Our national conference in 2023, the first in-person gathering since 2019, reunited 500 health leaders from across Canada and from all aspects of healthcare. As we collectively strive to address the ongoing healthcare challenges and opportunities we face in 2024, leadership has never been more important for our professional relationships, teams, and organizations for ALL healthcare and patient leaders and at all levels of the system.
Now is the time for all health leaders to COME TOGETHER!
With unique networking venues, rigorous and interactive concurrent sessions, a diverse audience of health leaders from many professions and communities, and engagement with the corporate healthcare sector, the 2024 CCHL National Conference will connect you and your peers in a spirit of celebration, inspiration, and learning. The city of Halifax will provide a great atmosphere and the classic lighthouse image reminds us to be beacons of hope and to all work together.
Let’s COME TOGETHER!
For healthcare colleagues;
For patients and communities;
For each other.
- Provide a purpose-built community gathering of health leaders;
- Develop essential skills and behaviors to enhance leadership;
- Connect health leaders with their peers, community, and system;
- Inspire participants to lead the future of healthcare collaboratively; and
- Present world-class cutting-edge knowledge, focused on solutions and workplace application.
Registration is now open! Please use the blue button at the top of the page to register.
|Early Bird (member)
|$935.00 + tax
|Early Bird (non member)
|$1,075.00 + tax
|$1,100.00 + tax
|Regular (non member)
|$1,220.00 + tax
|Single Day (member)
|$695.00 + tax
|Single Day (non member)
|$815.00 + tax
|$350.00 + tax
|$360.00 + tax
Early bird deadline: April 19, 2024.
Registration deadline: May 31, 2024.
The CCHL National Conference member registration rates are available to members of both CCHL and the Canadian Nurses Association. Join the College today for only $175 for the first year and get reduced rates on CCHL events. CCHL membership details available here.
*For the Patient Representative rate, please send information about the patient organization you represent to email@example.com.
**For the student rate, please send information on your current enrolment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Abstracts
The Canadian College of Health Leaders invites you to submit abstracts for concurrent sessions as part of the 2024 National Conference.
The Conference Planning Committee encourages proposals which express innovative, practical, and creative ways for presenting information to attendees. Proposals should be for interactive and engaging session and not simply didactic presentations. The committee will be accepting only a small amount of presentations to fit into the conference program.
Abstracts submissions should reflect and integrate CCHL’s foundational topics:
- Planetary health / Sustainability;
- Equity, Diversity, Inclusion;
- Indigenous Health; and
- Patient Voice.
Guidelines for corporate submissions
We welcome submissions from private sector partners, provided that they address (a) cooperative venture(s) with a non-profit sector partner and include the latter as a co-presenter.
The abstract should present an unbiased description of a certain method or service, discussing both pros and cons. Subtle and/or blatant advertisement of any products or services is in direct conflict with the spirit of the conference. Examples of the former include repeated references to products or trade names and excessive use of corporate logos and trademarks in graphic illustrations. Photographs of commercial equipment are not permitted unless they add educational value. The Planning Committee insists that all presenters understand without exception, that commercialism is inappropriate and will not be tolerated. Abstracts including commercialism will be disqualified. Presenters are asked to abide by these constraints when preparing their abstracts, and presentations.
Conflict of Interest
The Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) requires clear disclosures from all presenters regarding any financial holdings, funding sources, or affiliations that might raise questions of bias or be perceived to have potentially influenced presentation content. CCHL expects that all conference speakers, organizers, and moderators are committed to full, forthright, and transparent disclosure of any potential conflicts of interest. The CCHL has not prescribed an exhaustive list of potential conflicts here; rather, we ask presenters to make a good faith effort to identify any issues that might reasonably be expected to raise conflict-of-interest questions.
Presenters are asked to disclose any concerns or questions regarding a conflict of interest by contacting Brianna Lavoy at email@example.com.
Concurrent sessions will have a duration of 90 minutes and must be formatted to include audience engagement. An activity table is requested for presenters to display how the session will be run and what activities will be prepared in order to keep attendees engaged. Please download, complete, and upload the activity table as part of your abstract submission. There is a maximum of three (3) presenters per session.
