Toronto CACCN

The CACCN Toronto chapter serves to support critical care nurses in Toronto and the surrounding GTA region by providing a forum for critical care nurses to network, learn and collaborate with one another in order to grow and thrive as a profession.

Our goal to foster excellence and professional growth in our critical care nurses through the promotion of educational and professional opportunities.


  • provide informed guidance in shaping the delivery system as it relates to the care of the critically ill.
  • determine and promote standards for critical care nursing.
  • determine certification standards for National testing for the speciality of critical care nursing.
  • promote and provide educational opportunities.
  • improve the quality of patient care through the promotion of nursing research in critical care.
  • promote membership and chapter development.

What do we do?

We serve the public, our members and the critical care nurses. These needs are met by:

  • Contributing to the development and implementation of the critical care standards for nursing practice
  • Providing information  about upcoming educational opportunities
  • Supporting and facilitating critical care nursing research
  • Providing opportunities for networking
  • Identifying and addressing political and professional issues

Other membership advantages

Discounted Registration Fees for CACCN – on sponsored conferences, education events

Subscription to the Quarterly Journals: Toronto Chapter, Critical Connections and the National Association, Dynamics

Access to CACCN’s Research Grant
This Research Grant has been established to provide funds ($1000) to support the research activities of a CACCN member that is relevant to the practice of critical care nursing.

Access to CACCN Education Awards
The CACCN Educational Awards have been established to provide fund to assist critical care nurses to attend continuing education programs at the Baccalaureate and Masters nursing levels.

Executive Members

Meet the members of the CACCN Toronto Chapter


Ingrid Daley

Education Coordinator

I completed my Masters in Nursing from York University 2011. I have been very fortunate in the President role for a few years now. My role as President is to supervise and direct all activities for the Toronto Chapter by keeping our members up to date with the evolving pace of critical care nursing. I look forward to working with a dynamic group of critical care nurses who volunteer their time, energy and knowledge for the Toronto Chapter.

Jo-Ann Fernando

Jo-Ann Fernando

Website Coordinator

I work full time at North York General Hospital in the Critical care Unit as the Clinical Nurse Educator. I completed my Masters in Nursing from The University of Toronto in 2007 and my CNCC (C) in 2007. I have been a member of the CACCN Toronto chapter for many years and been on the Executive for several years. Currently I am in the role of the website coordinator so please feel free to submit suggestions and comments to us to ensure the website meets your needs.


Audra R. Huxtable

Newsletter Editor

For the past four years I have been an Intensive Care RN and I currently work at Toronto General Hospital on the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit. I started my nursing career at Toronto General Hospital with the Nursing Resource Team (NRT) in 2011. I received my Bachelors of Nursing from the University of New Brunswick in collaboration with Humber College, 2011. I also have a Honors Specialization Baccalaureate Degree in Biology from the University of Western Ontario, 2008. I am very passionate about my ability to make a difference by delivering quality and compassionate care to each of my patient.

Karen Dryden-Palmer

Karen Dryden-Palmer

Pediatrics Consultant

Karen has over 30 years of clinical experience in child health care focusing on critical illness and injury. She is currently an Advanced Practice Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Paediatric Critical Care Unit at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. Her clinical focus is the child and family experience of critical illness, chronic critical illness in childhood and paediatric failure to rescue.

Karen is currently completing her PhD at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, focusing on knowledge translational and implementation science. Her research is concerned with understanding how practice innovations are taken up in complex health care systems.

Karen is the immediate past president of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses and she remains committed to the development of evidence, programs and national guidelines supporting the practice of critical care nursing.


Teresa Robitaille


I am pleased to hold the position of CACCN secretary this year for the Toronto Chapter. As a member, I got involved with the Chapter as Editor eight years ago and have been involed ever since.

As the largest Chapter in the CACCN with 253 members, I would like to see our membership numbers increase by 30% in the next year. This can be done by reaching out to all the hospitals in our chapter either by email or in person to promote and encourage critical care nurses to join the CACCN and get the rewards of enhancing their critical care knowlegde.

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Veronica Dekker

Interim President/Treasurer

I work full-time at the Milton District Hospital as the Professional Practice Clinician of the Emergency Department. In the past, I have held clinical and leadership positions in various Emergency Department and ICU settings.

I was recently acclaimed as Interim President of our chapter for a 1-year term and concurrently hold the position of Treasurer of the Toronto Chapter for the remainder of the 2015-2017 term.

My role as President will be to supervise and direct all activities for the Toronto Chapter, to keep our members up to date with chapter events in this rapidly evolving world of critical care nursing. My role as Treasurer is to manage all Chapter finances and ensure fiscal responsibility of the Chapter Executive. Before my term comes to an end, I would like to implement electronic processes for various aspect of our chapter to facilitate efficiencies and transparency.

I look forward this new challenge, serving our members in this exciting, new role, and continuing to work with our dynamic team of nurse volunteers who serve as our Chapter Executives.


Upcoming Nominations for May 2018.

Executive Term: May 1, 2018-April 30, 2020

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Website Coordinator
  • Membership Coordinator

If you know a CACCN member that you would like to nominate as an executive please submit names to

Thank You
The Toronto Chapter Executive


To support & raise awareness beyond our acute environment & for our critical care members, we will be expanding to support & partner with various community charitable organizations. The goal is to have fund raising & educational events in support of these organization(s).


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