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.



Registration on Now – Join Us for Summer School 2018!

PHABC’s 9th Annual Summer School

The Public Health Approach

Building Safe and Inclusive Communities.



Don’t miss your chance to register for the Public Health Association of BC’s 9th annual Summer School, The Public Health Approach: Building Safe and Inclusive Communities, happening July 5th & 6th, 2018 at university campuses across BC.


Registration is on now, click here to register!


PHABC’s Summer School is one of BC’s only continuing education courses for public health. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the latest issues in public health, build your professional skill-set, network with like-minded individuals and find out how you can help foster safe and inclusive communities!


We are excited to partner with the Saskatchewan Public Health Association and BC Healthy Communities to explore the foundational concepts and applications of building safe and inclusive communities, and what this looks like for public health through a combination of key note sessions, workshops and breakout discussions. Both the physical and the social aspects of safe and inclusive communities will be considered.


Click here to read the Save the Date


This two-day event will take place July 5th and 6th at the University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, University of British Columbia Okanagan, and University of Northern BC. Participants from each location will be able to fully participate in the workshop via UBC’s Video Conferencing technology.


2 Day Registration* Rates
PHABC Members $100.00
Non-Members $160.00
Student PHABC Members $80.00
Student Non-Members $120.00

*Registration does not include lunch but refreshments will be provided in the morning and at each coffee break.


For this year’s theme of community safety and inclusion, PHABC would like to hear from you! What does community safety and inclusion look like in your community? Answer the question by sending a photo and a brief description, including the name of your community, to



Following the format of last year’s summer school and fall conference; our chosen theme, integrated with the discussions held by participants at the summer school, will be used to help guide and inform the curriculum of our annual conference. Participants who attend the summer school are encouraged use what they learn to develop an abstract for consideration at the conference, happening from November 15th to 16th, 2018 at the Sutton Place Hotel in Downtown Vancouver.


We are always in need of notetakers for each location. If you are interested in the summer school but the cost of registration is a major obstacle to your attendance, please contact Christina at for current volunteer opportunities.

Fuse 2018: Top Tips for Conference Success

FUSE 2018

Top Tips for Conference Success



On May 8-10, 2018, over 170 delegates and speakers from across Canada, the US, Australia, Europe and beyond will convene in Vancouver for Fuse 2018, the 4th Fuse International Conference on Knowledge Exchange in Public Health.


Designed to support the use of research evidence in policy-making that promotes and protects the health of citizens, delegates will explore the challenges faced when using evidence, including conflicting evidence, in policy-making, and discuss how best to mitigate and overcome these challenges.


Joining us for Fuse 2018? Use our top tips to get the most out of the conference.



Warm up with Health xChange

If you were lucky enough to nab a ticket to the second annual Health xChange, join us at the St. Regis Bar & Grill for an evening of PechaKucha and networking focused on using research evidence to improve health policy and practice.

Got a ticket but not able to attend? Do let us know by emailing so we can reallocate your spot.



Pick your breakout sessions and sign up for your workshops

Fuse 2018 features six panels and plenary sessions, four workshops, lightning talks and oral presentations – some running in parallel. Check the program guide and plan your schedule so you don’t miss out. Workshop capacity is limited, so please come ready to sign up for your preferred workshop at the registration desk.



Find out more about the speakers

Need some light reading for your journey to Fuse 2018? Find out more about our speakers and read Dr. Paul Cairney’s blog: What counts as evidence? Our choice could have a profound effect on policy-making.



Join the conversation online

On Twitter? Use the hashtag #FuseKEC18 to say hi and share learnings from your favorite sessions. The WIFI code will be posted on the reception desk, don’t forget to snap some pictures!



Make connections

As well as the conference programming there are a number of networking opportunities. Please join us for drinks and nibbles at the welcome reception (May 8, 18:00 – 20:00) and cocktail reception (May 9, 17:30 – 19:00). Delegate lists will be available at the reception desk.



Extending your stay? Don’t forget to explore the city

Tourism Vancouver has some great tips and itineraries.


Fuse 2018 is co-hosted by MSFHR, the BC Ministry of Health, the Public Health Association of BC, and the United Kingdom’s Fuse Centre for Translational Research in Public Health. More information on Fuse 2018 is available online.

Kids Boost Immunity and UNICEF

Kids Boost Immunity and UNICEF encourage Canadian students to
‘Act Local to Vaccinate Global’

New website pairs classroom learning about immunization with the chance to earn vaccines for children in support of UNICEF Canada

TORONTO, April 23, 2018 /CNW/ – Federal Minister of Health, The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor kicked off National Immunization Awareness Week today by announcing a new Canadian health platform designed to raise literacy about immunization in schools. Kids Boost Immunity (KBI) empowers students to think about immunization in a global context by combining learning with the opportunity to donate vaccines for children in another part of the world.

Click the link below for the full article.

