Board of Directors
Nevart Hotakorzian, RN, BScN, NSWOC
Nevart Hotakorzian obtained her Bachelor Degree in Nursing at the University of Montreal in 1994 and began her career at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), formerly known as the Royal Victoria Hospital. She worked as a nurse in general surgery and vascular surgery for the first years of her career.
She became interested in advancing her studies to become a Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence and graduated in 2004 from the Canadian Academy of Enterostomal Therapy (Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute).
She currently holds a position as a Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence for the Jewish General Hospital at the CIUSSS West-Central-of-Montreal. Before becoming the President of NSWOCC, she was the Regional Director for Quebec from 2015 to 2018. She has been active with the Hollister Wound Advisory Board for Quebec since 2016.
She recently completed the Leadership Program for Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Excellence from CAET in 2016. Through preceptorships for the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute, Nevart continues to support NSWOCC development. As nursing continues to advance, Nevart is part of the first group of nurses who obtained their right to prescribe in Quebec through RAMQ.
Marcia Leard, RN, BScN, NSWOC, WOCC(C)
Marcia Leard is a native of Prince Edward Island and has been the NSWOC at the Prince County Hospital in Summerside, PE since 2003. She graduated from the A J McMaster School of Nursing in Moncton NB in 1989 and completed her Bachelors Degree in Nursing Science at Brandon University in 1995. Marcia has experienced a diverse career including positions in emergency, obstetrics, med- surg, peds and nursing station relief in northwestern Ontario, but was thrilled to return home in 2001 and work in her home town.
Chris Murphy, RN, WOCC(C), BSc(HONS) Tissue Viability, MClScWH, PHD
Dr. Murphy is a Registered Nurse and Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence (NSWOC) with Canadian Nurses’ Association certification. Chris studied Tissue Viability with Professional Practice at undergraduate level, and also the Master of Clinical Science of Wound Healing degree from Western University. Her doctoral research investigated the assessment and treatment of lower extremity wounds in the vascular surgery population, with focus on ultrasound debridement and wound infection. The appearance of infection specific to the vascular population and associated protease activity were also explored. Professional activities include co- chair of the Communications Committee of the Canadian Society of Vascular Nurses, Associate Core Faculty Member and Course Examiner of the Master Clinical Science of Wound Healing graduate program at Western University, Panel Member of the 2013 RNAO Best Practice Guideline Update: Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Stakeholder of the current RNAO Best Practice Guideline Update: Pressure Ulcers. Christine is a frequent manuscript reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals and a speaker at national conferences.
Chris currently works at The Ottawa Hospital, with specialty in complex surgical and vascular surgery wounds. Her position incorporates care of patients in the pre and post- operative phase including ostomy surgeries, surgical and trauma wounds, and limb salvage management.
Additionally, Chris is an educator and mentor for health professionals interested in complex wound management.
Originally from Gloucester, England, Chris makes her home in Ottawa and is the proud mother of 3.
Anne-Marie Blais, RN, BScN, NSWOC
Tracy Fournier, RN, BScN, NSWOC, WOCC(C)
Cathy Harley, RN, EMBA
Chief Executive Officer
Catherine has served as the Executive Director for Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence Canada (NSWOCC) for the past 12 years and was also the first Executive Director for the Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC) for 5 years.
Past experience includes serving as the Director of Global Strategic Marketing, Wound Care Core Business for ConvaTec division of Bristol-Myers Squibb in Skillman, New Jersey and Business Unit Manager for Wound and Skin Care based in Montreal Quebec prior to that. As an International Healthcare Consultant, she facilitated strategic business planning for the Board of Directors of the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) in Hong Kong, Ostomy Canada Society and the International Skin Tears Panel (ISTAP).
A Registered Nurse with a neurosurgical ICU clinical background, she completed the International Interdisciplinary Wound Care Course (IIWCC) at the University of Toronto, studied post graduate business and completed a post graduate program in Not for Profit Board Governance at the Telfer School of Business University of Ottawa and Rottman School of Business, University of Toronto.