Jim Christenson

Monday, June 5, 2017 • 09:45 - 10:45
H: Mt. Currie Ballroom

From Emerg Doc to CEO: A Personal Story - Dr. Brendan Carr


Island Health is a fully integrated regional health authority with an annual budget of $2.2 billion serving a population of 800,000. Prior to joining Island Health as its Chief Medical Officer in 2012, Dr. Carr held the position of Vice President of Medicine at the Capital District Health Authority in Halifax.

Dr. Carr, an emergency physician, completed an MBA prior to attending medical school at Dalhousie. Dr. Carr, a certified health executive and physician executive, was awarded an EXTRA fellowship with the Canadian Foundation for Health Research. Dr. Carr serves as a director of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Healthcare (CADTH), the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CARMS), the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and the Canadian Society for Physician Leadership. He also serves as the chair of the Western CEO collaborative, comprised of chief executives from health authorities across western Canada. In addition, Dr. Carr co-chairs the ORCAH institute, a strategic partnership between Cerner Inc. and Island Health, focused on advancing technologies to support population health.

Learning Objective: To understand the leadership journey of a senior academic emergency physician to health system leadership.

Establishing Strong Mentorship - Dr. Nadim Lalani


This presentation will highlight opportunities for academic mentors to promote leadership and the leadership skills of their mentees.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe opportunities for enhanced mentoring around leadership

Servant Leadership - Dr. Jim Christenson


There are many styles of leadership and many aspects of good leadership. One important central theme focuses on the leader as a servant rather than as a General. This presentation will discuss this concept to try and understand what it means and what it does not mean, based primarily on the writings of Robert Greenleaf.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the components of servant leadership
  • Appreciate the effectiveness of servant leadership
  • Think about the concept of the institutional as servant