News Release

Sioban Nelson to serve as Interim Chair of CCA’s Board of Directors

The Council of Canadian Academies announced today that Sioban Nelson, RN, PhD, FCAN, FAAN, FCAHS has been named Interim Chair of its Board of Directors. Dr. Nelson succeeds David Dodge, PhD, O.C., FRSC, who stepped down from the CCA Board in June 2021.

“Dr. Nelson has been a valued member of the CCA Board since 2020, and I am pleased that she has assumed this leadership role as we continue to advance our mission of providing the best evidence to inform policy decisions,” said CCA President and CEO Eric M. Meslin, PhD, FRSC, FCAHS.

Dr. Sioban Nelson is a historian and policy scholar, a fellow of the American Academy of Nurses, a Charter Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nurses, and fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Dr. Nelson is the former Dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, where she has also served as Vice Provost. She is president of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and serves on the Board of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

“I am honoured to be selected by my fellow Board members to take on this important role for CCA, at a time when access to evidence has never been more important for Canada’s policymakers,” said Dr. Nelson. “I look forward to working with the Board, management and CCA’s partners to help provide the strategic vision that will build on CCA’s excellent reputation for delivering high-quality assessments of evidence.”