Meet The Board

Meet the HDC Board of Directors

Working together to make HDC a true expression of collective experience and knowledge.



shirleyDr. Shirley Sze MD, CCFP, FCFP
Chair of the HDC Board of Directors

Dr. Shirley Sze received her MD from the University of Alberta and completed her Family Medicine Residency at Queen’s University. She received her CCFP in 1978 and FCFP in 1984. She practiced full service from 1979 until 2009 when she transitioned into focused care on vascular protection, chronic pain and palliative care.

She has been involved in Continuing Professional Development locally, provincially and nationally. She became interested in the New Zealand Pegasus model of CPD which has demonstrable quality improvement measures and is one of the founding Board members of the Physician Data Collaborative which strives to link community physician EMRs for aggregate data collection for research and quality improvement through CPD. She was also involved in Accreditation of University Faculty of Medicine CPD Departments. (CACME)

She became a Physician Champion for the GPSC (General Practice Services Committee) PSP (Practice Support Program) in 2007 and assisted in the development and/or roll-out of numerous learning modules. She continues to collaborate with the UBC CPD Department in evolving small group learning modules for PSP. She has presented at local, provincial, national and international conferences on a variety of topics. She is an Assistant Professor in the UBC Faculty of Medicine – Department of Family Practice and was the Site Faculty Development lead for the UBC Family Residency Department for the past five years. She has held Board and leadership positions with a number of organizations that include Doctors of BC, Society of General Practice of BC, Physician Data Collaborative, Health Data Coalition, and Thompson Region Division of Family Practice.

Dr. Cole Stanley, MD, CCFP,
Vice-Chair of the HDC Board of Directors

Dr. Cole Stanley is a Vancouver-based family physician with five years’ experience practicing in BC. He received his MD from the University of Toronto and completed his Family Medicine Residency at the Jewish General Hospital, McGill University. Dr. Stanley is a clinical instructor with the UBC Faculty of Medicine and a family physician with the Immunodeficiency Clinic at St. Paul’s Hospital and Raven Song Community Health Centre.

Dr. Stanley has been heavily involved in Quality Improvement (QI) work since the start of 2017, when he was hired to be Medical Lead for QI for Vancouver Coastal Health Community. Dr. Stanley has completed QI training in various forms and is now leading multiple QI projects, including the BOOST Collaborative (a collection of 17 clinical teams brought together to improve the care of clients with opioid use disorder), pilot QI teams in primary care clinics, and a framework for embedding QI in the daily work of family physicians.

Dr. Stanley is motivated to help expand HDC as a valuable tool for QI. He has QI experience, technical expertise, a broad physician audience, and a valuable viewpoint as an early career family physician.

Dr. Jaron Easterbrook, MD, CCFP

Dr. Jaron Easterbrook has a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Victoria, an MBA in International Marketing from the University of Toronto, and an MD from the University of Calgary. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at UBC’s Faculty of Medicine in 2018 and has joined a medium-sized family practice clinic in Victoria.

Prior to medicine, Dr. Easterbrook spent 15 years in marketing, most recently as a Product Manager, EMR & Integration, at Canada Health Infoway, and previously as Canadian Sales Manager for Blackboard, and National Marketing Manager for Apple. He has also started a small software company, MedDuck, developing a mobile app to help address access to care in the South Calgary Primary Care Network. Dr. Easterbrook brings business, technology, and entrepreneurial background to the HDC in service of its future directions.

Dr. Easterbrook is currently Vice Chair of the South Island Division of Family Practice, a member of the Representative Assembly of Doctors of BC, a member of the Primary and Community Care Policy Implementation Committee, and Communications Lead for the Society of General Practitioners of BC (SGP).

Dr. Dan Horvat, MD, CCFP

Dr. Dan Horvat is a family physician who has provided BC residents in the suburban and Northern communities of Coquitlam and Prince George with comprehensive care, including in hospital, for the past 25 years. Throughout his career, Dr. Horvat has had an interest and been active in improving health services. This has been driven by the firm belief that health services can be better. His experience in researching how the most effective international healthcare systems work has solidified this belief. Dr. Horvat has had a variety of roles in healthcare in BC including clinical practice, governance, academia, and administration. He has been actively involved in many improvement efforts throughout the province so has strong first hand knowledge of what has and is occurring in BC.

