Conferences and Education


NIHI Summer Sessions On Demand

July 9, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Online, Canada

Register and gain 1 month access to any of these NIHI online series.

Available Online Series
Advanced HI: How Complexity Can Help in the Development and Management of eHealth Applications
Data Standards and SNOMED Series
eHealth Leadership Series
eHealth Shared Services: Principles and Tools for Effective Governance
eHealth Strategies and Electronic Health Records
Healthcare Analytics: A User's Guide to Results from Descriptive, Comparative and Predictive Analyses
Health Care & IT Governance Series
H4IT: Introduction: How the Canadian healthcare system is organized, how clinicians provide care and how these worlds are intrerrelated.
H4IT: Understanding Doctors, Nurses and Other Care Providers:
H4IT: Complex Challenges in the Care of Individual Patients & Populations
H4IT: Current Controversies in Health Care, Health Informatics and eHealth
Practical Consulting: Giving Advice and Surviving Adversity; Managing Work with a Profit Motive
Practical Development: The Major Secrets of Agile Approaches
Practical eHealth Planning
Practical eHealth Procurement
Practical Healthcare: What Professionals Working in Health Care Need to Know
Practical Meeting Facilitation
Social Media in Health Care

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The 6th International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care: Partnerships for Quality & Safety

August 6 - 8, 2014
Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC

The conference will provide participants with the most current insights and strategies in advancing the practice of patient- and family-centered care. Among the featured sessions, CFHI will present the plenary: Meaningful Patient and Family Partnerships: Evidence and Leadership.  In addition, seven CFHI-supported teams, including five Patient Engagement Project (PEP) teams and one EXTRA team, and a collaboration with the North Shore Tribal Council will share key outcomes of their work during the three day event.

Participants representing hospitals, health systems, community-based programs, patient- and family-led organizations, physician practices, schools of medicine, nursing, allied health, and other health professions will be hearing from, and sharing with, some of today’s most inspirational change agents in patient and family engagement. Sessions will cover innovative patient- and family-centered strategies for delivering safe, quality care. 

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20th Annual Patient-Centered Care Symposium

September 7 - 9, 2014
Marriott Marquis & Marina, San Diego, CA

Healthcare innovators will gather for three information-packed days dedicated to empowering providers with key drivers for building a culture of patient-centered care. Mark your calendars now for this industry-leading event.

Attend this one-of-a-kind conference to:

  • Experience hands-on breakout sessions featuring passionate industry speakers
  • Network and share best practices with renowned healthcare innovators
  • Stay up to speed on the latest trends and regulatory updates     
  • Position your organization for success in the changing healthcare landscape  
  • And much more

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2nd National Forum on Patient Experience

September 23 - 24, 2014
Marriot Toronto Airport, Toronto, ON

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Through patient stories, case studies, interactive Q&A and peer-to-peer exchange, explore new
ideas to develop and continue your patient experience journey:

  • Leadership Strategies: Transform organizational culture and infrastructure
  • Story-telling Approach: Anchor your service design through patient stories
  • Patient Flow: Deliver cost-effective, high quality patient-centric care
  • Senior Care: Apply innovative models of care for aging baby boomers
  • Communication: Foster clinician-patient communication to enhance quality
  • Inter-professional Collaboration: Redefine roles and expectations
  • Measurement: Demonstrate value by linking progress to your initiatives
  • Children’s Perspective: Transform care for patients and their families
  • Patient Engagement: Ensure a positive experience of care
  • Mental Health: Ensure patient involvement by developing mental health SDM

Join national and international thought leaders to source best practices, lessons learned and proven strategies. Be prepared to implement, sustain and continuously improve on your patient experience vision.

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National Interprofessional Healthcare Conference

September 29 - 30, 2014
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, To, ON

Ensuring sustainable primary healthcare across Canada: Embedding interprofessional models and overcoming barriers to collaborative practice

Creating sustainable health care delivery through collaboration. The inaugural National Interprofessional Healthcare Conference will bring together key policy leads and management professionals from primary care networks to discuss strategies to help strengthen interdisciplinary team models.

The 2 day agenda will present interprofessional practice case studies from across Canada, Australia and Europe and investigate different types of interdisciplinary team models including; best practice for governance and leadership structures, overcoming barriers to collaborative practice, data collection and analysis, and case studies showcasing high functioning teams and the models in place to provide education and training, communication tools, leveraging electronic health records, and much more.


– Interprofessional Teamwork: Successes & Tensions
– Panel Discussion. What Levels Of Organisational Change Do We Need To Support Interprofessional Teams?
– Toolkit For Progressing, Measuring And Evaluating Team Communication And Performance
– A Framework For Understanding Return on Investment for Interprofessional Care
– Incorporating The Patient Voice
– Cross-Provincial Case Studies Showcasing Interprofessional Practice



  • Scott Reeves, Kingston & St George’s, University of London; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Interprofessional Care
  • Esther Suter, Director Workforce Research & Evaluation, Alberta Health Services, AB
  • Caroline Nicholson, Mater Health Services & University of Queensland
  • Hélène Racine, Director of Nursing, Douglas Institute, QC
  • Elisabeth Willumsen, Professor in Social Work, University of Stavanger
  • Kathleen Klaasen, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Home Care Program, MB
  • Roberta Heale, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Laurentian University
  • Lesley Bainbridge, Director Interprofessional Education, The University of British Columbia, BC
  • Sue Griffis, Executive Director, North York Family Health Team, ON
  • Melanie Mooney, Primary Health Care Director, South West Health Nova Scotia, NS

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Driving Quality, Lowering Costs 2014

October 8 - 9, 2014
Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC

Do your clinicians know your financial analysts? They should. 

