Profile of James Buchan

Nursing Week Keynote and Panel Discussion Prof. James Buchan

  • May 10

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The Nursing Workforce and the Pandemic: An International Perspective

with Professor James Buchan

Tuesday May 10, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
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Keynote: Professor James Buchan

Prof Buchan is Adjunct Professor the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), and a Visiting Professor at the School of Nursing, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is also Senior Fellow at the Health Foundation, London.

He has specialized in nursing workforce policy throughout his career. His background includes periods working in government in Scotland and Australia; and for the Royal College of Nursing, (RCN), UK. He has also worked for WHO in Geneva and Copenhagen. In recent years he has worked extensively as a consultant on nursing workforce policy and planning, in Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, for governments and international agencies. He is Editor in Chief of “Human Resources for Health”, the peer reviewed journal affiliated with WHO.


Profile of Donna Duncan

Donna Duncan, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Long Term Care Association

Donna Duncan is an experienced public sector board member and executive, with extensive experience in health care and academics. Donna is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Long Term Care Association, the largest association representing long-term care providers in Canada. Prior to taking on this role, Donna served as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of The Ontario Caregiver Organization where she led the organization’s start-up operations, building a foundation for new leadership and a provincial board to lead the development of services and supports for Ontario’s family caregivers.

She served as President and CEO of the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, Toronto’s largest children’s mental health treatment, research and teaching centre and a University of Toronto community affiliate. Donna led Hincks-Dellcrest through transformational change and extensive programmatic and quality improvements, culminating in Hincks-Dellcrest’s integration with The Hospital for Sick Children in 2017. Earlier in her career, Donna played a key role in the transformational redevelopment of The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Queen Street campus.

She sits on the Boards of the Canadian Long-Term Care Association (CALTC), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and the Global Ageing Network.

Profile of Ru Taggar

Ru Taggar, Executive Vice President, Chief Nursing and Health Professions Executive at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Ru Taggar is a Registered Nurse with her Master’s in Nursing and holds an Adjunct Clinical appointment at the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.

Ru is the Executive Vice President, Chief Nursing and Health Professions Executive at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Ru provides professional practice leadership to nurses and other health professionals. She also provides executive leadership to the hospital’s Tory Trauma, DAN Women and Babies, Schulich Heart and Holland Bone and Joint Programs.