CAET Leadership

CAET Executive
Christine Murphy RN, WOCC(C), BSc(hons) Tissue Viability, MClScWH, PhD NSWOCC President - Vascular Nurse Specialist - Limb Preservation/ Wound - Assistant Professor (MClSc Wound Healing Program) Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University

Dr. Murphy is a Registered Nurse and Enterostomal Therapist (ET) 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. She is a keen runner having completed 3 half marathons, and a dedicated marine aquarist (keeps Nemos!)

Nevart Hotakorzian BScN, NSWOC President Elect

Nevart Hotakorzian obtained her bachelor degree in nursing at the University de Montreal in 1994 and began her career at the 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 an Enterostomal Therapy Nurse and graduated in 2004 from the Canadian Academy of Enterostomal Therapy.

She currently holds a position as an Enterostomal Therapy Nurse in wound and ostomy consultations for the Jewish General Hospital at the CIUSSS West-Central-of-Montreal. She is also the Regional Director for Quebec with The Canadian Association of Enterostomal Therapy since 2015 and is 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 CAET Academy, Nevart continues to support CAET 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.

Corey Heerschap MScCH (WPC), BScN, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C), IIWCC Treasurer

Corey Heerschap is the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Wound and Ostomy at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, Ontario. Corey has been working in the wound care field since he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Laurentian University in 2012. Starting as a community health nurse he worked as a Wound Care Resource Nurse, supporting and educating his peers in implementing evidence based practice. Corey completed his Master of Science in Community Health specializing in Wound Prevention and Care and the International Interdisciplinary Wound Care Course from the University of Toronto in 2015. He has also completed the CAET Enterostomal Therapy Nurse Education Program and is a certified Enterostomal Therapy Nurse through the Canadian Nurses Association. He is currently enrolled in the second cohort of the CAET Building Leadership for Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Excellence Program. In his current role he works alongside the interdisciplinary team to ensure best practice wound care is being utilized throughout the health center through education, consultation, program creation and policy development. In addition to his work in the wound care field Corey has also taught in both the Registered Practical Nursing and Personal Support Worker Programs. He has also conducted and published research in the field of nursing education, with a focus on clinical education.

Laureen Sommerly MSN, RN, CETN(C)- Secretary

In her more than 30 year nursing career, Laureen’s passion has always been direct patient care. For the first 25 years after graduating with a diploma in nursing, she worked in a variety of clinical areas in acute care including surgery, pediatrics and ostomy/wound care. During this time she completed her BSN and Enterostomal Therapy Nursing. The 5 years she spent as the ET Nurse at a tertiary acute care hospital was a career highlight and sparked a passion for pressure injury prevention and staff education.  Laureen went on to complete her Masters in Nursing from UBC in 2014. Since leaving acute care and the bedside, she has worked in a variety of educator, management and leadership roles and is currently the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Skin and Wound Care in Interior Health. In her current role, she is responsible for promoting evidence-informed and standardized skin and wound care practices across the health authority.

Laureen is an active member of a number of regional and provincial committees including the Provincial Nursing Skin and Wound Committee, and is the chair of the Skin & Wound Value Analysis Team and IH Regional Wound, Ostomy and Continence Working Group. She has been active with CAET for a number of years and was the Regional Director for BC & Yukon from 2008 to 2011. She is currently involved in the working group revising the CAET Best Practice Recommendations for Enterocutaneous Fistula.

Laureen and Peter, her husband of over 30 years, are the proud parents of 3 adult children and grandparents to 4 furry granddogs. Her spare time is spent traveling (Europe is a favourite) and enjoying all that the Okanagan Valley has to offer including wine and outdoor activities.

Catherine Harley, RN eMBA, CAET Executive Director

Catherine has served as the Executive Director for the Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy (CAET) 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.

