John Bethel

Partner, Leader – Canadian Health Practice, Ernst & Young LLP

John Bethel is a partner in Ernst & Young’s Vancouver office and is leader of our national health care advisory practice. He also serves on the firm’s seven member global health executive. John was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for Fraser Health, Canada’s second largest health authority, and chairs the sub-committee on quality and performance management. Specializing in health care transformation, he leads projects accross Canada aimed at achieving more efficient, higher quality health care. He joined the firm in 2012 from British Columbia’s Ministry of Health, having served most recently as Associate Deputy Minister and Chief Operating Officer. In this role he had oversight responsibility for the Pharmaceutical Services, Medical Services and Health Sector IM/IT divisions of the Ministry as well as Ministry responsibility for labour relations. Prior to his appointment to the Associate Deputy Minister role, he served the Ministry as Assistant Deputy Minister for Transformation and Productivity, and Assistant Deputy Minister for Stakeholder Relations. John has led major transformation and efficiency initiatives, and was responsible for consultation with industry, provider and patients on several significant system changes including the implementation of recommendaitons from the government’s Pharmaceutical Task Force. He was the Chief Negotiator for the Province on the Physician Master Agreement, led negotiations for an agreement with Pharmacy on lower generic drug pricing, and was responsible for a major lab transformation initiative currently underway. He also chaired the Province’s e-health steering committee. Prior to joining the Ministry of Health Services, John was the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) responsible for the Alternative Service Delivery Secretariat (ASDS) with Shared Services BC in the the Ministry of Citizens’ Services. The Secretariat oversees the procurement, negotiation, and delivery of the Province’s large-scale service delivery outsourcing projects and other priority transformational initiatives. The ASD portfolio of projects represented a ten-year contract value of over $2 Billion, with anticipated savings of $550 Million. As a member of the Joint Executive Steering Committees for ASD deals, and an evaluator on new Joint Solution Procurement projects, John provided strategic advice to client ministries throughout the lifecycle of these long-term partnerships. John was asked to assume dual ADM responsibilities in July of 2009, when he was appointed to the position of Executive Financial Officer (EFO) for the Ministry of Citizen’s Services. In this role he oversaw finance, strategic human resources, and information management and technology services for the Ministry’s over 2000 employees. John holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and a MBA in Organizational Analysis and Strategy from the University of Alberta.