Trustees appointed by HSPBA

Jeanne Meyers (Chair)

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.

Dennis Blatchford

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.

Alison Hietanen

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.

Chris Losito

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.

Trustees appointed by HEABC

Chris Kinkaid (Vice-Chair)

Director, Research & Analysis Physicians Services - Health Employers Association of BC

Marc Lawrence

Regional Director of Employee and Scheduling Services - Northern Health Authority

Marc Lawrence is the Regional Director, Employee & Scheduling Services with Northern Health and has occupied this role since January 2021. The majority of Marc’s previous experience has been in a strategic labour relations capacity with Northern Health, and various other not-for profit or local government organizations in Prince George, BC.

Dean Levangie

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.

Le Thuy Mai

Executive Director, Financial Services and Controller - Provincial Health Services Authority

Le Thuy currently serves as the Executive Director, Financial Services and Controller at the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). Le Thuy leads a team of over 250 employees located across the province with various responsibilities such as financial statement preparation, internal controls, billings and collections, payment services, treasury and accounting services.

Prior to working at PHSA, Le Thuy started her career at KPMG where she earned her Chartered Accountant designation and spent several years leading audits of both public and private companies. Le Thuy’s desire for seeing better outcomes in healthcare and making a positive contribution to the province in which she lives led her to a career at PHSA. In her role at PHSA, Le Thuy is committed to leading a team of talented individuals to provide trusted financial services and make a positive impact for the colleagues, clients and communities that they serve.