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It is a critical time for health care system transformation in Alberta. Primary health care will be the key to unlocking the whole system’s potential and family physicians will be relied on to initiate and support the work needed to get us there.

Family physicians are essential contributors to promote and lead change for systemic health care innovation and are often sought out to provide their critical perspectives on policy development, system reform, and patient care. Your involvement and effort will result in positive change for clinicians, patients, and families.

March 2, 2017 –

Introducing LeadFM: The Alberta Family Medicine leadfmemailimageLeadership Conference

Rimrock Resort Hotel | Banff, AB

Join us at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff on March 2nd for a full day of sessions intended to introduce physicians to the tools they need to lead work in their clinic, community, Primary Care Network, or throughout the province. Look forward to a day of learning and networking with leaders from around the province working towards positive system change!

This inaugural conference showcases the work being done by your colleagues to advance the principles of the Patient’s Medical Home throughout the province. Using the Canadian framework, LEADS in a Caring Environment, our leadership faculty have created a suite of programs to inspire and prepare physicians for day to day leadership challenges and system level changes ahead.

We are happy to announce two keynote presentations for this conference:
– Dr. Douglas Myhre, 2016 recipient of the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Donald I. Rice Award
– Drs. Mike Allan and Tina Korownyk from the University of Alberta’s PEER Group

Participants will be able to choose from five different concurrent sessions at the conference. These sessions were developed with the LEADS In a Caring Environment framework and are part of a larger program of leadership offerings being developed for physicians and system leaders.

The conference sessions are:
– How to Get Your Primary Care Measurement Project Off the Ground
– The Art of Engagement: Becoming a Change Champion
– Let’s Go to the Moon: Keeping the Goal in Sight Throughout PCN Evolution
– The Building Blocks of Successful Coalitions
– Leading Primary Care Transformation in an Uncertain Environment


Included in your registration fee is breakfast, lunch, and an evening reception in addition to three concurrent sessions of your choice and an opening keynote presentation. We have negotiated a rate of $180/night at the Rimrock, but these rooms are limited so book soon using the group number 170301ACLC!

As an added bonus, when you register for this conference, you will get a code for $50 off your registration at the ACFP’s 62nd Annual Scientific Assembly happening March 3-5th at the same location!

Engaged Leadership Secretariat

A collaborative effort has been initiated between the Alberta College of Family Physicians, Alberta Medical Association’s Section of General Practice, Alberta Health Services, the departments of family medicine at the University of Alberta and University of Calgary, and the Primary Care Network Evolution to develop and support physician leaders.

Its mandate is to achieve leadership excellence through the provision of coordination, development programs, and support of professional leadership for family physicians in Alberta.

The ACFP has been charged with managing the administration of the Engaged Leadership Secretariat and will work with its partners to support and build on:

  • Coaching family physicians and their organizations in leading and supporting change
  • Facilitating collaboration within the health care system
  • Developing and enhancing family physician leadership skills
  • Fostering a common understanding and language of leadership with one another, within teams, and with other professionals and specialists across the system

We Want to Hear From You—Your Interests, Your Experience, Your Needs.

The Leadership Secretariat invites you to participate in its efforts to build a network of family physician leaders for the province ready to collaborate and influence change from a primary care perspective.

Registering at EngagePrimaryCare.ca will help us understand what you are interested in, what experience you have, and what you would like to learn about Family Physician Leadership.


In response to balance the demand for primary care involvement in many health care initiatives or projects on policy development, system reform, and patient care, the website,EngagePrimaryCare.ca, was developed.fp-protocol

EngagePrimaryCare.ca facilitates the need and demand to collaborate with Alberta family physicians by accepting requests for a primary care involvement and matching physicians from the Family Physician Leader Registry.

The site provides one point of entry for all requesters to connect with family physicians in innovative projects and health system transformation activities and supports family physicians who have expressed interests in contributing in specific clinical areas with appropriate professional development opportunities. This family physician engagement protocol provides clear and consistent processes to engage Alberta family physicians efficiently and effectively.

Building Capacity for Family Physician Leadership

The Leadership Secretariat will endeavour to create continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities in the area of LEADS_Collaborative_Colour_250pxleadership. The ACFP will help lead the effort with its partners to coordinate the leadership development program. Potential partner organizations have discussed that a foundational common framework would allow better integration and design of programs.

The LEADS in a Caring Environment capabilities framework would be appropriate and is an accessible framework designed with Canada’s health care systems in mind. Many of Alberta’s existing programs have used this framework already. The ACFP has signed a license agreement with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, and is the first member organization that to be granted a license agreement.

Initial discussions have begun to establish collective goals and terms of agreement on the use of the framework within Alberta’s context. The LEADS in a Caring Environment (LEADS) framework is a leadership capabilities framework representing an innovative and integrated investment in the future of health leadership in Canada. It provides a comprehensive approach to leadership development for the Canadian health sector, including leadership within the whole-system, within the health organizations, and by individual leaders.

Leadership Development Opportunities in the Area

Recently, the following sessions were presented:
Primary Health Care Improvement Symposium – May 25 – 27, 2016

61st ASA – March 4-6, 2016

      • How to Get Buy-In for Your Initiatives, Dr. David Keegan
      • How to Have Conversations About Difficult Issues, Dr. David Keegan

Accelerating Primary Care Conference – November 6-7, 2015

      • Pre-conference: License to Lead
      • Leading social systems: a focus on partnership in organizational life
        Phil Cady CD, BSW, MALT, DSocSci (Cand)


Engaged Leadership Secretariat