Quarterly Newsletter of the Canadian Chapter of ACHE
Fall 2019
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ACHE Canadian Member Spotlight: Marcy Saxe-Braithwaite
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Frances Roesch, FACHE 

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Vice Chair

Todd Stepaniuk   

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Leslie Benecki, FACHE 

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Chair, Audit Committee

Guy Bourbonnière

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Chair, Communications 

Paula Neves, PhD

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Chair, Membership & Advancement

Todd Stepanuik   

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Chair, Programs

David Matear, FACHE

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Regent &

Chair, Nominations

Danielle Swerhone, FACHE

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Frances Roesch
Message from Your Board Chair


Dear Fellow Canadian Chapter Members,

It is amazing to me that another year is coming to a close. Each seems to move more quickly than the year before. For our Chapter, this has been a year of tremendous progress, despite the rapid pace.

We have been working more closely with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) to support a closer relationship between ACHE and CCHL. This has led to a second year of hosting a session at the November BC Health Leaders Conference. We are also working closely with the GTA CCHL Chapter, partnering on education and networking events for 2020.

We have updated our Chapter Bylaws and restructured the geographic representation of our Board. We now have 50% of our Board elected based on the country’s regions (East, Central, West) and 50% of our directors elected based on the distribution of membership across these regions. Our Chapter year is now January 1 – December 31, which will see our Director and Executive positions turn over at the end of December.

We will welcome three board members to their first term on the Board in January: Shawn Drake, Francisco Grajales, and Allan Katz. At this time, Todd Stepanuik, Vice Chair of the Chapter Board for the past two years will be stepping into the role of Chair. I am grateful for his support during my term as Chair. His counsel has always been wise and I am excited for his leadership of the Chapter. He is a true leader and his passion for ACHE will propel our chapter forward.

At the close of the year, we will also see David Matear, FACHE, complete his term on the board. With his recent relocation to the United States, he will not stand for a second term. In addition to representing B.C. on the board, he has chaired the Chapter Program Committee this year. We have benefited greatly from his dedication and penchant for action. He has laid a strong foundation that will guide us to success going forward. We will also see Paula Neves, PhD, depart from the board. She has steered our Communications Committee for two years and worked diligently to expand and improve our newsletter content. Her commitment to transitioning the committee to the next chair will ensure continuity for our membership. Paula; David: thank you for giving of your time and talents in service to our Chapter. Your hard work is so appreciated.

I would also like to congratulate our Service Award recipients for 2019: Leslie Benecki, FACHE, Rakesh Calton, M.D., FACHE, Glenn Gale, James Haney, FACHE, Raj Sewda, FACHE, and Todd Stepanuik. Please check out their bios under Chapter Service Awards in the Membership section of the ACHE Canada website. We are stronger for their service and I am proud to congratulate them on their awards.

As I complete my term as Chair, I want to say thank you to our members. I am far richer for having had the opportunity to serve you and support our chapter. I have known for years the incredible depth and breadth of talent in our membership ranks. It has been a privilege to see it up close during my tenure. A special thanks to the board members for your ongoing commitment to our chapter. It has been a pleasure to serve with you.

And for those members in the East and West regions, we have vacancies on the board in these regions. Why not join this distinguished table and share your leadership? I would be so pleased to chat with you about what is involved. Please connect with me at froesch@gmail.com or 519-239-9903.

Frances C. Roesch, B.P.R., M.H.A., FACHE, is Chair of the Canadian Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Director of Administration, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Upcoming Events
Dec 10, 2019 - FACHE Board Certification Webinar for Canadian Members of ACHE
Stand out as a leader among leaders in healthcare management when you earn the FACHE credential.vJoin us  on December 10, 2019, 12 noon to 1 PM Eastern, for a complimentary Fellowship Advancement webinar for Canadian members of ACHE. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. Please visit Chapter eventbrite page for details - and check your registration confirmation email for  login instructions.
Jan 8, 2020 - CFHI 2021 Policy Circle Application Deadline
The Policy Circle aims to connect mid-career professionals who are committed to improving health care policy and practice, now and in the future. www.cfhi-fcass.ca/WhatWeDo/policy-circle  

Jan 21, 2020 - ACHE Congress Poster Session Deadline
ACHE members are invited to submit posters on management innovations for 2020 Healthcare Leadership Congress. For details please visit www.ache.org/CongressPosterSession.
Feb 11, 2020 - EXTRA Executive Training Program Deadline
Also from the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI), this recognized leadership development and quality improvement fellowship builds leadership and organizational capacity for participating teams. For details click here.
Mar 23-26, 2020 - ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership, Chicago
Join more than 4,200 health care leaders for the premier education and networking event of the year. Make connections that last a lifetime. Empower change in yourself, your organization and your community. Gain inspiration from innovative thought leaders. To register or for other education options, visit www.ache.org.


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The Canadian Chapter of ACHE is an independent chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Vision: To be the professional association of choice for Canada's health leaders.

Mission: To promote exceptional professional development through partnerships, networks and access to national and international resources enabling health care leadership excellence.