Lois Scott has held many different leadership positions within both the private and public health care sectors. Early clinical and leadership experience involved Pre-hospital, Poison Control and Emergency Department services. This was followed by employment with the New Brunswick Department of Health and Community Services as clinical consultant and liaison officer with the province’s hospitals. The last 20 years of her career, Lois was employed in the private sector as Vice President and General Manager of telehealth divisions for two large multi-national corporations.
Ms. Scott has served on a variety of provincial and national advisory committees involving pre-hospital and emergency department management and clinical standards. She was also a founding member of several health-related community-based organizations in Greater Moncton. Scott was elected to the Nurses Association of New Brunswick`s Board of Directors and was involved as a founding member or leader of many different health care organizations in New Brunswick. She currently serves as a board member of the Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation, the National Research Council and the New Brunswick Community College’s Board (Chair).
In the early 1990s, based on the findings of research completed as a requirement of Dalhousie’s University’s Master of Nursing program, Scott successfully lobbied New Brunswick’s Department of Health and Community Services to establish a province-wide telecare program. She also played a critical role in the program’s development, implementation and growth. Driven by a strong entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to improve patient access to quality nursing care, Scott, with the support of a committed and competent staff, led the growth of NB’s provincial pilot to become Canada’s largest telecare service provider.
As the telehealth industry evolved, Scott played a pivotal national and international role in the development of telecare services, industry standards, and clinical practice competencies. She has served in a governance and/or advisory role regarding telecare practice and accreditation standards for many telehealth organizations in many different jurisdictions. In several instances, this involved being the Canadian representative on international committees. Recognized as one of the industry’s pioneers, thought-leaders and subject matter experts, Lois has been invited to speak at many key industry conferences throughout North American and Europe.
Ms. Scott’s contributions to nursing and health care have been recognized by her peers on several occasions, including the Nurses Association of New Brunswick's Award of Merit for Nursing Leadership and the Canadian Nurses Association's Centennial Award in recognition of national and international contribution to the nursing profession.