Conferences and Education


Sticker Shock: Finding value in an era of high-priced drugs

March 3 - 9, 2015
Vancouver, BC
The conference planning committee invites submissions of abstracts for poster presentations that fit within the 2015 conference theme. Deadline: December 15, 2014. More information:

March 3, 2015
Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel
Vancouver, BC

The pricing of new drugs has always been a controversial subject. New, usually single source, and ever more expensive, treatments appear every year, stoking the controversy to a fever pitch. While “expensive” used to mean hundreds of dollars annually per patient, it can now mean hundreds of thousands of dollars. With prices changing so rapidly, and new products being introduced so frequently, how can we make evidence-informed decisions about what to cover, ensure we are getting good value for money, and still make treatments accessible to patients? At the 2015 CHSPR Conference we will hear some of the top experts in the field discuss whether we’re getting what we pay for… or paying for what we get.

Confirmed Speakers
Sean Tunis, Center for Medical Technology Policy
Teresa Gibson, Arbor Research and Harvard Medical School
Neil Palmer, PDCI Market Access Inc.
Mike Sullivan, Cubic Health Inc.
Arden Krystal, BC Provincial Health Services Authority
Barbara Walman, BC Ministry of Health
Chris McCabe, University of Alberta
Craig Mitton, University of BC

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Health Informatics Bootcamp 2

March 4, 2015 to April 8, 2015
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March 4 - April 8, 2015
March 4, 11, 18 & 25, April 1 & 8, 2015: 12:00 - 2:00 PM ET
Worm-rate Deadline: Jan. 28; Early-Bird deadline: Feb. 18
Bootcamp 2 is an online intensive, highly interactive course which focuses on facing the 12 challenges in advancing eHealth. The program will feature 6 live online discussion sessions led by Canada's leading experts in eHealth and clinical informatics, Prof. Dominic Covvey and Dr. Tom Rosenal, who will examine the eHealth challenges from both the technology and clinical perspective.

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Change Foundation's Capstone Summit & 20th Anniversary

March 9 - 10, 2015
Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, Toronto, ON

Register for The Change Foundation's Capstone Summit, and be inspired

5 top reasons to come:

  1. Grab top takeaways from our most ambitious patient-powered projects -- Northumberland PATH & PANORAMA --  to help your initiatives take flight.
  2. Meet the - patients, caregivers, providers, system leaders - behind these game-changing projects.  Hear the good, the bad, and sometimes -- the messy. 
  3. Learn about our 20 Faces of Change champions, already making a patient-centred contribution in a community near you.
  4. Get the inside track on our next 5-year strategic plan. Where next?
  5. Connect with patient-centred change-makers from across the system.

Two-day program in brief:
Day 1: March 9: toast our 20th Anniversary/Meet our 20 Faces Award Winners: evening reception
(6 pm - 8 pm).
Day 2: March 10: take away inspiring learnings from our big projects. Day-time program featuring plenaries & Q and A sessions (10 am - 3:30 pm).

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Canadian Hip Fracture Management Conference

March 23 - 24, 2015
Renaissance Downtown, Toronto, ON

Managing the Hip Fracture Continuum of Care: Improving Patient Pathways and Interdisciplinary Care Models in the Hospital Setting and Beyond

With an ever increasing aging population the number of Hip Fracture cases is on the rise. The human and system costs are becoming an ever more pressing issue. The Hip Fracture Management Conference will be the only national event to discuss practical innovations and improvement processes for the management of Hip Fractures in acute care and inpatient rehab settings, as well as long term care and community care environments.

Hear updates on policy and quality standards plus details of key national initiatives. Presentations and case studies will also cover; Perioperative care and surgery; Pain management; Osteoporosis prevention, management, & awareness; Managing dementia, delirium & depression; Functional recovery, inpatient rehabilitation & interdisciplinary care models; Care transitions; Long Term Care Guidelines; Falls prevention; and much more.


