George McLellan was born and educated in Sydney, Nova Scotia and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration degree and is a member of the Certified Management Accountants Society.
He began his career in Nova Scotia with the provincial government. He later joined the Royal Bank and served in senior management positions in Canada and the U.S. In order to remain in Nova Scotia, he joined the Municipality of the County of Halifax shortly before amalgamation, ultimately leading to his position as Chief Administrative Officer with the Halifax Regional Municipality. In 2005, he became President and CEO of EMC Inc., a Medavie Blue Cross subsidiary providing ambulance services throughout Nova Scotia.
Responding to the growth of the business into other markets, Mr. McLellan established the Medavie EMS Group of Companies. MEMS grew to operate provincial ambulance services in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, as well as regional services in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. In 2012 the company expanded into Massachusetts. In addition, Medavie EMS became involved in other innovative aspects of clinical training through its subsidiary, Medavie HealthEd and its communications and dispatch operation, Medacom Atlantic.
After retiring from Medavie EMS in March of 2014, Mr. McLellan continued to work as a consultant in both the private and public sector.
In July of 2014, as part of its transition to a consolidated health care system, the Nova Scotia government dissolved nine volunteer boards and appointed Mr. McLellan as the administrator to oversee the nine district health authorities. Premier Stephen MacNeil then appointed Mr. McLellan Deputy Minister of Finance in February of 2015 to help the Province reach a balanced budget. Achieving that objective in the spring of 2016, Mr. McLellan retired to Baddeck.
Mr. McLellan has been active in fund raising efforts over the years, including the United Way, the initial Capital Campaign for the QEII Hospital, and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. He was a past Chair of the Halifax VON, former Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors of Dalhousie University, a member of the Board of Governors of Saint Mary’s University, and the Greater Halifax Partnership. He most recently served on the national boards of Accreditation Canada and the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement.