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
Martine Alfonso – McGill University Health Centre
Diane Browne, CHE – Aramark Canada Ltd.
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, FCCLS – Newfoundland & Labrador Council of Health Professionals
Dr. Phil Klassen – Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Donna LaForce – Hamilton Health Sciences
Dr. Bernard Leduc – Hôpital Montfort
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

Elizabeth Kennedy — Eastern Health

Tracy MacDonald – Central Health
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

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


Planning Committee

Francine St-Martin (co-chair) – Canadian College of Health Leaders
Jonathan Mitchell, CHE (co-chair) – HealthCare
Christian Coulombe – Canadian College of Health Leaders
Brianna Lavoy – Canadian College of Health Leaders
Amy O’Brien – Canadian College of Health Leaders

Devon Saulis – Canadian College of Health Leaders
Dale Schierbeck – HealthCareCAN
Steve Wharry – HealthCareCAN

Siri Chunduri - HealthCareCAN