Anesthesiologists as Change Leaders:
In the OR and Beyond

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9:00am-4:00pm
Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute (St. Michael’s Hospital)


Please Note That We Are No Longer Accepting Applicants.

Effecting meaningful change can be a challenge for even the strongest leader. And during these complex and uncertain times, it can be even more difficult to design the change initiative, build trust and alignment among stakeholders and create a team of change agents, all steps necessary for achieving sustained change. To succeed in this ever-evolving environment, it is crucial that our members have the knowledge and confidence to implement changes in an efficient and effective manner.

Anesthesiologists as Change Leaders 
 designed for Ontario’s anesthesiologists by Ontario’s anesthesiologists — is an action-oriented day that will give participants the tools and knowledge needed to effect or lead change, both big and small. It will feature some of our field’s change leaders sharing their successes and learnings while providing a space for participants to grow their own skills by developing a change plan specific to their work place. Attendance will be limited with participation encouraged from across the province, making the session an excellent networking opportunity.

Anesthesiologists as Change Leaders is the second in a two-part program created in response to members' desire to grow their leadership skills. The first in the series was held on September 20, 2018, and focused on health system fundamentals. Please note that attendance at the September 20 event is NOT a requirement to attend this session.

Join us to elevate your leadership potential and acquire the skills to address real-world change and implementation challenges in the OR and beyond.


What You’ll Learn

The first half of the day will lay out the foundations of change leadership and use real life, from-the-OR (and beyond) case studies to illustrate the challenges that change leaders face. Following a healthy lunch, participants will apply the morning’s lessons to developing an implementation plan for a specific, workplace-related individual quality improvement or change initiative. This “personal project” will then be presented and reviewed in a small group setting. Each group will include an experienced change leader who will provide one-on-one coaching.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the day, participants will:

  • Recognize the value of a change leadership strategy in the success of every change initiative 

  • Summarize the behaviours and expectations of a change leader

  • Examine core elements of a change management or implementation model/framework and identify some of the execution challenges

  • Apply a change leadership framework to real world scenarios through identification and critique of anesthesiology related change leadership initiatives

  • Recommend an implementation approach and plan for an individual quality improvement or change initiative using a change leadership framework.


  • Dr. Tania Di Renna, Medical Director at the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute. Dr. Di Renna will share with us how she brought together five separate pain clinics to transform the way chronic pain is handled in Canada’s largest city.

  • Dr. Paul Gill, an FP-A and Chief of Anesthesia at Alexandra Marine & General Hospital in Goderich. Dr. Gill will be part of our interactive, three-doc panel that will look at the challenges of leading change in the workplace.

  • Dr. Sanjho Srikandarajah, an Anesthesiologist with North York General Hospital. Dr. Srikandarajah will be participating in the panel and will discuss what it took to be a new face leading change around reducing the number of opioid prescriptions at NYGH.

  • Dr. Susan O’Leary, the Chief of Anesthesia at Hamilton Health Sciences. Dr. O’Leary, who is also a former president of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, will be our third panelist and will provide insight from the perspective of a hospital administrator.

This Day Is Right For You If…

  • You are a Royal College or Family Physician Anesthesiologist who is interested in taking on leadership roles;

  • You have been or are likely to be charged with leading a change in your Department such as a quality initiative, Choosing Wisely or the introduction of a new health records system;

  • You want to take on a position of influence for anesthesiologists locally, regionally, provincially or nationally.

Cost & Travel Stipend

To help cover costs, all participants will be charged a nominal fee of $500 plus HST.

If a participant’s travel is over 135km from their practicing hospital to the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute (209 Victoria St.), the OA section will subsidize 50% of the travel costs, up to $350.00. 

Please Note That We Are No Longer Accepting Applicants.

All participants must be members of the Section. To apply, please complete the form below or email lkneteman@ontariosanesthesiologists.ca and outline your interest in the day and include any change initiatives with which you are currently engaged with or anticipate being part of in the near future.

Please note that space is limited. All applications will be reviewed by the Section’s Leadership Development Day committee and successful candidates will be notified shortly after applying.

*All form fields must be completed.

When & Where

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 9:00am-4:00pm

Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute (St. Michael’s Hospital)
209 Victoria St, Toronto