Acting Deputy Minister, David Breakwell
David Breakwell was appointed Acting Deputy Minister of Health on September 15, 2014. Prior to that, David occupied the role of Assistant Deputy Minister, Financial and Corporate Services Division at Alberta Health since November 2009. He came to Health from Alberta Energy, where he was Assistant Deputy Minister of Energy Policy and Research.
In addition to an excellent background with the Government of Alberta, David also brings strong experience with the private sector and crown corporations.
David has a solid track record in successfully managing large government, private sector and information technology organizations. He is experienced with the operation and redesign of complex government programs, and has shown outstanding leadership through activities such as introducing major new government programs, drafting and then managing legislation and regulations through the government process and in the implementation of new technologies.
David has significant experience in financial management and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Deputy Minister, Janet M. Davidson, O.C., BScN, MHSA, LLD (HON)
Janet Davidson was appointed Deputy Minister of Alberta Health on September 10, 2013. As of September 15, 2014, she is on a leave of absence as Deputy Minister of Health while she serves as the Official Administrator of Alberta Health Services
She comes to her role of Deputy Minister with over 30 years of experience in healthcare in the government, voluntary and hospital/community sectors in a number of Canadian jurisdictions. She has also worked internationally in humanitarian relief and development. Until recently, she was the Official Administrator of Alberta Health Services. Prior to that, she was the Canadian Executive and Industry Specialist with KPMG’s Global Healthcare Practice.
From 2007 to 2011, Davidson was President and Chief Executive of Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga, where she led them through to the successful merger with the Credit Valley Hospital creating the largest community academic hospital in the country.
Janet has a wealth of experience in all aspects of health care policy and planning, management and operations. She is a well recognized and respected health care executive with a reputation for working with key stakeholders to achieve outstanding results: individually, organizationally, and more broadly at the community level. She has gained a reputation as an outstanding leader and facilitator and has been called upon to lead and/or support major transformational initiatives including: hospital turnarounds, mergers, governance and operational reviews, clinical redesign, development and implementation of health manpower strategies, and design and implementation of health care funding mechanisms. She has also 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.
Janet trained as a nurse at Toronto East General Hospital. She received a Bachelor of Nursing Science from the University of Windsor and a Master’s in Health Services Administration from the University of Alberta. She is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Education program, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health’s Global Health Leadership program and has an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Windsor. She has received alumnae recognition awards from Branksome Hall School and the universities of Windsor and Alberta. 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, Janet was also named as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Women. She sits on the board of the Canadian Institute for Health Information, and chairs their Governance Committee. Other board experience includes service on the board of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and the immediate past chair of the Ontario Hospital Association.