Covenant Health

Senior Leadership

Gordon Self

Chief Mission & Ethics Officer

Dr. Self provides executive leadership for clinical and organizational ethics, mission integration, diversity, interpretive services, critical incident stress management and spiritual care for Covenant Health. Dr. Self also serves as the legislative Designated Officer under the Public Interest Disclosure Act (whistle blower protection) in managing the organization’s confidential disclosure hotline. He is a presenter in the Covenant Health Leadership Challenge Program as well as core faculty on the Foundations in Leadership for Catholic Organizations program, helping develop leaders across Western Canada in values-based decision making and moral reflection.

Gordon was a member of the core team commissioned by the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada to develop the new edition of the Health Ethics Guide, the foundational ethics resource used by Catholic healthcare organizations in Canada, including Covenant Health.

A former chaplain at St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg, Gordon pursued a fellowship in mission and ethics with Trinity Health in Michigan. He holds a doctorate in organizational ethics with a focus on discernment and decision-making. His dissertation resulted in Gordon developing the Covenant Health Mission Discernment Tool, recognized nationally by Accreditation Canada as a Leading Practice. His column, Ethics Made Real, which ran monthly in Western Catholic Reporter from 2010 to 2014, continues on the Covenant Health website, together with other contributors from the Ethics Centre.

Gordon is a published author and novelist, with some of his many ethics articles and theological reflections also featured on our website. He views literature especially as an accessible way to engage public awareness on contemporary moral and social justice issues. You can follow Gordon regarding his novels, The Necessities of Life, Drowning in Iowa and A Most Spectacular Narrative at