North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN Care Connections Forum - March 28, 2017

6th Annual Aboriginal Health Forum - March 29, 2017

System transformation has begun. We hope with the NSM Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and Aboriginal Health Circle jointly hosting our Forums together this year, it will provide an opportunity to come together for real change and mirror the provincial direction of the inclusion of Indigenous health as a key driver in designing a system to meet our collective needs.  We encourage everyone to attend both days to make this happen.  

North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN Care Connections Forum 2017

March 28, 2017 - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm


 8:30 - 8:40   Welcome/ Opening Remarks – Jill Tettmann CEO, NSM LHIN
 8:40 - 9:00  Opening Ceremony
 9:00 - 9:15  A Patient's Story - Gertie Beaucage
 9:15 - 9:40  Opening Address: The Patient's First Vision in Ontario - Dr. Bob Bell
9:40 - 10:45  Transforming Health -The Southcentral Foundation and Nuka System of Care - Dr. Katherine Gottlieb
  BREAK 10:45 - 11:00 
 11:00 - 11:45  Understanding the Concept of the Patient's Medical Home and the work of the Ontario College of Family Physicians
- Jessica Hill, Dr. Jennifer Young
 11:45 - 12:15 Q&A with Keynote Speakers
- Dr. Bob Bell, Dr. Katherine Gottlieb, Dr. Jennifer Young
 LUNCH 12:15 - 13:00
 13:00 - 14:30 Panel Discussion - How the concepts of the Patient's Medical Home and the success of the Nuka system relate to Ontario and North Simcoe Muskoka as we move to sub-region transformation
  • Germaine Elliott - Chair, Aboriginal Health Circle
  • Michael Feraday - Executive Director, Barrie and Community Family Health Team
  • Claude Marchildon - Patient / Resident, Wyevale
  • Dr. Kim McIntosh - Program Medical Director, Critical Care, Family Medicine & Patient Flow, OSMH
  • Karen Taillefer - Vice President, Patient Services, NSM CCAC
  BREAK 14:30 - 14:45
 14:45 - 15:45 Table Discussions
  1. What are you doing in your organization to reinforce a more patient-centred approach to care?
  2. What did you find most striking and instructive about both the Nuka and Patient's Medical Home models?
  3. How can we strengthen teams across and within organizations to better support patients?
 15:45 - 16:15  Report back from Table Discussions and immediate actions or opportunities in NSM with a response from our keynote speakers - Peter MacLeod
 16:15 - 16:30  Next Steps and Adjournment – Robert Morton, NSM Board Chair

