05/01/2020 - GTA Chapter Presents a COVID-19 Leadership Series: Leading in Times of Crisis

Chapter Event
Leading in Times of Crisis: Redeployment Community of Practice (3 MOC I)


Date: May 01, 2020  
150 Isabella Street Virtual
Ottawa ON K2P 0J6 

Redeployment Community of Practice - Three-part Webinar Series

Part One: May 1, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time 
Part Two: May 8, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Part Three: May 15, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time

The GTA Chapter of CCHL is offering members nationally with timely educational opportunities during COVID-19. The intent of these webinars is to share knowledge in real time regarding work happening around Canada and to offer a platform for dialogue on our response to the pandemic. Registration for the webinars in this series are free and each will offer category 1 credits per session.

The GTA Chapter is launching a pan-Canadian Community of Practice for redeployment of the health workforce. In response to the pandemic hospitals are modifying operations and redeploying staff to areas of need to accommodate an anticipated surge in patient volumes. In some regions employers have been granted, via emergency response legislation, extraordinary latitude to deploy their workforces in non-traditional ways.

The complex situation requires a fluid response and coordinated effort to ensure needs are met at organization, community, and population levels, benefiting from knowledge exchange between leaders across the health system. As such, the Redeployment Community of Practice is proposed: 

  • Goals of the Redeployment Community of Practice:
    • Promote dialogue and knowledge exchange between leaders working to redeploy staff during the current pandemic
    • Create a network to share best practices and accelerate innovation in redeployment 
  • Proposed Activities:
    • Identify common questions and challenges faced by leaders responsible for redeployment activities at their organization
    • Rapidly generate consensus advice to shared challenges
    • Establish awareness of the changing needs for redeployment as the pandemic progresses
    • Establish a maturity model for redeployment centre activities
  • Anticipated Outcomes:
    • Increased confidence of participants in the appropriateness of their organization’s redeployment approach
    • Greater effectiveness of redeployment across the health system (organizations, networks, regions)
    • Document lessons learned for publication or future use by stakeholder groups 
  • Target Audience:
    • Leaders responsible for redeployment activities

The Redeployment Community of Practice is anticipated to be a time-limited commitment (three webinars in May). Interested parties should plan to participate in all three sessions and will be expected to actively participate through responding to surveys and during webinars. 

Upon registration you will be asked to respond to a series of brief questions to inform the discussion in the first webinar. Some participants may be asked to share their experiences during the webinar. We will also offer time for dialogue in the webinar itself to allow for real time information sharing during the pandemic. We look forward to your participation in this series with the GTA Chapter.  


This webinar series is free of charge - but please register early as we have limited capacity. Only one registration is required for all three sessions. 

*Webinar details will be provided following registration


Gwen Elling, Manager of Human Resources, Michael Garron Hospital

Gwen is the Manager of Human Resources at Michael Garron Hospital.  Together with Taylor Martin, she is co-lead of Michael Garron Hospital’s Covid-19 Redeployment Centre and brings a human resources lens to the operations of the Centre.  Gwen has developed a passion for helping people through her more than 15 years in human resources, 10 years of which have been in healthcare, and enjoys volunteering in her community.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Administrative & Commercial Studies from Western University and the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation.  Gwen also shares her HR expertise in her roles as Past Board Chair for Deafblind Ontario Services, Founding Board Member and Secretary for the Deafblind Ontario Foundation and Vice Chair for a local not for profit childcare centre.
Taylor Martin, Manager of the Nursing Resource Team and New Nursing Initiatives, Michael Garron Hospital

Taylor is the Manager of the Nursing Resource Team and New Nursing Initiatives at Michael Garron Hospital. In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, he is co-lead of Michael Garron’s Redeployment Centre. Taylor has a passion is for building partnerships to solve health system problems. He previously managed the Ontario Palliative Care Network Secretariat and the Primary and Community Care program at Cancer Care Ontario. 

Taylor holds a Masters of Health Administration and is a Certified Health Executive (CHE). Outside of work Taylor serves as President of the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation Alumni Association at University of Toronto, where he continues to teach in Health Policy as an Adjunct Lecturer. He is Past Chair of the CCHL-GTA chapter executive and a Fellow of the Centre for Health System Improvement at the University of Alberta and was a 2015-2016 Action Canada Fellow. Taylor was selected as a 2020-2021 member of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement’s Policy Circle.

Maintenance of Certification

Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 3.00 Category I credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.