Maureen Cava is currently the Manager, Professional Development and Education for Toronto Public Health. She holds an undergraduate and graduate degree in Nursing and has worked in the public health field for over 20 years. She is also cross appointed to the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. She was in the 2006 graduating class of the EXTRA Fellowship program sponsored through the Canadian Health Research Foundation. Her leadership in the development of a professional practice model for public health practice was ground breaking for public health practice. This saw the establishment of professional practice leaders in Toronto Public Health. Her research includes areas of communicable diseases (SARS), seniors' quality of life and succession planning for health care practitioners. She has been instrumental in receiving large grants to conduct work on leadership/mentorship, competency development, succesion planning and performance management. She is a past Board member of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and the Registered Nurses Foundation of Ontario. Maureen is the President of The Ontario Association of Public Health Nursing Leaders.