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 Dr. Bob Bell Dr. Bob Bell, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Dr. Bob Bell was appointed Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, effective June 2, 2014. Prior to this role, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of University Health Network for nine years. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer at Princess Margaret Hospital and Chair of both Cancer Care Ontario’s Clinical Council and the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario. Dr. Bell received his Doctor of Medicine from McGill University and a Master of Science from the University of Toronto. He also completed a Fellowship in Orthopaedic Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University. Dr. Bell is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American College of Surgeons and an Honourary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. An internationally recognized orthopedic surgeon, health care executive, clinician-scientist, and educator, Dr. Bell brings more than 30 years of health care experience to his current role.
 Gertie Beaucage Gertie Beaucage, North Simcoe Muskoka Aboriginal Health Circle
Gertie Beaucage/Zhaawanobinaissi’’kwe is a memberof the Bear Clan. She was raised at Nipissing First Nation, near North Bay, Ontario, under the guidance of her grandparents and extended family. She is a mother and grandmother and is a member of the Three Fires Society – second degree Midewiwin. Gertie works for the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres.
 Dr. Katherine Gottlieb Dr. Katherine Gottlieb, President/CEO, Southcentral Foundation
Dr. Katherine Gottlieb is the President/CEO of the Southcentral Foundation (SCF) in Anchorage Alaska and has served at the helm of the organization since 1991. She is a tribal member of the village of Old Harbor, a tribal member and elected tribal council member for Seldovia Village Tribe, and an honorary member of the Native Village of Eklutna.  Under Dr. Gottlieb's direction and guidance, SCF has become a leader among the nation's health care organizations. She was a founding board member of Cook Inlet Native Head Start, served on the National Library of Medicine Board of Regents, and is active at the national level in Alaska Native and American Indian policy issues. In 2004, she was a recipient of the MacArthur "Genius Award." She is also the recipient of the 2015 Harry S. Hertz Leadership Award presented by the Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. In 2005, she received an honorary doctoral degree, a doctor of public service, honoris causa, from Alaska Pacific University in recognition of her extraordinary public service.
Jessica Hill Jessica Hill, CEO, Ontario College of Family Physicians
Ms. Hill joined the Ontario College of Family Physicians as Chief Executive Officer in August 2013. Her primary focus as CEO is to enhance patient care through excellence in family medicine. A recognized public sector leader with more than 30 years’ experience, Ms. Hill is known for her tireless commitment to innovation and collaboration and for her ability to lead and guide organizations and programs through significant system and organizational change. Prior to joining OCFP, Ms. Hill served from 2007 to 2012 as the inaugural CEO of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, where she led the implementation of Canada’s cancer strategy. Ms. Hill has a strong commitment to good governance for not-for profit organizations and demonstrates this in her day-to-day work as CEO. She holds Masters Degrees in Social Work and Education from the University of Toronto and a Diploma from the Ivey Executive Program at Western University. She has received numerous awards, including the C.M. Hinks Award for Leadership in Mental Health and the Women’s Executive Network Award for Leadership in the Public Sector.
 Dr. Jennifer Young Dr. Jennifer Young, Family Physician, Ontario College of Family Physicians
Dr. Jennifer Young is a comprehensive family doctor in the town of Collingwood. She is the Chief of Family Practice at the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. Dr. Young’s interest in best practices comes from her desire to reduce reliance on testing that can lead to harm and to make the most of our health-care system through the best use of our knowledge and evidence. Dr. Young is a member of the OCFP’s Board of Directors and was the 2014-15 Chair of the OCFP’s Education and Research Committee.
Peter MacLeod, Principle and Founder, MASS LBP
Peter MacLeod is the co-founder and principal of MASS, and one of Canada's leading experts in public engagement and deliberative democracy. Under his leadership, MASS has led some of Canada's most original and ambitious efforts to engage citizens in tackling tough policy options while pioneering the use of Civic Lotteries and Citizen Reference Panels on behalf of a wide array of clients. More about Peter
 John Rice John Rice, Zahgausgai zhinkaazo, Mukwa Dodemin
John is an Ojibwa/Anishinabeninni, 3rd Degree member of the Three Fires Midewiwin Society from Wasauksing First Nation near Parry Sound, Ontario. John is a student of the Miikaans Teaching which is an Anishinaabe teaching about the Spirit’s journey through this physical realm and the mind’s adjustments to physiological and experiential events. He adds this expertise to the Early Psychosis Intervention Team at Canadian Mental Health Association in Barrie, Ontario and the Enaahtig Outreach Team in Orillia, Ontario. His past work experience includes Part time lecturer at Georgian College – Barrie, the Coordinator of Aboriginal Spiritual Services at the Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene (currently known as Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care) and Elder/Healer to Aboriginal inmates at the Fenbrook Institution near Gravenhurst, Ontario. John is a powwow singer/dancer, drum maker, martial artist, downhill skier and enjoys canoeing, hiking and fishing.

