Northern Alberta Chapter
September 21, 2017
Keynote - Dr. Verna Yiu
Leadership Resilience - Lessons Learned
Personal and professional success largely hinges on resiliency. The ability to bounce back from challenges and adversity is considered by many to be more important than education, experience or training in achieving one’s goals. In her speech, Alberta Health Services (AHS) President and CEO Dr. Verna Yiu talks about how people can gauge their own resiliency and how to build it in themselves, in others and within an organization, even one as large and complex as AHS. Dr. Yiu will highlight real-life
examples of how AHS leveraged its organizational resiliency to overcome significant challenges, including last year’s Fort McMurray wildfire, one of the biggest natural disasters in the province’s history.
Looking out Speaker - Jo-Louise Huq, PhD
Changing Health Care Fields
Calls for change to fundamentally transform health care are increasing. Health care fields are highly institutionalized, meaning that actors in them face a paradox of embedded agency: their actions are constrained by institutional pressures that push towards maintaining rather than changing the status quo. But we know that change does happen. The question addressed in this presentation is: when and how and which actors can exercise and take action to encourage change, despite institutional pressures?
Dr. Verna Yiu was appointed President and CEO of Alberta Health Services on June 3, 2016. Dr. Yiu’s previous role at AHS helped oversee the integration and coordination of a diverse, complex, end-to-end health delivery model for the province through accountabilities for five functional areas: Quality & Healthcare Improvement, Strategic Clinical Networks, Clinical Informatics and Clinical Information Systems, Medical Affairs, and partnerships with academic institutions and other physician-led organizations .Prior to joining AHS in August 2012 as Vice President, Quality and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Yiu served as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta and also held senior positions in the dean’s office from 2000.Dr. Yiu is a graduate of the University of Alberta (U of A) and Harvard University, and is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Yiu has also led various areas of health administration for more than 15 years, both within the health care delivery system and in academic settings. Since returning to the U of A in 1994 as a pediatric nephrologist, her leadership roles have spanned heading clinical programs to spearheading medical education reform.
Jo-Louise Huq is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business. Her research investigates innovation and change in health care, focusing on implications for leaders, managers, and professionals. Jo-Louise’s current research projects include a investigation of networks as a way to encourage technology innovation for the elderly and caregivers, and an investigation of improvement collaboratives as an approach to improving the quality of acute stroke treatment. Her work has been published in Organization Studies and Leadership.