Nursing Leadership Award

Please note that the awards nomination campaign will launch on October 1, at which time the online nomination form and the nomination template (Section A and B) will become available.

The Award

The Nursing Leadership Award builds on the themes of patient centered care and leadership, and honours those who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence in these areas. The winner will receive an etched glass trophy. Should the future permit us to return to an in-person event, the recipient will also receive paid travel and accommodations to attend the College’s Honouring Health Leadership event, and a complimentary registration to the CCHL National Conference.


This award is open to College members and non-members alike, operating in Canada. To be considered for this award, nominees must:

  • be a nurse employed at the director or vice-president level who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to quality and leadership in nursing;
  • seek to advance nursing at every level, remove barriers between providers and build systems of quality care for patients;
  • have demonstrated measurable improvements in the programs that they have delivered within their organization; and
  • have made an impact outside of their organization.


Nominations must be made by a member of the College.

We are asking nominators to submit their nomination in two sections. Section A, which is to be submitted by November 30, is a 250 word summary. The summary should touch on the eligibility criteria and illustrate why you feel that the nominee should win this award. The summaries will be reviewed by the selection committee and a short list of top contenders will be formed. Those on the shortlist will be asked to complete Section B of the nomination. This section is due on February 1.

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2023 Recipient: Kaiyan Fu, CHE

Sean Chilton

Kaiyan Fu is truly a great leader; she sets strategic directions for Professional Practice and Clinical Quality that enable care delivery excellence by 3000+ nurses nationally. While Ms. Fu’s contributions to advance nursing are numerous, her leadership in implementing the Attending Nurse Practitioner (NP) role in long-term care (LTC) is a highlight. She was instrumental in optimizing the NP scope of practice for safe and quality care from the facility to the provincial level.  

She worked collaboratively with the Ontario Medical Association to remove barriers and enable collaboration between medicine and nursing, resulting in the introduction of 75 Attending NPs with Ontario adding 225 NPs to LTC. Her capabilities are illustrated through her actions in leading SE Health’s model of care implementation.  

Through her participative leadership approach, she is transforming SE Health’s organizational culture towards a nurse-led, empowered model to optimize nursing practice, and continuity of care has increased by 60% under her guidance. She also sits on the Board of Governor’s at North York General Hospital and volunteers her time to mentor aspiring nurse leaders imparting her philosophy of teaching how to fish¬ for sustained success. 

Past Recipients

Please see our most recent recipients listed below. Full details are available in our Celebrating Leading Practices booklets.

2023 – Kaiyan Fu, CHE

2022 – Sean Chilton

2021 – Deb Gordon CHE

2020 – Sharon Goodwin

2019 – Vanessa Burkoski

2018 – Candy Garossino

2017 – Fiona Karmali

2016 – Scott Robertson

2015 – Sandra Lauck

2014 – Patricia O’Connor FCCHL

2013 – Doris Grinspun

2012 – Theresa Fillatre CHE

2011 – Lucie Tremblay AdmA, CHE

Nursing Leadership Award Selection Committee

List of Awards

For almost two decades, the National Awards Program has been showcasing the success of exemplary individuals and teams, encouraging knowledge exchange, and celebrating excellence while stimulating replication of leading practices across the health industry.