Skip to main content

Because your voice matters.

Advisory Committee Member, CASCADES (Creating a Sustainable Canadian Health System in a Climate Crisis), University of Toronto

Posted • Last updated


Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Provincial Region

Last updated

Volunteer Opportunity
CASCADES is a multi-year capacity-building initiative to address health care’s contribution to the climate crisis. If you would like to provide feedback, and guidance to the leadership of CASCADES regarding accountability, strategic directions, and national collaboration efforts, this could be the opportunity for you!


Lead Organization/Department
CASCADES, Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation (IHPME), University of Toronto

CASCADES is working to support Canada’s health care community to become a sustainable health system that provides high quality care without negative impacts on the environment. There is a lot of existing talent, enthusiasm, and infrastructure to support sustainable health care in Canada. Many individuals and organizations already possess sustainability-related knowledge, skills and networks and have tested and implemented multiple sustainable health care practices and policies. CASCADES aims to leverage, support and enhance this capacity through the following activities: 1) delivering professional development training programs, resources, and events that celebrate and expand existing knowledge, skills and networks; and 2) Providing support to efforts to test and spread sustainable innovations in service delivery and system design.

The principal focus of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice to the Director and Executive Committee in support of the development of strategy and activity planning for CASCADES.

We would like to engage patient partners in the advisory process for CASCADES to bring the patient experience perspective to the conversations and ensure the CASCADES mission is effective and meaningful to patients. In addition to improving the sustainability of the health care system, we are also trying to improve the quality of care delivery.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations.

Open to patient partners from across the province who:
• Have a familiarity with or an interest in climate change and environmental issues
• Are comfortable speaking in a large group of national leaders in health care
• Preference is for previous advisory committee experience
• Are comfortable using Zoom or MS Teams to attend online meetings

As connection and relationship building is important to the University of Toronto we would like to meet with short listed patient partners as part of our selection process.

If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Patient Partner Commitments, are unsure if your experience is a good fit or feel another format of engagement would work better with your availability, please contact Cassy Mitchell.

• Number of vacancies: 1 (please note that 2 patient partners will be on the committee with another being recruited from a different province)
• Date and Time: 4 one-hour meetings a year (dates to be determined once the committee has formed) There may also be one-to-one meetings with the Director and or Project Coordinator of CASCADES. Advisory Group members may also be asked to read documents or complete evaluations forms in preparation for the meetings.
• Location: Online meetings via Zoom or MS Teams
• Commitment: Until 2026

No out-of-pocket expenses are anticipated for this engagement opportunity. However, if you meet the eligibility criteria, but have concerns about your ability to participate, please contact Cassy Mitchell to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

The Centre for Sustainable Health Systems, in partnership with the Healthy Populations Institute at Dalhousie University, the Planetary Healthcare Lab at the University of British Columbia, and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, is delighted to announce the launch of CASCADES, a multi-year capacity-building initiative to address health care’s contribution to the climate crisis. The project is funded for a five-year term by Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Climate Action and Awareness Fund for Community-Based Climate Action Projects.

The CASCADES team consists of 7 full time employees, in addition to the Executive Committee: 4 Regional Leads (BC, ON, QC, NS), Project Coordinator, Education and Training Lead, and a Communications and Events Lead.

The Advisory Committee consists of the Director of CASCADES, Senior leaders from collaborating healthcare associations, patient and community partners, Chair of Evaluation Committee (which provides guidance on sustainable healthcare innovations to test or spread), and individuals with a particular expertise may be invited to participate in a meeting for specific contributions and advice.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Cassy Mitchell
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Provincial

From Our Community

Cherie Mercer

Patient Partner, New Aiyansh

Cherie Mercer

I have learned so much about innovation and capacity building by being part of PVN. I signed up to build my leadership skills, however, I experience benefits for myself, my community and Indigenous peoples throughout the province. I understand more about the complexities and opportunities required to improve health care.