Quarterly Newsletter of the Canadian Chapter of ACHE
Winter 2020
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Todd Stepaniuk

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Guy Bourbonnière 

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Guy Bourbonnière

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Francisco Grajales

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Chair, Membership & Advancement

Allan Katz 

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Chair, Programs

Shawn Drake

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Frances Roesch, FACHE 

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Todd Stepanuik
Message from Your Board Chair

Chapter Chair Message, December 21, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

I hope this message finds each of you safe and secure as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

It seems like only yesterday I assumed the role as Chair for the Canadian Chapter.  When I look back to the start of my term, it would have been impossible to imagine what the rest of the year would hold.

Our lives will be forever changed as we adapt to the pandemic’s constraints, both today and in the future. I hope that it will bring some good things to our world – better access to telemedicine, improved and more effective use of primary care, and possibly a greater appreciation for healthcare as a public good.  When I reflect back on the ensuing months I can only be amazed at what we have learned and what we have experienced.

I approach my family, my work, and my relationships guided by the belief that we are better together than we are alone. This feels truer now than any time I can remember. The power of the collective is exhibiting itself in extreme form as people from across healthcare organizations, public health institutions, government, industry, not-for-profit communities and public citizens are coming together to tackle COVID-19. To each of you, whether you are on the front line of care, scrambling to access PPE/testing/equipment, or transitioning to work at home, thank you for everything you are doing to treat the sick, flatten the curve, and keep our great nation safe.

There has been a tremendous response to interactive live sessions and other virtual programming offered by ACHE and our Canadian Chapter. The virtual platform is even creating more opportunities for regional partnering among chapters. Providing programs this way is different from traditional face to face programming, and many thanks to ACHE, who is advancing the virtual platform curriculum and assisting chapters. Please check the ACHE website as well as the http://canada.ache.org/ site frequently for opportunities.  

We have been engaged with ACHE over the past several months as ACHE elevates the approach to FACHE credentialing. Now members are eligible after one year of membership; however, greater emphasis has been placed on exam preparation and competencies demonstration. As a result, you will see in 2021 sessions being offered in regard to advancement.   Remember, the pathway to fellowship is not just about passing an exam. The aim is to see higher rates of success in passing the BOG exam on the first attempt and inspire greater numbers of individuals to pursue this important credential. 

At the recent Regent’s reception hosted by Frances Roesch I had the distinct pleasure of recognizing two very worthy recipients of the ACHE Recognition Program.  Immediate past Regent Danielle Swerhone and Eric Laycock.  It was an honour to acknowledge these two longstanding and dedicated Chapter members.  Their contribution to healthcare management excellence through volunteer service to the chapter, ACHE and to the profession is commendable.   Danielle will be receiving the highest honor bestowed “Exemplary Service Award” and Eric the “Service Award”.

By way of background, the ACHE Recognition Program celebrates members’ commitment to the healthcare management profession. Recognition is bestowed at three levels based on a range of specific volunteer activities that demonstrate leadership and contributions to furthering professional excellence. All active ACHE members are eligible to be recognized.  I will be formally recognizing Danielle and Eric at out Chapter annual meeting which will take place in March.  Stay tuned for more information regarding the annual meeting.

It is also my privilege to welcome four new members to the Chapter Board commencing January 2021:

West Region – Timothy Foggin and Bhargav Makadia

East Region – Tony Weeks and Archie MacKinnon

Their diverse talents will be a great addition to the Board.

Best wishes to you and your families during this very different holiday season. Stay safe and thank you for your leadership. It matters.


Merry Christmas


Todd Stepanuik

Chapter Chair

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Upcoming Events
January 12 - February 9, 2021 - Service Line Planning: Developing a Consumer-Based Approach to Providing Quality Care*
*Virtual Face-to-Face Education Course
Two experienced healthcare executives will address how to evaluate your organization’s service lines by using tools to select areas for future growth such as a SWOT analysis, cultural compatibility assessment and market analysis combined into a weighted decision matrix.

January 13 - February 24, 2021 - Big Data and Analytics: A Perspective for Healthcare Leaders

During this online seminar, discover how to access the vast amounts of data readily available in your organization and leverage that data for improved organizational results. Expert faculty will show leaders how to interpret, analyze, communicate and present data with confidence. By the end of this six-week course, you will be able to more confidently solve problems, draw insights from data, manage risks and create value for your organization.

January 14, 2021 - Women Healthcare Leaders Series: Embracing Your Leadership Style
There are often many gendered barriers women healthcare leaders will encounter in the span of their careers, from sources both systemic and interpersonal. This engaging discussion will allow participants to explore their leadership style by identifying and channeling their own personal strengths and experiences into effective management. We will explore ways to continually be your authentic self while navigating and combating these pressures.

January 20, 2021 - Adjusting to the “New Normal”: Protecting Systems, Providers and Patients in an Ongoing Crisis*
*This webinar is free and eligible for 1 ACHE Qualified Education credit.
This series of educational offerings highlight the various experiences of APP leaders from across the nation in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic within some of the preeminent healthcare systems in the country. Drawing from a comprehensive white paper co-authored by APPs from these health systems, this second-in-a-series of webinars will highlight the ways APP leaders can step to the forefront and be leveraged within healthcare to create innovative responses to unprecedented demand.

January 20 - March 3, 2021 - The Emerging Healthcare Leader: A Field Guide
Building a successful healthcare career is more than just acquiring specific skills or achieving the right credentials. In today’s environment, it requires keen self-knowledge, performance, character and commitment. During this six-week interactive online seminar, you will learn from the real-life experiences of two accomplished healthcare executives who have achieved significant success in the first decades of their careers.

February 3 - March 17, 2021 - Health Law Essentials
Health law is a vast and complex field; this up-to-date online course will highlight the most crucial information for busy healthcare executives. Over six weeks, an experienced health law professor will facilitate learning by explaining legal issues within a broader context while encouraging interaction and discussion among participants through weekly postings and open forums. The course will review key law and compliance topics, including fraud and abuse, the HITECH Act, patient privacy, medical malpractice, the Affordable Care Act and more. You will leave with a better understanding of the health laws that are critical for effective healthcare administration today.

March 22-25, 2021 - 2021 Congress on Healthcare Leadership
Congress on Healthcare Leadership is the premier educational and networking event for healthcare executives. After an extraordinary year, we as leaders have an opportunity to come together and reimagine healthcare.


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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.