The GVC Team


Leon Salvail, President and Chief Executive Officer, Senior Project Manager

In 1995, Leon and two associates formed the partnership that became Global Village Consulting Inc. As President and CEO, Leon has capably guided the company’s steady growth since its founding days.

In 2004, Leon directed Global Village’s strategic expansion to position itself as a leader in health informatics consulting, and he has since overseen the establishment of an extremely successful consulting practice driven by a strong client base in the healthcare sector across Canada, where the majority of Global Village’s business originates today.

Currently, Leon is steering Global Village’s international expansion, with an Asia Pacific branch office now open in Cebu City, Philippines, a Middle East branch office opening in Dubai, UAE, and European, American (USA) and South American branch offices in the planning stages.

Leon has overall responsibility for managing Global Village corporate operations, developing new business and providing strategic and project management services for Global Village projects. Working with a group of Global Village Managing Partners, Leon pilots the company health informatics business development and recruiting activities to ensure a vibrant, profitable and exciting company. As Chairman of the Board, he works with the Board of Directors to ensure that the overall strategic direction is carefully plotted and maintained.


In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Leon continues to provide specialized senior health informatics project management and business analysis services to a variety of clients.

A successful and proven leader in Canada’s health informatics community, Leon has extensive experience leading projects to develop and deploy enterprise health information technology solutions. He successfully led a pioneer pan-Canadian project involving federal funders, a large provincial Ministry of Health and jurisdictional representation from all Canadian provinces and territories through the journey to develop a public health communicable disease surveillance and management system (Panorama) that could be implemented in any jurisdictional infrastructure across the country.

Other recent clients include the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and eHealth Ontario, the British Columbia Ministry of Health, Alberta Health and Wellness, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, Fraser Health Authority, and, most recently, the Atlantic Provinces in partnership with First Nations and Inuit, and Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health-Atlantic Region.

Leon has worked with many project teams to confirm and manage project objectives, timelines and budgets across multiple large related projects as well as developing/communicating project plans, and business/technical requirements to make dependencies, approaches, designs, effort, risks and outcomes clear to project teams and stakeholders. He has successfully negotiated, developed and supported project governance structures at both the provincial and cross-jurisdictional levels.

A talented negotiator and adept facilitator, Leon has highly developed interpersonal skills gained from leading and participating in hundreds of meetings and workshops, helping widely divergent regional groups to negotiate agreements on multi-jurisdictional projects with government, regulatory body and private stakeholders.

Leon superb verbal and written communication skills include the ability to engage and influence broad communities of stakeholders and develop collaborative, effective relationships.

Leon is a member of CHIEF, an exclusive, invitation only group of Canadian health informatics thought leaders sponsored by COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association. He has also contributed his time both leading and serving on a number of pan-Canadian health informatics standards development groups.


Sacha Michel Mallais, Chief Information Officer, Senior WebObjects Consultant

In 1995,Sacha Mallais and two associates formed the partnership that became Global Village Consulting Inc. As Chief Information Officer, Sacha has helped steer the company’s steady growth since its founding days.

Sacha holds a Bachelor of Science specializing in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia. He has overall responsibility for managing the information technology and computer systems that support Global Village corporate operations and enterprise goals, aiding new business development and providing expert programming and systems analysis expertise to dozens of Global Village projects.

Sacha is a member of the Global Village Board of Directors, supporting business development activities and helping to ensure the company’s strategic direction is enabled and maintained.


In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Sacha continues to provide specialized expert technology advice and support to a variety of Global Village clients. He is a core designer and developer of GVC.SiteMaker, a web application that empowers non-technical users to create highly customized websites and web databases.

GVC.SiteMaker was initiated by the University of Michigan and Apple’s iServices to meet the web-publishing needs of the faculty, students and staff of academic institutions. Global Village Consulting took over the project in 2001 and continues to make regular new versions. GVC.SiteMaker empowers ordinary people to create interactive web pages and publish complex content. It is part Wiki, part Content Management System, and part web enabled database. Campus Technology magazine recognized GVC.SiteMaker (branded as UM.SiteMaker) as the winner of its 2006 Innovators award, in the area of "The Web".

Global Village Consulting created the innovative Data Tables feature of GVC.SiteMaker. This allows easy creation of interactive pages that work with data modeled and maintained within GVC.SiteMaker. GVC.SiteMaker also integrates with other campus-wide services such as LDAP for access control; Cosign, WebAuth, and Shibboleth for authentication; and Course Tools for content sharing.

