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Annual Conference 2018
Catholic Health Alliance of Canada

Towards Formation:
Creating the path to strong lay leadership of the healing ministry
of Jesus Christ in Canada

Wednesday May 9 to Friday May 11, 2018
Marriott Gateway on the Falls, Niagara Falls


Conference Program

Keynote Speakers and Sessions

Diarmuid Rooney

Diarmuid Rooney – Facilitator and "weaver" for the conference

With a focus on participant interaction and engagement, we will explore the theme of “formation” with a view to strengthening our Catholic health care community’s ability to develop strong and effective lay leadership across Canada. 

Wednesday May 9, 2018 ~ 7:30 PM

John O. "Jack" Mudd


John O. "Jack" Mudd
Senior Vice President, Mission Leadership
Providence Health& Services, Renton, Washington

Jack Mudd will share his vast experience in Catholic health care formation as well as education.  Jack has written and presented broadly on the deep impact good formation programs have on individuals and the culture of organizations.  .

"Jack" Mudd, is Senior Vice President, Mission Leadership at Providence Health & Services, Renton, Washington, which is a system comprised of 32 hospitals as well as health care, social service and education ministries in five western states. He served for ten years as a trustee and five years as chair of the board of Ascension Health in St. Louis, the country's largest not-for-profit and largest Catholic health system. He is a member and past chair of the board of the Ministry Leadership Center, a consortium of six Catholic health systems that provides mission formation programs for senior executives. Mr. Mudd has more than 25 years of board experience in Catholic health care at the local and system levels. Prior to joining Providence, he was a lawyer in private practice and also dean and professor of law at the University of Montana School of Law. He received his bachelor and master of arts degrees in philosophy from the Catholic University of America, a juris doctorate from the University of Montana and his master of laws and doctor of science of law degrees from Columbia University

Thursday Morning May 10, 2018 ~ 9:00 AM - 12 Noon

Bishop Douglas Crosby












Sister Anne Anderson







John Woods

Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI
Bishop of the Diocese of Hamilton

Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, will draw on his experience as a diocesan bishop and as the immediate past president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Crosby will provide a perspective on formation of lay leaders in today’s church and Catholic organizations.

Born in Marathon, Ontario, Bishop Douglas Crosby is the oldest of seven children. He entered the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1968 graduating from Carleton University in Ottawa with a B.A. in Philosophy and French. He completed his B.Th. at St. Paul University in 1975 and his Master's in Pastoral Studies (Counselling) in 1976. Bishop Crosby was ordained a priest on September 27, 1975, and was appointed Assistant Pastor of the Co-Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Labrador City from 1976-1981. He served as vocation director, coordinator of provincial services, Pastor of St. Joseph's Parish (Ottawa), and eventually Provincial Superior of the St. Peter's Province of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. As Provincial, he was elected President of the Oblate Conference of Canada. He subsequently served as Director of the CCCB Missions Office and English-language General Secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. He was ordained Bishop on November 4, 1997 and appointed bishop in Labrador City in January 1998. In 2003, Bishop Crosby was appointed Bishop of St. George's, Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. Bishop Crosby became Ordinary of the Diocese of Hamilton in September 2010. He held the position of President of Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) from 2015 to 2017.

Sr. Anne Anderson, CSJ
Chair, St. Joseph’s Health System, Hamilton, Ontario

Today’s leaders in our organizations “step into the shoes” of those pioneer Sisters who began health care in many regions of Canada. Sr. Anne Anderson, CSJ will speak about formation from the perspective of a Sister, educator and governor in the health system.

Chair of the Saint Joseph’s Health System Board in Hamilton Sister Anne has been a past President of the Catholic Health Association of Ontario and a member of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Health Association of Canada. She was appointed as President and Vice Chancellor of the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto in January 2009 and has previously served there as Interim President since July 2008 in addition to her duties as the Dean, Faculty of Theology. Sister Anne has been a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Hamilton since 1958, and served the Congregation as General Councillor and General Treasurer from 1999-2009

John Woods
Vice President Strategic Initiatives, St. Joseph’s Health System, Hamilton, Ontario

John will consider formation from the perspective of the lay leader. ‘No-one will do formation for us. It is our job now to carry the Mission forward and to form ourselves in the values of Catholic health care. Importantly we also have to mentor generations of leaders, and orient generations of board members, who never knew the Sisters’.

