Safina Allidina, Senior Associate, Consulting & Deals, PwC 

Safina Allidina is a Healthcare Procurement and Operations Consultant with PwC.  She has worked in clinical procurement and supply chain for governments and hospitals, where she has helped her clients to achieve savings, consolidate spend, and improve supply access. She has worked with a provincial shared services department to transform their procurement operations and to lead procurements for clinical goods, services, and IT. Recently, she has supported governments in procuring multi-million dollar health technology systems to improve patient care.
Safina completed her Master of Management of Innovation at the University of Toronto.

A creative and innovative executive skilled in advancing change in not-for-profit and stakeholder-driven environments, Sharon Baker is a CPA, CMA and holds the ICD.D designation in governance from Rotman and the Institute of Corporate Directors.  She has over 20 years of varied experience in healthcare in the hospital and home and community care sectors as well as with private technology companies.
Sharon is the Executive Lead, Enterprise Projects at OTN, where she leads the enterprise project portfolio management organization.  She is also the SME on all Innovation Procurement related matters and projects at OTN.  Previously she led the first successfully completed MGCS-funded Innovation Procurement project in Waterloo Wellington LHIN.  She is frequently asked to speak on her innovation procurement experience.
She has extensive volunteer governance experience in healthcare and is currently a board member at Scientists in School.  Previous Board positions include Chair of the Board of the Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health, Chair, Scientists in School, the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Smart Systems for Health, and the Ladies Links Tour Golf Association

Andrea Boardman, Corporate Director for Logistics & Operations, Island Health
Andrea Boardman is the Corporate Director for Logistics & Operations for Island Health in Victoria BC. She is the liaison between the health authority and British Columbia Clinical & Support Services, the provincial purchasing organization. Andrea previously worked as a Registered Nurse in the Operating Room, and in 2009 completed an Executive Master of Business Administration at the University of British Columbia. She is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and is a Certified Health Executive (CHE).

Marvin Butler, Regional Manager, Pharmacy Services, Eastern Health, NL
Marvin is Manager of Pharmacy Services at Eastern Health in Newfoundland. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of pharmacy services across multiple hospital sites, from distribution to drug procurement for the regional health authority and several provincial programs. Prior to this, he acquired 12 years’ of industry experience at leading pharma companies including Eli Lilly and GSK and five additional years in the Community and Retail settings as a Pharmacy Manager. Marvin has a B. Sc. Pharm from Memorial University in Newfoundland.

A graduate of McGill University, the University of Montreal, HEC Montréal and the Montreal Music Conservatory, Jean-Guy Côté is associate director of the Institute du Quebec (IdQ) since 2015. Previously, Mr. Côté held several positions within ministerial offices in Quebec in addition to being Director Strategy and Economic Affairs of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Quebec.  Under his leadership, the IdQ has published studies on the economic and trade agreement with Europe, on e-commerce, on social mobility and the economic situation in Montreal. 

Don Cummer, Co-chair, HSCN
Don Cummer is the current Co-Chair, Provider of the Healthcare Supply Chain Network and has served on the Board of Directors since 2012.  Don has been active in the Healthcare Supply Chain Industry for the past 15 years, serving in a wide variety of leadership roles within Plexxus including Purchasing, IT, Logistics and Customer Relationship Management.



Eric de Maat is an Associate Partner, Advisory Services and the National Lead, Healthcare Supply Chain at EY Canada.  His more than 25-year career includes experience in international business as a leader or advisor in the supply chain, distribution, food service, retail and health care sectors.  An engineer with post-graduate business education, excellent at engaging, leading and bringing people together; developing innovative business strategies; implementing effective supply chain solutions; and, managing large scale strategic projects.
Eric has led transportation and third party logistics organizations in Canada and Europe including Sameday Worldwide/Day & Ross, DHL Express Canada and TNT Group’s European Road Network (now part of FedEx).  His extensive experience includes network design & optimization, process and continuous improvement, procurement, facility design, and supply chain transformation.
Most recently, Eric led the supply chain component of EY’s health care engagements at The Ottawa Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences and St. Michael’s Hospital (Amalgamated Hospital).
Eric holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Industrial Engineering, an MBA from the University of Toronto (Rotman) and is a licensed Professional Engineer (P. Eng.).

