about Kath


meet Kath Stevenson

principal of the groundwork strategy.


"I am passionate about supporting individuals, teams, and organizations in developing their abilities to improve their work while they do their work. While my focus and experience has been in the health, social care, and higher education sectors, the science of improvement is transferable and requires that we work and learn in interdisciplinary and open ways."

"I can wield and teach the tools of improvement science, but I also love working through the messy challenge that is the relational side of improvement and organizational development."


"instead of talking someone into change, try to listen them into change."

- Kath Stevenson



I have worked in health system improvement since 2004, when I began working for Saskatchewan's Health Quality Council (HQC). There, I held a variety of positions, including senior quality improvement consultant and program director. I also had the opportunity to lead the Quality as a Business Strategy (system leadership), Releasing Time to Care (nursing focused) and Academic Initiatives (health professional education) projects, as well as the development of HQC's strategy looking at whole system transformation.

I am Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Physical Therapy (University of Saskatchewan) and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare in Sweden, where I am completing (finger-crossed!) a PhD in Quality Improvement and Leadership. More recently, I joined the coaching and teaching team at The Microsystem Academy (The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice).

I hold a BA Honours in English (1996), a BSc in Physical Therapy (1999), and an MSc in Community Health and Epidemiology (2003), all from the University of Saskatchewan.

I also love these slippers.