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Biographies of panel members

Bert Boyd

Mr. Boyd is a senior management consultant with an extensive background in hospital administration, health management consulting, and health authority restructuring. He was the Project Coordinator for the restructuring of health authorities in British Columbia in 2001, and has been actively involved in developing a new accountability framework for these Health Authorities and the Ministry of Health Services. He has also assumed a leadership role in the restructuring of hospitals and regional authorities, and has undertaken a number of financial and operational assessments of health service providers.

Mr. Boyd has also worked with governments of a number of countries in reviewing their health systems and developing strategic plans in support of enhancing their health services. He also led a team in commissioning a new hospital in Belize.

Mr. Boyd's management experience includes serving as the Senior Vice-President at Vancouver General Hospital, the interim Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Richmond Health Board and the North Shore Health Region, and the President of the Prince George Regional Hospital. He has also been an Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Health Services in British Columbia.

Mr. Boyd has a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelors of Science.

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Vince Collins

Vince Collins spent 30 years as a senior public service manager. From 1988 to 1996 he served as the Province's Deputy Minister of Transportation and Highways. During 1996 and 1997 he served as the Chair of the Workers Compensation Board. From 1997 to 2001 he served the Government of Canada as a Chief Federal Negotiator under the BC Treaty Negotiation Process. During this same period, he performed a number of private consulting assignments in both the public and private sectors.

He rejoined the public service of BC in June 2001 as Deputy Minister of the BC Public Service Agency, as well as the country's first Merit Commissioner. During his career he has been accountable for managing some of the largest organization changes in BC, including the first ever privatization of highway maintenance in 1988 and the restructuring of the provincial public service over the past two years.

Mr. Collins left the public service in September 2003, and is now an independent consultant.

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Arlene Gladstone
B.A., B.S.W., M.S.W.

Arlene Gladstone began her career as a medical social worker in Saskatoon, then worked as a family counselor in London, Ontario and as a play therapist in Burnaby. She served as a staff member of the Berger Commission on Family and Children's law in the early 1970's and worked at the Vancouver YWCA from 1979 to 1983, initially as counselor and then as Director of Support Services and Hotel/ Residence. She was the Executive Director of Family Services of the North Shore, in North and West Vancouver, from 1984 to 2000.

In 1968 Ms Gladstone was the volunteer co-founder of the Block Parent Program in Canada, an initiative of the National Council of Jewish Women. Also as a volunteer, she served as a member of the Vancouver Police Board from 1992 to 1997, as a public member of the Practice Review and Licensing Committee of the B.C. Institute of Chartered Accountants, and as a member of the Reference Drug Review Panel for the Province of British Columbia in 2002-2003.

She is currently a director of Family Service Canada, Vice Chair of Vancouver Opera Association and a consultant on board and donor relations to not-for-profit cultural and social service agencies.

   Last updated December 9, 2003

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