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HomeBusinessExclusive: B.C. vaccine passport bureaucrat leaving government in mid-December

Exclusive: B.C. vaccine passport bureaucrat leaving government in mid-December

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Bob Mackin

A senior bureaucrat behind B.C.’s vaccine passport has quit.

Corrie Barclay is leaving the Ministry of Health on Dec. 15 to take a job in the private sector, according to a memo by the deputy health minister obtained by theBreaker.news.

Corrie Barclay (BC Assessment)

Barclay had been assistant deputy minister of information management and information technology since 2018. She was paid $183,911 last fiscal year.

“Throughout the pandemic, Corrie maintained a strong alliance with the Provincial Health Services Authority and led the provincial digital response effort,” according to Stephen Brown’s Dec. 6 memo. “She has worked tirelessly with her team and across the health sector to deliver digital solutions, including most recently the vaccine digital solution and provincial call-centre to support mass vaccination clinics and implementation of the B.C. and federal vaccine cards.”

Barclay will be replaced temporarily by ADM Jeff Aitken and Shannon Malovec of PHSA.

B.C. rolled out its vaccine passport in late August, but it was not compatible with a federal document launched in October. Earlier in the pandemic, B.C. shunned the federal contact tracing app.

Barclay joined the Ministry of Health after almost three years as a vice-president at the B.C. Assessment Authority and 13 years as a consultant.

In 2012 and 2013, she was project director on the B.C.-led implementation of the IBM Panorama digital health surveillance system that had been mandated by the federal government after the 2003 SARS pandemic.

In 2015, B.C.’s Auditor General found the incomplete Panorama system had cost $113 million so far — 420% of what was budgeted — plus $14 million a year.

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