Bringing Diversity and Inclusion to Life

Diversity and inclusion—as well as being moral—is good business. Studies show that organizations with strong diversity programs outperform organizations without them. A diverse formal leadership team, that models how to be inclusive and sensitive to diverse perspectives, is fundamental for a health system to serve our distinct health care populations. Currently, statistics show that most health systems are woefully inadequate in creating diverse leadership teams.

Throughout the second edition of Bringing Leadership to Life in Health, we have attempted to directly address this theme, through the work of Dr. Ivy Bourgeault as well as by profiling the efforts of many prominent formal and informal women leaders.

Dr. Ivy Bourgeault has dedicated her career to addressing the challenge associated with transitioning to diverse leadership in health care. Ivy is a Research Chair in Gender, Diversity and the Professions at the University of Ottawa. She leads the Canadian Health Workforce Network and the Empowering Women Leaders in Health initiative. Dr. Bourgeault has garnered an international reputation for her research on the health workforce, particularly from a gender lens. Ivy has also been active in addressing the challenge of Indigenous Health Leadership in Canada and abroad.

Ivy and her team—Yvonne James and Jamie Lundine—in partnership with the Canadian Health Leadership Network and the Canadian College of Health Leaders, have done significant work in the past few years creating a Toolkit for Women in health care leadership. We support the work she and her team are undertaking. Ivy and her team also work closely with Dr. Karen Lawford, from Queen’s University, on issues of diversity and inclusion as it relates to Indigenous women. Dr. Ivy Bourgeault is also leading the charge to revitalize the International Health Workforce Collaborative. The IWHWC an informal group of health economists, representatives of medical organizations and government officials from the United States, United Kingdom and Canada who agreed there would be value in organizing an international invitational conference to discuss physician workforce issues. Here is a link to their most recent conference proceedings (https://www.hhr-rhs.ca/images/IHWC_2019_Conference_Program-_FINAL.pdf)

Click Here to see the many studies, approaches, and services Ivy’s team is promoting within Canada and abroad.

Dr. Ivy Bourgeault and her Health Leadership Team

Ivy Bourgeault

Dr. Ivy Bourgeault is the Canada Research Chair, Gender and Diversity, at University of Ottawa...

Karen Lawford (PhD)

Karen is a Registered Midwife in Ontario and an Assistant Professor in the Department of ...

We als0 invited a chapter on Indigenous Leadership, authored by Dr. Alika Lafontaine, Caroline Lidstone-Jones, and Karen Lawford, Ph.D., each a member of a different Indigenous community in Canada (link here to their chapter); and profiled the DESTINED project, led by Dr. Elizabeth Hartney, at Royal Roads University.

Dr. Alika LaFontaine

Dr. Alika Lafontaine is Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Pain ...

Caroline Lidstone-Jones

Caroline currently works as a senior consultant for Better Together Health Solutions. Prior....

Karen Lawford (PhD)

Karen is a Registered Midwife in Ontario and an Assistant Professor in the Department of....

Dr Elizabeth Hartney

Dr. Elizabeth Hartney is a Professor in the Leadership Studies School at Royal Roads Universit...

Ivy Bourgeault

Dr. Ivy Bourgeault is the Canada Research Chair, Gender and Diversity, at University of Ottawa.

Ivy describes, in a vignette, how the Engage others domain of LEADS is fundamental imbuing diversity, inclusion, and equity in a healthy workforce, while at the same time modeling those qualities themselves.

Contributed in the following chapters:

  • Chapter 6: The LEADS in a Caring Environment Framework – Engage Others
  • Chapter 7: The LEADS in a Caring Environment Framework – Achieve Results

Karen Lawford (PhD)

Karen is a Registered Midwife in Ontario and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Gender Studies at Queen’s University.

Contributed in the following chapters:

  • Chapter 14: Seeing with Two Eyes – Indigenous Leadership and the LEADS Framework

Dr. Alika LaFontaine

Dr. Alika Lafontaine is Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at the University of Alberta. He co-led the Indigenous Health Alliance in Canada (2013–2017) and continues to work tirelessly to support positive transformation of Indigenous health systems across Canada.

Contributed in the following chapters:

  • Chapter 14: Seeing with Two Eyes – Indigenous Leadership and the LEADS Framework

Caroline Lidstone-Jones

Caroline currently works as a senior consultant for Better Together Health Solutions. Prior to this she was Chief Quality Officer and Operating for Weeneebayko Area Health Authority.

Contributed in the following chapters:

  • Chapter 14: Seeing with Two Eyes – Indigenous Leadership and the LEADS Framework
  • Elizabeth Hartney

    Dr. Elizabeth Hartney is a Professor in the Leadership Studies School at Royal Roads University (responsible for the MA in Health Leadership program), and Director of the Centre for Health Leadership and Research.

    Elizabeth describes the DESTINED project, an initiative aimed at assisting Indigenous people to be better served in the emergency departments of local hospitals.

    Contributed in the following chapters:

    • Chapter 8: The LEADS in a Caring Environment Framework – Develop Coalitions