Highlights of the CIHI Board of Directors Meeting

March 4-5, 2010
The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel
Montreal, Quebec

March 4, 2010

Special Meeting of the Members

A special meeting of the members was held to address the Region 3 (Ontario) government vacancy on the Board. Mr. Saäd Rafi, new Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care was elected.

Board of Directors Meeting - Welcome

The Chair, Mr. Graham Scott, called the Board of Directors meeting to order at 12:00 p.m. and welcomed those present, including Mr. John McGarry, the incoming Region 5 (Atlantic) non-government representative, who attended the meeting as an observer.

President’s Report

Mr. John Wright, President and CEO, in his President’s Report to the Board, focused his remarks on corporate level highlights, including the recruitment of the new Vice President, Research and Analysis, Mr. Jeremy Veillard; the status of the independent evaluation and performance audit; the approach being considered for the renewal of the provincial bilateral agreements and the renewal of the Health Information Initiative with Health Canada; a review of the CIHI’s compensation program; changes to CIHI’s Rewards and Recognition event; as well as, an update on the network vulnerability testing. He went on to review the organization’s priority initiatives and expected achievements for the upcoming quarter. He also reported on the plans for the June 2010 Board meeting.

Report of the Finance and Audit Committee (FAC)

Mr. Kevin Empey, Chair of the FAC provided an update on the activities of the FAC including:

  • Internal and External Audits
  • Review of the Q3 Report and Financial Statements
  • Quarterly Management Certification Reports
  • Compensation Review (in-camera session)

Mr. Empey then presented the highlights of the draft FY2010-21011 Operational Plan and Budget, which the Board unanimously approved.


Mr. Jean-Marie Berthelot, Vice President, Programs, presented an overview of CIHI’s e-reporting activities.

Corporate Data Quality Strategy

Mr. Douglas Yeo, Director, Clinical Data Standards, Quality and Methodology, provided an overview of CIHI’s Data Quality Strategy and highlighted improvements that have been made over the last several years.

Report of the Privacy and Data Protection (PDP) Committee

Dr. Peter Barrett, Chair of the PDP Committee, provided an update to the Board on the activities of the PDP Committee. Ms. Mimi Lepage, Chief Privacy Officer and General Counsel, presented CIHI’s Privacy Policy.

Primary Health Care

Mr. Berthelot provided an update on the Primary Health Care information program at CIHI.

Canadian Hospital Report Pilot Project

Mr. Berthelot provided a brief update on the Canadian Hospital Report Pilot Project.

Guest Speaker – Dr. Howard Bergman

Mr. Scott introduced Dr. Howard Bergman, Vice President and Scientific Director of the Fonds de la recherché en Santé du Québec (FRSQ), who shared his thoughts and insights on health care and the aging population.

March 5, 2010

Session of Independent Board Members

An in-camera session of the Board was held prior to convening the meeting. During the session, the Board continued the discussion regarding the compensation review. Mr. Scott went on to provide an update from the Nominating Committee meeting on March 4, 2010 and announced that Dr. Brian Postl is the Chair-elect and would be assuming this position of Board Chair following the March 2011 Board meeting.

Case Costing

Mr. Berthelot provided an overview of current data and information products in the area of patient costs.

Statistics Canada Priority Projects

Mr. Gary Catlin, Director General, Statistics Canada, presented on data releases from the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) and aboriginal health data development activities.

Canadian Population Health Initiative

Dr. Cory Neudorf, Chair of the Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI) Council, provided an update on the activities of CPHI, including the Council’s recent discussion on its role, evaluation activities, as well as an overview of CPHI’s analytical activities, including the flagship report on Exploring Urban Environments and Inequalities in Health.

CIHI Key Findings

Mr. Berthelot presented the Board with data findings from recent and upcoming analytical releases, including updated wait times data and bariatric surgery data. He also provided an update on the upcoming Health Indicators report.

Next Board Meeting

The next Board meeting will be held on June 10-11, 2010 in Edmonton, Alberta.

For more information, please contact:
André Lalonde
Executive Director, Corporate Planning and Quality Management
Tel.: (613) 241-7860, ext. 4012
e-mail: alalonde@cihi.ca

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