The role of the Scientific Operations Advisory Committee (SOAC) is to review and provide advice to PICNet on its strategic directions and to provide expert advice on best practices for infection prevention and control. The SOAC is comprised of appointed Operational Leads and Scientific Experts. Operational Leads are appointed by each health authority to serve as champions within their own jurisdictions for infection prevention and control. Scientific Experts (in Medical Microbiology, Occupational and Public Health, Infectious Diseases and Infection Prevention and Control) are appointed by the PICNet Management Office to provide expertise in their profession or discipline. 

Member (Operations)

Health Authority

Job Title

Petra Welsh

Fraser Health

IPAC Strategy and Performance

Valerie Wood

Interior Health

Director Infection Prevention and Control

Allison Muniak

Vancouver Coastal Health

Interim Executive Director Quality, Patient Safety and Infection Control

Deanna Hembroff

Northern Health

Regional Manager Infection Prevention and Control

Brian Sagar

Ministry of Health

Director Infection Prevention and Control

Dr. Jocelyn Srigley


Corporate Director Infection Prevention and Control

Wendy Norman

Island Health

Director Infection Prevention and Control

Wendy Rhymer
Bonnie Lantz

First Nations Health
Providence Healthcare

Pandemic Influenza Coordinator
Director Infection Prevention and Control (Non-voting)

Member (Scientific)

Professional Group

Job Title


Infection Control

Infection Control Professional, BCEHS

Dr. Eleni Galanis

Public Health

Physician Epidemiologist, BCCDC

Benjamin Shaw

Infection Control

A/Manager IPAC North Island, Island Health

Dr. Elisa Lloyd-Smith


Surveillance Epidemiologist, PHC

Dr. Ghada Al-Rawahi

Medical Microbiologist

Medical Microbiologist, PHSA

Dr. Martha Charles

Medical Microbiologist
Infectious Diseases

Medical Microbiologist, VCH
Infectious Disease Specialist

Marc Jones

Occupational Health and Safety

Workplace Health & Safety, PHSA



Job Title

Joanne Archer


Practice and Education Coordinator

Dr. Elizabeth Bryce


Medical Director

Tara Donovan


Network Director (outgoing)

Dr. Linda Hoang
Dr. Guanghong Han


Medical Director



Job Title

Donna Wilson


VP, People, Performance and LM Laboratories


How can you get involved?

PICNet relies on its Community of Practice to participate in committees, provide input on draft documents, respond to surveys, and more. We welcome your input, questions, suggestions… and don’t forget we have a Project Proposal Form if you want suggest a project. PICNet remains a network, and we are here to serve you!