Speaker Series

Speaker Series

Welcome to the Speaker Series section of our website where you will view audio-visual voice-over presentations by leaders in diverse fields as they share their perspectives about nursing, healthcare and, in particular how their work intersects with new graduate nurses as professionals entering the workforce. You can watch this space for our latest sessions and find archived recordings for your viewing convenience!

Featured Speaker

Stephanie is an Instructor II with the University of Manitoba College of Nursing. Her previous roles include working as the clinical education instructor of the acute medicine program at St. Boniface Hospital. She has also served as an interim clinical resource nurse during the pandemic on the COVID-19 unit at St. Boniface Hospital, and as a continuing education facilitator with the College of Nursing. She is a co-facilitator with the CASN Nurse Residency Program to present on time management and prioritization.

Stephanie is a member of the Professional Development Committee of the Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (ARNM). She has also served on the Manitoba Diagnostic and Surgical Recovery Task Force and as Co-Chair of the Emerging Leaders Network at ARNM.

Stephanie completed her Master of Nursing from the University of Manitoba. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan.

Archive

Episode 11 : Stephanie Betker

Stephanie Betker

Instructor II
Stephanie is an Instructor II with the University of Manitoba College of Nursing. Her previous roles include working as the clinical education instructor of the acute medicine program at St. Boniface Hospital. She has also served as an interim clinical resource nurse during the pandemic on the COVID-19 unit at St. Boniface Hospital, and as a continuing education facilitator with the College of Nursing. She is a co-facilitator with the CASN Nurse Residency Program to present on time management and prioritization.

Stephanie is a member of the Professional Development Committee of the Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (ARNM). She has also served on the Manitoba Diagnostic and Surgical Recovery Task Force and as Co-Chair of the Emerging Leaders Network at ARNM.

Stephanie completed her Master of Nursing from the University of Manitoba. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan.
Episode 10 : Karyn Unrau

Karyn Unrau

RN, BSN, MN, LNC
Karyn Unrau is a Nurse Educator and is the Territorial Manager of Clinical Education in the Northwest Territories. She is a previous associate professor in the University of Victoria BSN program at Aurora College, Yellowknife, NWT, University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, and University of Hawaii in Honolulu. She has also worked as a previous Director of Regulatory Services & Policy with the Registered Nurses Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut (RNANT/NU), worked as a Legal Nurse Consultant, and currently is on the Board of Directors for Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) representing NWT and Nunavut. She feels very strongly that nurses should feel supported in their clinical practice regardless of geographical location or lack of resources. She continues to be a strong advocate for resources and services that will strengthen the northern nursing workforce.
Episode 9 : Lia Sanzone

Lia Sanzone

Lia Sanzone is an Associate Professor at McGill University in Montreal, and Director of both the BScN Nursing Program and the Nursing Peer Mentorship Program. Professor Sanzone developed the Nightingale Fellows Program where graduating students are mentored by workplace clinicians who help them understand the challenges of the workplace and develop strategies of resilience. Since 2021, she has been mentoring clinical partners within institutional transition to practice programs to help them support nurses transitioning to their professional roles with the intent to increase retention.
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Episode 8 : Isabelle Lehn and Hélène Salette, Secrétariat international des infirmières et infirmiers de l’espace francophone (SIDIIEF)

Isabelle Lehn and Hélène Salette

Isabelle Lehn, RN, MScN
President
Secrétariat international des infirmières et infirmiers de l’espace francophone (SIDIIEF)

Hélène Salette, RN, MScN
Director
Secrétariat international des infirmières et infirmiers de l’espace francophone (SIDIIEF)
The Secrétariat international des infirmières et infirmiers de l’espace francophone (SIDIIEF) is an international reference body, whose mission is to network French-speaking nurses, facilitate the sharing of knowledge, promote nursing leadership and raise awareness among decision-makers and the general public of the role the profession plays in the health of populations. Watch this session to learn more about the membership and the resources they have to offer!
Episode 7: Dr. Judy Boychuk Duchscher RN, BScN, MN, PhD

