Don Cummer, Co-chair (Interim), 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.



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.HealthPROProcurement Services Inc.  5770 Hurontario Street, Suite 902, Mississauga, Ontario L5R 3G5, Tel: 905-568-3478  Fax: 905-568-5283  www.healthprocanada.comChristine has a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Toronto, a Masters Degree in AdultEducation and is a Council Member for the Ontario College of Pharmacists.

Gus Estrada, Director BCCSS Supply Chain Infrastructure, BCCSS
Gus Estrada is the Director, BCCSS Supply Chain Infrastructure and Analytics.  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. 

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.



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, BCSS
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, Digital Health Program, Baycrest; Professor Big Data, Georgian College



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 CIQ


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.


Melissa Sharpe-Harrigan, Program Manager of Innovation & Partnerships, 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 (DMGF) in 1998 to honour the memory of his best friend who tragically lost his life on February 7, 1998. Since then, Singh’s tireless efforts have resulted in a globally recognized, innovative and efficient disaster relief agency. He has also personally led over 30 GlobalMedic missions around the world and is the charity’s Executive Director. Singh has been a professional emergency worker since 1988. Currently he serves the citizens of Toronto as a frontline Paramedic. Combining a passion for humanitarian assistance from a frontline emergency perspective, Singh created GlobalMedic’s unique operational mandate of providing disaster relief in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophe with professional emergency workers. Singh has received the Indo-Canadian Commerce’s 2006 Humanitarian of the Year Award and received multiple letters of commendation from the likes of former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, Grenadian Prime Minister Keith Mitchell, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Toronto Mayor David Miller, and Federal Member of Parliament Jim Karygiannis. In 2010, Singh was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, as well as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.  In 2012, he was issued the Order of Ontario and later that year was presented with the Diamond Jubilee Medal by His Royal Highness, Prince Charles. 

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


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.

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