Craig Alexander, Vice President, Economic Analysis, C.D. Howe Institute

Craig Alexander is the Vice President, Economic Analysis at the C.D. Howe Institute.
Previously he was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for TD Bank Group. In that role, he managed a large team of economists that supported all of the divisions and clients of TD – the second largest bank in Canada and the eighth largest bank in the United States.
Mr. Alexander has 20 years of experience in the private sector as an economic and financial forecaster. He is also a regular commentator on public policy and a sought after public speaker. 
Prior to joining the private sector, he spent four years as an economist at Statistics Canada.
Mr. Alexander is a strong advocate for the cause of literacy and is a champion of the charitable sector. He serves on the Board of Directors for several non-profit groups. He is a Trustee of two pension plans.
A former two-term President of the Canadian Association for Business Economics and a current board member for the National Association for Business Economics, he holds a graduate degree in economics from the University of Toronto.

Robert S. Bell, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health & Long Term Care
Dr. Robert Bell was appointed Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, effective June 2, 2014. Prior to this role, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of University Health Network for nine years. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer at Princess Margaret Hospital and Chair of both Cancer Care Ontario’s Clinical Council and the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario.
Dr. Bell received his Doctor of Medicine from McGill University and a Master of Science from the University of Toronto. He also completed a Fellowship in Orthopaedic Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University. Dr. Bell is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American College of Surgeons and an Honourary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
An internationally recognized orthopedic surgeon, health care executive, clinician-scientist, and educator, Dr. Bell brings more than 30 years of health care experience to his current role. 

Astrid Bowlby, Director of Inventory and Logistics, HMMS

Astrid's career in healthcare supply chain management has spanned over 30 years. Her experience includes Purchasing and Material Manager for the London and St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospitals and currently, the Director of Inventory Management and Logistics at Healthcare Materials Management Services (HMMS) where she oversees the functions of inventory control and optimization, warehousing, distribution, and supply cart replenishment with over $65 million in annual inventory issues.  
Astrid has a Bachelor's Degree from Western University and holds her CSCMP designation through the Supply Chain Management Association of Canada. 

Thanh Campbell, Author and Professional Speaker

Thanh Campbell has been invited to speak at numerous groups, churches and schools across Canada as a keynote speaker sharing his story of coming to Canada.
His reunion with many of the children that came to Canada with him in 1975 was a milestone in his life.  It was captured within the media and Thanh has been a guest on such programs as CBC News, TVO, Canada AM, and 100 Huntley Street to share his life story across the Nation.
Thanh’s recent book Orphan 32 has been covered in the Toronto Star, Hamilton Spectator, Ottawa Citizen, Vancouver Sun, Saigon Newspaper, and included in the French Consulate Newsletter.

Bill Carr is known as a multi-media artist, an actor, humorist, writer, speaker and social activist. For over twenty-five years, Bill has been making people laugh at what’s trivial while helping them think deeply about what counts. His unique blend of humour and insight inspires laughter and consideration, offering his audience a fresh perspective on what they face everyday. At the root of all of Bill’s work is the use of humour to help people reflect on their own innate human nature and understand who they are in a greater social context.
Bill’s career has seen him perform on stages, TV programs, movies and advertisements and he has written and performed in numerous radio dramas and news programs for CBC.  Bill studied Philosophy, English and Theatre at Acadia University, and Theology at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax.
Bill has recently published his first book Acting Up with Pottersfield Press.

Gustavo is an experienced professional having worked in multiple industries including Marketing, Aviation, Retail, and most recently Healthcare.  Over his career Gus has welcomed new challenges broadening his experience in finance, operations and leadership.  Gus currently serves as the Acting Provincial Director, Transformation for the Health Shared Services of BC leading change in a dynamic environment with a strong ability to engage stakeholders and a keen understanding of internal controls, risk management and change management.