Dr. Judy Boychuk Duchscher

RN, BScN, MN, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor, Thompson Rivers University School of Nursing
Director, Nursing The Future
Principal Investigator, CASN Nurse Residency Program (2023-2027)
After graduating with a diploma in nursing in 1989, Dr. Duchscher’s early career was focused on developing expertise as a direct care nurse, researcher, leader and educator in cardiothoracic and high acuity (critical care) contexts. Instrumental to her early development was a 10-year tenure developing and coordinating heart, lung and multi-organ donor transplant teams across Canada and the United States. Judy’s commitment to advanced education can be seen in her acquisition of a Post-Graduate Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing from the University of Manitoba, a Diploma in Cardiovascular Nursing from Stanford University in California, a Clinical Transplant Coordinator Diploma from John’s Hopkins in Baltimore, Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certification through the American Association of Critical Care Nursing, a Post-RN Baccalaureate and Master’s degree in nursing from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD from the University of Alberta. For the past 25 years Dr. Duchscher has been an active researcher and consultant in the area of new graduate professional role transition – work for which she has received 33 national and international grants, awards and scholarships. The findings of her research have generated a theory of Transition Shock and a model of the Stages of Transition, constructs that are being used globally in the preparation, orientation, transition, integration and stabilization of the newly graduated nurse. Most recently Dr. Duchscher completed the development and psychometric evaluation of the Duchscher Professional Role Transition Scale © which is based on the tenets of transition shock. Dr. Duchscher has published more than 22 peer-reviewed articles, 2 books, 13 book chapters and delivered over 400 keynote addresses and workshops throughout Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Asia on the topic of new nurse integration. After taking a momentary break in 2014 to return to acute-care where she managed a 41-bed telemetry unit, Dr. Duchscher returned to academia in 2018 as an Associate Professor at Thompson Rivers University and re-engaged in her work with new nurses. In 2020 she was seconded by the Canadian Nurses Foundation to re-establish NTF ™ as the national platform of support for new nurses in Canada. Duchscher is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at Thompson Rivers University School of Nursing, the Director of NTF and the Principal Investigator on a 4-year (2023-2027) Health Canada grant to evaluate the Canadian National Nurse Residency Program in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN). Dr. Duchscher maintains that “it is the vision, creativity and passionate commitment of these young professionals, supported by the expert knowledge and practice experience of their senior mentors that will drive nursing and healthcare forward”.
Episode 6: Nicki Armstrong, President – Canadian Association for Rural and Remote Nursing

Nicki Armstrong

MN, NP
President – Canadian Association for Rural and Remote Nursing (CARRN)
Nicki Armstrong is the in-house Nurse Practitioner at Villa Marie, Covenant Care in central Alberta, occasionally teaches as a sessional clinical instructor for Red Deer College's B.Sc.N program, and is a founding partner of ObesityLink, an organization that provides expert bariatric care throughout Alberta via telehealth. Nicki started her career in health care as a Canadian Armed Forces Reserve Army medic while completing her B.Sc. in Exercise Physiology at the University of Calgary. After a few years in the fitness industry, she returned to U of C to obtain her BN and a fortuitous assignment for her final preceptorship landed her in rural Alberta where she rediscovered a passion for rural and remote health. After several years in rural acute care and emergency, teaching nurses both in Canada and Bangladesh, and starting a family, Nicki landed in Red Deer, Alberta. A career in bariatrics has allowed her to use her exercise physiology background while furthering her nursing practice and serving patients throughout Alberta. With support and encouragement from her team at the Red Deer Bariatric Specialty Clinic Nicki earned her Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) from Athabasca University – a career decision that renewed her excitement about rural and remote practice.

After a somewhat nomadic early career, Nicki has settled down on an acreage in central Alberta and is firmly committed to supporting rural and remote nursing practice through her work with CARRN. Nicki’s broad clinical experiences exemplify the specialist-generalist nature of rural practice and a lifestyle that bodes regular commutes to a regional referral centre will be familiar to many rural nurses. She strives to maintain her clinical practice while remaining equally engaged in teaching and committee work, believing that praxis is at the centre of nursing theory. While still a newly graduated nurse herself in 2004, Nicki remembers ‘road tripping’ out to Saskatchewan with a crew of nursing school friends (and getting T-Shirts to mark the occasion) to attend Nursing the Future’s Inaugural Annual Conference. “I could not be more honoured to have been asked to contribute to the Nursing the Future Speaker Series”.

Episode 5: Ruth Lee, Executive Director, CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses

Ruth Lee

RN, BScN, MScN, PhD 
Executive Director
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
Dr. Ruth Lee is Executive Director of CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses, and Associate Clinical Professor at the School of Nursing, McMaster University. Ruth received her BScN and MScN from the Faculty of Nursing and PhD from the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Ruth’s career spans from staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, program manager, and Chief of Nursing Practice in various academic healthcare centres, to faculty member and researcher at academic institutions. As Executive Director at CARE Centre, Ruth works closely with regulators, employers, professional organizations, and academics to support Internationally Educated Nurses’ integration process. She is passionate of grooming the next generation of nurses as her way of paying back to all her generous mentors throughout her nursing career. Ruth received the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her contribution in diversity in nursing.
Episode 4: Linda Silas, President, Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions

Linda Silas

President 
President, Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
Linda Silas has been the President of the 200,000-strong Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) since 2003. As the dynamic and charismatic leader of Canada’s largest nurses’ organization, Linda is recognized as the foremost advocate on behalf of nurses in Canada.

