Board of Directors

The CWC PCN’s Board of Directors consists of nine physician members and three members of the public. They provide strategic and budgetary oversight for the CWC PCN.

During the 2020-21 fiscal year, our Board met eight times. They approved documents including our annual budget and audited financials, numerous reports to Alberta Health, among others.

Most importantly, the Board responded quickly when COVID-19 required us to take immediate action to protect our employees and the community. They approved our decision to move many of our staff to remote work, while our Primary Care Centre supported COVID-19-positive Calgarians by providing immediate care.

Highlights from 2020-21

Our 2020-21 Board members

  • Nicola Chappell, Chair
  • Jagdeep Doulla, Vice-Chair
  • Tim Rose, External Director – Treasurer
  • Julia Carter, Director
  • Jennifer MacPherson, Director
  • Sally Talbot-Jones, Director
  • Kerri Treherne, Director
  • Theresa Truong, Director
  • Hannah Welsh, Director
  • Wendy Coombs, External Director
  • Brian Cornelson, AHS Joint Venture Governance Rep.
  • Barb Unich, External Director
  • Jana Ambrogiano, AHS Joint Venture Governance Rep.
  • Mike Spady, AHS Joint Venture Governance Rep.
  • Christopher Cameron, Executive Director – Ex-Officio
  • Jon Macpherson, Manager of Governance & Organizational Operations – Ex-Officio

In January 2021, in our first-ever virtual AGM, we thanked Past Chair Scott Beach for his contributions as his Board term came to an end. At the same time, we welcomed Vincent Vong, Director.

Board committees

The Board’s four subcommittees provide additional guidance for the CWC PCN.

Board Development Committee

The Board Development Committee supports the Board by developing members’ competencies and recommending member training opportunities. The committee also facilitates the annual Board self-evaluation and drafts agendas for annual strategic planning meetings. In 2020-21 the Board Development Committee oversaw the creation of virtual orientation training modules to equip new Directors with tools, information, and resources.

Finance Audit and Risk Committee

The Finance Audit & Risk Committee helps the Board fulfil its obligations and oversight responsibilities related to financial planning and reporting, the audit process, and corporate controls and risk management. In 2020-21 the Finance Audit and Risk Committee initiated the development of the Board Financial Literacy and Treasurers Handbook.

Membership and External Relations Committee

The Membership and External Relations Committee helps the Board fulfil its oversight obligations and responsibilities to physician members. They do this by improving and developing resources. The committee also promotes and maintains relationships between the CWC PCN, its members, media, government, and community partners. In 2020-21, the Membership and External Relations Committee recommended the Board approve a new Associate membership category; this category allows physicians in specialized clinics to participate in the Patient Medical Home model and utilize PCN resources for better health outcomes for patients.

Board Policy and Human Resources Committee

The Board Policy and Human Resources Committee helps the Board govern effectively and meet its fiduciary obligations regarding human resources governance and Board policy development. This committee conducts annual objective-setting and performance reviews for the Executive Director and the Medical Director, and then makes relevant recommendations to the Board based on their review. In 2020-21, the Board Policy and Human Resources Committee reviewed the Board’s Executive Limitation’s Policies to reflect current CWC PCN business practices.

Joint Venture Governance Committee

We work with our joint venture partner Alberta Health Services (AHS) to ensure that our business aligns with provincial direction, policy, and governance documents. Together, we form the Joint Venture Governance Committee (JVGC).

The JVGC is comprised of the three Board officers from the CWC PCN and three senior representatives of AHS.

The JVGC reports on matters that require provincial approval to our funder, Alberta Health. This includes the CWC PCN’s business plan, budget, annual and mid-year reports. The JVGC also supports the CWC PCN when our Board evaluates our Executive and Medical Directors’ performances.