Several times each semester, President Lahey brings a King’s alum to have lunch in the lodge with current students. Together, they enjoy a delicious meal and casual conversation. This time, King’s alum Dr. Owen Averill, BA(Hons)’04, joins the table.

Dr. Owen Averill, BA(Hons)’04 is a rural family physician currently practicing medicine in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia at the Westside Collaborative Health Centre and the Aberdeen Regional Hospital.

He graduated from King’s College with a Bachelor of Arts combined honours degree in Contemporary Studies and Economics and was valedictorian for the class of 2004.

He subsequently attended the University of Ottawa School of Medicine for both his medical degree and family medicine specialty residency training.

For the next 10 years, he then practiced broad spectrum family medicine based out of Whitehorse, Yukon. This included having his own clinic-based family practice, working as an emergency department physician, providing inpatient care, and having regular clinics at a remote nursing station.

During his time in the Yukon, he was heavily involved in physician leadership with roles in the Yukon Medical Association, the Yukon Hospital Corporation and Choosing Wisely Canada. He was the physician advisor for the Incident Command System that managed the Yukon hospitals’ response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Owen relocated to Pictou County in 2022 and is enjoying the challenge of providing care for an underserved region. His professional interests include broad spectrum cradle-to-grave primary care, health equity, health resource stewardship, and medical education. He holds faculty positions at both Dalhousie University and the University of Calgary Schools of Medicine.

His interests outside of work include reading literature, playing and coaching ice hockey, listening to and playing rock music, cycling, and camping/canoeing. He lives in Pictou County with his wife and three children.

To reserve your spot at the table with Owen on February 28, please email Alumni Relations Manager Kimberly Gosse at with your dietary restrictions. The first 10 students to register will be able to attend.