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Nursing Leaders Coachs Corners

Sharpen your leadership skills. Sign up for a face-to-face meeting during the convention with one of Canada’s top nursing leaders. One 15-minute session could change your career!

Get to know the coaches, then let us know which one you’d like to meet by contacting Diane Fowles at dfowles@cna-aiic.ca.

Sessions will take place during lunch breaks as follows:

  1. Tuesday, June 21 – 12:45-13:00 and 13:00-13:15


  1. Wednesday, June 22 – 12:45-13:00

Note: You’ll still have enough time to eat!


Barbara Mildon, PhD, RN, CHE, CCHN(C)
Barb is currently the chief nursing executive and vice-president at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario. A registered nurse for over three decades, she has extensive experience in nursing clinical practice, regulation, research and administration. Barb has a strong record of contributions to provincial and national nursing associations and is a past president of the Canadian Nurses Association. She champions nursing practice excellence and a cohesive, engaged nursing workforce and is a proponent of optimizing health and creating an effective, accessible health-care system. Barb enjoys coaching on the topics of career planning and nursing leadership.

Darlene Schindel, RN, BScN, MHS, CPC
Darlene Schindel is the nurses’ nurse. Dedicated to bringing transformational leadership coaching and mentoring to the health-care profession, she is passionate about inspiring nurses to use their voice, and she supports them on this journey.
Darlene is an RN with a health studies master’s degree who focuses on leadership. She is also a certified professional coach and holds a certificate in deep coaching. In 2013 she received the Alberta Medical Association Medal of Honour for her contribution to the province’s health-care system.

After spending her extensive nursing career caring for others, from the beside in an acute care Neurosurgery ICU to management, health-care redesign and health promotion and prevention, her focus is now on those that run the system: nurses.

As a transformational leadership coach, mentor and teacher, Darlene is focused on supporting nurses in their personal development, self-care and providing the badly needed support that’s missing in the system.

Julia Ann Scott, RN, BA, MBA, is a registered nurse with an MBA degree. She has many years of experience in health-care leadership as well as consulting in a variety of sectors and organizations across Canada. Most recently she has held senior leadership positions within acute care, including vice-president and chief nursing executive at several community hospitals. She is currently a consultant with the Canadian Nurses Association and a facilitator at the Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders Institute, a Canadian leadership program that brings together health-care leaders from all disciplines across the country for a concentrated study of leadership principles, models, skills and tools. She enjoys coaching individuals in the area of leadership, change management and career planning.

Judith Shamian, RN, PhD, LLD (h.c.), D.Sc. (h.c.), FAAN, is president of the International Council of Nurses for the term 2013-2017.

Judith Shamian is the former president and CEO of the Victorian Order of Nurses and past president of the Canadian Nurses Association. She is also a professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg faculty of nursing at the University of Toronto, a co-investigator with the Nursing Health Services Research Unit at McMaster University and was the executive director of the federal government’s Office of Nursing Policy for five years. In addition to her extensive international work, she was vice-president of nursing at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto for 10 years and has held various academic positions since 1989.

Judith has published and spoken extensively, both nationally and internationally, on a wide range of topics. Government departments and agencies and academic bodies, including the World Health Organization, often call on her to speak and consult on many issues surrounding nursing, health human resources, leadership and health-care policy.

Barbara Shellian, RN, BN, MN (CNA President-Elect)
I am very grateful to be a registered nurse in Canada. My career has been a journey characterized by everyday memorable moments in direct care, education, administration as well as involvement in professional associations at the provincial, national and international levels. The essence of nursing for me is the opportunity to make a difference and to contribute to the health of individuals, families and communities in a variety of settings and situations in the context of caring.

I am passionate about the role CNA plays at the national and international levels in supporting safe, competent and ethical nursing care. I believe that CNA is a relevant force for nursing, uniting nurses to act in the public interest.

I have always been optimistic about the future of nursing because of the people in the profession. The goal of nursing will not change — to assist people, families and communities to achieve optimal health, wellness and independence. Our foundation is clear and compelling. The realization of the preferred future for nursing, health-care reform and sustainability of the health-care system is central to the work of CNA. I am prepared to contribute on behalf of Canadian nurses to achieve that future.

