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Governance

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of nine directors. The Executive Committee is composed of: President, President-elect (or Past-President), Treasurer, and Secretary. The five Regional Representatives (elected by members from the nominee’s region) are: Atlantic; Quebec; Ontario; Prairies & North and Pacific.

The term of office for each Board member is two years, with the exception of the President. The President (chosen as “President-elect”) spends one year as President-elect, two years as President and one year as Past-President. All terms begin on November 1st in the year elected to office.

Expert Advisors

Expert Advisors are focused on specific CANAC activities and are seconded on fixed terms which are regularly reviewed by the Board.   They attend Board meetings at the invitation of the Board and do not vote on Board matters.

Executive

  • Brett Dow

    RN, MA
    President
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    Brett Dow

    RN, MA
    President
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    Brett Dow graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing in 1999, and a Master’s of Nursing in 2006, with a focus on adolescent behaviour related to sexual health. His past nursing experience includes psychiatry/mental health and paediatrics, and has been working in the field of HIV/BBP/STI since 2005. From 2005 – 2009, he worked as a Public Health Nurse in the Sexual and Street Health Programs for Saskatoon Health Region.

    Currently he is the Regional HIV/BBP/STI Coordinator for First Nations Inuit Health Branch Saskatchewan, Health Canada, offering the unique perspective of having worked both as a direct care provider, as well as being someone working within a government system affecting policy and program development. Brett has been a CANAC member since 2009 and is passionate about providing the high quality health and social services, based upon evidence based practice and self identified needs of the people with whom he works.

     

  • Julie Kille

    MSN, BScN, RN
    Past President
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    Julie Kille

    MSN, BScN, RN
    Past President
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    Julie is an experienced registered nurse and health care leader from Vancouver, British Columbia. Julie holds a Master of Science in Nursing from University of British Columbia (2015) and a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing from University of Victoria (2003). Julie is a long time CANAC member and has held regional representative and treasurer positions on the board of directors prior to her role as President. Julie has a passion for working with populations impacted by HIV/AIDS and in 2007, travelled to Mohale Dam, Lesotho with the Clinton Foundation as a Clinical Mentor.  She is currently the Operations Leader of the HIV/AIDS and Addictions Program at Providence Health Care and was recently seconded for 8 months to a Clinical Practice Lead position at Vancouver Coastal Health.

    As President, Julie wishes to see CANAC continue to thrive as the voice of HIV nurses across Canada. She sees the work of CANAC as essential to empowering both nurses and people living with HIV by supporting education, advocacy and change at all levels: community, health care and learning institutions and at policy making tables at the National level.

  • Tracey Rickards

    RN PhD
    Secretary
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    Tracey Rickards

    RN PhD
    Secretary
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    Tracey Rickards is a Lecturer with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton campus). Tracey is a PhD student with Dalhousie University’s School of Nursing.

    Tracey’s educational career includes a Masters of Nursing at UNB (2005). In 2007 she began working on course work for a PhD in Nursing at Dalhousie. Ms. Rickards’ research focus is the process of becoming a lesbian headed step-parent family. With completion of her PhD, Tracey will continue her role in the Faculty of Nursing at UNB as Asst. Professor. Tracey anticipates completion of her PhD in 2013. She will begin building a program of research focusing on lesbian health, women’s health, and community health. Ms. Rickards has worked in intensive care, with government, and in community health nursing.

    Tracey has taught extensively in the Faculty of Nursing, among other courses she has taught the community theory course for third year students. She has worked at the Faculty of Nursing’s Community Health Clinic for the past five years. In this capacity she has been a clinical instructor for community clinical practicum. Ms. Rickards was on the organizing committee for the CANAC conference held in Fredericton, NB in 2010. Tracey spent 5 years on the board of AIDS NB. She began as member at large and continued up through the ranks, acting as President for 3 years and past president for one year.

     

  • Debbie Rodger

    RN
    Treasurer
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    Debbie Rodger

    RN
    Treasurer
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    I am currently the HIV Strategy Nurse Consultant with the Saskatchewan HIV Collaborative. I have been part of the team that cares for the HIV positive population of Southern Saskatchewan for over 15 years.

    I am passionate about the work I do and advocate for the my clients on a daily basis. I was privileged to travel to Guyana, South America several times and mentor their health professionals in HIV care. Currently I volunteer weekly at SEARCH – a student run clinic/drop inn centre as a nurse mentor.

