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.
- Marlene Smadu, RN, EdD, Co-chair
- Maureen A. McTeer, BA, MA, LLB, LLM, LLD Honoris Causa, Co-chair
- The Honourable Sharon Carstairs, PC, BA, MAT, LLD (hons)
- Thomas d’Aquino, BA, JD, LLD, LLM
- Robert G. Evans, OC, PhD
- Robert Fraser, MN, RN
- Francine Girard, RN, PhD
- Vickie Kaminski, RN, BScN, MBA
- Julie Lys, RN, NP, MN
- Sioban Nelson, RN, PhD, FCAHS
- Charmaine Roye, BSc, MDCM, FRCSC
- Heather Smith, RN
- Rachel Bard, RN, MAEd (ex officio)
- Judith Shamian, RN, PhD, LLD (hon), DSci (hon), FAAN (ex officio)
- Michael Villeneuve, RN, MSc (ex officio, non-voting, and Executive Lead)
- The secretariat
Biographies of Commissioners
Marlene Smadu, RN, EdD, Co-chair
Marlene Smadu is a Canadian and international nurse leader and champion of health, nursing and education. Currently she serves as associate dean, Southern Saskatchewan Campus and International Student Affairs, for the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan.
Smadu holds a diploma in nursing from the Regina Grey Nuns School of Nursing, a baccalaureate in nursing from the University of Saskatchewan, a master’s in education from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish and a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale.
After serving as president of the Canadian Nurses Association (2006-2008) during the organization’s centennial year, Smadu was elected as one of three vice-presidents for the International Council of Nurses at its 2009 quadrennial meeting in Durban, South Africa, for the term 2009-2013.
Before joining the University of Saskatchewan, she served as the principal nursing advisor (2000-2002) and assistant deputy minister of health (1998-2000) for the government of Saskatchewan and was an education consultant and then the executive director of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (1994-1998). Her nursing career has included practice in Papua New Guinea and Qatar and in a variety of clinical areas, education, administration, research and policy.
Smadu is chair of the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council, a member of the board of the Canadian Institute for Health Information and a member of the core team and co-chair of the Working Group for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health’s initiative on primary health care redesign. In addition she serves as facilitator for the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses – Government of Saskatchewan Partnership Table, which addresses nursing retention and recruitment.
Smadu’s research program includes health human resource planning and development, aboriginal health, the development of quality workplaces, quality improvement, health policy, knowledge transfer and leadership.
Smadu is passionate about redesigning health-care systems to be driven by patients and families and about working with the public to ensure that the entire continuum of health care, from illness and disease prevention and health promotion through to curative, rehabilitative, supportive and palliative care, is appropriate and available.
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Maureen A. McTeer, BA, MA, LLB, LLM, LLD HONORIS CAUSA, Co-chair
Maureen McTeer is a respected Canadian lawyer, author and a leading health advocate and symbol of gender equality in Canada. She holds a BA and LLB from the University of Ottawa, a master’s in health law from Dalhousie University in Halifax and a master’s in biotechnological law and ethics from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, as well as three honorary doctorates. McTeer has had a long career in advocacy in women’s health, including maternal and reproductive health, and in the broader areas of social justice, promoting democracy, and medical ethics. She served as the first chair of the board of the Canadian Bar Association’s Eastern and Central European Legal Programs and as a member of the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies. McTeer is an adjunct professor of health and medical law in the Faculty of Common Law at the University of Ottawa and was most recently a distinguished scholar at the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C.
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The Honourable Sharon Carstairs, PC, BA, MAT, LLD (hons)
The Honourable Sharon Carstairs, PC, has been a tireless champion for hospice palliative care in Canada since 1994, as a senator and as a federal cabinet minister. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Carstairs attended Dalhousie University, where she obtained a bachelor of arts degree in political science and history. She went on to achieve a master of arts degree in the teaching of history at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1963. She has taught in Massachusetts, Alberta and Manitoba in public, private and Catholic school systems.
