Former BC Health Minister Joins Continuing Care Sector

Earlier today, BCCPA member Retirement Concepts announced that Colin Hansen, former BC Deputy Premier and Minister of Health has been appointed as the new Chair of their Advisory Board. Hansen retired from politics last May after having been first elected as Member of the Legislative Assembly in 1996.

“I am delighted that Colin has accepted this position with our company and we are fortunate to have his expertise and advice in our organization,” said Dr. Azim Jamal, President and CEO of Retirement Concepts and long-serving BCCPA Board member. “With his wealth of experience in business, politics, health care, and community service, Colin has an extremely valuable and thorough understanding of the long term care sector in BC.” retirementconceptslogo

“We are pleased to see Colin Hansen working within BC’s continuing care sector,” says Daniel Fontaine, CEO for the BC Care Providers Association. “Hansen is a well respected thought leader and we look forward to working with him in the months and years to come.”

A copy of the Retirement Concepts news release can be found below:

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MEDIA RELEASE

Colin Hansen Appointed as Chair of Retirement Concepts Advisory Board

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Colin Hansen has been appointed as the new Chair of the Advisory Board for Retirement Concepts

January 27, 2014, Vancouver – Dr. Azim Jamal, President and CEO of Retirement Concepts, announced today the appointment of Colin Hansen as Chair of the Retirement Concepts Advisory Board. The newly created board will provide strategic counsel and advice to the senior leadership team of Retirement Concepts.

“I am delighted that Colin has accepted this position with our company and we are fortunate to have his expertise and advice in our organization,” said Azim Jamal. “With his wealth of experience in business, politics, health care, and community service, Colin has an extremely valuable and thorough understanding of the long term care sector in BC.”

Retirement Concepts is a family-owned provider of retirement homes for seniors. Starting with just 55 residents in 1988, the company now has nearly 3500 residents residing in 20 communities across British Columbia. From Independent Living to Assisted Living and Residential Care, Retirement Concepts offers a variety of housing and service options for seniors.

“I‘ve had an opportunity to get to know Retirement Concepts over the years on both a professional level, and on a personal level” said Hansen, “My mother lived in their Casa Loma Seniors’ Village for a number of years and I learned first-hand of the caring, home-like environment they provide. I’ve always been impressed by this organization and the tremendous contribution they have made to the well-being of seniors in our province over the last 20 years. It’s a challenging and rewarding sector to be involved in and I look forward to this exciting new role”.

I am delighted that Colin has accepted this position with our company and we are fortunate to have his expertise and advice in our organization

After serving for seventeen years as a Member of British Columbia’s Legislative Assembly, Colin chose not to seek re-election in 2013. During his time as an MLA, he served as Deputy Premier (2009-11), Minister of Finance (2004-05 and 2008-11), Minister of Health (2001-2004 and 2010-11), Minister of Economic Development (2005-2008) and Minister Responsible for the 2010 Olympics (2005-2009). He was born in Port Alberni, BC, grew up on Vancouver Island and graduated from the University of Victoria with a Political Science degree. Since leaving politics, Colin has returned to Image Group Inc. During his seventeen year absence, his wife, Laura, has built Image Group into the largest promotional products company in British Columbia.

Media Contact: Rowena Rizzotti

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