Health Technology Assessment Committee

The Health Technology Assessment Committee (HTAC) makes evidence-informed recommendations on which health technologies should be publicly provided in the province. For more information about the BC Health Technology Assessment process, please see this page.

Below the members and the secretariat for HTAC are listed (last updated April, 2022).

Health Authority Representatives

Angela De Smit
Chief Operating Officer, Northern Interior, Northern Health

Allison Kirkwood
VAT Program Manager and Acting Director, Provincial Health Services Authority

Heather Jackson
Senior Provincial Director, Cardiac Services BC, Provincial Health Services Authority

James Lu
Public Health Member

Jessica Otte
Health Technology Assessment Physician Liaison, Island Health

Rachael Ritchie
Director of Innovation, Vancouver Coastal Health

Kimberly Stevenson
Senior Lead, Surgical Strategy, Interior Health

Ministry Representative

Ian Rongve, Chair
Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategy and Innovation Division

Professional Members

Esther Alonso-Prieto

Mark Harrison
Health Economist

Arminée Kazanjian
Scientific Advisor

Public Members

Maria Hewitt
Patient Advisor

Linda Nelson
Patient Advisor


Robert Bacigalupo
Policy Analyst, Research and Innovation Branch, Ministry of Health

Selva Bayat
Policy Analyst, Research and Technology Branch, Ministry of Health

Jemal Mohamed
Senior Health Economist, Research and Technology Branch, Ministry of Health

Manik Saini
Director, Research and Technology Branch, Ministry of Health

Victoria Schuckel
Executive Director, Partnerships & Innovation Division, Ministry of Health