Tony DiEmanuele, President & CEO, Mohawk Medbuy Corporation
Tony DiEmanuele is the President & CEO of Mohawk Medbuy Corporation – a national shared service organization supporting hundreds of Canadian hospitals and health care providers. Since the June 2017 merger of Mohawk Shared Services and Medbuy Corporation, Tony has led the successful integration of the two companies, established a new strategic plan, and spearheaded a unique, shared warehousing model with another shared service organization to drive additional savings for their respective members. Mohawk Medbuy is positioned for future national growth its current volume of over a billion dollars.  Pre-merger, Tony was President & CEO of Mohawk Shared Services, growing the organization from two service programs to six, launching Procurement, Logistics, Diagnostic Imaging Repository and Accounts Payable services and took the organization from $26 million to $140 million in volume.

Tony has a Master of Business Administration in Strategic Marketing from Degroote School of Business, McMaster University along with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Waterloo. Additionally, he holds a Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation from McMaster and has completed the Executive Community Shift program from the Ivey School of Business at Western University.

Christine Donaldson, VP Pharmacy Services, HealthPRO
Christine principals HealthPRO’s Pharmacy Services, leading the procurement of pharmaceuticals on behalf of more than 800 hospitals across the country. In this role, Christine spearheads strategic initiatives designed to maximize savings, promote assurance of supply and patient safety, working collaboratively with members, suppliers, industry associations and all levels of government. Prior to joining HealthPRO, Christine was Director of Pharmacy Services at Windsor Regional Hospital where she oversaw pharmacy operations for inpatient pharmacies across two acute care campuses, the regional cancer centre pharmacy and chemotherapy suite, as well as three accredited outpatient pharmacies. Christine has a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Toronto, a Master's Degree in Adult Education and is a Council Member for the Ontario College of Pharmacists.

David Donnelly, Vice Co-chair, HSCN

David is a senior executive with The Stevens Company as the Vice President of Sales and a member of the Office of the CEO. The Stevens Company, a Canadian company is Canada’s oldest national family owned full line distributor of medical and surgical supplies. David’s career in healthcare spans over 24 years holding many progressive Sales and Marketing management positions with Maxxim Medical and Medline Canada prior to joining the Stevens company in 2010.  David also serves on the Board of Directors for the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA).

Daniel Fabiano, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
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 is also the co-author and legal counsel to the Healthcare Supply Chain Network’s Innovation Procurement Toolkit.
Daniel has a "Certificate in Public Procurement Law and Practice" from Osgoode.

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.



Christelle Gedeon, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Christelle Gedeon’s practice is focused on the life sciences industry specifically on products regulated under the Food and Drugs Act, including drugs, devices, food, and cannabis. Frequently sought after to support clients navigate product approvals and licensing, design and implement international clinical trials and facilitate national product launches. Christelle also assists with North American advertising campaigns and in reviewing regulatory submissions for foreign and U.S. companies entering the Canadian marketplace.



Michelle Gronning, Partner, Canadian Procurement and Supply Chain Leader, PwC
Michelle Gronning is a Partner in PwC’s Operations Consulting practice and leads PwC Canada’s Procurement and Supply Chain practice. She has 25 years of combined industry and consulting experience across the public and private sectors. Michelle has designed and implemented multiple procurement and supply chain transformation programs, supporting executives and their teams to deliver value across the end to end
procurement and supply chain function; including assessment, spend analysis and strategy development, category management execution, core supply chain improvements, operating model and organization design, talent management program development and delivery, and end to end process and technology implementation. Her programs have identified and delivered on savings in excess of$1.5B in tangible bottom line results. She’s recognized by her clients for learning their culture, values andbusiness priorities. This has enabled her to quickly integrate with client teams to support them to improve end-stakeholder experience while delivering significant and sustainable bottom line value. In Michelle’s words, “My team’s goal is to leave a legacy of value and sustainability to our clients and their teams”.
Michelle has spoken at a variety of conferences and events, including Supply Chain Management Ontario (2016), SCMA Ontario (2016), FMI Public Sector Procurement, and various PwC speaking events such as Digital Procurement and Free Trade Implications on Supply Chain. Furthermore, Michelle’s practice team members have spoken at a variety of events such as the annual Canadian Public Procurement Council (CPPC) Forum.

