Conferences and Education


Global Telehealth 2015

May 29 - 30, 2015
Toronto, ON

The 4th GLOBAL TELEHEALTH Conference for Peer Reviewed & Applied Learning

This international scientific meeting will cover the full breadth of telehealth, mobile and virtual health with peer-reviewed paper presentations from 25 countries around the world. Join an array of invited international speakers and participate in thought-provoking panel sessions deliberating on interesting trends and topics. The program offers keynote speakers sessions, plus full Scientific and Applied Programs. Hosted by COACH and the CTF: Canadian Telehealth Forum, GT2015 is presented in conjunction with the e-Health 2015 Conference. Early Bird to April 7.

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e-Health 2015: Making Connections

May 31, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON

Canada's ONLY National e-Health Conference and Tradeshow

e-Health offers proactive top-quality learning, opportunities to network with organizations and people that value quality health information as well as effective integrated system solutions. Since its inception, the Conference has attracted a steadily increasing attendance, now upwards of 1,500+ delegates. The Trade Show provides an excellent opportunity for direct access to members of the health informatics community. Join us for the 2015 e-Health Conference in Toronto, Canada!

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Supporting Carers of Patients Living with Chronic Disease

June 3, 2015
Webinar, Webinar

New four-part webinar series:

Shifting Culture, Shifting Care: From 'Usual Care' to Chronic Care

Series begins April 1 - 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT

Why it Matters: 

Health systems in developed countries, including Canada, are working to move from usual care to a new model of chronic disease management and prevention. In this country, more than half the adults live with at least one chronic condition and one-third live with two or more.  Patients with complex health needs often report suboptimal care. And, more than half of all healthcare spending is allocated to treating and managing chronic diseases - an estimated $68 billion annually. 

Canada's healthcare services require an urgent shift from an acute care focus to one that is centred on good chronic care treatment, which means a whole-person knowledge of the patient, clearer accountability for the totality of care, and relationships with specialists that improve care and increase primary care expertise.

April 1:    Shifting Culture, Shifting Care: From 'Usual Care' to Chronic Care

May 8:      The Chronic Care Model: Designing Care with 'Chronic' as the New Norm

(May):      Bridging the Gap between Patients and Providers through Telehealth in Rural and Remote Regions

June 3:     Supporting Carers of Patients Living with Chronic Disease

Hear from our esteemed international panel of guest speakers:

  • Canada: Jeffrey Turnbull, MD, FRCPC, Chief of Staff, The Ottawa Hospital
  • Canada: Clare Liddy, MD, M.Sc, Clinical Scientist, C.T. Lamont Centre
  • Canada: Laurie Poole, Vice President, Ontario Telemedicine Network
  • Canada: Denise Nauss, Family Carer, INSPIRED COPD Outreach ProgramTM
  • United States: Edward H. Wagner, MD, MPH, Group Health Research Institute Senior Investigator, Director (Emeritus), MacColl Center
  • Scotland: Hans Hartung, MD, MRCP, Consultant Respiratory and General Physician at NHS Ayrshire and Arran
  • England: Morag Farquhar, Senior Research Associate at University of Cambridge 

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Ontario Renal Network Kidney Talks Conference

June 8 - 9, 2015
Hilton Toronto Hotel, Toronto, ON

Shaping the future of patient care

Early bird registration: $100+HST
Regular registration: $150+HST
(early bird deadline is April 30th)


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2nd Annual Emergency Department Management Conference

June 9 - 10, 2015
Four Points by Sheraton, Halifax, NS

The 2nd Annual conference is focussed on Emergency Department improvement strategies and innovations in patient flow. The event attracts Hospital Executives, Emergency Department Directors / Managers, as well as Physicians and Nurse Unit Managers interested in positively impacting access times, flow, patient experience and staff satisfaction in their ED’s.

