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Our Executive Team

Meet Our Executive Team

Art Forster, President & CEO

Art provides strategic planning and operational support to the group of companies and strives to make Pro Vita an “Employer of Choice” for quality, dedicated health care professionals. Art brings over 30 years’ experience in the industry having successfully led and managed food service, housekeeping, and maintenance services in long term care, airports, hotels, restaurants, corrections and post-secondary food services. For 15 years, Art worked as the VP of “Forster’s” operations, one of the largest and most respected contract service providers in B.C. Following the sale of Forster Food Services in 1995, he became an instructor for the Hospitality Management Program at CompuCollege, and then the Foods Coordinator for the Coquitlam School district #43 where he was responsible for food service for all the schools in the district from 1998 – 2003.

Art is a graduate of the Hospitality Management Program from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, Ontario. He also completed the Provincial Instructors’ Diploma Program and a Diploma in Adult Education from Vancouver Community College.

Yasser Barsoum, Executive Vice President

After 15 years working for large multi-national companies, Yasser Barsoum arrived in Canada looking for a position in a dynamic and growing organization where he could make a significant difference. Hired by company principals as a Financial Controller for a group of businesses with great promise, he knew very quickly he had arrived at the right place. These affiliated businesses had a solid hold in the health care industry and presented a huge growth opportunity. Over the past decade it has proven a progressive and exciting place to work and now employs over 3,000 people.

Now Executive Vice President, Yasser has been a critical player in the development and success of the group of companies. With new challenges every day and the flexibility to expand his expertise and impact, the growth of the businesses has marched hand in hand with his own. Moreover, this group of businesses operates from an overriding workplace philosophy of which he is proud to be a part.

Yasser is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified General Accountant (CGA), and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B Comm). Before immigrating to Canada, Yasser worked for Heineken International in Holland as Associate Director, Accounts and Controls. Prior, he was Assistant Finance Manager at Orix Leasing and General Accountant at Hughes Inteq (Petroleum). Yasser began his career in 1991 with KPMG in the tax department.

Paul Woodhouse, Vice President Strategy & Business Development

As the Vice President Strategy & Business Development, Paul’s role is overseeing all aspects of the organization, seeking business opportunities and working with clients to develop strong and cohesive partnerships.

Paul has been in the long- term care industry for over seventeen years, completing his Business Administration Diploma from BCIT in 1994. Paul furthered his health care education by completing the Health Care Administration Program at the University of Saskatchewan in 2000. Paul’s health care experience ranges from Director of Support Services, to Administrator in long -term care facilities overseeing all aspects of Operations within a seniors community. Paul also has Project Management experience overseeing the construction, development, and opening of two 220+ campus’ for seniors living catering to all lifestyles; independent living, assisted living and complex care.

Paul has hands on experience in Accreditation, developing and reviewing Key Indicators, C.Q.I initiatives and various labour related arbitrations and mediations. Paul has also developed various Risk Management Programs including, but not limited to, Disaster Planning and Occupational Health and Safety Programs.

Tanya Tortorella, Manager of Human Resources & Benefits

Tanya has been with Pro Administration since 2013. Tanya has held multiple roles as she has grown within Pro Administration Services Inc., including Human Resources Generalist, Sr. Human Resources Business Partner and currently the Manager of Human Resources and Benefits for the entire Group of Companies.

In her role, Tanya oversees the Human Resources and Benefits team. This includes managing functions such as, but not limited to, hiring, training, labour relations, performance management, investigations, and employee engagement.

Prior to joining Pro Administration, Tanya worked in many different industries, including Accounting and Manufacturing. Tanya maintains designations as both a Chartered Professional in Human Resources with CPHRBC & the Yukon, and a Certified Human Resources Professional with the Human Resources Professionals Association.

Lily Wang, Payroll Manager

Lily joined the company in 2009 and was promoted to Payroll Manager in 2012. Lily is an experienced Certified Payroll Manager with extensive knowledge of payroll analysis.

Her responsibilities include leading the payroll function, simplifying, standardizing and identifying opportunities for payroll technology improvements and year end balancing. Lily is an active member of the Canadian Payroll Association.

