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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. Doug Sinclair 

Dr. Doug Sinclair

Dr. Doug Sinclair is the IWK’s Vice President, Medicine, Quality & Safety. Doug has over 30 years of experience working in academic health sciences centres as a clinician, teacher and leader. Previously, he was chief of emergency medicine at the IWK as well as chief of emergency medicine at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre. Most recently, Doug held the role of Executive VP and Chief Medical Officer at St. Michaels Hospital in Toronto. 

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Doug has received numerous distinction and research awards including: Fellow with the International Federation of Emergency Medicine and the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians President’s Award in 2013. He is involved with multiple boards and professional associations and is currently chair, Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK), part of a National Centre for Excellence program dedicated to improving pediatric emergency care for patients and families who live outside tertiary care pediatric centres.  

Originally from Burlington, Ontario, Doug has spent 25 years working and living in Nova Scotia. He and his wife, Paula, have three children, and they are now proud grandparents. He is also an avid cyclist and kayaker.


Dr. Jeannie Shoveller
Dr. Jeannie ShovellerDr. Jeannie Shoveller is the Vice President, Research & Innovation at the IWK Health Centre and a professor of Community Health and Epidemiology in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University. She holds a PhD and is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Jeannie joined the IWK in 2020 after a distinguished career as a professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population & Public Health. Previously, she has held several other executive leadership roles, including as former Director of UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership.

Her extensive research on adolescent health, sexually transmitted blood-borne infections, gender-based violence, and addictions is widely cited and internationally renowned. She has trained more than 75 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. In 2015, Jeannie was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences as an ‘outstanding public health scholar whose leadership and vision has contributed to system change nationally and internationally.’

Jeannie is also the chair of the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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.




Dr. Annette Elliott Rose

Annette Elliot Rose

Dr. 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.