Masterclass in Sustainable Healthcare

The Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation is launching the Centre for Sustainable Health Systems (CSHS) with an inaugural Masterclass in Sustainable Healthcare.


Dates: September 12 & 13, 2019
Time: 8:30 am 4:30 pm
Location: Health Sciences Building Rm 208, 155 College Street in downtown Toronto
Cost $300 ($150 per day) plus HST

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  • Day One and Two: Masterclass in Sustainable Healthcare – Registration Closed
  • Day One only: Leadership Skills for Sustainable Health Systems – Registration Closed
  • Day Two only: Foundations of Quality Improvement with a Sustainability Lens – Registration Closed

Please note that Day Two will build on the information, concepts, and approaches in Day One. Participants can attend either or both days.

Why Sustainable Healthcare?

Climate change is recognized as the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century (Lancet, 2018; WHO, 2015; UCL/Lancet Commission, May 2009). Canada’s healthcare system is a large, resource-intensive sector of the Canadian economy,  responsible for at least 4.6% of national carbon dioxide emissions annually (Eckelman, 2018). While the sector dedicated to extending and improving our quality of life is a significant contributor to a phenomenon putting human health at risk, there is a significant opportunity for the health sector to develop and implement sustainability interventions that protect, promote, and prioritize health.

Masterclass Learning Objectives

Day One: ‘Leadership Skills for Sustainable Health Systems’

Day One will provide an introduction to the relationship between health systems and environmental sustainability, and explore the application of principles of adaptive leadership to sustainability challenges.

At successful completion of Day One, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the environmental impacts of the healthcare sector
  • Recognize opportunities for sustainable improvements in healthcare
  • Effectively communicate about sustainability in/of health systems
  • Understand and use adaptive leadership skills to initiate, promote, and support sustainability interventions
  • Explain the Sustainable Quality Improvement (SusQI) Framework 

Day Two: ‘Foundations of Quality Improvement with a Sustainability Lens’

Day two will provide a solid understanding of how foundational concepts and tools of quality improvement can be used to address sustainability challenges in healthcare.

At successful completion of Day Two, learners will:

  • Understand and apply the Model for Improvement
  • Develop change ideas
  • Appreciate the importance of team-based quality improvement strategies
  • Understand different Data collection approaches and measurement tools
  • Understand the need for Interprofessional collaboration in effective quality improvement

Accreditation for Day Two

Family Physicians

This Group Learning Program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 30.75 Mainpro+ credits. Family physicians must complete 3 hours of independent e-Learning and a 6 and 12 week follow up to receive accreditation


This Masterclass is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for up to a maximum of 5.5 hours.

This Masterclass is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

Specialists must complete 3 hours of independent e-Learning to claim maximum credits.

Masterclass Faculty

Shawna Cunningham

Shawna Cunningham is a Quality Improvement Specialist at Health Quality Ontario. She has fifteen years of leadership experience in community, acute and primary care. She completed a Master’s of Leadership from the College of Management and Economics (University of Guelph), an Honors Degree in Psychology (University of Windsor), a Certificate in Organizational Development (University of Windsor) and a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (Western University). Shawna is LEAN Six Sigma certified.

Fiona A. Miller  

Fiona A. Miller (PhD) is a Professor of Health Policy and holds the Chair in Health Management Strategies in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Dr. Miller’s program of research centres on health technology and innovation policy and the role of health systems in sustainable development (environmental, social, economic). Dr. Miller is leading efforts within the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation to develop educational and research initiatives in collaboration with health sector partners to build sustainable health systems.

Christine Shea – Program Lead, CSHS

Christine Shea (PhD) is the Director of the MSc Quality Improvement and Patient Safety concentration in IHPME. She was also the Curriculum Lead and faculty in the IDEAS Advanced Learning Program, a provincial quality improvement program in healthcare. She teaches on leadership, change, quality improvement and patient safety across IHPME’s programs. Christine brings over 20 years of experience working around the world as a consultant in high reliability organisations including health care, aviation, rail and the nuclear industry.

Gillian Ritcey – Program Lead, CSHS

Gillian Ritcey moved west from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Toronto, Ontario in early 2011. She graduated from Dalhousie University with a Master’s in Public Administration focusing on health policy and programming and proceeded immediately to work at the Health Council of Canada, a federally funded public reporting agency that provided a system-wide perspective on healthcare reform and the nationwide dissemination of best practices. With encouragement from mentors, Gillian joined the Ontario Medical Association as an Emerging Issues Senior Policy Analyst and has spent the majority of her career as Director of the Ontario provincial quality improvement-training program (IDEAS) housed at the University of Toronto. Gillian moved in to her most recent role as Director, Continuing Professional Education to ensure that health system professionals have access to well-crafted and delivered continuing education that keeps pace with the current standards in the field and helps to advance the body and research and technology to drive improvement for the system of tomorrow.

Nicole Simms – Program Lead, CSHS

Nicole Simms (PhD) is a Research Officer at IHPME. She holds an MA in Geography/Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from the department of Geography, Environment & Society at the University of Minnesota. She teaches intermittently in the Department of Geography at UofT. As a Program Lead for CSHS, Nicole is responsible for educational planning and development.

Alice Strachan

Alice Strachan is a Quality Improvement Advisor at Health Quality Ontario. Previously, she was an Advisor for the Quality Improvement and Innovation Partnership (QIIP) where she focused on quality improvement in primary care, especially access. Trained as a Kinesiologist, Alice is a Certified Professional  Facilitator (CPF), an IHI Certified Improvement Advisor (IA). She also completed a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (York University) and has recently completed her LEAN Six Sigma Black Belt Certification.