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.

Conference Chairs

Ruth Martin-Misener, ICNNPA, EC Member
Dr. Ruth Martin-Misener, NP, PhD

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.

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

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

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.

Scientific Program Committee

Denise bryant-lukosius, ICN NP/APN 2020
Dr. Denise Bryant-Lukosius, RN, CON(C), BScN, MScN, PhD

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 for the introduction and evaluation of APN roles.

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

Dr. Miller is a native of Finland. During her 33-year nursing career, she has worked in Finland, Saudi Arabia, United States and 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.

Further scientific program committee members:

Marsha Campbell Yeo
Andrew Cashin
Consuelo Ceron-MacKay
Lisbeth Fagerstrom

Janet Fulton
Deborah Gray
Mary Lou Martin
Ruth Martin-Misener

Joyce Pulcini
Melanie Rogers
Josette Roussel
Frances Wong

Marketing, Communications & Sponsorship Committee

NPAPN2020, Committee Member, Marsha Campbell-Yeo
Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo, PhD, NNP-BC, RN

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.

Mary Lou Martin
Mary-Lou Martin RN, MScN, MEd

Mary-Lou Martin is a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and a Clinical Associate Professor at McMaster University, Canada. She works with people with mental health and forensic issues. Her clinical interests include therapeutic relationships/boundaries, strength-based approaches, alternatives to restraint, trauma, and risk assessment/management. Her research interests include hope, transitional care, and palliative care. She has been on the panels for 2 Best Practice Guidelines, Establishing Therapeutic Relationships and Alternatives to Restraint. She has over 50 publications. She is co‐author of the Short‐Term Assessment of Risk and Treatability (START), a guide for the assessment of strengths and vulnerabilities across 7 risk domains. She conducts START workshops. She is a former president of the Canadian CNS Group, past chair of the Ontario CNS Interest Group. She is the current president of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of Canada.

ICN NP/APN, LeeAnnWhite-Young, EOC
LeeAnn White Young RN, MN, NP

LeeAnn White-Young is a Nurse Practitioner in Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. She received a Bachelor of Nursing from the 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.

Executive Organizing Committee Members


Claire Blight


Lenora Brace, NPAPN2020 EC Member

Lenora Brace


robert burrows bio

Robert Burrows


Deborah Hart, ICN NP/APN2020

Deborah Hart


Kim Lamarche, ICNNPA, EC Member

Dr. Kimberley Lamarche


ICNNPAPN2020, EC Member , Josette Roussel

Josette Roussel

RN, M.Sc., M.Ed.