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CNA welcomes Sylvain Brousseau as its 52nd president

April 1, 2022   — Elected by members to serve as president-elect in June 2018, Sylvain Brousseau was installed today as the 52nd president of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA). Brousseau is only the second francophone nurse leader from Quebec to be elected CNA president after Alice Girard, 1958-1960. He will hold the role until June 2024.

“The board, staff and members of CNA are pleased to send a warm welcome to Sylvain today as he takes on the challenge of leading our national professional nursing association,” said Tim Guest, past president and the new chief executive officer of CNA. “The timing of Sylvain’s presidency is particularly opportune as CNA will co-host the International Council of Nurses (ICN) congress in Montreal in July 2023, and it is an important signal of CNA’s intent to engage with nurses in Quebec and francophone nurses across Canada.”

Brousseau began his career as a beneficiary attendant for seven years before becoming a nurse in 1993. He has worked in acute care, community health, nursing management, and in infection prevention control. He holds a PhD in nursing science focused on administration from the Université de Montréal and is currently an associate professor in nursing sciences at the Université du Québec en Outaouais, Saint-Jérôme campus.

“It is a great honour and a privilege to begin my term as president of CNA,” said Brousseau. “I look forward to discussing the many important issues affecting our profession. I also look forward to meeting nurses at various events across the country and, in particular, at the ICN congress in Montreal in 2023. I would like to warmly congratulate Tim Guest for having, among other things, transformed the organization and its governance in a remarkable way during his mandate. In the spirit of continuity, I will be happy to work with him as CNA CEO.”

During a time of many changes for CNA, including a new strategic plan, an overhaul of its governance and membership, as well as new branding, the board is confident in Brousseau’s and Guest’s leadership to help guide CNA into the future.


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