/ Physicians

Orientation and education


Orientation manual for new NH medical staff

Northern Health Medical Affairs has developed a manual to serve as a quick reference guide for new NH medical staff to answer common questions, provide key contact information, and provide an overview of the key aspects of working in a Northern Health facility. This manual is also meant to guide orientation sessions with medical staff and their respective medical administration leads.

To receive a copy of the onboarding package, contact the medical staff recruiter for your area, or email physicians@northernhealth.ca

Do you have additional questions? For general onboarding inquiries you can email onboarding@northernhealth.ca

NH co-leadership report

The NH co-leadership report provides a detailed compilation of work to advance co-leadership between Northern Health medical and administrative leadership to advance the partnerships needed to achieve NH's mission of providing exceptional health services to northerners. Delivering integrated, accessible, and high quality services is contingent on a diverse group of people working together to achieve a common goal. For leaders within health care organizations, it is increasingly important to align priorities and quality of patient care initiatives.

NH staff rules and bylaws

Helpful links

  • We have created a document of helpful links for medical staff. See the medical staff links document for the most recent version.

For more information, please contact your local Medical Director


Education for Medical Staff Leaders

The goal is to provide high-level, standardized overviews of different processes and timelines relating to medical staff leaders’ roles and responsibilities. Face-to-face workshops will also be provided.

Addressing patient safety events

Addressing workplace practice and conduct

For more information, please contact your local Medical Director



NHMAC terms of reference


Dr. Helene Smith
Email: Helene.Smith@northernhealth.ca

Executive Assistant and Admin Support for NHMAC

Marina Willimont
Phone: 250-645-8537
Email: Marina.Willimont@northernhealth.ca


Medical Directors Location
Dr. Becky Temple Advanced Medical Affairs
Dr. Shannon Douglas/Celia Evanson Lakes/Omenica
Dr. Firas Mansour Prince George
Dr. Jaco Fourie Northwest
Dr. Andrea Gellar Northwest Cluster
Dr. David Courtney North Peace (interim)
Dr. Magda Du Plessis South Peace
Dr. Tony Preston Northern Interior Rural


Nurse Practitioner Leads
Celia Evanson
Helen Craig


Regional MAC Chairs Location
Currently under review Northern Interior MAC
Dr. David Courtney and Dr. Magda Du Plessis (Co-Chairs) Northeast MAC
Dr. Jaco Fourie Northwest MAC


Members at large Location
Vacant Northern Interior
Vacant Northeast
Vacant Northeast
Dr. Gillaume Coetzee Northwest
Dr. Gordon Horner Northwest


Regional medical leads Program
Dr. Gerrard Prigmore Addictions Program
Dr. Abu Hamour Blood Bourne Pathogens
Dr. Jaco Fourie Cancer Care
Dr. Firas Mansour Cardiac Care
Dr. Sonny Thiara Critical Care Program
Dr. Dick Raymond Elder Program
Vacant Emergency and Trauma Services
Dr. Kamran Azar Laboratory Services
Dr. Sarah Harvie Medical Imaging
Dr. Barbara Kane Mental Health
Celina Laursen/Dr. Stephen Boakye/Dr. Jaco Strydom Perinatal Program
Vacant Primary Care
Dr. Anurag Singh Renal Care
Dr. Marijo Odulio Surgery Program
Dr. Kirsten Miller Child, Youth, Adolescent Program
Dr. Todd Alec/Dr. Sheona Mitchell-Foster Indigenous Health
  • To incorporate additional medical leads as appropriate
  • Advocate members will attend the face to face NHMAC meetings


Appointed medical leads Position
Dr. Ronald Chapman VP Medicine
Dr. Kim Jong Chief Medical Health Officer
Dr. Kristina Garrels Medical Lead Informatics
Dr. Helene Smith NH MAC Chair


Non-voting members Position
Ciro Panessa Chief Executive Officer
Kelly Gunn VP Primary and Community Care and Chief Nursing Executive
Fraser Bell VP Planning, Quality and Information Management
Jason Jaswal Regional Director, Medical Affairs
Candice Manahan Regional Director, Physician Quality, Engagement and Education