Join us for the Jim Ruderman Lecture on Leadership and Innovation

April 5, 2023

This year’s lecture is Thursday, May 11, 11:00 am-12:00 pm, in the WCH auditorium (second floor) during the Day of Excellence in Academics.  

The Jim Ruderman Lecture on Leadership and Innovation is held annually in honour of Dr. Ruderman (1950-2015), a beloved physician, leader and mentor. He served as Chief of Staff (2006-2013) and Family Physician in Chief (1992-2014) during his career at WCH. Dr. Ruderman is remembered for mentoring generations of physicians in their early careers and inspiring many to champion change across the health care system. 

This year’s lecture on innovations in patient engagement and partnerships will be delivered by Dr. Antoine Boivin and Vincent Dumez, who co-lead the Centre of Excellence on Partnership with Patients and the Public (CEPPP) at the Université de Montréal.

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Caring and Transforming Health Together: Mobilizing Everyone’s Knowledge Across Trajectories of Lives 

Caring relationships are rooted in the recognition that patients, health professionals and community members are partners in care and health transformation. This talk focuses on two core questions to advance health partnerships further: 1) Beyond “lived experience”, what specific knowledge and expertise do patients bring as care and health transformation partners?; 2) How to expand health partnerships outside the clinical walls and across different trajectories of lives, in alliance with marginalized community members who are often excluded from engagement initiatives? 

Antoine Boivin, MD PhD and Vincent Dumez, MSc CQ, are co-founders of the Center of Excellence for Partnership with Patients and the Public (Université de Montréal) and Partnership co-directors for the Quebec SPOR-SUPPORT Unit for Learning Health Systems.  

Suffering from severe chronic diseases for decades, Vincent led the integration of patient partners in medical training at Université de Montréal in 2010. Since then, he co-developed large-scale patient partnership initiatives in quality improvement, research, education and policy at the national and international levels. In 2022, he was inducted as Knight of the Ordre national du Québec for his national leadership in the patient partner movement.  

Antoine’s life focuses on bringing people and ideas together: through music, community-building, research and care. He works as a family physician and co-leads with a patient the Canada Research Chair in Partnership with Patients and Communities. His current research focuses on the integration of peers in community care teams. He was awarded the Donald I. Rice award for vision and leadership by the Canadian College of Family Physicians.