Chief Executive Officer
What began as a desire to help those in need has evolved
into a mission to improve the quality of healthcare for all Canadians.
Chris Power's journey in healthcare began at the bedside as
a front-line nurse. Since then, she has grown into one of the preeminent
healthcare executives in Canada. Her experiences, her success, and her values
have led her to the position of CEO of the Canadian Patient Safety
Previously, Chris served for eight years as president and
CEO of Capital Health, Nova Scotia.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount
Saint Vincent University and a Masters in Health Services Administration from
Dalhousie University. She is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian
College of Health Leaders, and holds a Fellowship in Management for
Executive Nurses from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. In 2003,
she received the Award for Excellence and Innovation from the Canadian College
of Health Leaders and in 2007 received an Award of Excellence from
the Halifax Progress Club. She was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful
Women in the Public-Sector Category three years in a row from 2007-2009 and in
2010 was inducted into the Hall of Fame. She was named one of the Top 50 CEO’s
in Atlantic Canada four times and in 2013 was inducted into the Top 50 CEOs
Hall of Fame. In 2013 Chris received an honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from
St. Mary’s University.
Chris holds significant governance roles including Co-Chair of CHLNet, Board member of Colleges & Institutes of Canada, and Simulation Canada. Chris also is the Past President of the Canadian Association for Health Services & Policy Research Board.
In May of 2020, Chris was elected to the International Society for Quality and Healthcare’s International Academy of Quality and Safety (IAQS). Consisting of over 80 members, the academy recognises distinguished individuals who have made a significant contribution in the field of Quality and Safety in Healthcare, and membership is for life.
With all the accolades and responsibilities, Chris has
maintained her strong sense of self and credits her love of family, faith and
her gift of singing for keeping her grounded.