Meet the Team

Jillian Boerstler, MPA, MA, DBioethics, HEC-C
Clinical Ethicist 

Jillian Boerstler is an ethicist at PHC. She relocated to Vancouver, BC from the U.S. in 2019 and brings over twenty years of progressive health care leadership experience to her position. Jill earned her Doctorate in Bioethics at Loyola University Chicago and holds master’s degrees in Healthcare Administration and Theology. She is a certified healthcare ethics consultant (HEC-C) as designated by the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) and holds a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma. She is skilled in teambuilding, patient-centric program development, and conflict resolution. In addition to presenting her work at several conferences, Jill has published her writing in journals such as the American Journal of Bioethics and the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly. Her research includes areas such as preventative ethics and Catholic bioethical considerations in substance use disorders and the overdose crisis.

Jill is committed to the professional community and volunteers her time in support of different healthcare organizations and projects; most recently, she was appointed to the board of directors for the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), effective Jan 2021.

Reach Jill by email: jboerstler@providencehealth.bc.ca

 


Dr. Jocelyn Chase, BSc, MSc Bioethics, MD, FRCPC
Physician Ethicist

Jocelyn Chase is a staff Geriatrician at St. Paul's Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. She completed medical school at the University of Alberta and her residency and fellowship at the University of British Columbia. Jocelyn also holds a Masters in Science in Bioethics from Columbia University in New York. Her academic interests include promoting improved substituted decision making for those with dementia.

Jocelyn holds medical resident and student teaching roles with in Geriatrics and Internal Medicine on the Clinical Teaching Unit at St. Paul's Hospital. Jocelyn also leads the coordination and delivery of medical ethics education to medical trainees and Staff Physicians at PHC.

Reach Jocelyn by email: ethics@providencehealth.bc.ca
 


Jennifer A. Gibson, RN, MSN, PhD
Clinical Ethicist

​Jennifer Gibson is a Clinical Ethicist at PHC and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining Ethics Services in 2018, she held a variety of nursing leadership, education, and administrative roles in the Heart Centre at St. Paul's Hospital. The focus of her clinical practice was cardiac and critical care.

Skilled in the engagement and mediation of multidisciplinary teams and stakeholders, Jennifer brings a passion for values-based care, planning, and decision making. As an educator and a researcher, she has presented at numerous local and national conferences, and has authored and collaborated on a several peer-reviewed published works.

Jennifer earned an MSN and a PhD from the University of British Columbia School of Nursing. Her doctoral dissertation examined health care professionals' experiences supporting patients with heart failure and their family members in end-of-life planning and care. Her research focus included a particular sensitivity to ethical issues in hospital cultures and contexts. Jennifer also holds a Graduate Diploma in Catholic Bioethics from Saint Paul University in Ottawa. 

Reach Jennifer by email: jgibson@providencehealth.bc.ca 
 


Carrie Smith, MSW, RSW
Medical Assistance in Dying Response Lead +
Ethics Service Engagement
 Leader

Carrie Smith is the Ethics Services Engagement and Medical Assistance in Dying Response Leader. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia. 

Carrie has been with PHC since 2011 and has practiced as a Social Worker in various roles and has supported teams at Alder Neuropsychiatry Tertiary Care Unit, Violence Prevention and Foundry Central Office. 

Carrie has extensive qualifications and expertise in program and curriculum development, education and training, and leadership and group facilitation. She is also a skilled communicator and effectively helps teams navigate conflict and complex and difficult conversations. Carrie lives and leads the Providence Mission through a strength-based approach to leadership and collaboration which promotes constructive partnerships, effective and productive interprofessional team dynamics, and successful engagement. 

Reach Carrie by email: cjsmith@providencehealth.bc.ca

 


ETHICS FELLOWS

Justin Gill, MD, FRCP(C) 
Physician Ethics Fellow

 

Justin Gill is a Transplant Nephrologist at St. Paul's Hospital and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. He completed his medical school, Internal Medicine residency, and Nephrology fellowship at UBC before moving down to the United States to complete his Transplant Nephrology fellowship in Atlanta, Georgia at Emory University.

He is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Bioethics program at Columbia University, and his main academic interests lie in the ethics of organ donation and transplantation.

Reach Justin by email: ethics@providencehealth.bc.ca

 


Yoelit Lipinsky, PhD 
Clinical Ethics Fellow

 

Yoelit Lipinsky holds a PhD in Healthcare Ethics from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA where she participated in clinical ethics in major hospitals and in primary care. Also while in Pittsburgh, Yoelit held a Fellowship in Death and Dying offered by the Jewish Healthcare Fund which enabled training surrounding initiating difficult conversations.   

Yoelit has been classically trained in theology via her  triple MA from the University of Toronto and she also holds an MPA from Queen's University in Kingston, ON Canada. Yoelit's interests lie in the nexus of complicated questions like religion and bioethics, reproductive ethics and pediatric ethics. Yoelit is also a postdoctoral Fellow on the TrustSphere project which explored digital pediatric consent and research where she is supervised by Dr. Alice Virani. 

Reach Yoelit by email: ethics@providencehealth.bc.ca

 


SENIOR LEADERSHIP

Christopher De Bono, PhD, MDiv
Vice President of Mission, Organizational Development & Ethics at Providence

Dr. Christopher E. De Bono, PhD, MDiv., is currently the Vice President of Mission, Organizational Development & Ethics at Providence. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Theology at Saint Paul University in Ottawa.

Christopher is a highly regarded Catholic Senior Leader, Ethicist and Pastoral Theologian. With over 20 years’ experience, he had held progressive and strategic health care roles in both British Columbia and Ontario. Previous roles at PHC include VP Mission, People + Ethics and Executive Sponsor for Indigenous Wellness and Reconciliation.

Christopher’s passion is to advance the integration of mission, vision, values, and ethics in Catholic health care’s planning and delivery.  A change agent in Catholic identity and a firm believer in social justice as well as the Common Good, Christopher advances the legacy of the Sisters who founded Catholic Health care in Canada centuries ago.

Christopher is grateful to be able to live, work and play on the unceded territories of the local Indigenous peoples of this area, the Musqueam, the Squamish, and the Tsleil-Waututh.

“I am proud to live and lead the Providence Mission alongside all our caring people, to advance care, research and education.”