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Chris, a 2013-14 Canadian Harkness/IHI Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, has been at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto since 2005, where he is the critical care response team site director and the medical director of quality and performance. He is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Medicine and the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.  From 2008 to 2015, Chris was the medical officer for the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, where he chaired the Canadian Safe Surgery Saves Lives program.  He is a recognized leader in patient safety and quality improvement, working with regional, national, and international organizations, and has received multiple distinctions and awards.

Vision for patient safety in Canada:

Although the Canadian healthcare system is one of the best in the world, recent evidence has highlighted that it needs to be safer and of higher quality.  Through our commitment and collaboration to improvement I envision a system that consistently delivers evidenced-based care to patients reliably and free from harm with patients as active partners.” 

Vision for patient safety education in Canada:

The patient safety movement has highlighted that the delivery of high quality and safe care cannot be achieved merely by the hard work and vigilance of healthcare providers and administrators.  I envision a healthcare education system that provides the knowledge and skill set that are necessary to practice safely and effectively and instills a culture of safety that promotes interprofessional collaboration, transparency and a commitment to improvement”.