Advisory Board Members

Evelyn Kennedy, RN, PhD

Evelyn Kennedy
Evelyn Kennedy is an Associate Professor in the Cape Breton University Nursing Department. She is a Registered Nurse and has a PhD from Dalhousie University. She was president of ARCASN for two terms and has served on the CASN Board of Directors since 2010. Her research is dedicated  to nursing education and promotion of both the competence and confidence of future registered nurses.






Jacinthe Pepin, inf., Ph.D.


Dr. Jacinthe Pepin is a leader in nursing education research, particularly in the processes for the development of nursing competencies, such as clinical leadership. She is also interested in strategies for developing competencies, such as reflective practice in groups and she explores (with other researchers), ways to evaluate the benefits of education interventions on nursing practice and patient care.

Dr. Pepin has received a grant to support a team for 4 years from the Fonds de recherche du Quebec, under the society and culture category (totaling $464,640). She is also the primary scientist on the FUTURE Team which is interdisciplinary (nursing and education) and inter-institutional (uMontreal, uLaval and uSherbrooke), and which is undertaking work on university education for health-care professionals. The work of this team is based on a constructivist approach to understanding 1) how and why using a competency approach makes a difference in the training of health-care professionals, and 2) how the development of competencies impacts health-care professionals from early education to expertise.

Dr. Pepin has also participated as a co-founder in the creation of the Réseau de recherché en interventions en sciences infirmières du Qubec (RRISIQ), financially supported by the Fonds de recherche du Quebec, under the health category, the Ministère de la santé et des services sociaux, and university partners (totaling $2m). RRISIQ was born from the integration of the domains of clinical research, training and organization. A member of the scientific committee, she represents the area of nursing education.

With regards to operating grants, Dr. Pepin directs a scoping project of qualitative studies on the development of competencies in health-care professionals. This work builds on her earlier work related to the development of clinical leadership competency in nurses. This recent research is part of a project funded by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, on which she is a co-investigator. She is an author or co-author on three of the four publications resulting from the project with the title “Integrated approach to the initial and continuing education of nurses to improve the quality of researching and clinical leadership.”

Dr. Pepin oversees the work of three doctoral students with the same themes in their research, as well as four Master’s students. In the last five years, 13 of the graduate students she has supervised have received their degree (one of which was a doctoral student). Because she actively encourages her students to publish, 11/14 of her publication and 14/29 of her presentations (in the last five years) have included a student. Her works are published in Canada and internationally.

Linda Ferguson, RN, BSN, PGD (Cont Ed.), MN, PhD


Linda Ferguson, RN, PhD, is Professor in the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan.  Her undergraduate, masters and PhD are in the field of nursing, and she has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Continuing Education.  She has taught in the College of Nursing for the past twenty years, and before that at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences, Kelsey Campus.  She is currently the Director of the Centre for the Advancement of the Study of Nursing Education and Interprofessional Education (CASNIE).  Her research has focused on education in nursing, in particular on educational methods used in nursing education.  Her current studies are focused on workplace learning and mentoring in the nursing context, preceptorship, and mentor and protégé perceptions of mentoring. She has served as President of both the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN), and the Western Region of CASN.  She also serves as elected faculty representative on the Board of Governors of the University of Saskatchewan.

Kirsten Woodend, RN, PhD

Kirsten-Woodend-modDr. Woodend has been the dean of the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing, Trent University since 2011 and has just been reappointed for another 5 year term.During her career she has held numerous teaching, research, and administrative positions in the field of nursing. Currently, she is also president of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN).  Prior to joining Trent in 2011, Prof. Woodend was an associate professor at the University of Ottawa School of Nursing. She served as the director and associate dean of the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa until June of 2010. She is also a senior investigator for the Nursing Best Practice Centre, and was a clinical scientist with the Élisabeth-Bruyère Research Institute.

Throughout her career, and prior to being named president of CASN, Prof. Woodend held several key administrative positions, including director of Epidemiology in Public Health and director of Research with the Canadian Pharmacists Association. She has been awarded more than one million dollars in research funding as a primary investigator and more than three million dollars as a co-investigator.

