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Call for Abstracts

The Canadian College of Health Leaders and HealthCareCAN are pleased to co-present the 2022 National Health Leadership Conference (NHLC). Themed “Leveraging leadership and people capacity for better health outcomes”, the conference will be held virtually on June 6-7, 2022.

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, dialogue and sharing strategies and solutions to the most pressing health system challenges. 

Abstracts should address leadership lessons learned, patient and family involvement, and one or more of the following LEADS domains:


1.    Lead self

2.    Engage others

3.    Achieve results

4.    Develop coalitions

5.    Systems transformation


The LEADS in a Caring Environment Capability Framework is a pan-Canadian leadership capabilities framework. For more information on the LEADS Framework, please visit the LEADS Canada website at

Conference Theme


Leveraging leadership and people capacity for better health outcomes


Canada’s health system faced one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime over the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada’s health system must transform, reassess, and innovate to face the future. The current health workforce must be bolstered and supported. Governments and health leaders must prioritize attracting, retaining, and supporting new talent across the continuum. 


Join us on June 6 and 7 at NHLC 2022, for the largest gathering of health leaders across Canada, to evaluate and analyze the challenges and lessons learned from the pandemic in terms of system and human capital and ask ourselves how we can empower leaders to elevate their people strategy, grow our leadership and human resource capacity, and focus on building back better by caring for people.


  • How can health leaders address the worsening health human resources shortage? 

  • What does the health leader of the future look like and where will they emerge from? 

  • How do we attract, recruit, and retain clinical and managerial talent in the post-pandemic world?

  • How can health leaders best support the mental health and safety of healthcare workers, patients, and communities? 

  • How do we harness the wealth of data to implement an actionable national health human resources strategy? 

Conference objectives


•    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 are transforming health systems; and

•    Identify effective ways to execute and sustain complex change.


Expected outcomes


Conference participants will:

•    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 models; and 

•    Be reenergized and better equipped to address system transformation.


Conference Presentation Formats


Abstracts may be submitted in one of the following formats: workshop or panel presentation.



Online workshops are a great way to deliver skill-based training while keeping attendees engaged and interested. Workshops typically involve audience participation, which maintains attention and tests new knowledge. The duration of the workshop sessions is 60 minutes. Workshops will be delivered using Zoom Meetings (details below) through the Chime Live platform. 


Panel presentation

Panels should include a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of three (3) speaker presentations addressing a common issue or topic from different perspectives, followed by an interactive discussion. The panel should be submitted as a single presentation. Each panel must provide their own moderator. The duration of panel sessions is 60 minutes. Panels will be delivered using your choice of Zoom Meetings or Zoom Webinar (details below) through the Chime Live platform. 


Zoom Platform Details


Zoom Meeting 

This format allows presenters to interact with the participants. Participants are able to unmute themselves and turn on their videos to participate in discussions. Presenters have the option to use polling, whiteboard, and chat box features. Zoom meetings will be delivered through the Chime Live platform.


Zoom Webinar 

This format allows presenters to present without direct interaction with the participants. Participants will not be able to unmute themselves or turn on their video to participate in discussions. Presenters have the option to use polling, Q&A box, and chat box features. Zoom webinars will be delivered through the Chime Live platform.


Guidelines for corporate submissions

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. Subtle and/or blatant 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 presenters understand without exception, that commercialism is inappropriate and will not be tolerated. Presenters are asked to abide by these constraints when preparing their abstracts, and presentations. 


Submission Guidelines


Abstracts should be prepared in paragraph format and structured as follows: 


  • Learning objectives and how it fits the theme and selected topic;

  • Activities, methods, innovations;

  • Outcomes, results;

  • Conclusion;

  • Leadership lessons learned; and

  • System change(s).


Submissions must not exceed 500 words. 


Submission Instructions 


The abstract should be prepared in paragraph format keeping in mind the word count. The word count excludes the title. You can copy and paste the text from your document to the abstract submission form. 


Once your abstract is finalized, please proceed to to start completing the online submission form. 


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


  • Primary contact person (As the primary contact, only this person will receive correspondence and is expected to share it with their co-presenters. The submitter should be the primary contact);

  • Target audience (i.e. CEOs, senior leaders, middle management, emerging leaders, industry);

  • Presentation level (introductory, intermediate, or advanced. This is reflective of the level of previous 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);

  • Name, title, organization, contact information, and a 50 word biography for each presenter; and

  • Presentation format (Please select only one format).


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. 


All abstract submissions will receive an e-mail confirmation receipt. If a confirmation is not received, please contact the secretariat by e-mail at Abstract submissions received via e-mail, fax or mail will not be accepted.


Selection criteria

All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected according to how well they meet the submission criteria as well as the following:


  • Statement of purpose;

  • Learning objectives and outcomes clearly articulated;

  • Relevance to the theme and selected topic;

  • Evidence that the practice achieved its objectives;

  • Practical applications;

  • Patient and caregiver involvement;

  • Leadership lessons learned;

  • System change;

  • Originality and innovation; 

  • Steps to engage the audience and facilitate interaction;

  • Measurable outcomes that would be applied in their workplace; and 

  • Evaluation results (from previous presentations at NHLC if applicable).


Additionally the following apply for:


Workshop Submissions:

  • Overall learning activities


Panel Submissions:

  • Evidence of planning, coherence and integration of presentations


All criteria will be scored on a scale of 1 to 10. All criteria are weighted equally. Please reference the evaluation criteria rubric for additional information.


The Planning Committee reserves the right to:

•    Accept abstracts for a different presentation format than indicated in the submission; and

•    Limit the number of abstracts accepted from one organization.


Speaker Compensation


The NHLC Secretariat is pleased to offer concurrent session speakers (up to a maximum of 3 speakers per session) a full conference reduced registration cost of $395.00 plus tax. An additional $100 discount is offered to members of CCHL and HealthCareCAN. Reduced cost registrations are not transferable. Special registration instructions will be included in your presenter communication upon acceptance.


Important Dates


January 17, 2022        Online abstract submission opens

January 31, 2022        Abstract submission deadline

February 2022            Notification of selected abstracts

June 6 - 7, 2022         National Health Leadership Conference


DEADLINE: Abstracts must be received by 12:00 p.m. (noon) Eastern Time, Monday, January 31, 2022.


For further information, please contact:


NHLC Secretariat


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