Chapter Executives

Tyler Glass, MN, Ph.D. (in progress), RN, EMCA

  • Tyler has worked in health care for over 20 years and has worked in a variety of different clinical settings in both Ontario and Quebec. 
  • Tyler completed his bridging from RPN to RN through Ryerson University obtaining his BScN in 2011 and went on to complete his critical care certificate through Humber College in 2012. 
  • Shortly after, he undertook the completion of his Master of Nursing (MN), also through Ryerson, which he completed in 2017. He worked in a variety of critical care settings (MSICU, CICU, CVICU, MSNICU) before assuming a leadership role in 2015. Tyler has held several leadership and management positions including this and Administrator on site for the Toronto General of the University Health Network. 
  • Most recently, Tyler joined the Leadership team of People and Culture with Human Resources Department of the UHN, working on a large project spanning the entire enterprise (TGH, TWH, PMH, Toronto Rehab, and Michener Institute) as Talent Management Lead. Tyler is currently in the Ph.D. program at Queen’s University with a research focus of Knowledge Translation (KT), LGBTQ+ population health, and virtual/simulation-based learning. He has several publications in review and recently worked with the RNAO Best practice Guidelines for the development of the Promoting 2SLGBTQI+ Health Equity publication.

Ashleigh Abbott, BScN, RN, CCNC (c)

  • After completing Canada’s premier critical care education program and gaining experience in Winnipeg HSC’s Medical ICU, I returned home to Ontario amidst the pandemic to work in Sunnybrook’s COVID ICU. 
  • In my career thus far, I have been in constant pursuit of knowledge to better serve my patients and someday reach my goal of becoming a Nurse Educator. In addition to seeking out a wide array of educational opportunities, as part of achieving these goals, I have begun taking courses towards a Masters of Nursing, become a Certified Nurse in Critical Care, have presented at nursing events and conferences, and have been published in critical care journals and newsletters. 
  • I intend to aid with the revitalization of this CACCN chapter in any capacity I am able to help create a community for support and growth that we so desperately need after what we have endured and persevered through in the last year

Ramesh Venkatesaperumal, RN, M.A, M.Sc. N, CCNE, CNCC(C), PhD (C) 

  • Ramesh has completed his undergraduate education and graduate education in Nursing at the College of Nursing, Christian Medical College and Hospital (degrees awarded by The Tamilnadu Dr. MGR Medical University), Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India.  
  • He is a Certified Nurse in Critical Care in Canada (by the Canadian Nurses Association) and Canadian Certified Nurse Educator (CCNE) by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. Apart from teaching, he has authored/co-authored more than 15 scientific papers in indexed journals. 
  • Had been a Clinical Practice Leader at  the ICU of SHN
  • Has been a faculty at Centennial college and Nipissing university
  • Currently he is an Asst Professor at York University.  He is also pursuing his doctoral degree in nursing at York University.  His dissertation is Impact of Social Support and Mentorship on Career Advancement of Internationally Educated Nurses. 

He is interested in learning more about Equity, Social Justice, Issues of IEN, Teaching/Learning in Nursing, and practice issues in critical care.

Paige Gehrke, BScN, RN, MSc (student) 

  • Critically care trained Registered Nurse
  • Clinical Instructor & New Hire Mentor 
  • Active in critical care research, education, & mentorship activities 
  • Member of Canadian Critical Care Trials Group and the Canadian Community ICU Research Network
  • Masters of Science Nursing Student (Thesis)
  • Thesis Research: Qualitative study to describe the types of moral distress that ICU nurses have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, and their recommendations for organizational interventions or practice changes to mitigate their moral distress
  • Research Interests: Critical care, critical care nursing, quality improvement
  • CACCN COC Board Member Goals: Promote discussions of critical care research, foster networking/mentorship and highlight the incredible research-related activities of members and the positive outcomes for nurses and patients.

Simon Donato-Woodger, BScN, RN 

  • In September of 2016 I changed careers from construction to nursing, starting Ryerson University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) program. I’ve learned a great deal inside the classroom and out of it, through my clinical placements , and through leadership and volunteer activities. 
  • For the 2018-2019 academic year, I served the volunteer tutoring group Ryerson Students Offering Support (SOS) as a tutor for Anatomy and Physiology, and for the 2019-2020 academic year I was promoted to the organization’s Vice President of Nursing Education. 
  • In March of 2019 I was also elected by the student body to the position of Faculty of Community Service Representative for the Ryerson Senate, for the 2019-2020 academic year. I’m also a member of the Learner Leadership Advisory Committee at the University Health Network (UHN), which seeks to further integrate clinical learners from all professions into the learning environment at UHN. 
  • Since graduating from Ryerson’s BScN program in 2020, I’ve worked on the COVID Assistance and General Medicine Units at Grand River Hospital, the Acute Care Unit at Inuvik Regional Hospital, and most recently the Intensive Care Unit at Scarborough General Hospital. 
  • I’m also a research assistant for Dr. Charlene Chu at the University of Toronto. We are currently exploring topics such as health-related artificial intelligence and gerontology, specifically how artificial intelligence affects the older adult population.

Shirley Marr, RN, BScN, MHEd, MHScN

  • Shirley immigrated to Canada in 1989 as a RN from New Zealand and started her career on a medical unit at the now-defunct Toronto Wellesley Hospital. 
  • In 1991, she moved to the ICU. She graduated from Ryerson in 1997 with a degree in nursing, and then completed her masters from Charles Sturt University in 2002, obtaining her second masters in 2012. 
  • She is a certified critical care nurse and currently is the nurse educator at Etobicoke General Hospital. Her interests are delirium in ICU, as well as resuscitation. 
  • She was awarded the first SPARC award for resuscitation in 2013. 
  • Shirley believes deeply in the professionalism in nursing, and advocates for nurses to continue to learn and educate themselves during their nursing career. This continuing education can be achieved several ways, Shirley believes – via the school system, as well as attending conferences, reading journals, and asking questions of all members of the health-care team.
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