CNA News Room

CNA announces retirement of Michael Villeneuve, CEO

December 7, 2021

Dear colleagues,

After a career in health care that began as an orderly at Ottawa’s Montfort Hospital in 1978, Michael Villeneuve has announced his intention to retire as CEO of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) as of March 31, 2022.

Under Mike’s leadership, CNA has implemented many historical changes. These include our new membership model, a new governance model, new by-laws, the new Canadian Academy of Nursing, and the launching of our Fellowship and Accreditation programs. CNA’s advocacy and media efforts have increased noticeably and helped position nurses’ voices to be heard in an impactful way as we saw with medical assistance in dying, long-term care, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and most recently the unfolding health human resources crisis. Mike’s insights and personal values have led the beginning of much needed work against systemic racism in our health systems and action to advance our truth and reconciliation work.

With all these changes led by Mike, CNA now has a new brand, positioning the organization as a strong, member-driven organization that is answering the call of nurses. CNA is on a solid foundation to move into the future, serving nurses, our profession, and the public.

On behalf of the CNA board of directors and staff, we extend our deepest gratitude to Mike for his tremendous contributions to CNA and the nursing profession at large. The list of accomplishments achieved since he assumed the role in June 2017 reflect his outstanding hard work, dedication, and passion for nursing and for CNA. We look forward to continuing to work with Mike while ensuring a smooth transition to the next CEO. Details about the succession plan will follow in the new year. I know you will all join me in wishing Mike well as he steps into the next phase of his life!

Tim Guest, M.B.A., B.Sc.N., RN