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Sharing success, learning from challenges

November 1-2, 2010
Hilton Montreal Bonaventure, Montreal, Quebec

What is it?

Picking Up the Pace is Canada’s premiere event showcasing how to implement change in primary healthcare by presenting more than 47 innovations selected by an expert committee from across Canada.

Materials from the conference

» Final report: Conference report on Picking Up the Pace: How to accelerate change in primary healthcare

» Casebook of Primary Healthcare Innovations (PDF, 566 KB)

» Presentations (Updated November 4, 2010)

» Video features to the right are also available on our YouTube channel

Conference audience

Policy leaders, decision-makers and senior healthcare providers who want to exchange ideas and experiences about how to put promising practices into action.


November 1

Dr. Doug Eby and Donna Galbreath of the Southcentral Foundation talk about the Nuka model of care used by their organization.
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November 2

Antonia Maioni, Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada » More

Policy Panel

November 2

Recognized policy leader John Horne will engage a national panel of experts to explore policy opportunities and challenges at the heart of improving primary healthcare in Canada.

Susan Fitzpatrick, Assistant Deputy Minister, Negotiations and Accountability Management Division, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long- Term Care
Dr. Brian Goldman, Emergency Physician, Mount Sinai Hospital, and CBC Radio host
Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull, President, Canadian Medical Association
Dr. Denis A. Roy, Vice-President of Scientific Affairs at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec
John Horne, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences, Royal Roads University, Victoria, B.C. (Moderator)
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Picking Up the Pace will highlight primary healthcare innovations, with a focus on sharing the successes and challenges of implementation. Participants – from across disciplines and across the country – will consider strategies for adapting successful and promising initiatives to other parts of Canada.

Why we need Picking Up the Pace

The purpose of Picking up the Pace is to provide tangible examples of how to implement changes that strengthen healthcare in Canada. To find and select the more than 40 innovations serving as these examples, CHSRF pulled together a national steering committee. Co-chaired by Dr. Brian Hutchison and Dr. Denis A. Roy, regional teams identified and proposed programs that have been successfully implemented and have the potential to spread. The national committee then selected 47 innovations organized under 15 themes, including access and hard-to-reach populations. (Consult the full program to find out what innovations the committee selected.)

This year Picking up the Pace is focusing on primary healthcare. It’s well documented that Canada lags other countries in its efforts to improve primary healthcare. Achieving sustainable change in this country is not easy – there is no well-worn path to follow. Despite the challenges, pockets of successful innovation do exist throughout Canada and Picking Up the Pace will draw out what we can learn from those that are working well.

Picking Up the Pace reflects CHSRF’s commitment to help accelerate change in healthcare. (Read ourstrategic priorities.)

How do I stay up to date about the conference?

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If you have any questions, please e-mail or by phone at 613-728-2238.

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