Vice-Chair, CHES BC Chapter - 2 Candidates, 1 to be elected

 Michael Hickey   Sarah Thorn 

 Hickey 2014

 Mike Hickey

Mike Hickey worked as the Director; Facilities Management and Support Services for Northern Health Authority based in Prince George, BC. He retired in April 2013 after working for 35 years in the facilities management side of healthcare. Mike’s background is in Power Engineering. He has completed the management programs of Modern Management, Quality Management for Healthcare Professionals, Health Services Management, and Long Term Care Senior management (academic excellence award winner). He has represented BC on the National Energy Efficiency Advisory committee with the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, as well as the CHA National Advisory Committee for Management programs across Canada. He also sits on their National Energy and Environmental Stewardship Awards team. He has also served as an Education Consultant with CHA for the Modern Management program. He is a past Chair of the BC Chapter of the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (CHES), as well as past National President of CHES.

Mike is a Faculty member for the Canadian Healthcare Construction Certificate program, a joint effort of CHES and ASHE. He is also a faculty member , as well as a technical subcommittee member of the Canadian Standards Association for CSA Standard Z317.13-17, Infection Control during Construction, Renovation and Maintenance of Healthcare Facilities.

Mike is very active as a consultant in Healthcare Engineering, under the name of MF Hickey Consulting. He is past President of the Board of Directors for the Prince George Hospice Society, as well as a lifetime member of that organization. He also volunteers as a Director with the Canadian Centre for Healthcare Facilities. His most recent achievement is being named the recipient of the Hans Burgers Award (CHES 2016), a national award for 
Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare Engineering in Canada, making him a lifetime member of the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society.


Statement of Interest

Hello, and thank you for being a CHES BC member. My name is Mike Hickey, and I am running to be your next vice-chair of the BC Chapter. I have 40 years experience in Healthcare Engineering, and have 20 years experience on the CHES executive, both provincially and nationally. I have served as your BC Chair in the past, and was the first person from BC to serve as CHES National President (2008-2011). Although I am semiretired (see bio) I am still very active in our field as a healthcare consultant so I clearly understand what your challenges are.

Volunteering for an executive position is a big commitment. I know how busy today’s facilities staff are with their day to day jobs, so sometimes it is tough to juggle an executive position with that. Being semi-retired, I have the time to dedicate to our chapter to ensure we keep our BC chapter strong. I have heard many times that the Ontario chapter and the BC chapter are the two best chapters in Canada….. I want to make sure that the BC chapter is by far THE BEST in Canada. I do ask for your vote so I can continue to support you and make sure the BC voice is heard.

Please vote for Mike Hickey. If you have any questions for me, feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks so much for reading this, and thank you for the wonderful work you do every day in our healthcare facilities. Have a great rest of the week. 

Thorn Sarah 

Sarah Thorn

Sarah Thorn began her career in healthcare in Prince George, BC in early 2000 working for the Prince George Regional ER Physicians processing their MSP Billings. Her path continued in healthcare by working in the Prince George Walk‐In Clinic and then managing clinics and specialty practices for Hycroft Medical Centres in Vancouver.

In 2004 in crossing paths with a past CHES Member – Cliff Stead‐ at the Bladder Care Centre located at UBCH is when Sarah dipped her toes into Project Management. Cliff’s influence and mentorship is why Sarah entered into a position with Vancouver Costal Health as a Project Assistant and over the last 14 years she continued to work towards her education to support her career in Project Management. Upon consolidation of the local health authorities in the lower mainland she joined Fraser Health. In her position as a Senior Project Manager, Sarah provides mentorship and leadership for her Capital Projects team while delivering successful project implementation. Over the years Sarah has completed numerous notable capital projects on behalf of the Lower Mainland Health Authorities. These include numerous Emergency Department renovations and expansions, Operating Room improvements, and Infrastructure systems such as Domestic Water Piping replacements, the Decommissioning of Riverview Psychiatric Hospital and building an Interim Heliport at Royal Columbian Hospital to
support the Phase 1 Redevelopment project.

Sarah has attended numerous post‐secondary educational institutions to help develop her skills; these include the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, BC. She has also attended Red Deer College in Red Deer, Alberta. Sarah completed the Construction Management Program at British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby BC and The Advanced Project Management program at Langara College in Vancouver BC. Sarah most recently completed a refresher course in Project Management Essentials hosted by the Collaborators in Knowledge Learning Centre.


Statement of Interest

Spending time volunteering or giving back to the community has been part of Sarah’s journey for most of her life.  It started at a very young age with the donation of her hair to the Wigs for Kids Organization. The Thorn family estimates well over 100 inches of hair donated in Sarah’s lifetime to support those who’ve lost their hair during cancer treatment. Other notable achievements to mention would be her dedication to being an active CHES member. Sarah has been involved as an Executive with CHES BC; these include Education Director, and holding the Secretary position for the last two terms. She has worked with CHES National Executive volunteering with the Partnership & Advocacy committee as both the Chair and Vice Chair. Sarah was the first women in Canada to be elected to a National Executive position for CHES – holding the Secretary position. Sarah continues to be an active member with the Canadian Construction Women in British Columbia, and also the Infection Prevention and Control Canada. She enjoys speaking at industry events – most recently presenting at the IAHSS 2017 Conference held in Vancouver, BC. Sarah is now working with the CSA Z317.13 working group on the Infection Prevention Control during Construction, Renovations and Maintenance of Healthcare Facilities.

In closing, Sarah is an active CHES member and volunteer for both her local chapter and the national office. Her social nature in bringing people together with a shared commitment in supporting improvements of our healthcare facilities should continue. Sarah connects and intersects with industry partners bringing together both current and new. These include Architects, Engineers, Facility Managers & Operators, Project Managers, and Clinical Planners, Equipment planners, Infection Control Practitioners, Healthcare Executives, Integrated Protection Services and Workplace Health professionals. Through succession planning the CHES BC legacy needs to grow and continue its success in supporting the next generation of healthcare engineers. Please support Sarah Thorn and vote for her in her nomination for Vice Chair of the BC Chapter of CHES. She will continue to work hard on behalf of our Province and CHES membership!