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Convention Program

CNA annual meeting of members: Monday, June 22

Exhibits: Tuesday, June 23, 07:30 – Wednesday, June 24, 16:00
Be sure to visit the exhibit hall during the convention to see new products and services available in the health-care industry.

Tuesday, June 23 — Take Care of Nurses

07:00-17:00
Registration and information

08:00-09:15
Opening ceremonies

President’s speech — Claire Betker 

09:15-10:00
Opening keynote speaker


Helen Bevan

Chief Transformation Officer at National Health Service Horizons
United Kingdom

Helen is a dynamic leader on the world stage who helped take the U.K.’s National Health Service to its number 1 ranking among the health systems of wealthy nations. She will share her usual frank talk about the need for smart organizational radicals, strong interprofessional collaboration and practical solutions to create and sustain meaningful change in health systems.


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10:00-10:30
Networking break

10:30-12:00
Introductory learning and dialogue sessions
We want to hear your ideas and identify the best ways to take care of nurses and take charge of health care. This will be your opportunity to engage with CNA board members in facilitated conversations that will delve deep into the convention’s four abstract themes. Help us think about ways CNA can tackle the issues that emerge during the presentations that will follow. Four sessions will occur in separate rooms so you can focus on the abstract theme that interests you most.


See abstract themes


12:00-13:00
Networking lunch

13:00-14:00
Feedback and discussion plenary session — #1 of 2
Board members will share feedback from the learning and dialogue session held this morning. Our aim is to engage all convention participants in a practical conversation about ways CNA can take action on the key emerging issues!

14:00-14:30
Honouring nursing’s finest
CNA will present its highest honour, the Jeanne Mance Award for outstanding contributions to nursing. Nurses nominated for this prestigious award have made significant and unique contributions to the health of Canadians. Their work has raised public awareness of the nursing profession and has influenced the way nursing is practised in Canada and abroad.

As well, the Orders of Merit will be bestowed to nursing leaders in the areas of clinical practice, education, administration, research and policy. These nurses have made significant and innovative contributions to health care and brought increased status and public recognition to the nursing profession.

We will also recognize two health-care facilities each with an Employer Recognition Award for exemplary support of the CNA Certification Program and CNA-certified nurses.

14:30-15:00
Networking break

15:00-16:30
Learning and dialogue concurrent sessions — #1 of 3
During this session, abstract presentations will be held concurrently in four rooms, each with two CNA board members present to provide support and report back key messages. The presentations run concurrently and are led by nurses who submitted abstracts that were selected by a peer-review panel. Abstracts will cover one of our four convention themes and different presentation formats may take place in the three hours available.

16:30-16:45
Break

16:45-18:00
Learning and dialogue concurrent sessions — #2 of 3
During this session, abstract presentations will be held concurrently in four rooms, each with two CNA board members present to provide support and report back key messages. The presentations run concurrently and are led by nurses who submitted abstracts that were selected by a peer-review panel. Abstracts will cover one of our four convention themes and different presentation formats may take place in the three hours available.


See abstract themes


Read about the presentation formats


Afterward, explore Ottawa! Take full advantage of an evening in beautiful downtown Ottawa. Read more about what the nation’s capital has to offer on our About page.

Wednesday, June 24 — Take Charge of Health

07:30-12:00
Registration and information

08:15-09:00
Plenary keynote speaker


Richard Booth

Assistant Professor, Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University

Richard is a leading Canadian thinker and innovator in the intersecting worlds of health care, social media, robotics and artificial intelligence. Prepare to be challenged as Richard imagines ways we may work alongside robots in health care — one of the many ways we can think about using technology to extend nursing’s reach, support practice, and let nurses focus on the work that really needs a human touch!


Read more about Richard

9:00-10:00
Plenary panel to explore and discuss the ideas and innovations raised in Richard Booth’s presentation. We’ll consider ways leveraging technology and other resources can contribute to individual, team and organizational resilience. Join us to hear the reflections of experts in this moderated panel session!

10:00-10:30
Networking break

10:30-12:00
Learning and dialogue concurrent sessions — #3 of 3
During this session, abstract presentations will be held concurrently in four rooms, each with two CNA board members present to provide support and report back key messages. The presentations run concurrently and are led by nurses who submitted abstracts that were selected by a peer-review panel. Abstracts will cover one of our four convention themes and different presentation formats may take place in the 90 minutes available.


See abstract themes


Read about the presentation formats


12:00-13:00
Networking lunch

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND — Nursing leaders coach’s corners

LIMITED AVAILABILITY — FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED!

Sharpen your leadership skills! Sign up for a face-to-face 15-minute meeting during the networking lunch with one of Canada’s top nursing leaders. Get valuable advice from chief nursing officers, regional health authority leaders, CNA board members and others. One 15-minute session could change your career!

A full list of coaches and their biographies will be posted online in late April. You can sign up for multiple sessions, but spots are limited and granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserve yours by contacting Nada Hammude at nhammude@cna-aiic.ca.

13:00-14:00
Feedback and discussion plenary session — #2 of 2
Board members will share lessons and messages from the concurrent sessions held across the two days of the convention. They will continue the conversation with convention participants about ways CNA can take action on the key issues!

14:00-14:30
Transfer of the presidential chain of office, including speech from incoming CNA president Tim Guest.

14:30-15:30
Closing keynote speaker:


 

Lisa Coleman

Senior Vice President for Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation and Chief Diversity Officer
New York University

Lisa is a humorous and inspiring leader who musters evidence and experience in very human ways. She’ll challenge our thinking about inclusivity, diversity and belonging in building strong and resilient individuals, teams and organizations. Join us for this rare chance to share a conversation with a global change-maker!


Read more about Lisa

15:30-16:30
President’s reception
Your chance to thank our outgoing president, welcome the incoming president and congratulate the president-elect