Villeneuve returns to CNA as CEO

May/June 2017   Comments

After having worked at CNA between 2004 and 2012, nurse leader Mike Villeneuve returns to the association June 5 as its new chief executive officer.

In late March, CNA president Barb Shellian announced the replacement for retiring CEO Anne Sutherland Boal.

“We are very fortunate and thankful that Anne will play a key role in Mike’s orientation. Anne’s knowledge and support are a tremendous advantage for CNA during this transition time,” Shellian said. She “has been a strong, collaborative and engaged leader, who made a significant contribution to the nursing profession.”

Villeneuve is well known for his work related to the future of nursing and health care. During his more than 30-year career, he has worked in clinical, education, research, administration and policy settings.

During his tenure at CNA, Villeneuve was a senior nursing consultant, scholar-in-residence, executive lead on the National Expert Commission and lead for the Toward 2020 initiative. He was a co-author of the book Canadian Nurses Association: 100 Years of Service.

For the past five years, Villeneuve has been a lecturer in public policy, leadership and administration at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg faculty of nursing at the University of Toronto, where he also served as program lead for the master of nursing in health systems leadership and administration program. He operated Michael Villeneuve Associates, an independent health policy consulting company in Ottawa.

Earlier in his career, he was a senior nursing policy consultant in the Office of Nursing Policy at Health Canada and a patient care manager at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.

His volunteer roles include vice chair of the Winchester District Memorial Hospital board of directors. He also served as the health policy and innovation section editor for the Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership.

“Mike will lead CNA in building on its successes in Canadian nursing policy as well as develop the vision that will transform the profession in the coming years,” Shellian said. “Mike will continue building on [Anne’s collaborative] work with our members and national health organizations in further developing a vision for CNA’s future.”

“I am honoured to take on the CEO role at CNA to serve both the nursing profession and our members in advancing their vital contributions to the health of all Canadians each and every day,” Villeneuve said. “We will continue to build on CNA’s successes in supporting better home- and community-based care and ensuring that transformative changes to our publicly funded, not-for-profit health system are beneficial to all Canadians.”

Sutherland Boal has been a health-care professional for 40 years, working in three Canadian provinces and in China. She first joined CNA in 2010 as chief operating officer and moved into the CEO role in 2013.

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