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 (Scientific)

Health Authority

Job Title

Dr. Kevin Afra

Fraser Health

Medical Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship

Dr. Ghada Al-Rawahi

Provincial Health Services Authority

Medical Microbiologist

Dr. Aamir Bharmal

Fraser Health

Medical Health Officer

Dr. Marthe Charles

Vancouver Coastal Health

Medical Microbiologist

Janie Nichols

Provincial Health Services Authority

Infection Control Professional, BCEHS

Lana Schultze

Interior Health Authority

Regional Manager, Workplace Health, Safety and Prevention

Benjamin Shaw

Island Health

A/Manager IPAC North Island, Island Health

Katy Short

Fraser Health

Surveillance Epidemiologist

Member (Operations)

Professional Group

Job Title

Deanna Hembroff

Northern Health

Regional Manager Infection Prevention and Control

Tess Juliano

First Nations Health Authority

Communicable Disease Population and Public Health Nurse Manager

Bonnie Lantz

Providence Healthcare

Director Infection Prevention and Control (Non-voting)

Wendy Norman

Island Health

Director Infection Prevention and Control

Brian Sagar

Ministry of Health

Director Infection Prevention and Control

Dr. Jocelyn Srigley

Provincial Health Services Authority

Corporate Director Infection Prevention and Control

Petra Welsh

Fraser Health

IPAC Strategy and Performance

Dr. Titus Wong

Vancouver Coastal Health

Regional Medical Director Infection Prevention and Control

Valerie Wood

Interior Health

Director Infection Prevention and Control

PICNet

 

Job Title

Joanne Archer

(Non-voting)

Network Director (Acting)

Guanghong Han

(Non-voting)

Epidemiologist

Dr. Linda Hoang

(Non-voting)

Medical Co-Director

Angeli Mitra

(Non-voting)

Education and Best Practice Coordinator

PHSA

 

Job Title

Dr. Maureen O’Donnell

(Ex-Officio)

Executive Vice President, Clinical Policy, Planning & Partnerships

 

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!