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The Board of Directors of Northern Health is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization and, through the President and Chief Executive Officer, ensures that appropriate management processes are established to realize the strategic direction. Board Directors are expected to utilize their individual expertise and points of view to contribute to decision making that is in the best interest of Northern Health.

Key responsibilities of the Board include:

  • Establishing and maintaining the strategic planning process, including the setting of strategic priorities for the organization
  • Understanding the material risks associated with the organization’s objectives
  • Maintaining open communications with medical staff leadership 
  • Overseeing the organization’s financial planning and performance
  • Overseeing the quality and patient safety review processes
  • Ensuring effective governance of the organization

Current Board

Colleen V. Nyce, Board Chair

Colleen Nyce has more than 15 years of corporate leadership experience working in private, multi-national business. A graduate of Public Administration and Political Science from the University of Windsor, Colleen’s overall career experience captures a broad array of expertise and skill spanning 35 years: from professional sport, community management, investment banking, insurance, retail business ownership, communications, public relations, and corporate strategic management.

This portfolio of work accomplishments is highlighted by board service work and awards, some of which are: President Northern BC Winter Games 2004; President of Kitimat Valley Institute 2007-2013; Director Nechako-Kitamaat Development Fund Society 2003-2007; Provincial Community Sport Hero Award 2010; and Rio Tinto Global Bravo Award for First Nation Agreement Making in 2011.  

Ms. Nyce was appointed to the NH Board in September 2015. Her current term expires in December 2020.

Frank Everitt

Frank Everitt is serving his second term as a city councillor in Prince George and is a member of the city's finance and audit committee. Everitt is president of the Union of Steel Workers Local 1-4242 and he volunteered for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. He has been a community member on the Select Committee on Homelessness and Affordable Housing, board member and vice-chair of Employment Action, board member and vice-chair on the College of New Caledonia, president of Prince George and District Labour Council, board member of Spruce Credit Union, board member of the Canadian Institute of the Blind and was a member on the Forestry Roundtable.

Mr. Everitt was appointed to the NH Board in September 2017. His current term expires in December 2019

Brian Fehr 

Brian Fehr is the owner and co-founder of BID Group of Companies. BID Group Canada is based in Prince George. Mr. Fehr acts as BID Group’s chairman and managing director. Through his direct involvement in project management and customer relations, he has helped to establish the BID Group as a premier design, manufacturing, construction and project management organization. Brian is known for his hard-work ethic and his passion for the prosperity of Northern BC. 

Mr. Fehr has previously served as the director of Science World, B.C. Safety Authority, and Baldy Hughes Therapeutic Community. He also served as a director and then chair of B.C. Crane Safety Authority.

Mr. Fehr was appointed to the NH Board in December 2017.  His current term expires in December 2019.

Stephanie Killam

Stephanie Killam has lived in Mackenzie since 1972. She and her husband Donald have raised their two children in the community. Stephanie was the senior secretary at Mackenzie Secondary School from 1979 to her retirement in 2006.

Stephanie is committed to the community and the region, promoting initiatives which improve economic, health and educational opportunities. She is well-versed in environmental issues and the balance that is required between those concerns and the economic development and diversification of the community's future. 

The depth of her involvement in the community, region and province is exemplified by the many Boards and Associations of which she has been or is currently a member. Politically, she has been a municipal councillor for nine years and has served as Mayor of Mackenzie from 2005 - 2014.

Ms. Killam was appointed to the NH Board in March 2015. Her current term expires in December 2018

Rosemary Landry

Rosemary Landry is a Registered Nurse who is working part-time in Home Health Care following her retirement from the Fort St. John Hospital in 2005. A resident of Fort St. John since 1978 she is currently serving as Chair of the Fort St. John Hospital Auxiliary, Co-ordinator of the Junior Volunteer /Student Volunteer program, President of the Community Arts Council and Treasurer for the North Peace Potters’ Guild. 

Rosemary is a visual artist and potter with a Northern Lights College Associate of Arts diploma with a deep interest in the importance of art in health care. Presently she is volunteering on the Fort St. John Hospital Art Committee to preserve and remount the permanent art collection in the new hospital.

Ms. Landry was appointed to the NH Board in April 2014. Her current term expires in March 2020.

Gaurav Parmar

Gaurav Parmar is a Partner with the law firm of Heather Sadler Jenkins LLP. Mr. Parmar was called as a practicing member of the Law Society of British Columbia in 2004. In addition to his Juris Doctor degree he holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Mr. Parmar's practice includes, but is not limited, to all areas of business law, corporate law, commercial law, real estate law, employment law, creditors remedies, and wills and estates.

Mr. Parmar was born and raised in Prince George. He is active in the community. Mr. Parmar served on the Board of Directors of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce for 5 years and was elected as the President during the Chamber's Centennial year in 2011. 

Mr. Parmar currently sits on the Board of Governors for the Prince George Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Mr. Parmar has instructed in the School of Business at the University of Northern British Columbia and at the College of New Caledonia. He enjoys sports and has coached High School Basketball and currently serves as the Commissioner of the Prince George Men's Basketball Association.

Mr. Parmar was appointed to the NH Board in April 2014. His current term expires in March 2020.

Edward Stanford

Edward Stanford is a partner and community consultant with Urban Systems Ltd., a multi-disciplinary consulting firm that specializes in working with provincial, territorial and municipal governments, indigenous communities and not-for-profit organizations. Edward is never short on ideas. He has a unique ability to see possibilities and alternatives in response to virtually any set of conditions and he excels at challenging and encouraging people to consider different perspectives. 

Edward’s ideas tend to spark dynamic discussions and creative thinking that lead to innovative solutions and new ways of seeing things. Edward has an education based around farm management, landscape architecture and community planning. He brings more than 14 years of experience working to improve, enhance and develop vibrant communities in Northeasterner British Columbia.

Mr. Stanford was appointed to the Northern Health Board in April 2014. His current term expires in March 2020.

Ben A. Sander

Ben Sander is Senior Partner of Sander Rose Bone Grindle LLP Chartered Accountants. Mr. Sander is a board member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia, and a BC Institute committee representative for the Institute of Northern Development Regional Check-up, and regional representative for the regional media. 

He is a board member of the congregational council of Grace Lutheran Church. He is also a past director of the BC Senior Games, the BC Winter Games, and the BC Northern Winter Games. He has spent many years coaching minor ball and volleyball. In 2010, Mr. Sander was awarded the Distinguished Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Alberta, and his chartered accountant designation.

Mr. Sander was appointed to the NH Board in December 2012. His current term expires in December 2018.

Maurice Squires

Maurice Squires is Program Director with the Nisga’a Lisims Government. Previously, he was the Social Development Officer with Gitwinksihlkw Village Government. Active in his community, Mr. Squires is the Vice President of the Aboriginal Child Care Society, and is Past President of the Caring for First Nations Children Society. He authored the publication Liberating our Children Revisited: What Did the Aboriginal Community Ask for in 1992 and What Did They Get? Mr. Squires holds his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Victoria.

Mr. Squires was appointed to the NH Board in December 2012. His current term expires in December 2018.