On July 11, 2019, approximately 200 senior health leaders from around the province gathered to connect and collaborate with their peers at the one-day LeaderShift Conference, held at the BMO Institute for Learning in Toronto. The atmosphere was electric, with connections, learning, and sharing lighting up both the conference room and the Twitterverse, where #shapetheshift was trending by mid-morning.
The day kicked off with addresses from Deborah Simon, CEO, Ontario Community Support Association and the Honourable Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.
Over the rest of this high-energy, highly interactive day, sector leaders reflected on what it’s like to lead in these changing times, moving from feeling excited and invigorated but also uncertain, scared, and chaotic to seeing strength and possibility, and feeling curious and energized.
Shifting perspectives required tuning into the strengths of the community and primary care sector, thinking through what needs to shift, considering what we need to embrace and let go of to move forward, and hearing stories of inspiring collaborations and LeaderShift partnerships.
Conference delegates were quick to highlight the tremendous strengths of the people and organizations in community and primary care, including:
Recognizing that the roll out of the government’s new Ontario Health Teams will fundamentally transform the health care system and will demand new ways of thinking, working with, and relating to one another, delegates reflected on what needs to shift to move forward from where we are. They identified the following as things that need to shift to make this system transformation possible:
In these times of transformation, it’s clearly up to current and emerging leaders to break down silos, re-frame old dynamics, reinvent themselves and their organizations, and reshape the landscape. To do that, delegates encouraged each other to let go of:
And instead embrace:
Among the many takeaways from the day, a key one was that the health care transformation we’ve been preparing for is here. And that we’re ready.
Across the sector, current and emerging leaders are developing and demonstrating the courage to transform, the confidence to lead, and the capacity to collaborate through LeaderShift’s various initiatives, from the LEADS Learning Series to on-demand health system webinars and applied online learning opportunities.
All in all, the future looks bright!