BC Alliance for Healthy Living Society – Executive Director


Executive Director

Vancouver, BC


Employment: Contract position to March 31 2019 with option for renewal.

Hours: Flexible 3 – 4 days / week if preferred

Location: #310 – 1212 West Broadway, Vancouver


About the BC Alliance for Healthy Living Society (BCAHL)


The BC Alliance for Healthy Living is a registered not‐for‐profit society that first came together  in 2003 with a vison to improve the health of British Columbians. BCAHL’s mission is “to  improve the health of all British Columbians through leadership and collaboration to address  the risk factors and health inequities that contribute significantly to chronic disease.”

The BC Alliance for Healthy Living is an alliance in the truest sense – the leaders of some of the  province’s largest and most influential health organizations make up the representatives that  govern BCAHL and determine strategic priorities and directions.  The membership includes: BC  Healthy Communities Society, BC Lung Association, BC Pediatric Society, BC Recreation and  Parks Association, Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division; Canadian Mental Health  Association, BC Division; Diabetes Canada, Dietitians of Canada, BC Region, Heart and Stroke  Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon; Public Health Association of BC, Union of BC Municipalities,  and YMCA of Greater Vancouver.

BCAHL advances health promoting policies, programs and environments that support the
physical and mental well‐being of British Columbians.  Since 2005, BCAHL has provided  oversight for over $35M in health promotion programming. These initiatives have affected tens  of thousands of British Columbians reaching across BC– from the far north Daylu Dena Council  near Lower Post to Sooke in the southwest to Sparwood in the southeast of the province. As an  advocacy group, we work with government and hold them accountable to promote wellness  and prevent chronic disease.

To learn more about BCAHL please visit


Position Overview


The Executive Director reports to a provincial level Board of Directors and serves to provide advice and  recommendations on strategic directions for the Alliance and works closely with the Board on setting  strategic priorities. The ED has the delegated responsibility for all operational functions within the limits  defined in policy and in accordance with an annually approved Business Plan.

The ED’s major responsibilities include governance, advocacy, administration, communications, external  relations, fundraising, financial management and human resources.

The ED represents BCAHL and serves as liaison to government and other external groups and provides  information as appropriate to BCAHL partners and governments on BCAHL’s activities and current
policy positions.

The ED is expected to develop strategic plans and proposals for potential future roles and projects which  might be undertaken by BCAHL, as well as for future policy positions. This requires engagement of key  stakeholders in collaborative annual and long‐term planning to increase the organization’s impact.

The ED ensures the financial sustainability of the organization, seeks out new funding opportunities and  manages key funder relationships. Supervises two staff (Manager of Advocacy and Communications and  Administration Manager) and other consultants as required.

Currently, the ED is also responsible for the oversight of the implementation of the Physical Activity  Strategy for Children and Youth grant from the Ministry of Health in partnership with the Ministry and  the executing agencies.


Required skills and knowledge


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in public health, health promotion and health administration or a  related area.
  • A minimum of seven years of senior management experience including two to four years’
    experience in multi‐organizational project management.
  • Strong leadership skills with a proven record of effective organizational development.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a governing body as well as fostering strong relationships with  senior leaders in government and not‐for‐profit sectors.
  • Commitment to health promotion and solid knowledge of chronic disease prevention and health equity.
  • Proven track record of successful government relations and experience in policy‐making and advocacy.
  • Familiarity with current policy issues in health promotion and ability to see opportunities to align  with government priorities, cultivate internal champions and build political support.
  • Understanding of financial management best practices and nonprofit and charitable regulatory
  • Demonstrated ability to implement successful fundraising strategies and manage key funder relationships.
  • Excellent written, speaking and presentation skills and exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to show initiative and ingenuity.
  • Skill with managing competing priorities and divergent interests of stakeholders.
  • Able to make challenging decisions respectfully and effectively.
  • Experience providing guidance, support and constructive feedback to motivate staff and achieve  organizational objectives.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, presentation and decision‐making skills. Tact and good  judgment required.



Salary is negotiable.  Benefits include paid vacation starting at three weeks per year plus time off during  the annual office closure between Christmas and New Year’s.

