System Transformation Requires a Paradigm Shift: Leading Through Complexity, Chaos and Polarities

Faculty: Phil Cady, CD, BSW, MA, DSocSci; John(y) Van Aerde, MD, MA, PhD, FRCPC read facilitator bios here 
Date: May 22-23, 2024
Price: Member: $1,900 Non-member: $2,100

Living through the breakdown of our health(care) system emphasizes the critical need for physician engagement and leadership in its renewal. During the COVID-19 crisis, leaders were focused on immediate action and solutions. Over the last decade, changes in the Canadian health system have also been geared toward short-term solutions without a long-term vision of health and wellness. This has led to the current syndemic of problems requiring long term and foundational systemic change. Such transformation necessitates not only different paradigms, but also the development of new and less familiar leadership skills.Learning Objectives 

In this very interactive and dynamic workshop, participants will learn, reflect on, develop, and practice new leadership tools and skills, and apply them to their own issues.

Learning Objectives

  • Utilize metaphoric reasoning to reshape system paradigms and contribute to innovative problem-solving.
  • Master sense-making skills for effective decision-making in chaotic environments, ensuring adaptability.
  • Cultivate leadership agility through a versatile approach, balancing independent expertise AND interdependent leadership.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in managing polarities and achieve organizational success by balancing continuity through tactical leadership AND transformation through strategic leadership.
  • Enhance pattern and structure recognition to identify system rigidity and intervene strategically for increased adaptability.
  • Develop powerful questioning skills for solving complex issues and fostering collaboration in polarity situations.


Leading with Media Skills: Learn to Communicate and Influence in the News

Faculty: Michelle Ward, MD, Communication and Media Consultant, Associate Professor; Katherine Ward, Network Health Reporter for Global News read facilitator bios here
Date: May 23, 2024
Price: Member: $995 Non-member: $1,195

Health stories frequently dominate the headlines and health leaders are important voices in the media. Daily news coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the opportunities and pitfalls for  communicating health information through news media in a way that had not been seen before. Since that time, the public has become accustomed to learning important health information from the news, even while trust in science and the media wanes.

Being able to convey messages effectively for media has become an important tool for health leaders. But giving a good interview is only one skill. Leaders can also learn to identify stories in their own organizations and to influence how and what stories get told. In short, they can learn to lead in media.

This course is intended for health leaders with a little or a lot of prior media experience. Participants should be open to talking, reflecting, providing and receiving feedback, and practicing media and communications skills.

The course will be broken into four sections, allowing participants to build from basic to more advanced knowledge and skills as they progress throughout the day. This very interactive course emphasizes practical skills so participants leave feeling more confident that they can not only deliver effective interviews for the media but also influence health stories in the news. Participants will learn how to engage with media as a leader, identify and frame stories, create media messages, connect with audiences, work with journalists and deliver effective interviews. They will leave with a practical plan for telling a unique media story that is important to them.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify opportunities to engage with Canadian media on health topics
  • Frame issues so they can be told as media stories
  • Craft media messages and deliver a great interview
  • Develop a plan to promote an important health story


Thriving People & Flourishing Planet: Leadership in Action!

Faculty: Diane Meschino, MD; Samantha Green, MD; Kira Leeb read facilitator bios here
Date: May 23, 2024
Price: Member: $995 Non-member: $1,195

Responding to the impacts of climate change on health and healthcare is an urgent challenge that requires emergency planning and immediate action by health professionals. Each new report shortens the predicted response window, now 3-5 years. Healthcare professionals have positional and moral agency required to develop and lead mitigation and adaptation strategies to help patients and health systems navigate current and impending impacts.

Prompt action will limit the escalation of climate change impact on human and planetary health.  Climate justice and resilient, sustainable health systems are keys to success. Facing plausible yet uncertain futures, scenario planning is an effective leadership technique to strategize responses.

The course will apply the discipline of leadership to frame and address challenges pertaining to planetary health, social inequities, and declining health outcomes. Reviewing high-level, projected climate-related healthcare impacts, related costs and existing climate-healthcare initiatives will focus participants on urgent needs and opportunities. Facilitated small group leadership discussions follow to address climate crisis impacts. Groups will:

  1. Use specific scenarios derived from predictive data to describe possible resultant outcomes.
  2. Apply liberating structures to scenario outcomes to draft adaptation and/or mitigation measures.
  3. Further develop measures as strategic initiatives.

The course will conclude with plans to implement these initiatives.

Learning Objectives 
  • Describe urgent climate-related impacts and opportunities for intervention.
  • Apply scenario planning and health systems leadership in the healthcare sector for enhancing health and well-being at individual, community, and planetary levels related to climate change.  
  • Plan and organize commensurate strategies with implementation timeline,