Event description


Day 1

#1 Dr. Chapman – Nurse Led Design

#2 UHN – Exceptional Experiences for Patients

#3 Unity Health

#4 Seniors Emergency Medicine UHN

#6 Integrated project teams

#7 Navigating the Ontario Project Delivery Process Final Presentation


Day 2

#1 Healthcare Beyond Carbon_CCHF Toronto (KC and AP)

#3 Synergies nd Constraints


#4 LHSC and WH Panel Presentation – CCHF 2023Nov29

# 5 Clinical Input to Digital Infra Nov 29 2023

#6 Deloitte_HRH_29Nov2023_vF



8:00 – 8:45    Networking Breakfast, Atrium Rooms 240, 241 2nd floor

8:45 -9:00     Welcome Purpose and Outcomes (Auditorium)

Rita Mezei. CCHF Executive Director
Michael Keen,  Vice-President, Facilities and Planning, Unity Health Toronto

9:00 – 9:45      Guest Speaker: Dr. Leigh Chapman, Chief Nursing Officer, Canada

Introduction of Guest Speaker by Tory McKillop, Vice President, Furniture, Equipment and Design, EllisDon. 

9:45- 10:30 

Creating Healthier Environments for Patients and Care Providers 

The pandemic showed us how much we could accomplish when we work together, rowing in the same direction to put the needs of patients first, but it also highlighted our physical and environmental shortcomings, growing inequities in care and unprecedented levels of provider burnout. Care is directly impacted by the environmental experience of patients and care providers and we must do better moving forward. UHN is Canada’s largest research hospital and one of the world’s leading hospitals, located in one of the most diverse cities in the world. With hospital doors open again, we are focused on creating world-class environments in which all patients feel safe and cared for; and providers feel supported and proud of the spaces where they care for some of the sickest patients.

Ian McDermott, Executive Director, Redevelopment and Chief Planning Officer, University Health Network
Rebecca Repa, Executive Vice-President, Clinical Support and Performance, University Health Network

10:30             BREAK



Designing for Safety in an Urban Emergency Department Unity Health

As a team, we’ll share how Designing for Safety in an Urban Emergency Department and the importance of broad consultation and engagement throughout the design process, is applied to create space that supports operational needs and workflows and optimizes staff and patient safety.

Tom Parker, Director Redevelopment, Unity Health Toronto
Dominic Gascon, Operational Readiness Specialist, Unity Health Toronto
Orla Smith
, Senior Clinical Program Director, Unity Health Toronto
Carolyn Snider, Chief Emergency Medicine, Unity Health Toronto

11:15 – 12:00 

Addressing Frontline Emergency Care for Seniors

As the ‘front porch of healthcare’, Myrna Daniels Seniors Emergency Medicine Centre at UHN’s Toronto Western Hospital emergency department will provide high impact at a population level through an approach that centers seniors’ relatively more complex emergent care needs. The Centre is designed for patients with mobility, functional and social support challenges and those at high risk for falls, delirium, and other healthcare-related harm.

Dr. Tessa Ringer, Medical Director, Geriatric Emergency, University Health Network
Nazek Abdelmutti, Seniors Emergency Medicine Centre and Older Adult Strategy, University Health Network
Lisa Tobin, Principal, Cumulus Architects Inc.

12:00 – 1:10     Networking Lunch

1:10 – 2:10   

PANEL: Embedding Cultural Safety in the Redevelopment Process Urban and Rural Initiatives

Shannon Crowder, Principal, Resource Planning Group
Jennifer Dreaver,
Executive Director, Kenora Chiefs Advisory
Cheryl O’Flaherty, Vice President, Operations & Chief Financial Officer, Lake of Woods, District Hospital
Dr. Lise Bisnaire, Executive Director, 1Door4Care, CHEO Integrated Treatment Centre
Deb Hill (Moderator)
Director, Major Projects Healthcare, Colliers Project Leaders

2:00 – 2:45      

High Performing Integrated Project Teams

Successful capital project teams require a diversity of skill sets across departments and specialized expertise from experts outside the health facility. How teams are resourced and integrated through the planning process is fundamental to project success.

The session will examine: leadership and  team building, resource planning and staff engagement.

Cliff Harvey, Joint Vice President, Redevelopment, Grand River and St. Mary’s Hospital

2:50 – 3:10   BREAK

3:10 – 4:00 Navigating the Ontario Project Delivery Process & Keeping Your Health System Strategic Goals Intact

We introduce the concept of an overall health capital delivery roadmap where facility and organizational transformation remain integrated throughout the project lifecycle. We then explore real project situations where it was critical to remain aligned with the hospital’s evolving strategic priorities while successfully navigating the government’s capital planning and approvals process to achieve a successful project outcome on opening day….and beyond.

David Schlotzhauer, Principal, Stantec Consulting
Donna Rothwell, Senior Principal, Stantec Consulting
Mary-Agnes Wilson, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Nurse Executive, Mackenzie Health
David Stolte, Vice President, Strategy and Program Support Services, Mackenzie Health.

