2017 Conference

Welcome to the 2017 NLN.ON Conference, 

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The NLN.ON brochure is now available. Please take a moment to check out the exciting new plenary presentations, posters and concurrent sessions by clicking on the brochure (to right) or click here. This year's conference is again being held at the Westin Prince Hotel in Toronto on Thursday, March 30th & Friday, March 31st. Reminder the conference hotel bedroom rate deadline is February 27th, 2017, see below for more details.


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Keynotes and Program Highlights

Opening Keynote: Danielle Martin, MP, CCFP, MPP

Danelle Martin  

Danielle Martin is a family doctor and national media commentator on the health issues that hit closest to home for many Canadian families. She practices in the Family Practice Health Centre at Women's College Hospital where she is also the Vice-President of Medical Affairs & Health System Solutions.

In 2013, Danielle was named one of the Toronto Star's top "13 People to Watch" – and watch they have. Appearing regularly on CBC's The National, where she unpacks the latest in cancer research to physician assisted dying, Danielle is a strong advocate for removing barriers to care. In 2013, she helped found the WCH Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care – a real-world solutions engine dedicated to solving the health gaps in our system.

Known for her debate on the merits of the Canadian vs. American health systems, she continues to defend and define the ways that we can make our healthcare system even more worthy of our immense national pride.

Author of the book: Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for all Canadians

Big Idea 1: THE RETURN TO RELATIONSHIPS: Ensure relationship-based primary health care for every Canadian

Big Idea 2: A NATION WITH A DRUG PROBLEM: Bring prescription drugs under Medicare

Big Idea 3: DON’T JUST DO SOMETHING, STAND THERE: Reduce unnecessary tests and interventions

Big Idea 4: DOING MORE WITH LESS: Reorganize health care delivery to reduce wait times and improve quality

Big Idea 5: BASIC INCOME FOR BASIC HEALTH: Implement a basic income guarantee

Big Idea 6: THE ANATOMY OF CHANGE: Scale up successful solutions across the country.

 Closing Keynote: Meg Soper

Meg Soper

Meg, professional speaker and comedienne, is recognized as one of the premiere motivators speaking on life balance and communication in Canada. She combines her remarkable sense of humour with her unique perspective on life to captivate her audience and leave them both motivated and entertained.

 With over 30 years of experience in the health care industry and as a Registered Nurse in the Operating Room, Meg understands the challenges that healthcare workers face from a first-hand perspective. From Children’s Hospital in Vancouver to St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and finally back to a community hospital close to home, Meg has gained a wide range of experience throughout her career. 

Meg has appeared as a keynote speaker and feature performer across North America, sharing the stage with celebrities such as Ellen Degeneres and Ray Romano.

Meg is co-author of the book, From the Stage to the Page – Life Lessons from Four Funny Ladies.

Panel Session - Exploring our Future in Transforming Healthcare

Moderator: Gail Donner, RN, PhD, Partner, donnerwheeler


  •             Barb Collins, RN, MBA, President & CEO, Humber River Hospital
  •             Lois Cormack, RN, MHSc, CHE, President & CEO, Sienna Seniors Living
  •             Shirlee Sharkey, BA, BScN, MHSC, CHE, President & CEO, Saint Elizabeth

Thursday Poster Reception: 27 Posters

Thursday & Friday: 22 Concurrent Sessions

Hotel Accommodations

The Westin Prince is set in a beautiful parkland environment. Outstanding bedrooms and excellent dining facilities will combine to make this an event to remember! Plan to stay at the hotel and increase your conference experience. Share with a friend and reduce the costs. Please call the hotel and make your reservations directly at: 416-444-2511 or Toll Free 1-800-937-8461 and indicate you will be at the NLN.ON Conference.  

Special NLN.ON Conference Rate Single or Double $175.00 (Valid until February 27, 2017)  

Be sure to register early as the hotel was sold out last year.

Contact info

Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario (NLN.ON)

c/o First Stage Enterprises
1 Concorde Gate, Suite 109, Box 26
Toronto, Ontario M3C 3N6, Canada
Tel: 416 426 7229
Fax: 416 426 7280

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