CAET Regional Directors
Lani Williston, RN, BScN, CETN ( C) Regional Director, BC and Yukon

Lani Wiliston graduated as a registered Nurse  in 1980 Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria BC . She completed the CAET ETNEP in 2003 and her BScN in 2006. She has extensive clinical background working in Cranbrook BC in the OR and  PAR and then moved to KGH where she spent  20 years in  surgical nursing. In 2001-moved to Vernon Jubilee Hospital in Vernon BC and she led the development of the ET  Nursing department . She now holds a  Regional position in acute, community, and residential care in Vernon, Armstrong, Enderby, Salmon Arm, Revelstoke. In addition to being a longstanding CAET Member, Lani is a Member of the PSWC  and IH ET committee.

Patrice Jull, RN, BScN, ET Regional Director Prairies and NWT

Patrice has a solid background in nursing and wound management, ostomy and continence care. Patrice completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing – University of Alberta in 1999. She obtained her Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse Certification at the University of Texas & M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 2008.

Patrice is currently employed as a Skin & Wound Consultant for Integrated Home Care Services, Alberta Health Services. She is also a Skin & Wound Care Clinical Nurse Educator for the Integrated Supportive & Facility Living Team, Alberta Health Services, and a Wound Care Subject Matter Expert for Bow Valley College where she is involved in wound care program development.

Previously, she was a Community Care Coordinator, for Calgary Health Region Home Care and a Registered Nurse at Calgary Health Region, Foothills Medical Center.

Patrice is a member of the Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy and has been a volunteer on the CAET National Conference planning committee since 2010.

Donna Fossum, RN, BScN, CETN (C) Regional Director Ontario

I completed my education in Thunder Bay, Ontario at Lakehead University. I entered into Computer Science, and graduated with an Honours Bachelor Degree in Nursing in 1987. I worked primarily in acute care surgery for approximately 25 years. During this time I took leaves to work in education at our acute care hospital and to teach for the university. I also worked in home care for a couple of years.  I graduated in 2010 from the Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapy – Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Education Program. That was a tough year but well worth it. My only regret is that I did not take the course sooner. I left my surgical position to work at our rehabilitation hospital (St. Joseph’s Care Group) in an outpatient wound, ostomy and continence clinic. I became certified with CNA in 2013.  I continue to specialize in wound, ostomy and continence, and also am a certified telemedicine coordinator practicing our tri-specialty via telemedicine in North Western Ontario. Both roles are rewarding and bring different challenges. I am fortunate that I work with a wound team that includes a physician, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, chiropody and a dietician. In my role I also provide wound care to clients associated with the Centre for Complex Diabetic Care.

In ~ 2013 I became actively involved with a CAET project and in 2014 became the Ontario Regional Director.  This has been a huge learning experience. CAET members do amazing work to help people living with wound, ostomy and continence issues.

Kathy Mutch, RN, BScN, CETN (C) Regional Director Atlantic
Core Program Leaders
Mary Hill, RN, BSCN, MscN, CETN ( C) National Conference Planning

Mary is a Certified Enterostomal Therapy Nurse working as a Care Manager for Integrated Home Care for Alberta Health Services in Calgary Alberta where she manages the skin and wound services in community care.


Mary has extensive experience in the areas of ostomy, wound and continence care in acute and community settings. She received her diploma in Nursing from Foothills Hospital, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) from the University of Alberta and Master’s in Nursing (MN) from the University of Calgary. Mary completed her Enterostomal Therapy Nurse education program through Albany, NY.  Mary participates on various committees and in the development of education and guidelines related to skin integrity and wound management. Mary has participated on the expert panels and presented at conferences both nationally and internationally.


Mary has held many leadership roles with the Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapist (CAET) including Professional Practice Group Coordinator, past president and is currently the Program Lead for the National Conference Planning Core Program.