In 1984, she moved to public life and became leader of the Liberal party of Manitoba. She was elected to the legislative assembly in Manitoba in 1986. In 1988, she led the Liberal party in Manitoba to a monumental election gain and became the first woman to lead the official opposition in a Canadian legislative assembly. She remained a provincial member of the legislative assembly until her appointment to the Senate in 1994. From 1997 to 1999 Carstairs served as the first woman to be deputy leader of the government in the Senate. She served as a federal cabinet minister from 2001 to 2003 and as leader of the government in the Senate and minister with special responsibility for palliative care.
Carstairs has also been an advocate for women and children and a defender of human rights. She has served as a founder and president of the PrairieactionFoundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of family violence and violence against women. She is the former chair of the human rights committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
Carstairs has served as a member and as chair of various Senate committees, including two committees that examined the issues of hospice palliative care, and she served as chair of the special Senate committee on aging.
She has released two special reports on palliative in Canada, one in 2005 and the most recent one in June 2010 on the state of palliative care in Canada, titled Raising the Bar.
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Thomas d’Aquino, BA, JD, LLD, LLM
Thomas d’Aquino is an entrepreneur, lawyer, corporate director, author and educator. He is chairman of Thomas d’Aquino Capital and he is chairman and chief executive of Intercounsel Ltd., a private company that provides advice to chief executives and entrepreneurs in Canada and internationally on business strategy and public policy. D’Aquino serves on the Board of Directors of Manulife Financial Corporation, CGI Group Inc., and Coril Holdings Ltd. and is Chairman of the National Gallery of Canada Foundation.
He is associated with two of Canada’s leading academic institutions: as distinguished visiting professor, global business and public policy strategies, at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and as honorary professor at The University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business. Earlier in his career, he served as special assistant to the prime minister of Canada and as adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottawa, lecturing on the law of international trade and global business transactions.
From 1981 to 2009, d’Aquino was Chief Executive and President of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), an organization composed of the chief executives of 150 of the country’s leading enterprises and pre-eminent entrepreneurs. D’Aquino assumed leadership of the Council in its formative stages. Upon his retirement from the CCCE as of December 31, 2009, member companies accounted for $850 billion in annual revenues and $4.5 trillion in assets. With a combined Canadian stock market value of $675 billion, the companies are responsible for the majority of Canada’s private sector exports, investment and training. In recognition of his exemplary leadership, he was named by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives Board of Directors, a Distinguished Life Time Member.
D’Aquino has played an influential role in shaping the direction of fiscal, taxation, trade, energy, environmental, competitiveness and corporate governance policies in Canada. In the international arena, he has been a leading thinker and activist on a wide range of North American and global issues embracing international finance, competitiveness, trade, energy, the environment and global security. One of the private sector architects of the Canada-United States free trade initiative and of the North American Free Trade Agreement, he currently is helping to spearhead private sector initiatives aimed at defining a new era in Canada-United States relations and is active in negotiations aimed at deepening Canadian relations with China, India, Japan, Australia and the European Union. His work includes G20 related issues.
A native of Nelson, British Columbia, d’Aquino was educated at the universities of British Columbia, Queen’s and London (University College and the London School of Economics). He holds BA, JD (LLB) and LLM degrees and an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Queen’s University and from Wilfrid Laurier University.
D’Aquino has been referred to as Canada’s most influential policy strategist and the country’s leading global business ambassador. He is the author of numerous publications, including the influential book Northern Edge: How Canadians Can Triumph in the Global Economy. He is a regular commentator on radio and television, and a frequent speaker on platforms in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. D’Aquino has addressed audiences in forty countries and in over one hundred cities worldwide.
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Robert G. Evans, OC, PhD
A founding member of the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Evans is a lifelong leader in academia and an internationally esteemed health economist. His groundbreaking comparative studies of health-care systems and funding strategies have shaped policy in Canada and provided insight to governments and health agencies worldwide. A decorated academic, Evans is the recipient of Canada’s highest honour for lifetime achievement, as an officer of the Order of Canada. He also served as a member of the British Columbia Royal Commission on Health Care and Costs in 1990 and of the National Forum on Health, chaired by the prime minister of Canada, from 1994 to 1997.
