Janet Davidson

Board Member

Janet Davidson is a senior executive with over 40 years of experience in all aspects of healthcare management, operations, financing, planning and policy in three Canadian jurisdictions and multiple international locations. She is presently working as an Independent Healthcare Consultant.

From 2013 to 2015, Janet was Deputy Minister of Alberta Health Services, and prior to that she was the official Administrator for Alberta Health Services. She is a board member of Bayshore Healthcare and was recently appointed a senior fellow with the CD Howe Institute. Prior to joining Alberta Health Services, Janet was the Canadian Executive and Industry Specialist with KPMG’s Global Healthcare Practice. She was also President and CEO of Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga, where she led a successful merger with the Credit Valley Hospital, creating the largest community academic hospital in the country.

Janet has been extensively involved in global humanitarian work and served for 10 years in a senior governance capacity with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in Geneva, first as a Vice President (Americas) and then as Vice Chair of the Standing Commission, its highest deliberative body.

Janet received her Bachelor of Nursing Science from the University of Windsor and a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Alberta. She is a graduate of the Directors Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors and the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management as well as the Global Health Leadership program of the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health; she also has an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Windsor. Janet is an officer of the Order of Canada and has been named twice to the list of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. In 2011 and 2012, she was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Women.


Work Experience

  • Independent Healthcare Consultant (2015–Present)

  • Deputy Minister of Health, Government of Alberta (2013–2015)

  • Official Administrator, Alberta Health Services (June–Sept 2013)

  • Canadian Executive – Global Healthcare Centre of Excellence, KPMG LLP (2011–2013)

  • President and CEO, Trillium Health Centre (2007–2011)

  • Interim President and CEO, Kingston General Hospital (Jul–Dec 2008)

  • COO – Vancouver Acute, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (2003–2007)

  • President and CEO (2001–2003)/Executive VP and COO (2000–2001),
    Toronto East General Hospital

  • COO – Corporate Services, Alberta Mental Health Board (1999–2000)

  • COO – University of Alberta Hospital and Stollery Children’s Health Centre,
    Capital Health Authority (1996–1999)

  • Assistant Deputy Minister – Department of Health, Government of Alberta (1994–1996)

  • Vice President (1990–1994)/Director of Planning (1988–1990),
    University of Alberta Hospitals

  • Manager/Senior Manager – Ministry of Health, Government of Alberta (1981–1988)

  • Consultant – Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Relief, Pan American Health Organization (1979–1980)

  • National Director, Health & Community Services (1975–1979)/Assistant National Director,
    Nursing Services (1973–1975), Canadian Red Cross

  • Nursing Teacher (1971–1973)/General Duty Nurse (1970), Toronto East General Hospital