Your abstract should fit into one of the below conference topics, which you can indicate during the submission process:
- Inter-disciplinary and team-based models of care
- Managing interprofessional relationships in today’s healthcare
- Health workforce wellness and retention
- Implementation and onboarding of innovation
- Caring for our aging population
- Managing crises and surges
Abstracts should be prepared in paragraph format and structured as follows:
- Learning objectives and relevance to the selected topic;
- Activities, methods, innovations;
- Outcomes, results;
- Leadership lessons learned; and
- System change(s), conclusion.
Submissions must not exceed 250 words.
The abstract should be prepared in paragraph format keeping in mind the word count. The word count excludes the title. You can copy and paste the text from your document into the abstract submission form.
You will require the following information to complete the abstract submission form:
- Primary contact person (As the primary contact, only this person will receive correspondence and is expected to share it with their co-presenters. The submitter should be the primary contact);
- Presentation topic (select one presentation topic as indicated above that best fits your abstract);
- Target audience (i.e. Senior leaders, middle management, emerging leaders);
- Presentation level. This is reflective of the level of previous knowledge or experience about the topic the learner is expected to have before coming (introductory, intermediate, or advanced);
- LEADS Framework domain (i.e. Lead self, Engage others, Achieve results, Develop coalitions, or Systems transformation);
- A completed activity table; and
- Name, title, organization, contact information, a photo, and a 50-word biography for each
All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected according to how well they meet the submission criteria as well as the following:
- Statement of purpose;
- Learning objectives and outcomes clearly articulated;
- Relevance to the selected topic;
- Practical applications;
- Patient and family involvement;
- Participant engagement activities;
- Leadership lessons learned; and
- Originality and innovation.
All criteria will be scored on a scale of 1 to 10. All criteria are weighted equally. Please reference the evaluation criteria rubric for additional information.
The Canadian College of Health Leaders is pleased to offer each concurrent session speaker a full conference registration at the reduced cost of $690.00 plus tax.
Please note that abstract presenters are responsible for their conference registration fee should they wish to participate in the conference as well as all related expenses such as accommodation and travel. CCHL does not provide any honorarium, and reduced cost registrations are not transferable.
Online submissions will be accepted until December 20, 2023, by 11:59 p.m. All abstract submissions will receive an email confirmation receipt. If a confirmation is not received, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 20, 2023 Online abstract submission opens
December 20, 2023 Abstract submission deadline
February 2, 2024 Notify the submitters of results
June 2-4, 2024 CCHL National Conference
DEADLINE - Abstracts must be received by 11:59 p.m. December 20, 2023.
|Sunday, June 2, 2024
|08:30 – 11:30
|ACHE Workshop | The human margin: Building foundations of trust
|12:00 – 16:30
|CCHL Leadership Integration Forum: A preview of the CCHL Certified Leadership Organization
|13:00 – 17:00
|17:30 – 23:00
|Honouring Health Leadership Event
|Monday, June 3, 2024
|07:00 – 17:00
|07:30 – 08:30
|08:30 – 09:00
|Plenary – Opening ceremonies
|09:00 – 10:00
|10:00 – 10:45
|Networking break and exhibit viewing
|10:45 – 12:15
|12:15 – 13:45
|Luncheon: Presentation of the Robert Wood Johnson Awards
|13:45 – 15:15
|15:15 – 15:45
|Networking break and exhibit viewing
|15:45 – 16:30
|16:30 – 17:15
|Plenary – Graduating CHE and Fellowship Recognition Ceremony
|17:15 – 18:30
|CHE and Fellow’s Reception
|Tuesday, June 4, 2024
|07:00 – 17:00
|07:30 – 08:30
|08:30 – 09:30
|09:30 – 10:15
|Networking break and exhibit viewing
|10:15 – 11:45
|12:00 – 13:30
|Luncheon: Presentation of the 3M Awards
|13:30 – 14:30
|14:30 – 15:00
|Networking break and exhibit viewing
|15:00 – 16:00
|16:00 – 16:15
|Plenary – Closing ceremony
*Program is subject to change without notice.
Dr. Alika Lafontaine - Indigenous Physician | Healthcare Leader and Changemaker
Named Maclean’s top Healthcare Innovator of 2023, Dr. Alika Lafontaine has been at the epicentre of healthcare system change for almost two decades. He is the first Indigenous physician and the youngest doctor to lead the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) in its 156-year history, and the first Indigenous physician to be listed on The Medical Post’s 50 Most Powerful Doctors. As an experienced health leader, Lafontaine speaks eloquently and passionately on the politics of healthcare, implementing and scaling equity, effective advocacy, and redesigning health systems.
