David Garner David Garner

With experience across 3 continents, David brings a unique perspective on personal development, with an aptitude for creating lasting learning outcomes across both team oriented and individual coaching sessions. Having worked as a leader in several different fields, David has a firm understanding of what it takes to harness personal qualities and allow them to flourish in business and in life. As a former Police Officer, David is comfortable working within diverse environments, and is able to empathize with the vast majority of his clients. David began working in the coaching industry 5 years ago in Melbourne, Australia, and has since gone on to work with one of the world’s best renowned Life Coaching institutions. Utilizing his own life experience, David began specializing in Grief Healing, which is a unique take on how to navigate through life’s most challenging circumstances. David gained worldwide attention upon the release of a YouTube video documenting his life story, which enabled him to connect with hundreds of thousands of people across the globe. David immigrated to Canada in 2013, and has worked individually with hundreds of clients across the country. He is now recognized as a Motivational speaker, having performed his keynote talks in front of several large audiences, including last July at the ORNAC conference in Antigonish..

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Michael J. Villeneuve, RN MSc Chief Executive OfficerMichael Villeneuve

With four decades of progressive experience, Mike has participated in health care delivery as a nursing attendant, staff RN, nurse-in-charge in a remote First Nation, clinical instructor, clinical nurse specialist, manager, researcher, lecturer, consultant, author and administrator. As CEO, he leads CNA’s operations which include 139,000 members across all 13 Canadian provinces and territories and the headquarters team in Ottawa. In his role, he is leading implementation of a forward-leaning vision for professional nursing in Canada and the services needed in the future at CNA to support that transformation.

Mike is a member of the editorial board for the Sage journal, Policy, Politics and Nursing Practice and serves on numerous other boards, national committees and task forces. He is an adjunct lecturer at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto.

Since 2000, Mike has held teaching, executive and consulting roles with Canada’s federal Office of Nursing Policy, OECD in Paris, Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses, CNA and its National Expert Commission, and the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. From 2012 to 2017, Mike led his own consultancy in health policy analysis, research, strategy and communication, serving governments, professional associations, unions, and universities across Canada and internationally. Earlier in his career, he was a clinician, educator and then manager in the Neuro ICU and Neuro/Trauma units at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.

One of three authors of CNA’s centennial history book (2013), Mike also is author of Public Policy and Canadian Nursing: Lessons from the Field, the first Canadian text focused on nursing and public policy (2017). Mike lives in rural Eastern Ontario where he is proud to serve as chair of the Board Directors at Winchester District Memorial Hospital—one of Ontario’s highest-performing small community hospitals.

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