Grant Hunt, Provincial Director, Warehouse & Logistics, BCCSS
Grant Hunt is the Provincial Director, Warehouse & Logistics at BCCSS. His portfolio includes In-Hospital replenishment management and the management of province-wide warehouse operations. With 20 years in supply chain management, logistics and operational experience, Grant specialized in workforce and workplace redesign and optimization, with demonstrated competencies in areas such as human resource development, customer service and distribution. Grant holds a Bachelor of Arts from York University and Professional Certification in Supply Chain Logistics (P.Log.) from the Logistics Institute in Toronto. 

Paul Huschilt, Professional Speaker
​Described by many as indescribable, he’s one of the most unique voices in the speaking industry.Paul’s talks are an adventure in content and laughter and song.He delivers his lessons and messages with energy, passion, and fun. You’ll leave laughing, sometimes humming, and always remembering what you need to remember most.
He’s a trained actor with degrees in Management and Theatre, a diploma in Career Counselling, training in Adult Education, has worked inan insurance firm, and has sung with the Canadian Opera Company.This strange wide and varied background and almost 20 years of professional speaking experience collide to give Paul a one-of-a-kind style and the ability to understand how to promote learning and excite every audience.This skill has been recognized by his peers, and he’s a recent inductee into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame.His words and talents put him in front of large corporations, small businesses, associations, governments, and his favourite charities.He works across Canada and around the globe.Paul performs in English, French, and occasionally Japanese.

Stuart Knight, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author
​Stuart Knight is an award winning entrepreneur, critically acclaimed author, and hit producer. He has written, produced and starred in live presentations that have been seen by over one million people and each year speaks internationally helping some of the world’s biggest companies reach new levels of success. When he is not on the road speaking, you may have seen or heard him on some of Canada’s biggest TV and Radio stations where he is often asked for his expert opinion on high level communication. He is the author of two profound books, You Should Have Asked – The Art of Powerful Conversation and The Madness of My Mind and writes a weekly blog that has over ten thousand followers. Personally, Stuart is a world traveller, an avid reader and composes music. He is also the founder of one Canada’s biggest speaking extravaganzas called The Top Ten Event, which has garnered over twenty million media impressions. As a renegade visionary, Stuart Knight has taken gut wrenching risks and came out on top. Today, with hilarious stories and thought provoking insights, he shares the lessons he has learned helping people reach goals they never imagined they could attain. 

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.

Brian Lewis, President and 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.

Robin Lobb, Consultant, e-Commerce, Baycrest Health Sciences; Professor Big Data, Georgian College

Mr. Lobb, has over 20 years of experience in Project/Portfolio/Program Management in governmental and non-governmental organizations, focusing on the healthcare sector. He has an extensive background in managing highly complex and mission critical projects.

Lobb studied conflict theory at the University of Toronto and trained in trans-national organized crime and white-collar crime with the International Association of Law Enforcement Analysts. Formal PM work experience began on the Urban Flashpoints Project with the Central Intelligence Agency's Office of Trans-national issues and proceeded to a number of political projects including work at the Cabinet Office at Queens Park.

Mr. Lobb's experience covers several sectors/locations including work on projects in Britain, the US, and numerous other foreign countries. His last decade focused specifically on the health care sector with clients including McKesson, Roche Diagnostics, IBM Global Technology Services, Mount Sinai Hospital, the OACCAC, and the National Cancer Institute of Canada.

The PMI Network Magazine featured Lobb in their Worldview article on future global project leaders talking about the state of the profession. As a thought leader in the field, Mr. Lobb has given numerous talks, TV interviews, workshops and training. He has served as a mentor for over 15 years and as a leader in the volunteer sector for 25 years.

Careful career planning and an innovative approach to developing his skill set is the key to his career. An agile attitude ensures he can rise to sudden opportunities and conversely, work with the many unexpected challenges.

Pat Mandy, CM

Pat is a member of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. She is a respected health care leader with more than 40 years of experience in a variety of leadership roles in healthcare, change management, regulatory, governance and educational settings.
Pat retired from the position of Chief Executive Officer, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network in 2010.  She has extensive linkages with the community in a variety of roles, including Past President of the College of Nurses of Ontario, Past Chair of the Hamilton-Wentworth District Health Council, and Past, and current, Chair of De dwa de dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre.

