Dr. Judith Shamian

RN, PhD, LLD (hon), D.Sci. (hon), FAAN

Judith Shamian is the president of the International Council of Nurses, former president and CEO of VON Canada (Victorian Order of Nurses) and a professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg faculty of nursing at the University of Toronto, where she is also a co-investigator with the Nursing Health Services Research Unit and a former executive director of the Office of Nursing Policy. Prior to that, she was vice-president of nursing at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto for 10 years and has held various academic positions since 1989. She assumed her position as president of CNA in June 2010.

As president and CEO of VON Canada, Shamian guided the organization through a time of great transition and transformation to bring it under one organizational umbrella. This reorganized structure will allow VON to maintain its place as Canada’s largest, not-for-profit, charitable home and community care provider through its next century. In her role there, Judith championed the home and community care agenda in Canada, and worked to strengthen partnerships between formal health-care providers, families and friends who provide care, and volunteers and community organizations, in order to recognize and support the entire spectrum of care.

Shamian obtained her PhD from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; her master’s in public health from New York University; and her baccalaureate in community nursing from Montreal’s Concordia University. She is the recipient of the 1995 Ross Award for Nursing Leadership, the Governor General of Canada’s 2002 Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Award of Merit from CNA and CFNU in 2004, and holds honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Lethbridge, Alberta (2005), and Ryerson University, Toronto (2006). In 2008, she received the CNA Centennial Award, which recognizes nursing leadership over the past 100 years. In 2009, Shamian received the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award from the Women’s Executive Network, and became an International Fellow with the American Academy of Nursing.

Shamian has published and spoken extensively nationally and internationally on a wide range of topics. She is often called upon as an expert speaker and consultant on issues surrounding nursing, health human resources, leadership, and health-care policy by provincial and federal government departments and agencies, and internationally by other governments, academic bodies and the World Health Organization.