Health Talks

Health Talks is the Quality Forum’s annual evening event. As in past years, eight engaging and passionate speakers answered our question:

What are your hopes for health care?

But Health Talks’ speakers didn’t use presentations full of bullet points. They used the PechaKucha 20×20 format, where each presentation contained 20 photos and each photo was displayed for exactly 20 seconds before automatically advancing to the next one.

The night also featured a ceremony to recognize the winners of the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council’s annual Quality Awards, which celebrate improvements in quality of care across eight categories.

Watch Health Talks Presentations

Watch each presentation from Health Talks 2017! Click speakers’ names to learn more about them.

Barbara Alink
CEO, Alinker Inventions
Inventor Barbara Alink wanted to help people with mobility issues stay physically active and socially engaged in their communities, by creating a new vehicle for social change.

Colin Easton
Creator, The Stranger Project
Colin Easton, creator of “The Stranger Project,” talks about living with (not suffering from) depression, and his hope that we take the time to truly listen to and connect with others.

Devin Harris
Chief of Medical Staff, Kelowna General Hospital
Physician Devin Harris thinks that health care providers need to give up absolute control over the health care system, and let other industries and technology enable innovation and improvement.

Jorri Gosse
Student, Yorkson Creek Middle School
Winner, Health Talks Student Contest
Jorri, a sixth grade student from Langley BC, shares her hope of improving care of people living with chronic pain, and raising awareness about the impacts of chronic pain.

Kasim Al-Mashat
Registered Psychologist, Meditation & Yoga Teacher
Are providers treating their patients as whole and complete, or like broken machinery? Kasim Al-Mashat shares his story of healing with the help of laughter and mindfulness.

Ray Markham
Rural General Practitioner
Physician Ray Markham illuminates the global connections in health care, through his work breaking down silos and building medical capacity in Zimbabwe, the second poorest country in the world.

Syexwáliya / Ann Whonnock
Council Co-Chair, Councillor, Skwxwu7mesh Uxwumixw (Squamish Nation) Council
Elder Syexwáliya Ann Whonnock from the Squamish Nation shares her hope for health care: thoughtful care for First Nations people, and advocates in the health care system.

Valerie Pagdin
Occupational Therapist, St. John Hospital
Occupational therapist Valerie Pagdin shares the story of her most difficult client and the importance of listening and building partnerships in health care (and in farming).