Starting her tenure as a full-time labour activist as the single mom of a 13-month-old son has shaped Linda in a very distinctive way. Linda has earned a reputation for being a caring listener who is focused and solution-oriented in everything she does. A proud New Brunswicker, Linda credits her home province for both her impressive work ethic and her well-known zest for life and adventure.

Linda has fine-tuned her skills as a union leader at the local, provincial, national and international levels over the course of two decades. She is a passionate speaker whose straight-talking in both official languages inspires nurses and earns the respect of policy-makers and stakeholders. Linda’s favourite public speaking engagements are always for students, as she believes that mentoring the next generation of activists is an important responsibility we all share.

Linda champions greater understanding and action on social justice, the social determinants of health and key policies that will enhance socio-economic equity, such as retirement security for all workers, a national pharmacare program, universal child care and greater access to public services for Indigenous communities.

Linda was previously the President of the New Brunswick Nurses Union (NBNU) for 10 years. Linda is a graduate of l’Université de Moncton, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and has practiced in the ICU, emergency, and labour and delivery.

Linda believes health care, like education and decent work, is a human right. She embodies the CFNU motto “Where knowledge meets know-how.”

Episode 3: Courtney Blake, President, Canadian Nursing Students Association

Courtney Blake

President 
Canadian Nursing Students Association
My name is Courtney Blake (she/her) and I identify as a fat, queer, cis woman who lives on the unceded and traditional territory of the K’omoks first nation. I am extremely passionate about social justice and will happily talk your ear off about its role in nursing. When I graduate, I plan on becoming a public health nurse. In addition to CNSA and my schooling, I am a co-creator of a non-profit organization called Queersource, which is a resource center that aims to support 2SLGBTQ+ individuals of all ages in small communities.
Episode 2: Christine Rieck Buckley, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Nurses Foundation

Christine Rieck Buckley

RN, MSc. A.
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Nurses Foundation
Christine is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Nurses Foundation (CNF), Canada’s only national charity that raises funds exclusively for nursing education and research. She has helped lead this organization for the past eight years setting new and innovative goals, including raising over one million dollars for indigenous nursing education and research. Prior to CNF, Christine worked with the Canadian Nurses Association, in a number of roles, the most recent being Manager of Regulatory Affairs. Christine has also worked internationally as the chair of the International Council of Nurses, International Nurse Practitioner /Advanced Practice Nurse Network health policy subgroup. Originally from Montreal, Christine completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at McGill. Christine has several publications that focused on the role of advance practice nurses nationally and internationally.
Episode 1: Mike Villeneuve, President, Canadian Nurses Association

Mike Villeneuve

RN, M.Sc., FAAN
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Nurses Association
With four decades of progressive experience in the health-care system, Mike Villeneuve has worked in all the domains of nursing practice — direct care, administration, education, research and policy.

Mike was appointed chief executive officer of CNA in June 2017. He leads the Ottawa-based organization’s team and operations as it works for its more than 139,000 members across all 13 Canadian provinces and territories and hundreds of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. In his role, he is helping to implement a forward-leaning vision for professional nursing in Canada and the related services needed at CNA to support that transformation.

Since 2000, Mike has held teaching, executive and consulting roles with the federal Office of Nursing Policy, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses, CNA and its National Expert Commission, and the Lawrence S. Bloomberg faculty of nursing at the University of Toronto. Prior to returning to CNA as CEO, Mike led his own consultancy in health policy analysis, research, strategy and communication, serving governments, professional associations, unions and universities across Canada and internationally.

During the 1990s, Mike was an educator and then patient care manager in the neuro intensive care and neuro/trauma/plastics units at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. One of three authors of CNA’s centennial history book, Mike also is author of Public Policy and Canadian Nursing: Lessons from the Field (2017), the first Canadian text focused on nursing and public policy.

Mike lives on unceded Algonquin territory in rural Eastern Ontario, where he is proud to serve on the Board of Directors at Winchester District Memorial Hospital—one of Ontario’s highest-performing small community hospitals. Mike was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2019.
Nursing The Future™ acknowledges that nurses across this country live, work and play on the lands of our Indigenous Ancestors and we join our members in expressing respectful gratitude for this privilege.
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