Speakers

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Uzoma Asagwara

Uzoma Asagwara is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, former member of the Canadian National basketball team and recently made history as the first Black, Queer, Gender Non-Conforming person elected to the Manitoba Legislative Assembly and across Canada. They are the creator of QPOC Winnipeg, an initiative that creates safer spaces for and positive visibility and representation of Two-Spirit, Queer and Trans Black/Indigenous/People of Colour.  Uzoma has been a long-time advocate alongside newcomer and refugee communities, youth and grassroots organizations. Uzoma previously worked in youth addictions and acute adult mental health for over 10 years, is an Addictions Specialist and is a passionate supporter of the arts, having served on that board of directors for The Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER 
Bibiane
Courtois

This remarkable woman has distinguished herself in the practice of her nursing profession by developing and implementing health programs adapted to the needs of First Nations and Inuit communities. In 1998, the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec awarded her its highest distinction, the Medal of Merit. Ms. Courtois is the first Indigenous woman to serve on the Human Rights Commission and the Council on the Status of Women. With determination, she led the actions leading to the amendments to the Indian Act (Bill C-31), while she was president of Quebec Native Women.

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Nursing Specializations:

Moderator

Maria Marques

With 27 years of progressive experience in the health-care system, Maria Marques, RN, BA, MPA has worked in different domains of nursing including clinical practice, teaching and management. As of December 4th, 2017, Marie accepted a position as Program Lead for the Credentialing Centre at the Canadian Nurses Association.

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Aileen 
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land

Aileen Holland RN, ENC(C) has been an emergency room nurse at the Jewish General Hospital for almost 13 years. She has been a CNA emergency certified nurse since 2014 and has completed a forensic nursing certificate at Pennsylvania State University in 2016. She has volunteered at the Montreal Sexual Assault Centre. She also teaches nurses, medical students, residents, and staff physicians in an effort to maximize everyone’s knowledge base regarding best practice and trauma-informed care for victims of sexual assault and she has presented at the 2018 conference of the International Association of Forensic Nurses. She is an advocate for victims of sexual assault and for the recognition of forensic nursing and all other specialties in the province of Quebec.

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Nursing Specializations: 
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Sonia Boccardi

Sonia Boccardi has been a nurse at the Jewish General Hospital’s (JGH) since 1998, and a member of the nursing leadership team since 2007 in the role of Clinical Nurse Specialist/Conseillère cadre en soins infirmiers, for the division of surgery as well as for in-patient rehabilitation at the Catherine Booth Hospital.  She holds an appointment as a part-time Faculty Lecturer at McGill University’s Ingram School of Nursing.  She co-leads a number of quality and safety improvement initiatives within the CIUSSS Centre-Ouest. She went on to be one of 2 SNCT trainers for the provincial nurse-ratio project in 2018. She currently is the Quebec representative for the Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of Canada since 2016.

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Terry Broda

Terry Broda, RN, MSc, NPPC, CDDN has been providing nursing care to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) for almost 30 years. She is one of the first few nurses in Canada to obtain certification from the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association (www.ddna.org) and is a past President of this association. While studying to complete the Nurse Practitioner program, she worked in two remote First Nations communities in Quebec: Rapid Lake & Winneway. Terry is currently a clinical instructor at the Ingram School of Nursing, at McGill University, where she began teaching in 2009 and has also taught for 17 years in the various Nursing programs offered at John Abbott College. As an author, Terry has contributed to several publications, including articles in the I/DD special interest volume of the Canadian Family Physician journal, in April 2018, which also highlight the 2018 updated Canadian Consensus Guidelines on Primary Care of Adults with I/DD. 

