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7/4/2019 7:00 AM

During these long - occasionally warmer - days of summer, we don’t usually have to search for a reason to celebrate. However, our team at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute has several reasons to share with you while you enjoy the summer sun!

First of all, on behalf of CPSI, I want to offer our sincere congratulations to friends who have been recognized with one of the highest awards in the country. New appointees were named to the Order of Canada last month, and we want to draw your attention to some special recipients this year.

John Wade was named a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to medical education and practice in Canada, notably for his advocacy for patient safety and quality improvement in health care. John chaired the National Steering Committee on Patient Safety, the task force that led to the creation of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. He was our “founding father”, our first board chair and interim CEO. Congratulations, John.

Bill Tholl was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for his exceptional commitment to advancing healthcare in Canada, notably through his visionary leadership of some of the country’s largest health organizations. Not only is Bill co-chair of our Policy, Legal and Regulatory Affairs Advisory Committee, but he also served as the Founding President and CEO of HealthCare CAN. He has served as CEO and Secretary General of the Canadian Medical Association, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and helped draft the Canada Health Act. Congratulations, Bill.

Louise Bradley, our cherished partner, was named a Member of the Order of Canada for her commitment to advancing mental healthcare for Canadians, notably at the helm of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Congratulations, Louise.

Finally, I invite you to celebrate the progress we have made on several initiatives this summer.

In partnership with Health Standards Organization and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada, we will be publishing education materials in support of Vanessa’s Law. These will help healthcare providers and healthcare leaders identify and improve reporting on serious adverse drug reactions and medical device incidents.

Thanks to you and concerned people across Canada, we received a lot of feedback about the Canadian Quality and Patient Safety Framework document over the past few months. We are in the process of integrating your comments and plan to publish the results in the next few months. A CPSI team will develop guides for different audiences to help support implementation of the Framework.

Last but not least, we are delighted to be working with the World Health Organization, Health Standards Organization and CAE Inc. to celebrate the first ever World Patient Safety Day. We have exciting media and social media campaigns planned to spread the word across Canada about this important new global event, plus a special screening of the documentary To Err is Human in Ottawa on September 17.

We promise to keep you updated on these campaigns and more.

Questions? Comments? My inbox is open to you anytime at, and you can follow me on Twitter @ChrisPowerCPSI.

Yours in patient safety,

Chris Power