CEO Forum 2017


CEO Forum 2017

On June 21, 2017, CFHI convened its 8th CEO Forum. The theme for the 2017 Forum was palliative care.

The Following CEO Forum 2017 sessions were recorded and are now available in video format.

Morning sessions »
Afternoon session »

9:00-9:20 ET
A Patient/Family Perspective: Communicating for compassion
In this session, Mrs. Penny Ericson, Patient Family Advisor, will discuss her experience with the healthcare system while she was caring for her husband before his death in 2013. Communication is the key to compassionate end-of-life care for patients and families. She will highlight that all the innovations featured at the Forum depend upon good communication skills, and will stress the importance of listening and effective communication within healthcare teams as well as with patients and families.
Penny Ericson, Patient/Family Advisor

9:30 - 10:30 ET
Finding the Resources for Health System Transformation - Can it be Done?
Improving palliative care is just one example of the transformations we want to achieve in our health systems. But finding new money to make them happen is tough. Transformation efforts often promise savings and efficiencies to close this gap – but in practice, realizing them seems elusive or impossible. In this session Mr. Jim Easton will reflect on his learning about how resources can be released to drive transformation based on his experience at hospital, system and national levels. The session will include practical, gritty examples of how resources can be released to support improvement, and offer reflection on how even the best leaders need to develop their skills and approaches to achieve this.
Jim Easton, Managing Director, Health Care, CARE UK

10:50 - 11:10 ET
Palliative Care is Everybody’s Business: Finding the lens we need for success in Canada Forty years after establishing our first palliative care programs in Canada and indeed, coining the very phrase “Palliative Care,” we must pause and take stock of our current national landscape and ask ourselves: “Has Canada achieved the social transformation we aspired toward?” In this talk, Dr. Marshall will remind us of our current status in Canada and prompt us to consider a lens or two that may be critical for health system transformation for palliative and end-of-life care, as we move forward.
Denise Marshall, Medical Director, Niagara West Palliative Care Team and McNally House Hospice

11:10 - 12:50 ET
Palliative and End-of-Life Care Innovation Presentations and Awards
Moderator: Terry Sullivan, CEO Forum Chair

14:50 - 16:20  ET
Transforming Health Systems: Panel presentation and leaders discussion (panel only/ not breakout session)
In this interactive session, a panel of leaders will discuss the system transformation required to help make palliative care more accessible to the people who need it. Following brief presentations, each panelist will facilitate discussion with participants regarding critical questions to tackle transformative change in palliative and end-of-life care.

Moderator: Dr. Robert Bell, Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term care, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Panel presenters:
Lesia Babiak, Executive Director, Government Affairs & Policy (Canada), Johnson & Johnson Corporate
Doris Barwich, Executive Director, BC Centre for Palliative Care
Tricia Cochrane, Vice-President, Integrated Health Services Program Primary Health Care and Population Health, Nova Scotia Health Authority
Vincent Dumez, Co-director, Collaboration and Partnership Unit, University of Montreal
Becky Palmer, Chief Nursing Officer, First Nations Health Authority

Overarching goals for the CEO Forum, long regarded as a venue for senior health leaders to build relationships and expand networks, are to:

  • Enhance leadership capacity
  • Increase knowledge regarding innovative practices in healthcare that are ready for spread, and
  • Speed the spread of health system and care innovations that improve healthcare for Canadians.

Objectives for the 2017 Forum are to advance systems level improvement in how we approach and deliver palliative care by:

  • Identifying innovative practices in palliative care that are ready for future spread and/or scaling up to other organizations and jurisdictions, and
  • Providing a venue for senior leaders to connect and start to form coalitions of the willing to accelerate spread of proven or promising innovations.

As part of the Open Call for Innovations in Palliative and End-of-Life Care, selected innovators had the opportunity to present their innovation at the CEO Forum.

The conference was held at the Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto, Ontario.