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Roger Pilon

Roger Pilon

Associate Professor

L-858, R.D. Parker Building Sudbury Campus


Roger has worked in primary health care since 1989. Upon graduating from Laurentian University in 1989 with a BScN, he was employed by James Bay General Hospital and shortly thereafter, transferred to Health Canada where he occupied various positions in both outpost nursing stations, education and administration in both the Moose Factory and Sioux Lookout Zones between 1989 and 1995. During his tenure with Health Canada, Roger obtained a Diploma in Outpost and Community Health Nursing from Dalhousie University in 1991. In 1996, he was hired as one of the first NPs in the North Shore Tribal Council's Community Health Access Centre program where he provided primary health care services to the First Nation communities of Whitefish Lake and Sagamok. In April of 1998, Roger became licensed as a Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner (PHC-NP) with the College of Nurses of Ontario. In 2001, he was hired by the Massey Medical Clinic where he provided PHC NP services to a rural community until 2008.

Roger has been involved in the education of NPs in the PHCNP program at Laurentian University since 1998, having taught in the Advanced Health Assessment, Therapeutics and Integrative Practicum courses of the program. In August of 2008, Roger left full time practice as an NP to pursue an academic career in the School of Nursing at Laurentian University in Sudbury. Roger now teaches in the francophone undergraduate, graduate as well as Nurse Practitioner programs.

In 2015, he completed the Interdisciplinary PhD in Rural and Northern Health at Laurentian University. The focus of his doctoral thesis is an exploration of the impact of colonization on the experience of type 2 diabetes for Aboriginal peoples living along the North Shore of Lake Huron.

Roger was a member of the inaugural Board of Directors and the President of the Board of Directors of the Sudbury District Nurse Practitioner Clinics between 2006 and 2013 and a board member and Vice Chair with the Espanola Family Health Team between 2012 and 2017.  Roger provided primary health care services at a local francophone Community Health Centre between 2010-2020 and is currently practising at an Indigenous Health Access Centre in the Sudbury region. 


  • BScN
  • MScN
  • PhD
  • CCNE (Canadian Certified Nurse Educator)

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor-Division of Clinical Sciences
Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)


His research interests include men's health, type 2 diabetes, colonization, decolonization, Indigenous,northern and rural health.


2014-Dalhousie University School of Nursing-profiled as one of the 65  honoured graduates (1991) on the website.

August 2015- COUPN 10 year + Recognition for contributions to the Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program.

April 2021-Council of Ontario Universities-Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing-Excellence in Teaching Award 2021


Peer reviewed articles:

Zanchetta, M.S., Monteiro, M.S., Gorospe, F.S., Pilon, R.S., &  Pena, A. (2010) Ideas of masculinities in Latin American countries and their influences on immigrant men´s attitudes toward prostate cancer prevention- an analysis of literature.  Journal of Men's Health, 7(3), 259-269.

Pilon, R.S., Bailey, P.H., Montgomery, P., & Bakker, D. (2010). The Future is the Present: Diabetes Complication Stories. Accepté pour publication en mars 2011 dans: Journal of Nursing and Health Care of Chronic Illness. 3(3), 234-244.

Heale, R, &  Pilon, R.S.  (2012). Nurse Practitioner Clinics: Exploration of Client Satisfaction. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership. 25(3), 43-55.

Lavoie, A.M., Pilon, R.S., St-Denis, Y., & Chartrand, M. (2013). La formation infirmière au Canada. Soins 780 (nov), 16-18.

Pilon, R.S., & Lavoie, A.M. (2014). Licence, Master ou Doctorat, pour quoi faire? Revue Hospitalière de France, 559(juillet), 18-22.

Barry, A., Heale, R., Lavoie, A.M., & Pilon, R. (2017). The Meaning of Home for Aging Women Living Alone in North Eastern Ontario. Diversity of Research in Health Journal / Revue de la Diversité de la Recherche en Santé Vol 1, pp 70-83, April 2017

Benoit, M., Pilon, R., Lavoie, A.M., & Pariseau-Legault. (2017). Chevauchement et/ou complémentarité entre le travail de l’infirmière praticienne (IP) et celui du médecin en Ontario : réflexion sur la collaboration interprofessionnelle. Santé Publique 29, 5. 693-706.

Pilon, R., Benoit, M., Maar, M., Cote-Meek, S., Assinewe, F., & Daybutch, G. (2019). Decolonizing Diabetes. Accepted for publication in International Journal of Indigenous Health,Vol 14 (2), 253-275.  DOI: 10.32799/ijih.v14i2.32958 

Rizkalla, K., Maar, M., Pilon, R., McGregor, L., & Reade, M. (2020) Improving the response of primary care providers to rural First Nation women who experience intimate partner violence: a qualitative study. BMC Women's Health, 20 (209), 1-13.   

Rizkalla, K., Maar, M., Pilon, R., Reade, M. & McGregor, L., & (2020). Intimate Partner Violence against Indigenous Men in Heterosexual Relationships: Towards a Culturally Safe Response in Primary Health Care Settings. International Journal of Indigenous Health (in press).


Staples, E., Pilon, R., & Hannon, R. (2020). Canadian Perspectives on Advanced Practice Nursing. (2020). 2nd Edition. Toronto, Canadian Scholar`s Press.

Book chapters:

Sawhiney, M, & Pilon, R., (2020). Canadian Family Practice Guidelines. 1st Edition. Pain Management Guidelines. Chapter 3, pp. 59-68. New York, Springer Publishing.  

Smith, M. & Pilon. R., (2020). Indigenous Health. Chapter 9. In Staples, E., Pilon, R., & Hannon, R. (Eds.) Canadian Perspectives on Advanced Practice Nursing, 2nd Ed., pp. 120-132. Toronto, Canadian Scholar`s Press.

Benoit, M., Pilon, R., Savard, I., Lemelin, L., & Pariseau-Legault, P. (2020). Advanced Practice Nursing In Quebec. Chapter 3. In Staples, E., Pilon, R., & Hannon, R. (Eds.) Canadian Perspectives on Advanced Practice Nursing, 2nd Ed., pp. 23-35. Toronto, Canadian Scholar`s Press. 

Baker, C., Staples, E., & Pilon. R. (2020). Advanced Practice Roles, Education, and Future Trends in Canada. Chapter 3. In Staples, E., Pilon, R., & Hannon, R. (Eds.) Canadian Perspectives on Advanced Practice Nursing, 2nd Ed., pp. 36-49. Toronto, Canadian Scholar`s Press. 

Technical reports:

Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN)- 2015-Nurse Practitioner Education Competencies for prescribing controlled drugs and substances-Advisory committee member