Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO Immediate Past-President, Vanessa Burkoski

Dr. Vanessa Burkoski joined Toronto’s Humber River Hospital as Chief Nursing Executive in September 2016. Vanessa has extensive experience providing executive leadership, strategic advice and nursing expertise on a wide range of nursing and broader health-care policy issues.

From 2011 to 2016, she served as the Chief Nursing Executive / Quality & Patient Safety Officer / Professional Scholarly Practice at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) where she was accountable for the overall leadership, strategic direction and management of professional practice, quality and patient safety.

From 2007-2011, she served as Ontario’s Provincial Chief Nursing Officer. She was the longest serving CNO providing strategic policy advice to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. She was responsible for conceptualizing and facilitating the implementation of a wide-range of evidence-based, innovative program and policy initiatives such as, the Personal Digital Assistant program, Ontario Nursing Workforce Alliance, and Long-Term Care - Emergency Mobile Response Program.

Vanessa is passionate about evidence-based practice and the creation of an engaging, healthy, and scholarly practice environment in which health professionals can maximize their contribution to patient quality and safety, and improve organization and system outcomes.

Vanessa is a registered nurse and holds a BScN, MScN and Doctorate in Health Administration. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Windsor, an Adjunct Academic Appointment in Nursing at the University of Western Ontario, and at the Lawrence S. Bloomburg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.