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Executive Leadership Team

Lynn Pelletier


Vice President, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Assistant - Katherine Scrimshaw

Lynn Pelletier was appointed Vice President, Mental Health and Substance Use Services in June 2015. In this role, she has executive responsibility for all adult mental health and substance use services, contracted services and provincial planning.  Her portfolio includes the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, Regional Forensic Clinics, the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions and Heartwood Centre for Women.  Lynn was formerly a management consultant and has held senior leadership positions at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Simon Fraser University and Women's College Hospital. She has undergraduate degrees in science and education and a Master degree in Health Administration.

 DDrDr. Connie Coniglio


Chief Operating Officer, Complex Mental Health and Substance Use Services 

Assistant - Jana Rockwood

Connie Coniglio is the Chief Operating Officer, Complex Mental Health and Substance Use at BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services. Connie's operational portfolio includes the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction and the Heartwood Centre for Women, with additional oversight for the Rehabilitation and Recovery Program located on the Riverview lands and the Youth and Young Adult Residential Substance Use Program located in Keremeos, B.C. 


Connie joined BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services in 2008 and has held several leadership roles, including Provincial Executive Director, Director of Health Literacy, Clinical Director, Eating Disorders and Provincial Executive Director, Children and Women's Mental Health and Substance Use.  Connie is a registered psychologist and holds a doctoral degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto.

Angela joined British Columbia Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services  as the Provincial Executive Director of Forensic Psychiatric Services in September, 2015.  She is responsible for the clinical operations of the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and six Regional outpatient clinics. With experience as a registered nurse and in federal corrections, she is excited to join an already diverse group of leaders and dedicated professionals providing patient care in Forensic Services. 

 

Angela began her career as a nurse, where she found her passion in correctional, then forensic nursing. After spending many years as a frontline nurse, she began her career in health care administration within the federal correction system. Since her career transition from nursing, Angela has served as a Warden to a federal penitentiary in Saskatchewan, served as a Regional Director of Operations overseeing security and intelligence oversight for 12 federal prisons in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba.  She was appointed Warden of Edmonton Institution for Women from 2012-2014, and prior to her relocation to British Columbia, resumed the role of Executive Director at the Regional psychiatric Center in Saskatoon. Angela holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and has completed numerous training and certificate course in both nursing and corrections milieus.

Rebecca Hahn

Executive Director, Corporate and Clinical Support Services, Mental Health & Substance Use Services

Assistant - Christina Tolkamp

Rebecca joined Mental Health and Substance Use Services in July 2016. As Executive Director, Corporate and Clinical Support Services, Rebecca has executive responsibility for capital projects across the agency (including the new Centre for Mental Health and Addictions), quality and safety, learning and development, performance management, and facilities management. She is also the executive leader for the Clinical and Systems Transformation (CST) implementation for the Agency. 


Rebecca was formerly the Chief Transformation Officer for the CST program and has held various senior leadership positions at Vancouver Coastal Health, PHSA and University Health Network. 


Outside of work Rebecca is mom to a beautiful toddler – Ella. She enjoys mountain biking, and running. 

Andrew MacFarlane


Provincial Executive Director, Correctional Health Services and Forensic Regional Clinics

Assistant - Nidhi Badhan

Starting his clinical career as an ED and Psychiatric Social Worker, Andrew's 17 year administrative career has involved leadership roles in Mental Health and Substance Use settings within both Acute and Community Care sites, including the Regional Director role, and more recently has worked as the Director for Integrated Health Services in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.  He is passionate about recovery-oriented, outcome-oriented systems of care that include family and clients as partners, is a frequent speaker at conferences, and he has led many redesign initiatives, including implementing the Assertive Community Treatment Teams, the Intensive Case Management Teams, and the Outpatient Withdrawal Management Team in Vancouver as well as implementing the operational components of the DTES 2nd Generation process.  Andrew has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Ethical practice and MH and SU Social Work and has been a practicum supervisor for graduate-level students.        

 
 

Susan Good

Susan Good
Executive Director, Interprofessional Practice and Patient Experience

Assistant - Margaret Laird

‎Susan joined BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services in April 2018 as the Executive Director, Inter-professional Practice and Patient Experience. In this role Susan provides strategic leadership to nursing and allied health professional practice, learning and development, patient/client and family engagement, research and knowledge exchange, and cultural competency. She leads an inter-disciplinary team of staff working across the Agency to build capacity and infrastructure enabling a healthy, engaged and specialized workforce and improving the patient/client and family experience.   Beginning with initiatives in St Paul’s Hospital and Providence Health Care, Susan worked as a senior leader and organization development practitioner in BC healthcare for over 20 years, leading the development of education and employee engagement programs and facilitating large system redesign initiatives. Before joining BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, Susan was the Executive Director, Leadership and Organization Development with Fraser Health where she led a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to advancing exceptional employee experiences.   Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English and a Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Change.  Susan puts clients and families at the centre and is personally committed to making a difference in the lives of people with mental health and substance use challenges, and those who serve them. 

