Ms Tonia Occhionero joined the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) in 2005 and was promoted to Executive Director in 2010. Under her leadership, CAM has multiplied its capacity to increase the influence of midwifery on the national health policy agenda; to support the growth of midwifery and Indigenous midwifery across the country; and to strengthen global partnerships. Since 2006, Ms Occhionero has successfully managed program funding from the Canadian government including the First Nations Inuit Heath Branch of Health Canada and Heritage Canada. Ms Occhionero oversees CAM’s Global Program which includes projects aimed at strengthening midwifery and funded by Global Affairs Canada in South Sudan, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Bénin and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Ms Occhionero graduated from York University in 1994. She has over 18 years’ experience in management, both in the corporate and in the not-for-profit sectors. She is also a certified doula and served as an Executive member on Boards of several organizations working to improve maternal and newborn care for Canadians. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of her districts’ School Council. Ms Occhionero holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE).