New Alberta Health Services Board features strong health care expertise


Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman has created a new board to govern Alberta Health Services and further stabilize Alberta’s health-care system.

The organization has been without a board since 2013.

“Stable and effective health care is of vital concern to every family in Alberta. This group has firsthand knowledge of health care delivery, governance and solid fiscal planning that is needed to strengthen and stabilize the health system in a prudent and sustainable way. It will provide oversight that will ensure AHS is able to give patients the care they need from the right health care provider in the right place at the right time.”

Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health

“I am honoured and excited to be taking on this role, and I’m looking forward to working closely with Minister Hoffman and my fellow board members to provide leadership and guidance to Alberta Health Services. Together, this board holds a tremendous amount of experience and talent, and we will do our utmost to serve the interests of Albertans and to support the committed and hardworking people within AHS.”

Linda Hughes, Alberta Health Services Board Chair

The new board members are:

  • Linda Hughes (Chair)
  • Dr. Brenda Hemmelgarn (Vice-Chair)
  • David Carpenter
  • Hugh D. Sommerville
  • Marliss Taylor
  • Glenda Yeates

In addition, Richard Dicerni, Deputy Minister of Executive Council, will serve on the board, bringing a strong connection between Alberta Health Services and government. Dicerni has more than four decades of nationally-recognized experience in public sector governance and management in various capacities.

Minister Hoffman is reaching out to other community leaders, including the Grand Chiefs of Treaties 6, 7, and 8, as well as Métis representatives, to ensure Indigenous representation for the AHS board.

The board will report directly to the Minister of Health. The Minister, in turn, will work closely with the board to set objectives for and ensure the success of Alberta Health Services.