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Board of Directors


Bob Hanf

Bob Hanf is the Executive Vice President of Stakeholder Relations and Regulatory Affairs at Emera. Previous to this role he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Power Inc. for several years and held various other senior roles with the Emera group of companies.

Before joining Nova Scotia Power, Bob served as Executive Chairman of Light & Power Holdings in Barbados. Prior to his position in the Caribbean, he was Chief Legal Officer for Emera, and President and COO at Bangor Hydro Electric Company in Maine. He also spent time working in Western Canada’s energy sector before returning to Nova Scotia in 2002.

In addition to his role as Chair of the IWK Health Centre Board of Directors, Bob also serves on the Dalhousie University Board of Governors. He is also a board member for the Canadian Electricity Association, the Energy Council of Canada, the Institute of Corporate Directors (Atlantic Chapter) and recently completed his Masters of Divinity at the Atlantic School of Theology.

Bob grew up in Yarmouth and earned his law degree at Dalhousie University.


Karen Hutt

Karen Hutt is the President and CEO of Nova Scotia Power. Prior to her current role, Karen served as Emera’s Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions and before that as their Executive Vice President, Commercial with Emera Energy.

Karen has close to 25 years of experience in marketing and sales, strategy, and business development. She joined the Emera group of companies at Nova Scotia Power in 2001 and has extensive experience across the organization.

Karen is an active supporter of local community. In addition to her role as Vice Chair of the IWK Health Centre Board of Directors, she is a past Trustee on the IWK Foundation Board, Past-Chair of the Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia Board of Directors and a past Board Member of the Nova Scotia Arthritis Society.

Karen has degrees from Acadia University and Mount Saint Vincent University and recently completed the Directors Education Program through the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Management in Toronto.


Tracy Kitch

Tracy Kitch was appointed to the role of President & CEO of the IWK Health Centre in 2014. Prior to joining the IWK, Tracy held a number of senior leadership roles within health care. A recognized health care executive and transformational leader, she is known for her ability to set strategic vision and effectively lead, and align teams, leveraging organizational strength to achieve high performance.

Tracy is passionate about creating quality work environments that create exceptional patient and family experiences. Previously, she served as Executive Vice President Patient Care and Chief Nursing Executive at Mount Sinai Hospital in 2013, and prior to that she held the position of Senior Vice President Patient Care and Chief Nursing Executive.

Doug Doucet

Doug Doucet is the Owner and President of both rcs construction and Mill-Right Woodworking Inc., companies which he started in 1996 and 1999 respectively. With more than two decades in construction, Doug has been involved with hundreds of construction projects varying in complexity serving virtually every industry and sector of the economy, both public and private. Notable clients include Sobeys, CentreCORP Management, Plaza Retail REIT, Canadian Tire, Eastlink, Mount Saint Vincent University, Loblaws, and McInnes Cooper to name a few.

Doug is involved in many fundraising initiatives within his community and sits on several boards including the IWK Foundation Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors for Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU). He is also a past board member for the Halifax Club and the Construction Association of Nova Scotia. He serves on several committees, including the Advancement & External Relations Committee for MSVU, the PAC Advisory Committee for the Nova Scotia Community College, the Building and Infrastructure Committee for the IWK and previously did a term as chairman of the Great Big Dig for the IWK, and was the chair for the IWK Privileges and Review Committee.

rcshas been listed in Progress Media’s Top 101 Companies in Atlantic Canada in 2014 and 2015 and in 2015, was a finalist in the Halifax Business Awards Business of the Year category. Doug himself has been inducted into Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEO Hall of Fame and was also a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2013.

Larry Evans

Larry Evans has practised law with EMM Law and its predecessor firms for more than 40 years and has been a partner for 35 years, primarily practising real property; corporate/ commercial; and municipal law.

Larry has served in a number of capacities with various professional and business organizations. Hewas previously a member of the Board of Directors of Nova Scotia Business Inc. for seven years. Larry is also a founding Director and Chair of the Board of the Port Hawkesbury Food Bank Society. Additionally, Larry has been very involved in the Strait Area Minor Hockey Association, the Nova Scotia Golf Association and the Strait Area Community Curling Club.

Larry was awarded an appointment as Queen’s Counsel in 1987 and was presented with the Jack Hartery Lifetime Achievement Award for Business by the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce in 2008. He received a Bachelor of Arts (1969) and his law degree (1972) from the University of Saskatchewan.

Kimberley Horrelt

Kim Horrelt has over 20 years of experience in the private sector construction and consulting industry. Most recently, Kim has taken on the role of Chief Executive Officer of the Prince Edward Island Energy Corporation.

Previously she was part of the senior management team of M.F. Schurman Co. Ltd., managing numerous major projects on Prince Edward Island, from design through to completion. Kim has also held roles as Program Manager of Technology and Media Programs at Holland College, and as Director of Infrastructure with the PEI Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. She has played a key role at the University of Prince Edward Island as Executive Director of Government and Community Relations.

