Canadian Nursing Informatics Association

CNIA 2023 Conference

Conference Information

Our conference theme intends to take participants on a journey from where we have been and currently are, to where we are headed! Instead of conference theme or tracks, this year we are using key words to organize presentation content, ensuring a fit for everyone and every topic! Consider these keywords to guide your abstract submissions for rapid fire, poster, or oral presentation submissions: Nursing Informatics & Practice, Ethical Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Health, Remote Monitoring, Nursing Practice and the Digital Translation, Determinants of Health, Social Media, Social Innovation, Digital Equity, Advancing Curriculum Capacity, Nursing Analytics, Data Science, Data Visualization, Clinical Documentation, Clinical Decision Support, Mobile Health, Digital Workflow, Health System Transformation, Patient Engagement, Digital Health Standards, Digital Health Competencies, Bio-Medical Device Integration, the Domains of Health Informatics [or provide your own keywords].

The Call for Abstracts is now closed.

The presentation formats will be:

Oral Presentations - 15 minutes presentation and 5 minutes Q & A

Rapid Fire Oral Presentations - 5  minutes presentations (with no more than 10 slides)

Posters - Digital poster session will be held as part of the conference event

Conference Registration

Registration is now open  -  click here to go to the registration page.

Please note - you must be logged in as a member to receive the discounted membership rates.

Conference Schedule

Take a look at the conference schedule, it is going to be an incredible event! 

The Concurrent Oral, Rapid Fire and Poster Sessions are as follows:

Conference Hotel Options Available here

Featured Speakers

Opening Keynote: Dr. Margie Kennedy 

Featured Speakers: Dr. Jacqueline Limoges and Dr. Richard Booth 

Closing Keynote: Terri Price


Introduction to Nursing Informatics

Join us at the CNIA interactive Workshop to learn about the progress of nursing informatics in Canada and develop practical skills as to how Canadian nurses can enact informatics competency in their day-to-day practice to improve healthcare and patient outcomes.


Glynda is the Program Lead for the Advanced Certificate in Digital Health at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Vancouver, British Columbia, and is Program Lead for the development of an Advanced Certificate in Digital Health at BCIT. She completed an MSN at the University of British Columbia with a focus on education and health informatics, and a BSN at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Glynda’s interests include digital health education, the impact of health information technologies on clinical judgment and decision making at the point of care, and the potential for health information technologies to improve health outcomes across communities. Glynda co-authored the Open Educational Resources Clinical Procedures for Safer Patient Care and Health Case Studies, and the Digital Health Nursing Informatics E-Resource with the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. Glynda is currently co-leading a provincial initiative to develop an Interprofessional Educational Electronic Health Record for teaching and learning in healthcare.  

Dr. Manal Kleib, RN, MN, MBA, PhD 

Dr. Kleib is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. The overall aim of her program of research is to enhance the preparedness of the nursing workforce and their capabilities to effectively integrate existing and emerging digital health technology in their practice roles to deliver high quality nursing care and achieve better outcomes for patients, providers, and health systems. She has over 30 years of professional nursing experience in diverse educational and healthcare settings, locally and internationally, and is recognized as an expert and a leader in nursing education research, with a focus on digital health and nursing informatics. She is the founder of the Nursing Informatics Association of Alberta and serves as a Treasurer for the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association.

Nurse Informatician Roles in Digital Care

Across Canada health care organizations are somewhere on their journey to implement digital health technologies aimed at advancing quality-driven patient care through easier access to real-time patient information, technology-enabled workflow efficiencies, clinical decision support tools and so much more. The data collected in the electronic health record, other related clinical/health care applications drive decisions at all levels from individual patients to collaborative health teams, to health organizations to broader patient populations across communities. Nurses are embedded in and crucial to patient care coordination and processes across the continuum of care, positioning them to participate in and lead healthcare transformation.

This interactive workshop will seek to understand what we mean by Digital Care Capacity by introducing a variety of nursing informatics related roles and their key responsibilities associated with digital care. There will be time for discussion, questions and answers about how to prepare for and seek out these roles in your or other organizations.

 Barb Cross, RN, BScN, MScN

 With over 40 years in healthcare, and 16 of those years specifically focused in Clinical  Informatics, and Clinical Informatics Leadership; there isn’t a day goes by that I am reminded of  the importance of the contributions that nurses make in the overall health of patients and patient  outcomes. Throughout these years, I have held a variety of positions within the direct-care  context, nursing/clinical education, clinical operations leadership and in my latter years in  nursing/clinical informatics. Whether providing direct care in Yukon Territory, leading and  educating nurses across Canada about perianesthesia nursing, educating nursing students, or managing clinical operations; the pursuit of nursing knowledge, and nursing practice excellence through digitization of health and care continues to be my passion. As a previous board member of our provincial regulatory college, and member of CNA committees, I was introduced to many incredible nursing leaders who have and continue to inspire me today to share my knowledge and experiences and to learn from all of you!

 Helen Edwards RN, BA, MN

 Helen worked at SickKids hospital in Toronto, holding a variety of positions including bedside nursing,  education, project management, clinical/informatics director and Chief Nursing Informatics Officer,  retiring after 40 years. She led initiatives focused on identifying, evaluating, procuring, implementing  and optimizing large-scale informatics and clinical technology solutions. Since retirement Helen works  independently as a consultant, providing clinical informatics leadership and advice. She is mentor to  many nurses and others interested in a career in clinical informatics. Helen is an Adjunct Professor  at  the University of Toronto in the Master of Health Informatics Program, is in her second term as  Communications Director on the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association (CNIA) Board and is a Director on the HIMSS Ontario Chapter Board.Helen has been recognized by the Ontario Nursing Informatics Group (ONIG) with the Award of Excellence; from SickKids she has received the President’s Award as well as the Nursing Excellence Career Achievement Award; and upon retiring was honoured with the creation of the Helen Edwards Clinical Informatics Education Fund.

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