Meet the Change Makers’ Series


Hosted by KGH Foundation Chair, Darrell Porubanec.


Thursday, July 8, 2021
8:00 am – 9:00 am | Virtual Event

RSVP to Alisa Rampone by July, 2021


Meet the powerhouse team at the helm of the Interior Health Authority. Join Board Chair, Dr. Doug Cochrane and President & CEO, Susan Brown over morning coffee.

Dr. Doug Cochrane


Doug Cochrane was appointed Chair of the Interior Health Board of Directors in 2017. As Board Chair, Dr. Doug Cochrane has served as Co-Chair of the Partnership Accord Leadership Table. The Partnership Accord Leadership Table is a joint Committee of Interior Health and the First Nations of the Interior Region committed to improving the health and wellness outcomes for First Nations people of the Region. Dr. Cochrane also Co-Chairs the Metis Nation BC – Interior Leadership Table.

Doug retired from clinical practice in 2017 after a three-decade career as a paediatric neurosurgeon at BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children in Vancouver and the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) in Toronto. During that time, he served in leadership roles supporting BC Children’s Hospital, the Children’s and Women’s Health Centre, the Provincial Health Services Authority and Sick Kids. He also chaired the BC Patient
Safety Task Force from its inception in 2003 to the creation of the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council.

A committed teacher and mentor, Doug was appointed Professor Emeritus by the University of British Columbia’s Department of Surgery in 2016. He continues to serve as Faculty for the BCPSQC Quality Academy and Clinician Quality Academy programs, as well as the Sauder Physician Leadership program at the University of British Columbia.

Susan Brown


Susan Brown’s health sector career spans three decades, two continents, and varying regions across B.C. She was appointed President & CEO of Interior Health in 2018 following seven years of service to Interior Health’s Senior Executive Team, most recently as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Hospitals and Communities.

Susan is passionate about improving care experience for patients, families and communities. She dedicates herself to engaging staff, volunteers, and local partners in the pursuit of health sector excellence across the Interior. To tackle the complex challenges associated with health care delivery in our region, her early initiatives as President and CEO of Interior Health include striking a team dedicated to improving and establishing a strong culture of safety across IH, initiating changes to address anti-Indigenous racism in health care, and delivering a regional engagement initiative to renew the organization’s vision, mission, and values.

As President and CEO, Susan continues to lead transformation efforts across hospital, home and community sectors, championing innovation and practices that make it easier for the people to receive care close to home. She remains a strong supporter of the University of British Columbia’s Southern Medical Program, and to building new opportunities that support future health professionals to receive their education and training in the Interior.