We are led by a Board of Directors. They are leaders from health care and other fields, with expertise in clinical care, system administration and management, health system research, health policy, and quality improvement. They come from within Saskatchewan, outside the province, and outside the country. Our Board is appointed by the Minister of Health, and meets four times a year.
Who's on the HQC Board?
Susan Shaw practices critical care and anesthesiology within the Saskatoon Health Region. She is an assistant professor with the College of Medicine's Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management at the University of Saskatchewan. Since returning home to Saskatoon after completing fellowship training at Stanford University Medical Center in California, she has served in several leadership roles in Saskatchewan, including as head of the Saskatoon Health Region Department of Adult Critical Care and as a physician co-lead for the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative.
Dennis Kendel is CEO of saskdocs, also known as the Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan. He previously served for 25 years as the Registrar (CEO) of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan. He holds a faculty appointment with the University of Saskatchewan. He is also a recipient of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.
Ross Baker is a professor of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and the director of the Master’s degree program in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. He is perhaps best known for his lead role in the CIHI/CIHR funded project "Adverse Events in Canadian Hospitals,” the first paper of which was published in the May 25, 2004, CMAJ. His 1995 article, "A Balanced Scorecard for Canadian Hospitals," served as a template for the now-annual Ontario Hospital Report.
Charlyn Black is the Associate Director, Education and a professor in the School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, and a faculty member in UBC’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research. She is a health policy researcher with interests in health quality, quality improvement, and health information systems, and has played a key role in ensuring that research questions and results are relevant to policy-makers.
Cheryl Craig has served as CEO of the Five Hills Health Region since 2009. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 1974 from the University of Saskatchewan, and has since held administrative positions in community care, acute care and long-term care. With the formation of the Moose Jaw Thunder Creek Health District and subsequently the Five Hills Health Region, she served as vice-president and executive director of the Clinical Services portfolio. She is a certified Lean Leader. She has a strong commitment to continuous improvement with a focus on patient and staff safety.
Elizabeth Crocker serves as vice-president on the board of the Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care (IPFCC) and is the co-author of Privileged Presence: Personal Stories of Connections in Health Care. She is an experienced businessperson, currently the co-owner of the oldest children's bookstore in North America. In addition, she has worked as a clinical teaching associate with the Learning Resource Centre, working as a simulated patient with Dalhousie medical students. She has created and directed a large Child Life Department, served as treasurer and president of the board of the Association for the Care of Children's Health, and was president of the Canadian Institute for Child Health. She has served as a hospital trustee and now serves on the board of a hospital foundation.
Daniel M. Fox
Daniel M. Fox, president emeritus of the Milbank Memorial Fund, is an author of books and articles on health policy and politics and an adviser to public officials, leaders of provider systems in health and long-term care, research organizations, publishers, and foundations. His most recent book is The Convergence of Science and Governance (2010). Before serving as president of the Fund (1989-2007), he worked in federal and state government in the United States and as a faculty member and administrator of several universities. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the National Academy of Social Insurance, and holds faculty appointments at Columbia University and the University of Sydney (Australia). He is a Policy Fellow of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina.
Eber Hampton is professor emeritus of organizational theory and business ethics in the Faculty of Business Administration, University of Regina, and special advisor to the dean, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta. He has served on the board of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health-CIHR and as principal investigator for the Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre. He was president of the First Nations University of Canada from 1991 to 2005.
Tom Kishchuk was appointed Vice-President Operational Support for Federated Co operatives Limited (FCL) in August 2015. Prior to joining FCL, Tom was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Canada, Ltd., where he also served as the General Manager of Operations, After Sales Service Division Manager and Quality Assurance Manager. He is currently a Director of the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation and the Saskatoon Community Foundation. Tom earned his Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, and his Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering, at the University of Saskatchewan and is a Registered Professional Engineer.
Werner Oberholzer studied medicine in South Africa, has a family practice at the Radville Marian Health Centre, and is the medical director of Emergency Medical Services for the Sun Country Health Region. He has also served as team leader of the Rural West Primary Healthcare team, chair of the Joint Medical Professional Review Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, clinical associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, and as an expert member of the Chronic Disease Management Program, Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. He was named Saskatchewan Physician of the Year in 2009 and Saskatchewan Family Physician of the Year in 2013.
Yvonne M. Shevchuk
Yvonne M. Shevchuk is a professor and associate dean academic in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. Her areas of focus include infectious disease, therapeutics, appropriate drug use, and drug information/critical literature appraisal. She is the director of the Saskatchewan Drug Information Service and is a member of the Drug Advisory Committee of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Expert Drug Advisory Committee of CADTH. She is a member of both the advisory board of RxFiles and the Pharmacy Coalition on Primary Care.
Beth Vachon has served as the CEO of Cypress Health Region since April 2010. Prior to her CEO appointment, she served in a variety of leadership positions within Cypress Health Region and the Swift Current Health District, including as a member of the senior leadership team and as the executive director of Community Health Services. She has been employed in health care for more than 30 years as a registered psychiatric nurse and manager. She is an advocate for building effective community partnerships and engaging health providers in the provision of a patient-first health environment.