On March 22, over 200 community leaders in Waterloo Wellington from across a broad spectrum of industries "converged"at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation to hear from local and international experts on health and social care transformation. The event was presented by the United Way Waterloo Region Communities and the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network.
The conference emphasized the importance of working across sectors, breaking silos and working as a cohesive system.
Convergence 2019 included an exciting slate of guest speakers: Chief Bryan Larkin (Waterloo Region Police Service), Vidal Seegobin (The Advisory Board), Mayor Andy Burnham (Manchester, UK), Georgina Black (KPMG), Mike Murray (Region of Waterloo), Raechelle Devereaux (Guelph Community Health Centre), Nancy Bird (United Way Waterloo Region Communities), and Bruce Lauckner (Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network).
A consistent, overarching message of the conference was that innovative thinking can help transform the system as we work in the best interests of residents of the community. There were numerous examples demonstrating the benefit of system leaders working together to solve complex problems.
Welcome to Convergence 2019 (a snapshot of the WWLHIN's four Care Communities)
Andy Burnham's Digital Address
Vidal Seegobin - The Essentials of Integration