Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 24(3) October 2021 : 76-81.doi:10.12927/hcq.2021.26614
Leading In The Future

Building Environmentally Sustainable Health Systems in Canada: The Time Is Now for Emergent and Strategic Leadership

Danielle Toccalino, Anna Cooper Reed, Colin Sue-Chue-Lam, Anson Cheung and Victoria Haldane


Canada's healthcare sector produces the third highest healthcare-related emissions per capita globally. However, Canada has no national strategy toward environmentally sustainable healthcare. Transforming Canada's health systems to be environmentally sustainable requires leadership from many stakeholders and collaboration between trainees and health leaders. This article provides an overview of student and trainee leadership among health-related fields in response to the climate crisis and highlights the formation of a trainee-led organization focused on building capacity among emerging leaders in healthcare. We share key lessons learned by this group that are essential for all leaders seeking to leverage interdisciplinary action toward sustainable health systems in Canada.



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