His canonical works, Strained Mercy: The Economics of Canadian Health Care and Why Are Some People Healthy and Others Not? The Determinants of Health of Populations, are considered classics in the field.
In addition to serving as an officer of the Order of Canada, he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an institute fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, where he was director of the population health program from 1987 to 1997. He is also an honorary life member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and of the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance in the United States. In 2001, he became the first Canadian (and the second non-American) to win the Baxter International Foundation Prize for Health Services Research.
As a University Killam Professor at the University of British Columbia, Evans is a prolific author and an active professor, researcher and consultant with the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research and the department of economics. Evans received his undergraduate degree in political economy from the University of Toronto and a PhD in economics from Harvard University.
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Robert Fraser, MN, RN
Robert Fraser is a nurse who is passionate about how technology can change the way we share information. He is an active and engaged individual, both at home and abroad. Locally, he has volunteered in a number of places, from soup kitchens to health-care advisory boards. Regionally, he has advised the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario on digital strategy. Nationally, he has been involved in student groups and worked with nursing-advocacy groups. Internationally, he has worked on community-development projects in Trinidad and Tobago, Germany and India.
Fraser’s creativity and interest in technology became an important part of his nursing career when he was an undergraduate. In 2008, he launched Nursing Ideas (http://nursingideas.ca), an online nursing repository to connect nurses and nursing students with leaders, innovators and researchers in health care. The site includes video interviews with guests ranging from Marla Salmon, former chief nurse of the United States, to journalist and nursing advocate Suzanne Gordon. The website has attracted more than 20,000 visitors from 110 countries, which has validated Fraser’s belief that nurses can benefit from using technology and online tools.
After finishing his undergraduate degree at Ryerson University, Fraser was recruited to complete his master of nursing degree at the University of Toronto and expects to graduate in the summer of 2011. He was the only nurse to be selected for an Innovation (Isuma) Fellowship to work with the Health Strategy Innovation Cell, an advisory research group for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. He is currently a junior fellow at Massey College and is working with health-care organizations to better engage patients and providers online.
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Francine Girard, RN, PhD
Francine Girard has bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing science from the University of Calgary and has held various positions in Alberta’s health-care field.
From 2000 to 2003, Girard was the first vice-president and director of nursing for the Calgary Health Region. From 2003 to 2005, she was senior vice-president, Professional Practice and Research, and director of Nursing.
In 2006, she became the Victorian Order of Nurses’ vice-president for the western provinces.
Since June 2007, Girard has been dean and associate professor at the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Nursing. Under her guidance, the faculty has implemented the new nurse practitioner program in front-line care and received $250,000 from the Newton Foundation to launch the Center for Innovation in Nursing Education.
In 2008, the faculty introduced a part-time bachelor’s nursing program and developed and implemented a master’s-level program in leadership and nursing services management. The faculty has received national certification from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing for its bachelor’s program and provincial certification from the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec and the Collège des médecins du Québec for its nurse practitioner programs in cardiology and nephrology.
Girard is also actively involved in research. She is the principal researcher in projects at the provincial and international level and is also a member of two research groups that are studying nursing services administration and the teaching of nursing science.
The year 2009 was marked by the development of a strategic plan (2009-2014) for the Faculty of Nursing, an operational plan, a communication plan and a strategic research plan.
In 2010, the faculty revised its master’s and doctoral programs for implementation in September.
In cooperation with the faculty’s clinical partners, Girard is designing and developing a “caring model” that will be used in the faculty’s nursing programs and in health-care facilities affiliated with the University of Montreal.
