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About the Commission


Members of the National Expert Commission at CNA House for the inaugural meeting on June 27-28, 2011. Not pictured are Francine Girard and Dr. Charmaine Roye.

Members of the National Expert Commission at CNA House for the inaugural meeting on June 27-28, 2011. Not pictured are Francine Girard and Dr. Charmaine Roye.

The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) created a National Expert Commission (NEC) in the spring of 2011 so it could draw on both external and internal expertise, gather evidence and participate effectively in the dialogue associated with the anticipated renewal of a national Health Accord for Canada in 2014. Even though federal/provincial/territorial discussions about health care policy, standards and delivery are evolving dramatically in 2012, the CNA will still rely on the Commission to offer a roadmap for the future. Commission recommendations will guide the profession’s future engagement with governments and other health care organizations, and reflect the CNA’s determination that nurses, and the nursing profession, will be active participants in the transformation of Canada’s health care system.

The Commission is co-chaired by two exceptionally capable and respected Canadians: Marlene Smadu and Maureen A. McTeer. A diverse roster of Canadians with complementary backgrounds, experience and expertise round out the Commission.

The Commission will table its final report with recommendations in the context of the Canadian Nurses Association Annual Meeting and Biennial Convention in Vancouver in June 2012.


Commission Co-Chair, Marlene Smadu, argues for nursing involvement in health care reforms.