Nova Scotia Health Authority hires interim President and CEO


HALIFAX, N.S. - The Board of Directors of Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) announced today that Janet Davidson will be interim President and CEO effective Sept. 3, 2019.

“Ms. Davidson is a senior level executive with more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of health care including management, operations, financing, planning and policy in three Canadian jurisdictions and multiple international locations,” said Frank van Schaayk, chair of the board of directors for NSHA. “She has been consulting since 2015, offering her services to healthcare delivery organizations and governments in the areas of strategy, policy, organization management and design, and governance.”

Ms. Davidson has held various positions including the Deputy Minister of Health with the Government of Alberta, Official Administrator with Alberta Health Services and President and CEO of Trillium Health Centre.

In 2014, after the province’s decision to merge nine health authorities into one provincial entity, Janet Knox was named inaugural President and CEO of NSHA.  After almost five years of leadership, Knox announced she is retiring effective Aug. 31, 2019.  The search for a permanent replacement is ongoing. Ms. Davidson will provide leadership and support to the organization until the permanent President and CEO is in place.


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