April Care to Chat: where will we find tomorrow’s care workers?

How can we ensure that there will be sufficient levels of care available to meet the needs of an aging population, now and in the future? The next event in our Care to Chat speakers series brings together a panel that will focus on identifying how we can better recruit, train and retain workers in the continuing care sector. The panel will also look at issues such as high workplace injury rates including worker stress and burnout, the use of multidisciplinary care teams, new care models as well as integrating new health professionals and the unique challenges faced in rural and remote communities.


Help Wanted: Are We Doing Enough to Attract and Retain the Continuing Care Workforce of the Future?

BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) and the BC Lower Mainland Chapter of the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) will be co-hosting a special Care to Chat event focusing on the challenges of Health Human Resources (HHR) in the continuing care sector.

Meet some of the expert panel members:

Michael McMillan, President & CEO of Health Employers Association of BC 

Michael McMillan, President & CEO of Health Employers Association of BC

McMillan assumed President & CEO responsibilities at HEABC on August 15, 2016. He brings extensive health care operational experience and knowledge of the BC health care system to his leadership role at HEABC, gained though increasingly senior health care administration roles.

Most recently, Michael was Chief Operating Officer, Northern Interior Heath Service Delivery Area (NIHSDA) for Northern Health, where he was responsible for the delivery of high-quality health care services in Northern Health’s most populous health service delivery area, including the city of Prince George, and the region’s largest hospital, the University Hospital of Northern BC (UHNBC), as well as pharmacy services for all of Northern Health.

McMillan is also active in leadership roles at the provincial level as co-chair of the BC Health Technology Assessment Committee and a member of the BC Ministry of Health Standing Committee of Co-chairs.

He has a B.Sc. in pharmaceutical sciences and an MBA, both from the University of BC.

David Thompson, Vice President of Seniors Care & Chief Quality, Safety and Performance Improvement Officer 

David Thompson, Providence Health Care, Vice President Seniors Care & Chief Quality, Safety and Performance Improvement Officer

Thompson joined Providence Health Care in 2008. He is responsible for the Elder Care Program and Palliative Services as well as PHC’s strategies for Seniors Care, Chronic Disease Management and Telehealth. David is also responsible for Quality, Safety and Performance Improvement at PHC. He is the Senior Leadership Team liaison for the Tapestry Foundation for Health Care, St. Michael’s Centre and Little Mountain Society.

He has held leadership roles in the BC Health Care system for over 20 years. He is a Certified Health Executive (CHE) of the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) and CCHL Board representative for British Columbia. He is a Surveyor with Accreditation Canada and serves on the Board of Accreditation Canada. He has completed his Executive Training in Research Application (EXTRA) Fellowship through the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement. He has served on many provincial committees throughout his career in the areas of seniors care, residential services, information management and quality and utilization improvement.

When:     Friday April 7th 2017
Where:    Terminal City Club, Vancouver
Time:       11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Special partnership rates

  • $50.00 BCCPA and CCHL members
  • $60.00 Non-Members
  • $30.00 Students

Click here to register. Learn more about the upcoming event. 

Stay tuned for future announcements on additional panelists and our moderator.