The Call for Abstracts is now closed.

This year’s theme is…

Adaptive leadership in complex times

Canada’s health system is dynamic – continually transforming to deliver innovative solutions and support patient-centred care. In recent years, the reengineering and restructuring of Canada’s health system has required health leaders to rethink how best to collaborate across teams, organizations, jurisdictions and sectors to align local needs with system-wide priorities. 

What is needed for health leaders to effectively lead and to achieve the desired system transformation in Canada? 

How can health leaders be at the same time responsive, adaptive and innovative when faced with new constraints, demands and challenges? How can leadership be enhanced, structured and distributed for improved outcomes for patients, communities and health systems?

How can health leaders partner with patients, families and communities to co-design a patient-centred health system and enable health system transformation?

How can we collectively build and develop the next generation of transformational leaders that will support health system transformation?

Today’s health leaders must constantly adapt to an array of complex and uncertain conditions. Join us in Edmonton at NHLC 2020 – a critical opportunity for health leaders across Canada to connect and harness their collective insights to transform Canada’s health system into an integrated and inclusive system for all Canadians.    

Submission Instructions

Before starting the online submission process, please prepare your abstract in MS Word format including the title, abstract, authors and organizations. The abstract should be prepared in paragraph format keeping in mind the word count for the type of abstract you are submitting. The word count excludes the title. You can cut and paste the text from your MS Word document to the abstract form. Do not include the author information in the abstract text.

You will require the following information to complete the abstract submission form:

  • Target audience (i.e. CEOs, senior leaders, middle management, emerging leaders);
  • Presentation level: introductory, intermediate, or advanced. This is reflective of the level of knowledge or experience about the topic the learner is expected to have before coming;
  • LEADS framework domain (i.e. Lead self, engage others, Achieve results, develop coalitions, or systems transformation);
  • Tracks (Innovation and system transformation; Patient-centred care; Leadership and strategic planning; Learning and professional development);
  • List of authors including organizations;
  • 50 word biography for each presenter (for introductory purposes);
  • Primary contact person (As the primary contact, only this person will receive correspondence and is expected to share it with their co-presenters);
  • Presentation format (please select only one format).

Submission Formats

Panel, oral and rapid fire submissions

Panel, oral and rapid fire submissions should be prepared in paragraph format and structured as follows:

  • Learning objectives and how it fits the theme and selected stream;
  • Activities, methods, innovations;
  • Outcomes, results;
  • Conclusion;
  • Leadership lessons learned; and
  • System Change(s).

Panel submissions must not exceed 500 words (3,200 characters including spaces). Oral and rapid fire abstract submissions must not exceed 150 words (950 characters including spaces).

Workshop submissions

Workshop submissions should include the following: 

  • Background;
  • Overall objective for the workshop;
  • Ideas to be explored, skills to be acquired, or problems to be addressed;
  • Intended learning outcomes for participants;
  • Timings that clarify the structure of the workshop and activities, including opportunities for reflection;
  • Originality and innovation;
  • Steps aimed at engaging the audience and facilitating interaction;
  • Relevance to the conference theme; and
  • Practical application of learning through such takeaways as tools, templates, checklists, etc


We welcome submissions from private sector partners, provided that they address (a) cooperative venture(s) with a non-profit sector partner and include the latter as a co-presenter. The abstract should present an unbiased description of a certain method or service, discussing both pros and cons. Both obvious and subtle advertisement of any products or services is in direct conflict with the spirit of the conference. examples of the former include repeated references to products or trade names and excessive use of corporate logos and trademarks in graphic illustrations. photographs of commercial equipment are not permitted unless they add educational value. The planning Committee insists that all authors and presenters understand without exception, that commercialism is inappropriate and will not be tolerated. Authors are asked to abide by these constraints when preparing their abstracts, and presentations.  


Abstracts may be submitted in English or French and, if accepted, will be presented in the language of submission. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided for the French sessions

To ensure your abstract meets all of our criteria, take a look at our rubric.


Abstracts must be received by 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Time, Friday, November 1, 2019.












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