Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Chris is the Director of PNG HHISP (Papua New Guinea Health and HIV Implementation Service Provider) since February 2019.  He has a long history in health and international development.  Early in his career he was a public servant for the Province of British Columbia, Canada including from 1982-1991 (and 1995) in the senior management of the Ministry of Health.  Chris was the Director-General of Health and the chief executive of the Ministry of Health in New Zealand from 1992-5.  He moved to the World Bank in 1996 where he served in a variety of capacities including Director for Human Development in the Europe and Central Asia Region, Director for Health Nutrition and Population for the Human Development Network, country manager in both Central Asia and East Africa and Senior Adviser HNP/Program Leader for Health Systems Strengthening for the Africa Region, retiring in 2012.  From September 2012-2016 Chris was a Principal Associate with Abt Associates, working primarily on the Health Finance and Governance Project funded by USAID, retiring December 2016.  He continued to take on short term consultancies in international health (e.g. Gates Foundation), until accepting the appointment by Abt with HHISP.

Sandra has more than 25 years’ experience in banking, financial planning and investment management.  In her current role as an Investment Advisor and Financial Planner with RBC Dominion Securities, Sandra works with professionals, business owners, retirees and families to create financial plans to achieve their goals. Sandra has received the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FSCI) designations.  Sandra is an active community volunteer and is a mentor with the University of Victoria MBA program.

Paul is a Senior Manager at KPMG. After graduating from the University of Victoria, he obtained his CPA, CA designation and has spent the last 10 years working as a public accountant helping various not-for-profit organizations as well as for-profit companies through providing advice, financial statements and tax compliance services. Previously, he volunteered as the Treasurer for posAbilities Association of British Columbia and as a coach for the Developmentally Challenged Youth Basketball Association.

Lynn is a pharmacist in private practice, providing clinical pharmacy and health education services to individual, corporate, and government clients. She has an eclectic professional background with experience in community and hospital pharmacy, academia and government. Her areas of interest include patient education and chronic disease self-management, seniors’ healthcare, mental health and addictions, and evidence informed decision making. Lynn has served on other boards and believes that volunteers have a tremendous impact on the quality of life in a community.

Val graduated from the University of Windsor. After working in Greece for 4 years, she returned to Canada and embarked on a more than 25 year career in Critical Care Nursing.
Val has a professional and personal interest in the health, wellbeing and inclusion of  Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. (or "Different Abilities" if more politically correct)
Val believes one person can make a difference and a team can create a miracle.

Susan Gee is acting vice-president of communications and advancement at Royal Roads University. Prior to joining Royal Roads in March 2019, she was communications and development director for the Victoria Hospitals Foundation and vice president of Acumen Communications Group, where she worked with a broad base of clients from the post-secondary sector and beyond. Her more than twenty years’ experience in communications, development, issues management and media relations include senior roles for some of the provincial government’s most pressing issues, including as director of communications for the Ministry of Finance and Provincial Revenue. She sits on the Board of Directors at RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs) and is an accredited public relations professional (APR). Gee holds an MBA from the University of Victoria.