W. Dean Care, Brandon University
Dr. Dean Care has enjoyed a 45-year career in nursing education. The past 38 years has been spent in a variety of administrative roles. Most recently, he served as Dean of the Faculty of Health Studies at Brandon University and the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Manitoba. He also served as Acting Vice-President, Academic & Provost in 2012-13 at Brandon University. Earlier in his career, Dr Care was the Director of the Diploma and Practical Schools of Nursing at St. Boniface General Hospital in Winnipeg.
Dr Care has been the recipient of several awards. These include two Outstanding Teacher Awards at the University of Manitoba; the Board of Director’s Award of Distinction at the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba; and has the distinction of being inducted as an Invited Professor, University of Havana Medical University, Havana, Cuba. He currently serves as a full Professor in the Nursing Department at Brandon University and Adjunct Professor, College of Nursing, University of Manitoba.
In the past 15 years, Dr Care has been a Principal and/or Co-Principal Investigator on almost $1,500,000 in research and operating grant funded projects. This includes funding from national funding bodies such as SSHRC, CIHR, CIDA, and the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada. Provincial funding was secured from Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and Research Manitoba. He has served on Advisory Boards and been a Peer Reviewer for peer-reviewed journals including Nurse Educator, Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, and the Canadian Journal of Psychiatric Nursing Research to name a few.
Through his academic career, Dr Care has over 175 peer-reviewed publications and disseminations strategies to his credit including book chapters, manuscripts, and presentations at local, national, and international conferences.
Martha MacLeod, Univerity of Northern British Columbia
A longstanding advocate of integrating nursing education, practice, and research to achieve excellence in all, Martha MacLeod is a recognized leader in rural nursing, rural nursing education, and rural health services research. She recently retired from the University of Northern British Columbia as Professor in the Schools of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Northern Health-UNBC Knowledge Mobilization Research Chair. Before joining UNBC, Professor MacLeod held management roles in nursing continuing education and staff development in Winnipeg, focusing on nursing practice development and practice-driven approaches to nursing education. Dr. MacLeod has made singularly important contributions to undergraduate and graduate nursing education, as well as to continuing education in Canada. Her research focuses on professional practice, its extension and support within health care organizations, especially in rural, remote, and northern settings. She has published and presented widely on rural and northern nursing practice, education, knowledge translation, and health service development. Her research has been taken up regionally, provincially, nationally, and internationally and has informed rural nursing education programming, rural workforce planning, and primary and community care implementation. She was founding Co-Chair of the Canadian Rural Health Research Society and has led and advised interprofessional and multi-organizational education, research, policy, and practice networks. Dr. Macleod’s research, policy, and KT work has specific application in how we begin to transition out of the rural nursing workforce crisis.
Dr. MacLeod’s expertise and contributions have been recognized through awards for research excellence and mentorship from the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia and the University of Northern British Columbia. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing. She completed a Diploma in Nursing from the Royal Alexandra School of Nursing, BA in Sociology and MA in Adult Education from the University of Toronto, and PhD in Nursing from the University of Edinburgh.
Marcia Hills, University of Victoria
Marcia Hills, , is a Professor and Associate Director at the School of Nursing, University of Victoria, British Columbia (BC), Canada. She was: the founding Director of the British Columbia Collaborative Nursing Program – the first Caring Science nursing program in Canada (1989-94); founding Director of the Centre for Community Health Promotion Research (2002-2009) at the University of Victoria; Co-Chair (2002-04) and then president (2004-08) of the Canadian Consortium for Health Promotion Research (CCHPR) and Co-Chair of its Education and Training subcommittee; President of the Canadian Association of Teachers for Community Health (CATCH) (2004-2015); Marcia is a Distinguished Scholar of Caring Science (WCSI) and Faculty Associate at the Watson Caring Science Institute. Marcia is the Founder and current President of the Global Alliance for Human Caring Education (2018 -).
Marcia co-authored, with Jean Watson (2011, 2021), Creating a Caring Curriculum: A Relational Emancipatory Pedagogy for Nursing. She is also a co-author, with Chantal Cara and Jean Watson (2019), of An Educator’s Guide to Humanize Nursing Education: Grounded in Caring Science.
As a Visiting Scholar and a World Health Organization (WHO) Fellow, Marcia worked and studied in Australia and England and at the National School of Public Health in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Marcia has consulted extensively in: the USA, the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Kenya, Brazil, Chile, and Canada in the areas of: health promotion, primary health care, emancipatory caring curriculum development and pedagogy, women’s health, and participatory action research and evaluation.