|Dr. Stephen Brown|
One wonders what changes the changing of the principals will have upon the MCFD. On one hand, the continual changing of key personnel every few years cannot affect the necessary transformation. On the other hand many readers will welcome this bureaucratic change.
Premier Clark explained the Ministry changes this way, "We want to have a focus on families in the government and my deputy [minister to the premier John Dyble] felt it was time for a change there." said Clark.
|Leslie du Toit|
Dr. Stephen Brown, BSc, MSc, MBA, PhD, whose area of expertise includes Organizational Change Management and Strategic Change Management in the Public Sector, is the former health services chief administrative officer. Press the Read More tab below to see his auto-bio on this page or see it online at the Royal Roads University website.
Rob Shaw in the Times Colonist this morning accounted Premier Clark's explanation this way.
"'We want to have a focus on families in the government and my deputy [minister to the premier John Dyble] felt it was time for a change there,' said Clark. Du Toit was a high-profile recruit of former premier Gordon Campbell, who imported her from South Africa especially for the job. She set about a wide-ranging transformational plan for the beleaguered ministry, which dragged on for years and caught the ire of the Opposition for its vague goals. Turpel-Lafond frequently accused du Toit of not communicating with her office or responding to questions and concerns."Dr. Brown's Autobio follows:
“After four years studying philosophy in Spain I turned to psychology where I eventually specialized in organizational psychology. Having moved to Alberta I decided to round out my organizational studies by undertaking an MBA where I became interested in issues surrounding the management of change as they related to the individual, organizational, and institutional context. This led to my PhD research which focused on an attempt at large scale sector strategic change in a public sector organization.
I have completed all of my studies while working. I started my career as a youth worker in London. Became a manager, a regional manager (after my move to Alberta), and finally executive director in not for-profit child and family service organizations. I then moved on to become CEO of the capital region Child and Family Services Authority in Alberta. I subsequently spent a year as executive lead for the province’s Child Welfare Act review before moving to British Columbia to join the Ministry of Health as Assistant Deputy Minister of Medical and Pharmaceutical Services. In this role I have had responsibility for the Medical Services Plan, PharmaCare, physician negotiations and issues management; and leadership roles in both the province's primary care reform and laboratory reform initiatives. I am also co-chair of two Federal/Provincial/Territorial Advisory Committees on Health Delivery and Human Resources and National Pharmaceutical Strategy.
While working I have taught a various graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Alberta, University of Victoria, and at the Royal Roads University.
I am married with two teenage children.”
- A government backgrounder page to Stephen Brown with more details about this new Deputy Minister and a video where he describes his goals, working style and more.