Director of Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation
Canadian Blood Services
Amber Appleby is the Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at Canadian Blood Services. In her role, Amber is responsible for leading and supporting Canadian Blood Services’ mandate to manage clinical programs that support interprovincial sharing of organs, and work with the Organ and Tissue Donation & Transplantation (OTDT) community to improve national system performance through the development of leading practices, professional education, public awareness and data analysis and reporting.
Prior to joining Canadian Blood Services, Amber served as Provincial Director of Operations for B.C. Transplant, where she led the implementation of a system realignment that has contributed to sustained increases in the organ donation and transplant rate in BC.
Amber is an experienced critical care leader who has managed Intensive Care Units (ICUs) at Abbotsford Regional Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital and St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. In her role as Operations Leader of the ICU at St. Paul’s, she led the implementation of the first donation after circulatory death policy in Western Canada and subsequently the first donation after circulatory death case in B.C. in 2008.
A Registered Nurse with specialty training in intensive care, Amber earned: an International Masters for Health Leadership from McGill University in 2017; Bachelor of Science at the University of British Columbia in 2004; specialty training in Intensive Care at Foothills Medical Center in Alberta in 2001; and she completed her Registered Nurse training at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2000.
Her more than 25 years of experience working in a variety of healthcare settings and administrative healthcare roles has contributed to her passion for development of best practices and health system improvements.