Nursing Leadership Award

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, paid travel and accommodations to attend the College’s Honouring Health Leadership event, and a complimentary registration to the National Health Leadership Conference.


This award is open to College members and non-members alike. 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 via our online form by November 30, 2019, is a 250-word summary. The summary should touch on the eligibility criteria and illustrate why you feel that the candidate 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, found below. Section B is due on February 1, 2020.

Selection Committee


Sponsored by:

2019 Recipient: Dr. Vanessa Burkoski 

Dr. Burkoski has been a visionary leader for developing HRH’s Patient Safety Plan, and the roadmap for HRH’s journey to high reliability. Through her executive leadership and strategic direction, HRH recently achieved Exemplary Status through Accreditation Canada. She has demonstrated her vision for quality patient care, innovation, and leadership in nursing in a variety of ways. Dr. Burkoski has been instrumental in advancing HRH evidence-based practice through the creation of engaged Reinventing Patient Care Councils where teams have incorporated patient and family advisors to work together with staff on locally driven quality improvement initiatives.

Her innovation with patients and families is particularly evident in the last two years where patient and family advisors co-authored many posters for presentations. To support scholarly capacity, she also launched the HRH Annual Scholarly Practice Day, where all innovations and scholarly activities are recognized, and findings disseminated to teams. Click here for the full article

Past Recipients

Please see our past recipients listed below. Full biography's are available in our Celebrating Leading Practices booklets.

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