Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Call for nominations: 2017 National Awards Program / Appel de candidatures : Programme national des prix 2017

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National Awards Program Call for Nominations – Stay tuned!

The College will be inviting nominations for the 2017 National Awards Program shortly. This will be a great opportunity to recognize and promote the outstanding leaders and programs in your organization. Over the next few issues of Communiqué we will be profiling the various awards and calling for your nominations. Keep an eye on your inbox! 

Award recipients will receive paid travel and accommodations and a complimentary registration to attend the Honouring Health Leadership awards evening and a complimentary registration to the National Health Leadership Conference. All events are being held in Vancouver, British Columbia from June 11 - 13, 2017. Please see below for a list of the College's awards and their corresponding deadline dates, and stay tuned for the award nomination details

2016 BC Health Leaders Conference / 2016 LEADS Community for Practice Exchange Morning

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BC Health Leaders Conference
November 1-2, 2016
Vancouver, British Columbia

LEADS Community for Practice Exchange Morning
November 3, 2016
Vancouver, British Columbia

You will find accomplished speakers and moderators, a network of health leaders from across Canada and rich culture at the BC Health Leaders Conference and the LEADS Community for Practice Exchange Morning.

NHLC 2017 Call For Abstracts / CNLS 2017 Appel de présentations

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The Canadian College of Health Leaders and HealthCareCAN are pleased to co-host the National Health Leadership Conference (NHLC). Themed Value-based healthcare: Embracing a patient and family-centered approach, the conference will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 12-13, 2017.

This conference is the largest national gathering of health system decision-makers in Canada including trustees, chief executive officers, directors, managers, department heads and other health leaders representing various sectors and professions in health regions, authorities and alliances, hospitals, long-term care organizations, public health agencies, community care, mental health and social services. As well, the conference draws participants from government, education and research organizations, professional associations, consulting firms and industry.

Call for volunteers for NHLC 2017 abstract review / Demande de bénévoles pour l'examen des résumés pour la CNLS 2017

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Volunteers for NHLC abstract review

Value-based healthcare: Embracing a patient and family-centered approach

The Planning Committee for NHLC seeks volunteers who are knowledgeable about the conference theme and streams, and willing to help with the abstract review process for the 2017 conference. Please click here for more information on the Call for Abstracts. Fair and thoughtful selection of the abstracts for presentation at the conference is of utmost importance in preserving the leadership role of this conference in the field of health. Reviewers will be expected to review approximately 50 abstracts of 200-500 words each. The review process will be from November 3-18, 2016. Interested individuals should contact Francine St-Martin at for more information.

Congratulations Colonel David Weger, OMM, CD, CHE / Félicitations au colonel David Weger, O.M.M., C.D., CHE

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The College would like to congratulate member Colonel David Weger, CHE on his recent retirement from the Canadian Forces.

Colonel Weger has been a College member since 2001 and received his Certified Health Executive designation in 2002. In 2013 he was recognized for his commitment when he received the Eastern Ontario Chapter Award for Distinguished Service.

Colonel Weger served on the College Board of Directors as the Canadian Armed Forces Director from 2009 to 2014. During that period he served on the College’s Executive Committee, and Chaired both the Governance Committee and the Professional Standards Council. He also contributed significantly during the Board’s implementation of a new governance model in 2009/2010.

Details on Colonel Weger’s career and accomplishments can be found below.

Remembering Peter Swerhone / Hommage à Peter Swerhone

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It is with deep regret that we announce that our colleague Peter Swerhone from Winnipeg, Manitoba passed away on July 24, 2016.  Peter had an outstanding career as a health executive in Canada, primarily in Winnipeg, and among many achievements, as CEO of the Winnipeg General Hospital, spearheaded the master planning that led to the formation of the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, the first hospital amalgamation of its kind in Canada. Peter became the first President of the Health Sciences Centre and remained there until his retirement in 1985.

Making headlines: September 2016 update / Des membres qui ont fait la manchette : mise à jour de septembre 2016

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College members are recognized nationally and internationally for advancing health leadership as a profession.

Please join us in congratulating these individual and corporate members, and health organizations on their achievements.