4:00 – 4:15 Summary and Close of Day 1

4:30 – 6:30   Networking Reception (Off-site)


8:00 – 8:45     Breakfast & Networking, Atrium Rooms 240, 241 2nd floor

8:45 – 9:00     Welcome and Overview (Auditorium)
Mike Hickey, CCHF Board Member

9:00 – 9:50    International Guidance on Global Healthcare Sustainable Initiatives

Healthcare organisations can benefit from international guidance and support when considering the following questions:

  • What can be done to further decarbonise a healthcare system?
  • How are policies, the economy, the industry and the environment working against reaching a carbon emission target?
  • How are policies, the economy, the industry and the environment expediting reaching a carbon emission target?

Kevin Cassidy, National Market Lead, Healthcare WSP Canada
Antoni Paleshi, Senior Energy Performance Specialist, WSP Canada

9:50 – 10:30 

Sustainable Innovations: Strategies that add value in new and existing facilities

Sustainability goals for the building’s industry are largely driven by efforts to decarbonize assets in order to meet national, global and corporate commitments. Meeting these aggressive targets will require input and collaboration from all individuals involved in project planning, design and execution. EllisDon’s expertise floods the full life cycle of buildings from project finance, through design, execution and into building operations. Learn more about how EllisDon teams work to incorporate decarbonization strategies to build more sustainable Healthcare Infrastructure across Canada. 

Mirko Djordjevic, Vice President, Mechanical Design and Energy Optimization, EllisDon
Danny Giacomel, Senior Vice-President, EllisDon Capital
Jolene Mclaughlin, Vice-President, Climate and Sustainability, EllisDon
Ned Flynn, Vice-President, Facilities Services, EllisDon

10:30 – 10:45 BREAK   

10:45 – 11:30      Synergies and Contradictions Between Optimizing Care and Environmental Sustainability

The main role of hospitals is to heal patients so they can regain quality of life outside the hospital.

The design of the physical environment is beneficial in getting patients back to health faster.  Resilient and responsive health infrastructure is critical to a healthy community/economy. Health design features benefiting patients may sometimes be at odds with sustainable practice.

How do we identify the most beneficial sustainable design considerations/features to reduce the carbon footprint in hospital and other care facilities across the continuum of care and how can they be integrated into the design process? When there is a conflict/ competing value, how do we identify a path forward?

Robin Snell, Director, Parkin Architects Limited
Rebecca MacDonald, Senior Associate, Parkin Architects Limited
Iain MacFadyen, Principal, ZGF Architects

11:30  – 12:15 PANEL:Peter Gilgan Mississauga Hospital and the Progressive DBFM 

Key Objectives: 

  • Project scope for the largest hospital in Canada
  • Progressive DBFM unpacked and why it was applied and how key stakeholders are working together in applying this model
  • Project risk mitigation strategies

David Longley, Senior Vice President, Capital Planning & Redevelopment, Trillium Health Partners
Dave Klassen, Vice-President, Design Build, EllisDon
Robin Snell, Director, Parkin Architects Limited
John Steven, Senior Principal, Stantec Architecture Limited
Kate Traianopoulos, Director, Project Delivery, Healthcare, Infrastructure Ontario
Moderator, Michael Keen, Vice President & Chief Planning Officer, Unity Health Toronto

12:15 – 1:15 LUNCH 

1:15 – 2:00

Meeting tomorrow’s health needs through Population and Social Determinants of Health (SDH) Informed Hospital Capital Planning

Learning Objectives:

  1. The importance of a population and SDH-informed approach to forecasting volumes within capital planning
  2. The impact of this data-informed approach on a health system’s ability to address future healthcare needs
  3. The value of a regional approach to capital planning, including early engagement and involvement of regional hospital partners

Andrea McInerney,  Executive Director, Office of Capital Management, London Health Sciences Centre
Jana Fear, Manager, Office of Capital Management, London Health Sciences Centre
Derek Lall, Director Facilities Management, London Health Sciences Centre
Cindy Smart, Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Executive, Woodstock Hospital

2:00 – 2:30

Ontario’s Digital Infrastructure Transformation from Ontario MD  

  • What is the roadmap for technology to support acute care and primary care clinical and operational workflow integration – how OHTs are driving change
  • What technologies Ontario MD is currently assessing (AI, linking EHRs) – what do nurses and doctors want to be automated to reduce their administrative workloads and avoid clinician burnout
  • Digital health lessons learned through the COVID experience that are getting traction and being applied
  • Future trends for digital health in primary care and how it will impact hospitals (AI and EHR) & recommendations for capital investment in a variety of care environments
  • CSA update on technology standards for new hospital development

Rob Fox,  CEO,  Ontario MD

2:30 – 3:00 Improving patient outcomes through clinical integration in digital infrastructure planning

The session will cover the practice of including front-line staff in generating solutions for improving the delivery of patient care at major capital projects in Ontario. Organizations are focusing on today’s challenges, which include health human resources shortage, patient experience, and service quality. Solutions draw on technologies such as virtual care, augmented reality and wearable technologies.

