Risk Management Committee

  • Posted on: 9 May 2019
  • By: BCHCPP



The purpose of the Health Care Protection Program (HCPP) Risk Management Committee is to:

  • Provide input into the planning and management of HCPP;
  • Promote the delivery of education, communication and consultation / advisory service of HCPP;
  • Provide a forum for discussion and promote awareness of health care risk management issues; and
  • Consult on the settlement of claims. 



Vancouver Island Health Authority

Ms. Leesa Lyster, MHA, CHE
Acting Director, Clinical Risk Management & Policy Stewardship

Leesa Lyster is the Acting Director, Clinical Risk Management & Policy Stewardship for Island Health.  In this position, Leesa is responsible for the planning, design, education and communication as it pertains to Clinical Risk Management and the Adult Guardianship Office.  In addition, Leesa is responsible for the administration and oversight of Clinical and Corporate Policy Stewardship, which includes development and review.

Leesa joined Island Health in 2018.  Prior to this role, she served as the Director, Quality & Risk Management, at St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Comox, from 2010-2017.

Leesa holds a Master of Health Administration from Dalhousie University, in Halifax and a Certificate of Risk Management from York University.  She is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, A Certified Patient Safety Officer with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and the recipient of the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council’s Culture Trailblazer Award.

Northern Health Authority

Ms. Kirsten Thomson, BSc (Pharm), LLB, MBA, CRM
Regional Director, Legal Affairs, Enterprise Risk & Compliance

Kirsten Thomson is the Regional Director, Legal Affairs, Enterprise Risk & Compliance and Chief Privacy Officer for the Northern Health Authority. In this role, Kirsten is responsible for various programs, including Integrated Risk Management, Legislative Compliance, Privacy, Ethics, and Medical Assistance in Dying. Additionally, she has oversight responsibilities for the general risk management structure, claims management, adult guardianship, and the Patient Care Quality Office. Kirsten graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of British Columbia in 2002 and worked as a pharmacist at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia in Prince George before moving into Risk Management in 2011. Kirsten completed a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Northern British Columbia in 2008, the Canadian Risk Manager (CRM) certificate at the University of Toronto distance learning program in 2013 and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of London (UK) in 2019.

Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Ms. Sue Heathcote
Regional Director, Risk Management and Client Relations

Susan Heathcote is the Regional Director, Risk Management and Client Relations for Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.  In this role, Susan is responsible for various programs including Risk Management, Medical Assistance in Dying, Patient Care Quality Office, Adult Guardianship and currently formalizing Patient Experience.  Susan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UBC in 1992, obtained her Canadian Risk Manager certificate at the University of Toronto distance learning program.  Susan has worked as a nurse in various care areas with expertise in pediatrics.  She recently was one of the BC representatives on the development of the Canadian Quality and Patient Safety Framework.

Fraser Health Authority

Sandeep Mann
General Counsel

Sandeep Mann is the General Counsel at Fraser Health, providing leadership and oversight to the Legal, Privacy, Freedom of Information, Risk Management and Adult Guardianship teams. Sandeep is a senior lawyer with broad legal experience spanning 20 years in British Columbia and Melbourne, Australia. She has expertise in contracts and procurement, corporate/commercial advice and governance, physician issues, privacy and freedom of information, intellectual property, and risk management issues. She has worked in private practice specialising in mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings for large corporate clients and, in more recent years, in the BC public health sector holding senior legal positions within Vancouver Coastal Health and the Provincial Health Services Authority. Sandeep holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Interior Health Authority

Mr. Tony Yip, BA, JD
Corporate Director, Privacy, Policy & Risk

Tony Yip is the Corporate Director of Freedom of Information, Privacy, Policy & Risk Management for Interior Health. Regarding the risk management portfolio, Tony provides leadership to the organization for its risk management framework policies and the enterprise risk management program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law. Prior to joining Interior Health in 2015, Tony worked as legal counsel, legal department manager and general counsel for oil and gas production and service companies in Calgary prior to moving to British Columbia. 

Provincial Health Services Authority 

Mr. Darren Kopetsky
Executive Director, Risk Management & PCQO

Darren Kopetsky is the Executive Director, Risk Management, Compliance and the Patient Care Quality Office at the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). He leads a team supporting PHSA in advancing a risk aware culture, sustaining an active Integrated Risk Management Program, monitoring and reinforcing regulatory and contract compliance, and effecting system learning and improvement through the Patient Care Quality Office.  Darren is a graduate in the University of Alberta Master of Health Services Administration Program and has taught courses in Health Policy for the Open University and the University College of the Fraser Valley.

Providence Health Care Society

Ms. Camille Ciarniello, BSN, LLB
Corporate Director

Camille Ciarniello is the Corporate Director, Quality, Patient Safety, Patient Relations, Risk Management, Accreditation, End of Life and Infection Prevention and Control for Providence Health Care. Besides providing advice to health care providers on risk issues particular to clinical care, Camille has developed a patient safety program with a focus on just culture, transparency and accountability that encourages the adoption of evidence based best practices in high-risk areas and seeks to improve communication at all levels of care. She is also a faculty member at the Institute for Healthcare Communication in their Disclosure of Unanticipated medical Outcomes program.

Camille graduated from Nursing in 1982 and practiced as a critical care nurse for 18 years. She obtained her Baccalaureate in Nursing and law degree from UBC and was called to the BC bar in 1999. She worked for several years in private practice before the opportunity arose to combine her two areas of expertise. She obtained her Patient Safety Officer certification from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in 2004.


Mr. Thomas Guerrero
Executive Director, Corporate Issues and Client Relations

Thomas Guerrero is the Executive Director of the Corporate Issues and Client Relations Branch with the Ministry of Health. He held this portfolio since 2017. Prior to that Thomas served as the Director for the Patient Care Quality Review Boards for eight years. His branch is responsible for the provincial response and coordination of all significant adverse events, in addition it provides support across the Ministry of Health for client relations, corporate documents support, FOI, litigation and issues management. The branch also provides resourcing and budgetary oversight for the Patient Care Quality Review Boards. Thomas began working in the public service in 2003 with Cabinet Operations in the Premier’s Office.

Updated: February 2021