Dr. Victoria Lee

Dr. Victoria Lee, CARE Canada Board Member

Dr. Victoria Lee is responsible for the overall strategic direction and operations of Fraser Health, one of five regional health authorities in British Columbia. Over 29,000 employees, 3,000 physicians and more than 6,000 volunteers provide a wide range of integrated health services to more than 1.8 million people in 20 diverse communities on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. Fraser Health operates 12 acute care hospitals as well as community-based long-term care, home health, mental health and public health services.

Dr. Victoria Lee joined Fraser Health in 2010 as a medical health officer and held progressive leadership positions prior to being appointed president and CEO in 2018. Before joining Fraser Health, she worked in collaboration with national and international organizations including the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank in the areas of comparative health systems, health policy, health financing and ecohealth.

Dr. Lee also worked as a travel physician in rural communities in Chile and Brazil. Her research activities include health equity, community-based primary health systems, health performance and ecohealth.

Dr. Lee believes CARE’s compelling mandate of reducing inequities, unleashing waves of good and instituting lasting change is more important than ever, as global relations have become tenuous and redefined with increasing geopolitical risks in the past few years. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly unveiled striking strengths and vulnerabilities of the globally connected world.

Each and every decision that Dr. Lee has made in her career has been centred around her core values of justice and equity and her desire to make a significant societal impact. CARE’s proven track record in global humanitarian work and broad reach inspired her to offer her support to the Board of Directors.