19-Jun-2015 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
900 Canada Place Way
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3L5


BC Lower Mainland Chapter
The Private Sector and Public Health Care - Separating Evidence from Rhetoric: A Healthy Dialogue

Followed by the CCHL BC Lower Mainland Chapter Annual General Meeting

Date: Friday, June 19, 2015
(Pacific Time)
7:00 a.m. - Breakfast and Registration
7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Session
Followed by
9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - CCHL BCLM Chapter AGM
Place: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel,
900 Canada Place Way, Vancouver, BC

Debate Question:

Access to services and wait times in Canada are negatively affecting patients.  Allowing a greater role for the private sector in both financing and delivering health care is not the solution as this will neither decrease wait times in the public system nor improve health outcomes.


Nadeem Esmail, Senior Fellow, The Fraser Institute

Nadeem Esmail first joined the Fraser Institute in 2001, served as Director of Health System Performance Studies from 2006 to 2009, and has since served as a Senior Fellow.    

Esmail has spearheaded critical Fraser Institute research, including the annual Waiting Your Turn survey of surgical wait times across Canada and How Good Is Canadian Health Care?, an international comparison of health care systems. In addition, he has authored or co-authored more than 50 comprehensive studies and more than 150 articles on a wide range of topics, including the cost of public health care insurance, international comparisons of health care systems, hospital performance, medical technology, and physician shortages. A frequent commentator on radio and TV, Esmail's articles have appeared in newspapers across North America. Esmail completed his B.A. (Honours) in Economics at the University of Calgary and received an M.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia.

Richard Klasa, MDCM FRCPC, Division of Medical Oncology, British Columbia Cancer Agency and Department of Experimental Therapeutics, BC Cancer Research Centre, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Dr. Klasa has spent the last 3 decades as a clinician as well as clinical and translational research scientist at the Vancouver Clinic of the BCCA and the BC Cancer Research Centre. He has served as Director of the Medical Oncology Training Program at BCCA and UBC , Chair of the Priorities Evaluation Committee at BCCA  and president of the Medical Oncology Staff Association. He is a member of the board of directors of Canadian Doctors for Medicare.

Event Fees:
Registration fee
includes breakfast

Member Rate
Non-Member Rate
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Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 1.5 Category I  credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.

  Due to catering commitments, cancellations will be billed the full amount if not received before June 18, 2015 . As this event is expected to be well attended – plan to register early.

Due to space limitations we cannot guarantee admission to on site walk-ins.  No-shows will be billed for the full registration fee.