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Board of Directors

Dr. Charles Jago, Board Chair

Dr. Charles Jago was appointed to the Northern Health Board in September 2007. Dr. Jago was president of the University of Northern BC from 1995 to 2006. During his tenure, he provided leadership in the establishment of the Northern Medical Program, which was expressly designed to address the shortage of doctors in rural British Columbia. 

Dr. Jago has been actively involved in many Northern economic development initiatives and championed the development of educational partnerships and programs for First Nations groups in Northern B.C. Dr. Jago received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2003 and was named to the Order of Canada in 2004 for his 25 years of outstanding achievement and service to education.

In 2006, he was appointed chair of the Fraser Basin Council. Dr. Jago serves on the Board of Directors of 2010 Legacies Now, Partnerships BC Inc., and chairs the board of Canfor Pulp Co. Ltd. Partnership. Dr. Jago received his BA in Honours English and History from the University of Western Ontario. He graduated as the Honours gold medalist from Huron College with a Commonwealth Scholarship to undertake graduate studies at Cambridge University in Britain. Dr Jago graduated from Cambridge with a PhD in History in 1969.

Dr. Jago was appointed to the Northern Health Board in August 2007. His current term expires in June, 2017.

Pat Bell

Pat was born in Vancouver, educated at UBC and has spent much of his life in the Hospitality industry. Pat and his family moved to Prince George in 1988 to become Franchisees for Wendy’s and proceeded to open 2 restaurants which they still own today. In addition Pat co-owned a logging company and owned a trucking company.

In 2000 the Political calling came and Pat ran for the nomination of the BC Liberal Party. His 12 years in Politics included roles as Minister of State for Mining, Minister of Agriculture and Lands, Minister of Forests and finally the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training. Pat’s accomplishments in Politics were significant including the extensive work developing new market opportunities for BC lumber in China, the completion of the “Great Bear Rain Forest” land use plan and most recently authored the “Jobs Plan” for British Columbia.

In 2015 Pat, his wife Brenda and son Doug opened British Columbia’s northern most winery. Northern Lights Estate Winery on the banks of the Nechako River is a family dream come true. As Development Partner Pat is supporting the Family efforts to provide a world class wine experience in an extraordinary setting.

Currently Pat sits on the Board of Directors of two publically traded companies (Conifex and Gold Reach) and 1 private company (Pinnacle Renewable Energy). In addition he consults on a variety of issues for companies in BC. He is known for his ability to bring people together in difficult circumstances.

Mr. Bell was appointed to the NH Board in December 2016. His current term expires in December 2018.

Sharon L. Hartwell

Sharon Hartwell is an Employment Counsellor with Community Futures of Nadina. Previously, she was mayor for the Village of Telkwa for four consecutive terms and a former town counsellor. 

Active in the community, she served on a variety of boards including the North Central Municipal Association (NCMA), the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. While on these boards, Ms. Hartwell served as chair of NCMA's health committee and vice chair of health for UBCM. In addition, she served as board chair for the North West Regional Hospital District.

Ms. Hartwell was appointed to the NH Board in June 2010. Her current term expires in December 2017.

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 2017

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.

Colleen V. Nyce

Colleen Nyce is a skilled manager and strategist. In her role as Manager, Corporate Affairs, Communication & External Relations for Rio Tinto Alcan between 2001 and 2015 she led all communication, public/media relations and stakeholder relations across northern BC. She assisted with the formulation and delivery of a business case which resulted in a $4 billion investment to modernize the Kitimat aluminum smelter. 

She was also responsible for community offices in Kitimat, Vanderhoof and Burns Lake, as well as leading a team of communications and public relations professionals. Colleen graduated from the University of Windsor, Ontario, with a degree in political science and public administration.

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

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 2017.

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.