Megan Angus, Vice President,  Strategy and Digital Services, HH Angus

 3:00 -3:15  BREAK

3:15 – 4:00  “Hospital Without Walls” – The Future of Hospital Capital Planning and Development

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the Future of HealthTM and trends that will define how healthcare is delivered over the next 10 years
  • Discuss the influence of technology, including Generative AI, on hospital operations and how it will shape healthcare infrastructure, now and in the future
  • Discuss actionable strategies for hospital and capital planning leaders to incorporate in their planning and design process as they work towards the future of healthcare infrastructure

Peter Bak, Chief Information Officer at Humber River Health
Kristin Mendoza,
Partner, Deloitte, Healthcare Consulting Practice

4:00 – 4:30 Closing Panel:
Contributions of innovations impacting health facilities and future planning outlook   

Dr. Muhammad Mamdani, Vice President – Data Science and Advanced Analytics, Unity Health Toronto
Ian McDermott, Executive Director, Redevelopment and Chief Planning Officer, University Health Network
Derek Lall, Director Facilities Management, London Health Sciences Centre
Moderator, Christine Chadwick, Managing Director, Archus

Conference Close – See you next year!


Conference Themes:

With billions of dollars in health capital projects announced in Ontario and across Canada, opportunities to advance healthcare systems are within reach. How we plan, design and construct health facilities, embodies our values, and technological and clinical advancements that future generations of patients, healthcare staff and communities will experience. How can we make meaningful, intentional change,  addressing current challenges and anticipating future demands?

Key topics to be addressed at the conference include:

  1. Optimizing clinical models of care and operations through the redevelopment, and design process: Exploring effective strategies for planning healthcare facilities units that align with the evolving needs of the patient population, clinical models of care, and optimizing work environments for staff.
  2. Wellness-Centric Design: Delving into the realm of wellness-oriented design principles that attract and retain healthcare staff and involve reconfiguring space allocation to accommodate the changing dynamics of the healthcare workforce.
  3. Achieving Meaningful Reconciliation through Redevelopment: Examining through case studies how meaningful reconciliation can be achieved through leadership, hospital operations, human resource strategies and the project planning process, fostering harmony and cooperation among stakeholders. Learn about specific agreements, how they were designed to promote projects for lasting change from programs, embedded cultural sensitivity learning and, respectful design.
  4. Sustainability, patient care and cost: Balancing the objectives of enhanced sustainability, improved patient care, and capital cost management in the design of healthcare capital projects.
  5. Ontario’s Capital Delivery Process & Your Health System Goals: Examining capital project team’s strategic formation, resourcing and operation to ensure proper integration across the healthcare system, promoting seamless collaboration and efficiency.  How do we navigate Ontario’s infrastructure delivery process and maintain our enterprise objectives?
  6. Digital Infrastructure Integration: Investigating the convergence of digital infrastructure and its impact on capital planning investments and facilities design.

CCHF Audience:

  • ‘C’ Suite leaders in redevelopment projects, finance and operations
  • Clinical planners, clinicians and nursing leaders
  • Architects
  • Interior Designers
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineers
  • Sustainable planners and designers
  • Infection prevention and control leaders
  • Health Authorities
  • Health facilities owners and operators


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Rebecca Repa

  • University Health Network
  • Executive Vice-President, Clinical Support and Performance

Dr. Tessa Ringer

  • University Health Network
  • Medical Director, Geriatric Emergency, Myrna Daniels Seniors Emergency Medicine Centre

Derek Lall

  • London Health Science Centre
  • Derek Lall is the Director of Capital Re-Development, Facilities, Engineering, Security and Parking

Cheryl O’Flaherty

  • Lake of the Woods District Hospital
  • Vice President, Operations & Chief Financial Officer

Orla Smith

  • Unity Health
  • Senior Clinical Program Director

Nazek Abdelmutti

  • University Health Network
  • Director of Strategy and Implementation, Myrna Daniels Seniors Emergency Medicine Centre and Older Adult Strategy

David Stolte

  • Mackenzie Health
  • Vice President, Strategy and Program Support Services

Andrea McInerney

  • London Health Science Centre
  • Executive Director, LHSC’s Office of Capital Management

Muhammad Mamdani

  • Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of Unity Health Toronto
  • Vice President - Data Science and Advanced Analytics, Unity Health Toronto The Odette Chair in Advanced Analytics

Ian McDermott

  • University Health Network
  • Executive Director, Redevelopment and Chief Planning Officer, University Health Network

Mirko Djordjevic

  • EllisDon Corporation

Ned Flynn

  • EllisDon Corporation
  • Vice President, Advisory, Pursuits and Technical

Antoni Paleshi

  • WSP Canada
  • National Lead, WSP's Climate Change, Resilience and Sustainability team

David Longley

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

Cindy Smart

  • Woodstock Hospital
  • Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Executive

Jana Fear

  • London Health Science Centre
  • Manager, LHSC’s Office of Capital Management