Advisory Councils and Terms of Reference

Advisory Councils and Terms of Reference

The CNA board of directors and staff are supported by:

  • 4 standing committees of the board
  • 2 standing committees of the Canadian Academy of Nursing accountable to the board
  • 6 advisory councils to the board; information about each council appears below

Chair:
Karima Velji

Members:
Adigo Angela Achoba-Omajali
Jacob Ahiaegbe
Añiela dela Cruz
Tee Garnett
Maxwell Hamlyn
Farah Khan
Samantha Louie-Poon
Ovie Onagbeboma
Nadia Prendergast
Bukola Salami
Rani Srivastava
Hrag Yacoubian

Terms of reference:

Purpose of the council

The anti-racism advisory council is one of six councils within the Canadian Nurses Association that will support the board of directors in an advisory capacity with respect to activities and decisions being considered and undertaken by the board.

Responsibilities

The anti-racism advisory council will provide guidance and recommendations to the CNA board of directors from the unique perspective of lived experience as racialized persons.

  • Review and provide guidance to CNA on its organizational priorities and strategies related to enacting anti-racism and anti-discrimination practices and policies, including identifying and dismantling structures that exclude any nurses from full participation within CNA
  • Provide guidance on ways CNA projects and services can be adapted to meet the needs of racialized nurses and patients across Canada
  • Engage nurses and nursing students (undergraduate and graduate) on their experiences as/with racialized nurses and patients
  • Identify issues, opportunities, and barriers related to racialized nurses in Canada and determine organizational direction on the issue. Investigate existing initiatives, internal and external to CNA, and identify gaps
  • Advise the CNA board on ways the organization can communicate and collaborate with federal, provincial, and territorial governments and non-profit and non-government organizations dedicated to issues of racism in nursing and health care
  • Collaborate with external expert organizations related to racialized nurses to formulate guidance for the board of directors
  • Assist the board and other councils as needed in raising awareness of racialized nurses and the issues they face in their own work
  • Consider implications for responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action

Accountability

The council is accountable to and reports to the board of directors.

Composition

The council will be appointed by the board and be composed of the following:

  • One chair with experience leading committees/councils
  • 12 members-at-large to be recommended by the chair in consultation with the CEO and approved by the board of directors
    • Ideally the members include practicing nurses and students from each regulated category
    • Committee membership shall include representations of the communities affected by racism and discrimination
    • All practicing nurses, nursing students and retired nurses must be CNA members
  • CEO, invited CNA staff and CNA board members have the right to attend all council meetings.

To inform dialogue and support strong decision making, to reflect CNA membership and the community CNA members serve, and to identify and question biases, the chair and board will consider the following criteria when selecting members to be part of the council:

  • Representation from the four regulated nursing categories and students in programs leading to careers in the four regulated categories
  • Diverse nursing practice experiences, backgrounds, and specialties
  • Diverse identity representation from a variety of ethnic, language, gender, and cultural backgrounds and perspectives
  • Indigenous voices to ensure that deliberations and decisions are informed by, and include and respect Indigenous perspectives
  • Geographic diversity to reflect the reality that practice environments, access to health care, and the health-care system vary throughout the country’s provinces, territories, and Indigenous communities, and across six time zones

Frequency of meetings

There shall be at minimum four council meetings per year to be scheduled at the beginning of the fiscal year with ad-hoc meetings scheduled as needed. All meetings will be held by electronic means. Technology should be incorporated to enable attendance for members across the country.

Decisions

Decisions shall be made based on consensus, and where a vote is required, motions shall be carried by a simple majority of the members in attendance. All decisions and recommendations are advisory to the board who shall receive all such information as non-binding on the board.

Date of issue: December 22, 2021

Next review date: January 2022

Chair:
Manon Dinel

Members:
Idrissa Beogo
Chantal Cara
Christine-Nadia Compas
Sandro Echaquan
Daniel Gagné
Marie-Andrée Grisbrook
Lise Guerrette Daigle
Axelle Kearnan
Mélanie Lavoie-Tremblay
Josette Roussel
Claire Tellier
Lucie Tremblay
Isabelle Wallace

Terms of reference:

Purpose of the council

The francophone advisory council is one of six councils within the Canadian Nurses Association that will support the board of directors in an advisory capacity with respect to activities and decisions being considered and undertaken by the board.