Based in Prince George, Dr. Horvat has a very strong interest in seeing BC develop a continuously learning healthcare system. As an inaugural member of the HDC Board of Directors who currently serves on the Board’s Governance and Finance & Audit committees, Dr. Horvat looks forward to continuing to work with the great team at HDC and its members to assist the HDC with being a truly transformative organization for healthcare in BC.

Co-founder of AMCARE and former Member of the Doctors of BC Board of Directors, Dr. Horvat is currently a Core Committee Member and Evaluation Lead with the Rural Coordination Center BC, as well a Clinical Associate Professor with UBC’s Northern Medical Program and Department of Family Practice.

Dr. Brenda Huff, MD, CCFP, FCFP, GPO

Dr. Brenda Huff has more than 15 years’ experience in rural family medicine practice in BC. She is a clinical assistant professor in the UBC Faculty of Medicine and Lead/Chair of the Pacific Northwest Division of Family Practice. As a member of the CPD core group for the Rural Coordination Centre of BC, as well as project lead with UBC-RCPD, she has collaborated in developing and implementing continuing education opportunities for BC family physicians.

Dr. Huff has been awarded a research grant to lead research into the management of MetS in British Columbia’s rural pediatric population. Dr. Huff initiated and led a primary care initiative in the Pacific Northwest called Canadians Advanced by Nutrition and Graded Exercise (CHANGE BC), which has now won three awards of excellence. She was elected as a Rural Representative to the Board of Doctors of BC and is a Director on the Board of the British Columbia College of Family Physicians of Canada, where she shares her knowledge and experience in rural medicine, continuing medical education, and administration.

Dr. Huff’s particular areas of clinical interest are social determinants of health and its impact on First Nations people, rural-based medicine, community-based research, and continuing medical education. She believes in the vast benefits of the physician-patient relationship within its defined practice population and in the continuum of data driven healthcare to improve the quality of health care. Dr. Huff also believes that family physicians play an essential role in providing comprehensive cost-effective healthcare to patients within their community and that evidenced-based data collection is the cornerstone to quality improvement for physicians and our health care system.

Brenna Lynn, PhD
Public Director

Brenna Lynn is the Associate Dean, UBC Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) and is the Medical Director of Program Standards. Dr. Lynn completed both a Bachelor’s degree and Master of Science from UBC, and received a doctoral degree from the University of Oregon. As Associate Dean, CPD, Dr. Lynn provides strategic leadership and support for the professional development of faculty in their roles as health profession practitioners, ensuring standards of practice are in place and meet national accreditation requirements, as well as collaborating with stakeholders and partners to promote and explore opportunities for continuing professional development. Dr. Lynn is passionate about continuous quality improvement, customized effective CPD, increasing interprofessional CPD opportunities, and keeping on the cusp of innovation in order to improve practice and patient care.

Dr. Robert Schertzer, MD, MEd, FRCSC

Dr. Robert Schertzer is a specialist in ophthalmology who has been in glaucoma clinical and academic practice since 1996. He has 15 years’ experience practicing in BC and is based in Vancouver. Dr. Schertzer fully embraces educational technology for continuing professional development and has helped create and foster inter-professional collaborative models of eye care. He was a pioneer in introducing Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) into ophthalmology in Canada and was trained as a physician-builder for a large enterprise-wide system in the United States.

Dr. Schertzer has worked with many EMR systems over the past 26 years and even introduced the use of computers into the medical school curriculum at Dalhousie University in the 1980s. He has been active in teaching the benefits of EMR systems to other ophthalmologists since 2005;Dr. Schertzer helped develop co-sponsored curriculum for the Canadian Ophthalmological Society Canadian Medical Association’s Practice Solutions.

