Leadership Team

Suzanne Solven, RPh

Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

Suzanne Solven is the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer and brings over 25 years of leadership experience across a broad range of organizations within BC’s health system. Before joining the College as its Registrar and CEO, Suzanne has held various positions such as the Associate Vice President of Audit, Investigations and Quality Assurance at Pacific Blue Cross, where she led both the Fraud Investigation Branch and the Internal Audit Branch; as well as both Executive Director and Senior Pharmacist of the BC PharmaCare program. Suzanne also served as the College’s Deputy Registrar for over 9 years.

Suzanne is a current member of the Alumni UBC Advisory Council and UBC Therapeutics Initiative Oversight committee, past member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC Prescription Review Panel, past Co-Chair of the National Pharmaceuticals Strategy, and past chair of the Advisory Committee on Pharmaceuticals, Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health. 

 

Heather Biggar

Deputy Registrar

Heather Biggar is the Deputy Registrar. Prior to joining the College Heather has been in leadership positions for the past 15 years with the last 12 years as Deputy Registrar, and a period as Acting Registrar, for the College of Dental Hygienists of BC (CDHBC). Heather has led the Registration, Complaints and Investigations, and the Quality Assurance Departments at CDHBC.

Heather has a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene, Masters of Science in Oral Pathology and a Certification in Change Management from the UBC Sauder School of Business.  She has extensive experience in leading numerous stakeholder engagement initiatives with varied objectives and has developed influential relationships with stakeholders both provincially and nationally. 

Daryl Beckett

General Counsel

Daryl Beckett is the General Counsel. He is a practising member of the Law Society of BC and has worked in the field of health profession regulation for 20 years. Most recently he served for seven years as Legal Counsel in the Executive Office of the BC College of Nurses and Midwives and several of its predecessor colleges. Daryl was previously the Director of Professional Regulation in the BC Ministry of Health for more than 10 years, with responsibility for development and administration of the Health Professions Act and for oversight of all self-governing health profession regulators in BC. He has also previously served as the Director of Legislation in the BC Ministry of Health.

Mary O'Callaghan, CPA, CMA

Chief Operating Officer

Mary O’Callaghan is the Chief Operating Officer. She is a CPA, CMA with over 20 years of experience at a senior management level. She was previously the Director of Corporate Services at the Fraser Valley Regional Library, where she worked for 13 years. She also worked for the Lil’wat Nation, with her last three years as Senior Administrator. 

Ashifa Keshavji, RPh

Director of Practice Reviews & Quality Assurance

Ashifa Keshavji is the Director of Practice Reviews & Quality Assurance. She has worked in community pharmacy for many years and began working at the College on the OnCall Line and conducting inspections. She has been a Director for the Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy since 2005.

Doreen Leong, RPh

Director of Registration & Licensure

Doreen Leong is the Director of Registration & Licensure. She brings over 20 years of pharmacy experience from hospital, community and administrative practice. She has worked in every department within the College and has expertise in the area of assessment, certification and the development of standards, competencies and policy.

Colin Wong

Acting Director of Communications & Engagement

Colin Wong is the Acting Director of Communications & Engagement. He brings over 20 years of experience in communications, public affairs, media relations advertising and business development.  As a senior communications leader in a wide cross section of private sector industries and government agencies, he has a proven track record in project management and the development, implementation and evaluation of strategic plans.