IMELF 2019
Leadership in the face of Artificial Intelligence

IMELF 2018: Leadership in the face of Artificial Intelligence


IMELF Group 2019

IMELF 2019 – Ottawa

The International Medical Education Leaders Forum (IMELF) is an annual invite-only meeting. It is a unique opportunity for senior leaders such as presidents, CEOs, deans and postgraduate deans from medical education institutions around the world to discuss challenges and innovations related to postgraduate medical education and lifelong learning.

To advance contemporary medical education for better health care.

To inspire global leadership to new frontiers in medical education.

To be globally recognized for thought leadership in medical education.


What’s new for 2019?

This year’s IMELF on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 will continue last year’s timely discussions on artificial intelligence, machine learning and disruptive technologies in health care, with a focus on digital solutions transforming patient care. The meeting will take place at The Westin Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Immediately following the meeting on September 25, there will be a joint reception with tomorrow’s leaders that attended the Toronto International Summit on Leadership Education for Physicians (TISLEP), held concurrently at The Westin Ottawa.

We will also continue to host IMELF invitees for a networking dinner the evening preceding the meeting – this year’s dinner will be held at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

Speaker spotlight

Susan Tory

Dr. Susan Tory

General Internist, Humber River Hospital

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Sophia Leong

Sophia Leong

Executive Director, Development and International Affairs,
University of Ottawa

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Shannon Malovec

Shannon Malovec

Principle, Patient Engagement,
TELUS Health

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Jane Casey

Jane Casey

Program Director (Emergency Department), Humber River Hospital

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Joelle Pineau

Joelle Pineau

Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar, McGill University
Co-Managing Director, Facebook AI Research

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Dr. Jaron Chong

Dr. Jaron Chong

Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology,
McGill University

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Discover Ottawa


Sitting on the Ottawa River, Ottawa is Canada’s capital and is a place where you can discover Canada’s proud heritage at impressive national sites and famous landmarks, including the Rideau Canal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). It’s a city steep in culture, with world-class museums and galleries displaying stunning national collections and special exhibitions from Canada and around the world.

Visit the following websites for more information about Ottawa’s sights and sounds, as well as other nearby attractions:

Official Hotel of IMELF 2019

The Westin Ottawa
11 Colonel By Dr.
Ottawa, ON K1N 9H4

To book your hotel room at The Westin Ottawa, be sure to complete the accommodation form that was sent with your email invitation by August 3, 2019 to receive the Royal College’s special rates.

Parking at The Westin Ottawa

  • Covered parking: $30.00 + tax per day, per vehicle
  • Valet parking: $48.00 + tax per day, per vehicle

Both are subject to availability upon arrival. Visit the hotel website for more information.

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For additional accommodation details including parking at the Shaw Centre, travel and public transportation, click here.

Meeting highlights

IMELF meetings provide leadership solutions to overcome challenges in health care, medical education and continuing professional development, to mitigate increasing global health care needs.

One of our strategic goals for this year is to explore new ways of highlighting key information for our audiences. In the interim, past meeting reports and presentations are available.

IMELF Satellite Meetings

IMELF Satellite — Hong Kong, 2017

IMELF Kuwait - February 2019

IMELF Satellite — South East Asia, 2018

IMELF South East Asia - March 2019

IMELF Satellite Meetings are held throughout the year in various regions of the world. They are led primarily by the host organization with support from IMELF ambassadors and focus on the region in which the meeting takes place.

Upcoming IMELF Satellite Meetings

  • Latin America | Santiago, Chile | May 28, 2019
  • Europe | Dublin, Ireland | October 18, 2019
  • Africa| Ghana, West Africa | TBC – November or December
  • Australasia |Sydney, Australia | March 19, 2020

Past IMELF Satellite Meetings highlights

Discover how global senior leaders and regional partners explore challenges and innovations related to postgraduate medical education and lifelong learning in different regions around the world.


Visa requirements for international attendees

For information on requirements to visit Canada, please visit the following websites.