Paul Emanuelli, General Manager and Managing Director, Procurement Law Office

Through innovation and collaboration, Medtronic helps to improve the lives and health of millions of people each year. Neil Fraser is the President of Medtronic Canada and Regional Vice-President - Canada, Medtronic plc. He is also the Chair-Elect of MEDEC and a Board Member of Baycrest Health Sciences. In 2014, he was a member of the federal Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation and the Ontario Health Innovation Council. Neil is a frequent speaker on the topics of value-based procurement, outcomes-based healthcare, and the medical device sector’s role in improving clinical outcomes, economic value, and access to quality healthcare.

Sarah Friesen, Friesen Concepts Inc.
Sarah Friesen is president of Friesen Concepts Inc., an independent practice specializing in healthcare procurement solutions. Areas of focus include strategic sourcing transformation, innovation procurement and professional development. Sarah has over 15 years of experience in the healthcare sector, most recently as the CEO/GM of the Central Ontario Healthcare Procurement Alliance (COHPA), and she brings an additional 20 years of strategic sourcing and supply chain experience from the private sector. Sarah is a founding member of HSCN, and is currently Vice Co-Chair of the Board. She participates in various innovation initiatives, served as a member of the Ontario Health Innovation Council, and lectures on healthcare supply chain topics at various educational institutions and industry forums.

Steven Fry has a 10+ year record of professional achievement with progressive experience in leadership, strategic sourcing, and supply chain management. As a member of the SSW Senior Leadership Team, Steven is the champion for redevelopment system transformation and manages a growing team of 15 strategic sourcing and supply chain professionals. Steven holds a Master in Business Administration majoring in Health Services Management from McMaster University and is currently a Certified Health Executive candidate.

Anil Gupta, Lean Six Sigma Master Instructor at University of Toronto and McMaster University

Anil Gupta has been working with organizations to improve their performance over the past 15 years. He works with executive teams to build the strategic plan and cultural orientation for the organization, and helps middle level leaders translate the strategic plans into execution plans. He also leads complex cross functional problem solving, transformational process redesign exercises, and enables organizations through Lean and Six Sigma training.
His core area of interest and research is to build a comprehensive management system, which integrates the organization’s strategic plans with organizational culture and employee engagement.
Anil has worked in a wide range of industries including aerospace (Bombardier Aerospace & Hamilton Sunstrand), software (OpenText & RDM), healthcare (MDS Diagnostics & University Health Network), governments (City of Hamilton, Ministry of Health in Ontario), not-for-profit (Toronto Public Library & World Vision International), telecommunication (Bell Canada & Rogers), retail (Hudson Bay & Turkstra Lumber), manufacturing (Maple Leaf Foods & Velan Values), finance (ScotiaBank), construction (PCL Construction & Royal Building Products), airlines (Qantas Australian Airlines) & services (Morneau Shepell & Starwood hotels), among others. He has consulted and led training courses in 5 continents.
His current teaching assignments include the Lean Six Sigma certificate course at The University of Toronto & the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Course at McMaster University.
Anil has a MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario; M.Sc. in Business Research from the Rotman School, University of Toronto; Certified Master Black Belt from the Six Sigma Academy, Scottsdale, Arizona and is a certified administrator of the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicators.
He is currently a doctoral research scholar at the Rotman School, University of Toronto.

Kjetil Istad, Director, Procurement and Logistics South Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority
Mr. Istad is the Director of procurement and logistics in Helse Sør-Øst RHF, the largest Regional Health Authority in Norway with a purchasing budget of € 2 billion.
Mr. Istad has 10 years of experience from different executive positions, with focus on procurement, logistics and finance, at different Health Trusts. He also has experience from the consulting industry as part of Deloitte consulting, working on various national and international procurement and logistics projects.

