01/14/2020 - Hamilton and Area Chapter Webinar

Chapter Event
Ontario Health Teams Update – What You Need to Know (1 MOC I)


Date: January 14, 2020  
150 Isabella Street Virtual
Ottawa ON K1S 1V7 

Ontario Health Teams Update - What You Need to Know  

January 14, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Ontario Health Team applications have passed their reviews and 23 teams have been named as the inaugural Ontario Health Teams. The second round of applications is open and building on lessons learned from the first group will be critical to success. This webinar will take a deeper dive into the journey of Burlington, Hamilton and Guelph Ontario Health Teams: what the first-round teams have learned from their experience, what the Ministry is looking for moving forward and how to best position your team for success with your OHT applications.


CCHL Members: $20.00
CCHL Student Members: $15.00
HHS Partnership: $20.00
Non-Members: $25.00

*Webinar details will be provided following registration

Featured Speakers:

Jaason Geerts

Dr. Jaason Geerts, Ph.D., Director, Research and Leadership Development 

Hamilton Ontario Health Team

Vickie Baird

Vickie Baird
VP Business Strategy for Thrive Group

Bernice King

Bernice King
Patient Advisor, St. Joseph's Healthcare

Tamar Packer

Dr. Tamar Packer
Chief, Department of Family Medicine
St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH), Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and Primary Care Lead for Hamilton

Burlington Ontario Health Team

Joanne Pearson

Joanne Pearson
Executive Director, Burlington Family Health Team

Kathy Peters

Kathy Peters, BSc.Bio., BSc.OT., MBA
Director, System Collaboration & Partnerships for Joseph Brant Hospital

Kathleen Whittaker

Kathleen Whittaker
Executive Director of the Caroline Family Health Team/ Caroline Medical Group, Burlington

Guelph Ontario Health Team 

Emmi Perkins 
Director of Transformation 

Speaker Biographies:

Jaason Geerts, Manager of Leadership and Partnership Development and Senior Consultant for LEADS Canada

Jaason Geerts completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge on leadership development for doctors and other professionals. This followed two Master’s degrees, one from the University of Cambridge and the other from the University of Toronto, both of which included dissertations on executive leadership development programs. Jaason is also a qualified teacher and a member of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) and was nominated for the Toronto Star’s Teacher of the Year. As an academic, Jaason is actively involved in publishing academic journal articles and is the first author of an upcoming publication in Social Science & Medicine entitled “Evidence-based leadership development for physicians: a systematic literature review”. He is in the process of writing a book with Dr Amanda Goodall on Expert Leadership. He is a visiting fellow at the Cass Business School in London. He is also the lead researcher for two separate Canadian Health Leadership Network (CHLNet) nation-wide research projects: one on leadership gaps in Canadian healthcare organizations and the other on “wise practices” of leadership development in healthcare. Jaason has applied his research on leadership development as an expert advisor to the Yale School of Medicine, the Yale School of Management, the University of Zurich Business School, the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, and the UK Defence Academy (Joint Services Command and Staff College (JSCSC)). Jaason is currently the Manager of Leadership and Partnership Development and Senior Consultant for LEADS Canada, which principally involves leadership development program design and consulting with large healthcare organizations. Jaason is currently a leadership instructor and program director for Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC). Previously, Jaason designed and delivered a leadership program through the University of Cambridge for Commonwealth leaders from around the world, called the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, which was sponsored by the Crown and endorsed by Prince Harry.

Emmi Perkins
, Director of Transformation, Guelph & Area Ontario Health Team

Emmi Perkins joined the Guelph & Area OHT as Director of Transformation in November 2019. Prior to that, Emmi was a Director for 3.5 years at the WWLHIN supporting various portfolios including the Regional Palliative Program, Sub-Region development and Quality, Performance and System Design. Emmi has also worked provincially with the Rehabilitative Care Alliance and regionally on the development of a regional stroke program in Waterloo Wellington. She is registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, achieved her Masters of Health Administration from U of T in 2013 and is a LEAN black belt. Last but not least, Emmi is proud to be chair of the Hamilton and Area Chapter of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.  

Vickie Baird, VP Business Strategy for Thrive Group

Vickie Baird is an accomplished health care leader with experience spanning the acute care, complex care, long term care and supportive housing sectors. She is currently the VP Business Strategy for Thrive Group, a LTC, Assisted Living and Supportive Housing organization serving southern Ontario. Her previous leadership positions include CEO, West Lincoln Memorial Hospital and VP Planning & Corporate Services, St. Peter’s Health System. Vickie has been engaged in the early development work of the Hamilton Health Team and engaging with partners to advance the team’s priorities.

Bernice King, Patient Advisor, St. Joseph's Healthcare
Bernice King has held multiple roles related to patient engagement strategies. The roles include Patient Advisor at St. Joseph's Healthcare, Co-Chair of the Patient and Family Advisory Council, Member of the Patient and Family Advisory Council for the MOHLTC. Recently Bernice was Co-Chair of the Hamilton Health Team's submission to the Ministry to become an Ontario Health Team.

Dr. Tamar Packer, Chief, Department of Family Medicine, St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) and Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) and Primary Care Lead for Hamilton

This is a city-wide role, making it one of the first of its kind for Primary Care and Family Medicine at both HHS and SJHH. Dr. Tamar Packer continues to practice both in the community and as an inpatient care provider. Dr. Packer has played a key role in engaging local primary care providers to support development of Hamilton’s Ontario Health Team application.

Joanne Pearson, HBComm, Executive Director, Burlington Family Health Team

Joanne has over 30 years of experience in senior financial and administrative leadership roles. Commencing her career in the retail sector, her passion for healthcare led her to a new path which has included senior positions within hospital, LHIN and Family Health Teams. Described as an effective change agent, Joanne has been part of many successful organizational transformations.

Kathy Peters, BSc.Bio., BSc.OT., MBA, Director, System Collaboration & Partnerships for the Joseph Brant Hospital 

Kathy Peters has 19 years of progressive leadership experience in the private and public sectors of the healthcare industry and has led the development and implementation of award-winning models of care that reduce alternate level of care days and improve timely transitions. She is passionate about improving the patient and family experience, developing cross-sector coalitions for the intention of innovation and integration, and striving to deliver services sustainably for current and future generations.

Kathleen Whittaker, Executive Director of the Caroline Family Health Team/ Caroline Medical Group, Burlington

Kathleen Whittaker is currently a part-time student at McMaster University working towards her degree in Business. She joined the Caroline Medical Group in 1994 and held various leadership roles within the organization, stepping into the Executive Director role in 2013. Developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything she does both professionally and personally.

Maintenance of Certification

Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 1.00 Category I credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.