Covenant Health

Senior Leadership

Elaine Watson

Chief Human Resources Officer

Elaine Watson joined Covenant Health as Chief Human Resources Officer in October, 2019. Elaine is passionate about creating a healthy and inclusive environment for teams to do their best work for those we serve. Over the last 25 years, she has held leadership roles in Alberta, Ontario and Scotland that have positioned her to positively influence the Covenant Family’s ability to deliver on our strategic goals and objectives through our people. Her expectations of accountability and high standards of excellence and ethical conduct are assets to ensuring our people and culture strategy is executed.

Combined with her Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University in British Columbia, post graduate diploma in Personnel Management and having spent the vast majority of her career in healthcare, Elaine brings experience from a broad range of human resource specialties, grounded in a values-based, results oriented style of leadership. Her most recent role as Executive Director, HR Business Partnerships (Zone Operations) for Alberta Health Services has awarded her a reputation as an authentic, honest and trusted partner within the industry.

As a member of Covenant’s executive team, Elaine leads strategic human resources planning, workforce analytics, organizational effectiveness, talent management, learning and development, HR business services, HR client partnerships, talent acquisition, total compensation, labour relations, occupational health, safety and wellness. Elaine’s portfolio also includes leadership of communications including; communications planning, internal communications, digital communications and asset management, social media, media relations, video production, crisis communications, design and stakeholder engagement. Additionally, Elaine provides strong ambassadorship, representing the voice of our teams and advocating for truly excellent care and wellbeing of our people and communities.