Elin Bjarnason

Elin Bjarnson

Vice President – Clinical Operations, South

In the role of Vice President – Clinical Operations, Dr. Elin Bjarnason oversees all aspects of clinical operations and is responsible for establishing, developing and operationalizing an effective integrated care delivery model across Island Health. Working in partnership with the VP - Priority Populations & Priority Initiatives and the VP - Medicine, Quality and Academic Affairs, Elin provides leadership for the implementation of strategic initiatives and ensures operational plans are carried out to provide efficient and effective delivery of health care services across Island Health.

Elin came to Island Health in 1986 from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and has over 30 years of health-care clinical and leadership experience. Prior to this position, Elin’s previous roles included Interim VP - People & Experience, Interim Executive VP - Quality, Safety and Experience, Executive Director for Integrated Health Services (Geography 4), as well as a number of executive director and director roles of operational and quality programs and site administration roles at Island Health. Throughout her leadership career she has been a keen advocate for improvement at the local and system-wide levels.

A continual learner, Elin has a degree in physiotherapy, is a licensed Doctor of Chinese Medicine, and in 2014 obtained her Executive Masters in Business Administration specializing in Healthcare. Her strengths are her passion for patients as partners in care, her extensive cross-continuum experience, well-honed systems thinking perspective, and a solid track record of bringing diverse shareholders together to effectively deliver on strategic priorities. 


To contact Elin, please call her assistant.

Kasey Blazecka