Working at the intersection of advocacy and implementation, Lafontaine has held both provincial and national medical leadership positions. From 2013-2017, he co-led the Indigenous Health Alliance, growing it into one of the most ambitious Indigenous health transformation projects in Canadian history. At its peak, the Alliance represented more than 150 First Nations and successfully advocated for $68 million in funding. In 2017, the Alliance was recognized by the Public Policy Forum, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau presenting Lafontaine with the inaugural Emerging Indigenous Leader award.
Drawing on the work of the Alliance and his own personal experiences, Lafontaine went on to found Safespace Networks, an anonymous learning platform for reporting racism and healthcare harm. It’s grown to include reporting networks in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, providing protection for patients and families and assisting them with navigating fragmented and confusing health reporting processes.
During his presidency year at the CMA, Lafontaine was the driving force behind securing the largest nominal Federal investment in healthcare since 2004, breakthrough changes in physician credential recognition in several provinces (including a first-of-its-kind Atlantic physician registry), and strong commitments to national collaboration in managing health data and health human resources between provincial, territorial, and national governments. The CMA also adopted a long-term Indigenous health goal and began an apology process related to Indigenous patient maltreatment in Canada’s healthcare systems, which Lafontaine continues to lead today.
Grounded in a mixed Indigenous ancestry of Metis, Oji-Cree and Pacific Islander, Lafontaine completed his medical degree and anesthesia fellowship training at the University of Saskatchewan before moving to northern Alberta where he has spent most of his clinical career. He was named one of Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40” and is the youngest recipient of an Indpsire Award.
The problem with distributed leadership… and our solution
- Issues top-of-mind for healthcare leaders – what’s keeping you up at night?
- Gold-standard evidence of how to best to develop leaders and retain key talent, and
- Strategies to achieve full-system, and across-an-organization leadership integration.
Dr. Jaason Geerts - Vice-President, Research and Leadership Development, Canadian College of Health Leaders
Dr. Jaason Geerts is the Vice-President of Research and Leadership Development at the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) and an associate at the Centre for International Human Resource Management (CIHRM) at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.
Jaason completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge on leadership for professionals after a teaching degree and two Master’s from the University of Toronto and Cambridge respectively.
Along with being a TEDx speaker and giving keynote addresses at several prominent conferences, Jaason’s work has been featured in international peer-reviewed journals, including BMJ journals, the Globe and Mail, CBC national news, CTV news, and local radio, as well as globally through the International Hospital Federation (IHF).
The model of leadership in a crisis that Jaason created is the theoretical foundation for a recent successful CIHR research grant valued at $450,000 and he participated as an invited international expert advisor for a World Health Organization (WHO) symposium on health system recovery.
Jaason is also a program director and instructor at the Telfer School of Management (University of Ottawa) and the Schulich School of Business (York University).
Jaason is also a qualified teacher and was nominated for the Toronto Star’s Teacher of the Year.
CEO Fireside Chat | Coming together as leaders: Empowering the workforce to better face the headwinds of transformation
How can leaders lead health transformation while keeping a pulse on people, quality, and safety? All voices must be heard, and trust must be maintained and sometimes gained. Join us as a panel of CEOs come together to deliver learnings and insights that will leave listeners energized with new ideas.
Leading transformation is no longer an option for health leaders; it's the norm. We are facing unprecedented challenges that threaten the health and well-being of not only individuals but entire populations. Collaborations, partnerships, learning across professions and across the continuum take time, energy, and resources – things that are all in particularly high demand for health leaders right now. However, to inspire action on the real-world problems that are currently on health leaders' plates, we must envision and work within the national and global landscape so we can reframe and reimagine how to advance locally.
There has never been a better time for health care leaders to make a positive impact on the quality of health and care for Canadians. Let us embrace quality as our North Star and heed another insightful perspective from Don Berwick, "The quality improvement movement is about making life better for everyone." There is a lot at stake and no time to waste on the journey toward safer care and a healthier world, for all.
