Message from Janet Knox: Appointment of Vice-President, Medicine

I am writing to let you know that after a nation-wide search over the past several months, we have appointed Dr. Nicole Boutilier as Vice-President of Medicine. Dr. Boutilier will start her new role in July. 

Dr. Nicole Boutilier was raised in Pictou County and attended Dalhousie Medical School. She completed her family medicine residency in Alberta and spent several years working in rural Alberta providing full scope family practice in the town of Strathmore and at Siksika First Nation. For the past 17 years, she has practised medicine in rural Nova Scotia, and has had experience in a variety of clinical settings, including emergency medicine, collaborative primary health care and youth health centres.

Since 2005, she has held a variety of progressive leadership positions, including interim president and CEO, vice-president of medicine, and chief of emergency in the former Pictou County Health Authority. She has also worked towards developing her leadership competencies by completing the Physician Leadership Program at the University of Toronto in 2008, and obtaining the Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE) designation in 2014. She is a certificant of the Canadian College of Family Physicians since 1997 and obtained her fellowship in 2018. Since 2015, at NSHA, she has served as medical executive director for Northern Zone and, most recently, interim co-vice-president of medicine. 

Dr. Boutilier has impressed us with her attention to high-profile work and issues management. What really stands out is her ability to remain people-focused and keep a systems-level view while working to build all of the critical relationships and partnerships required to make positive change. She believes in involving the people impacted by issues in obtaining solutions to address them.

She is a strong advocate for her patients and their families and the engagement of physicians to help Nova Scotians be healthy and stay healthy. This is evident from her early career work in primary and emergency medicine, where she was an injury prevention advocate, and her ongoing commitment to working with vulnerable populations and youth.

Dr. Boutilier will maintain her dedication to primary care, continuing to be the physician for the North Nova Education Centre’s Youth Health Centre in New Glasgow, and Northumberland Regional High School’s Youth Health Centre in Alma, as she has for more than a decade. 

Dr. Boutilier will remain living in rural Pictou County with her three teenage children. 

I would also like to acknowledge Dr. Mark Taylor, medical executive director for the Central Zone, and thank him for his commitment to the organization, adding to his role as medical director in Central Zone to co-lead this work with Dr. Boutilier over the past months. 


Janet Knox
President and CEO