Leading in turbulent times – how to guide your teams through the Coronavirus pandemic 

Thu, March 19, 2020

Hosted by the Canadian College of Health Leaders

March 19, 2020 
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time 

This event is free of charge - but registration is still required as space is limited. 
*Webinar details will be provided prior to the event 

As the Coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the globe at a lightning-quick rate and has begun to affect Canadians, there is rampant fear and uncertainty regarding how to best prepare and protect ourselves and our loved ones. Health leaders are further tasked with guiding their teams and organizations through this highly volatile and threatening crisis and with striving for the delicate balance between prioritizing the safety of their staff, while still providing the best care possible for those in need. This requires applying all five domains of the LEADS framework: leading themselves through role modeling, engaging with their people, many of whom are justifiably afraid, and deciding what goals to set, especially given the unpredictable nature of the spread of this kind of virus. Health leaders must also identify and connect with others in the community who can offer support and, together, work towards safeguarding against widespread exposure. In response, the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) is providing a webinar with Dr. Michael Gardam, Chief of Staff at Humber River Hospital, and an infectious disease physician and expert. Dr. Gardam, in conversation with CCHL’s Brenda Lammi, will discuss effective strategies that health leaders can apply directly to their work. 

Featured speakers: 

  •  Michael Gardam MSc, MD, CM, MSc, FRCPC 

Michael is currently the Chief of Medical Staff at Humber River Hospital, one of Canada’s largest regional acute care hospitals. 

He is a pioneer of using complexity science-based approaches, including ‘Positive Deviance’ and ‘Front Line Ownership’ to improve patient safety and other complex challenges. Michael has advised organizations in Canada and internationally and some of his clients have included the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Hand Hygiene New Zealand, the Irish Health Services Executive and the Maryland Patient Safety Center. His interest in physician leadership and organizational culture led him to become Chair of the Medical Advisory Committee at UHN (2015-2017) He currently Program Director of the York University Schulich School of Business Healthcare Leadership Development Program and an instructor for the Physician Leadership Institute of Joule (Canadian Medical Association). 

As past Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the University Health Network (2001-2016), past Director of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control at Public Health Ontario (2008 – 2010), and a former Director at Infection Prevention and Control Canada (2009-2015), Michael has worked to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in healthcare settings and the community. 

Michael is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and has published more than 120 scientific works. He holds Masters degrees from McGill University in Montréal and the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in infectious diseases. 

  • Brenda Lammi , Vice-President, Professional and Leadership Development, Canadian College of Health Leaders 

After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, and Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Science, Brenda worked as a clinician in the Rehabilitation Department of an acute care regional hospital and with children in a community care rural setting. 

Inspired by the need to close the gap between quality improvement and service delivery models, Brenda joined the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) as Editor for their national practice magazine and evolved into the role of Director, Policy and Standards. Brenda concurrently held an Associate Faculty position at McMaster University in the DeGroote School of Business/School of Rehabilitation’s Master’s of Health Management program. 

In her capacity as Vice-President, Professional and Leadership Development at the Canadian College of Health Leaders, Brenda develops partnerships that exceed expectations and ensure the delivery of best practice, high impact leadership development and integration services for individuals and organizations. Brenda is inspired daily by the passion of health leaders to consistently evolve their leadership skills towards improving the health system and providing the best possible services for patients and their families. 


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