– National & International Guidelines For Hip Fracture Management: Implementing Quality-Based Procedures
– Time To Surgery: Meeting & Exceeding Targets
– Best Practice In Perioperative Care
– Perfecting Interdisciplinary Care Models
– Post-Operative Care And Inpatient Rehabilitation Models
– Post-Acute Care and Discharge Planning: Ensuring A Patient-Centric Focus From Inpatient To Community


– Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics, Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals, ON
– Hans J Kreder, Chief, Orthopaedic Surgery, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, ON
– Colin Currie, Former Clinical Lead (Geriatrics), The National Hip Fracture Database, UK
– Mohit Bhandari, Professor and Academic Head, Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Based Orthopaedics, McMaster University, ON
– The Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network (SCN), Alberta Health Services, AB
– Lauren Beaupre, Associate Professor, Departments of Physical Therapy and Surgery (Division of Orthopaedic Surgery), University of Alberta, AB
– Suzanne Morin, Associate Professor of Medicine, McGill University, Division of General Internal Medicine, McGill University Health Center, Montreal, QC
– Valerie MacDonald, Clinical Nurse Specialist Orthopaedics/Surgery, Fraser Health Authority/ICON Ambassador, BC
– Heather Francis, Director Health Services, Dartmouth General Hospital, NS


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Canadian Obstetrical Malpractice Conference

March 26 - 27, 2015
Pinnacle Harbourfront, Vancouver, BC

Collaborative, evidence-based dialogue on the prevention, management, and impact of medico-legal obstetric cases

Obstetrics is one of the highest litigated areas in medicine. It is also an area in which advances in technology have provided ways to reduce risk and improve outcomes while simultaneously giving rise to new legal and ethical concerns. It is vital to stay abreast of both the progressive science and the evolving case law associated with providing Obstetrical care in Canada.

This 2 day conference will address key topics from the different perspectives of clinicians (Obstetricians & Gynecologists, Family Physicians, Midwives and Nurses), lawyers & insurers. Program topics will reflect the core theme that every woman is entitled to safe care during childbirth and include topics on risk management, ethical issues, the shifting legal landscape, analysis of common complications and detailed case reviews. The conference is suitable for all healthcare providers involved in perinatal care, lawyers, risk managers and insurers”.

GAIN a multi-disciplinary perspective on the entire obstetrical malpractice process ENGAGE in active discussions around Oxytocin, Standard of Care Guidelines, and Causation EXPLORE documentation strategies Strengthen your understanding of Informed Consent BUILD best practices for managing obstetric risk CREATE a true obstetric care ‘team'.


  • Richard C. Halpern, BA, LLB, LLM, Partner, Thomson Rogers
  • Andrew Kotaska, MD, FRCSC, Clinical Director Obstetrics, Stanton Territorial Hospital
  • Paul McGivern, Partner, Pacific Medical Law
  • Linda Knox, RM, Head of the Department of Midwifery, BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre, Providence Healthcare St. Paul's Hospital
  • Michael Waite, Partner, Stones Carbert Waite LLP
  • P. James Ruiter, MD, Vice President, Medical Director, Salus Global Corporation
  • Joe Miller, Partner, Weir Bowen LLP, Barristers & Solicitors
  • Chris Rokosh, RN PNC(C), President and CEO, Connect Medical Legal Experts

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Transforming Healthcare, Improving Care: Technology Showcase

March 27, 2015
Harbour Towers Hotel, Victoria, BC

Canadian Centre for Healthcare Facilities is pleased to present a national learning seminar focused on technological innovations in healthcare facilities, planning, design and construction. 

Hospital champions and industry partners from across the country will present evidence-based case studies that led them to adopt innovative technologies that improved health, financial and organizational outcomes.


  • concierge like food services @ Royal Jubilee Hospital 
  • modular wall systems for KIDSIM unit @ Alberta Children's Hospital
  • capital planning at Eastern Health using decision-making software
  • an automated lab system, the first of its kind in Canada's public hospital system
  • 'Smart Room Technology' to increase time for bedside care
  • 'built-in' patient lifts that have significantly reduced worker MSI injuries and improved design standards
  • technology innovations being built in to P3 projects, Partnerships BC
  • a tour of Royal Jubilee's Patient Care Centre incorporating over 80 evidence-based design principles

CCHF invites healthcare decision-makers and industry partners to join us for a day of sharing and inspiration. 

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Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership: Thriving in Complexity: Physicians Enabling Transformational Change

April 24 - 25, 2015
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership

Thriving in Complexity: Physicians Enabling Transformational Change

April 24-25, 2015

Sheraton Wall Centre Vancouver, British Columbia 

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2nd Annual Activity Based Funding Conference

April 29 - 30, 2015
Renaissance Downtown Toronto, Toronto, ON

An exploration of risks, benefits and experiences of activity-based funding from Canada and around the world.


Practical Implementation At The Health Care Facility Level
Data Collection - Ensuring & Improving Clinical Data Quality
Using Data To Inform & Improve Decision Making
Funding Initiatives For Quality Care Improvement
Potential Risks of ABF Implementation
Provincial Perspective
International System Review & Innovation


Erik Hellsten, Health Quality Ontario, ON
Michael Stewart, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, ON
Les Vertesi, former Executive Director of the BC Health Services Purchasing Organization, BC
Peter Fenwick, Alberta Health Services, AB
Kevin Osiowy, Alberta Health Services, AB
Nizar Ghali, Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux (MSSS), QC
Colin McCrow, Department of Health, Queensland, Australia
Karen Palmer, Simon Fraser University, BC
Pamela Baxter, McMaster University, ON

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2nd Annual National Patient Relations Conference

April 30, 2015 to May 1, 2015
Sheraton Hotel, Toronto, ON

Following the huge success of the inaugural Canadian Patient Relations Conference, we are delighted to bring you the 2nd Annual event due to take place in Ottawa on April 30th - May 1st, 2015.

This year also marks an impressive milestone for the Ontario Patient Relations Association who will be celebrating their 25 Year Anniversary at the event.

Come and join us at what is set to be a fantastic 2 days focusing on patient centered care, patient centered risk management and patient centered complaints resolution. The case study driven agenda will showcase practical best practice methodologies for really hearing the patient voice, managing grievances and concerns and transforming the patient experience.



  • Transforming the Patient Experience: From Complaint To Quality Improvement - Closing The Loop
  • PATIENT STORY Empowering Patients And Mediators To Become Solution Focussed: Are You Willing To Help Me?
  • Managing the Disclosure Process
  • INTERACTIVE SESSION Guiding the Clinician Conversation
  • PANEL DISCUSSION Best Practice For Resolving Complaints in a Responsive, Timely, and Fair Manner
  • It Takes More than Patience: Managing the Tough Cases
  • Engaging Leadership and Clinical Teams in Concerns Resolution
  • Complaints Management for Marginalized / Specific Patient Groups
  • Data Collection Tools and Analysis: Informing Quality Improvements and Benchmarking


  • Helping Clients Living with a Mental Illness Resolve Concerns
  • Mediation Training


  • Dr. Katie Neuendorf, Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication, Cleveland Clinic, OH, USA
  • Mary MacKillop, Director, Patient Care Quality Offices, Provincial Health Services Authority and BC Emergency Health Services, BC
  • Hugh Macleod, CEO, CPSI
  • John Morris, National Leader-Health Law, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Pat Brooks, Patient Concerns Officer and Executive Director, Patient Relations Dept., Alberta Health, AB

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2nd Annual e-Medication Management Conference

May 13 - 14, 2015
Marriott YorkVille, Toronto, ON


Develop your change management skills
Strengthen your implementation strategies
Mitigate medication errors
Engage in case studies around eMedRec, system integration, and Drug Information Systems
Understand National Barcode Standardization


Maureen Charlebois, Chief Nursing Executive & Group Director, Clinical Adoption, Canada Health Infoway
Glen Geiger, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, The Ottawa Hospital
Natalie Borden, B.Sc. (Pharm), Program Director, Drug Information System, NS Department of Health and Wellness
Monique Pitre, Manager, Pharmacy Clinical Informatics, University Health Network
Doris Nessim, Vice President, Pharmacy Healthcare & E-Health, GS1 Canada
Erin Anstey RN, BScN, MN, Clinical Practice Leader and Nander Stevens RN, Clinical Informatics Analyst, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences


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