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EXTRA: Executive Training Program
Informational Webinar

Held December 2, 2015


Are you a highly motivated team from an organization looking for an opportunity to build leadership skills and improvement capacity? Are you looking for opportunities to build partnerships across regions or sectors to address an important health or healthcare challenge, gap or system performance issue?

If so, CFHI invites you to join an informational call to learn about the 14-month EXTRA: Executive Training Program. EXTRA launched October 21, 2015. The deadline for submission of applications is February 15, 2016.

EXTRA is the only fully bilingual improvement fellowship of its kind in Canada. EXTRA builds leadership and organizational capacity to achieve breakthrough innovations that achieve better care, better health and better value. Since 2004, EXTRA has supported over 300 healthcare leaders and their organizations from across Canada. Over that time, multiple evaluations have demonstrated that EXTRA builds improvement and leadership capacity, enhances fellows’ career trajectories, and changes how teams and organizations lead improvement.

Teams tackle persistent and complex healthcare challenges across a variety of areas including:

  • Accessibility
  • Coordination of care and care transitions
  • Effective and appropriate care
  • Efficiency
  • Equity
  • Patient- and family-centred care
  • Population health and health outcomes
  • Safety

2016-17 Special Theme: This year, CFHI hopes to have up to three teams that wish to focus on palliative care.

After the informational call, participants will:

  • Better understand EXTRA’s objectives, role of the organization and team, the improvement project, organization and team supports, as well as key activities and deliverables.
  • Know how to assess their organization’s readiness to apply for the program based on submission requirements, and CFHI’s areas of interest.
  • Hear from past EXTRA fellows who will describe their experiences in the program, their improvement projects and the impact participating in EXTRA has had on their careers and successes.


Lynn EdwardsLynn Edwards (NSHA), BScN,PDt.,MHSA,Extra Fellow, is the Senior Director for Primary Health Care and Chronic Disease Management at the Nova Scotia Health Authority. With over twenty five years of varied and progressive leadership experience, Lynn is a strong and active participant in shaping the landscape of the health care system in Nova Scotia. She holds a bachelor of science (nutrition), a master of health services administration, is a Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement extra fellow, and is well suited to build on the exceptional work underway in primary health care and chronic disease management that is taking place across the province. Most recently the health services director of primary health care and the district department of family practice at Capital Health, Lynn has also held leadership roles in health delivery and research within the Department of Health and Wellness in primary health care and as the director of acute and tertiary care. She has practiced as a clinical dietitian in rural Nova Scotia in a variety of inter-professional collaborative team settings and served on national and international boards. Reporting to Tricia Cochrane, vice-president, integrated health services - primary health care and population health, Lynn is responsible for overall service planning of primary health care and chronic disease within Nova Scotia Health Authority.

Martine CoutureMartine Couture has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) du Saguenay Lac-Saint-Jean since April 2015. Prior to that, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux (ASSS) du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean from 2004 to 2015. From 1998 to 2004, she was the Executive Director of the Centre de santé et de services sociaux Cleophas-Claveau where he had formerly been the coordinator and manager of nursing. Ms. Couture holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and is a nurse by training; she is also a fellow of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement’s EXTRA program (Cohort 10).


Erin-Leith-125Erin Leith, Director, CFHI

Erin Leith is responsible for CFHI’s EXTRA: Executive Training Program – a pan-Canadian, bilingual, team-based improvement program that builds leadership and organizational capacity to tackle persistent and complex healthcare challenges. Erin also oversees CFHI’s Improvement Online suite of virtually delivered improvement e-collaboratives, skill building e-workshops and the popular innovation sharing On Call webinar series.

Previously, Erin led the design and delivery of CFHI’s collaboration with the Northwest Territories Department of Health and Social Services which focused on improving the delivery and integration of chronic disease management services for the territory. In 2010, Erin led CFHI’s national Picking Up the Pace Conference which aimed to speed the spread of primary healthcare innovations, and managed the former CADRE program which built capacity for applied health services and nursing research from 2001-2012.

Prior to joining CFHI in 2007, Erin worked as a nurse for the former Capital District Health Authority (now Nova Scotia Health Authority), and interned at the former Nova Scotia Department of Health Promotion and Protection. Erin volunteers as a Program Chair for the Ottawa Network for Borderline Personality Disorder, and holds a Master of Health Services Administration from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Francis Xavier University.