Board of Directors

2021 - 2022

The Board of Directors is the governing body of Resident Doctors of BC. Directors are elected annually by the membership, and are subject to the provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws. They are responsible for Resident Doctors of BC initiatives, strategic plan, and communications. They ensure the association meets its purpose and mission statement.

The Board meets every four to six weeks, interested members are welcome to attend as guests. To RSVP for an upcoming meeting or to contact the Board, please email the Board Coordinator at officeadmin@residentdoctorsbc.ca

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Dr. Devon Mitchell

President

Devon is a second year resident in Emergency Medicine, passionate about public policy and working with policymakers to advocate for patients and residents alike. This will be his second term on the RDBC Board of Directors. He has worked previously on the executives of the UBC Medical Undergraduate Society and the Canadian Federation of Medical Students. For this academic year, Devon’s focus will be on Negotiations, where he will strive to ensure that residents will be informed of policy decisions, residents’ input will be valued, and improving residents’ personal, professional and financial wellness remains top priority for RDBC. When Devon isn’t in the ED or working on a policy file, you can find him jogging the Seawall or listening to the latest Taylor Swift album on repeat.

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Dr. Daphne Lu

Immediate Past President

Daphne is a fourth year resident in General Surgery at the University of British Columbia. She completed both her Bachelors in Science (Honours) and Doctor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Last year, she served as the RDBC President, and in this capacity advocated for residents on a variety of issues from pandemic pay and COVID-19 vaccination rollout to resident exams and the establishment of new resident engagement programs. This year, Daphne is taking a break from clinical duties to pursue a MBA/MPH at Johns Hopkins University, but she remains committed to supporting the Board and BC residents, especially as the organization heads back into Negotiations.

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Dr. Julie Wong

Director of Operations & Finance

Julie is a second year resident in Urology. Born and raised in Vancouver, she earned a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering at McGill University before returning to Vancouver for medical school. With previous experience as a Program Representative on the RDBC Council of Program Representatives, she is looking forward to continuing to advocate for improvements to resident call and increasing member engagement. In her spare time, you can find her fashioning elaborate baked goods, running, or listening to Broadway musical soundtracks on loop.

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Dr. Soma Dalai

Director of External & Labour Relations

Soma is a second year resident in Internal Medicine. This is her first year as a RDBC Board Director. In her PGY-1 year, she served as an Internal Medicine representative on the RDBC Council of Program Representatives. Her priorities will be negotiating more humane working conditions for residents, improving occupational health and safety, and making sure residents feel supported in contract disputes.

Willow Thickson

Dr. Willow Thickson

Director of Resident Affairs & Wellness

Willow is a first year Family Medicine resident in the Vancouver Fraser program in the Lower Mainland. She earned both her Bachelor’s Degree and her MD at the University of British Columbia. Passionate about advocacy, representation and leadership, Willow has been involved with the Canadian Federation of Medical Students as a national officer, and was involved with the Medical Undergraduate Student Council since her first year in medicine. She is especially passionate about Indigenous health, global health and social justice.

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Dr. Harrison (Harry) Anzinger

Director

Harry is a first year paediatrics resident in the Vancouver Island stream. He grew up in Edmonton and completed both his undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Alberta. This will be Harry’s first term on the RDBC Board of Directors. He is super excited to be in British Columbia and immensely enjoys the fantastic scenery, people, and medical training that the province offers. As a RDBC Director, Harry plans to ensure new residents’ voices and concerns are heard, and will continue to explore different ways for distributed residents to feel integrated with the larger UBC medical community.

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Dr. Karan D’Souza

Director

Karan is a third year resident in general surgery. He completed most of his education and training, including medical school, at the University of British Columbia. This will be Karan’s first term on the RDBC Board of Directors. Previously, Karan has been involved in leadership and advocacy through the UBC Medical Undergraduate Society, the UBC Senate, the Canadian Federation for Medical Students, and Doctors of BC. His ongoing focus on the nexus between clinical research and health policy stems from a passion for amplifying the voices of his patients, peers and colleagues. He is looking forward to working with the board on key issues including membership engagement and communication, transition to practice preparation, and strengthening equity and diversity efforts.

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Dr. Laura Labonté 

Director

Laura is a third year Psychiatry resident who is passionate about advocacy, leadership and research. Originally from Kingston Ontario, she completed her PhD and MDCM studies at McGill University, where she served on various university committees. This will be her second term on the RDBC Board of Directors. She hopes to bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm to her work for Resident Doctors of BC and lend a strong voice to residents.

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Dr. Kevin Liang

Director

Kevin is a second year Family Medicine resident from the Vancouver-Fraser site. Born in Taiwan, he is a current settler living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Kevin completed his undergraduate training at McGill University and medical school at UBC. This will be his second term on the RDBC Board of Directors. Kevin holds a keen interest in striving towards climate justice and improved health equity. He looks forward to bringing this passion to the team!

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Dr. Daniel Lu

Director

Daniel is a second year psychiatry resident based out of Vancouver. Prior to moving to British Columbia, he completed his degrees at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. This will be Daniel’s first term on the RDBC Board of Directors. Daniel is excited to engage in work that will improve resident education and representation with external stakeholders. He is particularly interested in working with the other provincial health organizations and providing iterative resident feedback on the implementation of Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME).

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Dr. Evan Mah

Director

Evan is a second year resident in Family Medicine, based out of Campbell River in the Vancouver Island – Strathcona Program. This is his second year as a RDBC Board Director, having previously served as the Director of External and Labour Relations. Prior to Residency, he completed both his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Medical Degree at the University of Saskatchewan, completing a Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship based out of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. Some of his academic interests include medical education, point of care ultrasound, and simulation while some of his professional interests include addictions care, rural/low resource, and wilderness medicine. Originally from Regina, his primary interests include running, biking (mountain, road), camping and hiking, hunting.

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Dr. Isaac Rodin

Director

Isaac is a first year psychiatry resident in Vancouver. He was born in Winnipeg, grew up in Calgary, lived in Montreal for his undergraduate degree, and then moved to Vancouver for medical school. After bouncing around the country, he fell in love with British Columbia and was grateful to be able to stay for residency. This will be Isaac’s first term with the RDBC Board of Directors. Isaac is excited to engage with fellow residents to help ensure that the voices of residents across BC are heard and valued. Isaac’s dreams include becoming a contestant on Survivor and meeting Bruce Springsteen.

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Dr. Maya Rosenkrantz

Director

Maya is a second year pediatrics resident in Victoria. She completed medical school at UBC Vancouver campus. Maya enjoyed the distributed nature and BC-wide collaboration at UBC and looks forward to continuing to engage with her resident colleagues across the province. This will be Maya’s second year on the Board of Directors, having served previously as RDBC Director of Resident Affairs and Wellness. Her specific interests are in ensuring equitable access to personal, financial, and professional health and wellness services across the province both remotely and locally. Please reach out to Maya with any issues, feedback, or concerns that are important to you, so that she can help ensure your voice is heard and RDBC continuously grows and improves its advocacy efforts for all residents across BC.

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Dr. Zach Sagorin

Director

Zach is a first year resident in General Surgery. This will be Zach’s first year on the RDBC Board of Directors. A graduate of the UBC Faculty of Medicine, Zach enjoyed serving as the President of the UBC Medical Undergraduate Society and plans to bring the skills he learned to his term on the RDBC Board. His administrative interests include equity, finance, planetary health and education. Outside of the hospital, Zach enjoys working out, board sports (surfing/snowboarding), reading science fiction, and learning how to play tennis.

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Harry Gray

Executive Director

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Mr. Jason Speidel

Medical Undergraduate Society Representative