Cynthia CheslerHealthcare Consultant
Cynthia Chesler is a healthcare consultant with expertise in supply chain, business development and project management.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and an Honours Business Administration Degree in Accounting.  Her career involves many senior leadership positions including General Manager of PROcure Healthcare, a shared services organization and Interim Vice President of Corporate Services at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance.  Cynthia played an integral role in the Ontario Buys Supply Chain Metrics group.  She sits on the Boards at CMEPP and is Co-Chair of HSCN Board and Past-Chair of Medbuy’s Materiel Management committee. Cynthia is currently teaching the OIPMAC-HSCN Healthcare Certificate in Strategic Sourcing.

David Cox, VP and General Manager, Trudell Medical Marketing Ltd.
David Cox has 18 years of experience in the healthcare industry with organizations including Trudell Medical, Cardinal Health Canada, and Johnson & Johnson. 
As the Vice President and General Manager of Trudell Medical Marketing Limited, a key objective for David and his senior leadership team involves understanding healthcare trends, and sourcing related innovative solutions, with the purpose of helping improve quality and manage system costs.  David lives in London, Ontario.

Don CummerAccount Executive, Plexxus
Don Cummer is a member of the Plexxus Senior Management Team as Account Executive, responsible for account and customer relationship management with member hospitals. Don joined Shared Healthcare Supply Services in 2003 and has been at Plexxus since its inception in 2006, in a progression of jobs involving Purchasing, Information Technology and Customer Relationship Management.  He has more than 25 years of experience in purchasing, inventory management and supply chain systems in the healthcare and telecommunication sectors.  
Don has been been actively involved in many supply chain transformation projects including Plexxus’ SAP based ITS (Integrated Technology Solution) as well as Contract Management and Supplier eCommerce solutions.  He holds an Honours Bachelor of Art degree in Economics from McMaster University and is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Professionals.  Don is the incoming Co-Chair (Provider) for the Board of Directors of the Healthcare Supply Chain Network.

Dr. A. Dauphin, Coordinator and Medical Lead for the St. Joseph's Health System International Outreach Program
Dr. Dauphin is a Clinical Professor and staff member in the Department of Anesthesia, Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.  He is also the Coordinator and Medical Lead for the International Outreach Program (Haiti) at St. Joseph’s Health Care System, McMaster University, and the Medical Director of the Anesthesia Resources International Outreach Program (Uganda), also at St. Joseph’s Health Care System.  Dr. Dauphin has extensive experience teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, has a number of publications and presentations, and has been honoured with numerous awards.  Dr. Dauphin has served on many medical, educational and professional boards, and is currently serving, among others, as Chairman, Board Centre Medical Béraca in Haiti, and Chairman, Board of Elders and Deacons of the Pilgrim Baptist Fellowship in Ancaster Ontario.

Daniel Fabiano, Partner Fasken Martineau
Daniel Fabiano is a corporate/commercial lawyer whose practice emphasizes public sector procurement, technology, information protection and privacy (including health privacy). In his procurement practice, Daniel advises public and private sector organizations in initiating and documenting the bidding process; drafting and negotiating contracts; and managing and mitigating procurement risks. Daniel has a "Certificate in Public Procurement Law and Practice" from Osgoode.

Dr. Christopher Fernandes, Professor of Emergency Medicine at Western University and Physician Advisor, Medbuy Corporation
Dr. Fernandes is a Professor of Medicine at Western University, and a Physician Advisor at Medbuy Corporation.  His areas of research are process improvement, patient safety, and risk management.  He has published extensively on these topics, and applied his research to a number of areas, including management of sepsis, development of a Fast-Track area in the Emergency Department (ED), and evaluation of Triage Scales used in the ED.  He continues to actively practice in his specialty of Emergency Medicine.

Sarah Friesen, CEO/GM COHPA
Sarah Friesen is CEO and General Manager of the Central Ontario Healthcare Procurement Alliance (COHPA), a Shared Services Organization providing integrated supply chain services to several central Ontario hospitals. In collaboration with the Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN), Sarah developed and delivers the Healthcare Certificate in Strategic Sourcing on behalf of OIPMAC and HSCN. She has over 14 years of experience in the healthcare sector, and brings an additional 20 years of strategic sourcing and supply chain experience from the private sector. Sarah lectures on the changing landscape of healthcare procurement in Ontario at various educational institutions and industry forums.

