Focusing on Transparency and Growth
Our volunteer Board of Directors develops Pain BC’s long-term plans, reviews the significant issues that affect us, and evaluates our results. They bring multiple perspectives—many are people living with pain, some are health care providers, and all are passionate supporters of the cause. Members of the Board lead strategic working groups such as Fundraising, Education, and Governance Committees and ensure broader community engagement in our work.
Job Title: Board Chair. Q.C., Lawyer
David has been a litigation lawyer in downtown Vancouver for approximately 30 years. He is presently head of the personal injury practice group at Richards Buell Sutton LLP, the oldest law firm in B.C. David has seen the ravages of chronic pain, and the toll it takes on sufferers, their families, and the challenges it poses for the medical and legal systems in this Province. He is deeply honoured to chair Pain BC at such an exciting time in its development.
Dr. Karen Wanger
Job Title: Board Vice-Chair, GP, Sea to Sky Corridor
Dr. Wanger practises Family Medicine and Urgent Care in the Sea to Sky Corridor where she relocated after a career in Emergency Medicine and Paramedic Medical Direction in Vancouver. She has both professional and personal experience with the impacts of chronic pain. She joined Pain BC to help fill the gaps in the system for people living with pain.
Job Title: CPA, Board Treasurer
Sara Maseko is a Chartered Professional Accountant practicing in Vancouver, BC. She began her career working in public practice for 12 years, building a knowledge base in private enterprise services, primarily focused on taxation and financial accounting. In her student days, she realized an affinity towards not-for-profit audits as a means of finding the “softer side” of auditing. Today you’ll find Sara working for herself as a freelance consultant, wearing a number of different hats, ranging from business finance management to corporate and personal tax preparation.
Members at Large
Job Title: Freelance Editor, Neuroscience/Pharmacology
Phoebe Scotland has been on the Pain BC Board of Directors since May of 2012. Her passions in relation to Pain BC are establishment of the Pain BC Research Committee and representing the perspectives of rural and remote British Columbians. Her background includes seven years as a pain researcher, including publishing research on placebo effects, the spinal mechanisms of chronic pain, and hormonal contributions to pain. Phoebe currently works in publishing, as an editor of academic journal articles in neuroscience and pharmacology.
Job Title: MBA, President, Westwind Leadership
Glenn is a seasoned leader with over 25 years success in leadership-focused consulting and a variety of management roles including health care. His passion and work centre around coaching leaders to build thriving cultures and winning organizations. Glenn has family and close friends who suffer with chronic pain and he is dedicated to doing everything possible to help.
Job Title: R. Psych, Behavioural Health Care
Wesley Buch is a registered psychologist who practices in the area of clinical and rehabilitation psychology. Wesley’s career began in the Back Education & Evaluation Program of WorkSafe BC. He consulted to the Complex Chronic Diseases Program, BC Women’s Hospital, 2012-2013, the BC Medical Association’s Practice Support Program for Chronic Pain, 2013-2014 and then joined the Board of Directors of Pain BC.
Dr. Philippa Carrie
Job Title: Chiropractor, Cedar Coast Chiropractic
Philippa Carrie brings her experience of working as a chiropractor in Victoria for the last nine years to the Pain BC board. In her practice, she regularly works with people in chronic pain and helps patients navigate a complex medical system while advocating on their behalf. She works with a non-drug, conservative treatment method that patients often turn to when faced with chronic pain and she understands the importance of having caring, qualified health practitioners working together to manage a patient’s condition.
Job Title: MCIP, RPP, President and CEO, Thompson Rivers University Community Trust
Finlay is an urban planner and land developer and has also been involved with senior leadership in health care, local government and university education in British Columbia for the past 30 years. He is currently the President and CEO of the Thompson Rivers University Community Trust. Finlay has seen firsthand the devastating impact that chronic pain has on people and their families and he is deeply committed to building a system of care for people with pain in BC.
Job Title: RN, BTech, MA, CIC, Education and Practice Coordinator, Provincial Infection Control Network
Joanne has worked in health care since 1977 in wide variety of roles and settings. She completed her undergraduate degree is in nursing and her masters degree in disability management. During her career, Joanne has had a birds eye view of the impact chronic pain has on people. She is excited and honored to be on the board of Pain BC as she recognises how much room for improvement exists for pain management both for health care providers and individuals who live with chronic pain.
Dr. Aaron MacInnes
Job Title: Pain Management Specialist & Anesthesiologist
Dr. Aaron MacInnes is a pain management specialist and anesthesiologist whose practice is based at the Pain Management Clinic in Surrey. His clinical work and research is focused to help those living with chronic pain to better manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. More recently, Aaron has taken on the role of Division Head of Pain Medicine for the Fraser Health Authority.