Catherine Woodman is a respected C-Suite level business advisor with deep leadership experience across private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Catherine began her career at the IWK Health Centre where she held progressive roles culminating as Vice President, Allied Health/Public Relations before transitioning to Director, Corporate and Public Affairs for Maritime Life Assurance Company and later appointed Vice President of Human Resources for Maritime Life/Manulife Financial. Catherine was President and CEO, Halifax United Way for ten years before accepting the role of Deputy Minister, Department of Business, Nova Scotia

A graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU), Catherine is former faculty member, Department of Communications Studies at MSVU and a certified facilitator of LHH Knightsbridge’s proprietary leadership offerings including the celebrated Elevate Women in Leadership program.

Catherine is a committed contributor to important community initiatives.  Currently, she is Chair, IWK Health Centre board of directors and founder of Joan’s Table – an initiative to feed the formerly homeless in partnership with Shelter Nova Scotia.  A member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors, Catherine will attain her ICD designation later this year.   

Previous board level experience includes chair of the board, Mount Saint Vincent University, chair, Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), chair, 2b Theatre Company, chair, Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award, vice chair, 211 Nova Scotia, governance committee chair, Halifax Partnership and board member for Canadian Centre Ethics in Public Affairs, United Way, YWCA, Ronald MacDonald House, and Arthritis Society. 

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 and the Mount Saint Vincent University Exceptional Volunteer Service Award.  

Catherine has a track record of achieving results by building teams, creating and communicating vision, forging strategic partnerships, and meeting critical challenges through transformational change.