Application Information: 

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter outlining their relevant experience and  interest in the position to BC Alliance for Healthy Living Society, 310 ‐ 1212 West Broadway, Vancouver,  BC V6H 3V2 or email to

Application deadline is Wednesday January 31, 2018.  Only candidates selected for further  consideration will be contacted.  We thank all applicants for their interest.



PHABC Conference 2019: One week to Go, Full Online Program now Available!

Simplifying Complexity:

Public Health Approached & Practice in Complex Systems

Conference & Annual General Meeting

November 14th & 15th, 2019

The Sutton Place Hotel

Vancouver, BC

Full Online Program now available!




Exactly one week until we welcome all of you to Vancouver for our annual conference, “Simplifying Complexity: Public Health Approaches & Practice in Complex Systems.” We hope you are getting as excited about it as we are!


In advance of the conference, we are delighted to release our final full program* on our website for your viewing pleasure. It has all the location information you will need, from how to get there and where to park, to where to eat and what the hotel has to offer hotel guests. It includes descriptions of all presentations and workshops over the two days, a full list of our exhibitor booths, biographies of our featured speakers, our think piece along with recommended readings to get you thinking about complex adaptive systems, and so much more!




Some presentations are subject to change, any updates to the program will be listed on the main display board at the registration desk the day of the conference.



*Please note that the print version of the program, available at the conference, will not include the think piece, exhibitor descriptions or award winner’s insert


None of this would be possible with out the hard work and support of our SPC co-chairs and members, volunteers, sponsors and PHABC staff. We thank you all very much for the time and dedication you are putting into this event and we can’t wait to share the fruits of our labor with everyone!



We hope you all have a wonderful long weekend and we look forward to seeing you next week at the Sutton!

PHABC Conference 2019: Featured Speakers Now Released! Program at a glance available now, full program coming next week!

Simplifying Complexity:

Public Health Approached & Practice in Complex Systems

Conference & Annual General Meeting

November 14th & 15th, 2019

The Sutton Place Hotel

Vancouver, BC



We hope everyone in the PHABC family had a safe and happy Halloween with friends and family! Now that October is over and November is upon us, it’s almost time for our annual conference! Have you purchased your ticket yet? If not you better hurry before it’s too late. To check out the prices and register today follow the link below:


The conference schedule is packed with a number of excellent presentations and workshops that will leave delegates with a solid understanding of complex adaptive systems, complexity science and how to affect positive change using tools developed using complex adaptive systems thinking. You can copy the link below to check out the program in detail and start planning your days!


This year’s plenary sessions will feature a number of experts in their respective fields; including:

  • The Honorable Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham
  • Dr. Perry Kendall, CM and Co-executive director at BC Centre on Substance Use
  • Craig Thompson, Director of Immunization at the Ministry of Health
  • Val Morrison, Scientific Advisor at the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy
  • Dr. Tammara Soma, Research Director at Simon Fraser University’s Food Systems Lab
  • Guy Felicella, Peer Clinical Advisor at the BC Centre for Substance Use and Inspirational Speaker
  • Dr. Simon Carroll, Sociology Professor at the University of Victoria
  • Lesley Dyck, Principal Consultant at Ideas to Impact Leadership and Consulting
  • Dr. Shari Laliberte, Nursing Faculty at Vancouver Community College
  • Dr. Marjorie MacDonald, Professor Emerita at the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria
  • Melanie Kurrein, Food Security Provincial Manager at BC Centre for Disease Control
  • Dr. Christy Sutherland, Medical Director at the Portland Hotel Society
  • Ian Roe, National Manager of I Boost Immunity & Kids Boost Immunity
  • Dr. Irv Rootman, Professor at the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria
  • Andrew Tugwell, Director of Health Promotion & Prevention at BC Children’s Hospital
  • Lori Snyder, Educator of Wild, Edible and Medicinal Plants at Earth Awareness Realized Through Health
  • Dr. John Millar, Clinical Professor at the School for Population and Public Health at the University of BC
  • Richard Han, Provincial Manager of Farm to School BC
  • Rita Koutsodimos, Executive Director at the BC Alliance for Healthy Living
  • Chris Van Ven, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Public Health Planning at Vancouver Coastal Health


To read more about them, check out their biographies on our conference page, follow the link below:


Don’t forget to get your free flu shots! On Friday November 15th, 2019 we will be hosting a flu shot clinic in Chateau Mouton Rothschild. Public health nurses will be on site to provide the vaccine and any person attending the conference is welcome to take advantage of the on-site flu shot clinic and stay healthy this winter.


