Executive Organizing Committee

The Executive Organizing Committee comprises members working in health research, education, policy and practice. The Committee is co-chaired by Ms. Tracy Kinch and Dr. Carolyn Mitchell, Past Co-Chairs, NPANS, and Dr. Ruth Martin-Misener, Professor and Interim Director, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University and Co-Director, Canadian Centre for Advanced Practice Nursing Research (CCAPNR), McMaster University. It is supported by twelve committee members, many of whom chair sub-committees with conference planning roles and responsibilities.

Tracy Kinch, MN NP
Co-Chair Executive Organizing Committee


Tracy is a Family All Ages Nurse Practitioner currently working in primary health care collaborative practice in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her nursing background includes Pediatric and Neonatal Critical Care, and Flight Nursing. Tracy is the Past Co-Chair of the Nurse practitioner Association of Nova Scotia. She enjoys mentoring graduate and undergraduate level students from Health Professional schools across the Atlantic Provinces. Tracy holds a Master’s in Nursing from Athabasca University (Athabasca, Alberta) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dalhousie University, (Halifax, Nova Scotia). Tracy is also certified in Neonatal Intensive Care from the University of Alberta and is a Certified Diabetes Educator. Tracy is from Halifax and excited to share the Maritime experience with the international nursing community. In her spare time Tracy likes to spend time with her family, and improve her swim for triathlon.

ICN NP/APN 2020, Tracy Kinch, Co-Chair Executive Organizing Committee

Dr. Ruth Martin-Misener, NP, PhD
Co-Chair Executive Organizing Committee


Dr. Martin-Misener is a Professor and Director of the School of Nursing at the Dalhousie University School of Nursing. She is an Affiliate Scientist with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the Maritime SPOR Support Unit and is Co-Lead for the Collaborative for Research in Primary Health Care at Dalhousie University, and Co-Director of the Canadian Centre for Advanced Practice Nursing Research at McMaster University. The focus of her research is innovative interprofessional team-based models of care in primary health care, the role of NPs and other advanced and specialized nurses and patient engagement in primary health care quality improvements. She teaches NPs and other graduate students, supervises masters and PhD students, and is actively involved in developing and evaluating policy for NP regulation, education and practice. She has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, presented at national and international conferences and received several awards.

Ruth Martin-Misener, ICNNPA, EC Member

Dr. Carolyn Mitchell, MN-NP, DNP
Co-Chair Executive Organizing Committee


Carolyn is a primary health care nurse practitioner employed with Nova Scotia Healthy Authority. Her 30 + years of nursing experience is varied with a strong emphasis on pediatrics and complex medical care. She holds a BA of Nursing from Memorial Uni. of Newfoundland and a MA of Nursing- Nurse Practitioner from Athabasca Uni. She completed a Doctor of Nursing Practice- Family Nurse Practitioner at Uni. of Massachusetts- Amherst. Her area of scholarship and research involves health care needs of children in foster care and the effects of adverse childhood experiences. She is a member of the College of Registered Nurses of NS, Canadian Nurses Association, Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada, American Association of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Nova Scotia. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

ICN NP/APN 2020 Carolyn Mitchell, Organising Committee Co-Chair

Lenora Brace, MN, NP
Executive Committee Member


Lenora is the president of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada. She completed her primary care nurse practitioner program in 2006. She has her own panel of patients, a community service component in her role and she has her own private practice. She has worked in Manitoba, Nova Scotia, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. She has also volunteered on short term medical mission teams in Guatemala, Honduras and Peru. Believing deeply in advocacy for access to primary health care and fiscal responsibility in providing care she is advocating for NPs at the national level and at stakeholder tables.

Lenora Brace, NPAPN2020 EC Member

Dr. Denise Bryant-Lukosius, RN, CON(C), BScN, MScN, PhD
Co-Chair Scientific Program Committee


Denise is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Dept. of Oncology and co-Director for the Canadian Centre for Advanced Practice Nursing Research at McMaster University. She is cross appointed at the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre as a Clinician Scientist and Director of the Canadian Centre of Excellence in Oncology Advanced Practice Nursing. Denise is recognized internationally as a leader in advanced practice nursing (APN) research, education, mentorship, and knowledge translation. She has conducted research about Clinical Nurse Specialists and Nurse Practitioners in varied settings, led the development of APN curricula, and designed frameworks and tools to for the introduction and evaluation of APN roles.

Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo, PhD, NNP-BC, RN
Co-Chair Communications & Marketing Committee


Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo, a neonatal nurse practitioner, is a Professor, Clinician Scientist and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded New Investigator at the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health (cross appointed in the Department of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience) Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre. Her research lab, “Mechanisms, Outcomes, and Mobilization of maternally-Led Interventions for Newborn Care” (MOM-LINC), examines the effectiveness of maternally-led interventions to improve outcomes of at-risk infants related to stress, pain and neurodevelopment as well as enhancing parent engagement in care through innovative knowledge synthesis and e-Health technology. She is a recent inductee to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, of the Royal Society of Canada and has been recognized as one of Canada’s top 150 nurses for her advocacy and leadership in advancing patient focused innovations to optimize quality healthcare as well. Her research excellence has been recognized through new investigator awards from the Canadian Pain Society, the Nova Scotia College of Registered Nurses and the inaugural President’s Award from Dalhousie University.

NPAPN2020, Committee Member, Marsha Campbell-Yeo

Deborah Hart, MN NP
Executive Committee Member


Passionate about advancing the role of NPs & owner of the first NP clinical practice in Nova Scotia, she has 25+yrs of healthcare experience in Canada and abroad, in multiple specialties. She instructs for Athabasca University’s MN NP program, precepts RN/NPs & holds a BScBio/chem, BScN & MN NP and studies in Business, Comms & Psychology. As Executive Co-Chair for NPANS, member of Executive Organizing committee ICN/NPAPN 2020, International Honors Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, Dalhousie University’s Honors Nursing Society, Canadian Board of Aesthetic Medicine, Canadian Assoc. of Aesthetic Specialty Nurses-expert speaker, Canadian Assoc. of Medical Spas & Aesthetic Surgeons & an International Assoc. for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine, and Nurse Practitioner Association of Canada-Council, she advocates for NPs locally, Provincially, Nationally & Internationally.

Deborah Hart, ICN NP/APN2020

Kim Hebert, MN NP
Social Events and International Cooperation Committee


Kim is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Bachelor of Nursing program, earned a certificate on Adult Education at Henson College, and Masters of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care) graduate of Athabasca University. She has been a clinical instructor for Dalhousie School of Nursing (DSON) since 1994 and has been full-time teaching at the school since 2003. Kim has clinical experience based in pediatrics – more currently general medicine, family all ages with a focus in the older adult. She hold her position of Coordinator for the Clinical Learning and Simulation Centre (CLSC) at the School of Nursing and completed her Certificate in Healthcare Simulation from Drexel University. She was a key lead for the development and implementation of a simulation curriculum into the undergraduate program. She is a core member of the interprofessional education committee and active in the development and implementation of interprofessional education and simulations within the school of nursing.

Kim Hebert, NPAPN2020 EC Member

Dr. Kimberley Lamarche RN NP, DNP
Member of the Core Steering Group for the ICN NP/APN network


Kim has been involved with nursing her entire career. She started working with the Centre of Nursing and Health Studies as a sessional instructor and in 2005 became an Ass. Prof. and was Program Manager of the Advanced Nursing Practice Program until 2010. She is involved on various levels with nurse practitioner issues, committees and organizations. Kim has a BScN from the University of Ottawa, an Emergency/Critical Care diploma from Red River College, an Advanced Graduate Diploma from Athabasca, and was one of the first students to receive a Masters of Health: Advanced Nursing Practice degree from AU. She completed a Doctorate of Nursing Practice with a concentration in Clinical Leadership from Case Western University. She believes in the scholarship of practice, and to that end maintains a part time NP practice to sustain her clinical competencies.