     

Brett Dow

Brett Dow - CANAC
RN, MA
President

Brett Dow graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing in 1999, and a Master’s of Nursing in 2006, with a focus on adolescent behaviour related to sexual health. His past nursing experience includes psychiatry/mental health and paediatrics, and has been working in the field of HIV/BBP/STI since 2005. From 2005 – 2009, he worked as a Public Health Nurse in the Sexual and Street Health Programs for Saskatoon Health Region.

Currently he is the Regional HIV/BBP/STI Coordinator for First Nations Inuit Health Branch Saskatchewan, Health Canada, offering the unique perspective of having worked both as a direct care provider, as well as being someone working within a government system affecting policy and program development. Brett has been a CANAC member since 2009 and is passionate about providing the high quality health and social services, based upon evidence based practice and self identified needs of the people with whom he works.

 

Julie Kille

Julie Kille - CANAC
MSN, BScN, RN
Past President

Julie is an experienced registered nurse and health care leader from Vancouver, British Columbia. Julie holds a Master of Science in Nursing from University of British Columbia (2015) and a Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing from University of Victoria (2003). Julie is a long time CANAC member and has held regional representative and treasurer positions on the board of directors prior to her role as President. Julie has a passion for working with populations impacted by HIV/AIDS and in 2007, travelled to Mohale Dam, Lesotho with the Clinton Foundation as a Clinical Mentor.  She is currently the Operations Leader of the HIV/AIDS and Addictions Program at Providence Health Care and was recently seconded for 8 months to a Clinical Practice Lead position at Vancouver Coastal Health.

As President, Julie wishes to see CANAC continue to thrive as the voice of HIV nurses across Canada. She sees the work of CANAC as essential to empowering both nurses and people living with HIV by supporting education, advocacy and change at all levels: community, health care and learning institutions and at policy making tables at the National level.

Tracey Rickards

Tracey Rickards - CANAC
RN PhD
Secretary

Tracey Rickards is a Lecturer with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton campus). Tracey is a PhD student with Dalhousie University’s School of Nursing.

Tracey’s educational career includes a Masters of Nursing at UNB (2005). In 2007 she began working on course work for a PhD in Nursing at Dalhousie. Ms. Rickards’ research focus is the process of becoming a lesbian headed step-parent family. With completion of her PhD, Tracey will continue her role in the Faculty of Nursing at UNB as Asst. Professor. Tracey anticipates completion of her PhD in 2013. She will begin building a program of research focusing on lesbian health, women’s health, and community health. Ms. Rickards has worked in intensive care, with government, and in community health nursing.

Tracey has taught extensively in the Faculty of Nursing, among other courses she has taught the community theory course for third year students. She has worked at the Faculty of Nursing’s Community Health Clinic for the past five years. In this capacity she has been a clinical instructor for community clinical practicum. Ms. Rickards was on the organizing committee for the CANAC conference held in Fredericton, NB in 2010. Tracey spent 5 years on the board of AIDS NB. She began as member at large and continued up through the ranks, acting as President for 3 years and past president for one year.

 

Debbie Rodger

Debbie Rodger - CANAC
RN
Treasurer

I am currently the HIV Strategy Nurse Consultant with the Saskatchewan HIV Collaborative. I have been part of the team that cares for the HIV positive population of Southern Saskatchewan for over 15 years.

I am passionate about the work I do and advocate for the my clients on a daily basis. I was privileged to travel to Guyana, South America several times and mentor their health professionals in HIV care. Currently I volunteer weekly at SEARCH – a student run clinic/drop inn centre as a nurse mentor.

 

Regional Representatives

  • Donna Bulman

    RN, BN, MAdEd, PhD
    Atlantic
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    Donna Bulman

    RN, BN, MAdEd, PhD
    Atlantic
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  • Eric Lefebvre

    Quebec
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    Eric has worked in the field of HIV since the beginning of his nursing career in 2007. He started out with Ottawa Public Health at the Sexual health Centre where he offered STI/HIV screening in various environments (clinics, saunas, bars) and sat on diverse committees and groups related to LGBT health. He also helped coordinate the opening of a new service, Gay Zone gaie, a STI screening clinic for gay and bisexual men in Ottawa.

    Since 2009 he has continued in this line of work at the Clinique medicale quartier latin in Montreal. Since 2011 Eric in on the board of directors of RÉZO (previously Action Séro Zero), a community-based organization for gay and bisexual men in Montreal whose focus is overall health promotion as well as the prevention of HIV/AIDS. Eric is a member of CANAC since 2010 and believes that with his experiences, ideas and motivation that he will be able to contribute to the important work done by CANAC.

