External Advisory Panel
An external advisory panel has been appointed to oversee the implementation of the Employment Program of B.C. by service providers across the province and will:
- Monitor services and make recommendations for improvement.
- Review the overall program’s performance and results.
- Recommend innovative changes to improve the service model, accessibility or service delivery.
External Advisory Panel Member Bios
Ted M. Emes – Burnaby
Ted Emes is the Senior Project Lead with Global Medical Services. Previously, he was the Director of Client Services and former Rehabilitation Manager with the BC Paraplegic Association. Active in the community, Mr. Emes was a member of BC Wheelchair Sports and an executive member of the Edmonton Road and Track Club. Mr. Emes holds his Bachelor of Arts and his Bachelor of Physical Health and Education from Queen’s University. He is currently completing his Master of Business Administration in Healthcare from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Emes is a designated Registered Rehabilitation Professional.
Dr. Bryan A. Hiebert – Victoria
Bryan Hiebert is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Victoria and a Career Development Consultant with Per Man Consultants Ltd. Previously, he was a Professor at the University of Calgary and Simon Fraser University. Active in the community, he is a member of the Canadian Research Working Group on Evidence-Based Practice in Career Development, former President and Vice President of the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance, and former Chair and Co-Chair of the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners. Dr. Hiebert holds his Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary and his Master of Education and Doctor of Education from the University of Alberta.
Norma A. Strachan (Chair) – Victoria
Norma Strachan is the Chief Executive Officer with ASPECT. Active in the community, she is currently the Treasurer with the Canadian Coalition of Community Based Employability Training. Previously, she was a Director with the Private Post Secondary Education Commission and the Esquimalt Neighbourhood House. Ms. Strachan holds her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Victoria.
Daniel Tellier – Winfield
Daniel Tellier is the Coordinator and President of the Okanagan Educational Centre. Previously, he was an Employment Counsellor with the Aspen Education and Social Services. Active in the community, Mr. Tellier was a Director with Second Chance for Youth Association. Professionally, he is a member of the BC Career Development Association. Mr. Tellier holds his Social Work Diploma from Grant MacEwan and his BC Career Pracitioner Certificate from the BC Career Development Association. In addition, he is a LifeSkills Coach.
Elizabeth A. Wilson – Dawson Creek
Elizabeth Wilson is the Executive Director of the Obair Economic Society. Previously, she served as the Assistant Manager and an Instructor with the Obair Economic Society. Active in the community, she is a member of the Making Connections Coordinating Committee, a task group member of Literacy Now, and a Social Services Worker Diploma Program Advisory Panel Member and an Applied Business Technology Program Advisory Panel Member with Northern Lights College. Ms. Wilson holds her Social Services Worker Diploma from Northern Lights College and her Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University.
William (Bill) W. Winnett – North Vancouver - Seymour
William Winnett is President and Director of Winnett Management Inc, a management consulting firm. Prior to this, he has held several executive positions including Chairman on Lignol Energy Corporation, Senior Consultant and Chief Financial Officer of the BC Treaty Commission, and Treasurer and Comptroller of BC Hydro. Earlier, Mr. Winnett was the Chief Negotiator for the Vancouver Sun representing management employees. Mr. Winnett has also been active in a number of community organizations including serving as a director of the Vancouver Canucks, the BC Lions and Sport BC. He also served on a number of advisory boards to both the federal and provincial governments and was awarded the Governor General's Medal by commemorating the 125th anniversary of Confederation of Canada. Mr. Winnett is a commerce graduate of Carleton University and a Chartered Accountant (Price Waterhouse).
For information on the Employment Program of BC and how to access services please visit www.WorkBCCentres.ca.