Sharon BakerDirector, Innovation Procurement, System Coordinated Access, Waterloo Wellington

An executive leader and former consultant with Board and executive level experience across a broad range of healthcare settings: primary care, home and community care, long term care and acute care, the private sector, consulting. She is deeply interested in the application of digital and mobile technologies to health and community care.  Most recently she has focused on assisting healthcare organizations to adopt innovation procurement strategies and practices.  She is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA:CMA) and holds the Institute of Corporate Directors certification (ICD.D). Sharon led the innovation procurement process for System Coordinated Access.
 


Bill BobbiePresident, Cook Canada Inc.

Bill Bobbie is the President of Cook (Canada) Inc., a medical device distributor for Cook Group Incorporated, a privately‐owned company. Since 1963, Cook Group companies have developed minimally‐invasive medical device technology for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the areas of general surgery, endovascular therapy, critical care medicine, interventional radiology, bioengineered tissue replacement and regeneration, gastroenterology and endoscopy, urology, and reproductive health.
 
Bill Bobbie graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce. He joined Cook (Canada) Incorporated in 1982 and has been serving as the President since 1995.
 
 


Victor BoudreauMinister of Health, NB

Minister Victor Boudreau is the Minister of Health and Deputy Government House Leader as well as the MLA for the riding of Shediac—Beaubassin—Cap-Pelé for the province of New Brunswick.
 
Formerly the administrator of the village of Cap-Pelé, he was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick in 2004. Since then, he has held many positions in government, notably Minister of Finance, Minister of Local Government, Minister of Business New Brunswick and Minister Responsible for Service New Brunswick.
 
He holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences with a major in political science and a minor in business administration from the Université de Moncton and over the years has been involved in many community activities, such as those related to the Shediac Lions Club, the Beauséjour Family Crisis Resource Centre, the Cap-Pelé Region Chamber of Commerce, the Cap-Pelé watershed association, and Hospice Shediac.
 


Rob Bull joined Southlake in June 2014 where his responsibilities include Finance, Information Technology, Health Information/Decision Support, Procurement and Logistics. Rob is currently focused on working capital improvement, positioning Southlake as a leader in healthcare funding reform, and a replacement strategy for the hospital information system.
 
Rob has over 15 years of experience delivering diverse and complex financial advisory, assurance, and risk management services to the public sector. Prior to joining Southlake, Rob held progressively senior roles in the Government of th e United Kingdom, PricewaterhouseCoopers (UK and Canada), and Markham Stouffville Hospital.
 
Rob is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Glamorgan.
 
In addition to his role at Southlake, Rob currently serves as a Board member with Booth Centennial Healthcare Linen Services and the Canadian Medical Equipment Protection Plan. He has also served on several advisory groups with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ontario Hospital Association.
 


Colin Busby, Associate Director, Research, C. D. Howe Institute

Colin Busby was awarded the 2007 C.D. Howe Research Fellowship and joined the Institute as an analyst thereafter. While writing broadly on economic issues, his emphasis is on fiscal and social policy. Appointed Associate Director of Research in 2016, Colin focuses his attention on the Institute’s healthcare policy and human capital research.
 
Before he began his term at the C.D. Howe Institute, Colin worked at Industry Canada and for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Vienna.
 
Colin holds a BComm from the University of Alberta and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Ottawa. He also studied in Paris and is bilingual.
 

 


Penny Clark, CPCC, CHRP, ACC Principal Owner Insightfull Coaching

Penny Clark is the Principal Owner of Insightfull Coaching.  Insightfull Coaching is a company that works with individuals and teams to help them understand more about themselves, and leverage that knowledge to provide focus on achieving goal oriented outcomes.  Penny is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) with 25+ years of business management and leadership experience.
 
Penny completed her training through The Coaches Training Institute, and has also attained the designation of Accredited Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coaches Federation, the global leader in coaching and leadership training.  She holds a CHRP designation, and is certified to administer and assess team, cultural and individual leadership effectiveness using the Leadership Circle Profile™ and the Leadership Circle Culture Survey™.  Penny is also trained in ORSC (Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching). 
 