This interactive plenary will share insights from Canadian CEOs leading provincial transformations with a focus on the people and new levers to support this change with actionable data and insights on employee wellbeing, quality, and safety. Preliminary results and data will be shared from Accreditation Canada’s mandatory workforce instrument, revealing the primary national themes. Participants will be empowered to use learnings from simple yet robust tools for insights on workforce wellness, quality, and safety in their transformation journey, fostering leadership through inclusive input from all health professionals and patients.
Speakers to be confirmed.
ACHE Workshop | The human margin: Building foundations of trust
08:30 - 11:30 | Sunday, June 2, 2024
Between employee burnout and disengagement, and staff departing from the healthcare field altogether, fostering a healthy and flourishing workforce is one of the biggest hurdles facing organizations today. But the research on what’s driving turnover, burnout and disengagement is not what it seems.
The cost to attend this workshop is $185 (plus tax).
CCHL Leadership Integration Forum: A preview of the CCHL Certified Leadership Organization
12:00 - 16:30 | Sunday, June 2, 2024
To effectively achieve strategic priorities and to tackle challenges such as staff burnout, recruitment, and retention, organizations are placing a heightened emphasis on the integration of leadership and leadership development.
We are thrilled to offer this sneak peek of the CCHL Certified Leadership Organization (the CCLO) at the 2024 CCHL Leadership Integration Forum, prior to the CCLO’s formal launch at the CCHL National Conference. The CCLO is a ground-breaking initiative that marks a significant milestone in organizational leadership, providing a recognized standard for excellence. Join us in Halifax on June 2, 2024, for an enriching half-day event designed to ignite inspiration among participants and provide them with tangible strategies to enhance their organizational leadership capacity and performance.
Regardless of your organization's current starting point, this event promises to deliver insights and clear action steps for advancing leadership integration within your context. Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this historic launch and take your organization's leadership to new heights.
To be confirmed
Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 4 Category I credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement for attending the event.
The cost to attend this workshop is as indicated below. Price includes lunch and refreshments.
Early Bird (Member): $210.00 (plus tax)
Early Bird (Non-member): $245.00 (plus tax)
Regular (Member): $250.00 (plus tax)
Regular (Non-member): $285.00 (plus tax)
Honouring Health Leadership Event
17:30 - 23:00 | Sunday, June 2, 2024
We invite you to join us and celebrate the accomplishments of the 2024 National Awards Program recipients at the College’s Honouring Health Leadership Event, a hallmark of excellence in healthcare and professionalism.
Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 2 Category I credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement for attending the event.
The cost to attend this event is as indicated below.
Individual ticket $190.00 (plus tax)
Table of eight $1,600.00 (plus tax)
CHE Program One-on-One Consultations
08:00 - 5:00 | Monday and Tuesday, June 3-4, 2024
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet in a “One-on-One” setting with Stéphane Joannette, Manager of Professional Certifications and Strategic Alliances at The Canadian College of Health Leaders during the 2024 CNC on June 2-4, 2024 to answer some of your questions and to gain insights on the CHE Program.
Click here to book your One-on-One consultation with Stéphane.
Hoping to gain exposure, build good will, and connect with health leaders?
With a stellar program, we know that the Canadian College of Health Leader’s National Conference will provide an inspiring and interactive environment for top decision makers in the healthcare field and will offer you many networking opportunities. The College is offering a number of levels of sponsorship. Each level provides the sponsor with a significant list of benefits and opportunities. Flexibility is available at each level. We invite you to join us and support this event!
Please contact Jaime Cleroux at email@example.com with any questions.
Halifax Convention Centre
1650 Argyle Street
Halifax, NS B3J 0E6, Canada
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The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax
1700 Grafton Street,
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2C4
Online booking: https://reservations.suttonplace.com/113161?groupID=3409057
Group code: CNC2024
As you pass through the doors of The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax, you’ll discover an unmatched modern luxury sure to exceed your every expectation. Take in the elegance and contemporary style that perfectly complements the notable design of the landmark Nova Centre–a refined décor, with Italian marble walls and a colour scheme that complements the city’s nautical history.
In our 262 stunning, premium guest rooms and suites, you’ll receive all the comforts you’ve come to expect, including spa-inspired bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking views of downtown, Halifax Waterfront Harbour, and historic Citadel Hill.
The Sutton Place Hotel Halifax is where you’ll discover modern luxuries with exceptional and sincere service.
Standard Room $270 – single/double occupancy
Room rates do not include taxes and fees. Reservations must be made by May 10, 2024, to benefit from this conference rate.