Sandy DeLuca, RN, PhD

Dr. DeLuca holds joint appointments at Fanshawe College and Western University. For the past ten years and presently she is Chair of the School of Nursing, Research, Professional & Community Collaborations at Fanshawe College and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing and Faculties of Education and Health Sciences at Western. She is a researcher at the Centre for Education, Research & Innovation at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Dr. DeLuca has over 35 years of teaching experience in undergraduate programs in nursing education in college and university programs. As well Dr. DeLuca, for the past 15 years and presently, has taught graduate courses in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Health Professional Education field at Western. She holds Doctoral supervisory status at Western with the Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Education.

Dr. DeLuca is Chair of the Provincial Heads of Nursing and is the CAATS representative on the Joint Provincial Nursing Committee.  She is Co-Chair of COUPN/CAATS Executive, elected Ontario Director on CASN’s Board of Directors, currently in her fourth term. She was a past member of the Ministry of Health’s Nursing Graduate Guarantee Steering Committee and MTCU’s Tripartite Committee.

Pauline Paul, PhD, RN

Pauline Paul
Pauline Paul, PhD, RN is a graduate from the Université de Montréal, McGill University and the University of Alberta. She is Professor of Graduate Studies Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. She has extensive experience in the development of  innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. She has taught at all levels from beginning clinical course to PhD courses. Her research is focused on nursing education, including program evaluation, interprofessional simulation, and history of nursing.  She is currently the President Elect of CASN and was previously Chair of the Accreditation Bureau.




Patricia Bradley, MEd, PhD, RN, CCNE

Dr. Patricia Bradley has extensive teaching experience in Canada and the United States. She has taught in universities, colleges, and healthcare settings. Pat is currently an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Internationally Educated Nurses BScN Program in the School of Nursing at York University. Pat teaches in the graduate and undergraduate programs in the School of Nursing and the Health Leadership and Learning Network (HLLN) in the Faculty of Health. She was the recipient of the President’s University-Wide Teaching Award in 2012, and in 2011 she was the recipient of both a teaching innovation award from the Council of Ontario University Programs of Nursing (COUPN) and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) Excellence in Nursing Education Award. She is actively involved nationally and internationally in the transition of internationally educated nurses into the healthcare workplace. Pat’s recent research has focused on the experience and intervention initiatives to assist internationally educated nurses’ transition into the healthcare setting. She is committed to ensuring students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide safe and quality nursing care.

Janet Landeen, BScN, MEd, PhD

Dr. Janet Landeen is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. Following a 14 year career in hospital and community-based psychiatric mental health nursing she joined McMaster in 1987. Initially she was cross-appointed with the Hamilton Program for Schizophrenia. She has been full time with the School of Nursing since 1998 and was Assistant Dean of the Undergraduate Nursing Education Program from 2004-2012. Dr. Landeen completed her BScN from the University of Connecticut in 1973, her Masters of Education (Curriculum Studies) from the University of Victoria in 1988, and her PhD from the University of Toronto (Institute of Medical Sciences) in 2000. Her expertise in curriculum development and implementation, including research on nursing education approaches were acknowledged in 2015 with her being awarded the McMaster President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning. In 2015 she also received the Ethel John’s Award from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing for outstanding contributions to nursing education.

Florence Myrick, RN, PhD


Dr. Myrick is an outstanding scholar who has dedicated her professional career to the promotion of excellence in nursing education. Since receiving her PhD in Nursing from the University of Alberta in 1998, Dr. Myrick has been committed to scholarly inquiry into professional education. Dr. Myrick’s program of research has focused particularly on preceptorship. In more recent years, Dr. Myrick has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to complete a variety of studies examining preceptorship from a nursing and interprofessional perspective. Dr. Myrick is recognized nationally and internationally for her high quality work as evidenced by the numerous peer reviewed journal articles published as well as several book chapters and a book. Currently, she is in the process of completing a second book on clinical teaching. Outside of her program of research, Dr. Myrick is the embodiment of excellence in education. Witness her receipt of various awards in recognition of her acumen as a Professor at the University of Alberta including but not limited to the CASN Award for Excellence in Education, the Alberta Nurse Educator Administrators (ANEA) Award for Leadership in Nursing Education and the inaugural CASN Research Scholar Award. Throughout her career Dr. Myrick has also held a number of administrative positions including Associate Dean, Graduate Program (U of C), Acting Dean (U of C) and the Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta. Dr. Myrick has also been ardent in supporting and promoting the scholarship of the doctoral and master’s students she has supervised throughout her career. Currently, she is involved in two studies, one interprofessional and the other in nursing. She also currently holds the position of Professor Emerita at the University of Alberta.

