New appointments to HQC Board of Directors include leaders in Indigenous health research, public policy, and business

Jan 30 2018

The Province has appointed three new members to the Board of Directors of Saskatchewan’s Health Quality Council (HQC). Joining the HQC Board are a career public servant and a business leader from Saskatchewan, and an Indigenous community-based researcher from this province who is based in Ontario.

Carrie Bourassa is Research Chair in Indigenous and Northern Health and Senior Scientist at Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury and Scientific Director of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Doug Moen is Director of Executive Education at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Serese Selanders has more than 20 years of business experience in the financial services and technology industries.

Dr. Susan Shaw, Chair of the HQC Board and Chief Medical Officer with the new Saskatchewan Health Authority, says she’s looking forward to working with the three new members. “We are sure to benefit from the fresh insights and experiences Carrie, Doug, and Serese bring to the HQC Board table,” says Dr. Shaw. “Their willingness to serve signals their strong commitment to help accelerate improvement in this province’s health care system.”

As part of the same Order-In-Council, Cheryl Craig, who was CEO of the Five Hills Health Region has been named Vice-Chair. Board members Liz Crocker, Yvonne Shevchuk, and Ross Baker have been reappointed to serve until December 2019; Cheryl Craig, Tom Kishchuk, and Dan Fox have been reappointed to February 2019. Terms have ended for Dr. Dennis Kendel (Vice-Chair), Eber Hampton, and Charlyn Black, who all served from 2002 to 2017. Dr. Werner Oberholzer, who joined the HQC Board in 2015, stepped down in late 2017.

“We are grateful to Dennis, Eber, and Charlyn, who are all founding members of the HQC Board, and for the contributions of Werner,” says Dr. Shaw. “Their years of dedication and the wisdom and guidance they contributed have shaped the work of our organization and the ways in which we are helping make health care better and safer for patients.”

HQC accelerates improvement of health and health care across Saskatchewan. We do this by building improvement capability and spreading innovation throughout the province, through education, improvement initiatives, and research.

For more information, contact:

Greg Basky
Director of Communications
[email protected] / 306-668-8814


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