Penny possesses vast business experience operating as a member of executive and senior leadership teams in banking, her own HR consulting business, and working in a Healthcare GPO.  These experiences have provided Penny a depth of expertise working with and facilitating team success across various industries in leading transformational change efforts, and delivering results at both an operational and strategic level. 
 


Dr. Tammy CliffordVP, Medical Device and Rapid Response Programs, CADTH

Dr. Clifford is the Vice-President of CADTH’s Medical Device and Rapid Response Programs. Over the past decade, she has served in a number of senior leadership roles at CADTH, with responsibility for the agency’s Health Technology Assessment (HTA), Horizon Scanning, Rapid Response, Scientific Advice and Patient Engagement programs. Tammy received her PhD in Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the University of Western Ontario, and her BSc and MSc from McGill. Through her role as an adjunct professor with the School of Epidemiology, Public Health & Preventive Medicine at the University of Ottawa, Tammy is building awareness of and capacity in HTA through her active involvement with the graduate program where she both teaches and supervises MSc and PhD students. She has been actively involved with national and international HTA activities, including having served on the Board of Directors of Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi), the international society for the promotion of HTA, and having participated in the development of the scientific programmes for many HTAi annual meetings.
 
Tammy is internationally recognized for her passion and commitment to advancing the science of HTA, and to mentoring the next generation of HTA producers.
 


Jill CravenVP, Pharmacy and Clinical Services, Medbuy

Jill is a licensed pharmacist in Ontario and has a Master’s Degree in Leadership. Jill has held various leadership positions in southwest Ontario hospitals in pharmacy and in other clinical areas. Her last position before Medbuy was the Director of the Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre. Her areas of focus have been developing others for leadership, patient safety, patient and family centred care and enabling and supporting front line staff in all strategy initiatives to build highly reliable and collaborative teams to drive quality improvement.  Jill recently presented at the Patient Safety Conference in London on how one question changed a system. 
 


Ann Dolan, BBA, Certified Executive Coach 
Ann is an experienced healthcare supply chain leader, an executive with over 26 years health procurement experience across shared services and group purchasing sectors.  Ann has a deep understanding and knowledge of public procurement.   She is known for her integrity, dedication and energy she brings to every project.

Ann is action orientated and is successful in achieving positive outcomes.  Ann has a natural ability to bring diverse groups of individuals together and guide them through complex processes in order to obtain their required results.  She never loses sight of the importance of developing strong relationships with clients both internally and externally to organizations.
 
Currently as Executive Director of Strategic Sourcing at FacilicorpNB, a shared services organization that manages and delivers selected non-clinical services for the New Brunswick health system, Ann is responsible for building and managing a strategic sourcing division from the ground up.  Ann has had a direct impact on achieving $21 M a year in savings for the province’s health system over the past five years as well as developed and implemented a standard approach to strategic sourcing for the entire province.

Ann is currently a Board member of Healthcare Supply Chain Network, a national not for profit organization dedicated to suppliers and providers within Healthcare Supply Chain.  Ann holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of New Brunswick, and is certified as a Supply Chain Management Professional.  Ann has a graduate certificate in Executive Leadership Coaching.
 


Kevin Empey, Supervisor, Brockville General Hospital 

S. Kevin Empey is currently the Supervisor of Brockville General Hospital.  Prior to this he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Lakeridge Health for 8 years.  Kevin is a Chartered Accountant who is also a graduate of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.

Kevin has worked in the Hospital sector since 1990, with senior roles at University Health Network, Peel Memorial Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital. Prior to his hospital career he was with Northern Telecom. He currently is a guest lecturer at University of Toronto and York University.  In 2012 he was appointed Adjunct Professor at UOIT. 
 
Kevin is on the Boards of two charities; The Abilities Centre and the Toronto Wildlife Centre.  He has been very involved with the government on funding models for hospitals and regarding the creation of shared services.  He has just finished being the Chair of a Panel for the Government of Ontario to make recommendations regarding improving Supply Chain in Healthcare.
 
 


Sarah Friesen, President, Friesen Concepts Inc./HSCN Co-chair
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 17 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 17 years of strategic sourcing and supply chain experience from the private sector. Sarah is a founding member of HSCN, and is currently 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.

