IEN Conference – 2014

The 1st Annual Conference for Internationally Educated Nurses, 2014

Welcoming Reception: Wednesday, November 26th
Full-day Conference: Thursday, November 27th


Room reservations at the North York Novotel are available at a conference rate of $144 per night with applicable fees and taxes until November 7th. Please visit Novotel referencing CARE Centre and the conference dates.

Why IENs Should Attend:

  • Share your experiences with fellow IENs and others
  • Meet employers, educators and nursing leadership
  • Find out about new research and trends in nursing

Thank you to our Founding Sponsor


Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor

Inscol Academy Logo

Supporting Sponsors

RPNAO LogoConnecting Nurses LogoFanshawe College LogoGrand Canyon University Logo


Government of Ontario LogoNurses Education Inc. LogoTrillium Talent LogoMohawk College Logo

Media Partners

Nurse Newsline LogoIran Star LogoCanada Bound LogoHospital News Logo
Canadian Nurse LogoDesi News LogoFilipino BulletinParadise Developments Logo

The main objectives of the conference are to:

  1. Provide an opportunity for IENs across Ontario to meet, network and share ideas relevant to their growth in the nursing profession
  2. Identify and discuss pertinent issues to facilitate registration, integration and advancement in the healthcare workforce
  3. Provide a platform to share clinical expertise and evidence-based practices among IENs
  4. Create awareness of the significant contributions IEN make to diversity in the healthcare workforce, cultural expertise and excellence of practice

Target Audience:

  1. Internationally Educated Nurses
  2. Employers
  3. Educators
  4. Bridging Programs
  5. Professional Nursing Associations
  6. College of Nurses of Ontario, other regulators
  7. Nurses and other health professionals
  8. Government
  9. Unions
  10. General Public


IENs have over the years become a vital component in the Canadian nursing workforce. According to the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), in 2012, there were 13,824 new applicants of which 41% (5687) were international applicants. This represents a 161% increase over 2,175 international applicants in 2003. The CNO also registered 1,768 IENs, a 97% increase over 898 in 2011.

Over the years, some initiatives for IEN transition and integration have been implemented in Ontario. These include bridging programs that support IENs in their registration process and the recently announced Nursing Career OrIENtation initiative which will help IENs transition to full time practice in Ontario. However, even with these developments there has not been a platform for IENs to organize themselves, share experiences and create public awareness about their important role in Canadian nursing, healthcare and society.

The Opportunity

To support and partner with IENs in creating their own forum, CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses will present the 1st “Internationally Educated Nurses: Enhancing Canadian Healthcare“. Four volunteer committees comprised of CARE Centre member IENs are collaborating to create and build the event “for IENs, by IENs“. Additional volunteers are invited to join the conference planning at any time. CARE Centre is seeking partners to help underwrite costs beyond registration revenues, and to receive wide recognition for their support of IENs and the conference initiative. There are various levels of sponsorship available with logo placement on the website and in all collateral conference materials, exhibiting space, delegate bag inserts, complimentary registrations and speaking opportunities.

November 26th 2014

Date Time Event or Session
Nov. 26 6:00-8:30PM Welcoming Reception (5:00pm – 9:00pm for hotel)
Nov. 26 6:00-6:45PM

Initial Conference Registration – volunteers
Light Refreshments and Networking
Booths / Displays / Poster Presentations
Nov. 26 6:45-7:00PM Official Conference Opening and Greetings:Ahmad Baki, RN, CARE Centre member and Conference Co-Chair
Nov. 26 7:00-8:30PM Tilda Shalof, RN, BScN, CNCC (C), author of Bringing it Home: A Nurse Discovers Healthcare Beyond the Hospital.Networking