Rodney I. Jones, Senior Advisor, Global Aerospace Corporation
Rod Jones is currently the Senior Industry Advisor for the Aerospace Team in the Trade Branch at Global Affairs Canada. In this engagement, which he commenced in October 2014, he provides the Aerospace Team with strategic advice based on his industry experience and expertise, to develop proactive strategies and tactics to ensure that Canadian industry interests, expectations, and capabilities are being supported internationally.
He also provides overall direction and management of the Ontario Manufacturing Learning Consortium (OMLC) employee selection, training, and development programs.  Rod played a key leadership role in the creation in 2014 of the OMLC – a joint initiative of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), the Canadian Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA), the Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC), and the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCI).
He is an experienced executive whose expertise is focused in strategic management, business development, marketing, project management and government relations. 
In the aerospace industry, he has broad knowledge and strategic insight developed through general management of aerospace SMEs and active leadership in industry associations and related organizations at the national and provincial levels. 
Rod was previously the Executive Director of the Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC) and was instrumental in the creation and development of the OAC, Ontario’s aerospace sector organization which started in 1993.
Rod holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Mechanical) from McMaster University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

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 Procter & Gamble in the late 1990’s and has been engaged in Six Sigma 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.

Scott Kress, President Summit Team Building, Motivational Speaker

Scott is a highly accomplished leadership and team development trainer, author and keynote speaker.
He is the President of Summit Team Building and has created highly successful development programs for many of the Fortune 500 companies.  Scott has only one goal; to assist teams, leaders, and individuals in reaching their peak performance.  This is accomplished through combining the latest team and leadership theory with cutting edge experiential training to create one of the most effective training programs available today.  Scott’s team and leadership development programs are custom designed to meet each client’s needs.
Years of experience, two undergraduate degrees and a Masters in Leadership and Training provide Scott with unique qualifications to design and deliver some of the most innovative corporate experiential based training available today. 
Scott teaches Leadership and High Performance Team Development for some of the world’s leading educational institutions including the Rotman School of Management, the Odette School of Business, and the University of Edinburgh. Scott teaches in the Executive MBA, International Executive MBA, and MBA programs and has received several teaching awards including professor of the year.
Some of Scott’s programs focus on: Teambuilding, New Team Formation, High Performance Team Development, Leadership Development, Values and Mission Creation, Communication Enhancement, Change Management, and Process Improvement.
Additionally, Scott has gained great insight into the inner workings of leadership and high performance teams through over 25 years of leading climbing expeditions. He has guided and summitted peaks throughout the world. Scott is the 51st Canadian to summit Mount Everest and in December 2011 became one of less than 300 people worldwide to climb the 7 summits (the highest mountain on each of the 7 continents).
Through his dynamic background of education, training, experience, and adventure, Scott can help your teams and leaders reach the peak of their performance.

Brian LewisPresident & 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.

Heather Logan, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies

Heather Logan is an executive leader with more than 20 years' combined experience in public and health policy,  cancer control, governance, media relations, and association management. Having worked in government, the Canadian  not-for-profit sector, and with care delivery organizations internationally, nationally and provincially, she is connected to a broad network of health system leaders. Heather graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto in 1991 and a Master's degree in Health Science (Health Administration) in 2004.  Heather is passionate about the opportunity to drive innovation in cancer and mental health. She is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies.

Marian Macdonald, Assistant Deputy Minister of Supply Chain 

Marian Macdonald is the Assistant Deputy Minister of Supply Chain Ontario at Ontario Shared Services, Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. 
Supply Chain Ontario manages Ontario’s enterprise Vendor of Record program, directs supply chain transformation in the Broader Public Sector, conducts outreach activities with Ontario’s vendor community and implements new policies and trade agreements across all of Ontario’s public sector.
Marian is a strong advocate of procurement transformation. She established a continuous improvement (CI) program in Supply Chain Ontario with a goal to simplify the procurement process. Using Lean Six Sigma methodologies, the CI program has successfully reduced the length of the procurement process, introduced online bidding and developed standard operating procedures and performance measures for every stage of the procurement process.
Marian was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister in 2009.  Prior to that she held a variety of senior positions across other government ministries.

