With nearly four decades of progressive experience in the health-care system, Mike Villeneuve has worked in all the domains or nursing practice — direct care, administration, education, research and policy. He was appointed chief executive officer of CNA in June 2017. He leads the Ottawa-based organization’s team and operations as it works for its more than 139,000 members across all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. In his role, he is helping to implement a forward-leaning vision for professional nursing in Canada and the related services needed at CNA to support that transformation. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Nurses Foundation and, for 2017-2018, has been appointed as the virtual visiting scholar at the Dalhousie University school of nursing.
Since 2000, Mike has held teaching, executive and consulting roles with the federal Office of Nursing Policy, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses, CNA and its National Expert Commission, and the Lawrence S. Bloomberg faculty of nursing at the University of Toronto. Prior to returning to CNA as CEO, Mike led his own consultancy in health policy analysis, research, strategy and communication, serving governments, professional associations, unions and universities across Canada and internationally. During the 1990s, Mike was an educator and then patient care manager in the neuro intensive care and neuro/trauma/plastics units at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.
One of three authors of CNA’s centennial history book, Mike also is author of Public Policy and Canadian Nursing: Lessons from the Field (2017), the first Canadian text focused on nursing and public policy. Mike lives in rural Eastern Ontario, where he is proud to serve as the vice-chair of the board of directors at Winchester District Memorial Hospital—one of Ontario’s highest-performing small community hospitals.