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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. Jason Berman

Jason BermanDr. Jason Berman is the Interim Vice President Research, Innovation & Knowledge Transfer for the IWK. He is also Associate Chair, Research, Department of Pediatrics, and Professor of Pediatrics, Microbiology & Immunology and Pathology at Dalhousie University. Jason oversees the pediatric leukemia program for the Maritimes and chairs an international clinical trial for children with Down syndrome and myeloid leukemia. He is internationally recognized for pioneering research using zebrafish to study childhood cancers and rare inherited diseases. His laboratory is the Atlantic node of the Centre for Drug Research and Development and a national hub for zebrafish modeling of orphan diseases. Jason is co-chair of the C17 Childhood Cancer Network Developmental Therapeutics Committee and Director of the Clinician Investigator Program and Medical Research Graduate Program at Dalhousie. Additionally, Jason is president-elect of the Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation and a founding member of the Canadian Rare Disease Models and Mechanisms Network.

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.

Dr. Gerard Corsten

Gerard Corsten

Dr. Gerard Corsten is the Interim Vice President, Medicine and Academic Affairs at the IWK. Gerard joined the IWK as an attending surgeon in 2001 and most recently served as the IWK’s Chief of Surgery, a position he held since 2008, and Program Director for Dalhousie’s Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Program. Gerard received his medical school training at Dalhousie University where he also completed his residency in otolaryngology. He holds a Fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology from Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and completed a Masters of Education at Mount Saint Vincent University 2011.

Gerard has been twice honoured with the Dalhousie Otolaryngology Staff Teaching Award. Additionally, he is an active member of numerous committees at the hospital, university, provincial and national level. Gerard lives in Halifax with his wife, Erin, and his daughter, Julia.

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 Organizational 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.

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.

Anne Yuill

Anne Yuill

Anne Yuill is the IWK’s interim Vice President, Clinical Care. Anne initially began her career as an IWK pharmacist and in 2016, joined the IWK again as Director, Clinical Initiatives. Prior to that, she gained extensive senior leadership experience as a vice president with VON Canada, as well as progressive leadership positions at Capital District Health Authority, and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness where she held the position of Director, Acute Care.

Anne holds a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy and a Master of Health Services Administration from Dalhousie University. She is committed to quality improvement and accreditation and has also spent five years as an Accreditation Canada Surveyor. Anne and her husband, David, live in Bedford and are proud parents of two young ladies, Hillary and Paige.