Wei Yang, Accounting Manager

Wei joined the company in September 2009 after she moved from Montreal to Vancouver. She started as an intermediate accountant, then accounting supervisor, and now is the accounting manager for the group companies.

As a member of Certified General Accountant, she is responsible for the companies’ full accounting function, cash flow management and budgeting. She also assists the Executive Vice President in preparing financials for proposals and contracts. Improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the current internal control system is also Wei’s strong interest.

Meet Our Senior Operations Team

Rebecca Jarvis, Senior Operations Manager

Rebecca is a long-term employee of Pro Vita Care Management, beginning first as a Director of Care of a mental health facility. In 2008, Rebecca accepted the position of operations manager with Pro Vita. Rebecca, a native of Alberta, is a graduate of the Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing Program, maintaining her current professional registration as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. Rebecca has continued to complete advanced courses in the field of psychiatry and health care management since her graduation. She has maintained her Certified Instructor Status of the Non- Violent Crisis Intervention Program for the last 6 years, training all Pro Vita staff plus staff of various clients whom Pro Vita provides contract services.

In 2003, Rebecca completed the Management Development for Residential Settings Certificate Program at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. In her current position as operations Manager, Rebecca also supports her managers at the sites by acting as a resource in areas such as staff development, implementation, evaluation of clinical policies and procedures, workload initiatives and accreditation in both Complex Care and Assisted Living homes.

Raj Sidhu, Clinical Director

Raj has over thirty years in the health care industry. She received her Diploma in nursing and her Bachelors in Health Sciences in England and worked in various acute and long term care settings including ER, Gastroenterology, Renal, Medical Assessment Unit, Respiratory, Intensive Care, Children’s’ Ward, Urology, and Surgery in a Nurse led Walk in Centre.

Raj came to Canada in 2003 and began her career with Pro Vita Care Management as a Care Manager. She quickly advanced to Director of Care and has successfully worked in three different complex care facilities where she was responsible for managing all aspects of nursing care within the home to ensure quality resident care. Most recently, Raj was promoted to Clinical Director where she will use her years of experience to educate and develop Pro Vita’s front line nursing team. As the Clinical Director Raj acts as a resource to the facility managers by educating in areas such as implementation of new clinical requirements, evaluation of clinical processes and procedures, workload management, accreditation and lastly, overseeing all clinical services to ensure quality and consistency.

Suzette Penner, Director of Compliance & Quality Assurance

Suzette has been in nursing for over 14 years, receiving the R.N Diploma at Kwantlen University College and then acquiring her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Victoria in 2005. In 2012 she obtained her Infection Prevention and Control Certificate at the University of British Columbia. Suzette has been part of the management team of Pro Vita for over ten years starting her career with us as a Care Manager. Within a two-year period she was offered a new challenging opportunity which involved the startup and transition to greater responsibilities at a larger complex care facility.

In 2007 Suzette assumed the role of Operations Manager, which involves providing clinical and human resource support to many of the Pro Vita sites throughout the Lower Mainland. Suzette has been instrumental in the start-up and transitioning of 10 complex care facilities contracts for Pro Vita. Suzette supports her managers by acting as a resource in areas such as staff development, implementation, evaluation of clinical processes and procedures, workload management and accreditation. In her role as Clinical Director she is responsible for overseeing all clinical services to ensure quality and consistency through educational development, training and creating policy.

Suzette’s previous nursing experience includes five years at Langley Memorial Hospital where her primary focus was on geriatrics and acute medical. Suzette was the Wound Care Enhancement Nurse at Langley Memorial for one year. Other related nursing experience includes RN at Surrey Memorial Hospital Extended Care/ Acute Medical, Pediatric Peritoneal Dialysis and Psychiatric Residential Care. She has also spent one year teaching both theory and clinical for the resident care aide program at West Coast college in the Fraser Valley.

Pro Administration has three affiliate companies that operate under the same Executive Team:

Provides community health care services to clients who require help with every day activities to round-the-clock medical care.

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Provides contract care services to Senior’s Homes, including Long Term Care, Mental Health, and Assisted Living Residences.

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Provides contract support services to mainly health care environments throughout the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.

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Our 20 member team specializes in providing Accounting, Finance, Human Resource, Occupational Health & Safety and Payroll Services to approximately 5,000 employees across Canada.

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