News: Join CHI's Executive Council as a Patient/Public Adviser

News: Join CHI's Executive Council as a Patient/Public Adviser


February 16, 2017 - 12:24 - 12:24
Team: Events, Training & News
Posted on February 16, 2017

News: Join CHI's Executive Council as a Patient/Public Adviser

Team: Events, Training & News

February 16, 2017 - 12:24 - 12:24


About the Centre

The George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation is a partnership between the University of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. The centre houses seven unique platforms, each staffed with experts and leaders from all disciplines in academia and practice.

At CHI, we are committed to ensuring that the latest research and evidence are translated into improved patient outcomes, enhanced patient experiences and improved access to care for Manitobans.

What is CHI’s Executive Council?

The Executive Council is the highest level of leadership at CHI. With the goal of advancing the Centre’s mandate, the Executive Council provides oversight and direction with regard to key strategic activities at the Centre. In addition to Patient/Public Advisers, the Executive Council is made up of different stakeholders including healthcare decision-makers, policy makers, researchers and professionals.

Patient/Public Adviser Position

Role of Patient/Public Adviser:

  • Bring your own unique perspectives and insights to discussions and strategic decision-making as a person with lived experience of a health issue and/or healthcare service-user in Manitoba
  • Bring the patient/community lens to discussions and decisions, raising questions and concerns that take diverse needs into consideration
  • Actively collaborate in shared decision-making, helping to shape the strategic direction of CHI
  • Help identify possible areas of opportunity, and provide stewardship to CHI


  • Attending all Executive Council meetings
  • Reviewing materials prior to meetings
  • Providing a Manitoban patient /citizen perspective
  • Playing an advocacy role for CHI and its work
  • Declaring potential conflicts of interest in advance

Time commitment:

  • The Executive Council meets four (4) times a year in: March, June, September and December.
  • Each meeting runs for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • The agenda and other supporting documents will be sent out at least two (2) weeks before each meeting. You will be asked to review these materials in advance. You can suggest agenda items as well.
  • You will be asked to attend two (2) orientation sessions prior to the first official meeting, in order to become more familiar with CHI and what we do. Please note that these sessions can be done at a time that is most convenient to you (e.g. in the evenings, weekends or daytime).
  • We ask for a minimum one (1) year term commitment but are willing to work with you to make sure you feel this position is a good fit.

Some skills we are looking for include:

  • An open mind, intellectual curiosity, respect for the opinion of others
  • Critical self-awareness, able to take personal experience and place it in larger social and political contexts
  • Able to work with a large group of diverse viewpoints and backgrounds to share your insights and perspectives on different topics in order to set strategic directions
  • An understanding of, or a willingness to learn, how committees work in order to govern well
  • Previous committee involvement/community volunteerism/leadership/team work is an asset
  • Able to plan strategically and work collectively
  • Able to review strategic documents and provide personal insight and input
  • Able to network with community
  • An interest in CHI, healthcare systems, and health research
  • Interest in following current events and trends in health care systems and research; knowledge of challenges and opportunities facing healthcare in Canada and Manitoba
  • Demonstrated interest in improving the health care system, especially with regard to the incorporation of  patients’ experiences, perspectives and values
  • Knowledge or representation of diverse communities – mindful of the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Knowledge about a diversity of patient perspectives around health, well-being and the health care system 
  • Sensitive to the needs and perspectives of people who may be facing multiple barriers to health care including poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, colonialism, ableism, etc.
  • Be the voice for other patients /members of the public

Benefits to Becoming a Patient/Public Adviser:

  • Experience on an executive board
  • Opportunity to have a say in the strategic direction of a provincial health research organization
  • Opportunities for further training, workshops and other skill-building sessions
  • Letter of reference, provided upon request.


An honorarium will be provided for attendance to orientation sessions, training, and all Executive Council meetings. Additionally, transportation and any caregiving costs incurred will be covered.

Closing date: Wednesday March 15th, 2017

Thanks to everyone who applied. We are no longer accepting applications.

If this opportunity interests you, please fill out an application and email it to If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email or call 204-272-3119.

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