CAPHC 2014 Annual Conference: Highlights & Media Release!

For Immediate Release: October 16, 2014

Media Contact: Grace Scorrar,



Highlights of the CAPHC 2014 Annual Conference!

“Climbing Mountains: Leadership & Resilience in Paediatric Healthcare”

 Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, Calgary Alberta                October 19 – 21, 2014

The beautiful city of Calgary has been chosen as the host of our 2014 Annual Conference entitled: 

Climbing Mountains: Leadership & Resilience in Paediatric Healthcare.

On behalf of the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC), our 2014 hosts at the Alberta Children’s Hospital – Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, we are delighted to announce CAPHC’s 2014 Annual Conference.

Health-care professionals, families, youth and dignitaries from across Canada are in Calgary to take part in a three-day conference focused on improving health care for children and youth in Canada.  The CAPHC Annual Conference is the largest interprofessional conference in Canada focusing on the child and youth health-care system. 

Welcoming over 350 delegates from across Canada and around the world, this is your opportunity to engage with senior leaders in children’s health, researchers, policy makers, front line practitioners, children, youth and families.  

When: Sunday, October 19 to Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2014 Conference Host: Alberta Children’s Hospital – Alberta Health Services and the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation

Where:  Calgary Telus Convention Centre and Hyatt Regency Hotel

Conference Highlights & Final Program:

Highlights – Sunday, October 19th 

CAPHC Canadian Paediatric Decision Support Network – “CPDSN: National Benchmarking Symposium”.

CAPHC National Patient Safety Symposium: “Charting the Path for Sustained Leadership: True Confessions from the Patient Safety Field”

CAPHC Canadian Network of Child and Youth Rehabilitation (CN-CYR) National Rehabilitation Symposium: Fostering Leadership and Resilience in Children’s Rehabilitation Programs: What should be considered when re-designing service models?”

Canadian Child and Youth Health Coalition Annual Symposium: “Solutions toward safe and effective treatment for Canadian children”

Canadian Family Advisory Network (CFAN) Annual Workshop:
"Laugh until it helps - Building Resilience through Humour and Laughter,
Parents in Staff Roles: What We've Learned So Far, and
Using Digital Stories and Conversations to Move from Principles to Practices".

Highlights – Monday, October 20th

Sponsored Breakfast Sessions:

TELUS Health: "Improving the Lives of Children, Youth and their Families Struggling with Mental Illness". 

Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI): "CIHI Invites you to Ruminate and Illuminate the Possibilities"

Saint Elizabeth Healthcare: "Innovation to Action - A Nursing Network". 

2014 Keynote Presentation"Leading in the Age of Distraction", Mr. Hugh Culver, Marathon Communications Expert's Enterprise. Kelowna, British Columbia. 

2014 Plenary Presentation - "The Developing Brain: Is Nature to Resilience as Nurture is to Leadership?” Dr. Jong Rho, Alberta Children’s Hospital, University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine. Calgary, Alberta. 

National Symposium: Resilient Leadership in our Healthcare Systems “Weathering the Chinook: Leadership Resiliency in the Changing Winds”. 

Highlights – Tuesday, October 21st

Sponsored Breakfast Sessions:

IKARIA: “Patient Safety and Quality Improvement: Leading Through Partnerships”

Prolacta Bioscience: “100% Human Milk Diets: Meeting the Challenge of Infant Nutrition in the NICU”

CAPHC 2014 Motivational Symposium: “Looking Back to Look Forward” Dr. Peter Rosenbaum, Professor, Department of Paediatrics, Canada Research Chair in Childhood Disability Research, Dissemination and Mentoring. 
- Robin and Joanne Ganton (Calgary, Alberta)
- Mike and Brenda McInnis (Calgary, Alberta)

"Building Resilience in our Children and Youth: Bringing Research to Practice and Practice to Policy". With emphasis on at-risk youth and our aboriginal and first nations populations, our panel of experts will bring to life the research evidence, the impact on practice, policy and programs that are making a difference! 

"KidSIM: Simulation in Child and Youth Healthcare" Using Calgary’s own world class simulation program, KidSIM, as an example, leading experts will look at simulation as an opportunity to improve health care service delivery, not only through training clinicians, but also to educate and engage patients and families. 

"Knowledge Translation: The Art of Using Evidence and the Evidence for Using Art" KT scholar/practitioners work with case studies from CAPHC member organizations to illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of the KT approach to improvement performance, and explore the arts as a means to engage with patients and families. 

"Child and Youth Mental Health: A Crisis in Hospital Emergency Departments" With an increase in the numbers of Canadian children and youth presenting to emergency departments in mental health crisis,  this session will bring together inter-professional and inter-sectoral practitioners to tackle and provide solutions and tools to begin to address this important and challenging issue. 

2014 Closing Keynote: "Things I've Learned from Children, Soldiers and Dolly Parton!" Paul Brandt, Canada's very own Country Superstar and former paediatric nurse at the Alberta Children's Hospital. 

For more information on the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) or to view the full conference program please go to:


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