Bio (Doug Blackie)

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Doug Blackie


Associate Faculty


Leadership Studies


Doug Blackie’s professional focus as a health systems leader, consultant and teacher is to align people and ideas to create knowledge, build capacity and find innovative solutions to strengthen and sustain rural health systems. His interests include understanding the complex dynamics of health human resources, attracting and retaining rural health-care professionals, supporting the emerging models of rural health care such as networked inter-professional teams and virtual care technology, and understanding the evolving generational expectations of health-care professions to develop policy and programs to sustain rural health systems of care.


Blackie has held a wide variety of strategic and operational leadership roles over the past 35 years in health care, post-secondary education, communications and executive administration in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. As an independent management consultant since 2018, he splits his time between leading and facilitating rural health services improvement projects throughout BC and teaching leadership at Royal Roads University. 


Blackie holds a Master of Public Administration (1997) and a Bachelor of Social Work (1994) from the University of Victoria.


Lavergne MR, Goldsmith LG, Grudniewwicz A, Rudoler D, Marshall EG, Ahuja M, Blackie D, Burge F, Gibson R, Glazier RH, Hawrylyshyn S, Hedden L, Hernandez-Lee Jacalynne, Horrey K, Joyce M, Kiran T, MacKenzie A, Mathews M, McCracken R, McGrail K, McKay M, McPherson C, Mitra G, Sampali T, Scott I, Snadden D, Tomblyn Murphy G, Wong S. (2019). Practice patterns among early-career primary care (ECPC) physicians and workforce planning implications: protocol for a mixed methods study. BMJ Open, 9;9:e030477.

Lavergne, M.R., Scott, I.D., Mitra, G., Snadden, D., Blackie, D., Goldsmith, L.J., Rudoler, D., Hedden, L., Grudniewicz, A., Ahuja, M.A., & Marshall, E.G. (2019). Regional differences in where and how family medicine residents intend to practise: a cross-sectional survey analysis. CMAJ Open, 7 1, E124-E130