05/16/2019 - Hamilton and Area Chapter Event

The Great Ontario Health Care Debate (1.50 MOC I)


Date: May 16, 2019  
422 North Shore Blvd E Burlington Golf and Country Club
Burlington ON L7T 1W9 


Hamilton & Area Chapter Annual General Meeting

The Great Ontario Health Care Debate

May 16, 2019
Burlington Golf and Country Club
422 Northshore Blvd, Burlington


On May 16, join us as the Canadian College of Health Leaders Hamilton & Area Chapter hosts their Annual General Meeting and a panel discussion on “the Great Ontario Health Care Debate” (similar to “The Great Canadian Healthcare Debate” at the annual National Health Leadership Conference). An executive representative from each of three key sectors (i.e. primary care, acute care and home care) will each speak about the role of their respective sector in the transformation to the emerging Ontario Health Team model.

Featured Speakers     Moderator

Ross Kirkconnell
Executive Director, Guelph Family Health Team
Melissa Farrell
Assistant Deputy Minister, MOHLTC and incoming President, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Connie Clerici
President & CEO, Closing the Gap Healthcare Group
Ajay Bhardwaj
Past Chair of Executive Committee, Hamilton & Area Chapter

Ross Kirkconnell is the Executive Director of the Guelph Family Health Team, working with a team of over 300 primary care physicians, clinicians and other professionals to advance collaborative primary care in Guelph supporting 120,000 patients with approximately 2,800 patient visits every day. For the past 10 years at Guelph FHT, with a vision for team-based primary care for the whole community, Ross has worked closely with community health care and civic organizations to develop partnerships and integrate services in Guelph. Ross has worked in local and provincial leadership positions in the Ontario health care system for the past 30 years. Over those years, Ross has been a champion for healthy communities, underscoring the importance of relationships in our work and the value of collaborative leadership.

Melissa Farrell is the incoming President of St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. She will assume the new position April 29, 2019. Ms. Farrell is a health system leader who currently serves as the Assistant Deputy Minister, Acute and Emergency Health Services, within Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care where she leads the government’s acute care strategy and policy direction for a $20 billion portfolio. In this role, she has been responsible for a number of highly complex change initiatives across every sector in the provincial health system including acute care, community care, primary care and long-term care. Ms. Farrell is well known and highly regarded for her dynamic and collaborative leadership style and ability to manage and deliver transformational results. Ms. Farrell holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master’s Degree in Planning from Queen’s University and has continued educational development at Harvard Business School, Ivey Business School and the Rotman School of Management. Ms. Farrell is widely recognized as an expert in health system funding, quality improvement, and performance management. Her many accomplishments include development and implementation of bundled payments that support innovative models of care across the health continuum, leadership for a number of complex information management systems, policy and program design for the first ever Ontario Patient Ombudsman and the introduction of legislation that mandated Patient and Family Advisory Councils across the Province, and negotiated accountability agreements for 100 health transfer payment agencies.

Connie Clerici is a seasoned executive with a long history of leading large teams through Canada’s complex and highly regulated health care environment. She is the founder and the Executive Chair of Closing the Gap Healthcare, an organization that focuses resources on the advancement of innovations and on building and supporting a high-quality, publicly-funded health care system that is sustainable for Canadians. Ms. Clerici’s passion is to help those most in need in society, and to accept full accountability for doing so. Her requirement that ethics and compassion accompany sound business practices was founded on her early career experiences, including being responsible for moving severely disabled children out of institutional care at the Christopher Robin Home for Children in Ajax and into the community in the 1980s, and her work with Rose Cherry’s Home for Kids (now the Darling Home for Kids). Ms. Clerici is a life-long learner, participating in extensive training in leadership and business at a variety of business schools and universities. She is currently a board member or advisor for numerous public and private organizations, an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, a leader in the Ivey Business School supporting entrepreneurism and the co-chair of Health Quality Ontario’s Quality Standards Committee.

Ajay Bhardwaj is a Distinguished Member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders. He has served in many roles on the Hamilton and Area Executive and is currently past-Chair. His career started with the Pan-American Health Organization where he created the first public-private payer health program for the Port Authority in Jamaica. Ajay’s roles in health care have been across many sectors including in private, public, community care and system planning. As a community builder, he is a Board member for one of the oldest charities in Canada, the YMCA of Niagara. He sits on the governance committee and is Co-Chair for the Philanthropy Committee to support access to programs for families, children and youth. When not playing with his two young children, Ajay is an entrepreneur running an education business across Canada.


5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
6:15 - 6:30 p.m.
6:30 - 7:40 p.m.
7:40 - 8:00 p.m.
8:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Registration and Dinner
Annual General Meeting
Panel Discussion (Emerging Ontario Health Team Model)
Audience Q & A
Concluding Remarks & Networking

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Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 1.50 Category I credit toward their maintenance of certification requirement.

Refund and Cancellation Policy: For refunds, all cancellations must be received no later than seven (7) days prior to the scheduled event. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after that date. Substitutions for persons attending can be made up to the start of the event without charge.