Scott McKenna started as Nova Scotia Health’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) on October 3, 2022. Scott comes to Nova Scotia Health from his role as Chief Information Officer for both Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, having spent the majority of his 32 year career working for federal government at the national level.
As Chief Information Officer for Nova Scotia Health Authority, Scott champions the Digital Health Strategy, is a senior leader on our One Person One Record team, and responsible for the planning and execution of the Information Management and Information Technology (IM/IT) strategy and operations. He also provides leadership and support to the IWK. Scott collaborates across the health and digital sectors with internal and external partners to create and achieve our digital health strategy.
As CIO with Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada, he led the development and delivery of their first digital strategy in the modernization of program delivery. He also led the development and execution of Health Canada’s data strategy as well as facilitated and enabled programs in developing business solutions through their Innovation Hub. He was responsible for enhancing and maintaining all infrastructure, development and delivery of applications, and working with partners across government to enable the two lead departments in the Government of Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scott has significant background in health services and navigating complex public sector infrastructure across Canada, developing a vision for digital, modernization and innovation while leading people and culture through transformational change initiatives. He brings leadership depth, developing digital and IM/IT strategy and ensuring it is aligned with the overall business strategy of the organization while leading the delivery of diverse operational areas to ensure IM/IT services are available to our teams and partners.