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United Way Public Policy Institute 2015 Faculty

Mike Harcourt

Mike Harcourt

As former premier of British Columbia, Mayor of Vancouver and City Councillor, Mike Harcourt helped British Columbia earn its reputation as one of the most liveable, accessible and inclusive places in the world. His focus on conservation and sustainable development – and his resolve to contribute to the transformation of cities and communities has played a significant role in promoting quality of life for those in Canada and abroad. Mike was awarded the Order of Canada in 2013. The Order of Canada is the centerpiece of Canada’s honours system and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

After stepping down from politics, he was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve as a member of the National Round Table on the Environment and Economy, where he served on the Executive Committee and Chaired the Urban Sustainability Program. He was a Federally appointed B.C. Treaty Commissioner and was Chair of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee for Cities and Communities.

Mike Harcourt is Chair of University of British Columbia’s Regional Sustainability Council for sustainability initiatives. In addition to acting as Chairman of Quality Urban Energy Systems for Tomorrow (QUEST), he chairs the Canadian Electricity Association’s Sustainable Electricity Program Advisory Panel. He has been lead faculty of United Way’s Public Policy Institute since its first cohort in 2011.

Elizabeth CullElizabeth Cull

Elizabeth Cull was elected to the Legislature in 1989 for the riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head. Re-elected in 1991, she served as Minister of Health, Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance and Corporate Relations. As Minister of Health, Elizabeth initiated a series of health care reforms known as “Closer to Home” intended to make health care more accessible and accountable to the public.

After leaving elected office, Elizabeth established her own consulting firm, assisting private and public sector organizations understand the public policy process. She taught political ethics at the Canadian Women Voters Congress Campaign School for a number of years, and was a regular commentator on CBC Vancouver Island’s political panel for 14 years.

Before entering provincial politics, Elizabeth was a community planner for the BC government, a school trustee and an elected member of the BC Government Employees’ Union. She has an MA in Community and Regional Planning from UBC and a BA in Urban Studies from York University.

In 2002, Elizabeth entered the entrepreneurial world and opened a retail business devoted to gardening. Discovering that the skills necessary for a successful political life are the same as those required to be a successful entrepreneur, Elizabeth bought the franchise rights to expand the business throughout Canada and now has five stores.

Elizabeth has taught part-time at Royal Roads University in the areas of leadership development, systems thinking, public policy and the political process and has been on the faculty of the United Way Public Policy Institute since its inception. She is a member of several business organizations in Victoria, and recently helped found Shop Local Victoria.

Brenda EatonBrenda Eaton

Brenda Eaton is a corporate director serving on a variety of Boards. She chairs the Seaterra Program, which is building the $800 million sewage treatment project in Victoria, B.C. She is a director of Fortis BC, Powertech and Transelec, as well as several not-for-profit organizations. Formerly, she was on the Boards of BC Housing and BC Hydro, and Chaired the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education.

She has served in a number of senior positions in the BC Government including Deputy Minister to the Premier and prior to that as Deputy Minister of Finance; Energy and Mines; and Social Services. For four years she was Chief Financial Officer at the (now) Vancouver Island Health Authority. In her earlier career she worked in international trade and treasury operations.

Brenda has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Economics. She has been awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal and has three times been named in the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. She is a frequent speaker on governance, performance management and leadership.


Ida GoodreauIda Goodreau

Ida Goodreau, MBA, is Adjunct Professor, Sauder School of Business.

Ida has extensive executive experience in both the public and private sectors. Most recently she served as Director of Strategy for the Centre for Health Care Management. From 2002 to 2009, she was the Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver Coastal Health, one of the largest health care organizations in the country, responsible for delivering health services to over 1.1 million people. She has also held senior positions in the forest sector (Fletcher Challenge, Norske Skog) and natural gas (Union Gas).

Ida sits on a number of corporate and non-profit boards including Vancouver Foundation, Genome BC, Canada West Foundation, Streetohome, Women’s Leadership Circle, PharmaSave Retail Pharmacies as well as Fortis Inc, and Terasen/Fortis BC. She is a former Director of the Vancouver Board of Trade and Shell Canada.

Ida has been selected as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women three times, has been chosen as the 2009 Consumer Choice Awards Vancouver Business Woman of the Year, and received a Business in Vancouver Influential Women in Business award in 2010.


Dr. Liz WhynotDr. Liz Whynot

Dr. Liz Whynot retired in November 2008 from her role as President of BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre, a leadership position she held for 8 years. While at Women’s, she was responsible for both the patient services provided there and for developing a variety of provincial strategies to improve the health of women and of marginalized communities. She led the development of BC’s Provincial Women’s Health Strategy, the Women’s Health Research Institute, the Maternity Care Enhancement Project and the Aboriginal Maternity Strategy. As a member of the Executive Committee of the Provincial Health Services Authority, she was responsible for the successful development of its HIV/AIDS and Aboriginal Health Strategies. She also chaired the Advisory committee for the Canadian Institute for Health Information’s report “Maternity Care in Canada. Under her leadership, BC Women’s was awarded the 2007 Arthur Kroeger Public Affairs Award in the Management Category.

Liz has an MD from Queens University in 1972 and a Masters in Health Science from UBC in 1994. After graduating from Queen’s University Medical School she worked as a general practitioner and as a public health doctor in Vancouver before joining Women’s in 1998. Liz was the co-founder of the Vancouver Sexual Assault Service and the Sheway Program for Substance Using Women and their Children. In 2007, she received the Network of East Vancouver Community Organizations award for work on behalf the community and in 2009, the Kaiser Foundation National Award for Excellence in Leadership for developing harm reduction programs such as BC Women’s Fir Square Program. Dr. Whynot was also honoured in 1998 with a celebration of her contributions to BC’s aboriginal communities. Currently, Liz is a part time health systems consultant and locum physician. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health Society and of the Board of the First Nations Health Authority, where she chairs the Governance and Human Resources Committee.