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Executive Leadership Team

Tracy Kitch

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.



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).

Gina Connell

Gina Connell Gina Connell is the IWK Health Centre’s Chief of Communications & Public Affairs. 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.



Stephen D'Arcy - Chief Financial Officer

Stephen D'Arcy Stephen D’Arcy is the Chief Financial Officer at the IWK Health Centre. Stephen joined the IWK in September 2015 after working as the Chief Financial Officer for Public Health Ontario. Educated at the University of Toronto, Stephen is a Chartered Accountant and in 2009 he completed the Rotman School of Management Advanced Health Leadership Program. Stephen comes to the IWK with over 30 years of experience in the services sector. He is a proven leader with a demonstrated ability to develop and motivate teams to achieve transformational results. Stephen has held executive leadership roles in numerous health care organizations including Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation, Providence Healthcare, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and Plexxus. Stephen and his wife, Lynn Bouchard, live in Halifax.



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.




Mary-Ann Hiltz

Mary-Ann Hiltz Mary-Ann Hiltz is the Vice-President, Quality & System Performance at the IWK Health Centre, where she has held various management positions since 1988. Throughout the course of Mary-Ann's career, she has developed extensive Quality Improvement, Patient Safety and Risk Management knowledge which, in combination with her Health Information Management background, enable her to lead the Quality & System Performance portfolio which provides centre-wide resources in support of improving the quality of care and service at the IWK Health Centre. Mary-Ann's leadership role in System Performance Measurement, Quality Improvement, Risk Management, Patient Safety and Decision Support extends both provincially as well as nationally, contributing to a number of provincial and national committees, research projects and task forces. Mary-Ann holds a Masters Degree in Health Administration from Dalhousie University and is a certified Health Information Management Professional.



Dr. Krista Jangaard - Vice President, Medicine & Academic Affairs

Krista Jangaard Dr. Krista Jangaard is the IWK Health Centre’s Vice President, Medicine & Academic Affairs. 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.



Dr. Patrick McGrath

Patrick McGrath Dr. Patrick McGrath is Vice President, Research, Innovation & Knowledge Transfer, IWK Health Centre and Capital District Health Authority. He has a distinguished record as a researcher on innovative ways of delivering health care to families and pain in children. His research has been recognized by election to the Royal Society and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada. He founded the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Dalhousie University where he is Professor of Psychology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry.

Patrick holds numerous grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and other agencies. He served on the Nova Scotia Health Research Board and serves on the Board of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.



Jocelyn Vine

Jocelyn Vine Jocelyn Vine is Vice President of Patient Care & Chief Nurse Executive at the IWK Health Centre. Jocelyn joined the Health Centre in 1998 as Health Services Manager, and became Director of Family and Neonatal Health at the IWK in 2004. During this time Jocelyn completed a Masters of Health Studies and the Certified Health Executive program with the Canadian College of Health Services Executives. Jocelyn has experience in the health system in tertiary care and management, as well as in health care in the private sector. In addition to her Masters of Health Studies, she holds a Bachelor of Nursing from the Dalhousie School of Nursing. Jocelyn is a mother of two boys.




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