The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) provides provincial and national leadership in public health through surveillance, detection, treatment, prevention and consultation services.
The BCCDC is a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)
. PHSA plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province-wide health care services across BC, working with the five geographic health authorities to deliver province-wide solutions that improve the health of British Columbians.
Jat Sandhu is an experienced public health professional who has provided strategic leadership to regional and provincial initiatives since 2007. He oversees a portfolio that includes strategic planning and implementation, data analytic services, public health information governance, communications and knowledge translation, stakeholder management and collaborative partnerships, and sustainability of strategic and transformative population health initiatives. In 2022, he earned recognition for his contribution to public health in B.C. by the Health Officers Council of BC and the UBC School of Population and Public Health.
Prior to joining BCCDC, he was the founding director of the Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Public Heath Surveillance Unit (2007-2016) and then Executive Director of Data Analytics and Decision Support at VCH (2017-2021). His experiences include British Military Hospital Pathology, Hong Kong; WHO regional training centre for Medical Education in Sydney, Australia; the Australian Red Cross; the Provincial Laboratory for Public Health in Alberta; and various agencies of the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.
He holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Bristol and an MBA from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Business School. Jat is also a Clinical Associate Professor with the School of Population and Public Health at UBC.
Wendy is an accomplished, compassionate and inclusive leader whose work is grounded in collaboration and building strong partnerships. She is committed to strengthening teams, fostering collaboration, and promoting diversity at all levels. She endeavours to create a culture where all staff grow and thrive.
She has worked with PHSA since 2013. Prior to joining BCCDC, she was the Director of Operations and Planning with BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) and served as the Fraser Area Operations Director for close to six years before that.
Wendy is the recipient of a BC Healthcare Leaders Award to reduce ambulance turnaround times at hospitals. Wendy has a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management and Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Columbia Southern University. She also has a background in medical imaging.
Dr. Jason Wong oversees medical leadership and engagement with BCCDC and is a Deputy Provincial Health Officer, assisting with the duties of the Provincial Health Officer.
Prior to this role, Dr. Wong was the medical director for the Clinical Prevention Services division at BCCDC, providing public health leadership in the areas of sexually transmitted infections and bloodborne infections (STIBBI) and tuberculosis (TB), overseeing the provincial STI and TB clinics. He is also a clinical associate professor in the UBC School of Population and Public Health. His research interests include epidemiology, integrated surveillance, syndemics and public health.
Dr. Wong completed doctor of medicine (MD) training at the University of Alberta and a master of public health (MPH) degree at the University of British Columbia. He holds a Certification in the College of Family Physicians (CCFP) and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) with a specialization in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.