     

  • Jeff Reinhart

    RN BSN
    Ontario
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    Jeff Reinhart

    RN BSN
    Ontario
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    Jeff Reinhart works as a registered nurse in the LGBT Primary Care program at Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto. There, the majority of his clients are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and other queer-identified people, and he provides nursing care to Sherbourne’s HIV Clinic–a low barrier, drop-in-based primary care clinic for people living with HIV. Currently, he is collaborating with community members from across Canada on issues of PrEP access and delivery, including research, community mobilization, advocacy and clinical care.

    He developed his passion for HIV, hepatitis C and harm reduction while working as an educator and program manager at CATIE, where he met many of the nurses involved in CANAC who provided inspiration to become a nurse himself. He graduated with a B.Sc. Nursing from the University of Toronto in 2013 and CANAC awarded him the Barney Hickey Newcomer of the Year Award shortly after that in 2015.

  • Susanne Nasewich

    RN BScN ACRN
    Prairies & North
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    Susanne Nasewich

    RN BScN ACRN
    Prairies & North
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    Susanne Nasewich, is a Registered Nurse with significant experience in varied settings, working with people living with HIV/AIDS.  She holds certification (AIDS Certified Registered Nurse) through the American Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC).

    Susanne’s present role is as the HIV Coordinator in Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region.  She is a Board member with both the Saskatchewan HIV/HCV Professional Practice Group and CATIE (Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange) and is a long-time member of CANAC (Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care).  She has also been involved at the provincial level as a member of the Saskatchewan HIV Collaborative.

     

    Susanne is passionate about inclusion of GIPA/MIPA, about providing culturally safe care for people living with HIV and those at-risk for HIV and in supporting health care providers to be able to provide care to all vulnerable populations.

     

  • Nancy Chow

    RN, BScN
    Pacific
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    Nancy Chow

    RN, BScN
    Pacific
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    Nancy Chow is a registered nurse in Vancouver BC with extensive experience in the field of HIV/AIDS. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of British Columbia in Nursing (2007) and Nutritional Science (1996). Nancy has been working with people living with HIV/AIDS for 18 years. She first practiced as a nutritionist at a nonprofit society providing consultation and education for clients living with HIV. After 10 years, she transitioned into nursing and worked in the HIV inpatient and outpatient clinical settings at St. Paul’s Hospital.  She also has been involved in various HIV initiatives and program coordination in her role as a Nurse Educator with the implementation and expansion of routine HIV testing in acute care in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. Nancy has also been an HIV mentor for nurses working in First Nations communities as well as for local clinicians in Malawi, Africa. Nancy recently accepted a new position as the Clinical Nurse Leader for St. Paul’s Hospital’s Rapid Access Addiction Clinic, a new outpatient clinic providing specialized addiction care.

     

    Nancy has been a longtime member of CANAC and has been a speaker at a number of CANAC conferences.  She is very excited to be the Pacific Regional Representative for the next two years to further the efforts of CANAC in facilitating space for education, knowledge exchange, and network with like-minded nurses and allied professions. She believes as healthcare providers, nurses must strive to continue to empower each other, expand their knowledge, and to exercise their voices to create positive changes.

     

     

     

Donna Bulman

Donna Bulman CANAC - ACIIS
RN, BN, MAdEd, PhD
Atlantic

Eric Lefebvre

Eric Lefebvre - CANAC
Quebec
Eric has worked in the field of HIV since the beginning of his nursing career in 2007. He started out with Ottawa Public Health at the Sexual health Centre where he offered STI/HIV screening in various environments (clinics, saunas, bars) and sat on diverse committees and groups related to LGBT health. He also helped coordinate the opening of a new service, Gay Zone gaie, a STI screening clinic for gay and bisexual men in Ottawa.

Since 2009 he has continued in this line of work at the Clinique medicale quartier latin in Montreal. Since 2011 Eric in on the board of directors of RÉZO (previously Action Séro Zero), a community-based organization for gay and bisexual men in Montreal whose focus is overall health promotion as well as the prevention of HIV/AIDS. Eric is a member of CANAC since 2010 and believes that with his experiences, ideas and motivation that he will be able to contribute to the important work done by CANAC.

 

Jeff Reinhart

RN BSN
Ontario

Jeff Reinhart works as a registered nurse in the LGBT Primary Care program at Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto. There, the majority of his clients are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and other queer-identified people, and he provides nursing care to Sherbourne’s HIV Clinic–a low barrier, drop-in-based primary care clinic for people living with HIV. Currently, he is collaborating with community members from across Canada on issues of PrEP access and delivery, including research, community mobilization, advocacy and clinical care.