Responsibilities

The francophone advisory council will provide guidance and recommendations to the CNA board of directors from the unique perspective of francophone nursing.

  • Review and provide guidance to CNA on the organizational priorities and strategies
  • Provide guidance on how CNA projects and services can be adapted to meet the needs of francophone nurses and patients across Canada
  • Engage nurses and nursing students (undergraduate and graduate) on their experiences as/with francophone nurses and patients
  • Identify issues, opportunities and barriers related to francophone nurses in Canada and determine organizational direction on the issue.
  • Investigate existing initiatives, internal and external to CNA, and identify gaps
  • Advise the CNA board on how the organization can communicate and collaborate with federal, provincial, and territorial governments and non-profit and non-government organizations dedicated to francophone issues in nursing and health care
  • Collaborate with external expert organizations related to francophone nurses when formulating guidance for the board of directors
  • Assist the board and other councils as needed in raising awareness of francophone nursing issues in their own work
  • Consider implications for responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action

Accountability

The council is accountable to the board of directors.

Composition

The council will be appointed by the board and be composed of the following:

  • One chair with experience leading committees/councils
  • 12 members-at-large to be recommended by the Chair in consultation with the CEO and approved by the board of directors
    • Ideally the members include practicing nurses and students from each regulated category
    • Members should be representative of francophone communities
    • All practicing nurses, nursing students and retired nurses must be CNA members
  • CEO, invited CNA staff, and CNA board members have the right to attend all council meetings.

To inform dialogue and support strong decision making, to reflect CNA membership and the community CNA members serve, and to identify and question biases, the Chair and board will consider the following criteria when selecting members to be part of the council:

  • Representation from the four regulated nursing categories and students in programs leading to careers in the four regulated categories
  • Diverse nursing practice experiences, backgrounds, and specialties
  • Diverse identity representation from a variety of ethnic, language, gender, and cultural backgrounds and perspectives
  • Indigenous voices to ensure that deliberations and decisions are informed by, and include and respect Indigenous perspectives
  • Geographic diversity to reflect the reality that practice environments, access to health care, and the health-care system vary throughout the country’s provinces, territories, and Indigenous communities, and across six time zones

Frequency of meetings

There shall be at minimum four council meetings per year to be scheduled at the beginning of the fiscal year with ad-hoc meetings scheduled as needed. All meetings will be held online. Technology should be incorporated to enable attendance for members across the country.

Decisions

Decisions shall be made based on consensus, and where a vote is required, motions shall be carried by a simple majority of the members in attendance. All decisions and recommendations are advisory to the board who shall receive all such information as non-binding on the board.

Date of issue: December 22, 2021

Next review date: January 2022

Chair:
Sarah Painter

Members:
Alexandra Amanzai
Dana Brown
Tracey Clancy
Sherri Dyck
Latitia George
Alexandra Harris
Shayna Moore
Jody Nelson
April Pike
Traci Skaalrud
Gillian Strudwick
Angela Wignall
Mary-Agnes Wilson

Terms of reference:

Purpose of the council

The future of nursing advisory council is one of six councils within the Canadian Nurses Association that will support the board of directors in an advisory capacity with respect to activities and decisions being considered and undertaken by the board.

Responsibilities

The future of nursing advisory council will provide guidance and recommendations to the CNA board of directors from the unique perspectives of the four categories of regulated nurses.

