The Council is responsible for the governance of the CLPNA and the oversight of the CLPNA’s management. The Council guides the strategic direction; evaluates the performance of the CEO; and approves and monitors the CLPNA’s objectives, policies, and financial results. The Council also approves all practical nurse education programs in Alberta.

Council membership consists of 50% regulated members (appointed in accordance with the Bylaws), and 50% public members (appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council pursuant to the Health Professions Act), and non-voting or ex officio members of Council (as set out in the Bylaws).

The President, elected by the Council from the regulated Council members, and the Vice President, elected by Council from the remaining regulated members or public members, provide leadership.

Members of Council

Kurtis Kooiker LPN - President, Regulated Member
Ashley Cesar LPN - Vice President, Regulated Member
Linda Osinchuk Public Member
Jennifer Peace LPN - Regulated Member
Tiffany Smith LPN - Regulated Member
Lisa Stebbins Public Member
Kimberley Mansbridge LPN - Regulated Member
Maydie Noel LPN - Regulated Member
Public Member To be appointed
Public Member To be appointed
Public Member Public Member

Council Information

The Council is responsible for the overall general direction of the college through policy governance, including:

  • setting the CLPNA’s Strategic Direction;
  • evaluation of operational outcomes, succession planning, and CEO oversight;
  • establishing, maintaining, and monitoring policies which govern the CLPNA, including Bylaws, Regulations, standards of practice, and the Code of Ethics;
  • approving all practical nurse education programs in Alberta, including diploma, advanced practice, and refresher;
  • reviewing and monitoring fiscal policies and statements and understanding the economics of healthcare and the financial health of the CLPNA;
  • understanding the difference between governance and management;
  • understanding that the Council has authority as a whole and speaks with one voice;
  • establishing and supporting Council Committees, including legislated committees under the HPA;
  • reviewing Council performance; and
  • hearing appeals on matters of conduct or registration.

The Council does not manage day to day operations, or the means of achieving outcomes. Formally, the Council deals with the CLPNA’s business through the Chief Executive Officer.

The Council is responsible for the health and success of the CLPNA. Each Council member brings a unique perspective; however, there are key skills and abilities that will enhance the functioning of the Council so that it can perform its legislated mandate. Council members should, individually or collectively, possess the core competencies and skills outlined in the Competency Matrix.


Serving on Council requires a significant commitment to prepare for and attend meetings, committee work, governance education, and initial orientation.

The expected time commitment is approximately thirteen days annually, plus additional meetings as needed:

  • a half day for initial orientation,
  • one to two days of governance education,
  • a half day for preparatory work for each meeting, and
  • one to two days for each quarterly meeting to review the CLPNA’s business reports and strategic planning.

The reimbursement package includes an honorarium and travel expenses.