In the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI’s) Impacting Cost + Quality initiative, IHI worked intensely for over two years with 60 health care organizations to drive out waste, reduce operating expenses, and improve quality. IHI learned that there are several key drivers to successfully reducing operating expenses while maintaining or improving quality. These include: aligning efforts top-to-bottom and bottom-up, establishing working partnerships between clinical and financial teams, harvesting ideas from front-line staff, and viewing waste as an opportunity to improve systems.

CFHI is hosting IHI’s Driving Quality, Lowering Costs workshop seminar October 8-9 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia to help you get on the same track. This workshop is a synthesized, fast-paced version of IHI’s two-and-a-half year initiative that has been adapted by CFHI and IHI for the Canadian context in partnership with BC Patient and Safety Quality Council and the Health Quality Council of Saskatchewan. Now, you will learn in two days the proven strategies, tools, and best practices to save money and drive quality from more than two and a half years of IHI’s in-depth initiative.

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AFHTO 2014 Conference “In Partnership with Patients: True Integration of Care”

October 15 - 16, 2014
Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto, ON

AFHTO’s 2014 Conference is highlighting primary care In Partnership with Patients: True Integration of Care. This year’s conference is bringing together primary care teams, patients and community partners to explore how we work as partners to provide excellent patient care.

2014 Registration

Registration will open in June.

Click here to see the conference fees and refund policy.

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Toronto International Summit on Leadership Education for Physicians

October 22, 2014
Toronto, ON

An international audience of thought leaders and educators to further articulate the various physician leadership competencies and discuss how stakeholders can collaborate to build the physician leaders of today and tomorrow.  The goal will be to create guiding principles for developing a physician leadership curriculum that will complement implementation of CanMEDS 2015 thereby driving improvement in patient care and of the healthcare system.

This event is by invitation and is immediately prior to the International Conference on Residency Education.  Please contact Lisa Bevacqua should you be interested in attending. 

The International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE) is the largest conference in the world devoted exclusively to advancing resident training. More than 1,500 leaders in medical education from Canada and around the world attend the ICRE each year. The theme for this year’s premier event is Residency Education and Care in the Digital Age.

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2nd Annual Reducing Hospital Readmissions & Discharge Planning Conference

October 22 - 23, 2014
Marriott Renaissance Harbourside, Vancouver, BC

Following last year’s huge success the 2nd Annual Reducing Hospital Readmissions & Discharge Planning Conference returns to Vancouver. The conference will bring together Medical Care Professionals, Hospital Administrators, Home Health Workers and Academics ,to discuss strategies and initiatives to help reduce preventable readmissions and provide best practice patient care.

The 2 day agenda will present innovative approaches to patient centered care, successful practical front line case studies, opportunities to explore the importance of patient and community engagement, novel approaches to managing chronic medical conditions, and an exploration of ethical considerations for elderly patients.


Discharge planning for the vulnerable addiction patient
Transitions from acute care from a mental health perspective
Innovations in the management of COPD
The Implementation of the Home First Philosophy (Canada West and East)
Novel approaches for preventing hospital acquired infections
End of life planning and palliative initiatives
The Importance of MedRec
Models of Care


Lauren Linett, Hospitalist, Department of Medicine, Lakeridge Health-Oshawa, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University ON
Chris Manasseh, Vice Chair, Inpatient & Hospital Services for the Dept of Family Medicine at Boston University Medical Center, ‘Discharge Intervention Director’ for Project RED Boston, MA
Michael Pond, Director, Pond Psychotherapy BC
Olavo Fernandes, Director of Pharmacy-Clinical, University Health Network and Assistant Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University Health Network ON
Ron Collins, Anesthesiologist, Department of Anesthesiology, Kelowna General Hospital BC
Lisa Jensen, Corporate Director, Integrated Access, Executive Lead, COV Path to Home, Covenant Health, AB
Carl Meadows, Director of Home Health, Fraser Health, BC
Shauna Thaler Adeland, Professional Practice Leader of Social Work, Bruyère Continuing Care, ON

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National Healthcare Practitioners' Mental Health Conference

October 28 - 29, 2014
Double Tree by Hilton, Toronto, ON

The National Healthcare Practitioners’ Mental Health Conference is specifically focused on actions that can be taken to protect the psychological wellbeing of the healthcare workforce - the healthcare systems most important asset. 

The conference focuses on the importance that health leaders play in creating safe and mentally healthy workplaces of healthcare organisations. The event will showcase initiatives, both from a policy and practical activity level, which address emotional and mental health for healthcare workers.

Following the launch of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety a great number of healthcare organizations have re-focused their efforts on addressing the mental wellbeing of their employees. The conference will feature insights from hospitals and healthcare organizations that have implemented procedures and policies that support a psychologically healthy workplace.

The agenda is structured around 3 main topic areas; creating a culture that prioritizes employee mental health and tackles stigma, understanding the business case for implementing psychological health policies and ensuring return on investment, and how to develop practical workplace mental health systems that take advantage of available resources.

- Practical  Approaches To Implementing The National Standard For Psychological Health And Safety In The Healthcare Workplace: Interactive Case Study And Roundtable Session
- Understanding The Business Case For Investing In Workplace Mental Health: The Impact On The Bottom Line And Productivity
- Understanding The Law And Healthcare Workers' Mental Health: Mitigating Risk
- Evaluating Your Healthcare Workplace: Using Tools And Metrics For Measuring Mental Health Of Employees And Acquiring Actionable Data

 - Janet Davidson, Deputy Minister of Health, Alberta Health
 - Ed Mantler, VP of Programs and Priorities, Mental Health Commission of Canada
 - Jennifer Kitts, Director of Policy and Strategy, HealthCareCAN
 - Catherine Fast, Project Manager Mental Health Strategy, BC Nurses Union

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