As a Senior Associate with the Human Resource consulting practice at KBRS (Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette), 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 strategic 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. She then served as Director, Corporate and Public Affairs for Maritime Life Assurance Company and was later appointed Vice President of Human Resources for the organization. Catherine was 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 a committed contributor to important community initiatives. Currently, she is Vice-Chair, IWK Health Centre; Board Chair, 2b Theatre; Past Chair and Board Member, Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS); and Founder of Shelter Nova Scotia’s Joan’s Table – an initiative to feed the formerly homeless.
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 for Canadian Centre Ethics in Public Affairs, United Way, YWCA, Ronald MacDonald House, 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 and the Mount Saint Vincent University Exceptional Volunteer Service Award. Catherine is former faculty member, Department of Communications Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU).
Mindful of health and mental wellness, Catherine runs marathons and walked the Camino de Santiago - 790 km across Spain. She resides in Halifax with her husband Dara and is mother to their three children Liam, Maura and Bernadette.