President, 2020 - 2022

Barbie Murray, BScN, RN MCISc-WH

Barbie Murray, BScN, RN MCISc-WH Barbie Murray has been a nurse for 36 years and actively involved in nursing education and wound management. After completing her Master of Clinical Science in Wound Healing at Western University in 2011, Barbie served as the Academic Dean for the Faculty of Health Sciences at Victoria University in Uganda, Africa. She has participated in CMEs for advanced wound care practices in Canada, East Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. Currently employed as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Barbie co-ordinates a multi-disciplinary leg ulcer clinic, which manages complex wounds through vascular, orthopedic, plastic surgery and infectious disease services. Barbie is currently President of the Wounds Canada Board of Directors, and serves on a number of regional and national committees dedicated to advanced wound care practices.


Past President, 2016 – 2020

Morty Eisenberg, MD, MScCH, CCFP, FCFP

Dr. Eisenberg is a hospitalist & wound consultant at St. John's Rehab in Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He is also an assistant professor & co-director of the MScCH WPC Program in the Department of Family & Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health in the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine.


Irmajean Bajnok RN, BScN, MScN, PhD

IMG 0145 edit 2Dr. Irmajean Bajnok is an international health care consultant specializing in change management, leadership and implementation science. Most recently, (2007-2017), she was the Director of RNAO's International Affairs and Best Practice Guidelines Centre where she led the strategic development and ongoing enhancements of the program pillars of guideline development, implementation science, and evaluation. She was successful in securing special project funding, and led and/or oversaw numerous ongoing projects including smoking cessation, mental health, first nations health, and ehealth. As part of RNAO’s Best Practice Spotlight Organization Designation, and using RNAOs evidence based approach to implementation science, she introduced and supported sustained implementation of RNAO’s evidence-based practice guidelines to academic and service settings in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Italy, South Africa, and West Indies. From 2000-2006, she directed RNAO’s Centre for Professional Nursing Excellence, leading the development and delivery of professional education and health care consultation services. She has also held executive positions in home care, and acute care and was founding Executive Director of a multi-pronged Canadian government funded women's health program in Pakistan. A considerable part of her career has included administrative and professorial roles in academia at Western University, University of Toronto, and Ryerson University School of Nursing where, as Director, she led the faculty in the development a basic baccalaureate degree, the first basic degree program at Ryerson. Dr. Bajnok is recognized internationally as a dynamic and engaging speaker in particular in relation to evidence based practice and education, healthy work environments, leadership and change management.

Ex-officio Observer and Advisors

Peggy Ahearn

Ahearn 11Director of Strategic Initiatives, Wounds Canada
Peggy Ahearn’s career in healthcare has included clinical care, sales, marketing, publishing and not for profit management.
Her experience as a Senior Product Manager for Wound Care for Sancella (now Molnlycke) introduced her into her current specialty
For over 15 years, she was President of The Medicine Group, a communications company specializing in Continuing Medical Education (CME). While at The Medicine Group, she was publisher of Family Practice a weekly newspaper for family physicians.
Her other experience includes Patient Support programs for Bayshore Speciality Rx, marketing and business development for Bayshore’s MyNurse initiative and Project Leader for the 2008 international World Union of Wound Healing Societies Congress in Toronto.
From 2011-2013, Peggy was Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Wound Care. Her present responsibilities with the CAWC ( now Wounds Canada) include strategic planning, business development and client relationships.

Past Presidents

  • Gregory Archibald, MD,CCFP, FCFP 2013-2016
  • Patricia Coutts, RN, IIWCC 2010-2012
  • Cathy Burrows, MScCH 2007-2009
  • David Keast, MSc, MD, FCFP 2004-2006
  • Heather Orsted, RN, BN, ET, MSc 2002-2003
  • Heather Orsted, RN, BN, ET, MSc / Karen Campbell, RN, PhD 2001 (Co-chairs)
  • R. Gary Sibbald, BSc, MD, FRCPC (Med, Derm), MACP, DABD 1995 - 2000 (Chair)
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