Appendix E: Message from the co-sponsors

Dr. Doris Grinspun
Dr. Jennifer Zelmer

Dr. Doris Grinspun

LLD(hon), Dr(hc), FAAN, FCAN, O.ONT

Chief Executive Officer,

Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)

Dr. Jennifer Zelmer

PhD, MA, B.Sc.

President and CEO,

Healthcare Excellence Canada (HEC)

As co-sponsors of the Leading Change Toolkit™, we are delighted to present a resource that will revolutionize care for people and their families in Ontario, across Canada, and around the world.

This toolkit is for you: change agents and change teams who strive to ensure that each and every person who enters the health system gets the best care they deserve, every time.

This rigorously-developed toolkit will equip you with the knowledge, practical tools and approaches from two complementary frameworks to effectively engage persons and families in change initiatives, and accelerate long-lasting change.

We are proud of and thankful to our respective teams that have produced a resource that leverages the mutual goals of each organization. First, a huge thanks to the expert panel co-chairs Dr. Doris Grinspun and Dr. Janet Squires for their expertise, vision and stewardship. We are also indebted to RNAO’s team for their expertise and intense work producing the toolkit: Susan McNeill, Associate Director of Guideline Implementation and Knowledge Transfer, Katherine Wallace, Senior Program Manager and Oliwia Klej, Project Coordinator. Many other members of the RNAO team have also been involved in the development, design, peer review execution, and dissemination of the toolkit.

We are also grateful to HEC team members Marianne D’Arpino, Vice-President, Programs and System Transformation, Gina Desouza, Director, Programs and System Transformation and Kim Kinder, Director, Health Innovation Programs for their ongoing commitment and support of this project.

We invite you as change agents and change teams working in Canada and worldwide to use and share this robust and exciting resource. Use it to transform care and improve outcomes for every person in each encounter. To our RNAO and HEC partners, we know you will gain from this tool as you drive change in your workplaces and communities. RNAO’s 100,000 Best Practice Champions who work in over 1,500 Best Practice Spotlight Organizations® worldwide as early adopters will drive change and improve people's experiences and outcomes moving from strength to even higher strength.