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Vickie Kaminski, RN, BScN, MBA
Vickie Kaminski currently holds the position of president and chief executive officer of Eastern Regional Health Authority in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Eastern Health, the largest health authority in Newfoundland and Labrador, is an integrated authority responsible for a full spectrum of health services for the Avalon, Burin and Bonavista peninsulas. In addition, it provides tertiary services to all residents of the province.
Kaminski has more than 35 years of senior executive leadership experience. She is a graduate in nursing from Laurentian University, is registered as a nurse in both Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador, and holds an MBA from Northwestern University in Chicago and York University in Toronto.
Over the years, Kaminski has held various positions within the health-care field, and has volunteered with several not-for-profit boards. She is currently a member on the Trillium Gift of Life Network in Ontario.
Kaminski is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and a surveyor with Accreditation Canada. She participates in a number of provincial and national committees related to health services.
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Julie Lys, RN, NP, MN
Julie Lys is a nurse practitioner with a master’s in advanced practice nursing. She has a keen interest in primary health care and the advancement of health in aboriginal communities.
As a Métis nurse, Lys was the Northwest Territories director for the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada for nine years. During that time she worked with several aboriginal organizations across the country to address aboriginal health issues. One of the highlights of her career was speaking to the Senate subcommittee on population health on aboriginal health issues in 2007.
Lys has worked in her home community of Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, in various nursing positions for the past 23 years. She has worked in hospital nursing as a registered nurse, in home care as a nurse coordinator, in nursing education as a nurse educator, in management as a director of health programs and services and in a medical clinic and health centre as a nurse practitioner.
Lys promotes an interdisciplinary approach to health care, which involves working with many community stakeholders to improve health care in the community. In 2006 she helped to re-establish the Fort Smith Interagency Group, which developed the very successful, award-winning Phoenix School in the community. This school allows students who have left the school system to return and complete their high school education.
Recognizing that good health and education systems are important in the development of a strong community, Lys is heavily involved in both. She is the chairperson of the district education authority and has helped make many improvements to the local schools in the nine years she has been involved. She is a board member of the Fort Smith Métis Council and uses the position to lobby for improved health and education services in the community.
Lys has a keen interest in health research and is a founding director of the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research (formerly the Arctic Health Research Network). She remains actively involved in this organization, which helps develop northern-based health research capacity. Lys was also profiled as a Nurse to Know in Canadian Nurse (April 2010).
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Sioban Nelson, RN, PhD, FCAHS
Sioban Nelson is a leading nursing scholar. She is author of two books and four edited collections, including the acclaimed Say Little, Do Much: Nursing, Nuns and Hospitals in the Nineteenth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001), a history of religious hospital foundation and nursing in the nineteenth century; she co-edited, with Suzanne Gordon, the prize-winning Complexities of Care: Nursing Reconsidered (Cornell University Press, 2006), a groundbreaking work on the challenges facing contemporary nursing. She is also editor-in-chief of Nursing Inquiry, a leading journal published by Wiley-Blackwell, and co-editor of The Culture and Politics of Health care Work (Cornell University Press).
Her current research interests include the investigation of the impact of the Rockefeller Foundation on global nursing in the mid-twentieth century, the assessment of competency in professional practice, the regulation of health professionals, mobility and the global health professional workforce, and the transnational history of nursing. Her seventh book, Notes on Nightingale, The Influence and Legacy of a Nursing Icon, a collection of essays on Florence Nightingale in honour of the centenary of her death, co-edited with Anne Marie Rafferty, dean of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London, was published in 2010.
Nelson came to Canada from Australia in November 2005 to assume the role of dean of the Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. Formerly head of the school of nursing in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, she was a leading figure in nursing education and scholarship in that country. Her nursing education took place in Darwin, in the far north of Australia. She has also practised in acute care, critical care, home care and community nursing. Nelson has a strong background in international nursing and is committed to the continued expansion of the Bloomberg faculty’s international portfolio.
