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For the first time since 2019, RNAO’s 98th Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held in person on June 22 – 24, 2023 at Toronto’s Hilton hotel.

To explore nurses’ experiences over the past year, the theme for our AGM is Change through Unity and Action. This is a chance for RNs, NPs and nursing students to gather in person to reflect on learnings from the past year and look ahead at the opportunities to improve the nursing profession for the current workforce as well as the next generation of nurses.

NOTE: Due to ongoing renovations at the hotel, the escalators will not be working during AGM. Members must use the stairs or dedicated elevators. Ample time will be provided to navigate between events. 

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2023 AGM host

    We are pleased to have the Nursing Students of Ontario (NSO) as our AGM host this year! NSO, which currently has 8,000 members, represents and acts as a resource for Ontario nursing students, focusing on their needs and concerns.



    Day 1 - Thursday, June 22, 2023


     6 - 7:30 p.m. ET

    Opening Ceremonies 

    • Opening remarks from hosts - Nursing Students of Ontario
    • Greetings from Ontario's political leaders
    • Greetings from our nursing colleagues
    • Celebrating our Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSO®)
    • Closing remarks

     7:30 - 8:30 p.m. ET

    Stakeholder Wine & Cheese Reception (cash bar)

    Day 2 - Friday, June 23, 2023


     8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET

    98th AGM

    • Opening remarks
    • Chief executive officer report
    • Provincial and standing committee reports
    • Results of One member, one vote
    • Members’ Voices
    • Consultation session – 2023 proposed resolutions
    • Presentation of RNAO Recognition Awards
    • Introduction of 2023-2025 board of directors
    • President’s report
    • Closing remarks ​​​​

     12:15 - 1:30 p.m. ET

    Student Leadership Luncheon – hosted by Nursing Students of Ontario 

    Dr. Leigh Chapman is pleased to join RNAO’s Leadership Luncheon to discuss her role as federal chief nursing officer. She will share information on the priorities for her role that pertain specifically to nursing students, the cross-Canada engagement that she has completed to date, and the importance of nursing retention in optimizing the working conditions for nurses in Canada.


     6:30 - 10 p.m. ET

    President's Banquet

    • Presentation of Recognition Awards  and Media Awards
    • Live entertainment

    Day 3 - Saturday, June 24, 2023


     11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET

    Closing Keynote Presentation: RNAO Health Equity In Focus consortium

    Topic: Have you ever been discriminated against? A participatory session for reflection and action

    RNAO’s Health Equity In Focus consortium will lead the closing keynote panel at this year’s Annual General Meeting. The consortium brings together RNAO’s health equity interest groups and staff to drive deep and sustained change. It provides a supportive environment for the chairs and executives of the Black Nurses Task Force, Black Nurses Leading Change, Indigenous Nurses and Allies and the Rainbow Nursing Interest Group to reflect on and address inequities in the nursing profession and health system. 

    Panel members will discuss lived experiences with discrimination, with a focus on the structural and policy changes needed to dismantle systemic racism and other forms of discrimination in the nursing profession. They will also address how to create safe spaces for people who access health care.

    Guest speakers: 

    • Dr. Shelley Evans, PhD, RN [she/her]
      Provincial president, RNIG-RNAO (RN-2SLGBTQ+) - Rainbow Nursing Interest Group
    • Maxine Lesage, BScN, RN
      RNAO Region 11 board representative and liaison to the Indigenous Nurses and Allies Interest Group
    • Dania Versailles, RN, BScN, MScN, CPMHN(C)
      Co-Chair, Black Nurses Leading Change Interest Group 


    •  Dr. Claudette Holloway, RN, BScN, MSN, DHA, CHE
      President, RNAO
    RNAO resolutions


    RNAO encourages members, chapters, regions without chapters, and interest groups to submit resolutions for review and discussion at RNAO’s annual general meeting (AGM). Members who submit resolutions help raise the profile of important nursing and health issues and engage colleagues in discussions that matter to RNs, NPs and nursing students.

    Learn more

    One member, one vote

    One member, one vote

    RNAO members play an important role in deciding governance issues that affect the current and future direction of your professional association. Voting opens on Tuesday, June 6 at 12 p.m. ET and closes on Thursday, June 22 at 12 p.m. ET.

    Learn more


    Recognition awards
    RNAO Recognition Awards

    RNAO’s Recognition Awards are presented annually to volunteers and long-time members that make significant contributions to the association's mandate of speaking out for nursing and speaking out for health. Awards are given out in five different categories – leadership, education/mentorship, group, student (undergraduate) and member of the public.

    Winners to be announced publicly end of June.

    Media Awards updated
    Media Awards

    RNAO's annual Media Awards honour journalists for outstanding reporting that helps Ontarians better understand nursing and health care. Awards are presented each year in the following categories: daily newspaper, community newspaper, radio, television, online, podcast and multicultural. Entries are scored by an independent panel of judges consisting of nurses and journalists.

    Winners to be announced publicly end of June.

     We were thrilled to have both members and non-members join us virtually at our 97th AGM. Our theme “COVID-19 pandemic: Nursing through crisis” highlighted both the incredible leadership by RNs, NPs, nursing students and Ontarians, as well as RNAO’s role in speaking out on key issues throughout the pandemic.

    Closing keynote panel: How will nursing recover post pandemic and what will our profession look like?