Highlights of the CIHI Strategic Planning Session and Board of Directors Meeting

June 20 and 21, 2013

Fort Garry Hotel

Winnipeg, Manitoba

June 20, 2013, Strategic Planning Session


The Chair, Dr. Brian Postl, called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. and welcomed those present. Dr. Postl provided an overview of the meeting theme and focus—to gather intelligence to proactively deal with the issue of remaining relevant.

International Perspectives

Dr. Vivek Goel, Vice Chair, introduced Mr. David Kalisch, Director and CEO, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Against the backdrop of what the AIHW does, who it serves and the changing environment, Mr. Kalisch provided an overview of six key strategies the AIHW pursues in an effort to remain relevant.

Dr. Goel then introduced Mr. Steven Meurer, Senior Vice President, Comparative Data and Informatics, University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC). Mr. Meurer provided an overview of the success of the UHC’s Clinical Data Base (CDB) and the factors behind its ongoing relevance to UHC members.

Canadian Perspectives

Mr. Peter Morrison, Board Director, introduced Dr. Kim McGrail, Assistant Professor, School of Population and Public Health, The University of British Columbia. Dr. McGrail provided an overview of her perspective regarding changes CIHI will need to make to remain relevant, including increasing data linkage across data sets, collecting and analyzing data across the continuum of care (that is, beyond acute care/hospital data), improving the accessibility of data and information (for example, by improving CIHI’s website) and producing analytical reports that start with the individual as the unit of analysis.

Local Perspectives

Dr. Postl introduced Ms. Beth Beaupre (Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Workforce, Manitoba Health), Dr. Patricia Martens (Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, and Director, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy) and Dr. Michael Moffatt (Executive Director, Research and Applied Learning Division, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority ). Each guest provided an overview, from his or her perspective as a local stakeholder, of what CIHI needs to do to remain relevant.

Reflections on the Day’s Discussions

Mr. David Hallett, Board Director, provided a summary of the key messages heard during the planning session, noting the major opportunities and challenges for CIHI in remaining relevant in the future.


There being no further business, Dr. Postl called for the adjournment of the session at 12:30 p.m. on June 20, 2013.

June 20 and 21, 2013, Board of Directors Meeting


The Chair, Dr. Postl, called the Board of Directors meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. on June 20, 2013.

President’s Report

Mr. John Wright, President and CEO, provided an overview of some of the accomplishments of the fourth quarter of 2012–2013. These included various audits under way, new Portal agreements, the status of bilateral funding agreements and human resources (HR) activities. He went on to report on collaborative work done with the Interagency Collaboration Group (ICG) and an overview of the corporate performance indicators.

Report of the Governance Committee

Mr. Morrison, Member of the Governance Committee, presented an overview of the items discussed at the March 20 and May 24, 2013, meetings, including Board succession planning, approval of the 2013–2014 Governance Committee Annual Work Plan, final preparations for the Board Strategic Planning Session, timing of the annual general meeting, an overview of the corporate annual report and the Board self-evaluation results.

Health System Performance

Dr. Jeremy Veillard, Vice President, Research and Analysis, provided an update on the vision, deliverables and implementation status of the pan-Canadian health system performance measurement and reporting program.

Report of the Privacy and Data Protection Committee

Dr. Goel, Chair of the Privacy and Data Protection Committee, presented A Year in Review: CIHI’s Annual Privacy Report 2012–2013.

Project Updates

Integrating a Population Health Approach Into Health System Planning and Decision-Making

Dr. Veillard provided an overview of the findings from CIHI’s Canadian Population Health Initiative (CPHI) collaborative research project, which examined population health within the context of health system planning and decision-making in Canada.

Harmful Incidents

Dr. Veillard provided an update on the development of a harmful incident indicator, noting that the indicator is a global (“big dot”) measure of patient safety in development at CIHI that will measure the number of patients with at least one harmful incident that is treated in the same acute care hospitalization.

Strategic Discussion: Is the Public One of CIHI’s Key Customers?

Mr. Wright engaged the Board in a strategic discussion on the following question: Is the public one of CIHI’s key customers?

Guest Speaker

The Honourable Theresa Oswald, Minister of Health, Manitoba Health, presented an overview of the use of CIHI data in Manitoba.

Session of Independent Board Members

An in camera session of the Board was held.

Strategic Discussion: How Can CIHI Remain Relevant?

As a follow-up to the Board’s Strategic Planning Session, Dr. Postl engaged the Board of Directors in a strategic discussion on the following question: How can CIHI remain relevant?

Project Updates

Activity-Based Funding and Population Risk Adjustment Grouper

Mr. Brent Diverty, Vice President, Programs, provided an update on projects and activities related to activity-based funding (ABF) and the Population Risk Adjustment Grouper (PRAG).

Future Directions for NHEX

Mr. Diverty presented an overview of the results of the Harris/Decima National Health Expenditure Database (NHEX) customer consultation.

Report of the Finance and Audit Committee

Dr. Postl presented an overview of the items discussed at the June 20, 2013, joint HR Committee and Finance and Audit Committee (FAC) meeting, including approval of the CIHI Pension Plan Governance Framework and support for management’s response to the Canadian Association of Pension Supervisory Authorities (CAPSA) self-assessment questionnaires.

Dr. David Ostrow, Member of the Finance and Audit Committee, presented an overview of the items discussed at the June 5, 2013, FAC meeting, including approval of the 2013–2014 FAC work plan; a sole-source request for the period October 2012 to March 2013; statutory remittances for the period January to March 2013; the approval of the CIHI Pension Plan Funding Policy; an update on the Quebec bilateral agreement negotiations; and the results from the audit of financial statements of CIHI and the CIHI Pension Plan.

Capacity-Building Strategy

Ms. Louise Ogilvie, Vice President, Corporate Services, provided an update regarding progress on capacity-building initiatives.


There being no further business, Dr. Postl called for the adjournment of the Board of Directors meeting at 10:30 a.m. on June 21, 2013.

Next Board Meeting

The next Board meeting will be held November 14, 2013, in Toronto, Ontario.

For more information, please contact

Francine Anne Roy
Director, Strategy and Operations

Phone: 613-694-6432
Email: froy@cihi.ca

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