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Charmaine Roye, BSc, MDCM, FRCSC
Dr. Charmaine Roye is a practising obstetrician-gynecologist in Brantford, Ontario. She is also chief of medical staff for the Brant Community Healthcare System. Her combined interests in women’s health issues and physician leadership have seen her serve in many leadership roles with local, provincial and national organizations, including national president of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. As well, she has been a member of the board of directors of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and the Canadian Medical Association. Her awards include the 2007 Excellence in Medical Leadership Award from the Canadian Society of Physician Executives, the 2007 Exceptional Service Award from the Brant Community Healthcare System and the 2009 May Cohen Award for Mentorship of Women Physicians from the Federation of Medical Women of Canada.
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Heather Smith, RN
Heather Smith is the provincial president of the United Nurses of Alberta, which represents more than 24,000 registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and allied health workers. She was first elected president in 1988.
Smith has been a member of every United Nurses of Alberta negotiating committee through the many rounds of provincial negotiations since 1985. Since the 1980s she has been an active supporter of Friends of Medicare. Smith and Alberta nurses have been proud advocates of universal public health care, participating in many successful campaigns.
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Rachel Bard, RN, MAEd (ex officio)
As chief executive officer of the Canadian Nurses Association, Rachel Bard is working to position nurses as leaders in the Canadian health system, while further defining and advancing the nursing discipline in the interest of the public. She is a tireless leader in driving forward policy agendas that focus on health human resources, health system renewal and global health and social justice. Through national advocacy and national regulatory policy work she continues to build CNA’s vision for the future of health care.
Before joining CNA, Bard held numerous positions with the government of New Brunswick. She was deputy minister of several portfolios dealing with post-secondary education, training, labour and the environment. Bard also served as assistant deputy minister for public health and medical services with the province’s department of health. Bard’s activities also extend to the international and national scenes.
She has participated in various International Council of Nurses working groups on the workforce and on health care, representing Canada. Bard was the Canadian delegate at the International Labour Conference – Youth Employment and was on the governing board of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation. As a nurse in mental health for over 27 years, she held clinical, administrative and educative positions. She is a past president of CNA.
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Judith Shamian, RN, PhD, LLD (hon), DSci (hon), FAAN (ex officio)
Judith Shamian is CNA president (2010-2012), president and chief executive officer of VON Canada (Victorian Order of Nurses) and a professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg faculty of nursing at the University of Toronto, where she is also a co-investigator with the nursing health services research unit.
Shamian is the past executive director of the federal Office of Nursing Policy (1999-2004) and prior to that she was vice-president of nursing at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto for 10 years.
As president and CEO of VON Canada, Shamian guided the organization through a time of great transition and transformation to bring it under one organizational umbrella. This reorganized structure will allow VON to maintain its place as Canada’s largest not-for-profit, charitable home and community care provider through its next century. In her role there, Judith champions the home and community care agenda in Canada and works to strengthen partnerships between formal health-care providers, families and friends who provide care, and volunteers and community organizations, in order to recognize and support the entire spectrum of care.
Shamian obtained her PhD from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; her master’s in public health from New York University; and her baccalaureate in community nursing from Montreal’s Concordia University. She is the recipient of the 1995 Ross Award for Nursing Leadership, the Governor General of Canada’s 2002 Golden Jubilee Medal and the Award of Merit from CNA and the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions in 2004.
Shamian holds honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Lethbridge, Alberta (2005), and Ryerson University, Toronto (2006). In 2008, she received the CNA Centennial Award, which recognizes nursing leadership over the past 100 years. In 2009, Shamian received the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award from the Women’s Executive Network and became an international fellow with the American Academy of Nursing.
Shamian has published and spoken extensively nationally and internationally on a wide range of topics. She is often called upon as an expert speaker and consultant on issues surrounding nursing, health human resources, leadership and health-care policy by provincial and federal government departments and agencies, and internationally by other governments, academic bodies and the World Health Organization.
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Michael J. Villeneuve, RN, MSc (ex officio, non-voting and Executive Lead)
Michael Villeneuve is a nurse leader well known across the country for his work related to the future of nursing and health care. He is the executive lead for the Commission secretariat, based at CNA in Ottawa.
