Terry Lake, the province’s former health minister and former Kamloops mayor, is the new CEO of the BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA), the organization representing the majority of the province’s long-term care, assisted and independent living and home health operators.
Lake will assume his new role on Sept. 8.
“Through our process, it became clear to the board that Terry’s impressive combination of public and private sector accomplishments, leadership skills and strategic thinking make him an excellent fit and the right choice to lead BCCPA and EngAge BC at the most important time in our 43-year history.” BCCPA board president Aly Devji said.
Lake noted the BC Care Providers Association is an organization with which he has worked before.
“I have watched it grow into an important force in B.C. and across Canada in the area of seniors’ health and housing,” Lake said. “In particular during the pandemic, BCCPA has provided decisive leadership to help keep residents and staff in our care homes and independent living sites safe.”
Lake will succeed acting CEO Mike Klassen, who will continue on in a senior management capacity.
Lake was a two-term MLA, representing Kamloops-North Thompson from 2009 to 2017 and serving served as B.C.’s minister of health from 2013 to 2017 (2013-17). He served as mayor of Kamloops from 2005 to 2008 and has taught at Thompson Rivers University in animal health technology and in the School of Business and Economics.
Upon retirement from politics, Lake joined Hexo, the Gatineau, Que.-based cannabis company, before taking another run at politics by carrying the Liberal flag in last year’s federal election, in which he finished second to Conservative MP Cathy McLeod.