In the afternoon of Thursday, November 14th, 2019 we hope you will join us for our annual social networking event, where we will be hosting our poster sessions, exhibitor booths and 2019 awards ceremony. Enjoy some free non-alcoholic refreshments and delicious appetizers while networking with likeminded individuals and learning about the latest research and projects ongoing in our province and beyond. A cash bar will also be available for anyone who wishes to enjoy an alcoholic beverage during the event.


We would like to take this time to thank all of our sponsors for this year’s conference, without them we would not be able to host this event year after year and we are eternally grateful for their support and commitment to public health in BC and beyond.


Gold Sponsors

First Nations Health Authority

Community Action Initiative

Sanofi Pasteur


Silver Sponsors

Doctors of BC

Northern Health


Pfizer Canada


Bronze Sponsors

Farm to School BC

Kids Boost Immunity

National Collaborating Centre for Health Public Policy

I Boost Immunity



We hope everyone is getting as excited about the upcoming conference as we are. Don’t forget to check out the information under our Conference 2019 tab for the most up to date conference information, including the release of our full conference program next week.

Indigenous Human Rights Set in B.C. Law

It’s about a brighter future.

Indigenous Human Rights Set in B.C. Law

New legislation will put B.C. laws in line with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This is a historic moment for everyone in B.C.

B.C.’s new law recognizes and respects the human rights of Indigenous peoples and will help to build a stronger B.C.

It makes sure Indigenous peoples are a part of the decisions that affect them, their families and their territories. It provides a way forward on reconciliation with a plan that will work for everyone in B.C.

Indigenous peoples and the B.C. government are building a better future, together. That means good jobs and opportunities that benefit all, while protecting the land, air and water.

Working together, we’re making real progress.

Foundry invites Expressions of Interest for a health and social service centre for youth

Foundry is a network of community-based centres and online tools and resources that enable young British Columbians to access mental health and substance use supports, primary care, peer supports and social services from a single place. Foundry is creating an experience of care that embraces, empowers and supports youth. It’s a place where young people and their families are welcomed without judgment.


BC communities now have an opportunity to establish a Foundry health
and social service centre for youth age 12-24 and their families.


From now until November 26th 2019, Foundry is inviting
Expressions of Interest (EOI) through

Non-profit and health and social system agencies serving youth are eligible to submit an EOI through


As part of the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions’ (MMHA’s) “A Pathway to Hope: B.C.’s mental health roadmap,” Foundry is looking to partner with organizations across BC to open and operate a minimum of six new Foundry centres.


Currently, eight Foundry centres are open in Vancouver, Campbell River, Kelowna, Vancouver North Shore (North and West Vancouver), Prince George, Victoria, Penticton and Abbotsford, with three more in development in Terrace, Richmond, and Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows. Interested organizations can learn more about submitting an EOI at


Hosted by Providence Health Care, Foundry is supported by the Government of British Columbia, the Graham Boeckh Foundation, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and donors to St. Paul’s Foundation. is powered by BC Children’s Hospital.

BC Poverty Reduction Coalition

Today is the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

3.4 million Canadians live in poverty so let’s vote in the federal election on October 21 for the party that’s promising action on poverty. We’ve taken a look at the platform promises on income security, low-wage work, housing, healthcare, education, child care, and equity, and here’s where the parties stand:

See the Full Summary



Reliable, Evidence-based Course on Radon Offered by McMaster University

McMaster University, in partnership with Health Canada, the Ontario College of Family Physicians and the Clean Air Partnership, have designed a certified program to provide professionals working in the health industry with reliable, evidence-based information on radon. The course requires only one hour of time which can be conducted over multiple sessions, and is accredited for Continuing Professional Development credit by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (1 Mainpro-M1 credit) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (1.0 hours).

For non-smokers, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in Canada and has been linked to the deaths of 3,200 Canadians every year. All homes have some level of radon and talking to patients about the need to test their homes is an important part of preventing radon-related cancer.

For more information and to take the course go HERE