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This conference is the largest national gathering of health system decision-makers in Canada, including health leaders, direct care providers, patients and caregivers. The NHLC provides a forum for questions, debate and sharing strategies and solutions to the most pressing health system challenges.


  • Provide a forum to enrich health leadership practices and innovations, and learn from one another;

  • Showcase leading practices and their successes;

  • Share issues of common interest in the areas of accountability, effectiveness and transparency in the health system;

  • Address and debate the challenges facing both policy-makers and health leaders that are changing health service delivery;

  • Discuss forms of innovation and new technologies that can improve health systems; and

  • Identify effective ways to execute and sustain complex changes.


  • Come away with practical ideas to bring to their work settings;

  • Build strong networks and engage in challenging conversations;

  • Gain insight on what it takes to be an effective leader;

  • Identify champions of improvement that can serve as role models; and

  • Reenergize and be better equipped to address system transformation challenges

Program and Policy Advisory Committee Members

Wendy Nicklin, CHE, FACHE, (Chair) – The International Society for Quality in Health Care
Bonnie Cochrane, CHE – Studer Group Canada
Stevie Colvin – Alberta Health Services
Maryanne D’Arpino, CHE – Canadian Patient Safety Institute
Patrick Dumelie – Covenant Health
Dr. Sarah Jarmain – St. Joseph’s Health Care London
Alice Kennedy, FCCHL – Newfoundland & Labrador Council of Health Professionals

Elizabeth Kennedy — Eastern Health
Dr. Phil Klassen – Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Donna LaForce – Hamilton Health Sciences
Dr. Bernard Leduc – Hôpital Montfort

Tracy MacDonald – Central Health
Jennifer McCue, CHE – Bethany Care Society
Dr. Robin McGee – Patients for Patient Safety Canada
PJ Mierau – Patient Critical Co-op
Carolyne Mondoux – The Brenda Strafford Foundation
Crystal Pirie – Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Stefanie Ralph, CHE – Yukon Hospital Corporation

Dr. Jennifer Zelmer –  Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

Individuals interested in joining NHLC’s Program and Policy Advisory Committee can contact Jonathan Mitchell, VP, Research and Policy, HealthCareCAN for more information. 

Steering Committee Members

Paul-Émile Cloutier – HealthCareCAN
Alain Doucet – Canadian College of Health Leaders


Planning Committee Members

Jonathan Mitchell, CHE (co-chair) – HealthCareCAN

Francine St-Martin (co-chair) – Canadian College of Health Leaders
Siri Chunduri - HealthCare
Brianna Lavoy – Canadian College of Health Leaders

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