  • Work with the CNA board to develop, plan and implement a vision for the future of professional nursing in Canada
  • Provide advice and expertise regarding intra-professional and inter-professional nursing practice
  • Recommend directions for optimization of nursing scope of practice in Canada
  • Review and provide feedback to CNA on organizational priorities and strategies related to professional nursing practice
  • Provide guidance on how CNA projects and services can be adapted to meet the needs of nurses in all regulated categories and the patients they serve across Canada
  • Engage nursing students (undergraduate and graduate) and nurses in practice to identify their experiences in education and professional practice across the regulated categories
  • Identify issues, opportunities, and barriers related to nurses in all regulated practice areas in Canada and determine strategies to support excellent and optimized practice
  • Investigate existing professional nursing initiatives, internal and external to CNA, and identify gaps that could be narrowed under the influence of CNA
  • Advise the CNA board on opportunities to communicate and collaborate with federal, provincial, and territorial governments and non-profit and non-government organizations dedicated to regulated practice in nursing and the health-care system
  • Collaborate with external expert organizations related to regulated nursing practice to formulate guidance for the board of directors
  • Assist the board and other councils as needed in raising awareness of regulated nursing practice issues in their own work
  • Consider implications for responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action

Accountability

The council is accountable to the board of directors.

Composition

The council will be appointed by the board and be composed of the following:

  • One chair with experience leading committees/councils
  • 12 members-at-large to be recommended by the Chair in consultation with the CEO and approved by the board of directors
    • Ideally the members include practicing nurses and students from each regulated category
    • All practicing nurses, nursing students and retired nurses must be CNA members
  • CEO, invited CNA staff, and CNA board members have the right to attend all council meetings.

To inform dialogue and support strong decision making, to reflect CNA membership and the community CNA members serve, and to identify and question biases, the Chair and board will consider the following criteria when selecting members to be part of the council:

  • Representation from the four regulated nursing categories and students in programs leading to careers in the four regulated categories
  • Diverse nursing practice experiences, backgrounds, and specialties
  • Diverse identity representation from a variety of ethnic, language, gender, and cultural backgrounds and perspectives
  • Indigenous voices to ensure that deliberations and decisions are informed by, and include and respect Indigenous perspectives
  • Geographic diversity to reflect the reality that practice environments, access to health care, and the health-care system vary throughout the country’s provinces, territories, and Indigenous communities, and across six time zones

Frequency of meetings

There shall be at minimum four council meetings per year to be scheduled at the beginning of the fiscal year with ad-hoc meetings scheduled as needed. All meetings will be held online. Technology should be incorporated to enable attendance for members across the country.

Decisions

Decisions shall be made based on consensus, and where a vote is required, motions shall be carried by a simple majority of the members in attendance. All decisions and recommendations are advisory to the board who shall receive all such information as non-binding on the board.

Date of issue: December 22, 2021

Next review date: January 2022

Chair:
Tanas Sylliboy

Members:
Evan Accettola
Courtney Blake
Lisa (Mona) Bourque-Bearskin
Christina Chakanyuka
Sherri Di Lallo
Stephanie Gilbert
Carla Ginn
Margot Latimer
Maria Nelson
De-Ann Sheppard
Elder TBD

Terms of reference:

Purpose of the council

The Indigenous relations circle is one of six councils within the Canadian Nurses Association that will support the board of directors in an advisory capacity with respect to activities and decisions being considered and undertaken by the board.

Responsibilities

The Indigenous relations circle will provide guidance, wisdom, and recommendations to the CNA board of directors from the unique perspective of Indigenous persons.

  • Review and provide guidance to CNA on its organizational priorities and strategies from the lens of Indigenous Peoples
  • Provide guidance on ways CNA projects and services can be adapted to be inclusive and to meet the needs of Indigenous nurses and patients across Canada
  • Engage nursing students (undergraduate and graduate) and nurses in practice on their experiences as and with Indigenous nurses and patients
  • Identify issues, opportunities, and barriers related to Indigenous nurses in Canada and determine organizational directions in response
  • Investigate relevant existing initiatives, internal and external to CNA, and identify gaps
  • Advise the CNA board on ways the organization can communicate and collaborate with federal, provincial, and territorial governments and non-profit and non-government organizations dedicated to Indigenous issues in nursing and health care
  • Collaborate with external expert organizations related to Indigenous nurses when formulating guidance for the board of directors
  • Assist the board and other councils as needed in raising awareness of Indigenous nursing issues in their own work
  • Consider implications for responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action

Accountability

The council is accountable to the board of directors.

