Burnaby Divisions of Family Practice

Our Board

The Burnaby Division of Family Practice Board is currently comprised of five family doctors and two community representatives.

 

Dr. Birinder Narang, Board Chair

Dr. Birinder P.S. Narang (B.Sc. MBBS (Hons) CCFP) is a notable medical professional and influential community leader. He is a trusted industry trailblazer and an incredibly important member of both the medical community and larger community in the lower mainland and Canada.
His expansive professional career has taken him in many directions, assuming multiple roles. For one, is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, a Medical Contributor for Global BC and CKNW 980, and a Family Physician for the REACH Community Health Centre. His innate leadership qualities have led him to taking on the role of Chair for the Board of Directors at Burnaby Divisions of Family Practice, as well as the Steering Committee for the South Asian COVID-19 Task Force where he also co-founded the ‘This Is Our Shot’ Vaccine Confidence Campaign across Canada.
Dr. Narang is the recipient of many awards for his impeccable work ethic and dedication to his craft. In 2021, he received the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Award of Excellence. The BC College of Family Physicians also awarded him three awards: the First Five Years of Practice Award, College Coin Honour, and Exceptional Teacher Honour. Dr. Narang is a part of many medical and non-medical publications and has appeared in countless interviews,
More than anything, Dr. Narang is a community champion of health, advocacy, and culture. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Narang has played a pivotal role in the dissemination of resources, support, and health information to the community and has quickly become a trusted, reliable health source for his community members. He is keen on diversifying current health systems, such as providing bilingual health documents and adapting community cultural programs and often volunteers his time to do so.
While many know Dr. Narang for his medical and advocacy work, he is also a memorable cultural personality within the South Asian community. He is a professional “Dhol” drum player, lover of music and Punjabi culture, and passionate about supporting young professionals and entrepreneurs.


Mr. Ron Hall, Treasurer

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Ron retired from the Burnaby School District after 35 years in the roles of teacher, counsellor, and administrator. His vast experience included managing and supporting Physical and Health Education, Safe and Healthy Schools, as well as the Healthy Schools directives for school cafeterias and hot lunch programs. 
He is an active member of the Healthy Community Partnership which includes Fraser Health Authority, the City of Burnaby, the Burnaby School District and the Burnaby Division of Family Practice.
Now retired, Ron's commitment to bettering the Burnaby community has brought him to his role as the Community Director on the Board of Directors.  His voice aids in improving the comprehensive health of Burnaby residents and the medical systems that support that health from birth to old age.


Dr. Leo Dai, Vice Chair

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He has been an active member of the Burnaby Division of Family Practice for the past 6 years. He had the pleasure of co-founding the Mango Medical Clinic in the Metrotown area. He has always enjoyed attending Division meetings, as well as contributing to Focus Groups. He is hoping to deepen his involvement in this community by joining the Board of Directors. He grew up as an immigrant in the Metrotown area and saw how this area transformed over the last couple of decades. Hence he will enter this position with much enthusiasm and a unique point of view. He has good literacy in Accounting, Finance and Economics related topics. He is also experienced in building new family practice offices from the ground up, and in helping new and returning family doctors to start up their practices. He is able to bring in the perspective of a longitudinal GP and a clinic owner.  He is also passionate about teaching Medical Students and Residents, and have actively recruited prospective graduates to join our community.


Dr. Lindsay McCaffrey, Past Chair

Dr. Lindsay McCaffrey, Secretary
Dr. Lindsay McCaffrey has practiced in Burnaby since becoming a family physician in 2011. She joined the Burnaby Division in 2013 and in support of our mandate to enhance the delivery of local health care, began serving on the board in 2014 in the role of secretary.

In her personal time, Lindsay enjoys skiing, tennis, cycling, photography and cooking.


Dr. John Rideout, Director

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I was honored to be asked to apply for the position on the BDFP Board of Directors. Although in the twilight of my medical career,I continue to be interested in the administration side of general medicine. The BDFP has been remarkably helpful in assisting and supporting our medical practice in North Burnaby. I have been and remain an enthusiastic supporter of locally centered medical GP support organizations. I feel those organizations are essential to ongoing success of Rural/Urban family practices.I am interested in serving on the BDFP Board of Directors. Having practiced in Burnaby since 1974, I certainly bring a historical perspective and understanding to the table. I have a wide experience in committee work having served as chairman of the pediatric department of Burnaby Hospital in the 1980s. I was chairman of the pharmacy committee for Fraser Health for many years and in that capacity also served as a general member of the BC pharmacycommittee. In addition, I worked with CADTH in Ottawa for 2 years reviewing the use of proton pump inhibitors in Canada. I would be pleased to accept a position on the BDFP Board of Directors, if offered.


Mr. Michel Pouliet, Director

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Michel is a professional and skilled Executive Director with a wide array of skills and experiences in leading and managing organizations. He worked as the executive director of Burnaby Family Life for 7 years and that is where he connected with the work of the Division of Family Practice as he represented community agencies at the Primary Care Network steering committee.  Michel is a passionate advocate for the needs of the most vulnerable members in our community with a strong track record of developing community partnerships. He is now the executive director of The Children’s Foundation and continues to work to develop programs and services to support children and families to navigate through complex challenges.


Dr. Sumeet Kalia, Director

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As a current Burnaby resident who was born and raised in the city, it has always been important to him to give back to the community that has given so much to him. He is a Family Medicine Physician that currently practices at multiple clinics in Burnaby, which includes an outpatient clinic, a residential care facility, and an urgent care clinic. He is also a Hospitalist at Langley Memorial Hospital. His diverse roles and his training have shown him the importance of preventive medicine to help patients change their lifestyles to live longer and healthier lives. In order to accomplish this, he has also learned that it is necessary for his profession to have a strong support system, which is why the work of the Burnaby Division of Family Practice is so important. This has become even more evident during the COVID pandemic, and he has assisted in many different initiatives, including providing virtual care during the start of the pandemic, providing care at the COVID testing site and UPCC.
He is a hard worker who is dedicated to help our community and feel that his unique experiences and a strong understanding of the community will allow him to be a valuable contributor as a Board Director with the Burnaby Division of Family Practice.