November 27th 2014

Date Time Event or Session
Nov. 27 7:30-8:15AM Registration

Breakfast Buffet / Silent Auction
Booths / Displays / Poster Presentations
Nov. 27 8:15-8:30AM Welcome, Greetings and Introductions, Zubeida Ramji, Executive Director, CARE Centre for IENsConference Opening Address: Josette Roussel, RN, MSC, Med, GNC, Nurse Advisor, Professional Practice, Canadian Nurses Association
Nov. 27 8:30-9:30AM Armchair Interview Panel:
Future Trends and Challenges in Nursing: A Nursing Vision
Panel of experts representing education, regulation, professional associations and employers.Moderator:

  • Rani Hajela Srivastava, RN, MScN, PhD, Chief of Nursing & Professional Practice at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH), Assistant Professor at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto


  • Janet Anderson, RN, BScN, MEd, Director, Professional Practice Department, College of Nurses Ontario
  • Dianne Martin, RPN, RN, BScN, MA, Executive Director, RPNAO
  • Irmajean Bajnok, RN, MSN, PhD, Director, RNAO’s International Affairs and Best Practice Guidelines Programs, Co-Director, Nursing Best Practice Research Centre (NBPRC)
  • Daniela Beckford, RN, Project Manager, HHS Internationally Educated Nurse and English as a Second Language Nurse Integration Project
  • Elaine Santa Mina, RN, BA, BAAN, MSc, PhD, Associate Director, Post Diploma Degree Program, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University
Nov. 27 9:30-10:15AM
Coffee Break / Raffle / Silent Auction
Displays / Poster Presentations
Nov. 27 10:15-11:00AM
Concurrent Sessions
“Where do We Go From Here”


Edward Cruz
RN, BN, MEdM, MScN PhD (C)
Sharon Vanin
– Office of the Fairness Commissioner
“A Snapshot of IENs Working in Ontario”


Andrea Porter-Chapman
Julie Goulet
– Canadian Institute for
Health Information
“Adoption of East Asian IENs Into
Canada’s Diverse Nursing Workforce”


Guangxia Meng RN, MN- Southlake Regional Health Centre

Nov. 27 11:00-11:30AM Keynote Speaker: The Hon. Jean Augustine, Fairness Commissioner Agenda for Change
Nov. 27 11:30-12:45PM



Lunch / Silent Auction
Displays / Poster Presentations


CARE Centre Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Award Sponsored by PRINTBRAINBoard members Ella Ferris and Omar Taladua present awards to Ahmad Baki, RN and Adela Belisario, RPN
Nov. 27 12:45-1:45PM Nursing in an Epidemic: Nurses’ Rights and ResponsibilitiesModerator:

  • Melissa Di Constanzo, Communications Officer and Staff Writer, Registered Nurse Journal, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario


  • Andy Summers, RN, Vice-President, Region 3, Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), responsible for Occupational Health and Safety
  • Nataly Farshait, MN, Director of Infection Prevention and Control, Humber River Hospital
  • Katie Connolly, RN, Community Programs, Casey House
  • Hemiksha Christian, CARE Centre Member, Internationally Educated Nurse
  • Sharla Bonneville, Logistician and Water and Sanitation Specialist, Medecins Sans Frontiers
Nov. 27 1:45-2:30PM
Concurrent Sessions
“Soccer & Sex Education:
A Community Based Approach”


Derrick Ntungvwe RPN- CARE Centre Member IEN
“Language Test Washback:
A Support for Integration and


Andrea Strachan
– Centre for the Evaluation of Health Professionals Educated Abroad
“IEN Integration: Employer &
Stakeholder Resources”


Andrea Bauman
Dina Idriss-Wheeler
Dana Ross
– Nursing Health Services Research Unit, McMaster University
Nov. 27 2:30-3:00PM
Coffee Break / Raffle / Silent Auction
Displays / Poster Presentations
Nov. 27 3:00-4:00PM JOBSs: Casting Your Nursing Net: How Far and How Wide?Panel of nurses working in diverse, non-traditional jobsModerator:

