Shamian, RN, PhD, D.Sc, (Hon), LLD (Hon), FAAN is the past-president of the
International Council of Nurses, former president and CEO of VON Canada
(Victorian Order of Nurses) and was previously a professor at the Lawrence S.
Bloomberg School of Nursing at the University of Toronto. There she was also a
co-investigator with the Nursing Health Services Research Unit and a former
executive director of the Office of Nursing Policy.
as President and CEO of VON Canada, Shamian guided the organization through a
time of great transition and transformation to bring it under one
organizational umbrella. This reorganized structure will allow VON to maintain
its place as Canada’s largest, not-for-profit, charitable home and community
care provider through the next century. In her role there, Judith championed
the home and community care agenda in Canada, and worked to strengthen
partnerships between formal healthcare providers, families and friends who
provide care, and volunteers and community organizations, in order to recognize
and support the entire spectrum of care.
her PhD from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; her master’s in
public health from New York University; and her baccalaureate in community
nursing from Montreal’s Concordia University. She is the recipient of the 1995
Ross Award for Nursing Leadership, the Governor General of Canada’s 2002 Golden
Jubilee Medal, and the Award of Merit from CNA and CFNU in 2004, and holds
honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Lethbridge, Alberta (2005),
and Ryerson University, Toronto (2006). In 2008, she received the CNA
Centennial Award, which recognizes nursing leadership over the past 100 years.
In 2009, Shamian received the Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award from
the Women’s Executive Network, and became an International Fellow with the
American Academy of Nursing.