Ms. Janet Davidson - Former Special Advisor and Deputy Minister, Alberta Health

Ms. Janet Davidson

Former Special Advisor and Deputy Minister, Alberta Health
Nanoose Bay, British Columbia


Ms. Janet Davidson is the chair of CIHI’s Board of Directors. Ms. Davidson is presently working in health care consulting. From 2013 to 2015, she was deputy minister of Alberta Health, and prior to that she was the official administrator for Alberta Health Services. She has more than 40 years of experience in health care in the government, voluntary and hospital/community sectors in a number of Canadian jurisdictions. 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, she 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. She 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. Ms. Davidson 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. She 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, Ms. Davidson was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Women.