Phase I findings from our action research project to curate current leadership practices during COVID and what new practices should be employed to build our future health and care system is synthesized in a two-page Executive Summary. Our two peer reviewed articles are now published on The relevance of the LEADS framework during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Leading through the first wave of COVID: a Canadian action study. Our widened sample of Phase 2 interviews funded through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant, Healthcare Excellence Canada and Interior Health were completed this summer. Data analysis is underway to gather the challenges health leaders face, their observations of the change needed in our health system, and the leadership capabilities required for 21st century care. Our initial findings were shared at our November Roundtable. We send our gratitude to those Canadian health leaders on the front line of this pandemic who took the time to share their experiences with us.