Ida Goodreau’s leadership as president and CEO helped shape VCH as an organization.


It is with great sadness that we share that former Vancouver Coast Health (VCH) President & CEO, Ida Goodreau has passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.

Ida was a partner to the Foundation during her seven years at VCH (2002 – 2009), during which she transformed the way health services were delivered throughout the communities served by VCH.

Ida worked with VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation on several notable projects during this time, including the opening of the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre at VGH, extensive renovations to the VGH Emergency Department, and the opening of donor-funded CT and MRI machines.

“Ida truly believed in transforming health care in order to better meet the needs of citizens across British Columbia,” says Barbara Grantham, President & CEO, VGH & UGH Hospital Foundation. “During her time at VCH she fostered an environment of change, ushering in numerous groundbreaking ideas and facilities.”

During her leadership, she also led the establishment of the Centre for Surgical Innovation at UBC Hospital, oversaw the opening of groundbreaking facilities such as Insite (North America’s first supervised injection site) and the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction, among others.

“It was a privilege to have worked alongside her and she will be long remembered,” says Mary Ackenhusen, Vancouver Coastal Health President & CEO. “We are grateful for her years of leadership, which helped shape who we are today as an organization.”

Following her time at VCH, Ida served as the President & CEO of LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services. Throughout her career she served on multiple boards including Streetohome, Canada West Foundation, the Vancouver Foundation, and she most recently served as Chair of the Board of Directors at Fortis BC.

Ida was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 most powerful women by the Women’s Executive Network three times, been chosen as the 2009 Consumer Choice Awards Vancouver Business Woman of the Year, and received a Business in Vancouver Influential Women in Business award in 2010.

“Ida was a valued leader of our philanthropic community,” says Barbara. “She will be missed by everyone who had the benefit of knowing and learning from her.”