Changes of cancellations for individual reservations must reach the Reservations Department 48 hours prior to the arrival date to avoid a penalty of one nights’ room and tax.
Prince George Hotel
1725 Market Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3N9
Online booking: https://reservations.travelclick.com/13608?groupID=4138824
World-class Four Diamond service in the heart of downtown Halifax. Unparalleled hotel excellence that will please even the most discerning of travellers. You will appreciate the sophistication and charm of The Prince George Hotel from the moment you arrive to the time you checkout. With 200+ stylish guestrooms and suites, enjoy impeccably appointed accommodations featuring contemporary design and luxe amenities.
Deluxe Room $249 – single/double occupancy
Room rates do not include taxes and fees. Reservations must be made by April 29, 2024 to benefit from this conference rate.
Cancellations must be received the day prior to arrival in order to avoid a cancellation fee.
Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites by Hilton Halifax Downtown
1960 Brunswick Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2G7
Hampton Inn Phone: +1-902-422-1391
Homewood Suites Phone: 1-902-429-6620
Hampton Inn Website
Homewood Suites Website
Hampton Inn online booking: https://group.hamptoninn.com/7krwtd
Homewood Suites online booking: https://group.homewood-suites.com/w9qorj
Downtown Halifax is yours—we're within a kilometer of Scotiabank Centre events, Halifax Convention Centre, Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, the scenic Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and trendy shops on Spring Garden Road. There's dining all around, and the waterfront's historic sights, bites, and tours are five minutes away. Enjoy free hot & cold breakfast and free WiFi during your stay.
Hampton Inn Standard Room $232 – single/double occupancy
Homewood Suites Standard Room $237 – single/double occupancy
Room rates do not include taxes and fees. Reservations must be made by May 3, 2024 to benefit from this conference rate. For the Hampton Inn, Guests may call 902-422-1391 or through our toll-free number at 1-855-331-0334 and mention group code “CCL”. For the Homewood Suites, individuals may call 902-429-6620 or through our toll-free number at 1-855-331-0337 and mention group code “CHH".
Cancellations must be received 48 hours prior to arrival in order to avoid a cancellation fee.
Air Canada has been appointed the official airline for the 2024 CCHL National Conference. Air Canada is pleased to offer you special discounts on fares. To book a flight with the promotion code PW6EH7Q1, access aircanada.com and enter your promotional code in the promotion code box before initiating your search. Note that some restrictions apply.
Conference Payment Policy
Registration must be submitted online and paid in full to qualify for the early registration rates. If payment is not received by the deadline date, attendees will be invoiced at the next deadline rate. Registrations received without full payment are considered incomplete and shall not be included in the registration reports.
The early bird rate registration deadline is April 19, 2024.
The regular rate registration deadline is May 31, 2024.
Conference Cancellation Policy
Conference cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org and received no later than the early bird deadline. Registration fees will be refunded minus a $250 administrative fee. There will be no refunds for cancellation requests received after the early bird deadline.
No-shows occur when individuals register but do not attend the conference. No-shows are not eligible for a refund.
CCHL reserves the right to make changes in programs and speakers, or to cancel the conference if registration targets are not met or when conditions beyond its control prevail. If the conference is not held for any reason, CCHL’s liability is limited to the refund of the registration fee only.
Conference Substitution Policy
If you are unable to attend the CCHL National Conference, you are welcome to send a colleague in your place. Please submit details of the substitution in writing to email@example.com.
CCHL collects information through registration forms for planning purposes, for providing information to delegates about the conference, and for completion of registration, name badges and delegate lists. In delivering this conference, the CCHL National Conference is supported by sponsors. As part of that support, if a delegate consents during the registration process, then his/her complete contact information will be made available to the sponsors.
CCHL will take photographs and some video at the national conference and utilize them in CCHL news or promotional material whether in print, electronic, or other media including the conference website. By participating in the CCHL National Conference, you grant CCHL the right to use your photograph for such purposes.
VACCINATION AND MASK POLICY
Our priority at CCHL is to create a safe environment at the annual conference. As the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving, we will be working in conjunction with the venue to monitor health and safety protocol requirements. At this time, masking is optional and proof of vaccination is not required.
For more information
Manager, Conferences and Events
1-800-363-9056 ext 232