 

 


Darren GrayDirector, Allied Health Sourcing Projects, BCCSS

Darren oversees all strategic sourcing activities across IMIT, Corporate Support Services, Laboratory Medicine, Medical Imaging and Capital Acquisitions and Planning, including responsibility for Emergency Health Services.
 
Prior to his current role, Darren spent 18 years in positions of increasing responsibility in operations and supply chain management roles in the Consumer Products and Biopharmaceutical industries. Darren holds a Degree in Biochemistry and an MBA from Simon Fraser University.
 


Dr. Alexandra T. GreenhillPhysician CEO and Entrepreneur

Alexandra T. Greenhil is a physician leader and tech entrepreneur who is cofounder CEO of myBestHelper, tech that supports people in daily life and times of need.  Prior to that she led major new initiatives in health transformation and eHealth in Quebec, BC and nationally. Dr. Greenhill's work has received numerous recognitions including the WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, YWCA Vancouver Woman of Distinction, BIV Top 40 under 40 and the Queen Elizabeth II Medal of Service. She is also the first Canadian to win the Cartier Global Entrepreneur Awards and the 10th to be selected for the Blackbox Connect powered by Google for Entrepreneurs accelerator in Silicon Valley.
 

 


Jeff KavanaghPresident and Co-founder CognisantMD 

Jeff is President and co-founder of CognisantMD, part of a consortium that participated in the innovative procurement process for System Coordinated Access. He’s spent the last 15 years in varied technology leadership positions in the enterprise software industry. Jeff graduated from the Engineering Science program at the University of Toronto in 1999 and completed his MBA from the Rotman School of Management in 2004.
 


Iris Ko is currently a Professor at Georgian College, teaching postgraduates on research planning and project Management skills. From 2005-15,  Ms. Ko was the Strategic Policy and Innovation Director at the Ontario Public Services. In this role Ms. Ko led the development of the Broader Public Sector Procurement Directive, and the innovation procurement strategy for Ontario to incentivize innovation development and adoption. She established funding programs to accelerate the culture shift to value-based procurement which was recognized by the Ontario Health Innovation Council, and launched the Operating Room Supply Chain pilot program. This program facilitated collaboration, developed leading practices, provided strategic directions and resources for pilot projects resulting in improved process efficiencies.
 
Ms. Ko has a proven track record in excellence and delivery, and was invited as a conference speaker on procurement, innovation and transformation strategies internationally.  She received multiple awards for Leadership, Partnership, Quality Service and Innovation.
 
 


Kara’s responsibilities as Category Manager include the development and execution of the category-sourcing plan that delivers targeted outcomes such as savings, process improvements, new technologies and increased patient outcomes. In addition, she works with an incredible team responsible for executing RFP strategies, client and supply relationships, and negotiating and managing contracting cycles from market research to contract management. She is accountable for ensuring fairness and transparency in public procurement competitions.
 
Kara has over six years of experience in healthcare procurement and strategic sourcing and has gained extensive knowledge in complex, system-wide medical equipment acquisitions for a variety of clinical portfolios. Her most recent role was Project Manager – Category Management at Service New Brunswick Health Services with responsibility for planning and implementing a transformational change model for the provincial healthcare procurement and strategic sourcing operations.
 
Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St. Francis Xavier University; and Diploma in Health Services Administration degree, from Dalhousie University and she is currently completing a Master’s of Science in Supply Chain Management from the University of Salford, Manchester United Kingdom.
 


Chelsea Marr, Project Manager and Senior Research Associate, University of Waterloo

Chelsea Marr is the Project Manager and Senior Research Associate for the WatIS Research Team, working with Dr. Kenneth McKay in the Management Sciences Department, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo. For the past year she has helped make the WatIS assessment site a reality, assisting with the research, design, and implementation of the tools and user interface. Chelsea also has a strong background in the area of innovation. She graduated in the spring of 2015 with a BASc in Nanotechnology Engineering from the University of Waterloo. The major focus of her coop work was in the research field, exploring healthcare applications of nanotechnology. She developed and published a new fabrication process now becoming a standard practice in the field of electron cryomicroscopy, and as part of her 4th year team project, she filed a provisional patent on an innovative bio-sensor technology. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys playing music and performing as part of a folk trio.
 


