Dianne leads from a faith-based perspective, with a focus on integrating compassion and social justice within the BC health system. A hallmark of her leadership has been the intentionality with which she has fostered a culture that is mission-driven. In September 2006, she was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Providence Health Care (PHC), one of Canada’s largest faith-based health care organizations operating 17 facilities in Greater Vancouver, BC, including St. Paul’s Hospital. During her almost 12-year tenure as CEO, PHC made a significant impact on the health and well-being of many of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our society. PHC was recognized in 2012 and 2016 as one of B.C.’s Top Employers as well as one of the Best Employers for New Canadians in 2012. Additionally, Providence was accredited with Exemplary status by Accreditation Canada in 2013 and 2017. The organization received the Coaching Wise Designation from the International Coaching Federation in 2016 and, most recently, PHC was listed in BC Busincess’ Top 100 Companies in 2017.
Dianne’s values are demonstrated outside of her profession in her volunteer work for many non-profits, and her incredible ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money and awareness for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Dianne has been active in her church and community, supporting many non-profit groups with her time and expertise.
Dianne is the recipient of numerous leadership awards including a Lifetime Acheivement award from the Health Leaders Association of BC, Top 100 Most Powerful Women award from the Women’s Executive Network, and an Award of Distinction from the College of Registered Nurses of BC.
Dianne is recognized as a champion of Catholic health care provincially and nationally. She has held numerous positions including Chair for Catholic Health Association of Canada, the Denominational Health Association of BC and Catholic Health Association of BC. Dianne twice served as honorary chair of The BC Leadership Breakfast and in 2018 gave the keynote address.
In June 2019 Dianne will receive an Honorary Doctorate from St. Marks College, UBC. Dianne has a BSN from the University of Ottawa and an MSN from the University of British Columbia. Her health leadership credentials include a CHA in Health Services Management, a CHE Certification, and Fellowship in CCHL. She brings more than 30 years of senior executive experience in health care to her role.
Dianne’s husband, Ken Robinson, is a BC Coast Pilot and they have three adult children, Ashley, Chris and Melissa.