Virtual Leadership Series


NEW Virtual Leadership Series coming November 2021! 

Check back for more information and to register soon!!! 



The virtual series will take place April 15, April 22, April 29 and May 6 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern Time.


  1. To develop a virtual platform for leadership skill development, mentorship, and networking for EM leaders.
  2. To take the lessons learned from our first leadership conference to develop ongoing leadership programing to support EM leaders in a variety of formal and informal leadership roles, at any phase of their careers.


The CAEP Virtual Leadership Series will begin in April 2021 with four 90-minute sessions scheduled weekly for four weeks. Attendees will need to subscribe to the series, and each session will build on the previous session to build the CAEP leadership network, and encourage trust and knowledge exchange among both the participants and the faculty. Some pre-reading may be required, and participants will be encouraged to submit their “leadership challenges” for the final session in the series.


Session 1: Leadership Panel
Host – Doug Sinclair, Panelists – Lois Bowden, Judy Morris, Eric Clark
April 15, 2021

This will be a facilitated discussion with a number of CAEP leaders to share the “behind the scenes” challenges of leadership. Real examples will be used to share lessons learned and practical tools for leadership in a variety of settings.

Session 1 Objectives

By the end of this session, the participant will be able to:

  1. provide a safe forum for discussion of challenging leadership issues in Emergency Medicine;
  2. share processes for dealing with disruptive behavior in the Emergency Department and the larger Health Care System; and
  3. provide insight on how ED leaders keep resilient and engaged in leadership.

Session 2: Leading During the Covid – 19 Pandemic
Host – Kirsten Johnson, Speakers – Carolyn Snider [St Michael’s Hospital], Eddy Lang [Calgary Zone], Tasleem Nimjee [Humber River Hospital]
April 22, 2021

This session will feature three ED leaders who will outline some of the many leadership challenges they faced during the pandemic, including assuring psychological safety for their staff, development of new protocols/care pathways, leading with stakeholders- internal and external, and maintaining their own resilience.

Session 2 Objectives

By the end of this session, the participant will be able to:

  1. glean priority issues relevant to their teams when faced with a major crisis and threat such as the pandemic and its impact on EDs;
  2. develop strategies and action plans to optimize outcomes related to those issues; and
  3. seize unique opportunities associated with a major crisis and threat to develop and drive a leadership agenda within a local and wider healthcare system.

Session 3: Physician Wellness – Role of the EM Leader
Host – James Stempien, Speakers – Rod Lim [LHSC] and Huma Ali [University of Calgary]
April 29, 2021

This session will build on the framework presented by Rod Lim at our first conference and focus on practical strategies to promote and enhance wellness and resilience for staff, learners, and leaders both during the pandemic and beyond.

Session 3 Objectives

By the end of this session, the participant will be able to:

  1. Explain the impact of healthcare worker wellbeing on the healthcare system
  2. Describe the components of personal wellbeing
  3. Outline the evidence behind what improves our personal wellbeing
  4. Describe what makes up workplace culture
  5. Outline the evidence behind what improves wellbeing in the healthcare system

Session 4: Cases in Emergency Medicine Leadership/Journal Club
Host – Leadership Issues – Doug Sinclair, Hosts – Journal Club – Eric Clark, Lois Bowden
May 6, 2021

This final session of the series will feature discussion on the leadership issues provided by the registrants, and then a journal club with a review of 1-2 review articles on leadership. The leadership issues will be discussed in small groups virtually, then presented back to the group for a broader discussion, depending on the number of cases.

Session 4 Objectives

By the end of this session, the participant will be able to:

  1. provide practical strategies to problem solve leadership issues in Emergency Medicine;
  2. introduce EM leaders to the leadership literature both inside and outside medicine; and
  3. summarize lessons learned from all four sessions and provide strategies for leadership resilience.

This 1-credit-per-hour Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 6 Mainpro+ credits.

This program is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians.  You may claim a maximum of 6 hours (credits are automatically calculated).


CAEP Member……………....$300 CAD
Non-Member………………..$450 CAD

Cancellations received in writing by 5 pm ET on Friday, April 9th will be refunded minus a 15% administration fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after that time. Only cancellations received in writing ( will be processed.


Registration is available in the CAEP member portal. Please follow these instructions to register:

  1. Log in to the CAEP portal here. 
  2. Click on “Event Registration” in the left menu.
  3. Search for “Virtual Leadership Series” and proceed with registration.

If you have any questions please contact Shanna Scarrow (



Doug Sinclair
Host: Session 1 – Leadership Panel
Host: Session 4 – Cases in Emergency Medicine Leadership

Dr. Doug Sinclair joined the IWK as VP, Medicine, Quality & Safety in November 2019 and held the position of chief of emergency medicine at the IWK from 2002 to 2009 and was also chief of emergency medicine at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre for five years. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Dr. Sinclair has remained passionate about teaching throughout his career. He was the founder of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University and was the Associate Dean of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). He is presently a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Toronto.

Lois Bowden

Lois Bowden
Panelist: Session 1 – Leadership Panel
Host: Session 4 – Journal Club

Dr Lois Bowden works in a 23 bed ED at Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville NS. She has recently finished nine years as head of the ED, and is currently the Medical & Physician Site Lead for the hospital. She has worked in rural sites such as Twillingate NL, Digby NS, as well as New Zealand and the Antarctic.  She oversaw the renovation of a 1778  building, which she helped open as a B&B, and currently co-manages a local 125 seat restaurant/pub with 35 employees she owns with other partners; these  projects are curiously similar  to working and managing in the ED.