He developed his passion for HIV, hepatitis C and harm reduction while working as an educator and program manager at CATIE, where he met many of the nurses involved in CANAC who provided inspiration to become a nurse himself. He graduated with a B.Sc. Nursing from the University of Toronto in 2013 and CANAC awarded him the Barney Hickey Newcomer of the Year Award shortly after that in 2015.

Susanne Nasewich

RN BScN ACRN
Prairies & North

Susanne Nasewich, is a Registered Nurse with significant experience in varied settings, working with people living with HIV/AIDS.  She holds certification (AIDS Certified Registered Nurse) through the American Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC).

Susanne’s present role is as the HIV Coordinator in Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region.  She is a Board member with both the Saskatchewan HIV/HCV Professional Practice Group and CATIE (Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange) and is a long-time member of CANAC (Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care).  She has also been involved at the provincial level as a member of the Saskatchewan HIV Collaborative.

 

Susanne is passionate about inclusion of GIPA/MIPA, about providing culturally safe care for people living with HIV and those at-risk for HIV and in supporting health care providers to be able to provide care to all vulnerable populations.

 

Nancy Chow

RN, BScN
Pacific

Nancy Chow is a registered nurse in Vancouver BC with extensive experience in the field of HIV/AIDS. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of British Columbia in Nursing (2007) and Nutritional Science (1996). Nancy has been working with people living with HIV/AIDS for 18 years. She first practiced as a nutritionist at a nonprofit society providing consultation and education for clients living with HIV. After 10 years, she transitioned into nursing and worked in the HIV inpatient and outpatient clinical settings at St. Paul’s Hospital.  She also has been involved in various HIV initiatives and program coordination in her role as a Nurse Educator with the implementation and expansion of routine HIV testing in acute care in the Vancouver Coastal Health region. Nancy has also been an HIV mentor for nurses working in First Nations communities as well as for local clinicians in Malawi, Africa. Nancy recently accepted a new position as the Clinical Nurse Leader for St. Paul’s Hospital’s Rapid Access Addiction Clinic, a new outpatient clinic providing specialized addiction care.

 

Nancy has been a longtime member of CANAC and has been a speaker at a number of CANAC conferences.  She is very excited to be the Pacific Regional Representative for the next two years to further the efforts of CANAC in facilitating space for education, knowledge exchange, and network with like-minded nurses and allied professions. She believes as healthcare providers, nurses must strive to continue to empower each other, expand their knowledge, and to exercise their voices to create positive changes.

 

 

 

Expert Advisors

  • Scott Harrison

    RN BScN MA CCHN(C)
    Communication and Knowledge Exchange
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    Scott Harrison

    RN BScN MA CCHN(C)
    Communication and Knowledge Exchange
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    Originally from the UK, Scott is an experienced nurse and health care leader, with a diverse clinical background in critical care nursing, public health and primary care. Throughout his 20 years of clinical practice, Scott has focused on vulnerable and marginalized communities including the homeless, people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and people living with HIV/AIDS.

    He is currently the Director of Strategy & Transformation for Urban Health, Mental Health & Substance USe with Providence Health Care in Vancouver and Adjunct Professor of Nursing with the University of British Columbia.  Focused on the Downtown Eastside and Vancouver Inner City, Scott also manages HIV/AIDS services, Addiction services and Indigenous Health services.

    Scott is a Surveyor with Accreditation Canada and speaks across the country on substance use, cultural safety, power and privilege and indigenous health issues.  He is widely published in peer review journals, including the SALOME research trial.

Scott Harrison

RN BScN MA CCHN(C)
Communication and Knowledge Exchange

Originally from the UK, Scott is an experienced nurse and health care leader, with a diverse clinical background in critical care nursing, public health and primary care. Throughout his 20 years of clinical practice, Scott has focused on vulnerable and marginalized communities including the homeless, people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and people living with HIV/AIDS.

He is currently the Director of Strategy & Transformation for Urban Health, Mental Health & Substance USe with Providence Health Care in Vancouver and Adjunct Professor of Nursing with the University of British Columbia.  Focused on the Downtown Eastside and Vancouver Inner City, Scott also manages HIV/AIDS services, Addiction services and Indigenous Health services.

Scott is a Surveyor with Accreditation Canada and speaks across the country on substance use, cultural safety, power and privilege and indigenous health issues.  He is widely published in peer review journals, including the SALOME research trial.

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