Linda Silas, RN, BScN (CFNU President)
Making a difference for nurses in their working lives is what drives Linda Silas, president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) since 2003. As president to the CFNU's nearly 200,000 members, Linda is the foremost advocate on behalf of nurses in Canada. Linda brings years of experience as a nurse leader, public speaker and negotiator at local, provincial and national levels to the CFNU presidency.

Under her leadership, CFNU seeks to improve nurses’ workplaces and working conditions and to defend and extend Canada's publicly administered and delivered health-care system. She promotes greater understanding and action on the social determinants of health, both nationally and internationally.

Linda believes health care, like education and decent work, is a human right. She works diligently to embody the CFNU motto: “Where knowledge meets know-how.” She enjoys coaching individuals on matters related to leadership and evidence-based research.

Beverley Simpson, RN, BScN, M.Sc., CMC, is a nurse and an organizational consultant specializing in people, teams and systems development. She has broad experience in staff, management, education and project leadership roles in a wide array of health-care environments, and has developed in-depth expertise in advancing professional practice, creating successful change initiatives, building strong, motivated teams and executing innovative solutions. She has worked with dozens of health-care agencies seeking responses to complex practice and organizational challenges and has developed a wide-ranging network of collegial relationships that sustain her practice and her learning. More detailed information is available at BeverleySimpson.com.

Judith Skelton-Green, RN, MScN, PhD, has many years of experience in VP positions in medium-to-large community hospitals. She has been consulting for nearly 20 years — largely in the areas of leadership development, organizational effectiveness and organizational change — to a broad variety of direct care providers, governments, professional and Aboriginal organizations, in both national and international settings. Judith enjoys coaching individuals on matters related to leadership, change, values and culture, healthy workplaces, relationship-building, policy development, and consulting as a career choice.

Anne Sutherland Boal, RN, BA, MHSA, (CNA Chief Executive Officer), is a health-care professional with 40 years’ experience in progressively senior roles, working in three Canadian provinces and in China. She has held a number of positions in academic health-care settings including staff nurse, patient care coordinator, director of nursing, vice-president of nursing and programs and chief operating officer. Anne first joined CNA in 2010 as chief operating officer and moved into the CEO role in December 2013.
Throughout her career, Anne has been successful in carrying out innovative programs and effecting change. At the B.C. health ministry, where she was chief nurse executive and an assistant deputy minister, Anne oversaw the implementation of the nurse practitioner role and the use of the baccalaureate degree as the entry-to-practice requirement for nurses. As chief operating officer at Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver Acute, Anne led the establishment of a collaborative practice model that more fully uses the skills and abilities of RNs, LPNs and care aides.

Karima Velji, RN, PhD, CHE, (CNA President), is a health-care executive with progressive leadership experience spanning the full continuum of care. Her expertise encompasses the development and implementation of innovative models of care, interprofessional practice, and quality and safety systems that foster patient-centered outcomes.

She is the vice-president of patient care and quality at St. Joseph’s Health Care in London, Ontario. Most recently, Karima was the chief operating officer and chief nursing executive at Baycrest, a global leader in innovations on aging and brain health, and was vice-president of patient care and chief nursing executive at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, now a program in the University Health Network.

Karima is a sought-after consultant for system-level projects. She has led the development of patient experience projects for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Local Health Integration Networks in Ontario. She has also led external reviews of several organizations including the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Bruyère Continuing Care and Schlegel Villages.

Michael J. Villeneuve, RN, BScN, M.Sc.
With more than 35 years’ experience in health care, Mike has held a variety of roles in nursing clinical practice, education, research, administration and policy. He is the program lead for the Master of Nursing in Health Systems Leadership and Administration program at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg faculty of nursing at the University of Toronto and a lecturer in public policy, leadership and administration. He also operates a busy health policy consulting firm. Before joining the university, Mike served as executive lead for the Canadian Nurses Association’s National Expert Commission. Since 2000, he has led and participated in national and international health system and nursing initiatives in his roles as scholar in residence at CNA, a visiting consultant with the OECD in Paris and senior policy consultant in Canada’s federal Office of Nursing Policy. Mike publishes and speaks widely, and he enjoys talking with nurses about leadership, administration, public policy and consulting.