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Upcoming Event
January Event: Emotional Intelligence Workshop


1 1 2 4 5 6 7 8 8 January Event: Emotional Intelligence Workshop Recent Project Management Event Meet your Executive Team! Edmonton Node Feedback: What we heard from you! Communication Leadership Skills with Rachel Foster Career Corner Be a Guest Columnist! Voice your opinion about your Edmonton EHL EHL Edmonton on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked in! Welcome New Members Thank You Vision, Mission & Mandate

January Event: Emotional Intelligence Workshop presented by Dr. Ken Zakariasen. Event time and location will be sent out to members in early December. Tickets will be available through Eventbrite or at the door. Eventbrite is the new tool we are using to promote all our events to membership! It is a simple and easy website where you can purchase tickets to events ahead of time, securing your spot before the event fills up.

Project Management in Healthcare Workshop

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On Wednesday, November 25 EHL Edmonton held its third event of the year and hosted an interactive workshop Project

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Management in a Healthcare Environment. The session was presented by two consultants from the Deloitte healthcare practice who shared their extensive knowledge and experience with the group. Building upon the information presented in last years project management session, EHL members were able to dive deeper into the project management world and explore concrete examples of how project management is becoming a much needed and highly sought after skill to health care delivery organizations. EHL members were able to immediately apply the knowledge presented through break-out group discussions on a case that was presented. This allowed the attendees to work with other EHL members and discuss various approaches, tools, and techniques used by Project Managers on healthcare related projects. The night concluded with a presentation by the President of the Project Management Institute Northern Alberta Chapter (PMINAC) that covered the step by step process and requirements for obtaining the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. The EHL Edmonton Executive would like to thank the members who attended and the presenters who volunteered their time to share their experiences.

Meet your new Edmonton EHL Executive Committee!

Tri-Chairs from left to right: Jennifer Pougnet, Chris Carvalho, and Steve Kovacic Jennifer Pougnet works for Alberta Health Services as the Executive Associate to the EVP & CMO Quality and
Medical Affairs. She has an eclectic background in healthcare ranging from clinical operations to health informatics to administration. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Business Administration and is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Health in Policy. Jennifer has been a member of EHL since 2008, serving previously as the Social

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Media coordinator on the Executive and is currently one of the three Board Chairs. She is very excited to work with this great Executive and the program we are collectively working to deliver this year!

Chris Carvalho works for TELUS HEALTH as a Manager in the Transformational Services department. He has a
background in health informatics and graduated with from the Health Information Science Program at the University of Victoria. Chris is an experienced project manager having worked on a variety of healthcare projects focusing on IT and the implementation of Electronic Medical Records. . Chris has been a member of the EHL Edmonton node since moving to Edmonton in 2008 and has served on the EHL Executive board for the past 2 years as the Membership Coordinator. He recently moved into one of the three Board Chair positions and is excited to be working with a strong and motivated Executive Team. He has seen EHL grow over the last few years and is dedicated to continuing to provide learning and networking opportunities to EHL members.

Steve Kovacic has worked over 7 years in the public sector, 6 specifically focused in health care and over a
decade in private sector experience. His academic background is as diverse as his work experience - completing a Bachelors in Biological Sciences (Majoring in Physiology), a Post Graduate degree in Environmental Health, a Certification in Environmental Health and finally a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Alberta. Steve joined the EHL Executive committee in 2010, leading in the development of Mentorship Program. Currently, Steve is one of the three Board Chairs with EHL, though he attests that the Executive Team is led by all its members.

From left to right: Angela Esepjo, Ada Chan, Claire Tuttle, Justine Carvalho (Karmin Hovde not pictured) Angela Esepjo is a nursing graduate of the University of Alberta, with clinical interests in oncology, psychiatry,
and public health, and professional interests in knowledge exchange, professional role transition, leadership, and informatics. Currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Health Informatics, Angela is passionate about positive engagement with information and communication technologies to advance nursing and healthcare.