Dr. Danielle Martin, Family Physician, VP , Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions, Women's College Hospital

Danielle Martin is a family doctor and national media commentator on the health issues that hit closest to home for Canadians. She sees the cracks and challenges in our health care system every day, and as a passionate believer in the value of fairness that underpins the Canadian health care system, Dr. Martin is on a mission to improve Medicare in ways that will benefit us all.

In her recent book, Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians published this year with Penguin Random House Canada, her patients’ stories and her own family’s experiences illustrate what the evidence says on how to improve health care for all. To learn more about the book or to get involved in a national conversation on the issue, visit 6bigideas.ca and follow @docdanielle.
 


Richard McDonaldIBM Distinguished Engineer and Canadian Technical Executive/Senior Certified IT Architect, IBM

Richard McDonald is an IBM Distinguished Engineer with 34 years of IT experience. He spent the first half of his career in the IBM Toronto Laboratory developing products for IBM clients.
 
Today, he is CTO for IBM North America Technical Sales. He designs innovative solutions for some of IBM's largest clients to help them address business and IT challenges and opportunities. Over the years, he has developed methods for helping clients identify innovation opportunities within IT. His technical expertise centres on telco, mobile computing and Internet of Things solutions. He sits on the Scientific Advisory Council for the Southern Ontario Smarter Computing Innovation Platform (SOSCIP) - a consortium of universities, government and IBM to advance research in key areas.
 
In his spare time, he motorcycles and plays in a jazz band. Each spring he participates as a judge at FIRST Robotics and FIRST Lego League events. 
 


Ken McKayProfessor, University of Waterloo

Kenneth McKay is a Professor of Management Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, University of Waterloo and has been personally involved in innovative projects for close to five decades. For the past three decades, he has been studying the cognitive skills used by individuals when they problem solve and make decisions about what to do and how to do it. Since 2011, Dr. McKay has been focusing on the decision processes and work flows found in health care and since 2013 has been researching and developing tools for managers and project managers involved in innovation. He is considered one of the world's leading experts in organizational planning and understanding how complex situations can be studied and their effectiveness and efficiency improved.
 


Dr. Fiona A. MillerAssociate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and Director, Division of Health Policy and Ethics, THETA

Dr. Miller is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Director of the Division of Health Policy and Ethics at THETA and a member of the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. Her program of research centres on health technology policy, including the dynamics of health technology development, assessment and adoption within systems of health research and healthcare.
 


Lori MoranSr. Project Manager, System Coordinated Access, Waterloo Wellington

Lori is a Senior Project Manager and strategic project management solutions provider with 14 years of experience in the healthcare industry. With a passion for project management, she has led several large and complex initiatives within health and community sectors.  She is a Project Management professional and the Program Manager of System Coordinated Access at the eHealth Centre of Excellence in Kitchener.
 


Zach PocklingtonSenior Vice President, Medline Canada and

Medical Mart Supplies Ltd./HSCN Co-Chair

Zach is the Senior Vice President at Medline Canada & Medical Mart Supplies Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary in Medline Industries, a $9-Billion Global Company, which is North America's largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of Healthcare supplies.  
 
Prior to joining Medline in 2005, Zach was President of Meditron Medical Inc., Canada's leading provider of Nursing and Procedural Trays with manufacturing facilities in Montreal, Quebec and Keene, New Hampshire.
 
 

 

 


Born in Australia and now residing in Vancouver, Michelle Ray is an award-winning speaker and founder of the Lead Yourself First Institute.  Michelle began her career in the media industry with one of Australia’s leading broadcasting networks, and then went on to successfully lead the sales team of one of the world’s largest cinema advertising contractors.  In addition to her corporate background, Michelle broadened her leadership experience during her tenure as a program director with Junior Achievement, an internationally renowned non-profit organization committed to educating future generations about business.
 