As a volunteer, Kim is the Past Chair of the Board for Habitat for Humanity PEI and previously served as a board member of the IWK Foundation Board of Trustees, the Charlottetown Airport Authority and Maritime Electric Company Limited.

Kim received her Certificate of Applied Science from Acadia University and went on to complete her degree in Civil Engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia. She continued her education and received her Masters in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University.

Dr. Dawn Jutla

Dawn Jutla is the Scotiabank Professor of Technology Entrepreneurship at the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary's University, an adjunct professor to the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie, and a principal at PeerLedger.com.

In 2012, Dawn founded the Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program at the Sobey School, and became its first Director in 2013. She is a co-author of an Addison Wesley book in the Information Technology Series and has published over 85 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers.

Dawn has served as an elected governor for six years on the Board of Governors and for two years as chair of the Department of Finance, Information Systems, and Management Science at Saint Mary’s University. She is in her third year of Directorship of the Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program at Saint Mary’s and was recently re-elected to serve a third term on the US-headquartered OASIS Open Board where she has also served as treasurer.

Dawn was the 2009 winner of the World Technology Award for IT Software in the Individual Category for her work in online privacy. She received her Masters and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the Technical University of Nova Scotia.

Dr. Karl Logan

Dr. Karl Logan is a PaediatricOrthopaedic Surgeon and President of the Medical Dental and Scientific and Affiliated Staff (MDSAS) at the IWK Health Centre. Karl joined the paediatricorthopaedic team at the IWK in 2010 and treats the majority of patients with childhood hip disease and musculoskeletal tumours.

Karl is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Dalhousie University and takes an active role in the education of medical students, residents and fellows.

As part of his role as the President of the MDSAS, to which he was elected by his peers, he fulfills certain administrative responsibilities including sitting as a non-voting / ex-officio member of the IWK Board of Directors.

Originally from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the United Kingdom, Karl’s medical education began at the University of Liverpool Medical School where he graduated with commendation in 1999. From there he completed his house jobs at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, basic surgical training at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital and was admitted to the Royal College of Surgeons in 2002. He did his residency in the Percival Pott Training program based at St. Bartholomews Hospital in London and rotated through hospitals in East Anglia and London including the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Karl completed his fellowship year at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Catherine Macpherson

Catherine MacPherson is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders and has strong experience in the healthcare sector. She is currently the Director of Enhanced Care Operations with Shannex Inc. in Halifax.

Prior to her current role at Shannex, Catherine was responsible for the operation of Shannex’sCaritas Residence and the development of its academic nursing home partnership with Dalhousie University. She has also previously held program and project management positions in Nova Scotia’s district health authorities. Until 2016, Catherine was also a sessional faculty member in the School of Health Administration at Dalhousie University.

In addition to serving as a director on the IWK Health Centre Board of Directors, Catherine has previously served as Chair, Bluenose Chapter, of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and has recently been recognized for her contribution to the School of Health Administration through the Lawrence Nestman Outstanding Contribution Award.

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Health Science from McMaster University, a Master of Health Services Administration from Dalhousie University and is an EXTRA Fellow with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement.

Jennifer Mills

Jennifer Mills has a background in finance, human resources and operational leadership. Currently she is working with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) as an Executive Advisor working with small to medium sized CEO clients to help them identify and navigate through opportunities for growth. Prior to joining BDC, Jennifer spent almost four years working with small, startup companies to help them grow, including True North Clinical Research and TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture. Before this, Jennifer held the positions of Co-CEO and Chief Operating Officer at Precisions BioLogic Inc. and various executive roles with Ocean Nutrition Canada.

Jennifer’s volunteer and board work includes services as President and Treasurer on the board of Big Brothers and Sisters, and as a director on the boards of Junior Achievement and the YMCA. She is currently a national board member for the Kids Help Phone and serves on their Audit and Risk committee.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Mount Allison University and is a chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Steven Moore

Steven Moore is a partner in the Halifax Tax Group of KPMG LLP where he provides a full range of income tax services to Canadian public and private entities in a variety of industries.

Steven has a history of community involvement including roles as the Past Treasurer and member of the Divisional Advisory Committee for the Nova Scotia Division of the Arthritis Society and as Past Treasurer and board member of the East Dartmouth Boys and Girls Club.He is currently theTreasurer of the Portland Estates and Hills Residents Association and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia’s Professional Development Committee. Steven is a trustee and the Past Treasurer of the IWK Foundation.

Graduating from Saint Mary’s University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Commerce, Steven obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1994.

Kara Paul

Originally from Eskasoni, Kara Paul works in communities across Nova Scotia promoting Dalhousie University and the wide range of educational opportunities available for students. She is currently the Program Manager for Dalhousie’s Aboriginal Health Sciences Initiative (AHSI), overseeing and teaching in the Success Program.

In addition to her teaching and administration roles, Kara also has an interest in research and has presented her work and shared her perspective at the Atlantic Aboriginal Post-Secondary Conference, the International Meeting on Indigenous Children’s Health, the Knowledge Translations Forum, and the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation.