Global Village resources, led by Sacha, have provided on-line publishing expertise, project management, business analysis, architecture, design, development, quality assurance, and deployment support services for the University of Michigan, University of Chicago, and other clients using GVC.SiteMaker.

Sacha has also co-authored two publications, the “Webmaster’s Guide to Internet Server Connectivity” and “Practical WebObjects”, which encapsulate his years of experience and training in internet connectivity and WebObjects software development. Sacha attended the University of British Columbia where he obtained a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science.

In 2010, Sacha took over responsibility for Global Village’s IT Services and Hosting service offerings.


Tracy Forbes, Vice President of Business Development and Senior Managing Partner, Public health Subject Matter Expert

Tracy has spent extensive time working across Canada, in the Middle East and the Bahamas, providing senior public health informatics consulting services, and is currently continuing to provide her expertise as Vice President of Business Development, helping to oversee international Global Village expansion activities.

Tracy is a member of the Global Village Board of Directors, supporting business development activities and helping to ensure the company’s strategic direction is enabled and maintained.


In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Tracy continues to provide specialized senior health informatics project management and business analysis services. She offers more than 20 years of public health systems knowledge and experience, assisting clients to implement effective public health solutions.

Tracy is a public health subject matter expert with extensive requirements, design, development, implementation and operations phase experience related to Web application deployment and is proficient in all areas of the software systems development lifecycle. She offers a deep understanding of public health systems and data, and the potential for enabling effective interactions leveraging electronic messaging. For many years, Tracy has led or contributed to numerous health information system implementations, as well as ground up design and build projects for national public and inmate health systems. In the past 2 years Tracy has focused upon HL7 Messaging projects:

  • Providing subject matter expertise related to designing application integration with immunization (and client and provider) messages;
  • Assisting in designing messaging components and messaging layers to support effective user interfaces;
  • Providing mapping and translation of data between message payload and internal application structures; and
  • Participating in creating standards based vocabulary and value set content for concept domains.

Tracy has also contributed her time both leading and serving on a number of pan-Canadian health informatics standard development groups, and is currently Vice-Chair of Canada Health Infoway’s Standards Collaborative Working Group for Public Health.   She offers significant HL7, LOINC and SNOMED standards expertise related to Client, Immunization, Notifiable Disease including TB and STI/HIV, Laboratory and Prescription functionality.

Most recently, Tracy has performed key roles in the design, build and jurisdictional deployment of Canada’s integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) and Panorama public health surveillance systems.

Recent clients include the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health, Canada Health Infoway, the BC Ministry of Health, Alberta Health and Alberta Health and Wellness, Chiefs of Ontario, First Nations and Inuit Health Saskatchewan Region and BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.


Charles (Chuck) Hill, Vice President of Development and Senior WebObjects Consultant

Chuck Hill has has been a GVC senior application designer and developer since 1999, and became a Partner in 2008. He is co-author of the book “Practical WebObjects”, the bible of WebObjects software development. Mr. Hill regularly presents on WebObjects at conferences.

Chuck attended Brandon University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree specializing in Computer Science and Mathematics, and was awarded the Silver Medal for Computer Science.

He is a member of the Global Village Board of Directors, supporting business development activities and helping to ensure the company’s strategic direction is enabled and maintained.


In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Chuck continues to provide specialized senior WebObjects and technical services. He is keenly interested in using software to improve software quality, particularly in the areas of automated functional testing and Design by Contract.

Chuck has provided web based application architecture, design, project lead, and development services on dozens of projects for Global Village clients including Harte-Hanks Shoppers Inc., University of Michigan, LA.com / MediaNews Group, Inc and Southland Regional Association of Realtors.

He is a core designer and developer of GVC.SiteMaker, a web application that empowers non-technical users to create highly customized websites and web databases.

GVC.SiteMaker was initiated by the University of Michigan and Apple’s iServices to meet the web-publishing needs of the faculty, students and staff of academic institutions. Global Village Consulting took over the project in 2001 and continues to make regular new versions. GVC.SiteMaker empowers ordinary people to create interactive web pages and publish complex content. It is part Wiki, part Content Management System, and part web enabled database. Campus Technology magazine recognized GVC.SiteMaker (branded as UM.SiteMaker) as the winner of its 2006 Innovators award, in the area of "The Web".

