Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

7th Annual Nurse Executive Leadership Academy

7th Annual Nurse Executive Leadership Academy

7th Annual Nurse Executive Leadership Academy

Juin 12, 2018, 4:00pm - Juin 15, 2018, 1:30pm
Old Mill Toronto
21 Old Mill Road
Toronto, ON
M8X 1G5
About this Event:

Building on themes of health system transformation, values-based leadership, implementation science and collaboration, the 7th Annual Nurse Executive Leadership Academy offers an energizing knowledge exchange forum for nurse executives from all sectors.

Participants will gain new knowledge and a fresh perspective to support and enhance their leadership, governance, strategy, and practice roles.

The program will feature expert faculty from policy, practice, academia and research, providing up-to-date insights for bolstering knowledge and generating solution among executive nurse leaders. Meet other nurse executives, engage in dynamic dialogue and discuss current and emerging issues across the sectors.

Confirmed speakers include Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care senior officials including Bob Bell, deputy minister; Michelle Acorn, Ontario's new provincial chief nursing officer; Denise Cole, assistant deputy minister; and our Wednesday keynote speaker, Peter Buerhaus, an international authority on the economics of nursing.


  • encounter health-care executives across all sectors
  • dynamic presentations by key government, policy, health care and leadership gurus
  • enhance your leadership and health-care knowledge
  • exchange innovative leadership solutions and perspectives


  • interactive learning experience
  • all-inclusive leadership event
  • personal and professional renewal and network building
  • showcasing the vital impact of nurse executive leadership

NELA Testimonies

"I always look forward to RNAO's Nurse Executive Leadership Academy – it's a great opportunity to network, celebrate success and gain insights into the trends that are shaping our health system and profession."

– Nancy Lefebre, Chief Clinical Executive Senior VP Knowledge and Practice, Saint Elizabeth

"I deepened my knowledge of what it means to be a nursing executive at this conference and also became acutely aware of the importance of joining my nursing colleagues in advocacy efforts to contribute to the strong nursing voice in Ontario. I would highly recommend this workshop to my colleagues and hope to attend again in the future."

– Erin Cowan, Chief Nursing Officer/Infectious Diseases Program Manager, Timiskaming Health Unit

"NELA helped me realize how impactful RNs can be in transforming our Health Care System through all sectors. NELA has helped me to grow and aspire to contribute as a Nurse, Educator, Director, Leader or Researcher."

– Namarta Namarta, Director of Care, Henley House Long Term Care Residence

"Perhaps my biggest growth from NELA came from the networking with my new nursing peers. I left so energized and refreshed from being engaged with such a fantastic group. I learned about the struggles and successes in so many nursing disciplines simply by sitting with someone new at lunch or working with someone new through some of the interactive sessions."

– Jaime Fletcher, Manager, Health Protection Programs, Sexual Health and Communicable Diseases, Elgin St. Thomas Public Health

"NELA is one of the most energizing and relevant professional development events for nursing leaders in today's changing health system... a must attend!" 

– Carol Timmings, Director, Child Health and Development, Chief Nursing Officer, Toronto Public Health

Fees and cancellation policy:

Cancellations will be accepted up and including May 11, 2018 at 4 p.m. less an administration fee of $95. Attendee substitutions after this date are acceptable. RNAO reserves the right to cancel or reschedule this event. RNAO cannot compensate you for the cost of unusable travel expenses or any other expenses resulting from cancellation.

All fees for RNAO member and non-member pricing include HST.

Member rates:
Overnight/all-inclusive rate: $2,570.75
3-day only rate: $1,817.75 (no accommodations included)

Non-member rates:
Overnight/all-inclusive rate: $3,022.75
3-day only rate: $2,269.75 (no accommodations included)

If you are not registered for NELA and would like to purchase tickets to the Wednesday, June 13th dinner and round table discussion with Dr. Peter Buerhaus then you may purchase tickets here: There is no fee to attend the dinner and discussion if you are registered for the full event.

For more information, please contact Melissa Aziz.

Cost for Members: 
$2,570.75 CAD
Cost for non-Members: 
$3,022.75 CAD
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