Mike Villeneuve, RN, M.Sc.

With nearly four decades of progressive experience in the health-care system, Mike Villeneuve has worked in all the domains of nursing practice — direct care, administration, education, research and policy. He was appointed chief executive officer of CNA in June 2017.

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Keynote Topic

Reaching into the unknown

Transforming Canadian nursing in the 21st century

Public polls tell us that Canadians have higher expectations of health care than any other public service. And the vast majority of Canadians expect health care professionals, especially doctors, nurses, health researchers and scientists, to exert a strong role in improving health care systems. The public has high trust in nurses but also very high expectations: they want attentive, communicative, engaged and individualized care—as well as informed political action and policy leadership—from their nurses. These multiple agendas are complex and require innovative thinking around the education, deployment and leadership of a modern nursing workforce. In his multi-media presentation today, Michael Villeneuve will use evidence, humour and experience to push all of us in nursing to think about the kinds of leadership we need to transform health systems so we may achieve better health, better care, better value and optimized nursing practice for Canadians in the 21st century.

Violence Prevention Framework

Dr. Karen Eisler, RN, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Regina

Lynn Digney Davis, MN, RN(NP), Consultant, Saskatchewan Association for Safe Workplaces in Health

This presentation will provide an overview of the Saskatchewan Violence Prevention Framework and accompanying toolkit.  Participants will learn of the provincial framework and concrete tools they can implement in their practice as well as become aware of the importance of reporting these incidents.

Nîsohkmâtowak – “Helping Each Other”

Carmen Berglund, RN, Nurse Clinician, Kidney Health Community Program

Tiffany Blair, Manager, Chronic Kidney Disease and Home Based Therapies

The concept of Nîsohkmâtowak emerged from collaboration between Kidney Health Community Program and the First Nations and Métis Health Department of the Saskatoon Health Region.  Our mission was to find a way to deliver better care and education to First Nations and Métis people who live with kidney disease, and their families.

You are a Leader!

Dr. Karen Eisler, RN, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Regina

This presentation will give an overview of the RNAO Best Practice Guideline called Developing and Sustaining Nursing Leadership. It will give evidence based examples of how nurses can meet the SRNA Leadership competencies. Participants will leave with concreate examples of how they can demonstrate professional leadership and enhance their practice.

SRNA Council 101

Joanne Petersen, RN, SRNA President

This solutions lab will focus on inspiring members to see the value they would bring to the council table, the importance of nursing leadership in the regulatory world under the topic of system/process innovation and showcase the value of the team in the diversity of council composition.

Toolkit for Managers of RNs

Janice Walker, RN, Nursing Manager, St. Paul's Hospital Alicia Oucharek, RN, Nursing Manager, St. Paul's Hospital Donna Marin, RN, SRNA Practice Advisor Terri Belcourt, RN, SRNA Practice Advisor

Managers of RNs are an integral piece of the health care puzzle.  Join us in this solution lab to learn about an online Toolkit for all Managers of RNs.  Explore this new resource and hear from managers who are using the resource in their practice.

Applying the Collaborative Decision-making Framework in Saskatchewan Healthcare Settings

Helen Bourget, LPN, Practice Consultant, SALPN

Donna Marin, RN, SRNA Practice Advisor

Candace Alston, RPN, Interim Executive Director/Registrar

The Collaborative Decision-making Framework was created to support decision-making in Saskatchewan healthcare settings and helps determine optimal staff mix so each client receives the right care, at the right time, from the right care provider for optimal health outcomes. This learning opportunity highlights the document's main feature and how it can be applied.

Driving Change: Providing Culturally Safe Care and Improving the Patient Experience for Refugees and Immigrants

Sarah Kostiuk-Linford, RN, Faculty, School of Nursing SCBSN, Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Jayne Naylen Horbach, RN, Faculty, School of Nursing SCBSN, Saskatchewan Polytechnic

This presentation highlights ideas for building cultural competency and the critical importance of understanding the hidden power imbalances, inequitable social relationships and systemic barriers that require advocacy at all levels of the healthcare system. Participants will learn about inter-sectoral partnerships and cultural competency skills that are transferrable to a variety of practice settings.

Incorporating LGBTQ+ Healthcare Content in Entry to Practice Nursing Education

Jayden Meville, Third Year Student, Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Saskatoon Campus

Jayden Meville is a third-year student in the SCBScN program in Saskatoon. She is the CNSA Diversity Committee Chair and dedicates her time to advocacy efforts surrounding marginalized populations, especially within the LGBTQ+ community. Jayden will share a curriculum model that can be incorporated into current nursing curricula.

The Nurse Role in Canada's First Accountable Care Unit

Amanda Perkins, RN, Clinical Resource Nurse - Unit 4A Accountable Care, Pasqual Hospital

Sherilyn Bray, RN, Nurse Manager and Nursing Co-Lead of 4A, Pasqua Hospital

Marlee Cossette, RN, Manager, Medical Surveillance Unit, Pasqua Hospital

This presentation will inform participants on the principles of an ACU and its effect on various system and clinical performance outcomes. The presentation will also review lessons learned in regards to change management and sustainability, and creative solutions nurses developed to improve clinical performance outcomes and overall teamwork.

