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Jason Shannon
President and Chief Operating Officer

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Jason Shannon

Jason Shannon is President and Chief Operating Officer of Shannex Incorporated. Under Jason’s leadership, Shannex has achieved significant growth over the past 15 years, while maintaining the organization’s focus and commitment to its values.

Jason provides thoughtful direction and maintains close connection with operational and organizational development activities. He is also engaged in the company’s business planning and development. Jason’s passion for innovation and delivering exceptional client service continues to inspire collaboration with stakeholders across Canada on ensuring the needs of seniors are being met in home care, retirement living and long term care.

Jason is a graduate of Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Commerce (1994) and an L.L.B (1997). Jason began his career as a corporate lawyer and joined Shannex in 1999. He cares about his community sitting as a current board member of the Atlantic Institute on Aging and as a board director of the Loran Scholars Foundation. He is also an active supporter of the United Way, the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia and the Alzheimer’s Society of Nova Scotia.

Heather Hanson
Vice President, Brand and Business Development

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Heather Hanson

As Vice President of Brand and Business Development, Heather is responsible for marketing, communications, and sales. She also leads the brand integrity strategy for the company and is responsible for business development. Heather values building trusted partnerships with all stakeholders and advancing the organization’s social responsibilities – she wholeheartedly believes that Shannex is leading the way to better living and is proud to be part of this team.

Heather first joined Shannex in 2011, and has worked in agency as well as government, academic and financial sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Public Relations, both from Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU). She also holds a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Dalhousie University and a certificate from the International Association of Public Participation.

Active in her community, she is a member of MSVU’s Board of Governors and chairs the Advancement and External Relations committee. She is also a member of the International Association of Business Communicators and the International Association of Public Participation.

Laura Scott
Vice President, Finance

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Laura Scott

As Vice President, Finance, Laura oversees the company’s Finance team. Leading and supporting the finance, accounting, purchasing, payroll and benefits teams, Laura ensures that Shannex maintains financial policies and accounting practices that result in reliable reporting measures to our stakeholders that meet long term organizational objectives, strategic directions and the values of Shannex HealthCare.

Laura joined Shannex in 2000 as the Director of Finance, moving into the VP role in 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University and is a professional member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Nova Scotia Institute of Chartered Accountants. Prior to joining Shannex, Laura worked for several years in both the post-secondary education environment as well as the public accounting sector in Nova Scotia with Deloitte.

Ian Mader
Regional Director of Operations, Retirement Living NS and ON

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Ian Mader

Ian joined Shannex in 2015 as the Regional Director of Operations for the Nova Scotia and Ontario Retirement Living division where he supports our Parkland Retirement Living campuses and teams to execute in delivering first class service to our clients.

Prior to joining Shannex, Ian had a lengthy and successful career with Tim Hortons Corporation spending nine years developing their Canadian operations before moving to the United States for another nine years to develop business there. During his time at Tim Hortons he was particularly proud to lead the momentous opening of the Tim Hortons at the Kandahar air field in Afghanistan.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University as well as a Certificate in Hospitality Management from the University of Guelph. He is pleased to be back in Canada working for an organization that makes a significant difference in the lives of others.

Catherine MacPherson
Senior Vice President, Operations

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Catherine MacPherson

Catherine joined Shannex in 2010 to lead the development of our academic nursing home partnership with Dalhousie University and has since held operations leadership roles on both the Enhanced Care and Retirement Living teams. In her current role as Senior Vice President, Operations, Catherine supports Shannex licensed nursing home and Parkland retirement living operations in Nova Scotia. Prior to joining Shannex, Catherine held program and project management positions in Nova Scotia’s former district health authorities.

Catherine is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. She holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences from McMaster University, a Master of Health Services Administration from Dalhousie University and is an EXTRA Fellow with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement.

Catherine currently serves on the IWK Health Centre Board and as Chair of the Health Centre’s Board Quality Committee. She has previously served as Chair, Bluenose Chapter, of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and as sessional faculty in Dalhousie’s School of Health Administration.

Dana Power
Regional Director Enhanced Care Operations NS

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Dana Power

Dana joined the Shannex team in 1998 as a Clinical Dietitian and has progressed through a variety of leadership roles in both Shannex Enhanced Care and Parkland Retirement Living divisions.  Currently serving as Regional Director, Enhanced Care Operations Nova Scotia, Dana leads the operational teams of the 16 licensed long-term care sites in the province.

Dana has participated in and led many successful projects to advance the organization’s strategic goals including: the Shannex Culinary Production Centre; retirement living governance and policy structure; the opening of Caritas Residence for the Sisters of Charity Halifax; and a large campus revitalization and construction project at Parkland Clayton Park.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition and Masters of Adult Education from Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU), as well as certificates in Foodservice and Hospitality Management from the Canadian Tourism and Human Resource Council, and Executive Leadership from the Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University.  Dana maintains a connected relationship with MSVU serving as sessional faculty and guest lecturer in the Department of Applied Human Nutrition.

Dana Schiefer
Chief Culinary Officer

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Dana Schiefer

Dana joined Shannex in 1998 as the Executive Chef of Parkland Clayton Park and is proud to have spent the last 20 years building on care and service excellence delivery for residents and their families. As Chief Culinary Officer, Dana oversees the company’s Culinary direction, and leading and supporting the Culinary teams to deliver an exceptional dining experience. Dana is also passionate about including locally sourced ingredients in residents’ dining experience.

Throughout his years with the company, Dana has held numerous management roles in both Culinary and Procurement divisions. He has been a part of opening every Shannex residence in operation today. Prior to joining Shannex, Dana worked with various upscale restaurant groups in Culinary management roles.

Dana graduated from the NSCC Culinary Art Program in 1993 and the Executive Leadership Program from the Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University in 2015.

Derek Green
Vice President, New Brunswick Operations

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Derek Green

Derek joined Shannex in late 2018 as Vice President, New Brunswick Operations, where he supports Parkland Retirement Living Campuses and Shannex Enhanced Care facilities throughout the province. Derek’s focus is to support the company’s current and expanding operations in New Brunswick to ensure residents continue to receive top quality accommodations and services from engaged employees.

Prior to joining Shannex, Derek had a 20 year career as a senior leader with Medavie Blue Cross, accountable for implementation and management of their federal government contracts with Veterans Affairs Canada and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.  Prior to that, he served as an Artillery Officer with the Canadian Armed Forces for eight years, stationed in Quebec, Ontario, and Chatham, NB.

Derek holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Royal Military College of Canada and holds several financial services industry designations including Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI).  He has gained the respect of the New Brunswick business community and has also found the time to support amateur sports through volunteering as a coach in hockey, soccer, football and lacrosse over the past 25 years. He is currently Assistant Coach for the Riverview Royals, playing in the NBIAA high school hockey league.