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NACIC2020 – 1st North American Conference on Integrated Care, Toronto, Canada


Innovation. Inspiration. Integration: Co-designing for health and wellbeing with individuals and communities

We are very pleased that the 1st North American Conference on Integrated Care in association with the 6th World Congress on Integrated Care will take place in Toronto, Canada, from 5 – 7 October 2020 . With the overarching theme ‘Co-designing for health and wellbeing with individuals and communities’, the conference is a partnership of University of Toronto, KPMG Canada, The Change Foundation, HSPRN and iCOACH. The conference will bring together researchers, clinicians and managers from around the world who are engaged in the design and delivery of integrated health and social care.

Dr Toni Dedeu
Interim CEO and Director of Programmes
International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)

Dr Dedeu is the Interim CEO of the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) based in Oxford, UK and he is the former Director the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia, Ministry of Health of the government of Catalonia. Dr Dedeu is a MD (University of Barcelona), specialised in Urology and Family Medicine and he holds MScs in Health Economics, in Primary Care and in Healthcare Management.

He has professional experience spanning more than 20 years at international level in the field of quality assessment and health systems development. He has worked as policy maker, manager, researcher and implementer or health system reforms. Former Chair of EUREGHA (European Association of Regional and Local Authorities), association based in Brussels. He has also been the Director of research and knowledge exchange of the Digital Health and Social Care Institute of Scotland, in association with the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Dr Dedeu is currently involved as PI in more than ten EU projects, such as FP7, H2020, Interreg, Health Programme and also EIT Health. Along with his scientific career he has published more than 55 research papers in SCI and SCIE journals of high impact factor.

Fiona Lyne
Director of Communications
International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC)

In 2014, Fiona joined the International Foundation for Integrated Care as Director of Communications. Fiona is responsible for developing the overall brand, marketing and communication strategy for the Foundation including membership development. She leads on various projects including Project INTEGRATE, the Annual International Integrated Care Conference Series and the World Congresses.

Fiona has worked in public policy communications since 2003. She began her career as a community stakeholder engagement manager at Fingal County Council in North Dublin supporting the local Community and Voluntary Forum to have an impact on local decision-making bodies. She went on to hold various project co-ordination and communication roles in both the public and private sector including periods with NHS North West London and the Royal Society of Arts.

In 2010 she joined the King’s Fund, an internationally renowned healthcare policy think tank, as Head of Events and in subsequent years was responsible for moving the Fund into a leading position in the healthcare conference market. Fiona has a BA in Politics and Economics from the University of Limerick, an MA in Community Development and Stakeholder Engagement from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Diploma in Management from the Dublin Business School.

Jodeme Goldhar
Executive Lead, Strategy and Innovation
The Change Foundation

Jodeme Goldhar joined The Change Foundation in April 2017 as Executive Lead, Strategy and Innovation. In this role, she is responsible for facilitating the strategic focus, creating and convening opportunities for collaborators to come together around common goals, and building more international relationships to add to these collaborations. Jodeme is also responsible for examining opportunities beyond The Change Foundation’s current priorities to inform policy and practice in Ontario.

Jodeme’s passion is convening opportunities for those in health and social systems to work together around common goals to realize the potential for transformative improvement. The Change Foundation serves as a catalyst to support large scale transformative change and ensures change opportunities are co-designed with patients, their families and providers.

As health systems pursue better integration, Jodeme believes that we need to work in new ways, with new power structures, to bring out the best in individuals, teams, communities and systems.

Jodeme brings over 20 years of experience in the Ontario health care and health policy sector and is an adjunct lecturer and co-instructor at the University of Toronto’s Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Previously, Jodeme was the Chief Strategy Officer and Lead, Health System Integration for Complex Populations and Primary Care, at Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre. In those roles, Jodeme worked locally and internationally with government, organizations and providers across the health system, clients and families. She has also acted as principal and co-principal investigator on a number of research initiatives to inform policy and practice in Ontario.

Jodeme serves as a Fellow of the Horizons team, a Senior Associate for The International Foundation for Integrated Care, an Executive Coach and is in process of obtaining her Executive Scholar certificate at the Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University USA.

Jodeme can be reached at
Twitter @jodemeGoldhar

Cathy Fooks
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Change Foundation

Cathy Fooks joined The Change Foundation as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2007, bringing with her proven leadership skills at a national level and more than 20 years experience in health policy research.

Ms. Fooks took on the task of working with the Board of Directors to implement its ambitious strategic plan and transform the Foundation from a granting agency into a respected health policy think tank focused on health integration and patient outcomes.
Prior to her position at the Foundation, Cathy was the first Executive Director of the Health Council of Canada where she was responsible for implementing the Council’s mandate of reporting to Canadians about health-care renewal.

Ms. Fooks has also served as the Director of the Health Network with the Canadian Policy Research Networks, and in senior roles with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), the Premier’s Council of Health, Well-Being and Social Justice, and the Premier’s Council on Economic Renewal. She was a senior policy advisor to two Ministers of Health and has served on a number of government health-care committees.

The author of numerous articles and reports on the Canadian health system, Ms. Fooks holds a masters degree in political science from Queen’s University and an undergraduate degree in political science and economics from Trent University. She has also completed an Executive Program in Change Management at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. In 2010, she also completed the Executive Program in Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management at the Harvard Business School.

Adalsteinn Brown
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto

Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown is the Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Past roles include Director of U of T’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and senior leadership roles in policy and strategy within the Ontario Government, founding roles in start-up companies, and extensive work on performance measurement.

He received his undergraduate degree in government from Harvard University and his doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar

Walter P. Wodchis
Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
University of Toronto

Walter Wodchis, PhD, is Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and Research Chair in Implementation and Evaluation Science at the Institute for Better Health, Trillium Health Partners. His main research interests are health economics and financing and health care policy evaluation.

