Dean’s Intentional Conversations: Nursing's Impact Within the Healthcare Landscape

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 - 02:00 to 04:00


Tuesday, October 24, 2023, from 2 to 4 p.m.


Odette School of Business, Room 123.

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About Our Keynote Speakers

Dr. Leigh Chapman

Dr. Leigh Chapman's nursing career has spanned almost 20 years, and in that time she has gained a deep understanding of nursing through a variety of clinical leadership positions in home and community care, research, academic, regulatory, and professional practice environments. Her background in direct service provision includes critical care (i.e. intensive care unit, emergency department), community care (i.e. home care, harm reduction, and camp nursing), as well as education in professional associations (i.e. the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario).

Most recently, Dr. Chapman was the Director of Clinical Services with Inner City Health Associates in Toronto. Her work there encompassed strategic, operational, and clinical oversight of the nursing program for the care of people experiencing homelessness who were affected by COVID-19 in Toronto. As the senior nurse executive responsible for developing, launching, and overseeing the program, she garnered significant change management expertise. In addition, she cultivated the ability to nurture a culture of nursing practice - with registered nurses (RNs), registered practical nurses/licensed practical nurses (RPN/LPNs), nurse practitioners (NPs) and physicians -- grounded in health equity that is trauma-informed, low barrier, anti-oppressive and harm reduction focused.

Dr. Chapman has a Master of Science in Clinical Health Sciences from the Nursing Graduate Program at McMaster University. In 2019, Dr. Chapman completed her doctoral work at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Her research focused on the competency assessment practices of clinicians in an academic hospital setting, and this provided her with key insights into ways in which the regulation of health professionals intersects with organizational priorities in an acute care setting.


Dr. Michelle Acorn

Dr. Michelle Acorn has served as the inaugural Chief Nurse with the ICN since May 2021, providing strategic and operational executive leadership expertise to advance and strengthen nursing and health policy.

She is a Doctor of Nurse Practitioner/Nursing Practice, dually registered as both a Primary Health Care and Adult Nurse Practitioner. Michelle is internationally certified as a Global Nurse Consultant.

Michelle was inducted as an inaugural Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing (FCAN), a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), and a Fellow of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (FFNMRCSI, Ad Eundem).

Dr. Acorn’s diverse clinical expertise includes practicing in the Emergency, as a Hospitalist, innovating GAIN (Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Networks), and pioneering the most responsible provider (MRP) impacts of a NP–led model of inpatient hospital care and primary care in corrections.

In 2018, she modernized the Provincial Chief Nursing Officer role in Ontario, Canada to provide ministerial strategic nursing expertise as the technical and clinical advisor. She co-chaired the national Principal Nursing Advisors Task Force and acted as the Canadian delegate.

Michelle’s scholarship and knowledge translation are in textbooks, peer-reviewed articles, evidence informed toolkits, and quality improvement initiates. She is recognised for her leadership, mentorship, preceptorship and teaching locally to globally.