Global Village Consulting created the innovative Data Tables feature of GVC.SiteMaker. This allows easy creation of interactive pages that work with data modeled and maintained within GVC.SiteMaker. GVC.SiteMaker also integrates with other campus-wide services such as LDAP for access control; Cosign, WebAuth, and Shibboleth for authentication; and Course Tools for content sharing.

Global Village resources, including Chuck, have provided on-line publishing expertise, project management, business analysis, architecture, design, development, quality assurance, and deployment support services for the University of Michigan, University of Chicago, and other clients using GVC.SiteMaker.


Aaron Middleton, Federal, Non-Governmental Agencies and Atlantic Managing Partner, Senior Consultant, Architecture and Standards

Aaron Middleton is a Managing Partner with Global Village Consulting and a Senior Consultant that has more than 20 years of IM/IT experience, with over 15 specializing in Health Information Management and Technology. His experience spans roles including development, business analysis, enterprise architecture, project management and senior advisor.

Notably, Aaron worked as the Senior Public Health IT Advisor for the Pan-Canadian Public Health Surveillance System project (Panorama) with primary responsibilities as Technical Lead for Integrated Data Model, Terminology, Security & Privacy, and the Service Delivery Location and Organization frameworks.

Recently, he has also had the privilege of successfully engaging with a number of First Nation initiatives, providing his support and advice on numerous projects with governance structures that partner First Nations, Federal and Jurisdictional governments.

On a corporate level, Aaron is responsible for business development, client, office and resource management of the Global Village Federal, Non-Governmental Agencies and Atlantic branch. He is a member of the Global Village Board of Directors, supporting public health and eHealth related business development activities and helping to ensure the company’s strategic direction is enabled and maintained.


In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Aaron is currently engaged in providing Senior Advisory and Management Consulting services to the First Nations and Inuit deployment of public health information systems in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Atlantic provinces.

Previously, Aaron has lent his expertise to a wide variety of projects with organizations such as Health Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada First Nations Inuit Health Branch, the Federal Health Partnership Secretariat, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the Chiefs of Ontario, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, eHealth Ontario, Conne River Health and Social Services and First Nations Inuit Health Regions across Canada.

He offers many years experience in the development, implementation and maintenance of technical, clinical and messaging standards including Infoway/EHR standards for the Panorama project and the development of Service Delivery Location Registry standards.

Aaron represented Working Group #3 on the Infoway Standards Collaborative Coordinating Committee, leading the Infoway Standards Collaborative Working Group #3 – Managing the Health System as the elected position of Chair. He also represented Canada as an appointed accredited delegate for CAC-ISO-TC215 Health Information Management.

Aaron is a member of COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association.


Anushka Premji-Osman, British Columbia-Alberta Managing Partner; Senior Consultant, Business Analysis and Project Management

Anushka is a Managing Partner with Global Village Consulting and a Senior Consultant with almost 10 years experience in the Health Informatics field, including expert knowledge in the public health domain.

She has practiced in public health informatics across Canada, and is a recognized expert in both the Panorama public health surveillance system and integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS).

Anushka attended Queen’s University, achieving a Bachelor of Science Degree specializing in Life Sciences, as well as the University of Victoria where she achieved a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours, specializing in Health Information Science.

Anushka supports public health-related business development activities and helps to ensure the company’s strategic direction is enabled and maintained. She manages the Global Village British Columbia-Alberta branch offices.


In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Anushka continues to provide senior public health informatics project management services. Her most recent role was as the Product Management Lead for the Canadian National Panorama Management Office, where she interacted with organizations across the country including Canada Health Infoway, provincial Ministries of Health, provincial eHealth agencies, the Public Health Agency of Canada, First Nations Inuit Health Branch and IBM to ensure domain-specific interests are considered in the evolving design of Panorama.

Anushka’s background in the $100 million dollar Pan-Canadian Public Health Surveillance project that developed Panorama goes back to 2006, when she joined the Panorama development team as Senior Business Analyst, taking on progressively more senior responsibilities as the project progressed.

She has also been a key player in the development of Health Level 7 v3 message specifications in conjunction with Canada Health Infoway, sharing her deep public health informatics knowledge to the benefit of all Canadians.

Prior to her Panorama engagement, Anushka was the iPHIS Coordinator for BC. Other previous clients include the BC Centre for Disease Control, the BC Provincial Health Services Authority and the Calgary Health Region.

Anushka has also contributed her time both leading and serving on a number of pan-Canadian public health committees relating to the conceptualization, design, build and implementation of public health information systems.