Ada Chan has been an EHL member since 2009 and is this year's Mentorship Lead. With a background in nursing,
she has experience in general surgery, medicine, pediatric cardiology, and public health. Ada obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Distinction and Master of Business Administration from the University of Alberta and is currently Executive Associate at AHS in the Linen and Environmental Services portfolio. Since the fall, she has been working on a post-grad program in Health Informatics from the Johns Hopkins University.

Karmin Hovde has held positions with AHS, Capital Health, and Calgary Health Region as a registered dietitian
and a patient concerns consultant. She is currently a consultant with TELUS Health. Karmin holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition and is currently working to complete her MBA part time, hoping to graduate in Spring 2013. She joined Edmonton EHL as a member in 2010 and the EHL Executive Committee as Coordinator, Membership and Communications, in August 2013.

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Claire Tuttle is a recent University of British Columbia graduate currently working for the Ministry of Justice and
Solicitor General. Her background is in political science and population health she is hoping to channel this into a Masters soon! Having joined EHL last May, Claire is excited to learn, network, and gain skills as the new Event Coordinator for the node.

Justine Carvalho works for Covenant Health as an Executive Associate to the President and CEO. She has an
Honors BSc in Immunology and Infection from the University of Alberta and previously worked with the Government of Alberta in a research role. Justine has been a member of the EHL Edmonton Node since the spring of 2012 and has recently joined the EHL Executive board as the Communications Lead. She is thrilled to be part of the EHL team, to have the opportunity to aid in EHLs communication strategy, and to be an ambassador for the EHL Edmonton node.

Edmonton Node Feedback:

What we heard from you!

This summer EHL Executives distributed a survey to its members asking them what they would like from the Executive committee for future EHL events. Approximately 27% of our members responded to the survey and here is what you said you wanted more of: 74% of our members want additional skill development seminars; 60.5% of our members want more opportunity for networking/social events; 58.1% of our members want engaging speakers; 39.5% of our members would like additional development from our Mentorship program; 34.9% of our members would like an EHL career fair; and Additional suggestions ranged from an EHL twitter feed, to altering the EHL newsletter. We listened to your suggestions and this year we have tailored our events around what you have asked for.

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Starting with our first networking event at the trendy Roast coffeehouse, which facilitated great opportunities to meet new members, to the October Education fair that had representation from the UofA School of Public Health and the School of Business our events will be customized to what you have been asking for. Stay tuned for more exciting EHL events, and watch your inbox as Edmonton EHL assists in the development of your leadership toolkit.


On May 31st and June 27th, seasoned leadership coach and author Rachel Foster gave the Edmonton node of the Emerging Health Leaders a rousing and informative seminar on important Communication Skills for Leaders. Lecturing from both a lecture standpoint using her own personal professional experiences as a way to convey her ideas, and an interactive class participation method of engaging EHL members, she was able to effectively speak to principles of effective communication, principles of assertive

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communication, putting assertiveness to work, and handling specific difficult personality types. Especially in the June 27th seminar, Rachel provided a relaxed atmosphere in where the participants could ask questions about communicating with different personality types, and what methods of communication would work in each situation. The event was well received by the EHL Edmonton node members and we are thankful to Rachel Foster for the communication sessions. The EHL Edmonton node wishes her all the best in her future endeavors.

Career Corner
Our client, the Alberta Medical Association (AMA), on behalf of the Primary Care Initiative (PCI),

is currently recruiting for a Business Planning Consultant in Edmonton, Alberta.