While at the Giesel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College (2013–2018), he trained at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (“TDI”) in clinical microsystems and at Epic University as a physician-builder for the enterprise-wide EMR system. Dr. Schertzer has a deep understanding of technology and appreciates the challenges we face in collaborating to store and retrieve data to improve the quality of health care.

Dr. Richard Welsh, MD, FCFP

Based in Abbotsford, Dr. Richard Welsh started the Ellwood Medical Center, a progressive innovative full-service family practice in 1991. In 2002, Dr. Welsh founded Gateway Healthcare, a 10-physician interdisciplinary clinic where he is currently a family physician and Managing Director. As Dr. Welsh was on the Fraser Health Physician steering committee for Electronic Medical Record (EMR) implementation, Gateway Healthcare became one of the first clinics in Fraser Health to use the Profile EMR.

In 2009, Dr. Welsh partnered with a fellow physician and started AccelEMR Solutions, Inc., a practice optimization company that provides consulting services to clinics and organizations across Canada, equipping them with the tools, training, and consulting services to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of care provided. AccelEMR’s main product is providing smart forms to subscribing clinics on a semiannual basis. The company has also done consulting for Vancouver Coastal, Fraser Health, and Velante in New Brunswick. Other projects have included building tools for Profile users for several PSP modules (including Chronic Pain, MSK, and End of Life) and optimizing several local clinics as part of GP4Me.

Dr. Welsh is a member of the Doctors of BC Requisition Committee, the Fraser Health Authority’s Joint ISC-FHA IM/IT Working Group, a clinical Instructor with the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Family Practice, and provides onsite primary care services at Life Recovery, a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.

Cheryl Wenezenki-Yolland, FCPA, FCMA

Ms. Cheryl Wenezenki-Yolland is a Chartered Professional Accountant with an extensive career in public service spanning more than 30 years. Her diverse experience includes a mix of government operations, crown agencies, regulatory agencies, and not-for-profit organizations covering areas such as finance, information management, human resources, shared corporate services, transportation, environment, health, and education.

Based in North Saanich, Ms. Wenezenki-Yolland has more than 15 years of senior leadership experience, which has included roles as the Deputy Minister of Advanced Education, the Associate Deputy Ministers of Finance and Environment, the Comptroller General of British Columbia, Assistant Deputy Minister, Executive Financial Officer, and Chief Financial Officer with the Province of British Columbia.

She has extensive governance experience and is a former board member of the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation of British Columbia and former commissioner of the Financial Institutions Commission of British Columbia. Ms. Wenezenki-Yolland is also a former member of the Board of the Justice Institute of British Columbia, where she was a member of the Governance Committee and chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.

Dr. Julie Nguyen, MD, CCFP

Dr. Julie Nguyen grew up in Montreal and completed both medical school and residency at the University of Montreal. She then moved to Vancouver in 2009 where she practiced at 2 different offices before opening her own practice in East Vancouver.

Dr. Nguyen has been involved with the Vancouver Division of Family Practice as a member of the IT committee, as well as the Practice Support Program. She has led QI initiatives both within her own practice and with other clinics. Dr. Nguyen has a particular interest in IT, multicultural medicine and women’s health. She is excited to join the HDC board and be part of an organization that truly impacts patient care.

Gayle Grout, B. Comm, Public Director
HDC Board Secretary-Treasurer

Ms. Gayle Grout is a seasoned management Information Technology leader with more than 15 years experience managing software technologies, people and multi-stakeholder initiatives across varying industries. She has provided strategic leadership, enterprise-wide implementations, technology management and supervisory expertise varied roles.

Her noticeable experience working within the emerging Electronic Medical Records (EMR) industry allowed her to to create unique and innovative strategies to develop solutions for evolving end-user needs. A key success includes the development of an IT enabled Quality Improvement methodology that provided structure for complex issues, while still supporting the larger objective to enable EMR data within the primary care eco-system. The IT enabled QI methodology influenced the evolution of an in-practice interactive QI dashboard product, integrated across multiple EMR solutions.

Ms. Grout believes that HDC will support clinicians to work smarter armed with data driven statistics, and hopes that her skill set can support the effort required to achieve the organization’s goals.