Berna Marcelino is the Provincial Director of Standardization for Health Shared Services BC.  Berna is a registered nurse with close to 15 years in healthcare, with a unique combination of experience in operating room nursing, clinical education, project management, and supply chain.

Teresa Mingo, Manager, Logistics and Supply Chain, Southlake Regional Health Centre
Teresa Mingo has more than 15 years progressive management experience in strategic supply chain management. Teresa provides operational management and strategic leadership to the MM Department at Newmarket’s Southlake Regional Health Centre.  Past achievements include the implementation of a hospital-wide supply chain management solution, use of RFID technology, implementation of Stockless programs, as well as ongoing support and leadership to COHPA to implement a contracts and data management department.
As member of an organization that fosters innovation, the Cardiac program at Southlake, initiated an innovation procurement project with expected outcomes to include lower cost per procedure, improved workflow efficiencies and improvements to patient safety. As project team lead and internal liaison, Teresa is responsible to oversee regulatory review, direct the project team, and to resolve issues relating to items such as scope, direction, deliverable quality, cost, and schedule.

Teresa studied business and real estate at Georgian College, has been cited in press releases with respect to the implementation of the automated inventory management system using RFID technology and presented “ Automated hospital inventory management system generates substantial savings and helps realign inventory management duties”, for the OHA in 2013.
Janet Mininch, Senior Lead and Sourcing Specialist, Southlake Regional Health Centre

Dr. Gabriela Prada is the Director of Health Innovation, Policy and Evaluation at The Conference Board of Canada. She has 20 years of experience as a physician, management consultant, policy researcher, and administrator. She provides leadership and oversight to all contract research and executive network activities within her group and often speaks on behalf of the Conference Board on health-related topics.
Gabriela has published several health care policy reports and has led projects in primary care, health system performance, and health innovation that have guided policies at provincial and federal levels. Her recent work in advancing innovation procurement has caught the attention of several Canadian provinces, as well as European countries and the Inter-American Development Bank. She has strong management, organizational, and leadership skills and is active in several boards, including the Canadian Network for Environmental Scanning in Health and the World Future Society. She is currently the Chair of the Eastern Ontario Chapter of the Canadian College of Health Leaders. In addition, she is a reviewer for various policy journals and a mentor. 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. This organization brings together 13 formerly separate health entities in the province: nine geographically based health authorities and three provincial entities working specifically in the areas of mental health, addictions and cancer and ground ambulance services.  The total budget for AHS is $12 billon dollars, of which, $1B is spent on commodity contracts and $3B on service provider contracts. CPSM is responsible for managing these contracts.
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 the University of Alberta, Edmonton.

Karen RyanPresident, Open Capabilities
Karen Ryan is a Business Architect and Operational Strategist who has designed, developed, and transformed businesses in the healthcare, utilities, products and services industries.  Working with executive teams at all levels, she brings the unique combination of an experienced business operator and transformation advisor to her work.  Operational excellence is her passion.  

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.

Robert Warnock, Director, Special Sourcing Projects, AHS

Robert Warnock, Director Special Sourcing Projects in the Contracting Procurement & Supply Management  (CPSM) division of AHS.  In his role, Robert is responsible for complex sourcing initiatives, specializing in building competitive processes, financial data analysis and negotiation for strategic projects at AHS.  In addition  to 15 years of experience in various contracting and procurement roles within health entities Robert holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Calgary complemented by a range of PMP, ITIL, AIW and various other technical and business courses.

Jennifer has been with Reconnect Community Health Services for nearly 3 years. As a leader in driving Community Shared Services to continuous success, Jennifer has a set of unique experiences that enabled her to incorporate her expertise in sourcing and information technology and knowledge of the community sector. The outcome is the ability for Community Shared Services to provide innovation and strategic plans for HSPs to cut cost while receiving the highest value in services and products. Previous to leading Community Shared Services, Jennifer led projects from planning to implementation for CCIM. As an experienced leader, Jennifer has dedicated over 7 years in the Health Care Sector.