PRE-FORUM DEEP DIVE SESSION: Unleashing Compassion to Overcome Burnout

Tuesday, February 25
0830 – 1700

In-Province: $175 +GST | Out-of-Province: $250 +GST | Full-Time Student: $125 +GST

This highly interactive pre-Forum session will flip the script on the burnout conversation and explore how we can unleash compassion for ourselves and for each other to create more engaging, joyful and fulfilling workplaces. Join us as we dive deep to not only understand what individuals can do to improve their well-being, but also what system-level factors can be leveraged to establish a more compassionate culture as an antidote for burnout. You will leave this session feeling energized and equipped to put evidence into practice when it comes to building resiliency, reducing the likelihood of experiencing burnout and supporting recovery from burnout to return to wellness.

By the end of this pre-Forum session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how compassion can be leveraged to address burnout at both the individual and system level;
  • Utilize strategies to build resilience for burnout prevention and recovery; and
  • Consider opportunities to contribute to more engaging, joyful and fulfilling workplaces.

Keynote Speakers

Nathalie Martinek
Wellbeing Consultant in Health Care
Co-Founder | Safe Space Health

Nathalie’s interest in burnout and wellbeing of health professionals began with the humble fruitfly. Nathalie moved to Melbourne from Toronto, Canada just after she graduated with her doctorate in developmental biology to begin her career as a cancer researcher. During her 5 years as a researcher she became more interested in exploring the spectrum of human experience beyond the controlled environment of a laboratory.

A short stint shadowing oncologists exposed her to ethical and existential dilemmas that health professionals grapple with every single day and the impact that not having a safe space to talk about the impact of their work had on their personal wellbeing and professional satisfaction. This experience prompted personal and professional development in coaching, mentoring, group facilitation, mediation, healing and trauma-responsive practice to reveal what was missing and what’s desperately needed to prevent burnout, and heal our healers.

Nathalie is a speaker, listener, and facilitates training programs and workshops worldwide for diverse professional audiences to enhance their capacity for human connection and stable therapeutic partnerships.

Craig Deao
Managing Director | Studer Group

Since 2006, Craig Deao, MHA, has been an integral part of Studer Group as a senior leader for the organization’s speaking and conferences teams, and he now directs thought leadership across Huron’s broader healthcare practice. Craig is a highly regarded national speaker on leadership, engagement, quality and patient safety. He works with medical staffs and healthcare executives to create highly reliable organizations where employees want to work, physicians want to practice and patients want to receive care. He also co-led the organization’s journey to become a recipient of the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award in 2010. In 2016, Craig harnessed his field experience in healthcare to author the book, “The E Factor: How Engaged Patients, Clinicians, Leaders, and Employees Will Transform Healthcare.” In addition to his full-time work with Studer Group and Huron, he serves as faculty for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Born and raised in New Orleans, Craig received two bachelor’s degrees from Louisiana State University. He received a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota. Craig now lives in Pensacola, Florida, where he serves on the quality committee of his local health system. He is married to Julie and is the proud father of Sam and Jack.


The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians.  This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has been approved by UBC CPD for up to 6.5 MOC Section 1 Group Learning credits. This program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 6.5 Mainpro+ Group Learning credits. Each physician should claim only those credits accrued through participation in the activity.
CFPC Session ID#: 192089-001