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Member, Planning Committee, Virtual Canada West Health Leaders Conference

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Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Provincial Region

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Volunteer Opportunity
The Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) is seeking a patient partner to join the planning committee for the 2022 Canada West Health Leaders Conference (previously BC Health Leaders Conference). The patient partner voice is sought to assist and guide the planning committee on how to incorporate patient/family centred elements into the conference program as it relates to health leadership and the improvement of the health care system.


Lead Organization/Department
Canadian College of Health Leaders

The planning committee is responsible for providing advice and assistance to the CCHL Staff in developing the Canada West Health Leaders Conference (CWHLC). It develops and recommends the conference theme, the program format, the plenary/keynote speakers, concurrent sessions, the marketing plan, and the sponsorship approach. Guidance is also sought when selecting the conference location (for in-person conferences). CCHL wishes to add the patients’ voice to the planning committee to advise on ways to include the patient/family perspective in the design and development of the conference program.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.

Open to patient partners across the province who:
• Have a strong understanding of health leadership
• Are comfortable attending meetings via Zoom
• Experience serving on conference planning committees is an asset

Please note that informal Interviews will be scheduled with short-listed candidates.

If you have a strong interest in this work but have not yet completed a PVN orientation and Volunteer Agreement, 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
• Date and Time: The patient partner will be required to attend monthly planning meetings held via Zoom starting in November 2021 and ending in November 2022. A complimentary registration will also be provided to the virtual conference on Oct 28-29, 2021 and to the 2022 conference (virtual or in person yet to be confirmed).
• Location: Online meetings via Zoom
• Commitment: Over a year

No out of pocket expenses are anticipated for this engagement opportunity for 2021. Should the 2022 conference be held in person, travel, accommodation and meal expenses will be reimbursed. 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.

This conference is a large gathering of health system decision-makers which includes trustees, chief executive officers, directors, managers and department heads. Participants represent health regions, authorities and networks, hospitals, long-term care organizations, public health agencies, community care, mental health services and social work.

The CWHLC will focus primarily on two domains of the LEADS in a Caring Environment Capability Framework: Lead Self and Engage Others. For more information on the LEADS Framework, please visit the LEADS Canada web site at

For additional information on this year’s program and planning committee as well as past conference programs, please visit the conference website at

Terms of Reference.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Cassy Mitchell
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Provincial

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