Event description

Dear Healthcare Leaders! 

This one-day session at the new Women’s College Hospital brings together thought leaders, healthcare leaders and experts to share cutting-edge case studies, trends and research that are reshaping the way we plan, design and construct healthcare environments to meet the needs of patients into the future. Opportunities for informal and structured interaction will engage participants to learn from each other. Please join us!




Revolutionary Care from Vision to Reality at Women’s College Hospital (WCH)
Marilyn Emery
, President and Chief Executive Officer, WCH
Heather McPherson, Executive Vice-President, Patient Care and Ambulatory Innovation, WCH
Learn from the WCH Executive leads how the hospital is a shining example of revolutionary ambulatory healthcare, underscored by access and innovations to support its healthcare goals of patient-centered care in the community.

Collaborative Design for Inclusive Patient Care
Heather McPherson, Executive Vice-President, Patient Care and Ambulatory Innovation, WCH
Susan Black, Partner, Perkins, Eastman, Black
Learn how innovative initiatives such as A Thousand Voices for Women’s Health was woven into inclusive, empathic, community-based design approach and in developing programs and services reflected in the innovative spaces to support diverse cultural, clinical and therapeutic needs offered at Women’s College Hospital.

Cleveland Clinic’s Approach to Improving Care Through Design
Frank Aucremanne,
Executive Director, Buildings and Properties, Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic is known for its innovative approach to planning, design and construction, always with the patient experience and care throughout every step of the development process. Learn about Cleveland Clinic’s world-renowned approach using metrics, standards, post-occupancy evaluation, evidence-based design and other measures.


New Directions in Danish Health Care Design
Soren Daugbjerg
Presentation of the Design and post occupancy experiences for the new Psychiatric Hospital in Slagelse, Denmark + an outlook to new directions in hospital design in Denmark, exemplified by the Vilhelm Lauritzen projects New North Zealand Hospital and Copenhagen Steno Diabetes Center.

Improving Care Through Innovative Community Health Centres
Peter Riggin, Chief Operating Officer, NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT
Michael Feraday, Executive Director, Barrie and Community Family Health Team
David Longley, Associate Vice-President, Trillium Health Partners
To meet ever-increasing healthcare demands and reduce financial burdens on the healthcare system, new approaches for delivering integrated care through family and community health hubs are being established. These Centres play a key role in providing health services that aim to limit unnecessary visits to acute care centres.  Learn about global and local trends that are transforming care environments and the impacts on the community and the patient experience.

Integrating Research, Evidence-Based Design & Clinical Practice for Improved Outcomes in the Older Population
Dr. Paula Rochon,
 Senior Scientist, Women’s College Research Institute & Vice-President, Research, Women’s College Hospital
Barbara Miszkiel, Director, Health Practice & International Lead, Design for Sub-Acute Care, HDR Architects Inc.

Design Excellence and Ontario’s AFP: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Jennifer Clarke, Executive Director, Planning, Design and Operational Improvement, CAMH
Alice Liang, Principal, Montgomery, Sisam Architects
Jane Wigle, Senior Principal, Stantec Architecture
Marcia Medrano, Project Director, CAMH,  (Formerly Director AFP Major Projects, Infrastructure Ontario)
Frieder Aldinger, Associate Vice-President, Plenary Group
Bruce Mcpherson, PCL Constructors Inc., Toronto

A panel discussion on the roles of the Planning, Design and Compliance Team, Infrastructure Ontario, the Owner and Plenary Health on the challenges and lessons learned in advancing design excellence to improve care working through the Alternative Financing Process.

Join us at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto!

Learn from healthcare leaders and experts. Bring your questions, network and learn.

Connect – Share – Innovate!


  • Owners and operators, Leadership from Hospitals
  • ‘C’ Suite healthcare leaders
  • 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



Tuesday, November 28

Conference Sessions: 8:00 am – 4:30  pm.

Tours of selected areas of Women’s College Hospital: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Networking reception: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm ($75 extra)

Conference fees regular rate $695 (plus taxes) &  $550 (plus taxes) for hospitals, government & not-for-profits include: networking breakfasts, lunches and breaks, conference materials and presentations & tours. Join us for a networking reception following the site tour.

Hotel: Chelsea Hotel, Toronto – Courtesy Rate – Book Soon!
For those staying overnight, needing accommodation, CCHF has secured a courtesy rate for a number of rooms. Book soon, the cut-off is October 27th, or when the rooms sell out, whichever happens first.
Book Online
or call 1-800-CHELSEA (243-5732) or 416-595-1975
Chelsea Hotel, Toronto 33 Gerrard Street West Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4 Canada

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. Due to speaker availability, there may be program changes.

Sponsorship & Presentation ideas, contact Rita Mezei, (416) 278-3611

Fascinating read to share with your colleagues: Hospitals without beds

Rediscovering Healthcare

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Peter Riggin

  • Northwest Healthcare Properties REIT
  • Chief Operating Officer

David Longley

  • Vice President, Capital Planning & Redevelopment
  • Trillium Health Partners

Marilyn Emery

  • Women’s College Hospital
  • President & Chief Executive Officer

Heather McPherson

  •  Women’s College Hospital
  •  Executive Vice President, Patient Care & Ambulatory Innovation

Paula Rochon

  • Women’s College Hospital
  • Vice-President Research

Marcia Medrano

  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Project Director, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Redevelopment

Jennifer Clarke

  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Executive Director, Planning, Design and Operational Improvement at CAMH


  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Executive Director, Real Estate, Facilities & Construction