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Care to Chat

Care to Chat is a high-profile speaker series hosted by the BC Care Providers Association. We invite Canada’s opinion leaders and experts to share their ideas, thoughts, and insights; as well as engage in a dialogue about important and emerging issues facing British Columbia’s seniors living and care sector.

“Nurses—Not Nannies” – Can foreign-trained healthcare workers help solve Canada’s nursing shortage crisis?

On November 10thBC Care Providers Association hosted an online #CaretoChat panel, attracting over one hundred attendees, to explore the question of how Canada can best engage foreign-trained health care professionals to address our national nursing shortage and aging population.

BCCPA CEO Terry Lake moderated the lively debate, which included health experts Cynthia Johansen, CEO & Registrar of the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM), Michael Sandler, Executive Director of the Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC), and Peter Rekai, BA, JD, Senior Partner at REKAI LLP and Board Chair of the Rekai Centres, a not-for-profit company that runs two long-term care homes in downtown Toronto.

In addition, several voices from the education and immigration community joined the discussion to pose thought-provoking questions to the panel, focused on how Canada can better utilize our international nursing talent. Representatives included Jeremy Sabell, President of Stenberg College; Thea Lopez, Immigrant Women Advisory Committee Member for Pacific Immigrant Resources Society; and Patrick Mackenzie, Executive Director for the Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia.

Discussion revolved around Canada’s ability to create a streamlined pathway for international nurses into rewarding careers in healthcare, while also ensuring that clinicians are competent to practice at the bedside. Potential solutions that were identified included integrated training and education programs, immigration pathways that prioritize foreign healthcare workers, reducing red-tape, and focusing on function literacy for those with English as an additional language.

The event also marked the premiere of BCCPA’s  new video to promote improved pathways for internationally educated nurses in Canada.

Thank you to our 2021-22 Care to Chat sponsors who make these conversations possible.

Arjo Canada Inc. – Title Sponsor

PointClickCare – Gold Sponsor

The Co-operators – Silver Sponsor

Sobeys National Pharmacy Group – Silver Sponsor

Care2Talk – Silver Sponsor

Surge Learning – Silver Sponsor

Acciona – Silver Sponsor

2021 – 2022 Care to Chat On Demand

Election Edition

With their parties’ campaign platforms now released, what do we know that lays ahead for Canada’s long-term care sector after September 20th? The popular Care to Chat speaker series of events kicks off its ninth season with a national expert panel to discuss the politics and the possibilities facing the seniors care sector in our country. In addition, several other national voices are anticipated to participate in this dialogue.


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