Composition

The council will be appointed by the board and be composed of the following:

  • One chair with experience leading committees/councils
  • 12 members-at-large to be recommended by the chair in consultation with the CEO and approved by the board of directors
    • Ideally the members include practicing nurses and students from each regulated category
    • Members should be representative of Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities
    • All practicing nurses, nursing students and retired nurses must be CNA members
  • CEO, invited CNA staff, and CNA board members have the right to attend all circle meetings.

To inform dialogue and support strong decision making, to reflect CNA membership and the community CNA members serve, and to identify and question biases, the chair and board will consider the following criteria when selecting members to be part of the circle:

  • Representation from the four regulated nursing categories and students in programs leading to careers in the four regulated categories
  • Diverse nursing practice experiences, backgrounds, and specialties
  • Diverse identity representation from a variety of ethnic, language, gender, cultural and historical backgrounds and perspectives
  • Indigenous voices to ensure that deliberations and decisions are informed by, and include and respect Indigenous perspectives
  • Geographic diversity to reflect the reality that practice environments, access to health care, and the health-care system vary throughout the country’s provinces, territories, and Indigenous communities, and across six time zones

Frequency of meetings

There shall be at minimum four council meetings per year to be scheduled at the beginning of the fiscal year with ad-hoc meetings scheduled as needed. All meetings will be held online. Technology should be incorporated to enable attendance for members across the country.

Decisions

Decisions shall be made based on consensus, and where a vote is required, motions shall be carried by a simple majority of the members in attendance. All decisions and recommendations are advisory to the board who shall receive all such information as non-binding on the board.

Date of issue: December 22, 2021

Next review date: January 2022

Chair:
Tim Guest

Members:
Denise Bowen
Patrick Chiu
Cheryl Cusack
Lynne Eikel
Damilola Iduye
Joan Kingston
Barb Mildon
Shannon Parker
Dawn Tisdale

Terms of reference:

Purpose of the council

To help CNA in its transition to a new membership model, the professional nursing and membership council will support the board of directors with respect to activities and decisions being considered and undertaken by the board related to membership and relationships with other professional nursing associations.

Responsibilities

The professional nursing and membership council will provide guidance and recommendations to the CNA board of directors.

  • Relationships with provincial/territorial and other professional nursing associations
  • Impacts of provincial/territorial and other professional nursing associations on CNA and its membership
  • Identifying tools and resources CNA may deploy to support the provincial/ territorial groups in their start-up and ongoing operations, and vice versa
  • Strategies to formalize communication and collaboration among CNA and emerging/existing professional nursing associations
  • Identify strategies to deliver and sustain a strong and cohesive professional voice for nursing across the country
  • Consider implications for responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action

Accountability

The council is accountable to the board of directors.

Composition

The council will be appointed by the board and be composed of the following:

  • CNA president shall serve as the chair
  • Up to 10 members-at-large to be determined by the chair in consultation with the board of directors and the approval of the CEO
    • Ideally the members include a mix of practicing nurses, nursing students and retired nurses from each regulated category and representing different areas of nursing practice
    • Members ideally have experience with and a strong interest in professional nursing association structures and membership
    • All practicing nurses, nursing students and retired nurses must be CNA members
  • CEO, invited CNA staff, and CNA board members have the right to attend all council meetings.

To inform dialogue and support strong decision making, to reflect CNA membership and the community CNA members serve, and to identify and question biases, the chair and board will consider the following criteria when selecting members to be part of the council:

  • Representation from the four regulated nursing categories and students in programs leading to careers in the four regulated categories
  • Diverse nursing practice experiences, backgrounds, and specialties
  • Diverse identity representation from a variety of ethnic, language, gender, cultural and historical backgrounds and perspectives
  • Indigenous voices to ensure that deliberations and decisions are informed by, and include and respect Indigenous perspectives
  • Geographic diversity to reflect the reality that practice environments, access to health care, and the health-care system vary throughout the country’s provinces, territories, and Indigenous communities, and across six time zones

Frequency of meetings

Bi-monthly meetings will be scheduled at the beginning of the fiscal year with ad-hoc meetings scheduled as needed. All meetings will be held online. Technology should be incorporated to enable attendance for members across the country.

