Executive Director, Legal Services and Labor Relations - Health Sciences Association
Jeanne Meyers is General Counsel and Executive Director of Legal Services and Labour Relations for the Health Sciences Association of British Columbia. She is Chief Negotiator for the Health Sciences Professionals Bargaining Association and has been counsel to the HSABC since 1990. HSABC represents over 19,000 health care and social services professionals in over 250 agencies including acute care, long term care and community health. She maintains a private practice specializing in the area of labour/employment law and human rights. Jeanne has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia and has also appeared before both the trial and appeal divisions of the Federal Court of Canada. She has represented union members and clients before numerous administrative tribunals including the Labour Relations Board, the Human Rights Tribunal, arbitration boards and disciplinary panels of professional regulatory bodies. Jeanne also holds a Master’s Degree in Labour History. She has been a frequent speaker and panelist at legal conferences in the areas of employment, human rights and privacy law. Jeanne promotes alternative dispute resolution in all suitable circumstances in all areas of her practice.
Pension & Benefits Advocate - Health Sciences Association
Dennis Blatchford is the Pensions & Benefits Advocate for the Health Sciences Association of BC. As one of founding trustee of the Municipal Pension Plan, Dennis was appointed in 2001 following a lengthy negotiation to create the MPP joint trust agreement beginning 1999. Dennis served 3 years as chair of the MPP Governance Committee, and was appointed MPP’s representative to the BC Investment Management Corporation (BCI) Board of Directors in 2012 (to present). Dennis is a member of BCI’s Human Resources and Governance Committee, and MPP’s Benefits Committee. In 2017, Dennis was appointed to the Joint Health Sciences Benefits Trust (JHSBT) Board of Trustees, the result of several years of negotiation to create a joint governance model for the administration health and welfare benefits to health science professionals throughout BC. In early 2018, Dennis was appointed Chair of the Healthcare Investment Unit Trust, the master trust overseeing the administration of assets dedicated to health and welfare programs in the health and community health sectors of BC.
Membership Services Coordinator, Disability Management - Health Sciences Association
In her capacity as Membership Services Coordinator – Disability Management, Alison is the operational lead of a team of labour relations specialists who provide advocacy services to the HSA membership in the areas of WorkSafe BC claim appeals, long term disability claim appeals, as well as complex return to work and duty to accommodation situations. She has also been responsible for the development and implementation of an Early Intervention Program and, subsequently, an Enhanced Disability Management Program for more than 21,000 union members covered by the HSPBA collective agreement. These programs have successfully demonstrated that meaningful collaboration between union and employer in supporting injured and ill employees can result in significantly improved outcomes for workers, and financial benefits for employers. Alison is a strong proponent of the concept of comprehensive wellness initiatives in the workplace, and the value they can bring to creating a healthy, productive and respectful work environment.
Alison holds a Diploma in Rehabilitation and Disability Management from Simon Fraser University, as well as the designation of Certified Disability Management Professional from the Canadian Society of Professionals in Disability Management.
In addition, she has received accreditation in Foundations of Trust Management Standards, and Advanced Trust Management Standards, from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.
National Servicing Representative - Canadian Union of Public Employees, BC
Chris Losito is the Health Coordinator for CUPE in its B.C. Region. In this role, Chris provides leadership and coordination between CUPE’s four health sector locals in British Columbia, as well as with the union’s B.C. Division and its National Executive Board, while also providing National Servicing to those locals. Prior to his employment with CUPE, Chris was an Environmental Health Officer and member of CUPE Local 15 within the HSPBA collective agreement. He also served as an HSPBA Executive Member at Large (Unit Chair) with CUPE 15 and as HSPBA Chief Shop Steward with the local. He testified in the successful arbitration opposing the punitive aspects of Vancouver Coastal Health’s “Attendance Wellness Program” and participated in successive rounds of HSPBA collective bargaining through the formation of the Joint Health Sciences Benefit Trust and the Enhanced Disability Management Program. Chris’ formal education is in both Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety, for which he earned a Bachelor’s Degree and Diploma, respectively.
Director, Research & Analysis Physicians Services - Health Employers Association of BC
Lead Strategic Negotiations & Benefits Administration - Health Employers Association of BC
Dean Levangie is a lead, strategic negotiations and benefits administration for the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC). He has worked at HEABC since 2000 and in addition to his negotiations responsibilities is a trustee for the Joint Community Benefits Trust, Joint Facilities Benefits Trust and the Healthcare Investment Unit Trust, and an alternate trustee of the Municipal Pension Plan.
Executive Director, Corporate Finance - Fraser Health Authority
Senior Director of Operations - British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
Rick Moyneur is the Senior Director of Operations at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS located at Providence Health Care. The Centre is a world-renowned research institute leading innovative HIV research and care. He has key responsibilities for the operations of the Centre, including human resources and finance. Prior to this role, Rick was Director of Human Resources for Providence Health Care where he advised senior leadership on labour and industrial relations. He was an employer member of the HSPBA bargaining committee that developed the Joint Trust and is serving his second appointment as a trustee for the Joint Health Benefit Trust since its inception.