Through his research programs which include more than 30 collaborating researchers and as many trainees, Dr. Wodchis has lead several studies examining complex needs of high cost patient groups, the implementation of integrated care programs to address those needs, and evaluations for a number of integrated care programs in Ontario.

Yinka Macaulay
Senior Program Associate
The Change Foundation

Yinka Macaulay joined The Change Foundation in February 2018 as Senior Program Associate, Strategy and Innovation. In this role she leads and supports the implementation of key strategic priorities and collaborative planning with partners.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Yinka was a Consultant at the Toronto Central LHIN, and held roles within the areas of Strategy and Planning, Primary Care and Health System Integration, Design and Development. Within this capacity Yinka has contributed to strategic priorities that advanced integration of care for patients with complex needs, the adoption of population health approach and health equity.

Yinka holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, and a post-Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Affairs from Humber College. Yinka is also currently completing a certificate in Community Engagement, Leadership and Development from Ryerson University.

Ross Baker
Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
University of Toronto

G. Ross Baker, PH.D. is a professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and Program Lead in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. Ross is co-lead for IDEAS (Improving and Driving Excellence Across Sectors), a large quality improvement-training program in Ontario.

Ross’ recent research projects include an edited book of case studies on patient engagement strategies, a demonstration project that assesses an innovative approach to monitoring and measuring patient safety, and an analysis of inter-professional team dynamics in quality improvement.

Ross led a team that published a book of case studies in 2008 on High Performing Health Care Systems: Quality by Design. In 2015 he published an update on this analysis on key elements of a high performing healthcare systems in a paper commissioned by the Ontario Hospital Association. This analysis provided a framework for the recent OHA Strategic Plan.

Ross currently serves as Chair of the Safety and Quality Committee and board member of the University Health Network (Toronto), a member of the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council board, board and on the advisory board for Closing the Gap Healthcare.
In October 2017 Ross Baker received the Barer Flood Prize from the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research of the Canadian Institutes of Health Services Research in recognition of his “outstanding contribution to health services and policy research, policy and/or care delivery in Canada.”

Carole Ann Alloway
Family Caregivers Voice

Carole Ann Alloway is a retired Human Resources Manager, mother of four and grandmother of seven. Carole Ann became a full-time caregiver for her husband, Bill, who had ten difficult operations within a 7-year period. In addition, Bill’s gastro issues worsened, and he developed congestive heart failure.

She has witnessed first-hand the gaps in the health care and home care systems. Together with Sara Shearkhani, another caregiver, they have co-founded Family Caregivers Voice. Sara and Carole Ann receive invitations to speak at health conferences, hospitals, home care agencies, etc. to share their experiences while raising awareness of the importance of making the caregiver an integral part of the health care team. Both Sara and Carole Ann work closely with The Change Foundation, Health Quality Ontario, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and various hospitals and LHINs. Carole Ann recently won a Heroes in the Home award from Toronto Central LHIN.

They were recently successful in acquiring a $3M grant with Bridgepoint Hospital and Woodgreen Community Centre from The Change Foundation to improve the caregiver experience from hospital to home and beyond. Carole Ann worked with The Change Foundation to transform her Caregiver Wish List into a video, so it can be used by other caregivers and health care agencies.

She recently co-designed and co-presented a keynote speech with Jodeme Goldhar from The Change Foundation at the International Conference for Integrated Care in the Netherlands.

Philiz Goh
Lived Experience Partner and Registered Oncology Nurse

Philiz Goh is a registered oncology nurse pursing her Masters of Nursing in Health Systems Leadership and Administration at the University of Toronto, and cares for breast cancer patients at the Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre. She has been on medical leave for the past three years due to an accident that caused a brain injury which had her relearning how to walk, talk, read, etc. again. She is still in the healing process and continues with therapy. Her major issues at the moment are fatigue, light and sound sensitivity, which is why you may see her in a wheelchair or wearing sunglasses.

Philiz’s passion is to provide quality patient care and this conference is an avenue to do so. She also has experienced healthcare disconnects in our health system and this conference is a great way to advocate for patients and families to help improve communication and connections within our healthcare system.

Deanna Heroux
Partner KPMG

Deanna is an accomplished Partner in KPMG’s Health and Life Sciences Practice and People & Change Services in Canada, with a focus on facilitating boards, executives, leaders, and broad stakeholder communities through strategic discussions and decisions related to transformational initiatives. Deanna brings extensive experience in advancing organizational and system change through partnerships and integration, culture shaping, system planning and redesign, and strategy development in healthcare, social services and the broader public sector.

Throughout her career, Deanna has led complex, transformational projects to advance many health and social care systems and the value for patients, caregivers and communities. She is a skilled and seasoned facilitator – with significant experience working with boards, leadership teams and multi-disciplinary stakeholder groups – demonstrating leadership, collaboration and commitment to advancing positive organizational and system outcomes.

Darryl King
Senior Manager KPMG

Darryl is a Senior Manager in KPMG’s Health Care practice, with a focus on system integration and transformation programs. He has advised health sector organizations in both Canada and the United States in the areas of strategic planning, policy design, stakeholder engagement, and leveraging data and analytics to inform critical decisions. His clients span both public and private sectors and include system planners, funders, and providers of care. Darryl holds an M.B.A. from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

What is Patients Included?

The Patients Included designation demonstrates that the North American Conference on Integrated Care is committed to incorporating the experience of patients and caregivers as experts while ensuring they are neither excluded nor exploited.

How we are meeting the charter clauses?

Date: 5-7 October 2020

Location: Toronto Country: Canada

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