Veronique Boscart

Veronique Boscart
SchoolSchool of Health & Life Sciences

Dr. Boscart is the Executive Dean for the School of Health & Life Sciences.

Degrees within the school include:

  • Bachelor of Applied Health Information Science (BAHIS; Honours)
  • Bachelor of Environmental Public Health (BEPH; Honours)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN; McMaster, Honours)
Academic and professional designations
  • Registered Nurse (1994)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) (1995)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MScN) (1997)
  • Master of Education (MEd) (1998)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing (2010)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow in Knowledge Translation (2012)
  • Executive Dean – School of Health & Life Sciences (2019 – present)
  • Executive Director – Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care (2017 – present)
  • CIHR/Schlegel Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Seniors Care – Conestoga College and Schlegel Villages (2012 – present)
  • Appointments at:
    • University of Waterloo (Adjunct Assistant Professor)
    • McMaster University (Assistant Clinical Professor)
    • Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network (Adjunct Scientist)
Program / School portfolio

School of Health & Life Sciences:

  • Informatics Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Personal Support Worker and Supportive Care
  • Nursing Programs
  • Health Sciences
  • Seniors Care
  • Continuing Education

Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care:

The Schlegel Centre for Advancing Seniors Care focuses on education, workforce development and applied research to develop highly-qualified personnel to improve the quality of life and care for Canada's growing population of seniors. The Schlegel Centre is led by the CIHR/Schlegel Industrial Research Chair for Colleges (IRCC) in Seniors Care (Boscart). This research chair is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Conestoga College and Schlegel Villages.

Areas of expertise & interestExtensive gerontological experience including working as a nurse clinician, educator, manager, and researcher in an international setting. Research interests range from the substantive area of evidence-based care in gerontology and best practices in research methods with older adults to the development of gerontological education for health care professionals and care delivery models in residential care.
Industry experience, professional currency activities
  • Global Ageing Network and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Health Network - Toronto and University of Maryland School of Nursing - Maryland: Virtual Round Table: "Supporting staff working in nursing homes through these challenging times: An international perspective"
    • Panel Member: 2020-present
  • Enhancing Use of InterRAI Suite of Tools in LHIN
    • Member: 2019-present
  • Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG)
    • President: 2018-present
    • Board of Directors: 2014-2017
  • Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO)
    • President (Waterloo Chapter): 2017-present
    • Board of Directors: 2013-2017
  • Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) Best Practice Spotlight Organizations (BPSO)
    • Certified/Accredited BPSO Trainer: 2018-present
  • National Initiative for the Care of Elderly (NICE)
    • Panel Member (Subcommittee on Curriculum Development): 2007-present
    • Vice Chair (Subcommittee on Training and Student Mentorship): 2006-2012
    • Student Board Member: 2009-2010
  • Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association (CGNA)
    • Planning Committee (Biannual Conference): 2017-present
    • Past President: 2017-2019
    • President: 2015-2017
    • President Elect: 2013-2015
  • Advisory Group - Dementia Care Interventions Research Program
    • Member: 2018-present
  • Annual McMaster Waterloo-Wellington Clinical Research and Quality Improvement Symposium
    • Planning Committee: 2016-present
  • International Consortium of the Professional Practice of Nurses in long-term care
    • Member: 2014-present
  • Annual Canadian Network in Nurse Researchers in Aging (CN2RA)
    • Planning Committee: 2014-present
  • Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA)
    • Board of Directors: 2014-present
  • Biannual Canadian Culture Change Conference - Walk with Me
    • Planning Committee and Founding Member: 2013-present
Major research projects, scholarly activities, and/or publications
  • Open Minds, Open Hearts – Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC): Dementia Community Investment – (April 2021-March 2023; $655,400)
  • Taking Interest in People: Intergenerational Bridges Between Youth and Those Living with Dementia (TIP-Bridge) – Government of Canada (Employment and Social Development Canada): New Horizons for Seniors Program: Supporting Inclusion through Intergenerational Partnerships (SIIP) – (November 2020 – November 2024; $376,965)
  • CIHR/Schlegel Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Seniors Care – Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)/Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR): College and Community Innovation Grant Program (October 2017 – September 2022; $2,175,000)
  • Canadian Remote Access for Dementia Learning Experiences – Future Skills Centre: Future Skills Centre 2019 – Innovation Stream (May 2020 – June 2022; $1,165,522)
  • Best Practice Spotlight Organization – Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (April 2018 – April 2021; $210,000)
Additional informationDr. Boscart has published over ninety peer-reviewed manuscripts and is the lead author on the first, second, and third Canadian edition of Gerontological Nursing and Healthy Aging (2011, 2018, 2021).