Dr. Jehannine Austin

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Executive Director, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services Research Institute 

Assistant - Eleanor Murphy

Jehannine is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry & Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia, where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Translational Psychiatric Genomics. Her research work focuses on using clinical genetics to improve outcomes for people with psychiatric illnesses and includes studying the impact of genetic counseling for people with psychiatric disorders and their families. Based on her research data, she founded the worlds first specialist psychiatric genetic counseling service that has won an award for its impact on patient outcomes, and in addition to peer-reviewed publications, has written a book, and won awards for teaching, leadership, and research. She was 2016 President of the US-based, 3500 member, National Society of Genetic Counselors, and is a member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and was selected in 2017 from 3700 nominees as one of CAMHs 150 leading Canadians for mental health.‎

 
 
Dr. George Wiehahn


Medical Director, Forensic Psychiatric Services

Assistant - Lana Schofield

‎Dr. George Wiehahn is the medical director for Forensic Psychiatric Services. He is responsible for BC Review Board matters under Canada's Criminal Code as well as offering clinical leadership at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital and the province's Forensic Psychiatric Clinics. Dr. Wiehahn has experience in offering clinical care as well as clinical leadership, regarding individuals who suffer persistent and severe mental disorders. He has worked in several capacities for the Interior Health Authority since 2004, in community mental health, tertiary psychiatric services as well as in correctional psychiatry before coming to PHSA in 2016. Dr. Wiehahn is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, with a sub-specialty designation in forensic psychiatry.  

Dr. Vijay Seethapathy


Medical Director, Complex Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Assistant - May Lok

‎Dr. Vijay Seethapathy is the medical director for complex mental health and substance use services. He is also a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and the oversight director for the psychiatry residents’ addiction program at the University of British Columbia. He is one of very few psychiatrists across B.C. who specializes in treating patients with a combination of complex mental health and substance use disorders, known in the mental health community as concurrent disorders. He has a special interest in clinical systems redesign.

Dr. Nader Sharifi


Medical Director, Correctional Health Services
Addictions Lead, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Assistant - Jeanette Fong

Dr. Nader Sharifi is the medical director for Correctional Health Services and the addictions lead for all of BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services. He has been practicing correctional medicine for nearly 20 years.

Dr. Paul Dagg



Executive Medical Director, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Assistant - Jeanette Fong

Paul Dagg is the executive medical director at BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services.  He moved to B.C. in 2005 to establish the tertiary mental health services for the Interior Health Authority, which were being developed as a result of the regionalization of services from the Riverview Hospital. He opened Hillside Centre in Kamloops and led the tertiary mental health services at Interior Health until 2016. He is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC, and in 2013, he was inducted as a member of the American College of Psychiatry. Prior to coming to B.C., Dr. Dagg was the director of clinical services at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. Until 2005, he was the Assistant Dean for Postgraduate Education in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and Associate Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Psychiatry. 

Dr. Dagg has been heavily involved in postgraduate training in medicine and psychiatry and has consulted on psychiatric service delivery in inpatient, outpatient, and community settings in cities across Canada. In 2016, he was awarded the Duncan Graham Award for Lifelong Contribution to Medical Education in Canada by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 

In addition to his administrative and educational responsibilities, he is on the editorial board for the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health and has written on the topic. He also has an interest in service delivery models in mental health, cognition in schizophrenia, psychotherapy and the role of evidence in its practice, and the treatment of adults with pervasive developmental disorders and Asperger’s syndrome.

Dr. Johann Brink is a Clinical Professor and Head of Forensic Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. He is Vice President; Medical Affairs and Research for the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission in British Columbia, an agency of BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services. He is President Elect of the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and is the Co-Chair of the Canadian Forensic Mental Health Network. Dr. Brink is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University and serves on several specialized committees related to forensic psychiatry.


Dr. Brink completed his medical undergraduate and postgraduate training in psychiatry in South Africa, and also obtained a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in philosophy, before moving to Canada in 1992.


Dr. Brink was for several years the Clinical Director of the Regional Psychiatric Center in Abbotsford, BC (a maximum secure forensic psychiatric facility operated by Correctional Services Canada) before joining the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission (FPSC) in 2002. Dr. Brink has authored and co-authored several papers on forensic psychiatric epidemiology, neuro-imaging studies in psychopathy, and on risk assessment. He has developed several risk assessment measures and is co-author of the START (Short Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability).

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