Calgary, Alberta | Tuesday, February 18, 2014                   

David Goldbloom, Chair, is pleased to announce the election of Janet M. Davidson, OC, BScN, MHSA, LLD (Hon), to the Mental Health Commission (MHCC) of Canada Board of Directors.

Davidson, Deputy Minister of Alberta Health, is a well-recognized and respected health care executive with a reputation for working with key stakeholders to achieve outstanding results: individually, organizationally, and at the community level. She has also worked internationally in humanitarian relief and development. Until recently, she was the Official Administrator of Alberta Health Services. Prior to that, Davidson was the Canadian Executive and Industry Specialist with KPMG’s Global Healthcare Practice. From 2007 to 2011, Davidson was President and Chief Executive of Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga, the largest community academic hospital in the country.

“Janet understands healthcare – from her training as a nurse to her work in senior administration at some of this country’s largest and most complex organizations,” says Goldbloom. “Her compassion combined with a cogent understanding of organizational structure and governance, as well as her commitment to excellence in leadership make Janet a superb addition to the MHCC Board.”

Extensively involved in global humanitarian work, Davidson 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.

Davidson trained as a nurse at Toronto East General Hospital. She received a Bachelor of Nursing Science from the University of Windsor and a Master’s in Health Services Administration from the University of Alberta. She is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Education program, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health’s Global Health Leadership program, and has an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Windsor. An Officer of the Order of Canada, she has been twice named to the list of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. In 2011 and 2012, Ms. Davidson was also named as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Women.

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