Windwick takes the lead as the government works with the Health Quality Council to strengthen its role to improve patient safety and the quality of health services available to Albertans.

“I’m very pleased Mr. Brent Windwick has accepted this appointment to the Health Quality Council of Alberta. His extensive experience in health law, patient safety and ethics will provide a unique perspective on our health system and will serve us well as we strengthen the important role of the council to ensure Albertans receive the best quality health care possible. I want to thank Dr. Trevor Theman for his service to Albertans as the previous board chair, and wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health

Windwick is a health law, policy and ethics educator and a volunteer with many Canadian patient safety and health-care quality initiatives. He was the executive director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta in the early 2000s, and a lawyer with a specialized practice in health law and risk management for more than 30 years. Windwick has advanced dispute resolution training from Harvard Law School and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Health Care Quality from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.

Windwick joins seven other board members of the Health Quality Council of Alberta.

The government extends its sympathy to the family and friends of Mary-Anne Robinson, who passed away in September 2019 during her term as board member.

Dr. Trevor Theman has been the board chair since November 2018 and was the former registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta for 12 years. He practised general surgery in Edmonton for 18 years.

Quick facts

  • Windwick will serve a three-year term as board chairman.
  • Board members are eligible for reappointment, for two consecutive terms only.
  • The board of the Health Quality Council of Alberta is established under the Health Quality Council of Alberta Act.
  • The Health Quality Council of Alberta is a provincial agency responsible for measuring, monitoring and assessing patient safety and health service quality through patient surveys and interviews to gauge patient experience.
  • It also identifies effective practices and makes recommendations for the improvement of patient safety and health-service quality.