Nov. 16, 2007
Ministry of Health
PHARMACEUTICAL TASK FORCE
The nine-member task force is comprised of the following:
- George Morfitt (Vice-Chair),
former auditor general of British Columbia – Mr. Morfitt spent 20 years as
a Chief Financial Officer before serving two terms as Auditor General of
British Columbia. Mr. Morfitt has
held senior executive positions in a number of organizations, including:
President, B.C. Institute of Chartered Accountants; Chair, Universities
Council of B.C. and Chair, UBC Board of Governors.
- Gordon Cross, executive director,
Regional Grants & Decision Support with Finance and Corporate Services
Division, Ministry of Health - Mr. Cross is responsible for overseeing all
funding allocations and recommendations for health authority budgets, as
well as developing and leading the annual health authority budget process.
- Paul Gudaitis, executive director,
National Pharmaceutical Strategy Secretariat, B.C. Ministry of Health. –
Mr. Gudaitis is the provincial lead for NPS and has worked for the
Ministry for the past six years with extensive experience in pharmaceutical
policy including Fair PharmaCare.
- David M. Hall, chief compliance
officer and senior vice present of Community Relations, Angiotech
Pharmaceuticals Inc. – Mr. Hall is Angiotech's Chief Compliance Officer,
Secretary and Treasurer of the company. He is responsible for Angiotech's
overall compliance and acts as a key liaison to government and community
- Dr. Robert Sindelar, professor and
dean, UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences – Dr. Sindelar's expertise
lies in medicinal chemistry, computer-aided drug discovery and design, and
pharmaceutical biotechnology. In
addition to his leadership role in the Faculty, Dr. Sindelar teaches in
the professional pharmacy curriculum in several courses and is an active
advocate for the profession of pharmacy.
- Russell Williams, president of
Canada’s Research-based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D) – Prior to his
appointment as president of Canada's Research-based Pharmaceutical
Companies (Rx&D), Mr. Williams represented the riding of Nelligan in
the National Assembly of Quebec.
As a parliamentary assistant to two ministers of health, Russell
Williams was a keen advocate of better policy and better performance in
the health field. He has played a
key role in numerous non-profit community and health organizations,
notably in the fields of human rights, health planning, palliative care and
Ministry of Health
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