Diamond Sponsor

Johnson Inc.Johnson Inc.

As a member of the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO), you can take advantage of Johnson Inc.’s Preferred Service Home-Auto Plan.

Johnson Inc. is a national provider of insurance and benefits. With origins dating back more than 125 years, Johnson Inc. has more than 1300 employees in over 70 locations across the country. The company prides itself on offering award-winning customer service and has been recognized as the world leader in customer relationship management. Headquartered in St. John’s, NL, Johnson Inc. is one of Canada’s leading and fastest growing providers of insurance.

Visit Johnson Inc. online at www.johnson.ca/rpnao or call 1-877-632-2965 for a no-obligation quote on your home or auto insurance. To ensure your savings, please provide our group ID code which is available either by speaking with a receptionist at RPNAO or found under the Members Only area of the website.

Platinum Sponsor

Baird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LPBaird MacGregor Insurance Brokers LP


Baird MacGregor, the RPNAO’s broker of choice, has been delivering a well-crafted comprehensive Professional Liability insurance program to RPNAO’s members since 1986. At Baird MacGregor, we are committed to accountability, consistency, innovation and excellence in all that we do. We have specialized in providing cost-effective insurance and unique risk management solutions since 1979 and are proud of our long standing partnership with the RPNAO.

The RPNAO membership includes Professional Liability Insurance protection for all members of the RPNAO, should they receive notification from the College of Nurses that they have committed a fault, error, omission or negligent act, while rendering health or social services, within the profession of nursing.

Every practicing nurse needs this insurance to help protect their career, as well as their assets and livelihoods. The value of having this insurance at any stage in your career as a nurse is crucial. Not only does this demonstrate professionalism, but it provides you with the peace of mind in knowing you are protected. As a member, subject to policy terms and conditions, you are covered everywhere that you may practice nursing in Ontario with insurance that exceeds the requirements of the College of Nurses.

For membership information please contact the RPNAO at 905-602-4664 / 1-877-602-4664. Brochures are available upon request.

Gold Sponsor

Unifor - Health Care CouncilUnifor - Ontario Health Care Council

On Labour Day 2013, we brought together two strong unions, the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP), to create a new union for a new era.

We formed Unifor as an act of hope, that together we could ensure that good jobs, economic progress, equality and social justice can be achieved for us and for our children.

Unifor is the largest private-sector union in the country, and yet one in every six of our 305,000 members is a public sector worker. Nearly 30,000 members work in health care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, emergency medical services, community services, social services and in home care.

Unifor represents workers in every sector of the Canadian economy, and our diversity is one of our strengths. That means that when we speak about issues that are important for health care, like renewing the national Health Accord, preserving and improving public hospital services, or fighting creeping privatization, we have support from a broad spectrum of Canadians who recognize the value of Medicare. Our entire union thanks you for the work you do and the contributions you make to provide us with a world class health care system.

I welcome you to discover the difference Unifor can make in your workplace and in your life.

– Jerry Dias, President, Unifor

SEIU HealthcareSEIU Healthcare

We represent more than 55,000 frontline healthcare workers: workers in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and homecare agencies in communities throughout Ontario.

SEIU Healthcare knows that we have a responsibility to make sure that the voices of our workers are heard and respected, which is why we have a team dedicated to bringing fairness to the lives of our RPNs. We are proud to be the only union with a division dedicated specifically to RPNs.

Our Nursing Division represents over 7500 RPNs across Ontario, negotiating issues that are important to RPNs, such as workplace conditions that promote high quality patient care and far compensation as the scope of practice evolves.

We know that healthcare system is undergoing profound transformation, and are sensitive to how those changes affect RPNs. This year alone we created an ad campaign recognizing RPNs and published a newsletter with motivational stories from our own RPNs! We believe it’s our role to continue to educate the public and politicians about the evolving role of the RPN, and to secure a healthy work environment, where they can focus on their number one priority - their patients!

Bayshore HealthCareBayshore Healthcare

Bayshore HealthCare has a wealth of more than forty years’ experience helping Canadian families.

We've proudly grown to become Canada's largest provider of home and community health care services. We deliver an experience that makes a positive difference in the lives of the individuals we care for. Every visit, every time.

Bayshore offers a wide range of health care services such as in home care, personal care, nursing and companionship services. These are available privately as well as through government care programs, personal or group insurance plans and workplace safety insurance.

