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.



Conference 2019: Call for Abstracts extended until September 23rd & Reminder to submit your nomination for the PHABC Board

Simplifying Complexity:

Public Health Approached & Practice in Complex Systems

Call for Abstracts extended until September 23rd!
Reminder to submit your nomination for the PHABC Board


We’re hiring an Administrative Officer for our Victoria Branch!



Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract for our upcoming conference, “Simplifying Complexity: Public Health Approaches & Practice in Complex Systems,” happening November 14th and 15th, 2019 at the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver. We’re excited to read about all the important work you have been doing for public health in BC and beyond!


For those of you who wanted to submit an abstract but life got in the way and the deadline passed. You’re in luck! We are pleased to announce that we have extended our call for abstracts until Monday September 23rd at 5pm PST. Act now to get yours in before the deadline, check out our website* to read the call and get yours in before time’s up!


Are you still on the fence about submitting an abstract and not sure about how your work links to complex adaptive systems or complexity science? Many public health issues are in fact complex in nature and therefore require complex solutions. If you work in population health, work with multiple stakeholders to address issues within your community, collaborate with various team members to achieve a goal, and/or have clients actively participating in public health initiatives then you are likely working within a complex system and we want to hear from you! Click here or copy the link below to read the full call and show us what you’ve been working on.



Have you ever wanted to join the Public Health Association of British Columbia’s Board of Directors? If so, please consider submitting a nomination application for this year’s call for nominations, open now until September 23rd, 2019. PHABC Board members are expected to participate via videoconference at monthly board meetings, meet face to face twice a year, join at least one PHABC committee, contribute to the annual summer school and conference, and promote and advocate the association’s mission. Click here or copy the link below to submit your application today!



We’re hiring! Want to join our team? we are currently hiring an administrative officer for our Victoria office, click here or copy the link below to read the job description. Applications, including a cover letter, will be accepted until noon on Friday September 20th. Please send your cover letter and resume to:



As always, keep checking back on our website* for the most up to date conference information and we look forward to seeing many of you in Vancouver this fall!


*New for 2019! Everything conference related can now be found on our main menu by looking under the “Conference 2019” tab! You can read the call for abstracts & submit yours, nominate fellow PHABC members for our annual awards, apply to become a PHABC board member before the 23rd, register to attend the conference and read up on all aspects of the event as information is released!*

Conference 2019: Call for Abstracts & Early Bird Registration Closing September 15th

PHABC Conference 2019

Simplifying Complexity:

Public Health Approached & Practice in Complex Systems


Have You Submitted Your Abstract Yet?
The call closes on September 15th, along with early bird registration!



Now that school is back in session and summer is coming to a close, it’s time to think about contributing to BC’s premier public health event, PHABC’s annual conference “Simplifying Complexity: Public Health Approaches & Practice in Complex Systems,” happening November 14th & 15th, 2019 at the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver. This year’s theme is complex adaptive systems and complexity science; what is it, how to utilize it in your work and how it can support innovation in public health. Major topics to be discussed include: food systems and security, wicked problems in health equity, immunization & infectious disease control, and overdose response & safe supplies.



If you want to contribute to our dialogue act quickly! Our call for abstracts is still on but will be closing on September 15th, 2019. Don’t miss your chance to showcase the latest research to like-minded individuals while supporting public health in your province. All public health related abstracts are accepted; we encourage submissions from the full spectrum of public health and endeavour to be inclusive of quality submissions even if they do not fit under the identified topic areas.


To read the full call for abstracts and submit yours click here.



Also closing on September 15th is our early bird registration pricing. Save up to $65 on two-day regular registrations. We know you want to attend, so why pay full price later when you can pay less now?


To register now before prices go up, click here.



On the first day of our conference during lunch we will be holding our annual general meeting where we will announce the winners of PHABC’s annual awards. Do you know someone in the public health community whose hard work and dedication deserves recognition? Please consider nominating them for a PHABC award.


To read all the award categories and complete the nomination form at the bottom of the page, check out our award’s page on the website by clicking here.



We are also accepting applications for conference volunteers to support our event, if you are interested in volunteering please contact Christina Harding at to learn about volunteer duties and complete the application. Volunteer’s conference registration is waived pending the successful completion of their assigned volunteer hours and duties.



We would not be able to host our annual conference without the continued support of our generous sponsors, thank you again to all sponsors who contributed to last year’s event

Platinum Sponsors Silver Sponsors
Community Action Initiative Nurse & Nurse Practitioners of BC
Ministry of Health Doctors of BC
Compassion, Inclusion and Engagement Northern Health
Interior Health
Gold Sponsors BC Centre for Disease Control
First Nations Health Authority PosAbilities
Vancouver Coastal Health Red Cross Canada
Bridge 4 Health


If your organization is interested in sponsoring this year’s conference, contact Christina Harding at to learn about current sponsorship opportunities.



Call for Nominations – PHABC Board 2019-2021

The Public Health Association of British Columbia


Board of Directors

Call for Nominations 2019


The Board of Directors will begin accepting nominations for the following Director positions for 2019-2021. There is one Executive position: President (2-year term) and 4 Director-at-large (2-year term) positions available. Being a PHABC Director is an interesting and challenging opportunity, a terrific way to build your professional network, connect with like-minded people and advance the principles of public health in British Columbia.

Directors come from different professions and locations in the province. It is the Board’s hope and intention to have each major geographic area of BC represented on the Board. Directors can expect to put in a minimum 4 to 5 hours of volunteer work per month – more if you are a member of the Executive Committee, or a committee chair. Many of the Board meetings and other committee meetings are conducted by telephone conference call.

