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. 

Capacity Representative of Member Job Title
Operations Interior Health Janice DeHeer (Chair) Corporate Director, Infection Prevention and Control
First Nations Health Authority Marlene Hoover  Director of Nursing, Nursing Services
Fraser Health Petra Welsh Administrative Director, Infection Control
Island Health Wendy Norman Interim Director, Infection Prevention and Control
Ministry of Health Brian Sagar Director of Patient Safety
Northern Health Deanna Hembroff Regional Manager Infection Prevention and Control
PHSA Jocelyn Srigley Director of Infection Control
Vancouver Coastal Health Nancy Desrosiers Executive Director Quality, Patient Safety and Infection Control
Scientific Hospital Epidemiologist Dr. Elisa Lloyd-Smith Surveillance Epidemiologist, Providence Healthcare
Infection Preventionist Robyn Hunter Coordinator, Infection Prevention and Control, PHSA
Infection Preventionist Kelsey Breault Infection Control Practitioner, NHA
Infectious Diseases Dr. Jan Hajek  Infectious Diseases Specialist, VCH
Medical Microbiologist Dr. Diane Roscoe Division Head, Medical Microbiology and Infection Control, VCH
Medical Microbiologist Dr. Benjamin Mack Medical Microbiologist, FHA
Occupational Health and Safety Dave Keen Occupational Health Director, FHA
Public Health Dr. Bonnie Henry Deputy Provincial Health Officer, Ministry of Health
Non-Voting Members PICNet Dr. Linda Hoang PICNet Co-Director; Medical Microbiologist, Laboratory Services, BCCDC
PICNet Dr. Elizabeth Bryce PICNet Co-Director; Regional Medical Director of Infection Control and Medical Microbiology, Vancouver Coastal Health; Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia
PICNet Bruce Gamage Network Manager
PICNet Joanne Archer Education and Best Practices Coordinator

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!