Villeneuve was CNA’s scholar-in-residence from 2006 to 2011, after joining the organization in July 2004 as senior nurse consultant. He has been a leader of CNA’s Toward 2020 futures agenda and its ongoing public policy activities across the country. Villeneuve led development of The Tenth Decade: Into a New Century, CNA 2000-2009, a hallmark work highlighting CNA’s leadership and achievements, and is an author of CNA’s forthcoming centennial history, The CNA 1908-2008: One Hundred Years of Service. Villeneuve currently serves as section editor, health policy and innovation, for the Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership and he was executive director of the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses during 2007-2008.
In 2003 Villeneuve was appointed by Health Canada as a visiting consultant with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where he co-authored the nursing human resources report within the OECD’s international health systems performance study. While in the Office of Nursing Policy, Villeneuve served as lead writer and secretariat for the federal/provincial/territorial (FPT) Canadian Nursing Advisory Committee. Villeneuve’s input to the 2003 first ministers’ health accord was acknowledged with an Award of Merit from Health Canada’s Deputy Minister Awards of Excellence program.
Immediately prior to joining Health Canada, Villeneuve served as patient care manager in the neurosciences intensive care/acute spinal cord injury and neuro/trauma/plastics units at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto (1994-1999). An educator and nurse clinician in the preceding years, he was in demand as a clinical nursing expert and he published and spoke widely on brain and spinal-cord injury. For three years he coordinated a multi-professional research unit based at the University of Toronto’s faculty of nursing, his alma mater (BScN and MSc).
Villeneuve was honoured in Philadelphia by the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools by being named a 2007 International Adele Herwitz Distinguished Scholar. He was named one of the University of Toronto Faculty of Nursing’s Notable 90 graduates in celebration of the school’s 90th anniversary in 2010.
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Donna Dewar, PMP, ITIL, Manager of Project Management Portfolio, Canadian Nurses Association
Donna Dewar is a certified project management professional with over 10 years experience in the non-profit sector. She has recently become the manager of CNA’s Project Management Portfolio, transferring from her last position as the e-services manager within the Information Technology Services division. In this past role, Dewar was a key contributor in successfully launching many of CNA’s online initiatives.
Prior to joining CNA, Dewar was the director of Web and Enterprise Application Services at the Canadian Red Cross. She was responsible for modernizing online initiatives such as national and regional websites, online public affairs communications, enterprise applications and the online donations platform. It was during this time that she became information technology infrastructure library (ITIL) certified, contributing to an improved IT process at the Canadian Red Cross.
In the early 2000s, Dewar oversaw the development of a number of new media and online initiatives such as Health Canada’s “Go Smoke Free.” She also held the volunteer position of executive director for the Ottawa chapter of DigitalEve, where she encouraged people, particularly women, to embrace the internet and emerging digital technologies.
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Laurie Sourani, BA, LLB, Policy Analyst, Canadian Nurses Association
Before joining CNA’s new Policy and Leadership division, Laurie Sourani worked with the organization’s Regulatory Policy division on the revision of the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses, various ethics resources and research projects involving the analysis of issues and trends relating to regulation and policy development.
Sourani holds a keen interest in social justice issues and has had the opportunity to work and volunteer for different human rights and community-based organizations.
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Joy Varona, Administrative Assistant, Canadian Nurses Association
Joy Varona is an accomplished administrative assistant with 18 years experience effectively supporting senior managers in private, not-for-profit and public institutions. At CNA, Varona has supported the director of regulatory policy, putting in place processes and systems to ensure smooth running of the department. During the initial phase of revising CNA’s Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses (2008), she set up logistics for Ethics Advisory Committee meetings, formatted draft versions, disseminated questionnaires and collated responses. She has also coordinated planning and logistics of meetings related to the annual Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE) and provided support for preparation of CRNE school reports since the pilot project began in 2005.
Varona is a graduate of The Mother House (Notre Dame Secretarial College), a highly respected business school in Montreal.
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