Joanne Templeton, Ontario Managing Partner; Senior Consultant, Business Analysis and Project Management

Joanne is a Managing Partner with Global Village Consulting and a Senior Consultant with more than 30 years of information management / information technology experience, the last 20 in the public sector, and the last 12 in the public health domain.

During the SARS outbreak in 2004, Joanne liaised with Health Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, leading an ad hoc technical team and managing the development, testing and implementation of a database management system in an extremely short time, deploying critical enhancements to support 300 staff at Toronto Public Health who were coping with the crisis.

Joanne opened the Global Village Ontario Branch in 2010, and continues to be responsible for business development, client, office and resource management. She advises the Global Village Board of Directors, supporting public health-related business development activities and helping to ensure the company’s strategic direction is enabled and maintained.

Joanne also mentors and directs a number of Global Village partner track and associate partners.


In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Joanne is currently engaged on Alberta Health Services’ Communicable Disease/Outbreak Management (CD/OM) project. As Project Manager, she is responsible for the training and quality assurance components of the project working closely with the business sponsor, organizational change management team and subject matter experts to successfully transition the new working processes into the operational public health environment.

Before her Alberta assignment, Joanne participated on the Pan-Canadian Panorama design team representing Ontario and was co-chair of the Pan-Canadian Jurisdictional Implementation Working Group. She was the business lead for the Panorama Ontario implementation and Project Manager for the Immunization implementation. Joanne has also been working with the First Nation and Inuit Health Branch with their Panorama integration initiatives.

Other previous public health domain clients include the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC), Chiefs of Ontario, Health Canada, eHealth Ontario, Region of Halton and the City of Toronto.

Joanne is a member of COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association, and holds her Project Management Institute Project Management Professional and Oracle Database Administration certifications.


Zen Tharani, Saskatchewan-Manitoba Managing Partner; Senior Consultant, Business Analysis and Project Management

Zen Tharani is a Managing Partner with Global Village Consulting and a Senior Consultant with over 13 years of specialized Health Informatics experience through his involvement in various organizations across Canada and internationally.

He was involved in the design of multiple Panorama components, and is a recognized expert in the areas of client index, work management, notifications management, and various key shared services that form part of the final Panorama product.

Zen is a Master’s Candidate in Health Informatics and has achieved his Certificate for Health Informatics from the School of Health and Postgraduate Medicine, University of Central Lancashire (United Kingdom). He also obtained a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Science from the University of Victoria.

Zen is a member of the Global Village management team, supporting eHealth-related business development activities and helping to ensure the company’s strategic direction is enabled and maintained. He manages the Global Village Saskatchewan-Manitoba Branch Office.


In addition to his corporate responsibilities Zen is currently working with eHealth Saskatchewan as the Director for eHealth Record and Information Services where he is involved in ensuring the province's business and resource readiness for the provincial EHR. Zen also reports to the Vice President of eHealth and Business Relations, assisting with program sustainability and strategic growth, as well as manages a large team of business analysts and subject management experts involved in the following three program areas:

  • eHealth registries;
  • eHealth clinical data and standards; and
  • Data warehouse business services;

Before his work in Saskatchewan, Zen was a key member of the Pan-Canadian Public Health Surveillance Project (Panorama) for 4 years. Due to his extensive knowledge of Panorama, he was involved in carrying out Panorama information sessions across Canada, facilitating knowledge transfer from the project team across jurisdictions to enable smooth business process re-engineering and implementation.

Prior to joining the Panorama team, Zen provided clinical application business analysis and project management services to on a wide variety of projects for clients including the BC Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of BC, and various other organizations affiliated with PHSA

Zen co-authored the book "Corporate Time Theft - You Can't Afford to Ignore It” which was published in 2012.

He is a member of COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association, the BC Health Information Management Professionals’ Society, the Professional Assessment of Technology in Healthcare and The Health Informatics Network.

Zen is an avid believer of building strength in the community through volunteering and mentorship, and continues to contribute his time to a variety of volunteer organizations such as the Aga Khan Volunteer Corps., Ismaili Council for British Columbia and Volunteer Vancouver (now known as Vantage Point) amongst others.


Marty Pearce, Vice President International Development and Public health Epidemiologist

Marty is a Senior Partner with Global Village Consulting and a Public Health Epidemiologist with significant experience in disease surveillance, outbreak management, immunization and adverse events reporting.

