Quarterly Newsletter of the Canadian Chapter of ACHE
Fall 2019
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Message from Your Board Chair
ACHE Canada Member Spotlight: Leslie Benecki
New & Noteworthy in Canadian Healthcare
Message from Your Canadian Regent
Learn the Art of Dialogue and Have Open, Productive Conversations
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ACHE Canadian Member Spotlight: Marcy Saxe-Braithwaite
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2019 Chapter Officers

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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Danielle Swerhone
Message from Your Canadian Regent


Dear Colleagues,

Well, it is seems like 2019 has flown by and we will be ringing in a New Year 2020.  The Canadian Chapter has seen another year of many new changes.

Elections for leadership positions with ACHE Chicago took place this past fall, and new Chairman Officers and Governors will begin to serve their terms in March 2020 at Congress.  ACHE Chicago continues to move forward on the strategic plans outlined over the last 2 years. Next year there will be a “deeper dive” into advancing and addressing key initiatives within the Association and all of their partners.

As the Chair of the Canadian Chapter Nominations Committee it gives me pleasure to welcome our four newly elected members to the Board of Directors.  I wish them each well in their terms and look forward to their contributions to our chapter leadership team.  If you want to meet new people, learn about cutting edge issues in health care, and make a difference to our profession, consider getting in contact with our Board members and join a committee.  Now is the time to step forward and get involved!

Partnerships continue to be fostered with our Chapter.  Last month our Chapter had a ACHE event held at the CCHL - BC Health Leaders Conference.  This was well attended and provided a focus on health care safety and a really good opportunity through networking for those members in attendance.  As this partnership between CCHL and ACHE continues to grow, stay tuned for more multi-disciplinary events to engage our diverse membership with the potential to engage other professional partners in our country to our chapter events.

Work with all of our Canadian Universities is slow and continues to focus upon meaningful engagement of our students and promoting membership in ACHE.  We currently have two Universities within our Higher University Networks (HEN). These are: University of Alberta and McMaster University... and we need to widen our circle and number of HEN’s. 

Some other items for everyone to consider are:

ACHE Congress:  The Annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership is being held March 23-26, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  This years theme is Connected, Inspired & Empowered. I hope you will consider attending ACHE’s signature event and while in Chicago join the Canadian Chapter Dinner.  Please stay tuned for the save the date and more details. 

ACHE Membership Renewal:  It is membership renewal time, and I do encourage everyone to continue to renew their membership and to get a friend/colleague to join too!  You will be glad you did this, as being apart of ACHE has a marked impact on your career.  ACHE is considered a premier professional society for health care leaders dedicated to improving health care delivery.

Regent Awards:  Please consider nominating a fellow member for this Award.  Applications will be accepted in early 2020 for this annual award.  Stay tuned for a future email.

I want to thank you all for the opportunity to serve as your Regent for Canada in 2019 and to work with a unique group of leaders in our chapter.  This position continues to be a passion and labour of love for me in our health care field!

I wish you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season and most of all, a prosperous New Year! 

With enthusiasm,

Danielle K Swerhone  RN, FACHE, FCCHL

Regent for Canada

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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
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Jan 21, 2020 - ACHE Congress Poster Session Deadline
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Feb 11, 2020 - EXTRA Executive Training Program Deadline
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Mar 23-26, 2020 - ACHE Congress on Healthcare Leadership, Chicago
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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.