Registration is now open for the 2018 LeadFM Conference – April 20-21, 2018 in Calgary

Building on last year’s inaugural conference, we are expanding to a two-day conference to help physician and system leaders develop the skills of “leadership for where you are.” After reviewing feedback from last year’s successful conference and hearing from family physicians we have started developing clinically relevant leadership topics for any stage of your leadership journey!

We are pleased to offer a variety of registration options for physician, allied healthcare, and system leaders. Register early to take advantage of our early bird prices!

(Ends March 4, 2018)
(Starts March 5, 2018)
Active ACFP (or CFPC) Member $550.00 $600.00
Non-Member $650.00 $700.00
Family Medicine Resident $275.00 $275.00
Medical Student $195.00 $195.00


*prices do not include GST. Please contact the ACFP office if you need assistance registering at 780-488-2395 or by email at

Don’t forget to book your room at the Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal; we have secured a conference rate of $169/night on a limited number of rooms that you can book directly on the Marriott reservation site

Friday Keynote and Session Topics Are Here

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Brad Bahler will be presenting the opening keynote presentation on “the Accidental Leader.” Dr. Bahler will be sharing his experiences, his leadership journey, and the tips he’s picked up along the way. After leading his practice and PCN through an improvement collaborative with Alberta AIM, Dr. Bahler became interested in improving the system of care for patients in Alberta. He is currently faculty with Alberta AIM and has had an opportunity to teach primary care teams, specialty based teams and hospital based teams principles of improving access and quality. In addition he has worked extensively with Towards Optimized Practice on various provincial quality improvement initiatives. Dr. Bahler currently holds the position of Medical Director for the Primary Health Care Integration Network and is the Chair of the Primary Care Alliance.

Along with this exciting keynote, there will be engaging sessions on patient engagement, governance, personal strategic planning, getting buy-in, multi-disciplinary teams, and change leadership. We are also planning plenty of networking time for you to build your leadership network and share ideas and experiences with your peers.




Saturday Keynote Announced

Dr. Phillip van der Merwe will be encouraging participants to “release their inner guerilla” on Saturday as he discusses his experiences using unconventional approaches to change leadership to affect system change. Dr. van der Merwe is a Calgary community-based family physician who provides comprehensive care in a patient-centred medical home. In addition to his practice, Dr. van der Merwe has taken on numerous roles in Alberta’s primary health care system and was recently a candidate in the Calgary Lougheed byelection, coming in second against the new leader of the United Conservative Party. We look forward to hearing Dr. Phillip van der Merwe on Saturday at LeadFM