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Leadership

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.

Dr. Réka Gustafson, Vice President, Public Health and Wellness and Deputy Provincial Health Officer

Dr. Gustafson leads the integration of population and public health promotion, planning and prevention across PHSA’s clinical programs. 

In addition, she provides leadership to the BC Centre for Disease Control. As Deputy Provincial Health Officer, she is responsible for the delegated functions, duties and activities carried out under the Public Health Act.

Réka completed her Master of Science, Master of Health Science and MD degrees at the University of British Columbia. She holds a fellowship in Public Health and Preventative Medicine and certification in Family Medicine. Before her current position, she practiced public health as a Medical Health Officer in Vancouver Coastal Health for over fifteen years.  

Wendy Machana, Senior Executive Director of Operations

Wendy is an accomplished leader whose work is grounded in collaboration and building strong partnerships. 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 before that served as the Fraser Area Operations Director for close to six years.

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. Jat Sandhu, Senior Executive Director of Innovation, Partnerships and Population Health

Dr. Sandhu 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. 

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 a 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.

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