As an Associate with the Human Resource consulting practice at KBRS, Catherine’s approach to leadership development is informed by her uniquely diverse leadership experience in public relations and human resource management across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. A well-respected leader, Catherine has a track record of achieving results by building teams, creating and communicating vision, forging partnerships, and meeting critical challenges through transformational change.
Catherine began her career with the IWK Children’s Hospital where she held progressive roles including Vice President, Allied Health / Public Relations, before accepting a secondment as Acting Chief of Protocol for the Province of Nova Scotia. Following this, she became Director, Corporate and Public Affairs for Maritime Life Assurance Company and was later appointed Vice President of Human Resources for the organization. She then served as the President and CEO, Halifax United Way for 10 years before accepting the role of Deputy Minister, Department of Business, Province of Nova Scotia.
A graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University, Catherine is a certified facilitator of LHH Knightsbridge’s proprietary leadership workshops including the Leadership Essentials programs.
Catherine is part-time faculty in the Department of Communications Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU). She is a passionate and committed contributor to important community initiatives. Currently she is Past Chair of the Board, Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS); Chair of the Board, 2b Theatre and Founder of Joan’s Table – an initiative to feed the formerly homeless and a board member of the IWK Health Centre.
Previous governance experience includes Chair of the Board, Mount Saint Vincent University, Chair of the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award, Vice Chair, 211 Nova Scotia, Governance Chair, Halifax Partnership and board member IWK Hospital, YWCA, and Arthritis Society.
An established leader, Catherine was recognized as Women of the Year by Leger Marketing Halifax poll on community impact, one of the Top 50 CEO’s in Atlantic Canada by Atlantic Business Magazine, and a Woman of Excellence by Halifax Progress Club. She is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Mount Saint Vincent University Exceptional Volunteer Service Award.
Mindful of health and mental wellness, Catherine runs marathons and walked the Camino de Santiago - 790 km across Spain. She resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia with her husband Dara and is mother to Liam, Maura and Bernadette.