She has been recognized with several awards for her contributions to healthcare as provider, mentor, and educator, her volunteer roles, and her active commitment to the well-being of the Aboriginal community.  Pat is the recipient of the 2016 Indspire Award in the category of health.  In June 2017, Pat was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada

Dr. Tania Massa, Director, Innovation Procurement (Panel Moderator) Ontario Centres of Excellence 

Dr. Tania Massa is the Director, Innovation Procurement at the Ontario Centres of Excellence, responsible for the portfolio of Innovation Procurement programs: AdvancingHealth, AdvancingEducation, REACH, Health Technologies Fund and Small Business Innovation Challenge.
During her 10 years at OCE, she has served as a Technology Transfer Associate, Business Development Manager and Director, Programs. She brings expertise in the areas of biomedical engineering, industry-academic collaborations and intellectual property development.  Tania holds a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, both biomedical collaborative options from the University of Toronto. 

Renée McIntyre, Director of Supply Chain, TransForm SSO

Renée McIntyre has over 17 years of experience in health care management, and is currently the Director, Supply Chain, with TransForm Shared Service Organization. Renée has a divers background in supply chain management, strategic sourcing, negotiations, capital procurement, customer service, relationship management, and environmental service. Renee holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Windsor, and is a Certified Supply Chain Management Professional with the Supply Chain Management Association. 

Gary Melling, President , Acquired  Insights Inc.                   

Currently President & CEO of Acquired Insights Inc., an Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning (AI/ML) systems integration firm.
Gary is an intensely curious and seasoned business leader with 40+ years in classified Military Defence systems, Management Consulting, Corporate Transformation & Turnarounds, Business Systems Integration, and Predictive Analytics. Currently leading multiple start-up teams in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML). A former Accenture and CSC Executive, his experience includes designing, implementing and optimizing the integration and productivity between business strategy, people, processes and technology. Gary's strong quantitative & qualitative approach to implementing balanced scorecards provides clients with a transparent view of their business and the decision support system used for delivering scalable business benefits.
Widely recognized for his expertise in designing and implementing business strategy and solutions to maximize profitability. Applied in organizations of all size, his thoughtware has been published in Harvard journals and referenced by organizations and clients such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Lloyds TSB and The US Federal Reserve Bank. He is commonly cited with other global luminaries in international business such as Dave Ulrich, Mark Huselid, Michael Porter, Henry Mintzberg, Robert S. Kaplan, Robin Cooper and David P. Norton; Gary's candid yet respectful interpersonal communication style means that he is always in demand to work as the confidential advisor to Boards, The C Suite and Senior Management.

Toby O'HaraVice Co-chair, HSCN

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

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.



Jitendra Prasad, Chief Program Manager - Contracting, Procurement & Supply Management, Alberta Health Services

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.

Pam Robertson, ACG Inc.

Pamela is a strategic business and market development professional with over 25 years of experience in healthcare.
Following a focus on Psychology and Business at Queens University, Pamela has held increasingly senior positions at several large pharmaceutical companies and then multinational medical device companies Alcon, Zimmer and Edwards Lifesciences. Her roles included sales leadership, business development, marketing and portfolio management and strategic stakeholder relations.
Pamela formed AIRT Consulting and is now a Managing Director at ACG Inc. She represents MEDEC in Strategic Procurement and works actively with industry, healthcare, HSCN and government to support innovation, value-based procurement and Canadian value-based healthcare initiatives.

Melissa Sharpe-Harrigan, Manager, Innovation and Change Management, Transform SSO

Melissa Sharpe-Harrigan is an experienced program manager, who has over ten years of policy, research, and strategic program planning and evaluation experience. She is currently the Program Manager of Innovation and Partnerships, overseeing the innovation initiatives at TransForm. Her background in is program and policy development in social sectors, and she has worked for both federal and regional governments. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton University, a Masters from York University. 

Rahul Singh, Founder, Global Medic

Rahul Singh founded the David McAntony Gibson Foundation (GlobalMedic) in 1999 to honour the memory of his best friend who tragically lost his life in 1998. Combining a passion for humanitarian assistance with a frontline emergency perspective — having been a paramedic since 1989 — Singh developed GlobalMedic’s unique operational mandate of providing efficient and cost effective disaster relief in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophe using professional emergency workers.
GlobalMedic teams have deployed on 185 missions in 63 countries following natural disasters and complex emergencies. Delivering water purification equipment, installing field hospitals, and running innovative programs like RescUAV, Singh continually strives to develop Canadian innovation in order to save lives.
He’s received a number of accolades for his humanitarian work over the years, including the Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2006, the Order of Ontario in 2012, and the Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Singh as also been named on Time Magazine's List of the 100 Most Influential People. Most recently, in 2017, Singh’s innovative RescUAV Program – which uses Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology to respond to disasters – was selected as a top ten finalist for the Impact Challenge Canada. This honour was accompanied by a $250,000 grant to expand RescUAV."

