September 2022

Dynamic new leadership for CNO

Earlier this month, CNO welcomed a new Executive Director and CEO (ED and CEO). Silvie Crawford, RN, BHScN, LLM - Health Law, joined the organization in the top job on Sept. 7, 2022, after Council named her to the role in July.

“Crawford is a dynamic, collaborative leader who brings the right mix of experience and

Silvie Crawford, RN, BHScN, LLM - Health Law

Silvie Crawford, RN, BHScN, LLM - Health Law 
Executive Director & CEO

leadership, along with a keen understanding of regulation in the health care system to this role,” said Council President Naomi Thick. Crawford joins CNO at a time of increasing public expectations and heightened strain on nurses and the health care system. As Thick added, “CNO is an in-demand health system partner, helping shape the future of nursing care in Ontario.”

"I am honoured to join CNO," said Crawford. "Nurses play a vital role caring for people and fostering healthy communities, and I look forward to bringing my active leadership style to nursing regulation in Ontario. This is a turbulent time for nursing and CNO is uniquely positioned to actively contribute Ontario's health care system."

Crawford’s previous experience includes executive leadership roles in a range of settings from complex, multi-site academic health science centres to community-based organizations in the non-profit sector.

As an active contributor to many regional and provincial initiatives, she has helped build strong partnerships that positively impact policy and the evolving needs of the public, communities and staff.

“I look forward to leveraging my experience and am dedicating myself professionally to our purpose, public protection through the promotion of safe nursing practice,” added Crawford. “CNO has so much to be proud of, including registering a record number of nurses to practice safely in 2022, and I know working with system partners, there is even more we can accomplish.”

Crawford continues to be active on community boards and supports organizations through volunteering, coaching and mentoring in areas of quality, practice, leadership and governance.

A selection committee of Council conducted a robust and thorough search to identify the new Executive Director and CEO. Anne Coghlan retired from the role in March after 21 years of service.

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