The College of Registered Nurses of Alberta's (CRNA) Council is composed of 16 members:
Through this co-regulating model, the Council:
A recording will be made available the week after the Council meeting.
Justin is an assistant professor (teaching) with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary, with more than 10 years of local and global experiences in healthcare and non-healthcare settings in China, Haiti, France and the Middle East.
Justin has served in numerous governance and leadership roles, including local community association boards, the Red Cross Disaster Response Team and clinical ethics. Justin is currently a department representative for the Faculty Association at the University of Calgary and held a one-year term on Judicial Review Board while serving as Chair of the Nursing Graduate Students' Association (NGSA). Joining the CRNA in 2019, Justin has sat on several governance committees, serving as Chair of the Nominating Committee from 2020-2022.
When not mentoring, mobilizing, or modernizing, Justin is an avid reader, writer, and runner and enjoys the energetic restaurant scene and beautiful parks around his home in Calgary, AB.
Councillor, Registered Nurse
Aaron, holds a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Calgary and a Master's in Biomedical Engineering from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. He is the CEO of Stoney Health Services, an indigenous health organization, and has held various leadership roles in the provincial healthcare systems in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Under Aaron’s leadership, his organization has achieved remarkable milestones, including Exemplary Accreditation Canada Status and a National award for COVID-19 pandemic response. He’s been involved in several initiatives that have markedly improved healthcare access and outcomes for Indigenous populations.
One of the more intriguing initiatives he’s been involved with is a collaborative pilot project with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Alberta Health Services and the University of Calgary drones during the COVID-19 pandemic. The project involved using medical drones to transport critical medical supplies to remote and underserved areas.
Amal is a dedicated nurse with a strong public health operational background. Her nursing experience ranges from enforcement of the Canadian Federal Quarantine Act to providing guidance on communicable disease outbreak management.
She’s been involved in analysing and advising on quarantine-related policy and managed scalable health related operations within the Public Health Agency of Canada. She’s also taught for the University of Calgary in the capacity of clinical nursing instructor. Currently, Amal is engaged in providing consultation services to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Amal’s diverse nursing background has provided her with the agility to serve on numerous boards and in various leadership positions and we’re certainly looking forward to having her share her expertise and expertise with us on Council.
Councillor, Public Representative
Bonnie is passionate about innovative ways of delivering health care practically in underserved remote areas of the province. She believes in a team approach that ensures quality health care for all.
Over 25 plus years, Bonnie has extensive committee and board experience at all levels, from local hospital boards, regional health boards (vice-chair), and medical clinic boards (chair) to municipal Councillor and board member in sparsely populated special areas. Governance within boards and adhering to legislative mandates is very important to her.
From 2014-2015, Bonnie was fortunate to be a rural community member of the Provincial Rural Health Review, and from 2015-2021 she was a member of the Pathways to Medicine out of the Cummings School of Medicine. Presently, Bonnie is a Family Services Central Alberta board member and active volunteer in the Red Deer area.
Grace is a Registered Nurse of over 40 years. She has additional education in Health Administration and Forensic Studies and extensive experience in senior health care management.
In 2000, she began a new chapter of her career working in the area of administrative justice and has served as a member on many tribunals, boards and commissions. In 2005 she was appointed to the Appeals Commission for Alberta Worker's Compensation as a part-time commissioner and, since 2017, has been a full-time hearing chair to the Appeals Commission where she currently works.
Prior to being appointed to Council, she was just wrapping up her term on the CRNA’s Hearing Tribunal Roster.
Graham is a flight nurse with STARS Air Ambulance in Calgary, and for the past 17 years, his focus has been on advancing pre-hospital critical care. He has worked in a range of pre-hospital settings, including as a flight nurse on medevac flights in the high arctic and as an advanced care paramedic for Calgary Metro EMS.
Graham received a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Calgary and has published peer-reviewed articles related to pre-hospital care and a textbook chapter on cardiovascular emergencies in critical care transport.
In addition to academic and clinical work, Graham is an active volunteer serving with the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing, as a deployable medical specialist with the CAN-TF2 Disaster Response Team, and in a medical support role for local ski patrol.
Jennifer brings more than 20 years of leadership, mental health, and addiction experience to her nursing role. With a strong background in clinical program development and community health, Jennifer has worked in various leadership roles at the Alex Community Health Centre for the past 12 years.
As a nurse, first and foremost, Jennifer also brings her passion and expertise to several Alberta Health Services programs, such as the supervised consumption site and the opioid dependency program. She has spoken at many conferences, sharing her knowledge about subjects including addiction medicine, the benefits of peer support and health system improvement.
Jennifer received her education at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois, and Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. She is an enthusiastic marathon runner and an avid reader.
Having garnered substantive commercial, financial and risk management experience in the private sector, Kim is now deploying this experience within the not-for-profit health sector. Kim is currently a board member and vice-chair of the Canadian Spondylitis Association and remains a finance committee member of the Canadian Liver Foundation, having earlier been a board member from 2010 to 2020.
Dr. Letourneau is a Professor in the University of Calgary’s (UofC) Faculty of Nursing and Cumming School of Medicine in the Departments of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Community Health Sciences. She is also the UofC Research Excellence Chair in Parent and Child Health, Scientific Director of the Alliance against Violence and Adversity (AVA) and Principal Investigator of the Child Health Implementation and Longitudinal Development Studies Program (CHILD) focused on research and training to improve the heath of vulnerable children and their familes.
Dr. Letourneau has served on Council since 2016 and was Board Chair from 2020-22. She has been repeatedly recognized for her nursing leadership, receiving the Canadian Nurses Association’s Jeanne Mance Award for contributions to the heath of Canadians and inductions into the American and Canadian Academies of Nursing. She has published more than 260 peer-reviewed papers and three books on parenting and children's health and development.
Dr. Peter Obiefuna is a lawyer and managing counsel at Arizen Law, Edmonton. Peter has experience sitting on the Municipal Government Board, the Edmonton Police Service chief's advisory council committee, and other community-based committees.
Peter has university experience in medical and nursing education, biomedical research, and industry experience in computer science. Peter holds a PhD in physiology (Lagos), an MS in computer science (East Carolina, USA) and an LLB (Hons; London, England).
Scott retired from Syncrude Canada Ltd., where he held senior management positions in finance, internal audit, strategic project development and corporate business control. Scott is the former chairman of the Northern Lights Regional Health Authority in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo; was the vice president of the Alberta Senior Communities Association, and a board member of both West Wind Communities and the Wood Buffalo Housing and Development Corporation.
Steven brings extensive life experience as a leader, soldier and humanitarian. He has dedicated himself to teaching others to lead and shares his insights through keynote speeches, workshops, coaching and consulting.
Susan is a recognized business leader experienced at building and leading collaborative teams to leverage technology for clients and partners to realize positive business outcomes. Client relationships, business transformation, technology, and general management skills gleaned from a career of varied experiences and roles in the information technology industry. Noted for her tenacity to fairness, advocacy for inclusion, and mentorship of young adults to pay it forward, she remains a lifelong learner and is passionate about health and wellness.
Councillor, Registered Nurse
Sue is a faculty instructor with the School of Health and Wellness at Bow Valley College and is a registered nurse with psychiatric emergency services at the Alberta Children's Hospital. Active in the disability community, Sue co-founded ENABLE, a social enterprise that matches people with disability to support workers.
Sue holds baccalaureate degrees in science and nursing, and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Calgary.