Truth and Reconciliation

Tim O'Loan, Advisor to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Chair

Tim delivers an emotional 60-minute presentation on the legacy of the Residential school system in Canada and the process of Reconciliation. It is woven with 3 short videos, his own personal stories, experiences and challenges stemming from his 4-years with the TRC. It is a presentation meant to educate, enlighten and inspire greater understanding and Reconciliation.

CNA Dorothy Wylie: Leadership Skills for Complex Times

CNA Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders is a leading healthcare leadership development organization. SRNA is bringing the CNA Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders to Regina for its debut in the province. The one-day Leadership Skills for Complex Times workshop focuses on practices and approaches to develop leadership skills for challenging times and changing environments and is open to all SRNA members.


  • Briefly review the nature of complex environments and highlight effective approaches
  • Discuss Kouzes & Posner’s Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders
  • Explore strategies to increase personal resilience
  • Apply concepts discussed to the current nursing environment


0730 – 0830     Registration

0830 – 1030     Welcome & Introduction: Barb Shellian, RN, CNA President

1030 - 1530       Workshop

1530 – 1600      Wrap up & Next Steps


May 1st

Pre-conference: Leading in Complex Environments Workshop (8:00am to 3:30pm)

Location: Conexus Arts Centre

  • Hosted as a partnership between the Canadian Nurses Association and your SRNA.
  • Facilitated by Dorothy Wylie Leadership Institute faculty
  • All those who attend will have the opportunity to have their name entered to win paid attendance to the 2019 Dorothy Wylie Health Leaders Institute!
  • Register now as spots will fill quickly.

Member Night (4:00pm to 8:00pm)

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton

  • RN Connections
  • Escape Manor

May 2nd

Education Day (8am to 4pm)

Location: Conexus Arts Centre

  • Keynote speaker Michael Villeneuve, CEO of the Canadian Nurses Association
  • Concurrent sessions featuring leadership and innovation topics
  • Invited presenter who will share personal stories, experiences and challenges stemming from four years with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and how nurses can respond to the TRC health calls to actions.
  • Panel of health sector leaders and students facilitated by SRNA President, Joanne Petersen

SRNA Focus Groups

Banquet (6 to 9pm)

Location: Conexus Arts Centre

  • 2018 Awards of Excellence recipients will be honored following a buffet supper
  • Wear your brightest spring colours as we Celebrate Our Bright Future

May 3rd

Annual General Meeting (8am to 4pm – may be extended as determined by the attending membership)

Location: Conexus Arts Centre

Your chance to participate in the work and direction of your SRNA by adding to the conversation and voting on:
  • Bylaws and
  • Resolutions

SRNA Focus Groups

Conference Hotel Accommodation

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Centre Regina is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Regina, on a main thoroughfare into the city and is only 15 minutes from Regina International Airport (YQR). The hotel is also close to popular Regina attractions including the Brandt Centre, Cornwall Centre, Casino Regina and Mosaic Stadium – home to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.  While in the city plan a visit to Wascana Park and enjoy it’s natural beauty.  Explore downtown Regina to discover an abundance of specialty shops, theaters and restaurants.

SRNA has negotiated a preferred rate for the conference at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Centre, 1975 Broad Street, Regina SK S4P 1Y1.

Room Rate:  $139.00 per night – single or double occupancy.  Provincial, federal and local occupancy taxes are to be added. (Current tax rates: Provincial 6% (PST), federal 5% (GST) and direct marketing fee 3% (DMF).

How to book your room accommodation at the DoubleTree by Hilton

To book your hotel reservation online at the group rate:

You can also contact the DoubleTree by Hilton reservation office at 306-525-6767 and quote the booking code: RNA.

Annual Meeting & Conference Location

The Annual Meeting & Conference will be held at the Conexus Arts Centre, 200 Lakeshore Drive, Regina SK S4S 7L3.

Transportation from the Hotel

SRNA is offering bus transportation between the DoubleTree by Hilton and the Conexus Arts Centre for May 2 & 3, 2018.

Sign up for the Workshop & the Education Day together and receive an instant $25 discount.

Sponsorship is available for full-time nursing students. Please contact Cheryl Weselak at for more information.

Type Date & Time Price
Workshop: Leading in Complex Environments May 1, 8:00am-3:30pm $150+GST
Member Night: Escape Manor May 1, 7:00pm-8:00pm $20+GST
Education Day May 2, 8:00am-4:00pm $75+GST
Sponsor a Student to Attend May 2, 8:00am-4:00pm $75
Awards of Excellence Banquet May 2, 5:30pm-9:00pm $75+GST
Annual Meeting May 3, 8:00am-4:00pm with possible extension No Charge

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