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 Allison Roach Award 2009


Janet DAVIDSON’66 always believed that health care was a profession in which she could thrive. Her instincts proved to be on the mark.
Currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Mississauga’s Trillium Health Centre, one of Canada’s largest community hospitals, Janet has traveled a professional path that has featured a range of challenges, accomplishments, honours and awards.
After graduating from Branksome, where she spent seven happy years, Janet studied nursing and received a B.Sc.N from the University of Windsor. She spent her early years in a variety of positions, ranging from teaching nursing to National Coordinator for the Canadian Red Cross in Toronto to a Consultant with the Pan American Health Organization in Washington, DC. In 1979, Janet relocated to Edmonton to pursue graduate studies in Health Administration at the University of Alberta. She received her MHSA and then spent over 6 years with the Alberta Ministry of Health in a variety of management positions in policy, hospital operations and capital planning. She subsequently moved into senior positions within the University of Alberta Hospital. She has also worked in British Columbia and Ontario.
Neatly interwoven into Janet’s career has been her volunteer work with the International Red Cross/Red Crescent, the largest voluntary humanitarian organization in the world. For over 30 years (10 of those in a senior governance capacity), she has worked in myriad environments, including on the front lines of malaria and HIV/AIDS relief in Africa, rebuilding entire nations in tsunami- and hurricane-affected countries, providing feeding programs in war ravaged and drought ridden countries, and protecting victims of conflict in different regions of the world.
Janet is well recognized for her leadership and management skills, and these are certainly being applied in her current position at Trillium, where she has been since 2007. The prestigious honours bestowed upon Janet over the years — an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006 and a University of Alberta Alumnae Honour Award in 2004 are just two examples — speak to the high regard in which she is held, both in Canada and abroad.

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