John Woods is Vice President, Strategic Initiatives for the St. Joseph’s Health System in the Diocese of Hamilton. He began his career in the UK National Health Service (NHS) where he completed the NHS Management Training Scheme. John has an MA in Management Studies. He is a graduate of the Rotman Advanced Health Leadership Program (AHLP), and a Fellow of the Executive Program for Research Application (EXTRA), winning the Naimark Award for his work in the latter. As a general administrator John has led teams in Finance, I.T., Community Health Services, Research Administration, Quality and Patient Safety, and most recently Medical Affairs Risk and Legal

Thursday Afternoon May 10, 2018 ~ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Suzanne Greenwood









Micheline St-Hilaire




Suzanne Greenwood
Chief Executive Officer,
Catholic Health Australia, Canberra, Australia

Catholic health organizations in Australia recently revamped their formation programs.  Suzanne will share information about the Australian health care system as well as provide insight into the workings of their formation endeavours.

Suzanne Greenwood is the Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Health Association of Australia. Previously she was General Counsel to the St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland and Corporate Counsel to St Vincent’s Health & Aged Care. Immediately prior to commencing with CHA, Suzanne was the National CEO of the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia. Suzanne has served as a member of the Board of the Brisbane Archdiocesan Development Fund, the Queensland Law Foundation, the Queensland Law Society and of Epilepsy Queensland. She has also served on several Church advisory committees.
As a former medico-legal lawyer, Suzanne has a special interest in health ethics, having chaired the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) for a number of hospitals. She is currently a member of the Australian Government’s Clinical Trials Advisory Committee. As a Catholic Executive dedicated to the healing ministry of Christ, Suzanne believes it is an honour and privilege to lead CHA.

Micheline St-Hilaire ~ Presetation will be delivered in French
Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba, Winnipeg

Micheline St-Hilaire, MBA, MSc, a.m.o. is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Organizational Development with the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba. She consults for a wide range of organizations interested in co-creating the conditions for compassion to flourish in support of personal, interpersonal and organizational well-being. Dedicated at heart to community development, Micheline has co-led the Compassion Project since 2010 where world-renowned and evidence-based compassion formation is offered. Fueled by a great passion and love of people, Micheline is grateful to walk alongside all who commit to bringing compassion and hope into the world.

Friday Morning May 11, 2018 ~ 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB

Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB
Chief Executive Officer, Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, Toronto

From Fr. Rosica’s unique perspective as a priest, a broadcaster, a broadcaster and media attaché at the Vatican, he will provide a more global view of the work of the laity in health care and the importance of leadership in our work.  Using the message of Pope Francis, Fr. Rosica will provide an inspiring message for all attendees.

Fr. Thomas Rosica is a priest of the Congregation of St. Basil (Basilian Fathers). Born in Rochester, New York he received a BA in Italian and French Language and Literature from St. John Fisher College in May 1980. Fr. Rosica was ordained a priest in the Congregation of St. Basil on April 19, 1986 in Rochester. He holds advanced degrees in Theology and Sacred Scripture from Regis College in the Toronto School of Theology [1985], the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome [1991] and the École Biblique et Archéologique Française de Jérusalem [1994]. Fr. Rosica lectured in Sacred Scripture at Canadian Universities in Toronto, Windsor and London from 1990-2008. From 1994 – 2006, Fr. Rosica represented the Canadian Bishops on the Canadian Christian-Jewish Consultation. In June 1999, he was appointed by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops as the Chief Executive Officer and National Director of the World Youth Day and the Papal Visit of Pope John Paul II, that took place in Toronto during July, 2002. On July 1, 2003, Fr. Rosica became the founding Chief Executive Officer of Salt and Light Television, Canada's first national Catholic Television Network.
In October 2008, Fr. Rosica was appointed by the Vatican as the English-speaking Media Attaché of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican in 2009, 2012 and again in 2015. In February 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Fr. Rosica a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.