Charles Jago Appointed New Northern Health Chair

For Immediate Release
Sept. 17, 2007

Ministry of Health
Northern Health

VICTORIA – The provincial government has appointed Dr. Charles Jago as the new chair of Northern Health.

“Dr. Jago brings a wealth of experience related to health and northern living to the Authority,” said Health Minister George Abbott. “His first-hand familiarity with health-care delivery across northern British Columbia and his track record of success in many past and present roles means residents will continue to have a proven leader at the helm of Northern Health. Our government greatly appreciates the outstanding commitment and leadership of Jeff Burghardt in his five years of service with the Northern Health Board and thanks him for his work.”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.

“Because Northern Health is responsible for providing health services to 300,000 people scattered over 600,000 square km, it’s important to have someone who understands the region, its citizens and the health system,” said Northern Caucus chair and Prince George-Omineca MLA John Rustad.

Northern Health’s 7,000 employees operate over two dozen acute care facilities, 14 long-term care facilities, public health units, and offices providing specialized services. Dr. Jago will join the other six board members in overseeing Northern Heath’s operating budget, its governance, strategic direction, capital plans, and other issues. Further appointments to the Northern Health Board are pending

Dr. Jago, whose appointment extends to mid-2010, replaces current Northern Health board chair Jeff Burghardt, whose term expired this summer.

“Northerners are fortunate to have a board chair as knowledgeable and dedicated as Dr. Jago,” said Burghardt. “He understands the needs and potential of the north.”

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.

During his career, Dr. Jago served on the boards of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the Office of Partnerships for Advanced Skills. He served as chair of the Council of Western University Presidents, the University Presidents’ Council of British Columbia, and the Northern BC United Way. Dr. Jago served as a commissioner on the Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund.

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.


Media contact:

Sarah Plank
Manager of Media Relations
250 952-3387
250 480-6678 (media line)

Mark Karjaluoto
Northern Health
250 565-2694

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