Jim began his career as a Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) and completed his advanced certification in Transfusion Medicine (ART) at Vancouver General Hospital. He furthered his education by completing his Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA). He became CEO of Diagnostic Services Manitoba in October 2011 and is a senior executive co-leading the transition to Shared Health and Manitoba's health system transformation.
Jim is also the Executive Sponsor for Choosing Wisely Manitoba as well as Personalized Medicine Manitoba. He leads a number of national health care initiatives and serves on the Board of the Healthcare Reciprocal Insurance of Canada (HIROC), Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP), Advisory Medical Board for Cancer Care Manitoba and volunteers on the Board of Food Matters Manitoba (FFM).
His appointments as Instructor at the University of Manitoba and Red River College provide an opportunity to share his passion for teaching leadership concepts and health system transformation to physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.

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.

Paul A. 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.

Wendy Watson, OR Supply Chain Manager, University Health Network

Wendy Watson is the OR Supply Chain Manager at the University Health Network. She has 20 year of perioperative supply chain experience and leads a team across the networks 40 operating rooms, supporting 24,000 annual surgical procedures.
She set the vision for the supply chain integrated point- of -care transformation, business case and delivered on the implementation, measurement, sustainability and benefits realization. With the industry focus now on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)’s Triple Aim, Wendy is now committed to evolving the supply chain solution with a Cost Quality and Outcomes (CQO) project.
Wendy is an active member of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM) Unique Device Identification (UDI) adoption working groups. She has published a UDI Adoption case study with AHRMM, and an OR Technology Transformation case study with BD. She has presented at national and international conferences.

Louise Wendling, Former President and CEO, Costco Canada

Degrees:   BA Honors English – University of Montreal
  • Government of Canada 1966 to 1976
  • Hudson’s Bay Co. 1976 to 1986
  • Price Club / Costco 1986 – 2014
    • Country Manager for Costco Canada
    • One of the Canadian founders
    • Brought the revenue of the company from $18 million in 1990 to 23 billion in 2017
    • Chairman of the Board Costco Canada
    • Member of the Executive Committee of Costco International
  • Opérations Enfants Soleil
  • CQCD – Conseil Québecois du Commerce de Détail
  • CHEO – Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
  • RCC – Retail Council of Canada – Vice Chair
  • Costco Wholesale Canada:  Board Director – Chairman of the Board
  • Advisory Council Kruger Inc.


Tony Williams, Provincial Director of Supply Chain, Central Health

Tony Williams is the Provincial Director of Supply Chain for Central Health. He is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the new supply chain shared services model in Newfoundland and Labrador. Tony started with Central Health in December 2017 and prior to that was in a supply chain leadership role with the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information for over 10 years.

Tony holds a Commerce degree, a MBA and also the supply chain management professional designation (SCMP).   Outside of work, Tony plays guitar. He doesn’t sing very well but given his role model is Bob Dylan, that doesn’t matter.  He’s also a Maple Leafs fan and felt that it was OK to mention that here in Toronto. 

Allison began her career in pharmaceuticals at Janssen Canada specializing in Trade Relations, Hospital Contracting, Access and Patient Support Program management. Today as a Partner at 20Sense, a Toronto-based consultancy that brings clarity to complex challenges and maximizes opportunities for specialty pharmaceuticals, Allison is dedicated to sharing market insights that push innovation and create value for the pharmaceutical industry at-large. She is a Board member on the Ontario Pharmaceutical Marketing Association, fully fluent in French and holds a Masters of International Business jointly from the Université de Nancy in France, and McGill University in Montreal. Allison routinely speaks and writes on the topic of specialty pharmaceuticals in the Canadian context, and has great respect for the need of supply chain excellence in the pharmaceutical industry.

Dale Yakutchik has been the Atlantic Canada Provincial Affairs Manager for 6 years and prior to that joined Abbott as Medication Adherence Manager. Dale has 24 years’ experience in the industry and has worked for companies such as Pfizer, Sanofi Pasteur, SmithKline and Schering in sales, marketing, business development and public health. Dale graduated from Brock University in 1991 and completed advanced training in negotiations at Harvard Law School Executive training. Dale has two children a daughter Alexi (17) and a son Eryk (14).

