Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Doris Grinspun

Chief Executive Officer
RN, MSN, PhD, LLD(hon), O.ONT

Dr. Doris Grinspun is the Chief Executive Officer of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students in the province of Ontario. RNAO’s mandate is to advocate for healthy public policy and for the role of registered nurses and nurse practitioners. Grinspun assumed this position in April 1996.

From 1990 to 1996, Grinspun served as Director of Nursing at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. She has also worked in practice and administrative capacities in Israel and the United States.

Grinspun, who was born in Chile, has an RN diploma from Hadassah School of Nursing in Jerusalem, Israel; a baccalaureate degree from Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel; a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and a PhD from the department of sociology at York University in Toronto, Ontario. In 2011, she was conferred an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).

Grinspun is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto; an adjunct professor at the School of Nursing, York University; an associate member of the Centre for Health Promotion at the University of Toronto; an affiliate member of the Centre for Health Studies at York University; and an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CERLAC) at York University.

From 1996 to 1999, Grinspun was the Chair of the Acquired Brain Injury Network of Metropolitan Toronto, a network representing all publicly funded agencies. For the past two decades Grinspun has worked extensively on many international programs in Latin and Central America, China, Australia and Europe. Grinspun has published and spoken extensively in Canada and abroad. She is a forceful advocate of the Canadian health-care system and the contribution of registered nurses and nurse practitioners to its success. Her expertise is in areas of health, nursing and workplace policies and practices.

Grinspun has been featured in major media outlets and publications for her bold and visionary leadership, including: North of the City (North York, Ontario, 2004); National Review of Medicine (Canada, 2004); GP Provincial Profile (Ontario, 2005); Pace International (Australia, 2005); Factor Hispano (2006); Nursing Economics (USA, 2010); Jewish Tribune (Canada, 2013); El Pais (Spain, 2014); La Vanguardia (Spain, 2012, 2014). Throughout her career, Grinspun has received numerous professional and scholarly awards. In 2010, she was named one of the ten most influential Hispanic Canadians by Canadian Hispanic Business Association (CHBA); and in 2011, she was conferred the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). In 2012 she received the Nursing Leadership award from Sigma Theta Tau Lambda-Pi-At-Large, and in 2013 was recognized with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, as well as the Nursing Leadership Award from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

In 2003, Grinspun was invested with the Order of Ontario. The award was created in 1986 by the Government of Ontario to recognize the highest level of individual excellence and achievement in any field.