Laura Robbs, RN, MN, CETN(C), NCA Professional Development & Practice

Laura Robbs is a Continence Clinical Nurse Specialist at Trillium Health Partners in Ontario, Canada.  As a member of the Seniors’ Health Team in an acute care hospital, she works with both ambulatory and in-patients experiencing urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence and constipation.  Laura also led a recent expansion of the continence program opening four new continence clinics and home visiting for continence issues across the region.  Laura has helped develop and implement hospital wide protocols related to bowel and bladder that have been effective in changing and improving nursing practice.  Laura is currently the Core Program Leader for Professional Development and Practice for the CAET Board and is involved as an Academic Advisor in the CAET ETNEP continence program.  Laura has completed a Master of Nursing degree and has achieved both the Enterostomal Therapy Nursing and Nurse Continence Advisor certification.

Karen Napier, RN BScN CETN(c) MClSc-WH. Research & Informatics
Dr. Kimberly LeBlanc MN RN CETN(C) PhD Public Relations

Kimberly LeBlanc is an Advanced Practice and Certified Enterostomal Therapy Nurse working with KDS Professional Consulting. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Nursing from Queens University. Kimberly is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Western Ontario Masters in Wound Care Program and a visiting lecturer at the McGill University School of Nursing and University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine.

Kimberly is the president of the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel and a board member of the Canadian Association for Enterostomal Therapists. She is an international expert reviewer for the Joanna Briggs Institute in Australia and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Advances in Skin and Wound Care. Kimberly has lectured nationally and internationally on wound and ostomy care and is considered an expert on wounds in the aging population. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and 3 book chapters. Kimberly’s current area of research interest is skin health in the frail elderly. In 2016 Kimberly was a World Union of Wound Healing Societies Educational Award of Excellence finalist and was awarded the Registered Nurses of Ontario Leadership Award in Nursing Education (Academic), and the prestigious Canadian Nurses Association Order of Merit for Nursing Education.

Debbie Howe, RN, BScN, CETNC (C) ET Marketing

I graduated from the University of Ottawa and started working in the community in the Ottawa area and Renfrew County.  I became interested in wound care at this time and felt inadequate when nursing clients with ostomies and especially those with leakage issues.  I graduated from the ETNEP program in April 2005 and developed a passion for ostomy care then was the first cohort of certified ETN’s when offered by the CNA.  I have been a member of the CAET since graduating from the program and volunteered with the CAET Conference in Ottawa for the 25th conference.  My career as an ET has spanned from community visit nursing, acute care, LTC, and virtual consults.  I am easily recognized by my laughter and enjoys spending time outdoors with family.


Lina Martins, RN, BScN, MScN, CETN(C) Canadian Feature Editor JWOCN

Lina graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1987.  She completed her Enterostomal Therapy Nursing education through the CAET ETNEP in 1999 and her Master of Science in Nursing (thesis-based) program from Western University in 2006.

She works at the London Health Sciences Centre, currently in the role of Advanced Practice Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Enterostomal Therapy Nurse where she is consulted on acute, chronic, surgical, and malignant wounds, as well as ostomy care, both in the inpatient setting as well as in the ETN outpatient clinic.  Lina has cross-appointments to Western University both in the School of Nursing and the School of Physical Therapy, Master of Clinical Science in Wound Healing.  Lina was a co-investigator in research evaluating the Malignant Wound Assessment Tool and was one of the principal investigators in a multi-national study evaluating quality of life and peristomal skin conditions.  She has presented at multiple local, national, and international venues on various topics within the ostomy and wound specialties.  Lina has been a member of the CAET, formerly in the executive position of Secretary, as well as on the CAET/JWOCN Editorial Board since its inception in 2011.  She became the second CAET Canadian Features Editor in 2015.  Along with her Core Program Editorial Board members, Lina continues to encourage and support Enterostomal Therapy nurses’ authorship of Feature Section articles, manuscripts and presentations.  Some of Lina’s most recent co-authored publications include “Differences in ostomy pouch leakage occurrences between North American and European residents” (JWOCN, 2017, 44:2) and “Peristomal skin complications are common, expensive, and difficult to manage:  a population based cost modeling study” (PLoS One, 2012, 7:5)