Executive Committee

Marcy Saxe-Braithwaite – President

Senior Director of Perioperative/Surgical Services
Nova Scotia Health Authority
Halifax, NS

Marcy Saxe-Braithwaite is the Senior Director of Perioperative/Surgical Services for the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA). Marcy has over 30 years of healthcare experience in progressively senior management positions with an extensive track record in business process improvement and developing quality care environments.  In her role at the NSHA, Marcy has been leading work on a number of Provincial initiatives such as Health Services Planning, Wait time strategies, Perioperative report card, Quality Initiatives such as the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) and development of accountability mechanisms for finance and health human resources.

Marcy holds a BScN from the University of Western Ontario, an MScN from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the University of Toronto and her Doctorate of Business Administration on Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University in Prescott, Arizona. Marcy’s doctoral research was on Authentic Leadership in Healthcare CEOs working in Ontario.  Marcy has her CHE designation, is a certified leadership coach, certified in LEADS and a certified Nurse Legal Consultant.  Marcy has practiced in Ontario, British Columbia and in Nova Scotia.

Marcy is a very passionate, dynamic and authentic leader. Marcy is a strong advocate for lifelong learning.  She is known as a change catalyst that enjoys challenging roles.



Lori Lamont – Past 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.



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)

President & CEO
Kerry’s Place Autism Services
Aurora, ON

Sue VanDeVelde-Coke is the President & CEO of Kerry’s Place Autism Services, the largest provider of support for children and adults on the Autism Spectrum Disorder spectrum in Canada. Dr. Coke served as Executive Vice President and Chief Professions/Nursing Executive at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, a 1250 bed facility in Toronto, Ontario, with operational responsibilities for 3500 health care professionals. Previously she was Vice President at VON National Canada, where she led the merging of Ontario VON branches into one governance and operational structure. Dr. Coke also held the position of Senior Vice President, Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre where she was responsible for the operations of the major clinical programs. She most recently served as the Executive Director of CARE, Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses and health care consultant focusing on Professional Practice reorganization, senior leadership team building, organizational reviews of organizations, HR planning, staffing and budget realignment.

She has served on numerous federal, provincial and local task forces and committees, focused on health care restructuring, human resource management and more effective ways to manage health care resources. 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. 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.
She has served on the Canadian Nurses Association, the VON National Board of Directors, and is currently a Director on the Habitat for Humanity, GTA and the Canadian Nurses Foundation Board of Directors. She has served for many years on the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses Executive Committee, including president.

Dr. Coke earned an MA from the University of Washington, MBA from McGill University and her PhD from McMaster University. She also serves as lecturer 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

Regional Advisory (CENTRAL)





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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