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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