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Nursing and the Environment:

Moderator

Audrey-Ann Bissonnette-Clermont

Audrey-Ann Bissonnette Clermont first completed a B.A. at McGill University in Social Sciences of Medicine, Political Science and Psychology in 2016, before undertaking her Bachelor of Nursing at the Université de Montréal. Since then, she has carried out several work mandates with populations from diverse backgrounds, both in Quebec and abroad, in the fields of health, women's rights and first nations rights. In 2019, she co-founded the Quebec Nursing Students’ Association (QNSA), which aims to defend the interests and promote the political presence of the next generation of nurses in the public sphere.

Nursing and the Environment:
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Fiona HAnley

Fiona Hanley has been a strong advocate for environmental health for many years and has championed the vital role nurses can play in environmental and climate health. She has lectured at numerous conferences in Canada, the United States and France. Fiona is also a member of the OIIQ climate committee, the CNA board of directors, vice-president of Synergie Santé Environnement and a member of the La Planète s’invitie en santé Coalition.

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Nursing and the Environment:
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Hilah Silver

Hilah Silver is a maternity nurse since 2017 she has also been active with Extinction Rebellion Santé for a year and a half. Extinction Rebellion is a global movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimize the risk of social collapse.
For more information on Extinction Rebellion in Quebec see: 
https://extinctionrebellion.ca/quebec/en/

For more information on Extinction Rebellion and Healthcare see: https://www.doctorsforxr.com/

Nursing and the Environment:
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Vanessa
D'Aquila

Vanessa D’Aquila, RN, MScN (c) is currently working as a Registered Nurse Clinician on a Pediatric Intensive Care unit (PICU) setting, while pursuing her Masters of Science (Applied) in Nursing Service Administration. She will describe her work in creating a Green team on her unit, and the inspiration this has given to other nurses and health professionals in making real steps to reduce the climate impact in their hospital. Primary goals of the PICU Green Team are to promote less waste consumption, and establish sustainable recycling initiatives. Her message: You too can find opportunities to promote greener practices in your work environments!

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The Code of Silence in Healthcare:
Moderator


Mélyna DésY-Bedard

Mélyna Désy Bédard holds a BScN and has been practicing nursing care for 10 years, mainly with the Aboriginal communities of northern Québec and Nunavik. She has worked in an extended role, in aeromedical evacuation and in mental health rehabilitation in these different communities. She now works in a detention center in Trois-Rivières. She is interested in working conditions and the work-life balance of nurses. In particular, she participated in several projects and demonstrated advocacy on numerous occasions in this regard.

The Code of Silence in Healthcare:
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Marie-Anne Goupil 

A colorful Acadian with a hardy voice who, for decades, has been claiming her rights without yielding to the law of silence. As turbulent as a boat on the high seas, Marie-Anne Goupil will share her journey, her ways of doing things and the reasons that still push her to keep employers accountable.

 

A word is good, but a warm voice is better.

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The Code of Silence in Healthcare:
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Amélie 
Perron

Amélie Perron is a registered nurse in Quebec and Ontario and a professor of nursing at the University of Ottawa. In recent years, she has been more explicitly interested in the capacity for action and political mobilization of nurses and their multiple loyalties which can give rise to resistant practices and acts of denunciation. In the fall of 2017, she co-founded the Nursing Observatory with Dr. Marilou Gagnon, the only observatory in the world interested in the analysis of contemporary issues affecting nurses. The Observatory's first thematic dossier is nursing denunciation, its practices and its role in the health system.

The Code of Silence in Healthcare: 
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Caroline

Dufour

Caroline Dufour is an assistant head nurse in the emergency department of the Gatineau hospital and an administrator of the Quebec Nurses’ Association. She holds a master's degree from the University of Ottawa. She actively campaigns for the improvement of the working conditions of nurses and the abolition of organizational violence within the Quebec healthcare system. In particular, she participated in the writing of several articles aimed at advocating nursing autonomy and denouncing the law of silence in healthcare. She is one of the instigators of the "Black Book of Outaouais emergencies" and of the town hall on care in the Outaouais titled: "Let's talk, denounce, act". 

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