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Board of Directors


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 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.

Past Chair

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.

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.


Dr. Krista Jangaard

Dr. Krista Jangaard is the IWK Health Centre’s Interim 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.

Krista Grant

An ambitious and proactive corporate affairs professional, with 20 years of accelerated professional experience and growth. Consistency proven strategic planning, issues management and relationship building abilities. Recognized by peers and senior management for significantly contributing to employer’s success through effective leadership and management of team and projects, thoughtful and appropriate communications counsel and a mission focused nature.

Krista is currently Director of Marketing and Communications with the University of Prince Edward Island with key responsibility to provide leadership for the development and execution of a comprehensive strategic communication and marketing plan to enhance the University’s leadership position, reputation and brand.

Krista executed the first robust digital recruitment marketing campaign for the university. As the Assistant Deputy Minister, Communications, Prince Edward Island, Krista provided executive leadership across government in providing communication support and counsel to ensure, effective, professional and consistent communications. She managed the performance and development of a fully integrated modern communications team to ensure communications best practice.

Dr. Paul Hong

Dr. Paul Hong is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery and the School of Human Communication Disorders at Dalhousie University. Dr. Hong graduated from the University of Ottawa medical school and completed his residency training at Dalhousie University in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He then completed fellowship training at the University of California-San Diego in Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

He also has a Master of Science degree in Tissue Engineering from Dalhousie University. Dr. Hong returned to Dalhousie University as an attending surgeon at the IWK Health Centre with the Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2010, where he has been active in patient care, teaching and research.

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.

Lynn Clark Irving

Lynn is currently working as an Internal Consultant in Disability Management, Health Employee and Wellness and Productivity Programs with Human Resources, Irving Health Sciences, J.D. Irving Ltd.,Saint John, New Brunswick. She developed a Corporate Wellness Model and led teams to design and implement Employee Wellness programs across the Irving Organization including: Health Initiative index tool for outcome measures, Employee Fitness Reimbursements programs, Health Risk Assessments, Smoking Cessation and Weight Management programs.

Lynn initiated and designed a Disability Management Information System which gathers, analyzes and generates management reports for Health and Disability costs and trends across the corporation. As Founder and President of Work Ready Professional Corporation, she was the architect of a new concept of occupational rehabilitation and hired and trained multidisciplinary teams of health care professionals to provide physicial therapy services to Worksafe, New Brunswick, doctors, lawyers and the general public.

In 2008, she was the recipient of the New Brunswick Heart and Stroke Foundation Excellence in Workspace Wellness Gold Award. Lynn is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors

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.

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.

Dr. Gavin Morrison

Dr. Gavin Morrison joined the IWK Health Centre in 2012 as Head of the Department of Paediatric Critical Care and is an Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine with a cross appointment in Paediatrics at Dalhousie University. Prior to joining the IWK, Dr. Morrison held similar posts at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital, London, Ontario. Prior to that, he was Consultant in Paediatric Critical Care, Guy’s Hospital, London, England.

Dr. Morrison has authored or co-authored over 40 publications and increasingly participates in national and international research collaborations. During his time at the IWK, Dr. Morrison has been heavily involved in the administrative activities of both the Department of Paediatric Critical Care and the hospital with regard to clinical practice and patient safety. Dr. Morrison assumed the position of Chair of MAC in January 2017.

A native of Ireland, Dr. Morrison completed his undergraduate medical education at Queen’s University, Belfast. After undertaking training in paediatric medicine in Belfast and London, England, he trained in paediatric critical care medicine in Birmingham, London, England, and Toronto. In 2008 he successfully completed a Master of Science degree in Epilepsy at the University of Birmingham in which he focused on the drug management of paediatric refractory status epilepticus.

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.

Ronald E. Smith

Ron Smith of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is a highly experienced Corporate Director with an extensive background in finance, human resources and management consulting across a wide spectrum of industries and enterprises. He is respected by colleagues and associates for sound business judgement, reliability, decisiveness, strategic insight, analytical skills and the ability to work collaboratively in complex and changing environments.

Results driven and resourceful, Ron thrives on creative interaction in pursuit of meaningful and challenging objectives. As Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Emera Inc., he had full responsibility for all financial functions for four years, which included direct responsibility for the management policies and oversight related to electric utility and fuel commodity trading businesses. For twelve years as Chief Financial Officer of MTT, a publicly traded telecommunications company, Ron oversaw all financial functions.

He currently serves on the Board of Alamos Gold Inc. as well as their merger partner AuRico Gold Inc., PRO Real Investment Trust and he is the currently Chair of the Public Service Superannuation Plan Trustee Inc. Previously Ron has served on the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board which manages $270 billion dollars of CPP funds. Ron served as Chair of the Acadia Board of Governors from 2004 to 2009 and is currently Chair of the Advancement Committee. Ron has served on Board and Audit Committees of seven Canadian public companies and numerous not-for-profit organizations over the past 30 years.

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.

Thane Stevens

Thane Stevens is a professional engineer who along with his brother, currently own and operate the Stevens Group of Companies whose head office is located in Dartmouth, NS. Thane’s career includes extensive experience in both construction and construction supply industries with special emphasis on all facets of construction that pertain to concrete. He currently is responsible for the overall direction of this group of companies which has operations in the Atlantic provinces as well as a construction company based in Raleigh North Carolina which services the southwestern U.S.A.

Thane oversees all new business for the Group which has grown to a volume of $100 million in 2015 from $50 million in 2007. The Stevens group is also involved in the long-term health care sector, commercial real estate and the development of a new and innovative Nova Scotia company that is bringing sustainable salmon to market using technology leading land based total recirculation facilities.

Thane graduated from Acadia as a University Scholar and from the Technical University of Nova Scotia as a Sexton Scholar.

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.