Deputy Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living, Government of Manitoba
Karen Herd assumed her role as Deputy Minister of Health for Manitoba on July 8, 2013. She joined Manitoba Health in 2005 as Executive Director, Finance and in 2008, became the Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer.
In April 2012, Karen was appointed the Associate Deputy Minister and Chief Financial Officer for Manitoba Health – a position she held until her appointment as Deputy Minister.
Karen has worked in the provincial health sector since 1998. From 1998 to 2005, she 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.
Prior to joining the WRHA, Karen worked in the provincial government from 1992 to 1998, starting her civil service career with Internal Audit in Manitoba Education and Training. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba, and has been a chartered accountant for more than 20 years. She is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, recently completing the Not-For-Profit governance course. 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.