Ms Karen Herd, CA
Deputy Minister of Health
Province of Manitoba
Ms Karen Herd

Ms Herd has been Deputy Minister of Health since 2013. She has worked in the provincial health sector since 1998. From 1998 to 2005, Ms Herd was with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) and its predecessor organizations - the Winnipeg Hospital Authority and the Winnipeg Community and Long Term Care Authority. During this time, she worked in Finance as Controller and later as Administrative Director for the WRHA Surgery Program. Ms Herd joined Manitoba Health in 2005 as Executive Director of Finance, and moved into progressively more senior roles, including Assistant Deputy Minister and Associate Deputy Minister.

Prior to work in the health sector, Ms Herd worked in the Provincial Government from 1992 to 1998, starting her civil service career with Internal Audit in Manitoba Education and Training. Ms. Herd worked as a Chartered Accountant in private industry before her move to the public service.

Ms Herd holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba, and has been a Chartered Accountant for more than 25 years. She has taught Finance for Non-Financial Managers in the Management Development for Women Program at the University of Manitoba and the Health Services Finance course at Red River College. Karen’s area of academic interest is board governance.  She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), completing the Not-For-Profit governance course in 2013 and completing the ICD’s Director Education Program, leading to her ICD.D designation in Fall 2015.