Janine Lennox, RN, MSN


Janine Lennox is a graduate of the Toronto East General and Orthopaedic Hospital School of Nursing, 1974. Seeking adventure she utilized graduation gift money and moved to Victoria BC for her first job, working at the Eric Martin Institute of Psychiatry. Over the next several years she moved to Vancouver, working in adult medical and surgical areas and coronary care.

Interested in teaching, she obtained a BScN from the University of British Columbia and began teaching at the Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing in 1980. While raising a family she continued to teach, but also to work in other areas of nursing; cardiology and bone marrow transplant at VGH, nursing supervisor at Holy Family Hospital and clinician in the outpatient clinic there. Janine joined the nursing faculty at Langara College in 1992 and has taught in a variety of practice settings and theory courses. Janine obtained a Masters in Nursing from Athabasca University. While committed to teaching, Janine also enjoys a continuing practice in community health nursing. She has engaged in project work at Raven Song Community Health Centre related to educational support to office staff in Primary Care, interpreter services, and integration of the Minimum Data Set InterRai assessment tool for community care. Janine is a member of Xi Eta, the local chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the Honour Society for Nursing, and enjoys travelling and cooking. She collects high quality pots and pans and seeks support for a small appliance addiction.

Rachel Bard, Inf.aut., MAEd/RN, M.A.Ed

Rachel Bard
Upon retiring in January 2014, served as CEO of the Canadian Nurses Association from January 2009 to 2013. Before joining CNA, she held numerous leadership positions with the government of New Brunswick as  Deputy Minister of Environment 2007-08; Deputy Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training & Labour 2003-07; Assistant Deputy Minister of Public Health & Medical Services 2001-03; Assistant Deputy Minister & CEO New Brunswick Community Colleges 2000-2001; Assistant Deputy Minister of Post-Secondary Education 1998-2000. Prior to that she had a progressive career in Mental Health from 1971 to 1998 holding a number of position in the clinical, administrative and educative fields. Her last position was Executive Director of Programs, Mental Health Services Division for the Province of New Brunswick. Her activities also extend to the international and national scenes, among others was the Canadian delegate at the International Council of Nurses; the International Labour Conference – Youth Employment; OECD Center for Educational Research and Innovation Board. Has been CNA President from 1996-98; Chairperson of Board of Directors for LeanSpere Canada 2009-2012; Société Santé en Français Inc 2005-07 and the Canadian Association of Administrators of Labour Legislation 2005-07. Has been a board member of different organisations such as the Institute on Governance 2009-11; the Canadian Nurses Foundation 1994-96 & 2009-13; The New Brunswick Innovation Foundation 2003-07; the Regional Development Corporation 2003-08 and the Canadian Coordinating Office for Health Technology Assessment 2001-03.   Currently she is the public member on the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Bar Law for the Future Fund (LFFF); the East Champion for the Canadian Health Leadership Network (CHLNet); Chairperson of the CNF Board of Director; Member of the Board of Governors Collège Communautaire du NB; and Coach for EXTRA Program , Canadian Foundation for Health Improvement

Cynthia Baker, RN, PhD

Cynthia Baker
Dr. Cynthia Baker is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) and a Professor Emerita of Queen’s University in Canada. She is the former Director of Queen’s University School of Nursing, and Associate Dean of the Health Science Faculty. Prior to this, she was the Director of l’École de science infirmière de l’Université de Moncton.

CASN is the official national accrediting body of baccalaureate programs of nursing in Canada. Dr. Baker has had extensive experience with all components of accreditation and is an international accreditation consultant.

Her educational qualifications include a Bachelor degree from McGill University in Canada, an MPhil in anthropology from the University of London, England, a Master’s in Nursing degree from Dalhousie University in Canada, and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in the United States.