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Mr. Richard Nurse

Mr. Richard Nurse has served as the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of a number of Canada’s most respected teaching hospitals and subsequently served as the commissioner (deputy minister) for the Nova Scotia Public Service Commission (NSPSC) and as deputy minister for Immigration. He reactivated his consulting business in 2006 and, in addition to other assignments, served as project coordinator for an Interhealth Canada project involving the development and opening of two new health facilities for the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Mr. Nurse completed his undergraduate degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 1981 he earned a Master of Health Sciences (MHSc) from the University of Toronto, where he was awarded the Berns Roth Award and the Robert Wood Johnson Award as the student most likely to make a significant contribution to health services leadership.

Mr. Nurse’s most recent professional involvements include partnering with AdPro Change Systems Inc., as an executive instructor where he has delivered certified manager certification programs to audiences across Canada, including participants from health care, government departments and agencies, and the private sector. He is also an associate with CanAm Health Care Consulting who specializes in health care leadership, governance and change management.

As a former surveyor with the Canadian Council for Health Facilities Accreditation, the effective coordination and maintenance of key partners within regional health systems has remained a special area of interest and experience. He was also involved in a variety of health system studies and projects focusing on system effectiveness, sustainability and service standards and quality in Canada, Ireland, Russia and the Caribbean.

Mr. Nurse also served as an adjunct professor at Dalhousie University’s School of Health Services Administration where he lectured on such topics as strategic planning, change management, public governance and accountability. In 2000, he was awarded the community contact award for his contribution to student mentorship. He is currently an active member of the Association of Change Management Professionals.

Mr. Nurse served as chair of the Neptune Theatre Board of Directors from 2003 to 2004 and as a member of the board of the Canadian Center for Ethics in Public Affairs from 2005 to 2006. He is currently the volunteer chair of the North End Community Health Center Board of Directors and is an honorary director of the IWK Foundation and a life member of the IWK Health Center Corporation.

Mr. Nurse was first appointed to the College in 2002 after a career in health systems management as a way to continue to support efforts to promote high quality medical care for all Nova Scotians. He was subsequently appointed to a senior role with the provincial government, an appointment that required him to discontinue his College involvement in 2004. Always seeing his previous (brief) involvement as “unfinished business”, Mr. Nurse was appointed to Council in 2015. He currently sits on the Executive, Nominating and Investigation committees.