Executive Committee

Lori LamontLori Lamont – President

Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Winnipeg, MB

Lori Lamont is the VP & CNO for the largest health authority in Manitoba and recently completed a term as the Interim President & Chief Executive Officer.  A Registered Nurse, Lori’s career has spanned over three decades, starting with direct care as a staff nurse at the Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg.  Throughout her career, she has held various nursing and nurse leadership roles (including Executive Director VON Winnipeg, Director of Resident Services at Deer Lodge Centre and Executive Director for the WRHA PCH Program). Lori’s research and advocacy at the local, provincial and national levels has centred around further understanding and progress around elder care and Collaborative Care. Person-centred care best practice are two key elements to how she approaches health care management. Lori champions and understands the importance of the whole team – including the people we care for – working together to improve care. Lori is also an Adjunct Professor (External) with the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Nursing.


Katherine_low-resKatherine Chubbs – Past President and Chair, Finance Committee

Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer
Eastern Health
St. John’s, NL

A registered nurse by profession, Katherine holds the title of Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Eastern Health. She has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings as a frontline nurse and manager. In her current position, Katherine has senior executive responsibility for the Provincial Cancer Care Program, Medicine, Surgical Services, Clinical Efficiency, Research, and the office of the Chief Nurse. Katherine completed a diploma and Bachelor of Nursing degree, certificate program in Northern Nursing, Master’s degree in Health Studies-Leadership and is a Certified Health Executive. She is also pursuing a Doctoral degree in Business Administration. Katherine has been a member of several executive committees and boards and currently holds the position of Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies (CAPCA) and immediate past President of the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses.



Rani September 2013Rani Srivastava – Chair, Leadership/Policy Committee

Deputy Chief, Nursing Practice
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health 
Toronto, ON 

Dr. Rani Srivastava currently holds the position of Chief of Nursing & Professional Practice at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH), Assistant Professor at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto and Adjunct Professor, York University, Toronto. Her areas of professional expertise include: cultural competence and health equity; knowledge transfer; organizational dynamics, and professional practice. She is the author/editor of a textbook entitled:  The Healthcare Professional’s Guide to Clinical Cultural Competence and has written on the influence of religion and ethics on health care.  She has served as chair for a national panel which developed best practice guideline for Embracing Diversity: Developing Cultural Competence through the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, co-chair for  RNAO Best Practice Guideline Panel on Interprofessional Care and worked with the regulatory body to develop practice guideline for nurses in Providing Culturally Sensitive Care.  Her current work is focused on cultural competence from a leadership and organizational perspective as well as approaches for inter-professional education and inter-professional collaboration.



Sue VanDeVelde-Coke – Chair, Editorial Advisory Board Committee (CJNL)

Executive Director of CARE
Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
Toronto, ON

Sue VanDeVelde-Coke is presently Executive Director of CARE, Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses. She is also a health care consultant focusing on Professional Practice reorganization, senior leadership team building, organizational reviews of organizations, HR planning, staffing and budget realignment. Clients include: PricewatehouseCoopers, Ontario Shores Mental Health Centre, Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Health Canada, College of Nurses of Ontario, Canadian Nurses Association, Community Addictions and Mental Health Services of Haldimand/Norfolk, McMaster University Faculty of Nursing. Dr. Coke served as Executive Vice President and Chief Professions/Nursing Executive at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a 1250 bed facility in Toronto, Ontario. Her operational responsibilities included 2,400 nurses, 1000 health professionals, and executive leadership for five specialty clinical programs. Previously she was Vice President at VON National Canada, where she led the merging of 14 Ontario VON branches into one governance and operational structure, establishing Day Away programs and community palliative, mental health and dialysis services. Dr. Coke also held the position of Senior Vice President, Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre where she was responsible for the acute medical/surgical, mental health, obstetrics, paediatrics and rehabilitation hospitals. Other positions included Director of Specialty Nursing Services at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. She has served on numerous federal, provincial and local task forces and committees, focused on improving ways to bridge the acute and community sectors, developing new mechanisms to keep patients and clients out of acute care hospitals, determining how to use human resources more effectively, assisting clients to better cope on their own and finally, creating ways for the health care system to work in a more coordinated fashion. Her most recent research has been as co-investigator on the National Nursing Quality Report, an initiative to set up a national set of structure, process, outcome nurse-sensitive quality indicators. She has served on the Canadian Nurses Association Board of Directors and many years serving in various positions on the executive committee of the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses, including President. Dr. Coke’s research “The Effectiveness and Efficiency of providing Home Care Visits in Nursing Clinics versus the Traditional Home Setting” focused on home care delivery methods, providing the empirical evidence to support the change in home care regulations to permit setting up nursing clinics in the community.

Dr. Coke earned an MA from the University of Washington, MBA from McGill University and her PhD from McMaster University. She also holds an adjunct appointment as Assistant Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, and has held similar positions at the University of Manitoba, Ottawa University, and Rush University in Chicago, Illinois. She is a Certified Health Executive.


Linda Dempster – Regional Advisor (WEST)

Vice President, Patient Experience
Fraser Health
Vancouver, BC

Sylvia Ptashnik – Regional Advisory (CENTRAL)

Chief Nursing Officer
Concordia Hospital
Winnipeg, MB


David McNeil – Regional Advisor (ONTARIO)

Vice President, Patient Services, Clinical Transformation and Chief Nursing Executive
Health Sciences North
Sudbury, ON 


David is a Registered Nurse, having graduated from Laurentian University in Sudbury in 1988. David has a graduate degree in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa and has Canadian Council of Health Services Executive professional designation. David has obtained a PhD. in Northern and Rural Health at Laurentian University. Presently, David holds the position of Vice President, Patient Services, Clinical Transformation & Chief Nursing Executive at Health Sciences North/Horizon Santé Nord, a position which he has held since 2001. David has occasionally taught on a parttime basis in the BScN program at Cambrian College. David’s previous experiences include the Director of Capital Planning and Support Services at the HRSRH, Program Director Medicine, Professional Practice Consultant, and Staff Nurse at the former Laurentian Hospital and Network North. David has also worked as a staff nurse in the remote Aboriginal community of Attawapiskat, Ontario. David is currently the Past President of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) and a Board member of the Canadian Nurses Association.


Regional Advisor (QUEBEC)



Pamela King-Jesso – Regional Advisor (EAST)

Nursing Consultant, Policy and Practice
Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador
St. John’s, NL




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