Board Executive

Finlay Sinclair

Finlay Sinclair

Board Chair, MCIP, RPP, Emergence Developments

Finlay is an urban planner and land developer and has also been involved with senior leadership in health care, local government, and university education in British Columbia for the past 30 years. Finlay has seen firsthand the devastating impact that chronic pain has on people and their families and he is deeply committed to building a system of care for people with pain in BC.

Dan Buchner

Dan Buchner

Interim Vice Chair, Founder and Principal, praktikel

Dan is an award-winning designer, entrepreneur, educator, and leadership facilitator. He believes in the power of innovation and leadership to positively impact society. Using his practical experiences in business and life, he shifts thinking, transforms perspectives, and inspires action to advance organizations and communities. Dan has served on and chaired the board of directors of National Board of Certified Counselors. Founded by USAID, his recent work has involved using innovative thinking as an economic, leadership and social development tool in South Africa, El Salvador, Jordan, and India. Having experienced the impacts of chronic pain on his family, Dan is passionate about advancing Pain BC and its mission.

Sara Maseko

Sara Maseko

Board Treasurer, CPA, CA

Sara Maseko is a Chartered Professional Accountant practicing in Burnaby, BC. She began her career working in public practice, where she spent many of her articling days focused on not-for-profit clients and their audits. Today, you'll find Sara working as the Controller for Skybox Labs and serving the interactive media community as a board member of DigiBC. Sara has seen the toll that ongoing pain issues have had on family and friends and is proud to advocate for them through her participation with Pain BC.

Joanne Archer

Joanne Archer

Board Secretary, RN, BTech, MA, CIC

Joanne has worked in health care since 1977 in wide variety of roles and settings. She completed her undergraduate degree in nursing and her masters degree in disability management. During her career, Joanne has had a bird's-eye view of the impact chronic pain has on people. She is excited and honored to be on the board of Pain BC as she recognises how much room for improvement exists for pain management both for health care providers and individuals who live with chronic pain.

Members at Large

Dr. Philippa Carrie

Dr. Philippa Carrie

Chiropractor, Cedar Coast Chiropractic

Philippa Carrie brings her experience of working as a chiropractor in Victoria for the last nine years to the Pain BC board. In her practice, she regularly works with people in chronic pain and helps patients navigate a complex medical system while advocating on their behalf. She works with a non-drug, conservative treatment method that patients often turn to when faced with chronic pain and she understands the importance of having caring, qualified health practitioners working together to manage a patient’s condition.

Dr. Kshitij Chawla

Dr. Kshitij Chawla

MD, FRCPC (Physiatry), FRCPC (Pain Medicine)

Dr. Chawla is a physiatrist and pain medicine specialist. He is the co-founder of Canadian Pain & Regenerative Institute and holds cross appointments in the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Department of Anesthesia for the Pain Clinic at the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre, Surrey Memorial Hospital, and the Transitional Pain Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital. He teaches as faculty at the University of British Columbia at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor and is a member of the Pain Medicine Subspecialty Committee at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He joined the Board of Directors at Pain BC to advocate for people living with chronic pain and facilitate systems level change for pain services.

Joanne Jung

Joanne Jung

Pharmacy Practice Leader, Willis Towers Watson

As a pharmacy benefits consultant at Willis Towers Watson and practicing clinical pharmacist with Fraser Health, Joanne brings a unique combination of drug plan expertise and hands-on experience working with people with chronic pain in many different clinical areas. She has partnered with a wide range of organizations in both the private and public sectors across Canada to design and implement forward-thinking health benefit management strategies. Prior to her current role, she led pharmacy services at a non-profit insurer, Pacific Blue Cross. Joanne holds a BSc (Pharmacy) from the University of British Columbia and also completed a hospital residency at St. Paul’s Hospital.

Aparna Kurl

Aparna Kurl

Director of Tourism, Innovation, Science & Economic Development Canada

Aparna Kurl holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of British Columbia and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Seattle University. She has worked for the Minister of National Revenue and the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. She served first as an executive and legislative assistant, and later took on the role of senior policy advisor. After leaving the Minister’s office, Aparna joined the Federal Public Service and worked in a variety of federal departments including Industry Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency. Aparna spent most of her Public Service career at the Privy Council Office where she served in the Machinery of Government Secretariat and as Executive Advisor, Engagement, Outreach and Communications, to the Clerk of the Privy Council. She joined Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada as the Director of Tourism in mid 2021. 

James Leung

James Leung

Director of Finance, Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia, CPA (CGA), FCCA (UK)

James is Director of Finance at the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia in Victoria, BC. He has worked in a variety of industries ranging from technology, aviation, and not-for-profit organizations. His career has allowed him to work in three countries and serve on several not-for-profit boards. He has seen firsthand the impact chronic pain can have on a person’s enjoyment of life and on their family. He is honoured to champion Pain BC’s mission and values.

Sarah Sandusky

Sarah Sandusky

Merritt Chapter Coordinator, Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice

Sarah is dedicated to community wellness. She collaborates with local physicians in Merritt BC to drive innovation in access to sustainable health care. She serves on an advisory committee at CADTH (Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health) where her perspectives contribute to a knowledge base that will inform health care decision makers in Canada. After two decades of working with non-profit organizations focused on homelessness, addiction, education, health, and human rights across Canada and abroad, Sarah brings strategic leadership, fundraising, and communications expertise to the Pain BC Board of Directors. She has experienced the impact of chronic pain both personally and professionally.

Kataneh Sherkat

Kataneh Sherkat

BCom, MBA, CPCC, Director, Western Management Consultants

Kataneh has been a human resources (HR) contributor to organizations locally, nationally, and internationally within a wide range of industries. She has advised boards in the areas of strategic planning, executive search and CEO review. She is currently one of the Directors of WMC focusing in executive coaching, executive search and HR strategy work. She has founded two foundations focused on education support and has served as the vice chair for a community based non-profit prior to joining Pain BC. Having personally lived with chronic pain since she was a young adult, Kataneh understands the tough landscape people with persistent pain face when accessing support services and is determined to help change the narrative.