As Vice President of International Development, Marty is responsible for supporting clients worldwide in attaining their public health goals related to information management and community development through effective application of the principles of good public health practice.

Marty has practiced in Environmental Health and Communicable Disease Management across Canada, in the Middle East and the Bahamas. He holds a Masters of Public Health, a Bachelor of Science, specializing in Microbiology, and a Diploma of Technology (Environmental Health) and Certificate of Public Health Inspection Canada.

Marty is a member of the Global Village Board of Directors, supporting public health-related business development activities and helping to ensure the company’s strategic direction is enabled and maintained.


In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Marty continues to provide specialized senior public health informatics project management services. His familiarity with population health concepts and strategic approaches to improving population health is demonstrated through his involvement in several national outbreak investigations. His peer-reviewed publications range from outbreak investigation reports, to the British Columbia component of the National Diabetes Surveillance System, and to internationally recognized health surveillance studies on the effects of biological pesticides.

Marty is currently the Subject Matter Expert for the Outbreak and Communicable Disease Management functions of Panorama. In that role he has facilitated and contributed to conceptualization and design sessions, supported and directed application development teams, and provided strategic guidance to implementation teams within Canada, the United States and most recently in Saudi Arabia.

Other previous clients include Canada Health Infoway, the BC Ministry of Health, the Government of Bahamas, Public Health Agency of Canada, University of Victoria, Health Canada, BC Centre for Disease Control, eRisk Project Centre for Coastal Health, various regional health authorities within Canada and the University of British Columbia.

Marty has authored a number of peer-reviewed papers on public health, epidemiology and food and medical virology, bacteriology, and microbiology. He has also contributed his time both leading and serving on a number of pan-Canadian public health committees relating to the conceptualization, design, build and implementation of public health information systems.


Susan Rand, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Global Village Consulting Asia Pacific

Susan is a resourceful, team-oriented executive with almost 30 years of progressive experience in health information technology management. She has spent the last 20 years within the government health sector in Canada, specializing in health analytics, health information management, public health and First Nations, and developing successful relationships with federal partners including the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the Western Health Information Collaborative, Canada Health Infoway and the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch.

Susan’s long experience in management roles throughout her career is grounded by her foundation skills of requirements analysis, in-depth knowledge of data repositories and registries, message-based communication standards and concepts, including HL7 version 3 and her expert-level capabilities with the major toolsets. She has the proven ability to procure, manage and mentor project team staff as well as expert level stakeholder relationship-building skills.

Currently, Susan is overseeing Global Village’s new Asia Pacific branch office in Cebu City, Philippines, implementing project management standards and best practices, procuring and training staff and connecting with area health informatics groups to drive new business connections.


In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Susan continues to provide specialized senior health informatics project management and business analysis services. Susan has a strong knowledge of project management, systems development and quality assurance methods, and extensive experience leading projects to develop and deploy enterprise health information technology solutions. She has procured hundreds of resources for various health sector initiatives, working with many project teams to confirm and manage project objectives, timelines and budgets across multiple large related projects and to make dependencies, approaches, designs, effort, risks and outcomes clear to project teams and stakeholders.

A talented negotiator and adept facilitator, Susan has successfully negotiated, developed and supported project governance structures at both the regional and cross-jurisdictional levels. She has highly developed interpersonal skills gained from leading and participating in hundreds of meetings and workshops, helping widely divergent regional groups to negotiate agreements on multi-jurisdictional projects with government, regulatory body and private stakeholders. Susan has the ability to facilitate workshops and meetings effectively, engage and influence broad communities of stakeholders and develop collaborative, effective relationships, by implementing collaboration tools and processes and communities of practice.

Susan also has extensive demonstrated experience in supporting health sector standards initiatives. She has developed and monitored standards deliverables while designing, developing, testing, implementing and maintaining standards-based health information management systems. She has provided standards support, expertise and guidance related to both messaging and terminology standards at both business/technical and management levels. She has led numerous working level groups tasked with developing and implementing cross-jurisdictional data standards, and created innovative tools to help groups accomplish their goals of developing and adopting data standards that meet multi-jurisdictional needs.

Beginning in 2004, Susan managed the feasibility, design and joint solution procurement phases of the Pan-Canadian Public Health Communicable Disease Surveillance and Management project that developed the Panorama Public Health Surveillance system.

Her recent clients include the BC Ministry of Health, eHealth Saskatchewan, Chiefs of Ontario, BC Vital Statistics Agency and the BC Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport.