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.  She became 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 and Team Fundamentals.  Catherine is a graduate of ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program and has earned the ICD designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Catherine is a committed contributor to important community initiatives.  Currently, she is Chair, IWK Health Centre board of directors and a board member, IWK Foundation.  Catherine and daughter Maura are founders of Joan’s Table – an initiative to feed the formerly homeless in partnership with Shelter Nova Scotia.  

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; and board member for 211 Nova Scotia, Halifax Partnership, 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, 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.