About the President

About the President

Dr. Colin Audain, of Halifax, was installed as Doctors Nova Scotia’s President in June 2023.

Dr. Colin Audain

During his term, Dr. Colin Audain hopes to see family medicine stabilized in Nova Scotia. Although it’s not the only problem in health care, he sees it as the most pressing issue in the province.

He believes there are opportunities to work with health-system partners to improve health care in Nova Scotia – opportunities that have not existed for quite some time.

Throughout his career, Dr. Audain has sought opportunities to contribute meaningfully to the health-care system. His interests align with the association’s mission and vision.


Those who know him attest to his welcoming demeanour, thoughtfulness, excellent communication and organizational skills, and his many leadership qualifications, developed through education and experience. As a member of the Promoting Leadership in Health for African Nova Scotians advisory committee and the Black Physicians of Nova Scotia Society, Dr. Audain is acutely aware of the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion.  

Dr. Audain received his medical training in Halifax at Dalhousie Medical School (1998–2002). He completed his specialty training at Memorial University of Newfoundland (2002–07).

Since 2007, Dr. Audain has been a staff anesthesiologist at the Victoria General and the Halifax Infirmary. In recent years, he has also worked occasionally at Dartmouth General Hospital, due to ongoing redevelopment of the QEII Health Sciences Centre.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Audain is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University, teaching medical students, residents and other learners.

His wife, Dr. Lori McDonald, is a radiologist specializing in breast imaging. They have two daughters, Grace and Charlotte.

In his free time, Dr. Audain enjoys travelling, plus playing, watching and coaching sporting events.

In assuming the presidency of DNS, Dr. Audain is following in his father, Dr. Vincent Audain’s, footsteps. The elder Dr. Audain, an ophthalmologist, was President in 1988–89.