David Murray, CHE
Executive Director, Northwest Health Alliance

Northwest Health Alliance Welcomes New Executive Director (August 15, 2016)
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David has been a member since 1993 and received his certification in 1994.

2017 membership renewal campaign / Campagne de renouvellement des adhésions pour l'année 2017

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Help us grow the profession and advance your professional skills!

The Canadian College of Health Leaders will be launching its annual membership renewal campaign for 2017 beginning on October 14th.

Throughout the year, the College has made it a priority to be visible and accessible to our members, chapters and partners. As a result, the profile of the College is growing and there is increasing interest in the College as an important vehicle for professional development and leadership issues in the Canadian health system. The past year has been very busy for the College, with many new developments being planned for implementation under the College’s new strategic directions. To find out more about our strategic focus, please visit our web site at:

College members on-the-move: July - September 2016 / Membres du Collège à l'affiche : juillet - septembre 2016

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Period of July 15, 2016 to September 14, 2016 – listed by chapters:

BC Interior

Penelope Liao-Lussier
FROM: Child Health BC Regional Project Coordinator, Interior Health (Kelowna, BC)
TO: Regional Manager of Maternal Child Health & Acute Pediatric Initiatives, Population Health, Interior Health (Kelowna, BC)

BC Lower Mainland

Delhit Bains
FROM: Cardiac Manager, Fraser Health Authority (New Westminster, BC)
TO: Leader, South Asian Health Institute, Fraser Health Authority (Surrey, BC)

New members: July - September 2016 / Nouveaux membres: juillet - septembre 2016

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Period of July 15, 2016 to September 14, 2016 – listed by chapters:

New Active Members

BC Lower Mainland

Melanie Barnes
Director, Clinical Planning, Redevelopment Project, Provincial Health Services Authority (Vancouver, BC)

Craig Goulet
Director, Clinical Operations, Fraser Health Authority (Langley, BC)

2017 corporate membership renewal / Renouvellement d'adhésion corporative 2017

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On October 3rd, 2016, the College will embark on its’ 2017 corporate membership renewal campaign.

Corporate members will be able to renew their corporate membership on line and will also be asked to update the general description of their corporation and update the list of organization supplemental members. This will allow the College to have the most up to date information on all its’ corporate members.

Healthcare Management Forum letter-to-the editor: Value-based procurement

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Log into the College web site to read the July edition of Healthcare Management Forum. 
Value-based procurement: The tip of the iceberg

Dear Editor-In-Chief,

We applaud Prada’s investigation of value-based procurement, and her advocacy for improving health sector procurement practices.­1 Indeed, the Canadian health sector’s enormous size translates into significant purchasing power. For example, in 2014/15, Ontario hospitals purchased over $5.45 billion worth of goods and services.2 Yet, while there may be opportunities to improve the sector’s ability to access innovative treatments, we encourage Prada and the Conference Board’s Council for Innovation Procurement in Health Care to broaden their understanding of the issues and opportunities arising in health sector procurement. In their pursuit of “value” there is no mention of the opportunities for procurement to promote health, rather than just treat illness and injury. Nor is value-based healthcare framed in terms sufficiently broad enough to encompass the influence the sector’s buying practices have on social, environmental and economic sustainability. We argue the health sector can, and should, take a leadership role in addressing these issues and embracing these opportunities.

The September edition of Healthcare Management Forum is dedicated to patient engagement in system design / Le numéro de septembre du Forum Gestion des soins de santé est consacré à l’engagement des patients dans la conception du système

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Log into the College web site to read the September edition of Healthcare Management Forum.

This edition captures concrete examples of how patients and their families are engaged in altering the health system and how their care has changed as a result of their efforts. It includes contributions from academics, regional health authorities, patients and volunteers, community health providers, and those involved in establishing national policy.

Bilingual content includes the ethics column by Dr. Daniel Niven, Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, about the ethical considerations involved in the de-adoption of ineffective or harmful aspects of healthcare.

Saint Elizabeth: Michael Decter Scholarship

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Saint Elizabeth is proud to present the 6th Annual Michael Decter Scholarship. We are seeking high-performing students entering first year graduate health leadership/policy program who are passionate about making a difference in the Canadian health care landscape. While it will support students across the country, it will also aptly reflect Michael Decter’s legacy and honour his name and health leadership contributions.