Why Integrated Risk Management (IRM)? IRM promotes managing risk from an organization-wide perspective and therefore not in silos created by departments or job functions (e.g. IT risks, HR risks, privacy risks, clinical risks, disaster preparedness risks, etc.) It requires an ongoing assessment of risks at every level and in every department of the organization, aggregating these results at the corporate level, communicating them and ensuring adequate monitoring and review.

In addition to discussing practices related to risk management, the conference addresses current top risks in the Canadian health care sector such as cyber-attacks and man-made or environmental disasters. This conference connects all involved in risk and safety at all levels of health care organizations for one day of networking and multidisciplinary education.

Risk Management Sessions

  • Board Risk Oversight
  • Communicating Risk to Leadership and Board Members
  • Steps to Get Started with Integrated Risk Management (IRM)
  • Case Studies on IRM at Trillium Health Partners, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, London Health Sciences Centre, Niagara Health System, Provincial Health Services Authority, Bruyère Continuing Care, Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Eastern Health, Horizon Health Network, Nova Scotia Health Authority and Accreditation Canada
  • Top 10 Risks across  Health Continuum
  • Risk Reporting and Technologies
  • Integrating Risk Management into Strategic Planning
  • Incorporating the Patient Voice in Risk Management
  • The Value of IRM
  • Evaluating Your IRM Program

Cyber Risk Sessions

  • Past Security Incidents at Canada Blood Services
  • The Cyber Threat Landscape in Canadian Health Care
  • Hacking Demonstration
  • Health Sector Critical Infrastructure Network Project
  • Cyber Security Workforce Resources
  • Cyber Vigilance Education
  • Cyber Security Insurance
  • Framing and Communicating Cyber Threats to the CEO and Board
  • Electronic Health Records and Privacy

Emergency Preparedness Sessions

  • Mass Casualties at  Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Toronto Van Attack), St. Michael’s Hospital (Danforth Shooting), Montreal Children’s Hospital (carbon monoxide leak at an elementary school)
  • Active Shooter: Northumberland Hills Hospital, Kingston Health Sciences Centre
  • Evacuating a Hospital: Hamilton Health Sciences and Northern Lights Regional Health Centre(Fort McMurray, Alberta)
  • Climate Change and the Impact on Emergency Preparedness
  • Bomb Threat at Credit Valley Hospital
  • Clinical Input in Developing Emergency Preparedness Plans
  • Utility Loss Planning in Long Term Care


2020 Agenda

Stay tuned for the 2020 agenda. Please feel free to email us your suggestions at info@sparkconferences.com.
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Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 2.5 Category II credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement.

Une participation à cette réunion par un membre certifié du Collège canadien des leaders en santé (CHE / Fellow) vaut 2.5 crédits de la catégorie II du MDC à l’égard de l’exigence du maintien de la certification à laquelle ceux-ci sont soumis.

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2019 Prices

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Two coffee breaks
  • Reception drinks
  • Access to all presentations in electronic format
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  • LATE: $699
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  • Lunch
  • Two coffee breaks
  • Reception drinks
  • Access to all presentations in electronic format

2019 Speakers

Janet Davidson

Interim President and CEO
Nova Scotia Health Authority

    Tammy Parker

    Clinical Practice Leader, Emergency Department
    Colchester East Health Center

      Carla Hynes

      Health Services Manager, of Inpatient Surgery and Community Transition Unit
      Colchester East Hants Health Centre

        Jonathan Weekes

        Vice President
        Marsh Canada Limited

          Barbara Hall

          MaxxCare Solutions

            Kenrick Bagnall

            Cybercrime Investigator
            Toronto Police Service

              Stephen Daley

              Emergency Management and Business Continuity Coordinator
              Health PEI

                Simon Bridgland

                Manager - Enterprise Risk and Emergency Preparedness
                Trillium Health Partners

                  Steven Lockyer

                  Director of Healthcare Technology and Data Management
                  Eastern Health

                    Martina Munden

                    General Counsel
                    Nova Scotia Health Authority

                      Karen Hornberger

                      Director of Privacy
                      Nova Scotia Health Authority

                        Sandra Rooney

                        Regional Director Risk Management/Directrice régionale de la gestion des risques
                        Horizon Health Network / Réseau de santé Horizon

                          Anne MacLaurin

                          Senior Program Manager
                          Canadian Patient Safety Institute

                            Angela LeBlanc

                            Director, Enterprise Risk Management & Emergency Preparedness
                            Nova Scotia Health Authority

                              Catherine Gaulton

                              Chief Executive Officer

                                Debbie Perry

                                Risk Management Consultant
                                Eastern Health

                                Nora Constas

                                Executive Director
                                Markham Family Health Team


                                Carl Jarvis

                                Assistant Professor Emergency Medicine
                                Dalhousie University
                                Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness
                                Emergency Health Services, Nova Scotia
                                Executive Director
                                Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness

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                                  What our past delegates have said

                                  Excellent conference. Topics were current and relevant to the everyday risk management role/life.
                                  Caroline SmithNiagara Health System
                                  Excellent sessions on risk and accountabilities in health care.
                                  Pat MorkaManitoulin Health Centre
                                  A very well organized information session.
                                  Shabbir KapasiOrnge

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                                  2019 Location

                                  The Westin Nova Scotian

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