Ms. Kate Wood joined the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Council as a member of the public in 2019. Since then, she has chaired the MCC’s Appeals Committee hearings and served on both the Finance, Audit and Investments Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committee.
Ms. Wood is an experienced board member and chair of nonprofits and public institutions. As an advocate for clear governance and robust board agendas, she has effectively fostered consensus and guided major national organizations through intricate strategic, legal and financial challenges. She has served as the President and Chair of the Canadian Red Cross National Board of Governors and as an executive of the Senate of the University of Calgary. She dedicated eight years to her role as a public member with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, and for two of those years, she became the first public member to be elected as Chair and President.
As a retired lawyer, Ms. Wood holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary and a certificate in Nonprofit Governance from the Institute of Corporate Directors through the Rotman School of Management. She served on the Alberta Bar Association Board and practiced family law successfully for over 25 years with a small law firm she managed and co-founded. While practicing law, she also served on the Calgary Child & Family Services Authority Board and the Alberta UNICEF Board. She has presented on women’s leadership in international disaster situations at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. In 2008, she was appointed King’s Counsel.
Ms. Wood is an Honorary Governor of the Canadian Red Cross and has been awarded the 125th Anniversary of Canada and Queen’s Golden Jubilee medals for her humanitarian service.