By showcasing practical case studies from leading hospitals, the event provides a forum for discussing successful initiatives. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Dealing with Overcrowding: Collaborating Across The Healthcare Continuum and Engaging all Staff in Hospital Flow
  • Redesigning Clinical Access: Improving ED Service Delivery - fast track streaming systems, point of care diagnostics, senior assessment models, physician scheduling models
  • Panel Discussion - Dashboards, Measurements, Wait Times: What Works And What Doesn’t?
  • Using ED Supporting Systems And Technology
  • Understanding And Supporting Specific Patient Groups in the ED: ‘Frequent Presenters’ and Psychiatric Patients
  • Staff Engagement, Staff Planning, Recruitment & Retention, And Leadership
  • Effective Emergency Department Management In Large, Small, Metropolitan, and Rural Hospitals
  • Implementing And Managing Funding Models In The ED


  • Redesigning Clinical Access: Fast Track Streaming Systems, Point Of Care Diagnostics, Senior Assessment Models
  • ED Surge Planning
  • Panel Discussion - Using Performance Metrics


  • Isabel Tsui, Manager of Clinical Administrative Databases Development and Expansion, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), ON
  • Dr. Samuel Campbell, Chief, Charles V. Keating Emergency and Trauma Centre, Queen Elizabeth II, NS
  • Dr. Edmund Kwok, Director of Quality Improvement Unit, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, The Ottawa Hospital, ON
  • Dr. Karen Murrell, Assistant Physician in Chief: Hospital Operations, Emergency, Trauma and Psychiatry; Process Improvement, Kaiser South Sacramento, USA
  • Dr. Scott Cameron, Medical Director, Emergency Medical Programs, Health PEI
  • Michelle de Moor Operations Director Critical Care, Emergency, Patient Flow and Access, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver Coastal Health, BC
  • Dr. Paul Jarvis, Emergency Consultant, Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, UK

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International Dermatology Patient Organization Conference

June 11 - 13, 2015
Vancouver, BC

IDPOC 2015 is the first ever conference dedicated to the patient leaders committed to run patient support organizations in the area of dermatology. Whether you serve people with eczema, alopecia, psoriasis, skin cancers or rarer skin conditions like pemphigus, epidermolysis bullosa, or hidradenitis suppurativa, or any of the 3000 dermatological conditions. If you manage or lead a patient support organization, this conference is being developed just for you.

When Vancouver bid for the 2015 WCD the bid included, for the first time, a patient component. The Canadian Skin Patient Alliance, Canada’s national dermatology patient advocacy and support organization, is working in conjunction with the WCD2015 and with the support of the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS), to bring you together with your valued peers, in order to recognize the importance of the patient voice and the role of patient support organizations around the world.

While the diseases may be different, the work we do is similar and we, like other professionals, can all benefit from sharing ideas and best practices—and learning from experts.about

Why should I come to the International Dermatology Patient Organization Conference (IDPOC)?

Four great reasons!

  • The conference will allow you to participate in sessions aimed at helping your organization grow in areas such as fundraising, research, patient outreach, providing access to care and treatments. Check out the proposed session topics. Are we missing something you really want to learn about? Have you got some expertise that you can share? Contact us!
  • Networking! - You will meet with leaders of other patient organizations which specialize in your disease from around the world. There are opportunities to learn from one another and look at ways in which you can share resources. Bring all your pamphlets, posters and other media – give and get ideas!
  • Attend the WCD scientific sessions and learn about the latest research findings for your disease to take back to your home country.
  • Experience warm Canadian hospitality and explore gorgeous Vancouver and naturally beautiful British Columbia! It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. 

Why is it important to participate in organizing IDPOC?

We want to meet the needs of patient organization leaders around the world. Therefore, your input will help us know what sessions are necessary for this global conference. Please take a moment to fill out our conference planning questionnaire in order to give us your insights and preferences…even if you aren’t sure you can come…


If you want to get even more involved contact us to join our steering and organizing committee.

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The Community Health Leadership Program: Equipping community health system leaders for the future.

June 15 - 19, 2015
Rotman School of Management, Toronto, ON

Fully Donor-Funded 5-day Leadership Program

Dates:  June 15-19, 2015

Location:  Rotman School of Management, Toronto, Ontario

Fee:  No Fee ---except for a $500 administrative fee for successful applicants

Application deadline:  April 3, 2015

The Centre for Health Sector Strategy at the Rotman School of Management is excited to announce the 2nd offering of The Community Health Leadership Program.