The AMA is the official voice of the medical profession in Alberta. It stands as an advocate for its physician members and provides them with leadership and support in the provision of quality health care. For more information on the AMA please visit their website at The Primary Care Initiative Program Management Office The Primary Care Initiative Program Management Office (PCI PMO) provides support and funding for the development and operation of the Primary Care Networks (PCNs) which are joint ventures between a group of family physicians and Alberta Health Services (AHS) aimed at improving the provision of primary care services to a defined population of patients. The PCI PMO was established to provide program development and project management services to the Primary Care Initiative (PCI). For the first few years the PCI PMO focused on establishing Networks. For the future the emphasis is on continued growth of PCNs, increasing operational support to PCNs, advancing strategic activities, and evaluation of program outcomes. To support the evolution and success of the PCNs, the PCI PMO requires high-energy, collaborative system-thinkers with a knack for generating creative solutions and achieving results in complex and challenging environments. For more information on the Primary Care Initiative please visit their website at Position Overview: The Business Planning Consultant will support the Primary Care Initiative Program in accordance with the PCI PMO Operational Plan by providing advanced knowledge, leadership, and expertise in business plan development, practice consultation, policy research and development, project management, and interpretation and application of legislation and policy. In addition, this role provides consultative services to Primary Care Networks in the development of plans designed to meet the needs of a targeted patient population. The successful applicant requires knowledge of primary care, ideally has past experience in developing business plans or analyzing business reports, is analytical and attentive to detail, a problem solver, and possesses strong communication and facilitation skills.

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Education: Bachelors Degree. Masters degree in Business Administration, Health Care Administration, Public Health Sciences, or a related discipline would be an asset. Experience: Minimum of seven years healthcare experience. Extensive knowledge of and experience in the health system. Skills: Strong research, analytical, problem solving, and critical thinking ability Previous experience in developing and/or reviewing business plans Knowledge of budget, finance, accounting and control procedures, principles, and practices Attentive to quality and accuracy when preparing information to meet timeline requirements Demonstrated leadership with a commitment to competency development in self and others Ability to work effectively with a variety of individuals and groups Communicates in a clear, concise, and sensitive manner with others. Confident in public speaking Demonstrated ability to facilitate the learning of others Ability to work independently, under general direction without direct supervision Must be a self starter, team player, and a problem solver How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter with full job title and resume in confidence to: Human Resources Alberta Medical Association 12230 106 Avenue N.W. Edmonton, AB T5N 3Z1 Fax: 780.482.5445 E-mail:

Be a Guest Columnist!
Do you have knowledge, information, or expertise that you would like to share with others? We are looking for guest columnists to showcase in future editions of our newsletter. If you have an idea or would like to contribute as a guest columnist please e-mail with your idea and you could be featured in the next edition of our Newsletter.

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Voice your opinion about your EHL node!

This is your chance to voice your opinion and provide your input about your Edmonton Emerging Health Leaders node! If you have any suggestions regarding possible future workshops, EHL social events, or ideas for the EHL newsletter, please email them to

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Emotional Intelligence Workshop: January

Welcome New Members!

Brian Bell, Jason Lau, Dr. Reghu P. Kurian, Amy Kantor, Stephanie Kowal, Dunsi Oladele, Melissa Visconti, Valerian Nyaga, Julianna Sookraj, Sandra Marini, Sarah Davis, Noelle Jaipaul! Want to become an EHL member? Good newsits FREE to join! Just visit our website at, click on Membership, fill out and email the membership profile form to

EHL Vision, Mission & Mandate

Vision To develop emerging health system leaders across Canada. Mission To provide opportunities to support the development of emerging health leaders through the creation of knowledge exchange net-works, educational events, mentoring relationships, and informed health care and related discussions. Mandate Through networking and educational events, Emerging Health Leaders provides a forum for open, collaborative and constructive dialogue on timely national health issues. EHL targets new health leaders from a cross section of health employers in the public, private and not-for-profit sector.

Thank You to our Sponsors

Emerging Health Leaders, Edmonton
Tri- Chairs: Chris Carvalho, Jennifer Pougnet, Steve Kovacic Communication Lead: Justine Carvalho Membership Lead: Karmin Hovde Social Media Lead: Angela Esepjo Mentorship Lead: Ada Chan