Event description

11″We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us.”
Winston Churchill (May 10, 1941)

Innovative technology and design is transforming healthcare delivery. The goals are big – to reduce pressures off the healthcare system, improve delivery of care, balance resources and improve efficiency. Evidence-based design, research, new technologies, best practices, integrated design, are all important ingredients that help bring a highly functioning, complex facility to life. Learn from the early adopters as they share their case studies on innovations, outcomes, and lessons learned.

Join us in Vancouver!  As always, the event is structured to encourage lively discussion and questions from the audience. Also, included in the conference program are two very special tours of Surrey Memorial Hospital – Critical Care Tower (SMH – CCT) and Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre (JPOCSC).

Goals of the Conference:

  1. To share case studies by project leads that highlight innovative design and technologies.
  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…


Keynote, Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, Founder and Co-Chair of Innovation Boulevard.

Dr. Seth Bokser, UC San Francisco, a US National leader in clinical informatics will talk about the design and vision for patient engagement platform and robotics at UCSF. Dr. Bokser also helped start the UCSF Center for Digital Health Innovation in collaboration with some of Silicon Valley’s most successful technology leaders.

Design of Centre hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal, (CHUM project) features one of the largest innovation hubs in the country.  Paul Landry, Chief Project Officer and Andrew King, was Design Principal for CannonDesign through the delivery process will share the innovative vision and design features for this project bringing together clinical practice, education and research.

Tour Surrey Memorial Hospital with the Chief Project Officer, Site Manager and Clinical Lead share their insights on the design and operations of the facility.

Learn about new innovations in infection control from the leaders that are reshaping IPC approaches in healthcare facilities, featuring clinical outcomes on UV disinfection and state-of-the-art bio- containment.

And so much more leading edge content from healthcare leaders and experts across Canada and the US. Don’t miss it!

Summary Agenda

Welcome Reception:
May 31st, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm @ Ebo restaurant in the Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre

Conference Day 1:
June 1, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm. Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre. Shuttle bus to Tour sites leaves at 2 pm.

June 1: Dinner 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm @ The Boathouse Restaurant, New Westminster . (Ticket required).

Conference Day 2:
June 2, 8:00 am – 4 pm, Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre


  • Owners and operators, Leadership from Health Authorities, Provincial Health Services Authority (owners and operators)
  • ‘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

Presentations & Speakers

Day 1:

Keynote: Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, Co-Chairman, Innovation Boulevard, Professor, Simon Fraser University and  BC Leadership Chair, Surrey Memorial Hospital, Medical Technologies Innovation

The Edmonton Zone 2030 Plan
Cameron Shantz, Parkin Architects Limited / Denise Blackwell, President, Blackwell Management Group / Basel Abdulaal, Capital Management Lead, 2030 Edmonton Plan, Alberta Health Services

Robotics and patient engagement innovations at Children’s Hospital in San Francisco
Dr. Seth Bokser, Associate Clinical Professor of Paediatrics, University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center

Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre (JPOCSC) Patient Centred Innovation and Building Functionality
John Etcher,
Principal, Kasian Architecture / Alan Drummond,  Bouygues Energies and Services  /  Min Naruki-van velzen, Access and Integration Manager, JPOCSC

Tours of Surrey Memorial Hospital and Jim Pattison Out-Patient Care and Surgery Clinic
Barry Pearce, Chief Project Officer, Fraser Health Authority / Doug Wills, General Manager, P3 Operations, JPOCSC and SMH-CCT / Min Naruki-van velzen, Access and Integration Manager, JPOCSC 

Day 2:

How eICUs are transforming care at Advocate Health in Chicago
Cindy Welsh, Vice President, Adult Critical Care and Medical Professional Affairs, Advocate Health Care, Chicago

Leveraging Technology to Design and  Deliver Manufactured Construction in Healthcare
Kristin Moore,
Director of Healthcare, DIRTT Environmental Solutions

Moving from SickCare to Wellness Care
Stef J. Schiedon, Executive Director
– Strategic Planning and Real Estate,  Fraser Health AuthorityMarco Buccini, President, MB Architecture Inc.
/ Clifford Harvey,
Vice-President, Planning, Facilities and Support Services, North York General Hospital, ON

High-Consequence Infectious Disease: 10 Principles of Patient Safety
Troy Ransdell, Vice-President, Healthcare, HDR | CEI Architecture / Cyndi McCullough, Director of Clinical Planning, HDR

Assessing UVC Disinfection: Microbiological Efficacy and Integration into Hospital Workflow
Dr. Elizabeth Bryce, Regional Medical Director for Infection Control at Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver General Hospital

Centre hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal, (CHUM project) Montreal, Quebec
Paul Landry,
Project Director CHUM and new Project Director for St. Paul’s Hospital, Providence Health Care, BC / Andrew King, Senior Partner, Design Principal, Lemay

*Note: Tours of Surrey Memorial Hospital and Jim Pattison Out-Patient Care and Surgery Centre are on Day 1, June 1.

A shuttle bus will be available to delegates, departing at 2 pm from the Delta Conference Centre to the healthcare sites. Following the tours, the shuttle will be available to take delegates to the networking dinner and return to the Delta Burnaby Hotel.

Payment must be received by CCHF prior to the event for entrance.

Note: Speakers and topics may change.

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.