  • Brenda Lewis, RN, IEN Champion


  • Ivana Freitas, RPN – Chartwell
  • Raymonde Degbey, RN – Collins Bay
  • Athena Minerva Mina RPN – Centre for Addiction & Mental Health
Nov. 27 4:00-4:30PM Conference Close and Silent Auction Winners

Concurrent Sessions

Organization Presenters Topic Presentations
Canadian Nurses Association Josette Roussel Nurses in Canada: A Leading Force for Change View
Southlake Regional Health Centre Guangxia Meng Adaptation of East Asian IENs into Canada’s Diverse Nursing Workforce View
Canadian Institute for Health Information Andrea Porter-Chapman
Julie Goulet
Distribution and ‘Characteristics” of IENs working in Ontario (Whose Working Where) View
CARE Centre Member IEN Derrick Ntungwe Soccer & Sex Education: A Community Based Nursing Approach View
Centre for the Evaluation of Health Professionals Educated Abroad Andrea Strachan Language Test “ Washback”: A Support for Integration and Retention Not Available
Nursing Health Services Research Unit, McMaster University Dr. Andrea Baumann
Dina Idriss-Wheeler
Dana Ross
Hiring IENs: Employer & Stakeholder Resources View


Organization Presenters Topic
Nursing Health Services Research Unit,
McMaster University
Ruth Lee RN, PhD
Daniela Beckford RN
Andrea Baumann RN, PhD
Jennifer Blythe RN, PhD
The Path to a Healthy Work Environment
CARE Centre Member Pravin Chouhan RN IENs: An Essential Link in the Canadian Healthcare System
Hamilton Health Sciences Livia Jakabne RN
Michelle Barnard RN, BScN, MEd
Integration into Canadian Hospital Culture : Reflection of IENs
Mohawk College & Hamilton Health Sciences Nancy Brown-Fellows
Dr. Ruth Lee
Daniela Beckford
IENS: What Do You Need to Succeed in Critical Care?
CARE Centre for
Internationally Educated Nurses
Hossein Khalili,
CARE Centre Employment Engagement Lead
Success in the Workplace:
Transition Supports for IENs
CARE Centre for
Internationally Educated Nurses
Ruth Wojtiuk,
CARE Centre Professional Practice Lead
Return on Investment:
Internationally Educated Nurses are Worth It
CARE Centre for
Internationally Educated Nurses
Norma Tomlin,
CARE Centre Case Manager
RPN Journeys of Discovery

Sponsorship Packages

All sponsors will be provided with signage at the 2014 Conference for IENs, as well as logo recognition on the conference website and in the program.

Founding Partner Sponsorship – $5,000

To be negotiated with sponsor.

Presenting Partner – $3,000

As well as the honour that comes with this opportunity, the Sponsor receives:

  • Prominent position in all event signage (lobby and table signs)
  • Speaking opportunity during the program
  • Logo in advertising
  • Name media releases
  • Name and logo in program
  • Name in annual report & newsletter
  • Name and logo with premium placement on conference website, with link to your site
  • Table in display area
  • Two complimentary registrations

Supporting Sponsor/Exhibitor – $1,500

As well as the honour that comes with this opportunity, the Sponsor receives:

  • Prominent position in all event signage (lobby and table signs)
  • Logo in advertising
  • Name in all media releases
  • Name in annual report & newsletter
  • Name and logo in program
  • Name and logo on conference website
  • Table in display area
  • One complimentary registration

Sponsor/Exhibitor – $700

As well as the honour that comes with this opportunity, the Sponsor receives:

  • Name on event lobby signage
  • Name and logo in program
  • Name and logo on conference website
  • Table in display area

Media Sponsorship

To be negotiated with sponsor.

Advertising Opportunities in the Conference Program

The program will be printed in colour at standard 8 1⁄2 x 11 size.

Size of advertisements

  • Full-page ad – $1,000
  • Half-page ad – $500
  • Quarter-page ad – $250
  • Eighth-page ad – $125

Colour of advertisements

Your advertisement can be in black and white or full colour. If it is colour, it must be CMYK (process colour); pantone colours or spot colours are not accepted.