Michelle is the author of Lead Yourself First! Indispensable Lessons in Business and in Life.  She has appeared as a guest on numerous news and current affairs programs including CBC Radio, CTV, Global TV and was featured in esteemed publications such as Investor’s Business Daily, The National Post, Huffington Post, BC Business and Inc Magazine.  Michelle is a regular contributor for the Globe and Mail’s Leadership Lab Column.
 
 


Wes RobinsonDirector, Operations and Emergency Response, Health Partners International of Canada

Wes Robinson leads the operations team at the distribution centre of Health Partners International of Canada and coordinates the organization’s emergency responseprojects. Wes plays a key role in maintaining the trust of Canada’s pharmaceutical industry, which donates the medicines and medical supplies required by HPIC’s global network of program partners in vulnerable communities.
 
Wes ensures that HPIC’s operations are run according to the highest standards set out by Health Canada and Imagine Canada. He helps HPIC be at its best when rallying medical relief from Canada to help communities dealing with disasters. Some of his best memories over his 19 years at HPIC are helping to develop local capacity in the area of logistics and supply chain management in Afghanistan, Cuba and Zimbabwe.
 
In addition to his work at HPIC, he has played a supporting role in the development of a similar organization in the UK that works with the European industry. Outside of work, Wes is married and has three grandchildren, is a history buff and game board enthusiast.

 

 


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, Chair and Professor, World Health Innovation Network
Dr. Anne Snowdon is a Professor and academic chair of the World Health Innovation Network (WIN), at the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business, the first Canadian health innovation center with formal ties to the United States. She works to build collaborative partnerships between the two countries that will accelerate health system innovation and achieve sustainability, economic value, and productivity.  WIN provides support for innovators and entrepreneurs to successfully bring their discoveries to the Canadian, U.S., and world markets.

Snowdon leads over 15 innovation research initiatives across seven Canadian provinces that collaborate with government, health professionals, private industry, foundations and families.  She is a member of the Institute for Health System Innovation of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, is a Board Member of Alberta Innovates and Ontario Centres of Excellence. 
 


Amit SobtiProvincial Director, Major Projects BCCSS

Amit is a seasoned procurement professional with more than 12 years of strategic policy, public procurement and executive management experience in a multitude of public sector bodies ranging from Municipal, P3 Crown Corporations (Infrastructure Ontario), Ontario Ministry of Economic Development & International Trade to the Saskatchewan Power Corporation and BCCSS.
 
He has also been the lead Project Director on a variety of complex and high profile Pan Canadian procurements within the Health, Energy and Infrastructure Sectors as well as within P3 (Public Private Partnership) models. In doing so, he has engaged with various diverse cross-governmental stakeholders and built strategic transformation roadmaps with effective change management strategies for long-term value delivery.

At present, he is the Provincial Director of Major Projects at BCCSS leading complex sourcing initiatives to ensure value delivery and cost optimization for diverse Health Authority stakeholders.
 


Paul SullivanBrokerage Manager, HIROC

Paul Sullivan is a resident of Toronto and works as the Brokerage Manager at HIROC Insurance Services Limited. Paul holds a Bachelor of Sciences Degree from the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP), the highest designation of the Insurance Institute of Canada with a specialization in Risk Management. He also holds the Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation.
 
Paul has over 25 years experience in the insurance industry where he has provided underwriting and consulting services on all types of Property and Casualty risks. With a diverse background Paul is able to provide unique insights and specializes in identifying and managing risk exposures. Paul has strong technical skills and can find solutions to complex insurance underwriting situations.
 
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Kate Butler, Energy Manager, Service New Brunswick
 
Kate is Energy Manager with Service New Brunswick’s Health Services division and has been supporting the Regional Health Authorities in NB since 2013. Through this role, she has overseen and supported the integration of the Energy Management Program for the Horizon Energy Network, which was recently recognized by the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society for excellence in healthcare facilities management.
 
Prior to joining Service NB, Kate was the Director of Program Delivery at Efficiency NB. During her time there she led a number of significant energy initiatives and programs in order to advance energy efficiency and conservation within the commercial and residential sectors of NB.
 
