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Western Health Summit 2015: Making Change That Makes a Difference

Monday May 11 - Tuesday May 12 2015 The Westin Edmonton Edmonton, Alberta

Summit Overview

Are you facing budget cuts that make change even harder?

We’ve tailored this event to deliver stories, cases and strategies to deliver change at the front line of health care. And many of these changes don’t require a huge investment of time or resources yet deliver tangible efficiency improvements and improved patient care.

This is precisely the kind of information that will help you get the job done in the current environment.

Yes, uncertainty and fiscal restraint make change harder—but they also make it more necessary.

It’s sad but true—the current pressures you have to work on make change even more necessary. And while there is no magic bullet that guarantees you can do more with less, the sessions at this event will all deliver information and insights that you can apply right away. So even if getting away from work for a day and a half is challenge, you’ll return better able to improve the workplace and the delivery of care.

Investing your time in this event will help you navigate the changes you face now and the one’s you’ll encounter in the future

Health care will never reach a state where change is no longer needed. And your job’s not going to get any easier or your role less complex. This event will help you keep up to date with how your peers are rising to the challenge of change in a practical and effective way.

This Summit will focus on changes to improve the health care system now.

We’ll examine the top down and bottom up approaches that have succeeded elsewhere and, while best practices can’t be simply transferred from one organization to another, sharing successes and exchanging ideas can help improve health care change management performance.

Are we waiting for permission to change?

At the end of our 2014 Summit, one delegate suggested we must stop waiting for permission and, instead, go ahead and begin now to change what we can. For many, this was considered a tall order.

No organizational change is easy, and health care organizations are among the most complex. Health care is a prime concern of people across Canada, and changes happen in full view. The stakes are also much higher in health care than in the private sector. When mistakes are made, lives can be lost.

Could you become a tempered radical?

What’s needed is a multi-faceted view of change, one that includes large scale system transformations, but also takes into account front line changes in departments, on teams, and in individual action. We also need an understanding of the system, its limits, and what we can achieve.

“Tempered radicalism” offers a way of thinking about your role, where you understand and work within the limits of the system while, at the same time, making changes to improve it.

“I have a great respect for incremental improvement, and I've done that sort of thing in my life, but I've always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes. I don't know why. Because they're harder. They're much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you've completely failed.

—Steve Jobs, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple

A different call to action.

For past health summits, we‘ve selected particular areas to address – the aging population, primary care, funding models. This time we will instead focus on the process of change itself. Change is not just about understanding the external pressures on the system, or responding to funding changes. It’s about answering the fundamental question of, “how do we successfully change what we’re doing to deliver better results?”

This might mean applying the principles of lean transformation, focusing on culture change, getting better at incorporating the voice and experience of the patient into the system, becoming more mindful and compassionate, or implementing a complex and system-wide IT project. Everyone can learn from successful change management, even when the challenges to be overcome are different.

Benefit from the experiences of those delivering change in their organizations.

Stories of successful change will be the focus of this event. Each will give you an inside perspective on what succeeded and what failed. Together these stories will help you navigate your challenges, and become more effective at managing change.

Benefit from the insights of the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care.

We will again feature the latest research from the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC), because change doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Recent and upcoming reports include:

  • Roadmap for Sustainable Health Care in Canada
  • The Economic Impact of Reducing Physical Inactivity and Sedentary Behaviour
  • Current State of Lean in Canadian Health Care
  • Lean—Tool or Strategy Future Care for Seniors
  • Public and Private Health Care Services: The Mix and Why It Matters
  • Healthy Brains at Work: The Employer Role in Addressing Mental Health

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect with your peers and the experts to discuss how we can share our change expertise and experience to make the most meaningful changes in the shortest amount of time, to the benefit of the most people.


We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for their contribution to this event.

Dr. Roger's Prize logo

Alberta Blue Cross logo

Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. logo

Medtronic of Canada Ltd. logo

Marketing Partners

Alberta College of Paramedics logo

Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health logo

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists logo

Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care logo

Canadian College of Health Leaders logo

Canadian Psychological Association logo

Gallant HealthWorks & Associates logo

Health Employers Association of BC logo

Health Information Management Association of Alberta logo

Healthy Minds Canada logo logo

Special Contributor

Speakers' Spotlight logo

The details of this event are subject to change. Please revisit this page periodically for updated information.

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The Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC)

2014 Event

Last year's Western Health Summit took place May 21-22, 2014 at The Westin Edmonton.

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Sponsor this event!

Don’t miss this chance to showcase your organization to some of the top leaders in the country. To learn more about exhibiting, reception and luncheon sponsorship, and exclusive sponsor benefits, please contact Rhonda Bradbury at (416) 481-1904 or

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Dr. Roger's Prize
Alberta Blue Cross
Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.
Medtronic of Canada Ltd.

Marketing Partners

Alberta College of Paramedics
Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care
Canadian College of Health Leaders
Canadian Psychological Association
Gallant HealthWorks & Associates
Health Employers Association of BC
Health Information Management Association of Alberta
Healthy Minds Canada

Special Contributor

Speakers' Spotlight