Ignite Session Speakers


Michael Barnard, Executive Consultant - Cloud, Blockchain and Health IBM

Ontario award.Focused on helping clients with their strategies related to Cloud transformation and on blockchain solutions in the Health and Public Sector. He has over 20 years of delivery, innovation, transformation and consulting experience, covering a wide span of business and technical domains. Specialties: Healthcare, grid transformation, blockchain, Cloud portfolio transformation strategy, complex program startup.​


Dusanka FilipovicBlue-Zone Technologies

A Professional Engineer, Dusanka Filipovic is Founder, President and Vice Chair of Blue-Zone Technologies, a Canadian cleantech-based pharmaceutical company. Her previous experience includes over 20 successful years at Union Carbide and Praxair Canada. Ms. Filipovic is the co-inventor of the globally innovative Deltasorb® and Centralsorb® technologies, a solution to sustainable capture of waste volatile anesthetics, toxic and dangerous to the environment and public health, otherwise routinely vented from hospital operating rooms. The captured gases are safely recovered and processed into generic anesthetics to medical standards at Health Canada’s licensed facility. Ms. Filipovic’s invention features Greening Anesthesia® services; effectively reduces carbon footprint from anesthesia and creates a solid platform for building a new business sector worldwide. Ms. Filipovic is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including an Engineering Medal for R&D, a Professional Engineers of Ontario award.


Riya KarumanchiSmartCane

Riya Karumanchi is an entrepreneur, an inventor, a keen agent for social change, and an intern at the prestigious Mobile and Electronic Health Development and Innovation Centre at Mohawk College.


Dr. Farnoud KazemzadehUniversity of Waterloo/Elucid Labs

An entrepreneur, engineer, astrophysicist, inventor, professional basketball referee, and co-founder and CEO of Elucid Labs, Farnoud is an internationally recognized leading expert in optics and photonics specializing in interferometry, spectroscopy, holography, and microscopy. As an engineer/astrophysicist, he has placed instruments on various telescopes, planetary probes, and the International Space Station. As a serial entrepreneur, Farnoud has successfully lead the design and development of high-performance optical devices at several startups. He is an Adjunct Professor at University of Waterloo where he teaches undergraduate classes, supervise students, and generally satisfies his desire to be involved in pure scientific research. Farnoud holds 10 patents, has authored over 50 academic publications, and has been recognized with various academic excellence awards.


Richard Pietro, Open Toronto

Richard Pietro socializes Open Government & Open Data by creating Civic Engagement as Art. Some of his projects include the 2014 Open Government Tour, the Toronto Open Data Community Hub, and Open - The World's first short film on Open Government, Open Data, and Open Source.
He also worked collaboratively with the Ontario Ministry of Housing to create the "Open Data in Reverse" method as a way to design, publish, and activate Open Data sets. This initiative helped the ministry win a nationally recognized award for engagement.
Most recently his Open Data Iron Chef workshop has garnered attention due to its innovative way for introducing Open Government & Open Data to students at both the secondary and university levels.

Arjun Sahgal, Department of Radiation Oncology & Professor of Radiation Oncology and Surgery Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre & University of Toronto

Dr. Arjun Sahgal is an international clinical and research leader in the field of high precision stereotactic radiation to the brain and spine for both metastases and primary tumors. After training at the University of Toronto in radiation oncology, he completed a radiosurgery fellowship at the University of California San Francisco. He has published, as lead or contributor, over 250 peer reviewed papers including in high impact journals like the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Lancet Oncology, and New England Journal of Medicine. He has been the recipient of several distinguished awards and visiting professorships, served as past-meeting chairman and board member of the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society (ISRS), and current steering committee member for the AOSpine Tumor Knowledge Forum. He is the principle investigator for a national Phase 3 randomized trial (SC-24) evaluating spine SBRT to conventional radiation. Currently, he serves as Deputy Chief of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Toronto affiliated Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre. In addition, he is the director of the Sunnybrook Cancer Ablation Therapy (CAT) program which involved the installation of a MR Brachytherapy suite, MR Linac and Gamma Knife Icon technology. His next phase of research is in the development of these CAT technologies, integrating MR in radiation therapy, and the application of MR Guided Focused Ultrasound Technology with radiation.