Decisions

Decisions shall be made based on consensus, and where a vote is required, motions shall be carried by a simple majority of the members in attendance. All decisions and recommendations are advisory to the board who shall receive all such information as non-binding on the board.

Date of issue: December 22, 2021

Next review date: January 2022

Chair:
Treena Klassen

Members:
Catherine Arnott
Marjorie Belzile
Dana Brown
Darlene Daly
Mélanie Gauthier
Catherine Harley
Bonnie Lantz
Ashton MacDonald
Mary-Lou Martin
Jocelyn Uygen Ocsena
Monica Parry

Terms of reference:

Purpose of the council

The specialty nursing practice advisory council is one of six councils within the Canadian Nurses Association that will support the board of directors in an advisory capacity with respect to activities and decisions being considered and undertaken by the board.

Responsibilities

The specialty nursing practice advisory council will provide guidance and recommendations to the CNA board of directors from the unique perspective of specialty practice nursing.

  • Review and provide guidance to CNA on its organizational priorities and strategies related to specialty nursing practice
  • Provide guidance on how CNA projects and services can be adapted to meet the needs of speciality practice nurses and the patients they serve across Canada
  • Engage nursing students (undergraduate and graduate) and nurses in speciality practice on their experiences as and with nurses and patients
  • Identify issues, opportunities, and barriers related to speciality practice nurses in Canada and determine organizational direction on the issue.
  • Investigate existing initiatives, internal and external to CNA, and identify gaps
  • Advise the CNA board on ways the organization can communicate and collaborate with federal, provincial, and territorial governments and non-profit and non-government organizations dedicated to specialty practice issues in nursing and health care
  • Collaborate with external expert organizations related to speciality practice nurses when formulating guidance for the board of directors
  • Assist the board and other councils as needed in raising awareness of specialty practice nursing issues in their own work
  • Consider implications for responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action

Accountability

The council is accountable to the board of directors.

Composition

The council will be appointed by the board and be composed of the following:

  • One chair with experience leading committees/councils
  • 12 members-at-large to be recommended by the chair in consultation with the CEO and approved by the board of directors
    • Ideally the members include practicing nurses and students from each regulated category
    • Members should be representative of a broad range of areas of nursing specialty practice
    • All practicing nurses, nursing students and retired nurses must be CNA members
  • CEO, invited CNA staff, and CNA board members have the right to attend all council meetings.

To inform dialogue and support strong decision making, to reflect CNA membership and the community CNA members serve, and to identify and question biases, the chair and board will consider the following criteria when selecting members to be part of the council:

  • Representation from the four regulated nursing categories and students in programs leading to careers in the four regulated categories
  • Diverse nursing practice experiences, backgrounds, and specialties
  • Diverse identity representation from a variety of ethnic, language, gender, cultural and historical backgrounds and perspectives
  • Indigenous voices to ensure that deliberations and decisions are informed by, and include and respect Indigenous perspectives
  • Geographic diversity to reflect the reality that practice environments, access to health care, and the health-care system vary throughout the country’s provinces, territories, and Indigenous communities, and across six time zones

Frequency of meetings

There shall be at minimum four council meetings per year to be scheduled at the beginning of the fiscal year with ad-hoc meetings scheduled as needed. All meetings will be held online. Technology should be incorporated to enable attendance for members across the country.

Decisions

Decisions shall be made based on consensus, and where a vote is required, motions shall be carried by a simple majority of the members in attendance. All decisions and recommendations are advisory to the board who shall receive all such information as non-binding on the board.

Date of issue: December 22, 2021

Next review date: January 2022