In 1988, a group of Canadian nursing leaders envisioned creating an organization dedicated to providing nurses with affordable and accessible legal advice, assistance and protection. The CNPS represents the culmination of their vision, and 30 years later, the CNPS has become a nationally recognized provider of professional liability protection and legal support for nurses in all professional nursing designations.
Today we are proud to provide legal advice and assistance, risk-management services and professional liability protection to over 135,000 nurses across Canada. Our mandate is to ensure that nurses have the legal support they require to manage the professional legal risks that may arise in their practice.To this end, the CNPS assists nurses by providing legal advice and assistance and educational resources to help improve patient safety in their practice. Our goal is also to keep you abreast of the most recent legal developments and to ensure that you have, at all times, the best legal resources and risk management information available as you strive to do what’s right for your patients.
We are proud to continue the legacy of caring and support that was created by our visionary founders, and we are honoured to serve as your source of professional liability protection and legal support. I encourage you to contact us if you have any questions about your legal obligations or if you need legal assistance related to your nursing practice. We are not only here in times of crisis. I encourage you to use us as a resource in your day-to-day practice, not only when you are implicated in a legal proceeding. And with CNPS, you can speak to a real person, every time.
Chantal Léonard, CEO
About our CEO
Prior to her work with the CNPS, Chantal worked as a lawyer in private practice where she represented and defended healthcare professionals and acted as counsel in healthcare litigation across Canada.
She holds a Bachelor of Law degree (L.L.B.) from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Sociology) and a Bachelor of Sciences (Biochemistry). Ms. Léonard has lectured on Health Law in both the Master of Health Administration Program and the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. She frequently shares her extensive knowledge of the legal risks and considerations related to the provision of healthcare at various speaking engagements across Canada.