused on clinical operations, professional practice, quality, and strategic and capital planning.
Before joining BCEHS as chief operating officer in February 2020, Darlene served as vice president and chief, zone operations for Nova Scotia Health Authority. She has also been executive director of Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH), executive clinical lead for RCH's redevelopment project, executive director for Fraser Health's Surgical and Cardiac Networks and chief clinical planning officer with Providence Health Care.
Dr. Wilson Wan has been the BCEHS medical director for the Fraser Health Authority and, previously, BCEHS’s interim medical director for patient care communications and planning. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Emergency.
He currently represents BCEHS on PHSA cross-program collaborations with Stroke Services BC and Trauma Services BC and is co-chair of the Emergency Services Advisory Committee with the Ministry of Health. Dr. Wan is also a clinical assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and continues to work as an emergency physician at Vancouver General Hospital.