Lynne Golding leads the national Health Law Group at the law firm of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP.  Out of their Toronto office, she has an active corporate-commercial practice principally in the health industry, which involves transactions dealing with public and private corporations in both regulated and unregulated industries.  Her own practice focuses on corporate law, particularly structuring contractual arrangements between hospitals and private sector service providers and providing governance advice.  Together with other members of Fasken Martineau, she co-authored the Ontario Hospital Association’s Toolkit on the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and advised Healthcare Supply Chain Network on the Common Tendering and Contracting Templates for healthcare organizations including by preparing guides and annotations for their use.


Paul Huschilt, Award Winning Speaker and Trainer
Paul Huschilt is a unique and sought-after Professional Speaker, Storyteller, and Trainer. He has a Master of Arts Management Degree from Carnegie Mellon University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Windsor, a Diploma in Career Counselling from George Brown College, and a Certificate in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University.  Paul is best known for his ability to reawaken - in an outrageously funny manner - your passion for the things that are most important to you.
Paul has applied his diverse educational and professional backgrounds to create captivating keynotes that educate, inspire and entertain. He has worked in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, France and as far away as Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Paul works in English, French, and occasionally Japanese. 

Shamsha Kanji, Principle Kanji Consulting 
Shamsha Kanji's passion is business process-re-engineering. Her consulting work also includes options analysis, supply chain management, procurement & BPS Procurement Directive, workflows & integration and developing strategy & roadmaps. Shamsha has 17 years of leadership experience, spanning 8 industries. She began her Lean training at Proctor & Gamble in the late 1990's and has been engaged in Six Signma since 2000, including Six Sigma training at GE. Shamsha holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo. She is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario.

Brian Lewis, President & CEO, MEDEC 
Brian Lewis is the President & CEO of MEDEC, the Canadian association representing the medical technology industry and diagnostic companies across Canada. Prior to joining in 2012, Brian worked for Genzyme Canada from May 2005 until Dec 2012 as General Manager, where he was responsible for strategic direction and operations. He brought extensive leadership experience to Genzyme, having held progressive management positions at Hoechst Marion Roussel, Serono, and AstraZeneca Canada.  
Mr. Lewis has a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Business Administration from York University.

David Loukras, HSSBC
David Loukras is the Provincial Director of Supply Chain Performance for Health Shared Services BC where his focus is on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of BC’s provincial healthcare supply chain, often through the use of technology.  David has recently taken the role of Executive Project Sponsor for a 3-year e-Procurement system implementation across the province of BC. David is well known in the supply chain technology landscape and is past-chair of Carenet, GS1 Canada’s sector Board for Healthcare.  David is also a director on the board of HSCN and the chair of the committee on Vendor Credentialing.
Health Shared Services BC has adopted and implemented the HSCN National Standard for Vendor Credentialing and is working with the vendor community to obtain compliant status.

Marian Macdonald, ADM, Ministry of Government Services
Building on her current responsibilities including the management of a multi-million dollar Vendor of Record program, the OntarioBuys program and the procurement policy framework for Ontario's broader public sector, Marian is also responsible for a wide range of supply chain management activities including continuing initiatives to streamline procurement processes and procedures.   Her career in public service includes senior positions in finance, policy, project management and operations.

Bill Mantel is the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Research, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Division serving both the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. In this role, Bill oversees the delivery of a number of key ministry programs and initiatives focused on supporting Ontario’s research excellence, commercialization networks, and entrepreneurial expertise.
Previously, as Director of the ministry’s Commercialization Branch, Bill was responsible for implementing a wide range of strategies and programs that accelerate growth in Ontario’s knowledge-intensive industries; namely, by harnessing and integrating Ontario’s public and private innovation capacity through the launch of an innovation network that builds on provincial and regional strengths.