 Hector Copegog Medwayoshi (Hector Copegog, Marten Clan)
Hector Copegog was born in Toronto and raised on Beausoleil First Nation territory.  He is a man of many talents and has an extensive amount of knowledge on traditional healing.  He has been drug and alcohol free since 1987.  In 2015 Hector became the Traditional Healer/ Consultant at the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle (BANAC). Hector’s educational training began in 1971 when he first attended Georgian College studying lens grinding.  He later went on to do various truck driving courses at George Brown College.  In the early 2000s he began studying social services at the First Nations Technical Institute.  While in the midst of completing all these courses he still managed to complete the 1st– 4th degree in Midewinin at Three Fires Society.  Hector’s teachers include Eddie Benton, Jim Dumont and Merle Pegamagabow. In 1997 he began his career as a Traditional Healer at Enaahtig Healing Lodge and Learning Centre.  Hector has been a Traditional Healer, Mental Health Worker and a Language and Cultural teacher since 1990. Hector has been a positive influence to many individuals by bringing what he has been taught back to the communities he visits.  He currently volunteers at the Wasauksing Fire Department and the Parry Sound Native Friendship Center.  Hector’s passion for his people has given him an openness to share his wisdom and to assist those who are on their own healing journey.
 Pauline Shirt Gramma Pauline Shirt
Pauline Shirt was born and raised in Saddle Lake Reserve, Alberta. Pauline is greatly recognized for her commitment to the Toronto Native community and for her dedication as a teacher and lecturer since the late sixties. She is a member of the Three Fires Society and the Buffalo Dance Society. Pauline Shirt is a Founder of the First Nations School and the Red Willow which are just two examples of her hard work ethic and perseverance to enhancing the betterment of the Toronto Aboriginal community. Today, Pauline serves as a mentor to many Aboriginal youth and young families as an experienced and trusted Grandmother. She also works in all levels of government conducting Opening Prayers and attending meetings, making sure the Aboriginal community is positively recognized as she offers a voice for her people.
 Deborah Richardson Deborah Richardson, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
Deborah Richardson has been on the forefront of Indigenous Affairs, spearheading many wide-ranging initiatives benefiting Indigenous youth, addressing poverty in the Far North and improving social conditions in Indigenous communities. Starting as Executive Director of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto in 1999, she used her financial and operational expertise to build the Centre into one of the strongest Aboriginal organizations in Toronto.  She then served as Director of Operations and Aboriginal Business Development for the OI Group of Companies located in Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.  Since 2004, Deborah has held progressively senior positions in the federal and provincial public service including Regional Director General for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Assistant Deputy Minister for the Aboriginal Relationships and Ministerial Partnerships division of the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, and the Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ring of Fire Secretariat at the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.  She is currently the Deputy Minister of Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation since her appointment in January 2015.  She has been recognized as a Top Leader under 40 (in 2008) and was selected for the Governor General in Leadership Program. Deborah is a proud Mi'gmaq woman with strong ties to her home community of Pabineau First Nation on the north shore of New Brunswick.  She lives with her husband Bob, and her daughters Jasmine and Fiona.  She also has three step children: Katherine Faith, Griffin and Miigwans.
 Sharon Lee Smith Sharon Lee Smith, Associate Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Sharon Lee Smith has been Associate Deputy Minister, Policy and Transformation, since February 2015.Sharon Lee is a public sector executive with more than 20 years of experience at both federal and provincial levels. Sharon Lee served most recently as an Assistant Deputy Minister in the health ministry of the Government of Saskatchewan. In this role, she was responsible for a variety of files, including public health, mental health and addictions and long‐term care. Prior to joining the Ministry of Health in Saskatchewan, Sharon Lee worked in economic development, as Assistant Deputy Minister for the Saskatchewan Region of Western Economic Diversification Canada. In 2013, she received the Lieutenant Governor’s Gold Medal Award of Excellence for Public Administration. She has held several executive positions at Environment Canada, where she represented Canada internationally in United Nations climate change post‐Kyoto negotiations. Sharon Lee also has extensive experience in the area of Indigenous health — she delivered federal First Nations and Inuit health programming in Canada’s three northern territories and helped negotiate the Kelowna Accord on Indigenous Health. She also has previous experience with the Government of Ontario in the areas of citizenship and human rights, finance and social justice.
Sylvia Maracle
Sylvia Maracle (Skonaganhlh:ra), Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC)
Sylvia is a Mohawk from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. She is a member of the Wolf Clan. She is a graduate of Ryerson University, School of Journalism. Ms. Maracle has been involved in Aboriginal Friendship Centres for over 30 years. She served as the Vice President of the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC), President of the Native Women's Resource Centre (NWRC). As well, Sylvia held the position of President of Native Child & Family Services of Toronto (NCFST), Co-Chair of the City of Toronto Taskforce on Access and Equity Chair of the Ontario Native Council of Justice (ONCJ); Chair of the Joint Steering Committee on Aboriginal Family Healing; Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy, Chair of the Aboriginal Education Council, and the founding chair of the National and Ontario Region Aboriginal Headstart Committees. Ms. Maracle was also instrumental in developing the Aboriginal Health Policy for Ontario. Ms. Maracle was a member of the Assembly of First Nations Renewal Commission.  She is currently a member of the board for the Centre of Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH), Chair of Aboriginal Housing Services in Ontario and Chair of Noojimawin Health Authority. Ms. Maracle was part of the national facilitation team for the Roundtable on Aboriginal Peoples for the federal government and National Aboriginal Organizations. She is a founding member of the Native Studies PhD Council at Trent University.  Ms. Maracle is a lecturer on urban development, women's issues and the cultural revitalization of her people. She has published various articles on these topics and has been recognized as a primary shaper of culture-based management principles.
 Lily Menominee-Batise Lily Menominee-Batise, Health Information Coordinator, Chiefs of Ontario
Lily is an Anishnaabe kwe from Wasauksing First Nation and member of the Bear Clan.  Lily has been part of the Chiefs of Ontario Health Team since 2002 and remains committed to the vision to promote, and achieve, a First Nation health agenda that is responsive to all our members. She currently resides in Timmins, Ontario.

