Presented by HealthCareCAN & the Canadian College of Health Leaders

This conference is the largest national gathering of health system leaders in Canada and provides a forum for questions, debate and sharing strategies and solutions to the most pressing health system challenges.

This year’s theme is Adaptive leadership in complex times.

May 31 - June 1, 2021


Virtual Conference

Join us at NHLC 2021 – 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.

Adaptive leadership in complex times

Canada’s health system is changing faster than ever before. This unprecedented – and unrelenting – transformation demands strong leadership and collaboration across teams, organizations and jurisdictions. The National Health Leadership Conference (NHLC) is the rallying point for health leaders to learn about best practices, connect with colleagues from across Canada facing similar challenges and gear up to deliver innovative solutions that improve patient-centred care.


• Leading in a system under transformation: What is needed for health leaders to effectively lead and to achieve the desired system transformation in Canada?

• Strengthening leadership qualities: 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?

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

• Cultivating emerging leaders: How can we collectively build, support and develop the next generation of transformational leaders that will drive health system transformation? Today’s health leaders must constantly adapt to an array of complex and uncertain conditions.

Today’s health leaders must constantly adapt to an array of complex and uncertain conditions.

Keynote Speakers
Dr. Nick Bontis

 Dr. Nick Bontis 


 Dr. Antonia Maioni 


 Dr. Stephen Trzeciak 


 Patrick Dumelie 


 Dr. James Makokis 


 Dr. Cornelia (Nel) Wieman 


 Dr. Bill Howatt 


 André Picard 


 Dr. Verna Yiu 


 Judith John 


 Donovan Taplin