Dr. Verna Yiu joins Epcor's board of directors

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The former head of Alberta Health Services (AHS) has landed a new role with Edmonton’s utility company.

Former CEO and president Dr. Verna Yiu was appointed to Epcor’s board of directors, the company announced Wednesday.

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“Dr. Yiu is highly recognized for her dedication and leadership in the fields of medicine and academia, as well as for her commitment to advancing the health and outlook of the patients in her care and the communities she serves,” said Janice G. Rennie, EPCOR board chair in a news release.

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Yiu previously served as executive vice president and chief medical officer for Alberta Health Services from 2012-2016 and was president and CEO from 2016-2022.

She was removed from the job in early April 2022, more than a year before the end of her contract, which was extended by two years in June 2021. Yiu received a severance payment of more than $573,000, the equivalent of one year’s salary. Neither Alberta Health nor AHS would not confirm whether she resigned or was fired.

Yiu is currently the interim provost and vice-president, Academic at the University of Alberta, a professor of pediatrics in the university’s Division of Pediatric Nephrology, and a health care practitioner who continues to work on the front lines, providing care at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

“Her valuable experience in public health, quality improvement and complex organizational management are closely aligned with EPCOR’s values and our focus on providing safe, reliable services to communities across North America,” said Rennie.

“Along with the prominent roles she has held over her career, Dr. Yiu has further contributed to growing the knowledge and expertise in her field by serving on the boards and committees of several influential healthcare organizations. We are fortunate and pleased to welcome her to our Board.”

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