Eric Clark

Eric Clark
Panelist: Session 1 – Leadership Panel
Host: Session 4 – Journal Club

Eric Clark, BSc, MD, FRCPC finished medical school and emergency medicine residency at Queen’s University. He then completed a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Dr. Clark has been working at the Ottawa Hospital since 2000 as an emergency physician and was Director of Faculty Development from 2006-2015 and has been Deputy Head, Department of EM, University of Ottawa: Clinical performance and operators since 2015. He was a member of the FRCPC exam board from 2006 until 2014 and served as the chair from 2009 until 2014 and held the position of Co-Chair with Kuwait Emergency Medicine Exam Board from 2015-2018.  In 2020, Dr. Clark became CAEP’s CPD Chair.


Judy Morris
Panelist: Session 1 – Leadership Panel

Dr. Judy Morris is an emergency physician and trauma team leader at Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur de Montréal. She did her medical school at McGill University and did her FRCP training at Université de Montréal where she then completed a master’s degree in Clinical Research. She is the president of l’Association des médecins d’urgence du Québec (AMUQ) since 2020.  She is also AMUQ’s representative on CAEP’s Board of Directors. Dr. Morris is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the Université de Montréal where she serves as Assistant Director of her university department since 2018.

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Kirsten Johnson
Host: Session 2 – Leading During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr. Kirsten Johnson MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at McGill University and practices Emergency Medicine at the McGill University Health Centre hospitals in Montreal, Canada. She also works as a physician in the Cree and Inuit communities of Nunavik. She is President of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians and CEO of Humanitarian U, a social enterprise that has trained over 33,000 professionals at the WHO, UN partner agencies, Emergency Medical Teams, academic institutions and humanitarian organizations.


Eddy Lang
Speaker: Session 2 – Leading During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Eddy Lang is a Professor and Department Head for Emergency Medicine at Cumming School of Medicine- University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone. His areas of interest are knowledge translation, evidence-based medicine and operations research. Dr. Lang has served as the chair of the CAEP Leadership Committee from 2017 to 2020. Dr. Lang is also an award-winning educator having received recognition at both the university, national and international levels.  He also serves as Senior Editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, Associate Editor for both ACP Journal Club and the International Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Carolyn Snider

Carolyn Snider

Speaker: Session 2 – Leading During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr. Carolyn Snider is the Chief of Emergency Medicine at Unity Health Toronto – St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Snider’s research focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions for marginalized and under-served populations. Importantly, Dr. Snider harmonizes her work with a full life outside the hospital and university. She is a very happy mother, wife, traveler, singer, and cook.

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Tasleem Nimjee

Speaker Session 2 – Leading During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr. Tasleem Nimjee is an Emergency Physician at Humber River Hospital – North America’s first fully digital hospital. She plays a pivotal leadership role as the Physician Lead for the COVID-19 Emergency Response, providing strategic guidance within the organization and at provincial tables.  She represents five hospitals in the central north Toronto at the Greater Toronto Area Hospital COVID-19 IMS table.  She has held numerous leadership positions including Interim and Deputy Chief of Emergency Medicine.  She currently serves as the Senior Director of Medical Innovation at Humber River Hospital where she drives a culture of innovation in the medical community.  Dr. Nimjee has been featured in Toronto Life Magazine as one of The 50 Most Influential Torontonians of 2020 along with five other outstanding front-line workers in the number one spot.  She has appeared on numerous media outlets to keep the public informed on topics related to emergency medicine and the pandemic.  Dr. Nimjee received her Bachelors and Masters of Science at McMaster University, followed by her Doctor of Medicine and specialty training and at the University of Toronto.


James Stempien
Host: Session 3 – Physician Wellness – Role of the EM Leader

Dr James Stempien, is the Provincial Head of Emergency Medicine for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. He is a clinical Associate professor at in Emergency medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to moving to Saskatoon he spent years workings as a GP-Anaesthetist in Canada’s north and spent time working internationally, including, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Kenya, and the Middle East.

He is a candidate for the Master of Arts in Health Leadership through Royal Roads University and has a great interest in physician wellness and quality of care. He lives on an acreage with a variety of chickens, ducks and other animals and keeps 4 hives of bees.

Huma Ali

Huma Ali
Speaker: Session 3 – Physician Wellness – Role of the EM Leader

Dr. Huma Ali is an Emergency Physician working in Calgary, primarily at South Health Campus. Dr Ali did her Royal College Emergency Medicine training at McGill University, obtained a fellowship in Point of Care Ultrasound at UBC and most recently completed a Master of Arts in Health Leadership through Royal Roads University. She has been a champion for culture change in physician wellness in her department. She is an advocate for engaging in dialogue about the emotional aspects of providing healthcare, and as such, is a Schwartz Rounds facilitator. She has recently taken on the role of Physician Associate with Well Doc Alberta where she will lead Physician to Physician Peer Support Training.

Rod Lim

Rodrick Lim
Speaker: Session 3 – Physician Wellness – Role of the EM Leader

Dr. Rodrick Lim is the Medical Director / Division Chief for the Paediatric Emergency department in London Ontario.  He is an Associate Professor of Paediatrics & Emergency Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University.  Rod is currently the chairperson for the Wellness Committee and Leadership section at CAEP. He is looking forward to sharing his passion in the areas of Wellness, Resilience, and Advocacy through his involvement with the wellness community especially during this past year. Royal CBD Royal CBD Creams