Meet Our Executive Team
Our hope for HDC is that it be a true expression of the collective experience and knowledge of physicians, partners, and stakeholders. We want the organization to be both an inspiration and a resource for reflection and learning, and a catalyst for system change.
We welcome open dialogue and feedback, and look to those who support our mission to reach out and share the ways that HDC can best support you. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get to know key members of HDC’s Executive Team, below.
Ms. Gayle Grout, B. Comm, Executive Director
Gayle Grout is a seasoned Information Management leader with a passion to build software solutions to support our healthcare system in Canada. She has experience in IT Strategy, Software Implementation and Business Development and enjoys improving products, services, processes and supporting people development.
Gayle’s introduction to large scale software strategy and implementation started at Deloitte Consulting, where she honed her ability to transition between high level and tactical activities. Her ability to develop strategic plans and execute with discipline and structure creates an accountable, yet innovative, working environment for success.
Her love for start-up organizations and entrepreneurial initiative was awakened when joining Med Access in 2007, a Kelowna BC Electronic Medical Records (EMR) company, providing software to physicians across Canada, later acquired by TELUS Health in 2014. She was able to work across the business to launch multiple features that complied with regulatory requirements and enabled physician workflows. Her leadership impacted the adoption of innovative solutions within BC’s primary care landscape that continue to be used today.
Getting back to an entrepreneurial environment, Gayle recently provided interim leadership for a manufacturing start-up organization in 2019, and recently led investment exploration of software technology assets for the management company of Argent Diversified Holdings, a fund focused on alternative investment structures for small to medium sized businesses.
Dr. Bill Clifford, OBC, MD, FCFP
Bill Clifford is a family physician with a passion for information technology, recognized as a leader in harnessing the power of IT to ensure patients receive coordinated, quality care. Bill continues to apply his expertise for the development of many electronic solutions and information standards to support a learning health system, both provincially and regionally. He recently retired from several roles, including Chief Medical Information Officer for Northern Health, board member of the Prince George Division of Family Practice and site informatics lead faculty for the Prince George Family Practice Residency Program.
Dr. Bruce Hobson, MD, MCFP
Bruce has been a family practitioner in Powell River, BC for 34 years. He has a passion for technology-enhanced adult learning and education. He is actively involved with the Practice Support Program and is also working in integrating the PSP modules into electronic form and integrating the tools and resources into electronic medical records. He is also working with Doctors of BC IMIT Clinical Advisory Group and as a peer mentor optimizing the use of electronic medical records in physicians’ offices. As the Chair of the interim Board for the Health Data Coalition, he was responsible for helping to build the organization and shepherding it through its initial year of operations. Now as Medical Director, he continues to bring his passion for projects that maximize the use of physician EMR data to better inform physicians and health organizations about improving the delivery of health care and population health outcomes.
Mr. Gordon McNeill
Product Director/Privacy Officer
Gord leads the expansion of the technical platform and data services at the Health Data Coalition. He brings over 20 years’ experience in software development to his leadership role and has extensive expertise in business analysis, product management and corporate development in cities such as Montreal, Bangalore, Toronto, and Vancouver. Gord has a track record of ensuring strong returns on investment, with many past successes in managing all phases of software development. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph, and subsequently earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Science and Technology at Queen’s University.
Ms. Taura Vigers
Clinical Services Director
Taura leads the four-person Clinical Services Team, which supports family physicians, clinicians and their staff as they enrol in the program, integrate the HDC Solutions product into their practice and embark on data-sharing and collaborative quality improvement in primary care. Taura coordinates the development of HDC clinical learning programs and marketing initiatives in collaboration with key stakeholders and partners. She applies engagement expertise gained in 15 years of sales leadership experience within the pharmaceutical industry to her position of Clinical Services Director. Her scope of experience includes product launches, focusing sales teams, developing learning initiatives and collaborating with partners to achieve marketing.