Welcome to the Virtual 2021 Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership


This year we are doing things a little differently.  When you register you will not select any workshops, masterclasses or keynotes – simply register for the full conference and/or select any of the pre or post courses that are being offered.  Approximately one week prior to the event, you will receive an email with login instructions on how to access the virtual conference platform. Select your sessions and add them to your calendar.  We look forward to seeing you in April.


Pre- and Post-conference course accreditation


Approval of accreditation from both Colleges has been received for CSPL's 1-day pre-conference course "We are 'the System': Leadership Skills for Complex and Chaotic Health Systems" running this Saturday, Apr 17th, 10 AM-5:30 PM ET. The course has been approved for 7 credits.


Accreditation of CMA Joule's post-conference PLI course "Polarity Management: Adaptive Leadership for Competing Priorities" running May 14th & 19th has been approved by CFPC for 11 credits; confirmation of Royal College accreditation is expected shortly.4-day Conference:


College of Family Physicians of Canada

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and British Columbia Chapter for 19 CME+ credits.


Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the University of Ottawa’s Office of Continuing Professional Development. You may claim a maximum of 19.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).


What will I gain from attending THIS VIRTUAL CONFERENCE?

  • Define the main barriers and challenges for a diverse population in healthcare
  • Demonstrate four simple habits leading to greater personal happiness, thriving teams and a more positive work environment
  • Identify links between physician burnout and digital technologies
  • Build systems of resilience that are going to protect us and let us lead with confidence and competence into the future
  • Explore the importance of indigenous allyship as a component of physician leadership
  • Review the alignment between leadership strengths and leadership effectiveness
  • Evaluate the forthcoming tradeoffs between access and cost that will be provoked by the post-COVID expansion of virtual care
  • Acquire practical skills to help you lead yourself and others
  • And much more…..


What our virtual event can offer you:

  • A new 4-track program that will allow you to pick and choose any session (Wellness and medical culture, Digital health, Leadership, and Health futures differently)
  • Recordings of sessions made available to all participants for a period of 3 months
  • 4 new “masterclasses”
  • 6 keynote presentations
  • 21 amazing and varied workshops
  • 4-day format allowing for various time zones
  • Special discounted conference price for new PLI course
  • Complimentary student course




New this year – each workshop, masterclass and keynote speaker has been divided into learning tracks – for a quick way to view the track look for the coloured circles beside each session.


Wellness & medical culture

Digital health


  Health futures



2021 Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership Planning Committee


Chair, Rollie Nichol MD, MBA, FCFP, CEC, CCPE Associate Chief Medical Officer, Alberta Health Services, Calgary, AB; Becky Temple, MD, CCFP, CCPE, Medical Director Northeast, Northern Health, Fort St. John, BC; Shannon Fraser, MD, FRCSC, FACS Chief General Surgery, Medical Director, Command Centre, Jewish General Hospital, CIUSSS CODI, Montreal, QC; Martin Vogel, MD, Consultant, Gatineau, QC; Mamta Gautam, MD, MBA, FRCPC, CCPE Dept of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa, Psychiatrist, Psychosocial Oncology Program, The Ottawa Hospital, President and CEO, PEAK MD Inc. Ottawa, ON; Dietrich Furstenburg, MD, Northern Interior Medical Director, Family Medicine, Northern Health, Quesnel, BC; Johny Van Aerde, MD, MA, PhD, FRCPC, Executive Medical Director, CSPL, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics (Emeritus), University of Alberta, Ladysmith, BC; Carol Rochefort, CAE Executive Director, Canadian Society of Physician Leaders, Ottawa, ON; Janice Cooney, Vice President, Physician Learning Joule Inc., A CMA Company, Ottawa, ON


updated April 15, 2021