Virtual Leadership Series


“I certainly wish that this type leadership support and education was present in my earlier days…  The opportunity to share experiences with other EM leaders and learn practical strategies is wonderful!”  —  Doug Sinclair, MD, CCFP(EM), FRCPC, Halifax NS

“The CAEP Leadership Program is such a unique experience to be able to learn from and meet leaders in our field of Emergency Medicine.  The knowledge and connections that are made are so important to me, and have shaped how I approach my work personally and professionally.”  —    Rod Lim, MD, FRCPC, London ON

“Engaging, relevant, and inspiring.” — Fred Voon, MD, CCFP-EM.  Victoria BC

“The Leadership series was an amazing opportunity to hear excellent talks from fellow emergency physicians, and had  pearls that I found to be valuable for my practice. The cases presented a great platform to hear strategies and experiences from colleagues, and the wellness and resilience talk was exceptional. I am looking forward to attending the next series.”Firas Al-Dhaher, MD, CCFP, FCFP, Petrolia ON

“As a relatively novice leader, I initially felt quite intimidated to put myself among such a reputable group of ED leaders. I am so glad I took the leap! In addition to the wealth of tips, strategies, and networking opportunities-there was a genuinely safe space created to foster self-reflection and personal growth. Well done team!”  —  Tania Sullivan MD CCFP(EM), Antigonish NS



The NEW FALL virtual series will take place November 3, 10, 17, 24 (all Thursdays) from 3:00-4:30pm ET.


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 Carrol Ann Lapierre (


CAEP Member……………....$400 CAD
Non-Member………………..$550 CAD

Cancellations received in writing by 5 pm ET on Wednesday, October 26th 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.


  1. To design and implement innovative programing to support EM leaders in a variety of formal and informal leadership roles, including rural settings, at any phase of their careers.
  2. To develop a community of practice for leadership skill development, mentorship and networking for EM leaders


The CAEP Virtual Leadership Series is designed to implement innovative programming 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.


Session 1:  EM Leadership in the Health System – Why it matters. 

A perspective from an Emergency Physician as a CEO in Canada from coast to coast

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Brendan Carr
November 3, 2022


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




Session 2:  Service/Servant Leadership

Hosts – Judy Morris & Rod Lim   

Speakers –  Joan Cheng & Jim Christenson
November 10, 2022

Session 2 Objectives

By the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to

1. With practical examples, learn from successes of leaders that have use the ‘leader as a servant’ style.

2.Reflect on your own leadership style and how servant leadership may or may not work for you.

3. Learn about appreciative inquiry and find how it can help you as a leader.

Session 3:  Equity, Diversity and Inclusion – Practical Strategies for an ED leader

Host – Murdoch Leeies & Jennifer Bryan  Speakers – tbc
November 17, 2022

Session 3 Objectives

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

1 – Update their knowledge of terms and definitions relevant to sexual orientation and gender minority persons

2 – View sexual orientation and gender minority issues in emergency medicine through an intersectional lens

3 – Develop a framework for implementing relevant cultural dexterity training in their settings

4 – Understand existing best practices, benefits, harms, facilitators and barriers of routine sociodemographic variable collection in the emergency department

5 – Consider opportunities to integrate sexual orientation and gender minority advocacy services into their own practice settings

Session 4:  Violence in the ED – Resilience and Retention of Physicians and Staff

This will be a discussion based session with an expectation that participants consider the current environment that they work in and that they will come with ideas that have worked, not worked or they would like to try in their own workplace.

Speakers – Carolyn Snider, Orla Smith
November 24, 2022

Session 4 Objectives

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

1. To review the incidence of violence to staff in the ED

2. To review the inclusive approaches for addressing violence in the ED

3. To understand the important physical space, legal and emotional contexts on leader responses to the violence in the ED.


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Brendan Carr

Keynote Speaker – Session #1

Brendan received his MD at Dalhousie after completing his MBA and went on to do a combined residency in Family and Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He has held many clinical and administrative leadership roles throughout his career, has acted as an international healthcare consultant and has served as a director of CADTH, CSPL, CARMS and HealthCareCan.

Most recently, Brendan served as the President & CEO of the Nova Scotia Health Authority providing integrated health services to approximately one million people and overseeing an annual budget of over $2.4 Billion. Formerly, he served as President & CEO of the William Osler Health System providing health services to over 1.3 million people in Greater Toronto, Ontario, and as President & CEO of the Vancouver Island Health Authority serving over 750,000 people in British Columbia.

Brendan currently serves as President and Chief Medical Officer of Innoneo Health Enterprises an organization committed to promoting health and delivering health services through an innovative ecosystem model that addresses provider fatigue, service fragmentation, disconnected information and affordability.

Judy Morris

Judy Morris
Host – Session #2 – Servant Leadership

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.

Rod Lim

Rodrick Lim
Host – Session #2 – Servant Leadership

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.

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Jim Christenson
Speaker – Session #2 – Servant Leadership

Dr. Christenson was a practicing emergency physician in Vancouver for close to 40 years and is a Professor at the University of British Columbia. He is a clinician scientist and co-leads the BC Resuscitation Research Collaborative (RESURECT) in the Center for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences at Providence Health Care Research Institute. He has played leadership roles in emergency medicine in BC including with BC Emergency Health Services (5 years), as Head of the UBC Department of Emergency Medicine (10 Years), and as current Executive Medical Lead of the BC Emergency Medicine Network (5 Years). The EMN supports emergency care providers to deliver exceptional emergency care, everywhere.

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Joan Cheng

Speaker: Session 2 -Servant Leadership

Joan Cheng is the Chief of Emergency Medicine at St. Joseph’s Health Centre – Unity Health. She has practiced both Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine in a variety of settings, ranging from a rural community to an academic centre, but the majority of her practice has been spent practicing Emergency Medicine in the community setting.

In terms of leadership roles, Joan is the Chair of the Council of Medical Leaders at St. Joe’s.  Previously, she was the inaugural Director of Medical Education at Markham Stouffville Hospital. She is fortunate to be able to work on issues that align with her values, including peer support and anti-racism and anti-oppression.

Carolyn Snider

Carolyn Snider

Speaker – Session 4 – Violence in the ED

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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Huma Ali

Huma Ali

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.

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Jennifer Bryan
Speaker: Session 4 – EDI

Dr. Bryan is an emergency physician at the University Health Network in Toronto. She is the Director of Operations of the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Emergency Medicine (TAAAC-EM) and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a founding member of the University Health Network emergency department sickle cell working group and is the lead of the upcoming CAEP2021 panel on Antiracism and Anticolonialism in emergency medicine.

Connie LeBlanc

Constance LeBlanc

Dr. Constance LeBlanc is a staff Emergency Physician, and Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada. She holds a Master of Arts in Education and has over three decades of clinical experience in tertiary care and in community Emergency Medicine. Her commitment to ED education and how we can impact patient care through education underscores all of her work.

Connie has serves as UGME, PGME and Program Director for Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University, chair for CPD for CAEP and chaired the Emerge cy Medicine examination committee for a decade. She welcomes learners across the continuum of medical education from undergraduates to practicing physicians.


Robert Primavesi (2)

Rob Primavesi

Dr. Robert Primavesi is an Emergency Physician at the McGill University Health Centre, Associate Chair Education for the Department of Emergency Medicine at McGill University, an Executive Member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ Committee, and a member of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group to the CAEP Board.   In his spare time, Rob is an avid traveller, adventurer and whitewater rafting guide.

Eric Clark

Eric Clark

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.


James Stempien

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. Royal CBD Royal CBD Creams