NSHA CEO Janet Knox to retire in August

NSHA President and CEO Janet Knox.
NSHA President and CEO Janet Knox.


Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019

(Halifax, NS) –The Board of Directors of Nova Scotia Health Authority announced today that Janet Knox, President and CEO, has provided notice of her intention to retire this summer, after almost five years leading the organization.

“Janet provided leadership through the planning and creation of NSHA and through the first four years of operation. Essentially, she was asked to build the largest organization in this province, and she rose to the occasion with unwavering commitment and grace,” said Frank van Schaayk, chair of the board of directors for Nova Scotia Health Authority. “We respect her decision to retire and we will miss her leadership. Janet’s knowledge and experience as well as her vision for health in Nova Scotia is admirable.”

In 2014, after the province’s decision to merge nine health authorities into one provincial entity, Knox was seconded to the Department of Health and Wellness to begin working on the merger and the set-up of the new provincial health organization.

Through some of the most challenging of circumstances, Knox established Canada’s third provincial health authority, creating zone leadership and a system that is designed around programs of care.

“I asked Janet to step in as the leader of what was then an unknown organization with an estimated 24,000 people and a $2 billion budget, and she said yes and that she would give us five years,” said Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia. “She has delivered on that commitment in the face of tough critics and difficult situations. I am grateful to Janet for her leadership, her expertise, dedication and compassion. I want to thank her for her work, and wish her the very best in her retirement.”

Knox began her career as a registered nurse 40 years ago and developed extensive experience in clinical care, education, research and health care administration, including 10 years as President and CEO of Annapolis Valley Health before accepting the CEO position at NSHA.

“I’ve been fortunate to have such a fulfilling career in the health system. I still have the same passion for it as I did when I began my nursing career, but it’s time for change,” said Knox. “We’ve made a lot of progress over the past five years and there’s smart, innovative leadership in place throughout the organization. I’m confident in the timing of this decision. Nova Scotia is my home and I intend to contribute to our province in every way I can in the next phase of my life journey.”

The Board will initiate the process of an executive search for her replacement in the coming weeks. Knox’s last day will be August 30, 2019.


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About Nova Scotia Health Authority: Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) provides health services to Nova Scotians and a wide array of specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. NSHA operates hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers. We work in partnership with community groups, schools, governments, foundations and auxiliaries and community health boards.