Innomar StrategiesInnomar Strategies

nnomar Strategies, a part of AmerisourceBergen, is the leading patient support provider in the Canadian specialty biopharmaceutical market. We deliver end-to-end commercialization solutions to improve product access, increase supply chain efficiency and enhance patient care. Strategic consulting, patient support programs, nursing and clinical services, and specialty pharmacy and logistics are just a few of our key areas of specialization. We partner closely with manufacturers, healthcare providers, pharmacies and payers to ensure patients have consistent and reliable access to specialty medication. With our integrated approach and commitment to best-in-class care, Innomar Strategies helps navigate the patient journey to optimize health outcomes. Visit us at www.innomar-strategies.com

Silver Sponsors

Humber School of Health SciencesHumber College - School of Health Sciences

Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, a founding member of Polytechnics Canada, is one of the nation’s leading educational institutions. Our programs combine a solid academic foundation with practical learning. Serving more than 27,000 full-time and 56,000 part-time students, Humber offers a wide-range of career-focused opportunities for students to personalize their educational path. Our 170 full-time and 200 continuing education programs include four-year baccalaureate degrees, two and three-year diplomas, and one and two-year certificates. Humber also offers apprenticeship training to more than 2,000 students in the fields of applied technology, skilled trades and culinary arts.

At Humber, we offer you more now - and more later. Our students discover the many educational and career opportunities the college offers - from our wide variety of credentials and fields of study that allow you to choose your educational path, to our established networks that give access to industry leaders and work experience. Most of all, you’ll leave Humber equipped with a strong combination of specialized knowledge and practical and critical thinking skills that employers want. With 85 percent at Humber graduates employed within six months of completing their studies, and with 94 per cent of employers being satisfied with the quality of our graduates, Humber is a great place to learn and grow.

de Souza Institutede Souza Institute

With the rise of cancer rates and advances in screening and treatment technologies, the Ontario government in 2008 created de Souza Institute to support nurses that care for cancer patients and their families. Since then, de Souza Institute, in partnership with Cancer Care Ontario and the University Health Network, has provided ongoing educational support and career counseling to thousands of nurses across Ontario that care for cancer patients and families. In 2013, de Souza Institute has expanded its mandate to include other health care professionals.

Through de Souza Institute health care professionals obtain the specialized skills to guide and help cancer patients throughout their journey (prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and palliation). de Souza Institute courses are offered primarily online with the occasional course through Ontario Telemedicine Network or in-person.

The Institute is focused on creating de Souza health care professionals with the advanced knowledge and expertise to handle every situation from managing a reaction to chemotherapy medication, to managing anxiety and fears, or to managing pain and other symptoms.

Toronto Star - thestar.comToronto Star

The Toronto Star, founded in 1892 is Canada's largest newspaper and is read in print and online by 3 million readers a week. It delivers the Greater Toronto Area's most sought after demographics in unequalled numbers. With a commitment to editorial excellence the Toronto Star has won the prestigious National Newspaper Award 129 times. Each year, the Toronto Star presents the Nightingale Award, which invites our readers to nominate a nurse, who in their mind, best embodies qualities of excellence, skill and dedication. The Award is open to a nurse practitioner -- Nurse Practitioner (NP), Registered Nurse (RN) or Registered Practical Nurse (RPN). The recipient and honourable mentions are selected by a panel of representatives from the Star and Ontario's nursing associations, including the RPNAO, and featured in the Star's Nursing Week special section published each May. Nominations open in late January at thestar.com/nightingale.

Saint ElizabethSaint Elizabeth

Saint Elizabeth is a national health care provider that has been opening the door to new possibilities and care experiences for more than a century. Recognized as Canada’s largest social enterprise, we employ 8,000 people and visit 18,000 clients every day. Through the Saint Elizabeth Research Centre, our Health Career Colleges and the Saint Elizabeth Foundation, we are helping to make the future of health care brighter and stronger. Learn more at www.saintelizabeth.com or find us on Twitter at @StElizabethSEHC.


College of Nurses of OntarioCollege of Nurses of Ontario

The College of Nurses of Ontario is the governing body for registered nurses (RNs), registered practical nurses (RPNs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) in Ontario, Canada.

The nursing profession has been self-regulating in Ontario since 1963. Self-regulation is a privilege granted to those professions that have shown they can put the interests of the public ahead of their own professional interests. It recognizes that Ontario’s nurses have the knowledge and expertise to regulate themselves as individual practitioners and to regulate their profession through the College.

The College fulfils its role by:

  • establishing requirements for entry to practice
  • articulating and promoting practice standards
  • administering its Quality Assurance program
  • enforcing standards of practice and conduct

The College also supports the regulation of nursing in the public interest by:

  • participating in the legislative process
  • sharing statistical information about Ontario’s nurses

The College works in partnership with employers, educators and government so that everyone in Ontario benefits from quality nursing services.