6th Annual Aboriginal Health Forum - March 29, 2017

March 29, 2017 - 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Hot Breakfast: 7:30 am

Forum Proceedings: 8:30 am


 8:30 - 8:50  Opening Ceremonies
  • M.C. - John Rice
  • Elders: Hector Copegog and Gramma Pauline Shirt
 8:50  - 9:00  Opening Remarks
  • Deborah Richardson, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
 9:00 - 9:15  Current Landscape for Health System Change through Patients First - Re: Indigenous/Métis Communities
  • Sharon Lee Smith, Associate Deputy Minister, Policy & Transformation, Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care
 9:15 - 10:15 A First Nation and Urban Indigenous/Métis Perspective
  • Sylvia Maracle, Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
  BREAK 10:15 - 10:35 
 10:35 - 10:50 Patients First from a Regional Aboriginal Health Circle Perspective: A Year in Review
  • Germaine Elliott, Chair, Aboriginal Health Circle
  • Brenda Jackson, NSM FNMI System and Health Link Coordinator
 10:50 - 12:00  Keynote Speaker - Nuka System of Care and Transformative Change
  • Dr. Katherine Gottlieb, President/CEO, Southcentral Foundation
 LUNCH 12:00 - 13:00
 13:00 - 13:20 NSM LHIN, Patients First and Improving Health Outcomes
  • Jill Tettmann, CEO, NSM LHIN
 13:20 - 14:15 Breakout Sessions and Discussions - Planning and Partnering for change, Implementation Issues, Next Steps - Nuka System of Care
  • Dr. Katherine Gottlieb, President/CEO, Southcentral Foundation
  • Barb Sappah, Senior Improvement Advisor, Southcentral Foundation
  BREAK 14:15 - 14:30
 14:30 - 15:15 Report Back from Group Sessions
 15:15 - 15:30 Closing Remarks, Acknowledgements, Give-Away
 15:30 Closing prayer, song and dance out

Click Agenda for a pdf copy.