Health Talks


Health Talks is the Quality Forum’s annual evening event, taking place on the night of February 24.

It’s a perfect activity for those who attend a pre-Forum session, arrive in Vancouver for QF16 or seek an inspirational end to their work day.

Eight engaging and passionate speakers will answer our question:

What are your hopes for health care?

But Health Talks’ speakers don’t use presentations full of bullet points.

They use the PechaKucha 20×20 format, where each presentation contains 20 slides and each slide is displayed for exactly 20 seconds before automatically advancing to the next one. The slides can only feature photos or videos – no text! Videos of last year’s presentations are featured in the playlist above.
Health Talks Speakers

Read about the speakers. They represent a range of professions and perspectives. Let’s learn about each other’s hopes and values!

Jessica Kim
Health Sciences Student, Simon Fraser University

Caroline MacGillivray
Founder, Beauty Night Society

Chanteya Waterman & Hannah O’Donnell
Students, Woodland Park Elementary

Cory Ashworth

Dena Kanigan
Director of Care, Castleview Care Centre

Evan Adams
Chief Medical Officer, First Nations Health Authority

Joshua Greggain
Rural Family Physician, Fraser Health

Michael McMillan
Chief Operating Officer, Northern Health

More Presentations

The PechaKucha 20×20 format leads to some pretty creative presentations. In 2015 we had a visit from the Fairy Godmother, saw photos of “healthy” drawn by four-year-olds, learned about jumping for joy and about the importance of talking about death and listening to patients. You can watch the presentations here.

100 percent of audience members who filled out our evaluation said they found the night’s presentations inspiring!

Here are the playlists for Health Talks 2014, Health Talks 2013 and Health Talks 2012.

“Powered by PechaKucha” events are one-off events that are separate from regular city-based PechaKucha Nights, and are usually held as part of festivals and conferences, but can also act as standalone events.

These events include presentations that use the PechaKucha 20 images x 20 seconds format. Find out more at