Acceptable formats for submission

Submit your advertisement as a PDF, ensuring it is high resolution, print quality. For ads with photos and text, the image resolution should be at least 300 dpi. If you have a logo or image that is line art, please save the ad as 600 dpi to ensure clarity. One way to make sure your ad will be properly formatted is by using the PRESS pre-set in whichever design program you use to create your PDF. We cannot accept ads in any format other than PDF. We can expand Stuffit and ZIP compressed files.

How to submit advertisements

If your ad is 10 MB or less, email it to

If your ad is larger than 10 MB, contact the below for file-sharing options:
Tina Novotny
Communications Specialist
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
45 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 512
Toronto, Ontario M2N 5W9
416-226-2800 ext. 240
Fax: 416-226-5300

Payment Methods

There are two payment methods for conference registration fees

  1. Payment by cheque (organizational or personal)

You can pay by personal or a business cheque. Cheques should be made payable to “CARE Centre for IENs” and mailed to:

CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
45 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 512
Toronto, Ontario M2N 5W9

  1. Payment by credit card

You can pay for your registration fees conveniently online through our PayPal account. Visa, Master Card, and Interact are eligible transaction cards.

Please note that you do not need to open a Pay Pal account to complete the payment process.


Request for refunds must be received in writing at Requests received on or before Oct. 31st, 2014 will be refunded in full, less $50.00 (Canadian) administrative fee. Requests for refunds received after Oct. 31st, 2014 cannot be honoured, however, substitutions (ie. name changes) will be permitted.


All funds are in Canadian dollars.

Conference attendance may be subsidized by nursing professional organizations, unions or employers. The Ministry of Health and Long-term Care’s Nursing Education Initiative (NEI) is an education and training fund that gives nurses access to continuing education and professional development opportunities through education grants. In addition, the NEI provides funding to develop best practice guidelines, advanced clinical fellowships and recruitment and retention strategies. The NEI is administered through a partnership with the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) and the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario (RPNAO).

Learn more about the Nursing Education Initiative:


Hotel parking is available to all attendees at a discounted rate of $12.00/day.

Please bring your parking tag to the hotel’s front desk for a stamp so that the conference rate can be applied.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns about your registration, please send us an email at

Volunteers and Donors

Thank you to our Volunteer Organizers:

  • Derartu Abbajobir
  • Radhika Aryal
  • Ahmad Baki
  • Adela Belisario
  • Marie Belotte
  • Pravin Chouhan
  • Donna Consolacion
  • Ide Costa
  • Halimah Dualeh
  • Rola El Moubadder
  • Binnie Hutchinson
  • Katie Jalili
  • Akiko Kobayashi
  • Janet Kwansah
  • Precious Magaro
  • Astrid Metaute
  • Dorothy Muiruri
  • Edsel Mutia
  • Manimandiram Omana
  • Alma Perez
  • Isolde Ruiz
  • Carmelita Vaz
  • Maria Villanueva
  • Yanjun Yang
  • Tara Zarrin

The Conference Thanks all our Donors for the Silent Auction and Raffle:

  • The Body Electric Yoga and Personal Training
  • Dr. M. Brach Dentistry
  • Rola El Moubadder
  • Elsevier Mosby Publishers
  • Loblaws Supermarket
  • Metro: Your Local Grocery Store
  • The Novotny Family
  • Zubeida Ramji
  • Anaar Shariff
  • Shoppers Drug Mart in Kingston
  • The Thornton Inn
  • University of Toronto Bookstore
  • Sandy Wankel
  • Physio F/X Ltd.
  • Tara Zarrin
  • Loy Asheri
  • Paul Lucas
  • Joanna Zhao
  • Janice Buist
  • James Wilkie
  • Grace Gatti
  • Shazia Ramji
  • Good Life
  • Lourdes Vincente