Event description

Innovations are a necessity for managing ever increasing complex health issues, and increased demands on the healthcare system.  This event showcases innovations and shares lessons learned, drawing on case studies by the experts and leaders driving the facility based innovations to provide improved patient care, patient outcomes and enhanced sustainability of the healthcare system.

Don’t miss out, be inspired, learn and share with innovative leaders from across Canada in Edmonton. Please join us for a day of learning, sharing and connecting…As always, the audience plays an important role in participating in discussion following each presentation. 


  1. To share case studies by project leads that highlight innovative design and technologies that are changing the landscape in healthcare environments making them more patient-centred.
  2. To highlight the benefits, challenges and lessons learned including operational, quality and clinical outcomes.
  3. To network with key designers, constructors, health authorities, clinicians, project officers, architects and engineers, IT architects etc…


October 27, 8:00 am – 3:15 pm @ the Walter C. Mackenzie (WCM) Health Sciences Centre, Bernard Snell Hall

October 27, 3:30 pm – 5:30  Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, Kaye Edmonton Clinic

October 27th, 5:30 – 8:00 pm, Varscona Hotel on Whyte, Hospitality Suite.  Hors d’oeuvres & Refreshments

Conference fees $695 (discounts of $60 per person for 3 or more): Fees include all materials, breakfast, 2 breaks, luncheon. Reception fee: $55. Government rates available.

Speakers / Topics:

Remote Presence Robotic Care in Saskatchewan
Dr. Ivar Mendez,
Fred H. Wigmore Professor and Unified Head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon Health Region.

DynaLIFE Medical Labs: Using Automation, LEAN Workflow and Tools Optimization
Norma Page,
Vice President, Clinical Operations, DynaLIFE

Kaye Edmonton Clinic – Innovation for Better Care and Lessons Learned
Elizabeth Seib, Executive Director of Ambulatory (Outpatient) Care
Dean Olmstead,  Senior Director Capital Management
Dr. Dylan Taylor, Co-Facility Medical Director, University of Alberta Hospital, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, Kaye Edmonton Clinic, Associate Zone Medical Director, Edmonton Zone, Alberta Health Services

Designing for Innovative Clinical Teaching Programs at the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy and Ward of the 21st Century Project: Two approaches for collaborative innovation
Gordon Stratford,
Vice-President HOK
Jane Drummond, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Nursing,University of Alberta
Jill de Grood, Director, Ward of the 21 Century (W21C)

A Model for Human Factors Design of a Trauma OR at the Foothills Medical Centre
Jonas Shultz, Human Factors Specialist, Health Quality Council of Alberta
Christine Vis, Manager, Trauma Services and PCU 44, Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary

Cancer Care Facility Design and Lessons Learned from three recent Alberta Cancer Sites
Brenda Hubley,
Executive Director of Community Oncology and Provincial Practices, CancerControl Alberta, Alberta Health Services 

Mona Udowicz, Director, Quality, Safety, and Patient Experience, Cancer Control Alberta, Alberta Health Services

Tours: Take a guided tour with the Kaye Edmonton Clinic leadership visiting key features of the site from the new Northern Alberta Urology Clinic to neuro services and the dentistry clinic. Also tour the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy including their SIM lab, rehab robotics lab and collaborative areas.

Program schedule may be modified depending on speaker availability and speakers are subject to change due to availability.


  • Owners and operators, Leadership from Alberta Health Services, Alberta Infrastructure, Alberta Health
  • ‘C’ Suite Hospital Administrators
  • Clinical Leads (CMIOs, Nursing, Medical leads)
  • Capital Planning leaders and Project Directors
  • ICAT / IMIT Leaders
  • Design / Build Executives
  • Constructors / Project Managers
  • Consulting / Design Engineers
  • Architects
  • Planning Consultants
  • Infection Control Professionals
  • Quality and Patient Safety
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Capital Planners, Infrastructure Planners
  • Hospital Service Providers
  • Energy Services Companies
  • Healthcare Vendors

Cancellation Policy
Fees are non-refundable. Registrants may be replaced by a colleague of the same organization, if written notification is given prior to the event. Note that CCHF does not guarantee all speakers. There may be substitutes due to availability or the need to make program changes.


Brenda Hubley

  • Alberta Health Services
  • Executive Director of Community Oncology and Provincial Practices, CancerControl Alberta

Michael Keen

  • St. Michael's Hospital
  • Senior Director, Founding Director CCHF

Dr. Ivar Mendez

  • University of Saskatchewan and Saskatoon Health Region
  • Professor and Unified Head of Surgery

Rita Mezei

  • Canadian Centre for Healthcare Facilities
  • Executive Director

Dean Olmstead

  • Alberta Health Services
  • Senior Director, Capital Management

Norma Page

  • DynaLIFE
  • Vice-President, Clinical Operations

Anne Pratt

  • University of Alberta
  • Communications Manager, Health Sciences Council
Jonas Schultz

Jonas Shultz

  • Health Quality Council of Alberta & University of Calgary
  • Human Factors Lead & Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Anesthesia

Dr. Dylan Taylor

  • Alberta Health Services
  • Co-Facility Medical Director, University of Alberta Hospital, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, Kaye Edmonton Clinic, Associate Zone Medical Director, Edmonton Zone

Christine Vis

  • Alberta Health Services
  • Manager, Trauma Services and PCU 44 Trauma/Surgery