Fanshawe School of NursingFanshawe College

Fanshawe's School of Nursing develops well-rounded, skilled healers who work the front lines of health care. Students not only benefit from learning from experienced nursing practice leaders, they have the opportunity to be educated in one of the top health care hubs in North America.

With graduates working across Canada and internationally and clinical partnerships across Southwestern Ontario, we provide a dynamic and exciting learning experience for our students.

Healthcare of Ontario Pension PlanHealthare of Ontario Pension Plan

As a defined benefit pension plan, HOOPP provides its approximately 295,000 members with retirement income based on a formula that takes into account the member's earnings history and length of service in the Plan. Once eligible members start receiving a pension, they receive it for life.

HOOPP is governed by a Board of Trustees with representation from the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and four unions: the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Ontario Public Service Employees' Union (OPSEU), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The unique governance model provides representation from both management and workers in support of the long-term interests of the Plan.

One of the largest pension funds in Canada, HOOPP has a funded ratio of 115% and net assets of $60.8 billion as of December 31, 2014. The Plan’s sound financial standing has helped keep contributions stable for a decade, with rates staying the same until at least the end of 2015.

HOOPP paid out approximately $1.7 billion in pension benefits in 2014, with approximately 80 cents of every dollar coming from investment returns. A not-for-profit trust, HOOPP’s operating expenses are approximately 0.30% of net assets which are charged to the Fund and not members.

Healthcare Professional Training ProvidersHCPT

HCPT College is a division of Trillium Talent Resource Group: A Recruitment and Staffing Firm. HCPT offers high quality programs that address the needs of both healthcare employers and students. Our licensing prep courses have a high rate of success and many of our professional development programs are offered on-site at hospitals and LTC homes within Ontario. Through Trillium Talent, HCPT is able to provide additional services to our students to assist them with securing nursing employment by offering: Resume and Interview Tips Workshops and Resume referrals direct to hiring managers.

Gerontological Nursing Association Ontario

GNAO provides members with local, provincial and national opportunities for dialogue and networking amongst nurses who care for older people across all healthcare sectors. Through 11 active chapters across the province of Ontario, GNAO offers evidence-informed education, leadership in political advocacy and professional practice development. GNAO membership benefits include: reduced registration fees for GNAO conference and chapter events; continuing education financial support; and continuing learning hours for renewing your GNC(C). Included is automatic membership in the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association (CGNA), allowing access to online learning opportunities; scholarship/research grants; and a free subscription to Perspectives, the online peer-reviewed CGNA journal. It is the purpose of this web site to further inform and communicate with members and the public on issues pertaining to the health and well-being of older persons and to educate on best practices.


The Specialty Interest Group actively promotes and supports the RPN in the OR setting by providing continuing professional education through conferences, workshops and newsletters.


Independent Business SIGThe Independent Business Group (IB SIG) was granted an associate membership in 1997 by the RPNAO. With the ever-changing utilization and professional development opportunities for Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) the independent businesses for RPNs has evolved as well. Today many nurses have businesses in such diverse areas as Massage Therapy, Footcare, Wellness & Lifestyle Management, Tai Chi Exercise and Naturopathic Medicine, all with the focus of meeting the healthcare needs of Ontarians.

Foot Care Academy

The Foot Care Academy is raising the standard of foot care delivery in Canada. Working abreast with other educational institutes and groups across the country, our advanced foot care and diabetes educators provide the training needed to registered nurses and registered practical nurses based on clinical practice guidelines for foot care, infection control practices, and the health information protection act.

We offer a comprehensive five-day professional development program, combining level 1 and level 2 training as well as practicum in our robust program. We are proud to offer the most indepth and involved training currently available for nurses. Our reasonably priced program fees include the cost of textbook, workbook and equipment. Each Foot Care Academy graduate earns a certificate upon successful completion of the Basic, Advanced and Diabetic foot care program. Our course includes Ankle Brachial Index training.

Foot Care Academy training programs are recognized by the department of Veterans Affairs Canada, the Canadian Association of Vascular Nursing and the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses.

In addition to our education program, we also maintain up-to-date clinical guidelines on foot care policies, infection prevention and control as well as the health information privacy act.

Room 217Room 217

The Room 217 Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation and registered Canadian charity dedicated to caring for the whole person with music.


Room 217’s vision is to see music become an integral part of person-centered care, providing wellness, therapeutic benefit, improved quality of life, and meaning through all of life’s passages.