PHABC & Farm to School BC awarded Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General Grant to Stop Violence, Promote Indigenous Healing

Grants to Stop Violence, Promote Indigenous Healing

2018 Grant Recipients








We are excited to announce the Public Health Association of British Columbia and our Farm to School BC project has been awarded a one time grant of $30,000 to stop violence, promote Indigenous healing from the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General’s Civil Forfeiture Crime Prevention and Remediation Grant. The funds will be used to create indigenous healing gardens in and around Victoria and Vancouver.


This project will connect students with nature through wild and cultivated foodscapes to help relieve stress and improve students’ mental health, self-esteem and self-sufficiency. The project will increase the number of, and access to, Indigenous food assets at schools, and contribute to the healing and rebuilding of the broader community.



To read the news release:

To see the other grant recipients from this year & previous years:



Help Choose a Front-of-Package Nutrition Symbol for Canada!

Help Choose a Front-of-Package Nutrition Symbol for Canada!

Which Symbol Would Help you Avoid Unhealthy Choices?


Click here to learn more about proposed front-of-pack labels


Here’s a sobering fact: in Canada an unhealthy diet is the leading risk for death. This may be due to the unfortunate fact that Canadians rank second in the world for the amount of ultra-processed—high calorie, nutritionally lacking—food and drinks we buy.



When it comes to our food choices, Canadians care about nutrition alongside cost and convenience. The problem lies in deciphering what’s healthy from what’s not during a rushed grocery shopping trip – it can be an impossible feat.


The good news: Health Canada is proposing a nutrition symbol on the front of food packages that will help us make healthier choices at a glance. Packaged food would be required to show simplified nutrition information on the front of the box, bag or can—making it easy to see whether a product contains high levels of sugar, salt or saturated fat, and compare with other products.


Don’t miss this opportunity! Health Canada wants to know what symbol you would find most helpful as part of the government’s public consultation.


Participate in the Front-of-Package consultation:

Click here to give your feedback by April 26, 2018



Encourage Others to Have Their Say


Sample Facebook Post

Health Canada is proposing a front-of-package nutrition symbol to alert Canadians about foods and beverages high in saturated fat, sugar and sodium. Participate in the consultation by April 26 to let them know which symbol will help you make healthier choices


Sample Tweet

Have your say! #FrontofPackage symbols on food will help you make healthier choices. Which one do you find most helpful? #EatHealthyCanada


Retweet @GovCanHealth


Retweet @GovCanHealth


Retweet @GovCanHealth


Retweet @Heart&Stroke

Information Technology and Communication in Health Conference – Call for Papers

From Research to Practice:

Improving usability, safety and patient outcomes with health information technology


February 14 – 17, 2019

Delta Ocean Pointe Resort

100 Harbour Rd

Victoria, BC, Canada


An international conference addressing Information Technology and Communications in Health  (ITCH)


Call for Papers

Improving Usability, Safety and Patient Outcomes with Health Information  Technology is the working theme for the 2019 international conference being held in Victoria, BC, Canada. Health information technologies are revolutionizing and streamlining healthcare and their uptake is rising dramatically. The variety and range of technologies and software applications is considerable and there is increasing demand for implementation of healthcare IT in hospitals, clinics, homes and in the virtual space of mHealth, pervasive healthcare and social media. However, to effectively implement these technologies scientific research and industrial and governmental supports must be strongly in place in order to transform healthcare and build capacity at the regional, national and global levels. The conference will  take a multi-perspective view about what is needed in order to move technology along to real sustained and widespread use in moving research findings and approaches into practice. Solutions range from improvements in usability and training, to need for new and improved design of information systems, user interfaces and interoperable solutions, to governmental policy, mandates, initiatives and need for regulation. In addition, greater interaction will be needed among industrial, governmental and academic partners.


Topics presented will range from the design, development and use of specific information communication technologies. We welcome submissions addressing, but not limited to, the following areas of interest:

  • Electronic health records
  • Personal health records and patient portals
  • Human factors and usability engineering
  • National & international strategies and policy
  • Nursing informatics
  • Public health informatics
  • Ethics, privacy and cyber security
  • Mobile technologies and telehealth
  • Clinical decision support systems
  • Clinical guidelines and protocols
  • Health information technology safety
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Evaluation studies
  • E-learning, education and training
  • Consumer informatics
  • Healthcare modeling and simulation
  • Big data and data mining
  • Data analytics
  • Interoperability
  • Social media in healthcare
  • Standards, terminologies and ontologies
  • Sensors and sensing technologies in the home
  • Robotics to support health
  • Information visualization
  • Blockchain
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Cloud computing
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Machine learning
  • Health technology assessment
  • Smart homes and cities for health
  • Bioinformatics and Genomics



Persons interested in presenting should submit completed papers to the ITCH 2019 Steering Committee no later than September 15, 2018. Papers which must be no longer than five pages, will be peer-reviewed for acceptance and publication in Proceedings – ITCH 2019. Authors will be notified of acceptance by October 22, 2018. All papers and requests for information are to be sent to The language of the papers and conference is English.


The camera-ready document must be structured and formatted in accordance with instructions found at the IOS Press website:  Submit the manuscript in a file that is in Microsoft Word, as well as a high resolution PDF with all fonts embedded.  Accepted papers will be printed in a Medline indexed publication and will be Open Access.