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Executive Leadership Team

Dr. Krista Jangaard - President & CEO

Krista Jangaard Dr. Krista Jangaard is the IWK Health Centre’s President & CEO. Krista first joined the IWK in 1996 in the division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. In 2008, she assumed the role of Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and in 2010 became the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Division Head. In addition, Krista is an associate professor at Dalhousie University in the department of pediatrics and the department of obstetrics and gynecology.

Krista completed her medical training at Dalhousie University where she also later earned a Masters of Health Administration and was awarded the Glenn Moore Memorial Award and the Nova Scotia Association of Health Organizations Award for Academic Excellence. Krista is a mother of two, lives in Halifax with her husband and dog, and is an avid gardener.

Steve Ashton

Steve Ashton Steve Ashton is the Vice President of People and Organization Development at the IWK Health Centre. Prior to joining the IWK in September 2008, he spent seven years in human resources leadership roles with Bell Aliant, and twelve years as a partner and executive search consultant with one of Canada’s leading HR consulting firms. Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Hon.) in Psychology and a Masters of Business Administration from Dalhousie University. He also completed Harvard University’s program on Leading Change and Organizational Renewal in 2007.

As a volunteer and supporter of his profession, Steve has held leadership roles on regional and national HR associations, taught graduate-level courses at Dalhousie University, and is a frequent public speaker on HR issues. He is also an active community volunteer, working with Discovery Centre, Shad Valley and other organizations focused on youth, innovation, science and technology. Steve and his wife Jennifer are proud parents of daughter, Maya (who arrived at the IWK two weeks before he did).

Dr. Nicholas Braithwaite

Amanda Whitewood

Dr. Nicholas Braithwaite is the IWK’s Interim VP Medicine and Academic Affairs. Nick worked in the Women’s Health Program at the IWK from 2016 to July 2018. Prior to coming to the IWK, he held senior leadership roles in Ontario and British Columbia.

Nick earned his medical degree from the University of Toronto. He also holds a Masters of Health Science, Health Administration, a Certificate in Physician Leadership Development from Dalhousie, and is a Certified Health Executive.

Nick has a passion for teaching and learning. He has been an active faculty member in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at several leading universities including Dalhousie University, Queens University and the University of Toronto. In 2017, he was the recipient of an American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists National Faculty Award.

Nick lives in Halifax with his wife. In his free time he enjoys hearing updates from his three children and looking at new pictures of their recent granddaughter.

Dr. Linda Dodds

Linda Dodds portraitLinda Dodds is the IWK’s Interim Vice President, Research, Innovation & Knowledge Transfer. Linda began her career as an epidemiologist at the IWK shortly after completing her PhD at the University of Toronto. Recently, she held a post-retirement appointment at Dalhousie University and previously was a professor in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics and Community Health & Epidemiology. She also served as the director of the Perinatal Epidemiology Research Unit at the IWK and Dalhousie.

Linda has received many awards for her work and has authored or co-authored nearly 150 peer-reviewed publications. She has been principal investigator on numerous research projects and has served on committees at the IWK, Dalhousie and nationally, including Chairing the Population and Public Health Peer Review Committee of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Linda lives in Halifax with her husband and four children and enjoys playing tennis when she can.

Gina Connell

Gina Connell Gina Connell is the IWK Health Centre’s Chief, Communications, Engagement & Change. Gina graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University’s public relations program and is an Accredited Business Communicator. Before joining the IWK team in September 2015, she held the role of Senior Vice President at m5 Marketing Communications. A seasoned, award-winning communications professional, Gina’s previous roles include directing communications teams at Dalhousie Medical School, m5pr, Extreme Group, the Greater Halifax Partnership, and the Halifax International Airport Authority where she oversaw communications during the 9-11 crisis. Outside of her career, Gina is on-going supporter of her community and is currently Co-Chair of 100 Women Who Care Halifax. Gina lives in Halifax with her husband, Craig, their son, Cole, and their dog, Charlie.

Jen Feron

Jen Feron Jen Feron is the IWK’s General Counsel. Jen attended Dalhousie University, completing a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelors of Laws and a Masters of Health Services Administration. Additionally, she has expanded her skills through several certificate and designation programs, including the Canadian Corporate Counsel Certified In-House Counsel Designation. During her studies, Jen was the recipient of awards recognizing her academic achievement and community involvement and she continues to stay involved with Dalhousie through teaching and student advisor roles. Through her studies, Jen first joined the IWK as an administrative resident in 1995. Prior to joining the IWK in 2006, Jen was in-house legal counsel for an energy company and in private practice.

LeeAnn Larocque

LeeAnn  Larocque

LeeAnn Larocque is the IWK’s Interim Vice President of Quality and System Performance. LeeAnn started her career at the IWK Health Centre in 1996 as a registered nurse. LeeAnn holds a Bachelor of Nursing from University of New Brunswick Fredericton and a Masters in Health Administration from Dalhousie University. She has also obtained her Canadian College of Health Executive certification (CHE).

During her time at the IWK, LeeAnn has held several leadership roles within the organization and has been extensively involved, in a leadership capacity, with provincial committees and initiatives. LeeAnn joins the executive team from her most recent role as Director of Surgical, Emergency and Rehabilitation Care in the Children’s Health Program. With a passion for system improvements and patient safety she is extremely excited to begin this next phase of her career. As an active sports participant and volunteer, LeeAnn enjoys spending time with her husband Gaetan and their beautiful daughter Isabella.

Annette Elliott Rose

Annette Elliot Rose

Annette Elliott Rose is the IWK’s Vice President, Clinical Care & Chief Nurse Executive. Annette holds a Master of Nursing and PhD in Nursing from Dalhousie University and is an adjunct faculty member in the Dalhousie University School of Nursing.

Most recently, Annette served as acting Regional Director, Programs and the Director, Professional Practice Support with Indigenous Services Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Atlantic Region.

With nearly twenty years as a registered nurse, she has practiced in various primary care and community care settings. Annette has been recognized for her work receiving a number of awards and scholarships including a CIHR Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Primary Health Care Research.

She serves on committees and initiatives such as the Canadian Association of Perinatal, Women’s Health Nurses, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia. She is also a national Board Director for the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON).

Annette lives in Hammonds Plains with her partner, Chris and their daughter, Georgia.

Amanda Whitewood

Amanda Whitewood

Amanda Whitewood is the IWK’s Chief Operating Officer. Amanda is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), and a holds the peer-awarded designation of Fellow for her contribution to community and the profession. She is a Chartered Director (C.Dir.), and a Certified Health Executive (CHE) with more than 25 years of leadership experience in healthcare, post-secondary education and government.

Amanda was Vice President of Sustainability and CFO for Capital Health in Halifax from 2008 to 2015. She has also held vice presidential roles with Mount Saint Vincent University and the Nova Scotia Hospital. Amanda earned her CMA (now CPA) designation in 1998 and currently serves as Vice Chair for the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA).

An active volunteer, Amanda serves on the Board of ISANS (Immigration Services Association of Nova Scotia) and the Canadian Medical Association’s wholly owned subsidiary, Joule Inc., and is their Chair of Audit, Finance and Risk Committee. A native of British Columbia, Amanda grew up in Montreal and currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.