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June 2, 2022


New CEO/Registrar Selected

Deb Elias, RN MN will assume the role of CEO/Registrar in September 2022

Dear nursing colleagues and members of the public,

Earlier this year, Council launched a search process to select the next CEO/Registrar of the College, as Katherine Stansfield will be retiring at the end of August. After a nationwide search process, the Council is pleased to announce that the next CEO/Registrar of the College will be Deb Elias, RN MN.

Deb brings decades of registered nursing and regulatory experience with strong leadership and collaboration. During her nursing career, Deb has held roles of Chief of Quality Practice, Manager of Complaints Resolution, Nursing Practice Consultant, Investigator, as well as clinical roles in home care and community hospitals.

In her most recent role overseeing the Quality Practice department, Deb has spearheaded the development and implementation of new programs and frameworks, including a multi-regulatory collaboration to develop a practice direction on Interprofessional Collaborative Care, the development of the Nursing in a Team Environment guidance document alongside College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Manitoba and College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba (CRPNM), and most recently led the College’s collaboration with  CRPNM and Shared Health to implement the Authorized Prescriber transition project.

Deb graduated from Grace General Hospital Diploma School of Nursing in Winnipeg, Manitoba; and went on to receive her Bachelor and Master of Nursing degrees from the University of Manitoba. More recently, she completed a Fellowship in Regulatory Excellence through the National Council State Board of Nursing with a focus on competence.

Council is confident that Deb’s strategic and goal-driven mindset, combined with her team-building and collaborative capacity will allow the College to continue to build upon its commitment to serve the public interest through excellence and innovation in registered nursing regulation.

While Deb officially takes over as CEO/Registrar in September, the important work of transition is already underway. On behalf of the Council, I am pleased to offer a warm welcome to Deb in her new role as the incoming CEO/Registrar of the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, and to thank Katherine for all her hard work and dedication to serving the public interest during her tenure.


Carol Legare, RN
Council Chair