McMaster’s Largest Health Leadership Conference

DIHLC is back, and we’re going fully virtual. Join us on March 6th, 2021 for a day filled with interesting discussions, networking, and collaboration.

Our Theme

Enabling High Performance Care: Better, Faster, Stronger

Join multi-disciplinary leaders for a discussion about designing a high-performing healthcare system that improves health outcomes and patient experiences.

What is DIHLC?

The DeGroote Interprofessional Health Leadership Conference is a student-run conference that facilitates a better understanding of healthcare through collaboration among students, healthcare professionals, and business leaders.

With insights from business, medicine, nursing, rehabilitation science, e-health, and public health, we aim to empower innovation & adaptability in a changing healthcare landscape.

Conference Details

Insightful discussions, breakout activities, professional networking, and more


The conference will be held over one full day, from 9:30 AM to 4:45 PM EST on March 6th, 2021.

Gifts for Attendees

All attendees will receive $15 gift vouchers from DoorDash to spend on food and beverages, plus a copy of Sarah McVanel's empowering eBook "Rockstar – Magnify Your Greatness in Times of Change". So don't forget to mark your calendars for March 6th to get the goodies!

Keynote Address

Get inspired by Sarah McVanel and Dr. Gigi Osler as they talk about leadership and healthcare

Sarah McVanel

The FROG Effect: Recognize, Engage & Retain Top Talent for Sustained Business Success!

Get ready to turn your notions about recognition on their head! Forever Recognize Others' Greatness™ (FROG) invites you to identify key ways you can begin to shift your organizational culture right away.

By the end of this session, you will be ready to trial easy, inexpensive and proven techniques for recognizing others in your workplace that support meaningful connection and lasting change. Whether you're burnt out or energized, in a boom or bust economy, you can't afford NOT to recognize...starting now!

Dr. Gigi Osler

Virtual Care in Canada: Has the Horse Left the Barn?

In this session, participants will:

  • Get a better understanding of the current landscape of virtual care and it’s infancy

  • Discuss the key partners involved in virtual care

  • Appreciate the benefit of interprofessional teams for the development and delivery of virtual care

  • Learn about the Canadian Medical Association’s Virtual Task Force

  • Discuss examples of work being conducted at the provincial and federal government to determine steps in the right direction for the development of virtual care


What does the new normal in healthcare look like?

Panel Discussion: The New Normal

Join Dr. Tasleem Nimjee, Sonia Pagura, and Dr. Joshua Liu, and moderator Dr. Zayna Khayat in a riveting discussion as they talk about The New Normal: How Healthcare Has Changed and Will Emerge in 2021 and Beyond.

Breakout Sessions

Participate in exciting group activities hosted by a diverse group of dynamic leaders

Sime Pavolic

A Doorway to a Provincial Health System: Setting a new standard for Identity, Authentication and Authorization in Ontario

This session will discuss the use of a digital identity in healthcare and digital health ecosystems to revolutionize how patients access their healthcare information and connect to services. Participants will learn about the implementation of a patient digital identity project to learn how patients access health information, interact with healthcare providers, share health information and ensure patients control of their personal data. Participants will also learn about a specific digital app known as the Niagara Health Navigator Program, which digitally connects patients to health services.

Jake Hirsch-Allen

Forging multidisciplinary partnerships and leveraging LinkedIn for career development

Building an online presence is key in today's digital workforce. This session will teach online networking skills and how to establish an online brand that’s personal to you. Jake Hirsch-Allen, who works at LinkedIn and used to teach Global Health at Mac will take you through his own career journey, followed by a demonstration of how to leverage LinkedIn, build connections and capitalize on online opportunities. Using the LinkedIn profiles of participants as examples, you will learn how to build, revamp or optimize your LinkedIn profile and improve online relationship-building.

Dr. Joshua Liu

Launching a tech startup to improve the healthcare system

In this session, Dr. Joshua Liu, co-founder/CEO of SeamlessMD, shares lessons learned in his story going from physician to digital health entrepreneur. Participants will learn how to navigate the leap from healthcare professional to tech entrepreneur, how to turn an idea into a widely adopted healthcare innovation among Canadian & U.S. hospitals, and the skills needed to become leaders in this new era of Digital Health & Virtual Care.

Alicia Polachek

Collaborating for Healthcare Provider Wellness: Why It Matters and Who Should be Involved

By the end of the session, you will be able to (1) Describe why healthcare providers are at an increased risk for unwellness (2) Explain the impacts of healthcare provider wellness/unwellness for various stakeholders (3) Identify why a collaborative approach to healthcare provider wellness is required, and (4) Recall examples of how collaborative approaches can be used to support healthcare provider wellness

Seana Adams

Why “Diversity” Isn’t Enough in Healthcare Provider Education

In this session, participants will learn the history of systemic Anti-Black racism in education in the Greater Toronto Area. We will work to understand the shortcomings of diversity and representation initiatives in healthcare provider education, the systemic barriers to achieving transformational change, and what you can do about it. Finally, participants will learn how to adapt strategies developed by the Black Medical Students’ Association at the University of Toronto in garnering wide-spread support for racial equity work.

Dr. Eva Klein

Developing Resilience in Times of Change

Resilience, or the ability to bounce back, is essential for those working in stressful environments. Burnout is rampant in the healthcare field and affects the quality of health care and medical care. You will learn several strategies to promote resilience in your work and professional life and thrive in times of change and enhance your emotional well-being

Contact Us

If you are a student, teacher, healthcare professional, or just someone passionate about the future of healthcare, we’d love to connect with you.

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