This program is designed to enhance the participants’ leadership, innovative thinking, change management, communication, and negotiation skills to support new approaches to leadership in a complex world. It will enable the participants to capitalize on their existing knowledge, skills and capabilities and further their capacity to influence health system and organizational change.  The program also provides a rich forum for knowledge exchange among peers working in the community sector.

Who should attend?

The program is meant for current or potential senior members of leadership teams in any organization that serves inner city populations and other disadvantaged communities.  Applications will be considered from those currently working in community health organizations, community mental health organizations, community health centres, family health teams, hospitals, CCAC, home care providers and other organizations serving these groups.

It is designed to draw a mix of non-clinical/administrative and clinical leaders from across the province. Typical job titles include Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer, Vice President, and Director (in larger organizations where the Executive Director is the most senior position).

For more information, please visit the Rotman Executive Programs website - 

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Digital Health: Canadian Status Report Update and Important Next Steps

June 16 - 23, 2015
Online, Canada

Live, online, interactive sessions using Webex
Early-Bird Deadline: May 29

This two-session series will cover Canada’s approach to implementing a pan-Canadian electronic health record and the current state of development of digital health and the implementation of electronic health records in Canada. It will give a short overview of health records and the impact on quality, safety and access that eHealth strategy solutions have. It will focus on eHealth strategic planning: how planning works, planning models, key components of an eHealth strategy, supporting infrastructure required, lessons learned and best examples of eHealth–integrated healthcare systems in Canada. It will cover the key steps of building a shared infrastructure which facilitates integration and enables collaboration which incorporates acute and primary care, diagnostics, self care, business system, culture of analytics and coordination of care.

The sessions will be given by one of Canada’s leading eHealth experts, Roger Girard. Mr. Girard, an expert in health information integration and former CIO in many healthcare jurisdictions across Canada, will give both the theory and a practical perspective on eHealth strategic planning.

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Health Informatics Bootcamp 2 - The Challenges in Advancing eHealth

June 18, 2015 to July 30, 2015
Online, Canada

Live, online, interactive sessions using Webex
Worm Rate Deadline: May 22; Early-Bird Deadline: June 5
14 CPE credits (14 HIM CPE credits for CHIMA members)

Bootcamp 2 is an online intensive, highly interactive course which focuses on the 12 key challenges in advancing eHealth. Based on our widely acclaimed Bootcamp program, Bootcamp 2 is new - new concept, new content, new format. However, the program provides all of the Original Bootcamp content through our online library.

Bootcamp 2 is centered on 7 live online sessions which feature round table discussion. These live discussion sessions will be led by Canada's leading experts in eHealth and clinical informatics, Prof. Dominic Covvey & Dr. Tom Rosenal.


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Are the Kids Alright? A 24-Hour Movement Guideline for Healthier Children and Youth

June 24, 2015
Webinar, Webinar

Canadians spend about 70 per cent of their waking hours in a sedentary state. As previous Conference Board research on healthy active living has shown, increasing levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour, such as sitting during waking hours, can have a significant impact on both our health and on our economy. Just getting 10 per cent of the population to move more and sit less could save the health care system $2.6 billion and boost GDP by $7.5 billion over 25 years.

But despite these facts, the message still doesn’t seem to be getting through. So how can we further encourage our children and youth to get up, get moving, and build a healthier future for Canada?

Join Dr. Mark Tremblay for this 60-minute webinar in which he will discuss ongoing research into the development of the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Behaviour Guidelines for Children and Youth.

Webinar Highlights

These integrated guidelines will harmonize recommendations for physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep. When completed in 2016, the guidelines — developed by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, in partnership with Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) from the CHEO Research Institute, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC) — will represent the first time these behaviours are integrated as a single recommendation. This achievement will represent a significant advancement in our understanding and approach towards the promotion of healthy active living.

Topics addressed in this 60-minute webinar include:

  • The importance of guidelines for physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep
  • The potential impact — both in terms of health and the economy — of achieving targets for physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep in Canada
  • The process of developing and implementing guidelines for physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and sleep for children and youth

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Contacts of save $100 off of the registration fee for each of these sessions! These special rates will not be available through our website, so if you would like to take advantage, please contact Joel Elliott quote your special campaign code ECLONGWOOD1!   



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