Kara holds a Bachelor of Science from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from Acadia University. She has been recognized with many accolades and awards including the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Scholarship and Bursary, the Leonard Denny Memorial Award.

Ed Simonds

Ed Simonds is a strong leader with years of experience in the areas of production and quality. He is currently the Production Manager at McCain Foods USA in Easton, Maine where he oversees the packaging department. Prior to this role he worked as Quality Manager in McCain Foods’ Canadian operations in Florenceville, New Brunswick where he worked in that role, and others, for well over a decade.

In addition to his role of director on the IWK Health Centre Board of Directors, Ed serves on the quality committee. He is also an active member in his community of Woodstock, New Brunswick, particularly in community sports leagues.

Ed received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Maine, Presque Isle in 2002 and in 2010 he received McCain Foods’ Leadership Award.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith is a partner in the Saint John office of Stewart McKelvey and practices primarily in areas of corporate law, trusts and pensions. He is regularly consulted on issues of corporate and pension governance and assists pension plans within Atlantic Canada and in the rest of Canada in connection with their investing activities.

Paul has drafted and contributed to public and private statutes relating to corporate and trust matters as well as pension governance in New Brunswick and elsewhere. Additionally, Paul is ranked among Lexpert’s Best Lawyers in banking and finance, corporate law, securities law, private funds law and trusts and estates.

He is currently a member of, and previously was chair of, his firm’s partnership board.

Paul completed his Bachelor of Science degree in math and physics in 1984 and obtained his LL.B from the University of New Brunswick in 1987. He was admitted to the New Brunswick Bar in 1988.

Marsha Sobey

Marsha Sobey is a committed volunteer and has demonstrated strong leadership in the areas of education, recreation and health.She has true compassion for teaching children with learning disabilities which was clearly evident when she founded “The Reading Key”, a not for profit clinic, serving children in Pictou County with learning difficulties.

Marsha is a past member of the Saint Mary’s University Board of Governors, a trustee on the Landmark East School Board, and a member of King’s Edgehill School Board of Governors. She served on the Pictou County Early Childhood Intervention Board, The Pictou County Track and Field Association Board, and was a member of the Sobey Foundation Board.

Additionally, Marsha held the role of Chair of Major Gifts of “The Daffodil Campaign” for the Canadian Cancer Society. She is currently on the Board of Trustees for the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and is a Board member for the Children’s Wish Foundation, Halifax.

Marsha received her Bachelor of Physical Education and Recreation Degree from Acadia University. She attended Saint Mary’s University where she obtained her Bachelor of Education Degree in 1982. Marsha also obtained her Master of Education Degree from St. Francis Xavier University.

Kevin Stoddart

Kevin Stoddart is a Managing Partner of Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette where he is responsible for leading executive search projects as well as providing direct oversight for Meridia, the firm’s full service recruitment company.

In addition to his roles with Meridia and executive search, Kevin is involved in firm-wide management and leads business development and marketing initiatives for Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette under four practice areas: executive search, contingent recruitment, career transition and human resource consulting.

Kevin is also an active leader in the community having supported many organizations over the years. In addition to his service to the IWK, Kevin previously was a member of the Board for United Way of Halifax for over 10 years, where he served as Chair for two years.

Kevin holds an MBA from Saint Mary's University Sobey School of Business. He is also a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and an active member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD).

Lyne St-Pierre-Ellis

Lyne St-Pierre-Ellis has served for many years in New Brunswick’s public sector, most recently as the Associate Deputy Minister for Francophone Services, Medicare and Pharmaceutical Services with the New Brunswick Department of Health until her retirement.

She has been a member of many provincial and federal organizations, including the working groups for the Council of Federation of Premiers – Primary Care models, Senior Care, and Advanced Care for Paramedics and Pharmacists.Lyne also served as Chair of the Foreign Physician Committee. She currently serves as Co-chair of the York Care Center Nursing Home Board. Lyne’s previous governance experience includes serving on the Board of Directors for Santé enfrançais et mieux-être du New Brunswick, the Société Santé enFrançais, and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.

Lyne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Collège St-Louis-Maillet, a Health Services Management Certificate from the Canadian Hospital Association, and a Masters of Public Administration degree from the Université de Moncton.

Dr. Darrell White

Darrell White is a Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Dean, Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University and a Hematologist at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre.

He has been a member of the Division of Hematology, Department of Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Center in Halifax since 1998. Darrell’s research interest and clinical practice focus on transplant and non-transplant treatment of multiple myeloma. His administrative experience includes being past program director for adult hematology and core internal medicine.

Darrell is an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for Hematology and Internal Medicine, the Chair of the Royal College Specialty Committee for Hematology.

Darrell is a graduate of Dalhousie University Medical School. He trained in internal medicine at the University of Western Ontario and in hematology at Dalhousie University. Darrell completed a fellowship at the Myeloma and Transplantation Research Center at the University of Arkansas and completed graduate studies in community health and epidemiology at Dalhousie University.