Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO CEO, Doris Grinspun

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; and an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CERLAC) at York University.

For over two decades Grinspun has led 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 system and the contribution of registered nurses and nurse practitioners to its success. Her expertise is in areas of health, health-care, and nursing. She is the founder of RNAO's internationally renowned Best Practice Guidelines Program, and a leading figure in Canadian and international health and nursing policy.

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. Highlights include: In 2003, invested with the Order of Ontario in recognition of the highest level of individual excellence and achievement in any field. In 2010, named one of the ten most influential Hispanic Canadians by Canadian Hispanic Business Association (CHBA). In 2011, conferred the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). In 2012, received the Nursing Leadership award from Sigma Theta Tau Lambda-Pi-At-Large. In 2013, received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Nursing Leadership Award from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.