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Patient Safety Power Plays – July 2015

This will be my first Canadian Patient Safety Week as CEO of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. I’ve taken part in CPSW in the past, and I’ve been a speaker at Canada’s Virtual Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, but this is my first time being on the other side and I’m excited to see everything that goes into making these annual events one of the highlights on the Canadian healthcare calendar.

The first Patient Safety Power Play for July goes out to all of our early adopters: the ones who register months in advance; who champion CPSW within their own organizations; and who believe in it so much they’re willing to pay to support it.

That’s right. After years of offering free packages to CPSW registrants, we had to make the difficult decision to charge a $20 fee (shipping included) for packages this year. As a not-for-profit organization, we needed to do this in order to ensure the quality remained as high as ever. As you can imagine, shipping more than 1,800 packages across the country isn’t cheap. Rest assured the contents of your package will be well worth what we’re asking in return.

The second Patient Safety Power Play goes out to all of the presenters who are taking the time to join us in Edmonton for Canada’s Virtual Forum and allow us to beam 12 hours of top-notch patient safety and quality improvement programming directly to you. I can’t wait to unveil this year’s program to you and I promise it is worth the wait. Canada’s Virtual Forum is free to everyone watching the online broadcast and for those who want to join us in Edmonton, we’re asking $20 per day.

Every year, these events continue to get bigger and better. Our challenge is to meet those ever increasing expectations and keep you coming back for more. Make sure your organization doesn’t miss out.

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What is your organization doing to celebrate Canadian Patient Safety Week? I’d love to hear from you. Email me at

Yours in patient safety,

Chris Power​