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Chief Executive Officer

Message from the CEO

Dear Beneficiary,Chantal Leonard

CNPS was created for you in 1988 by visionary leaders in the nursing profession to ensure that Canadian nurses have the legal support they require when in professional legal jeopardy, the information to comply with their legal obligations and the risk management resources they need to provide high quality professional care to their patients. We are honoured to carry on this mission.

We strive to be for you, in your professional life, all that you are to your patients: your advocate, your support and your resource for highly competent services. You can rely on the fact that our legal assistance and advice are provided to you personally and confidentially.

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.

Please contact us promptly if you require legal assistance or if you have any questions regarding your professional obligations.

Chantal Léonard, CEO


Our Chief Executive Officer:

Chantal Léonard is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) – a national not-for-profit Society that offers legal advice, risk-management services, legal assistance and professional liability protection to more than 135,000 nurses across Canada. Prior to her work with the CNPS, Chantal worked as a lawyer in private practice where she represented and defended health-care professionals, and acted as counsel in health-care litigation across Canada.

She holds a Bachelor of Law degree (LL.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 health care at various speaking engagements across Canada.

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