As Director of the Life Sciences and Technology Branch, from 1999 to 2005, Bill headed the development and implementation of provincial initiatives supporting medical and assistive technologies, biotechnology and related health industries. While in this role, he managed the establishment of significant organizations such as the MaRS Discovery District and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). 

Since joining the Ontario Public Service in 1987, Bill has held a number of positions in Cabinet Office and at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs where his work focused on the development and implementation of key provincial policy and program initiatives including the Red Tape Review Commission. During this time, Bill also led the design of an Ontario farm finance policy intended to increase access to risk and operating capital, and the province-wide implementation of the restructured farm property taxation program. Bill also served as a Board member on the Agricultural Commodity Corporation.  

Bill holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture and Business.

Toby O'Hara, General Manager, HMMS
Toby is General Manager of healthcare supply chain provider Healthcare Materials Management Services (HMMS) in London, Ontario. Prior to joining HMMS, Toby held positions at Baxter Corporation and Source Medical (Cardinal Health). 
Along with being a Board Member at HSCN, Toby is also a Board member at The Logistics Institute and holds a Professional Logistician designation (p.Log).  The topics of Innovative Procurement and Procuring for Innovation are significantly important to Toby from both a professional and societal perspective

Dr. Gabriela Prada has over 20 years of experience as a physician, management consultant, policy researcher, and administrator. Her health policy research and facilitated dialogue are supporting health system transformation and renewal nationally and internationally. Her recent research on innovation procurement has caught the attention of several European countries and the Inter-American Development Bank.  She has held numerous voluntary positions, including reviewer for various policy journals and is currently the Chair of the Eastern Ontario Chapter of the Canadian College of Health Leaders. She has a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Ottawa and is a Certified Health Executive.


Jitendra PrasadChief Program Officer Contracting, Procurement and Supply Management, Alberta Health Services (AHS)
Jitendra Prasad (JP) is the Chief Program Officer (CPO) of Contracting, Procurement & Supply Management (CPSM) for Alberta Health Services (AHS). AHS is tasked with coordinating the delivery of health supports and services across the province serving
3.6 million residents.  In his role, JP is responsible for procurement and contracting for all goods, equipment, construction and services as well as for distribution of products, warehousing, supply management and logistics. CPSM provides direct services to over 300 locations across the province with a staffing complement of 800 FTE. In addition to the above, his responsibility also extends to contracting for services such as long term care facilities, home care, alternate service delivery contracts for laundry, housekeeping, security and information technology contracts.
JP has an undergraduate degree in Pharmacy and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Alberta, Edmonton.

Todd Presswood, Global Healthcare Exchange
Todd is the Director, Provider Accounts and GPO’s for GHX Canada. In this role, Todd manages and supports all Canadian Provider and GPO customers toward the mutual goal of generating efficiencies and cost savings from the utilization and adoption of GHX products and services. Prior to this, Todd was a Senior Project Manager at SickKids Hospital in the Purchasing and Materials Management departments.
Todd holds a Master’s of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management at U of T, a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University and is an accredited Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) with the PMAC



Debby Shapero Propp, Health Lawyer Network
Debby is a commercial lawyer with a focus on procurement, technology, and health law. Debby has provided legal services in the private, public and broader public sectors for over 25 years. In her commercial law practice, she regularly draws on her previous experience as in-house counsel to both the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and shared services organizations. Debby provides advice on major group procurements and initiatives and on all aspects of the increasingly challenging procurement and related commercial process working closely with buying groups, governments, health associations, hospitals and private entities. Debby acts for her clients in technology acquisitions, arrangements and negotiations, for both traditional and emerging technologies. Health law advice is provided by Debby on regulatory and legislative issues, collaborative agreements, risk management and licensing issues. A sought after speaker and innovator, Debby writes articles for a number of publications. Debby attended the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School and she is a founding and current member of the Health Lawyer Network . 

