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Western Health Summit 2015: Making Change That Makes a Difference

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2015 Event

For past health summits, we’ve selected particular areas to address—the aging population, primary care, funding models. This year’s event focused 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 Summit focused on changes to improve the health care system now. 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. This event centered around changes that could be implemented immediately that would improve patient experiences and outcomes. Delegates gained valuable tools and strategies to help them successfully lead and manage change in their organization.

Featured Speakers from the 2015 event

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John Brewer
Executive Program Developer
The Conference Board of Canada

Dr. Michael Gardam
Chair, Medical Advisory, Committee
University Health Network

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Dan Levitt
Executive Director
Tabor Village

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Jennifer MacKenzie
Chief Operating Officer
Vancouver Coastal Health

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Richard Mole
President and Chief Executive Officer
Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.

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Dr. Dugald Seely
Executive Director
Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre

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Louis Thériault
Vice-President, Public Policy
The Conference Board of Canada

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Dr. Ann Colbourne
Senior Medical Director, Quality and Transformation
Alberta Health Services

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Karmen R. Fittes
Director, Organizational Effectiveness
Alberta Health Services

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Pamela Winsor
Director, Health System Strategies and Chief Marketing Officer
Medtronic of Canada Ltd.

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Dr. Linda E. Carlson
Professor, Department of Oncology, Comming School of Medicine
University of Calgary

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Mollie Cole
Manager, Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network
Alberta Health Services

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Lynne S. Mansell
Senior Provincial Director, Seniors Health and Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Networks
Alberta Health Services

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Dianne Balon
Vice-President, Government
Alberta Blue Cross

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Kevin Arnott
The Prescription To Get Active Strategic Leadership Committee

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Dr. Justin Balko
Physician Lead
The Prescription To Get Active Strategic Leadership Committee


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 Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC)

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“Overall excellent topic & looking forward to future events in this area.”

“Thank you. It’s a very informative and interactive conference.”

“Great topic for a conference. Valuable information, I left with tools to help affect change.”

“Very informative, enjoyed the opportunity to hear from people engaged in very interesting work!”

“I really enjoyed this conference. Excellent caliber of speakers.”

“Learned a lot of very interesting things. Much to think about coming out of this conference. Very well run, great venue, wonderful food.”

“Very well-run conference. John Brewer kept everything running on time and facilitated discussion by asking very interesting questions of the plenary speakers. Facility did a good job of hosting the event. Food and drinks were excellent, and they kept the room clean and didn’t disturb the attendees while they were working.”

“A healthy variance on change – well rounded, nice to see different viewpoints – nudging people to change combined with the various ways to change the face of health care. Well organized!”

“Valuable information – can be adapted in any work environment. Like the idea of “bottom-up” change.”