Spark Conferences is pleased to present the annual Communications in Health Care conference designed for the health care sector’s communication, public relations, and marketing professionals.

This event focuses on bringing together communication professionals working in the health care industry in Canada. It is a unique setting, allowing all attendees involved in different aspects of communications (digital media, social media, corporate communications, community engagement, public relations, patient relations, and other areas) to facilitate important connections and expand their knowledge base together.

We are proud to announce that the Communications in Health Care Summit is Patients Included. This means that we are committed to incorporating the experience of patients “while ensuring that they are neither excluded nor exploited.” For more information on Patients Included, please visit the website.

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Our next conference will take place on

December 7-8, 2022

Sessions at a Glance
  • Health Communications During Covid-19: Best Practices From Around The World
  • Strategic Communication Solutions for Rural, Remote, or Digitally Challenged Patients
  • Developing Inclusionary Communications Approaches to Gender Diversity
  • Networking & Success and Strategy Information Sharing Session
  • Online Collaboration Tools to Heighten Learning Engagement for Health Care Providers
  • Internal Communication and Team Building: Strategies and Lessons Learned During Covid
  • How to Ensure Patients Understand How and Where to Access Services
  • Strategies and Solutions for Effective Social Media Communications
  • Case Study: Developing and Initiating a Mental Health Awareness Campaign During Covid-19
  • Crisis Communication Tools and Strategies
  • Case Study: Ornge #opremoteimmunity Communications Lessons Learned From A Large-Scaled Multi-Agency Coordinated Operation

Who Is This Conference For?

Communications Professionals (Internal & External)
Community Engagement
Government Relations
PR & Public Affairs Professionals
Patient Relations Professionals
Social & Digital Media Professionals


Click to view the agenda from our last event.

Call for Speakers

This is your opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with other health care professionals.

Please email us at info@sparkconferences.com to receive more information.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!


2021 Speakers

Philip De Souza

Director, Communications and Marketing

Jennifer Schipper

Founder and President
Arc Communications

Kirk Furlotte

Regional Manager, Atlantic Canada
Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC)

Garry Dart

Primary Health Coordinator, prideHealth
Nova Scotia Health Authority

Brian Sankarsingh

Performance/Information Management Communication and Engagement Liaison | Communications GP Alliance for Healthier Communities

Amanda Higginson

Public Health Project Officer
Ottawa Public Health

James MacDonald

Director, Communications and Public Affairs

Kevin Parent

Public Health Program & Project Management Officer
Ottawa Public Health

Ashley Materi

Senior Communications Advisor
Indigenous Services Canada, Ontario Region

Deiren Masterson

Digital Specialist
SickKids Learning Institute | Project Echo, Paediatric Project ECHO & ECHO Epilepsy Across the Lifespan

Brenda Catchpole

Chief Administrative Officer (Retired)
Victoria General Hospital (Winnipeg)

Mark Weir

Director of Strategic Planning and Community Engagement
Woodstock General Hospital

Maureen Ross

Member, Oxford and Area Ontario Health Team
Member, Woodstock Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Committee

    Paris Semansky

    Director of Communications and Public Affairs

    Julie Bortolotti

    Communications Specialist
    Canadian Institute for Health Information

    Ramon Syyap

    Digital Content Specialist
    Canadian Institute for Health Information

    Alyssa Gumapac

    Communications Specialist
    SickKids Learning Institute
    Paediatric Project ECHO

    Dr. Heidi Tworek

    Associate Professor in International History and Public Policy
    University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus
    Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation
    Non-Resident Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States
    Non-Resident Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
    Co-Editor, Journal of Global History

    Graeme Wilkes

    Senior Director, Communications and Marketing
    Healthcare Excellence Canada

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    What our past delegates have said

    Great topics, engaging speakers and loved the ability to connect with others.
    The conference was informative, engaging and interdisciplinary.
    Great use of technology with breakout sessions. Lots of time for Q&A.
    I appreciated the opportunity to gather with peers and discuss the hot-topic issues of our profession and our sector. I think the group thoroughly listed the top-of-mind concerns facing our profession thereby providing an excellent road map for future gatherings.
    The event was great. I learned a lot from like-minded organizations and from some of my peers from other hospitals. It was great to hear what people are working on and how they’ve achieved success.
    Krista BarnettTrillium Health Partners
    I was very impressed with the roster of presenters, they were current on the subject matter. Professionals in the north are frequently contending with the lack of access to professional development because we work away from major city centers. By having this conference virtual this year, you have helped to level the playing field.
    This event provided the space to conduct very niche, relevant, and stimulating discussions in the realm of health care communications. I haven’t seen an opportunity for this type of knowledge sharing before, and would definitely attend again!
    I was very impressed by the organization and how the facilitators explained what was happening and how to participate. I was particularly struck by the on going effort of all the facilitators to get people involved in the sessions. That was very strong.


    Thank you to all our 2021 attendees. Registration is currently closed.


    Grab your tickets today!
    • Access to all conference sessions
    • Network with delegates and speakers (microphone and camera required)
    • Access to speaker presentations
    • Access to all sessions on-demand after the conference
    • Group rates available for 3 or more delegates at the same time
    • Network with delegates and speakers (microphone and camera required)
    • One-on-one or group chat
    • Get access to all presentations in electronic format




    Attention Vendors/Suppliers:

    to register for the event, please contact us at info@sparkconferences.com.

    Attention Students:

    Free registration for online and discounted prices for in-person events are available for anyone pursuing a career in the health care industry. Contact us at info@sparkconferences.com to receive your registration code.

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    Preferred Hotels

    Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre: Delegates can make bookings at the special MaRS rate on the Holiday Inn website, or via email reservations@hitorontodowntown.ca
    by quoting “MaRS Discovery District.”

    Chelsea Hotel Toronto: Bookings at the special MaRSDiscovery District rate can be made on the Chelsea Hotel website. Delegates can make reservations and request the special MaRS Discovery District rate by phone (1-800-CHELSEA) or email cstor.reservation@chelseatoronto.com.