Getting Curious: The Value of Canada’s Health Workforce Data and Future HHR Indicators

Published on March 2, 2023
Part 1 & 2 Available Now!

In this special two-part episode of The HQ podcast, we examine the state of our health human resource (HHR) data and information and explore how our HHR data is being collected and used by our healthcare and system leaders across Canada to make decisions about our health workforce and our future needs.

To discuss this, we’re thrilled to welcome back Steve Ashton, Vice-President of People & Organization Development at the IWK Health Centre, and joining him is Tony Bennett, Executive Director for HR Analytics & Planning with Alberta Health Services.

Both Steve and Tony are senior HR executives and bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise to human resource analytics and workforce planning in healthcare. Tune in as they discuss their perspectives and share their insights on the importance of data-driven decision-making as it relates to our health workforce, and how they see the current state of health human resource information.

Don’t miss out on this informative and thought-provoking discussion as we all get curious about our health workforce data and where it can lead us!


About Steve Ashton

Steve Ashton is the Vice-President of People & Organization Development at the IWK Health Centre. IWK serves women, children, and youth in Atlantic Canada. Prior to the IWK, Steve held senior HR leadership roles with Bell Aliant, where he helped develop a multi-year Learning Strategy, as well as Leadership Development & Succession programs.  He was previously a Partner with Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette working in executive search and career transition.

Steve has a wealth of education that includes a bachelor’s in psychology, an MBA, and is a graduate of Harvard’s program on Leading Change and Organizational Renewal.

Steve Ashton joined us for Episode 9 of The HQ podcast to discuss Employee and Family Assistance Programs. Listen here!


About Tony Bennett

Tony is the Executive Director for HR Analytics & Planning with Alberta Health Services as well as being a CPHR and UVic graduate with a Master’s in Public Administration.

HR Analytics & Planning leads and supports evidence-based people decision-making, planning and action within AHS and its leadership through workforce data management, deeper analytics, workforce planning and organization design.

Tony has worked in HR for over 30 years covering compensation, labour relations, organization design, HRIS, human capital metrics, strategy/policy development and general human resources operations and administration.

He strongly believes Human Resources provides important value added, innovative services to an organization through the development and management of strategy-based services while providing practical value to their clients.


Helpful Links

Steve Ashton | LinkedIn: Click Here

Tony Bennet | LinkedIn: Click Here

IWK Health Centre | Website: Click Here

IWK Health Centre | Twitter: Click Here

Alberta Health Services | Website: Click Here

Alberta Health Services | Twitter: Click Here


Additional Resources:

Snapshot of Canada’s Healthcare Workforce: Benchmarking survey of HealthCareCAN member institutions: Click Here


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