Kate has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer with APEGNB and a LEED® Accredited Professional.
 


Timothy Chan, Canada Research Chair, Novel Optimization and Analytics in Health

Timothy Chan is the Canada Research Chair in Novel Optimization and Analytics in Health, an Associate Professor in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Director of the Centre for Healthcare Engineering at the University of Toronto.  His primary research interests are in optimization under uncertainty and the application of optimization methods to problems in healthcare, medicine, global engineering, sustainability, and sports.  He received his B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from the University of British Columbia, and his Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Before coming to Toronto, he was an Associate in the Chicago office of McKinsey and Company, a global management consulting firm.  During that time, he advised leading companies in the fields of medical device technology, travel and hospitality, telecommunications, and energy on issues of strategy, organization, technology and operations.
 


Rheta Fanizza, Chief Business Office and Senior VP of Innovation, Saint Elizabeth
 
Rheta Fanizza is the Chief Business Officer and Senior Vice President of Innovation at Saint Elizabeth. As such, through creating innovative health care solutions, partnerships and virtual technologies that will continue to maintain and improve our legacy of high performance.
 
Rheta was formerly the executive lead overseeing all aspects of SE’s operations including service delivery, staffing, contract management, labour relations, quality, risk, ethics, IT/IM and customer relations. Rheta has more than 20 years senior executive experience in leadership roles within the acute and community health care sectors. Rheta has consulted for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, and continues to lead consulting projects in the area of care transitions as part of her role at SE.
 
Drawing on her unique experience in acute care, community and government, she has led several projects that assess the ALC patient populations for hospitals or regional health authorities, and developed innovative solutions that support quick and safe transfer from acute care. As past chair of the Quality Healthcare Network, Rheta is a strong advocate for moving the quality agenda forward.
 
Rheta is a member of the Board of Directors for Ontario Community Support Associati on and Director-at-Large with the Alberta Continuing Care Association. Rheta is also an accreditation surveyor with Accreditation Canada.
 


Ella Korets-Smith, Executive Director, TO Health

Ella Korets-Smith is Executive Director of TO Health! and Principal at EKS Business Development, an independent consulting firm passionate about creating value for Canadian biotech and medical device companies. Ella has an extensive network within the GTA health sciences cluster and international business community, extending her reach to customers/partners in key North American and Global markets.
 


Hadi Salah, Co-Founder Hacking Health
 
Hadi is co-founder of Hacking Health, a movement of health innovators that now spans 60+ cities in over 33 countries around the world. Hacking Health catalyses collaboration between grassroots healthcare professionals and the technology/design communities to co-create innovative solutions. Hadi is also Manager, Health Ecosystem Partnerships, at MaRS, responsible for developing relationships with forward-thinking healthcare delivery organizations (hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, home care agencies). His role is to match partners with innovative startups and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to co-design, test, pilot and validate leading-edge health technologies, accelerating the adoption of such technologies by the healthcare system. Finally, Hadi is also Program Manager for the procurement by co-design program, a novel procurement approach to help providers collaborate with vendors, co-design, and evaluate innovative solution to healthcare challenges.
 


Ken Spears, Country Director and Regional VP Canada, Boston Scientific
 
Ken is the Country Director of Boston Scientific Canada and a Regional Vice President Canada, Boston Scientific.   He began his medical device career in 1991 with Abbott Laboratories and joined Boston Scientific Canada in 2004 as Director of Cardiology.   In 2005, Ken was promoted to Canadian Country Director of Boston Scientific.   Ken is a member of the MEDEC Board of Directors and the EXCITE Management Board of Directors.   Ken is an active advocate and speaker on the topics of value-based procurement, outcomes-based healthcare, and the medical device sector’s role in improving clinical outcomes and access to quality healthcare.
 


Carol Syme, Co-founder, Evynn's Advantage

Carol Syme is co-founder of Evynn's Advantage.  Carol is a mother who's frustration with her daughters health lead to the development of her own recipes for Formulated Liquid Diets for tube fed individuals.  Evynn's Advantage was born of her parents' desire to give their daughter the best nutrition possible, and the belief that everyone deserves the choice to consume whole, real food.