Rowena Rizzotti is a highly successful healthcare leader with more than 35 years’ experience in management and executive-level leadership roles across multi-site, complex health and business environments.
Rowena holds two Master’s Degrees in Management and Business Administration (MBA) and also holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Biochemistry from UBC. She is clinically trained as both a nurse and a paramedic.
Rowena served as VP of Operations for BC’s largest private seniors’ care operator and also served as a Chief Operating Officer for BC’s Northern Health Authority among many other healthcare leadership roles. Rowena earned wide acclaim for her senior leadership of Fraser Heath’s Clinical Programs and Operations including Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) and for overseeing the largest investment in BC’s history in 2012; a $500 million critical care tower in Surrey, BC.
Rowena is an original founder of the Health & Technology DISTRICT in Surrey, is responsible for having developed a research and innovation strategy for Fraser Health in 2012, as well as developed an Innovation Centre for Healthy Aging which won a 2015 Innovator of the Year Award in BC. Rowena also was an original founder and currently leads Legion Veterans Village, a first of its kind $312 M Centre for Clinical Excellence for Veterans and First Responders in Mental Health and Innovative Technologies. Rowena currently holds a number of senior consulting and strategic advisory roles with private sector organizations, is an Advisor on the Conference Board of Canada’s Council for Innovation and Commercialization, is a Mentor for SFU Beedie School of Business and was awarded the 2018 Business Woman of the Year in the Corporate Leadership Category. Rowena is a Board Director for the Surrey Board of Trade and is Chair of the Women in Business Council.