Members of the Board

Appointed member
Courtenay

Bruce C. Bell

President

Mr. Bruce Bell is a retired lawyer who currently serves as director of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, and he was a governor and past chair of North Island College. During his professional career, he was chair of a private bank for a family foundation based in the Bahamas. Prior to that, he was a senior partner with Vancouver-based Russell & DuMoulin (now Faskens). Mr. Bell holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia. He was appointed to the College Board in 2016.

Elected member
District 3 | Vancouver and surrounding area

Gurdeep Parhar, MD, CCFP, CIME

Treasurer

A graduate of the University of Calgary medical school, Dr. Gurdeep Parhar has practised medicine in Vancouver for 25 years. While practising, he also served as the executive associate dean, clinical partnerships and professionalism at the University of British Columbia, and has held various senior leadership positions in the Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Parhar was elected to the College Board in 2013.

Elected member
District 2 | Vancouver Island, Central and Northern

Justin J. Kingsley, MD, CCFP

Dr. Justin Kingsley obtained his medical degree from the University of Alberta in 2007 and completed his residency at the University of British Columbia. He currently practises family medicine in Nanaimo and is a clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia. In addition, he has worked as a peer assessor for the College’s Physician Practice Enhancement Program for the past seven years. Dr. Kingsley was elected to the College Board in 2019.

Elected member
District 3 | Vancouver and surrounding area

Ronald R. Abrahams, MD, FCFP, M.S.C.

Dr. Ron Abrahams has been a physician for more than 40 years and currently practises family medicine in Vancouver. He received his medical degree from Queen’s University before completing his residency at the University of British Columbia. He is currently medical director of perinatal addictions at BC Women’s Hospital, and a consultant physician at the Sheway Clinic. Dr. Abrahams was elected to the College Board in 2017.

Elected member
District 3 | Vancouver and surrounding area

Chantal S. Leger, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Chantal Leger is a graduate of the University of Ottawa medical school and has been practising medicine for 15 years. She is a specialist in internal medicine and hematology and currently practises in Vancouver. She is also a clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia and serves on a number of committees for Providence Health Care. Dr. Leger was elected to the College Board in 2019.

Elected member
District 4 | Fraser

Luay F. Dindo, MD, CCFP, BCEM

Dr. Luay Dindo received his medical degree from the University of Alberta before completing a residency at Memorial University. He holds board certification in emergency medicine and currently practises family medicine at Surrey Memorial Hospital, where from 2010 to 2016 he served as chief of medical staff. Dr. Dindo was elected to the College Board in 2017.

Elected member
District 4 | Fraser

B. Anne Priestman, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Anne Priestman obtained her medical degree from the University of British Columbia, where she also completed her residency. She has been practising for more than 20 years, and is a specialist in internal medicine, and endocrinology and metabolism. She currently works in New Westminster. Dr. Priestman was elected to the College Board in 2015.

Elected member
District 5 | Thompson-Okanagan

W. David Sanden, MD, FRCSC

Dr. David Sanden graduated with his medical degree from the University of Alberta in 1980, where he also completed his residency in general surgery. He currently practises at Royal Inland Hospital, where he was chief of staff from 2011 to 2013. He is a clinical instructor for the University of British Columbia. Dr. Sanden was elected to the College Board in 2019.

Elected member
District 6 | Kootenays

Anneline Du Preez, MB, ChB, CCFP (EM)

Dr. Anneline Du Preez received her medical degree from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 1998. She currently practises in Kimberley and Cranbrook as a family and emergency room physician. She also works as an assessor for Practice Ready Assessment – British Columbia and for the College’s Physician Practice Enhancement Program. Dr. Du Preez was elected to the College Board in 2019.

Elected member
District 7 | Northern

Patrick D. Rowe, MD, CCFP (EM), FCFP

Dr. Patrick Rowe obtained his medical degree from the University of British Columbia in 1992. He is an emergency room physician and the current department head at the University Hospital of Northern BC in Prince George. He is also the regional medical lead, emergency and trauma for the Northern Health Authority. Dr. Rowe was elected to the College Board in 2013.

Appointed member
Vancouver

Jane W.E. Dyson

Ms. Jane Dyson recently retired from a ten-year term as executive director of Disability Alliance BC. Throughout her career, she has established and managed programs designed to enable people with disabilities to live with dignity and independence in their communities. She is currently a member of the Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction's Advisory Forum on Poverty Reduction, the Registered Disability Savings Plan Action Group, and sits as a board member of the Community Legal Assistance Society and Plan Institute. Ms. Dyson holds a master's degree in political science, and in 2015 was awarded the Order of BC for her work. She was appointed to the College Board in 2018.

Appointed member
Victoria

Tarjeet T.S. Mann

Mr. Tarjeet Mann retired as the principal at Braefoot Elementary School in 2017. Mr. Mann’s past community involvement includes serving as a district track and field coordinator for the Greater Victoria School District, and a president for the Greater Victoria Elementary School Sports Association. Mr. Mann holds a bachelor of education from the University of Victoria and a master of arts in administration and curriculum from Gonzaga University. He has been recognized by the Learning Partnership as one of "Canada's Outstanding Principals." Mr. Mann was appointed to the College Board in 2017.

Appointed member
Chilliwack

Barry D. Penner, QC

Mr. Barry Penner is a senior counsel and strategic advisor for Penner Pacific Advisory Services. A practising lawyer with international experience, Mr. Penner provides advice for issues involving First Nations, various levels of government and the media. Throughout his nearly 16 years as an MLA, which included serving as Attorney General, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, and as British Columbia's longest-serving Minister of Environment, he represented the residents of the eastern Fraser Valley. Mr. Penner was appointed to the College Board in 2015.

Appointed member
Smithers

H. Nina Purewal

Ms. H. Nina Purewal is the administrative crown counsel in the Smithers Crown Counsel office. She has been practising as a lawyer for over 12 years and has worked in many different sectors, private firms, government, and non-profits. She is actively involved in the community, which includes serving on the board of the Society for Children and Youth of BC. Ms. Purewal obtained her BA and LLB from the University of Victoria and has a master’s degree in international human rights law from the University of Oxford. She was appointed to the College Board in 2018.

Appointed member
Vancouver

Shirley F.J. Ross

Ms. Shirley Ross currently serves as a member of the Canada-India Maternal Infant Health Project. She is also involved on the Women’s Advisory Committee for the City of Vancouver. She has acted as community developer and community health nurse for the Vancouver Health Board, Global Health Project Director for Oxfam Canada, and general duty nurse in various acute care hospitals across BC, Alberta, and Manitoba. She holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of British Columbia and a nursing diploma from Red River Community College. Ms. Ross was appointed to the College Board in 2017.