Quality Conference 2016

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Sustaining quality improvements in health care

Celebrating our five-year anniversary with you!

Each year, the Quality Conference brings together health care practitioners, administrators, and thought leaders from across Canada to share quality improvement strategies, successes and challenges, and capacity-building strategies.

Registration rate:  $995




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Dr. René Amalberti

Dr. René Amalberti currently works at the HAS-Haute Autorité de Santé as a senior advisor patient safety, and at a private medical insurance company. He has published over 100 international papers, and authored or co-authored 12 books on human error and system safety.  His most recent co-authored book Safer Healthcare: Strategies For The Real World was released in 2015.  

Rene integrated the Airforce after a residency in Neuro-Psychiatry, got a permanent Medical Research position in 1982, and became Full Professor of Medicine in 1995.  He rapidly specialized into complex biological and artificial systems, with a specific focus on Safety. His research turned to patient safety in the late 90’s.

During his carrier, he was detached 7 years as Head Human factors and Flight safety at the European Joint Aviation Administration (1993-99).  He was also chair of several national and international scientific boards dealing with environmental risk, including road safety. 






Shirlee Sharkey

Shirlee Sharkey is president and chief executive officer of Saint Elizabeth, an award-winning national health care organization known for its social innovation, strong financial performance and pioneering practices. Saint Elizabeth delivers more than six million health care visits annually and employs 8,000 people providing a wide variety of services.

In January 2014, Shirlee was appointed to chair the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee, a standing committee for Health Quality Ontario. She also serves on the Ontario Health Innovation Council and the CD Howe Health Policy Council.

Academically, Shirlee is appointed to the University of Toronto’s Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation as an adjunct professor. She has appeared on a number of media panels and is widely published on home and community-based health care, health transformation, social innovation and breakthrough leadership.





Dr. Shimi Kang

Dr. Kang is the Medical Director of Child and Youth Mental Health for Vancouver and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia. She was honored with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her years of outstanding community service, and has received five national awards in the field of addictions and mental health including the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Research Award.

An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and lecturer on human motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang offers the keys people of all ages need to succeed in the workplace, the classroom, and at home. With over fifteen years of clinical experience and extensive research in the science that lies behind motivation and wellness, Dr. Kang shows people how to cultivate the important 21st century skills needed to flourish both professionally and personally.









Dr. Kaveh Shojania

Dr. Kaveh Shojania is Director of the Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (C-QuIPS) at the University of Toronto, where he also sees patients as a general internist. He has published over 125 peer review articles, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. This work has focused on the evaluation and implementation of evidence-based strategies for improving healthcare quality and patient safety.

He has lectured widely on issues related to the scholarly advancement of patient safety and quality improvement, including twice delivering invited lectures to the US Institute of Medicine.  In 2004,  Dr. Shojania received one of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety Awards from the US Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and the National Quality Forum for work in patient safety that has had an impact at a national level. Since January 2011, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Quality and Safety











Robert Ghiz

Robert Ghiz served as Premier of Prince Edward Island from June 2007 to February 2015. First elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in 2003, he was re-elected in 2007 and 2011 in District 13 Charlottetown-Brighton.

Robert Ghiz served as Premier of Prince Edward Island from June 2007 to February 2015. First elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in 2003, he was re-elected in 2007 and 2011 in District 13 Charlottetown-Brighton.

Ghiz’s highlights as Premier of Prince Edward Island included achieving major improvements to the education system with the introduction of kindergarten as a full-day program. In health-care, Ghiz was successful at modernizing the Island health-care system to ensure it is both more efficient and sustainable to meet future demands.

Ghiz was the co-lead of the first Health Care Innovation Working Group alongside Premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall. This Working Group resulted in cost-savings for provinces in pharma-care and shared best-practices among provinces and territories to enhance health care services for all Canadians.

Before entering provincial politics, Ghiz worked as Special Assistant to Prime Minister Jean Chretien, where he advised the Prime Minister on matters related to Atlantic Canada. He also served as Special Assistant to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and was employed in the private sector as Manager of Government Affairs for the Bank of Nova Scotia in Ottawa.











Dr. Ross Baker

Dr. Ross Baker is a professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and Director of its Master’s program in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. He is the co-lead for a large quality improvement training program called IDEAS (Improving and Driving Excellence Across Sectors), which is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Health Quality Ontario.

Dr. Baker released a report in November 2015 that was funded by KPMG and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, titled “Beyond the Quick Fix: Strategies for Improving Patient Safety”.










Luc Castonguay

In June 2012, Mr. Luc Castonguay was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister for the Planning, Performance and Quality Branch (DGPPQ) of the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS).

He has more than twenty years of experience in the Quebec public service, where he worked at MSSS as Assistant to the Assistant Deputy Minister for Planning and Assessment, as Coordinator of the Midwifery Pilot Projects Coordination Unit, and as delegate to the Bureau de la Commissaire aux plaintes en matière de santé et de services sociaux [Office of the commissioner for complaints concerning health and social services].

Since 2000, he has held various positions at the Quebec Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation, and Exports (MDEIE), including as Director General of Recherche Québec, and Director of University and College Research.











Vincent Dumez

Vincent Dumez (M. Sc.) holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master of Science in Administration from HEC Montréal. Founding partner of a management consulting firm until 2010, Mr. Dumez, who has three chronic illnesses, has been actively involved for more than twenty years in different initiatives to promote a humanist vision of care.

In October 2010, he created and oversaw the development of the Patient Partner Program of the University of Montréal’s Faculty of Medicine. Today, he is the Co-Director, with Dr. Paule Lebel, of the Faculty’s Collaboration and Patient Partnership Unit (CPPU). In addition, he is the Co-lead, with Dr. Antoine Boivin, of the Strategy for Research in Partnership with Patients and the Public, as part of the Quebec SUPPORT Unit (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials).











Stéphane Robichaud

Stéphane Robichaud is Chief Executive Officer of the New Brunswick Health Council.  The Health Council has a dual mandate to engage citizens in the improvement of health services and to measure, monitor and report on health system performance.  Prior to joining the Health Council, Mr. Robichaud was Vice President, Planning and Operations, with the Beauséjour Regional Health Authority. 

In addition to having led the implementation of the New Brunswick Health Council since its creation in 2008, Mr. Robichaud has nearly 20 years of experience in the areas of organizational management and in public policy development including economic development, fiscal policies and labor force development.

Mr. Robichaud has contributed his time to several boards and chosen to focus his current involvement with the Université de Moncton as President of the Alumni, Member of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Finance Committee.  



Meet our sponsors

Accreditation Canada gratefully acknowledges the generous support of its sponsors.


DIAMOND SPONSOR:      Panel session 'Reducing Harm' (day 2)



GOLD SPONSOR:  Leading Practice Awards Ceremony














Hotel Omni Mont-Royal 

The Hotel Omni Mont-Royal is pleased to welcome guests of Accreditation Canada's Quality Conference!

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