A Director may be called upon to undertake a number of functions. Most of these functions are outlined in the Bylaws on the PHABC website. In addition, a Board member may be asked to Chair a committee such as the PEC (Public Engagement Committee), PARC (Policy, Advocacy, Research and Communications Committee), CBC (Capacity Building Committee) or to work on specific projects or issues. A Director may be asked to attend events in their area to represent PHABC. More information can also be found about PHABC on our website. If you are interested in becoming a Director you must be a PHABC member in good standing. In case your membership is expired here is a link to renew your membership. In order to complete your nomination application 2 PHABC members must support your nomination.


Positions currently available on the Board are: President and 4 Director-at-Large positions.

If you are interested in being a Board member, please send the completed form by email to Sarah Dyer at, she will also be happy to answer any questions you may have. The call for nominations opens on September 2nd2019 and the deadline for applying is September 23rd  at 5:00 pm. The Elections open and close respectively on September 30thand October 21st@ 5 pm, 2019. Results of the Election are announced at the AGM on November 14th, 2019. After receiving your completed form, a member of the Governance Committee or one of the current Directors will contact you by phone.

Check out the form below and download it here: 2019-2021 Call for Board Nominations


PHABC Conference 2019: Early Bird Registration and Call for Abstracts now open!

Simplifying Complexity:

Public Health Approaches and Practice in Complex Systems

Conference & Annual General Meeting

November 14th & 15th, 2019

The Sutton Place Hotel

Vancouver, BC



We hope you all have been enjoying your summers thus far and have been or will be taking some well-deserved time off. We don’t want to keep you long be we thought you may want to know we have opened our early bird registration and our call for abstracts for the upcoming PHABC fall conference, happening November 14th and 15th, 2019 at the Sutton Place Hotel in downtown Vancouver!


Simplifying Complexity: Public Health Approaches & Practice in Complex Systems” will dedicate two days to exploring complex adaptive systems and complexity science through a variety of plenary panel sessions, oral presentations, workshops and poster presentations within four main sub themes: food systems & security, immunization & infectious disease control, wicked problems in health equity, and overdose response & safe supplies.


The theme and sub themes were introduced at our annual summer school, if you missed out, we have posted presentations from summer school speakers on our website; click here or follow the below link to check them out (please note not all presentations are available).



Early bird registration is now open and will be available until September 15th, 2019 at 11:59PM. Act now for significant savings on your conference registration! Click here or copy the link below to register today.


2019 Registration Rates Early Bird (August 1 – Sept 15, 2019)


(from Sept 16, 2019 on)

2 days PHABC member $325.00 $390.00
2 days Non-member $420.00 $485.00
2 days senior/student PHABC member $255.00 $315.00
2 days senior/student Non-member $295.00 $350.00
1 day registration PHABC members $175.00 $200.00
1 day registration non-members $250.00 $275.00
1 day senior/student PHABC member $155.00 $175.00
1 day senior/student NON member $185.00 $205.00


If you are part of a promising practice or have research involving complex adaptive systems, we encourage you to consider submitting your abstract for the year’s conference. Our call for abstracts is now open (as of August 1st, 2019) and will remain open until 5:00pm on Sunday September 15th, 2019. To read the full call for abstracts click here or follow the link below:


Our conference would not be possible without the generous donations from our sponsors each year. We would like to thank all our past sponsors for your support of this important public health event.

If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s conference please contact Christina Harding at to learn about our sponsorship tiers and incentives. All sponsors will have their logo’s printed on the conference program & other promotional material (online & in print), will receive special recognition during the conference, and will receive at least one complimentary 2-day registration.


We are always in need of volunteers for our conference to ensure the event runs smoothly. If you are interested in attending the conference but the cost of registration represents a significant deterrent, please contact Christina at to learn about current volunteering opportunities.


For more information on our conference as it becomes available, keep checking back on our events page by clicking here or following the link below:




We hope to see many of you in Vancouver this fall as we work towards a safe, healthy and inclusive BC for all!



Introducing the national Coalition for Healthy School Food

Canada is ranked 37th of 41 countries on providing healthy food for kids, yet today we remain the only G7 nation without a federally funded school food program. The Coalition for Healthy School Food is a group of 70+ organizations advocating for increased federal investment in a universal, cost-shared, healthy school food program for all students across Canada. Here in BC, many are working to bring healthy foods to the plates, minds and bellies of students. However, existing school food programs are run at a classroom, school or school district scale and largely rely on parents and other members of the school community to develop and fund. This patchwork of programs does not meet the needs of all students. We need significant investment from all levels of government, as well as input from local school communities and other stakeholders, to create a universal program for all children and youth.

This webinar explores how individuals and organizations can get involved in helping make sure that all federal parties and candidates commit to a National School Food Program; and how to support the national Coalition to build on existing programs and ensure all students in Canada and BC have access to nutritious meals every day.

View the webinar HERE.

For more information, contact Samantha Gambling, Coordinator of the BC Chapter, at

Handle with Care: Preserving Antibiotics Now and Into the Future

Last month, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada released her 2019 spotlight report: Handle with Care: Preserving Antibiotics Now and Into the Future.

They are seeking your input to help the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) understand how the Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) of Canada’s Spotlight Report: Handle with Care: Preserving Antibiotics Now and Into the Future is used, and how to improve future reports. Your participation in this survey is voluntary, and your responses will be treated in confidence. The results will be combined and no answers will be linked to specific individuals.

The survey can be found HERE. Thank you for your participation.