Dr. Kevin SmithPresident and CEO, St. Joseph's Health Services
Kevin P. D. Smith is President and CEO of St. Joseph's Health System, and CEO of the Niagara Health System. Kevin holds an appointment Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Mc Master University.
Educated in Canada, the United States and Great Britain, Dr. Smith began his career in medical education, followed by leadership roles in university administration and academic hospitals and health systems.
Kevin's continuing education has focused on governance in the public and private sectors and is professionally certified by the Institute of Corporate Directors and has completed the Harvard Program in Effective Governance.
Kevin is fortunate to be a frequent advisor to Governments at home and abroad. Dr. Smith is privileged to Chair the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Home Capital Group.

Susan Smith, HSCN General Manager
Susan came to HSCN as a senior executive with proven leadership, strategic marketing, organizational development and general management experience from an extensive background in healthcare. Before joining HSCN, Susan spent more than 30 years in senior positions in both clinical and non-clinical areas of the hospital before accepting the role of General Manager of one of Ontario's largest SSO's. Susan's experience supports an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the critical influence of supply chain within the healthcare system.
Susan's background as a Registered Nurse in addition to her Master in Health Sciences Administration and a Master Certificate in Supply Chain Management and Logistics brings the added benefit of a clinical perspective to supply chain business services. Her career has been dedicated to ensuring that patient care needs remain the central focus within the complexities of today's healthcare system.
In her role as General Manager, Susan especially enjoys working with healthcare suppliers and providers who are passionate in their belief in the value that supply chain brings to benefit the health care industry and the consumers that we serve.

Dr. Anne Snowdon, Academic Chair Ivey International Centre for Health
Dr. Anne Snowdon is the Chair of the International Centre for Health Innovation at Western University’s Ivey Business School. Dr. Snowdon leads the Centre’s work to drive health system sustainability and productivity. She is a professor at Western University’s Ivey Business School and Faculty of Health Sciences, and is cross-appointed to the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and the Faculty of Engineering.
Dr. Snowdon has published more than 70 research articles and received over $7 million in research grants.  She holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of Michigan. She is a Fulbright Scholar.

Krista Stagliano, VP, Materials Management, CSCMP, HealthPRO Procurement Services Inc.
Krista is Vice President of Materials Management at HealthPRO, Canada’s healthcare procurement services organization. In her role, she champions several business units including Clinical Services, Clinical Specialties and Nutrition and Food Services.
Prior to joining HealthPRO in 2007, Krista managed purchasing for the Newfoundland and Labrador Health Boards Association. Krista has a Bachelor of Commerce from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and holds a CSCMP designation from the Supply Chain Management Association.

Susan StewartAuthor and Professional Speaker
Susan Stewart is stand-up comic turned Organizational Learning and Development Consultant turned author and professional speaker who delivers a unique blend of inspiration and humour aimed at helping people lighten up and reclaim their joyful true nature. Susan shares mindful practices and positive perspectives that can help individuals and groups be resilient in the face of challenges and fulfill their potential. Susan is the author of “Reaching The Laugh Resort” and “Your New Lenses Are Ready For Pick Up: A Guide To Seeing The Lighter Side Of Life”. You can learn more about Susan at

Jeff Tobe, Author and Keynote Speaker
Jeff Tobe is a motivational speaker who believes in the power of creativity to manage the change that is inevitable with innovation and to look at what one does from an entirely new perspective. His trademark - Coloring Outside the Lines - helps participants not only to cope with transition, but also to creatively embrace and thrive from it.
Insider Magazine dubbed him, The Guru of Creatively Thriving from Change. Tobe was named one of the top 15 Speakers in North America by readers of Conventions & Meetings Magazine.
Jeff is the author of the best selling book, Coloring Outside the Lines-Business Thoughts on Creativity, Marketing & Sales.

Ned Turner is Senior Vice President, Perioperative Consulting Services, North America for Medline Industries, Inc.  Based in Mundelein, Ill. Medline is the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of health care supplies in North America.
His professional experiences include: executive management and marketing, leadership management, and supply management consulting to health care professionals.  Ned is Lean certified from the Kaizen Institute and in his 36 years in the health care industry, he has developed a keen expertise in Perioperative supply management consulting.
Prior to joining Medline in 2003, Ned worked for American Hospital Supply, Baxter Healthcare, Allegiance Healthcare, and Cardinal Healthcare.   He received a BS in management and marketing from Indiana University.