Kim Lamarche, ICNNPA, EC Member

Sylvie Laprise, RN, MN-NP
Co-Chair Communications & Marketing Committee


Sylvie graduated in 2005 with her Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BScN) at Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS). She worked as a registered nurse both in Canada and USA. While Sylvie enjoyed her work in acute care nursing, she always wanted to become a nurse practitioner even before completing her BScN. Thus, she returned to Dalhousie University to get her Masters in Nursing, nurse practitioner stream (MN-NP) in 2012. Presently, Sylvie works in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia at the Greenwood Family Health Centre. This primary care clinic serves family dependents of the Canadian Military members as well as local members of the community – a great place to practice her French which she learned while growing up in the province of Quebec. Sylvie enjoys teaching and mentoring NP students. When not at work, she golfs, curls and sometimes bowls. Sylvie is also quite excited to be part of such a great conference and team – a great time and place to showcase the great work that advanced nurses do every day.

Dr. Minna Miller DNP, MSN, BA, NP(F), FAANP
Co-Chair Scientific Program Committee


Dr. Miller is a native of Finland. During her 33-year nursing career she has worked in Finland, Saudi Arabia, United States and in Canada. She is a nurse practitioner at BC Children’s Hospital. She is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia School of Nursing. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from UBC, and a Post-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner certificate and Doctor of Nursing Practice from Western University of Health Sciences (Pomona, CA, USA). She is the first Canadian to be inducted as a fellow into the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is the past co-chair of ICN NP APNN Health Policy Subgroup, and presently serves within the Core Steering Group as project coordinator. Her research interests are centered on NP outcomes, APN regulation, education and practice globally.

ICN NP/APN , Minna Miller, Scientific Committee Co-Chair

Cheryl Robbins
Co-Chair Social Events & International Cooperation Committee


Cheryl Robbins is an experienced Nurse Practitioner known for her passion for clinical practice and continuing education with experience in ER, ICU, rural and remote, and private practice. Cheryl is the former President of the NPAA, NP expert for the Alberta Minister’s advisory committee for the development of FCC’s in Alberta, and NP expert on the Alberta Chamber of Commerce Health Policy Committee for rural primary care practitioner recruitment and retention. Cheryl is nearing completion of her PhD with a focus on rural NP practice. She spends her free time with her husband and 3 boys – and quilting.

ICN NP/APN2020, Cheryl Robbins, EOC

Josette Roussel, RN, M.Sc., M.Ed.
Executive Committee Member


Her leadership helps advance the nursing profession and improve the quality of nursing practice to build a better future for Canadian health care. As program lead at the CNA, she ensures research findings are incorporated into CNA’s recommendations for national health policy. She holds overall responsibility for CNA’s advocacy work to ensure federal policies recognize, protect and advance the role of registered nurses, clinical nurse specialists and NP. She led the creation of CNA’s updated Advanced Practice Nursing: A Pan-Canadian Framework, which official release is planned early 2019, and she has overseen the development of other pan-Canadian frameworks. She holds a master’s in education from the Uni. of Ottawa and a master’s in nursing, specializing in gerontology, from the Uni. du Québec en Outaouais.

ICNNPAPN2020, EC Member , Josette Roussel

Erin Sarrazin, MN, NP
Co-Chair Social Events and International Cooperation Committee


Erin has been nursing for 15 years, the last 3 as a Nurse Practitioner. She completed her BScN and her post master Nurse Practitioner and certificate in Global Health at Dalhousie University and also has a Master of Nursing in Health Policy from MUN. She worked as a contractor for the military since she started her Nurse Practitioner career first in Cold Lake, Alberta and then Trenton, Ontario and now presently works in Kingston, Ontario. She is an avid alpine skier and also volunteers with the Canadian Ski Patrol. The remainder of her time is spent with her 12 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Nova after her home province. She is excited to participate as Co-chair of the Social Events and International Cooperation Committee and looks forward to showing you what Halifax has to offer.​

Erin Sarrazin, ICN NP/APN 2020

LeeAnn White Young RN, MN, NP
Chair Finance Committee


LeeAnn White-Young is a Nurse Practitioner in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. She received a Bachelor of Nursing from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1996. Her practice spanned multiple settings including hospital, community and remote nursing, however Primary Health Care is her passion. She received her Master’s in Nursing, NP from Athabasca University in 2008. She provides care to family & all ages in the first Canadian Clinic collaborative between DND and a provincial health authority; serving dependents of Canadian Military Members and local residents. She enjoys preceptoring NP students and encouraging learning opportunities. She has been on conference planning committees for NPANS provincially and CAAPN nationally.

ICN NP/APN, LeeAnnWhite-Young, EOC

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