Karen Belaire, President & CEO, Shared Services West (SSW)

Karen Belaire is the President and CEO of Shared Services West, a shared services organization specializing in supply chain management in the healthcare sector. Karen has held such roles as the COO at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, COO at the London Health Sciences Centre and at St. Joseph's Health Care London, VP, Administration for McMaster University and VP, Finance and Administration for St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton and for Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga.

 

Karen holds a CPA/CGA designation, an MBA, and she is a Chartered Director (C. Dir.). Her board experience includes Vineland Research & Innovation Centre, GS1 Canada Carenet Healthcare Sector, CIMTEC, Trillium Gift of Life Network, CSii, HSCN, Kids Health Links Foundation, St. Joseph’s Health System (International Outreach Programs), Horizon Utilities, Theatre Aquarius, St. Peter’s Hospital, McMaster Innovation Park, Gore District Land Trust, McMaster Museum of Art, and CAA Southwestern Ontario.

 
     

Joshua Belinko

Joshua Belinko is the national Director for Acklands-Grainger’s Government and Healthcare Team. Joshua joined Acklands-Grainger in 2016 as a Segment Manager for Healthcare and Education, and has held increasingly progressive roles within the business.

 

Prior to joining AGI, Joshua spent over 8 years working with the Government of Canada, and was responsible for legislative and regulatory policy for animal health and food safety at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Joshua also held various roles with The Canadian Biotechnology Secretariat.

 

Joshua obtained a Bachelor of Commerce with Highest Honours from Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business.

 
     

Lauren Bell, Senior Mananager of Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, Plexxus

Lauren is a health informatics professional by training with diverse public healthcare experience spanning health system strategy, program planning and project delivery. Currently, Lauren is serving as the Manager of Innovation & Strategic Partnerships at Plexxus where she is working to support Plexxus hospitals in the move to value-based healthcare through innovation and value-based procurement activities. Lauren’s previous roles spanned positions as St. Michael’s Hospital, University Health Network, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and most recently, Health Quality Ontario. Lauren is the past recipient of the COACH Emerging Leader in Health Informatics Award and the University of Toronto’s IHPME Louise Lemieux Charles Award for Emerging Health Leaders. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences from Western University and a Master of Health Informatics from the University of Toronto. In her spare time, Lauren also serves as Board Chair for PTP Adult Learning & Employment Programs in Toronto.

 
     

Georges Bendavid, Director of Technical Services, Montreal Jewish General Hospital

Mr. Georges Bendavid is Director of Technical Services for the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for (CIUSSS) for West-Central Montreal. Mr. Bendavid is responsible for prioritizing and implementing projects that support the provision of care and hospital services, as well as provide safe and comfortable environments for patients, visitors and staff.

 

He worked in the aeronautical industry in France, followed by over two years in Port au Prince, Haiti, in a plastics factory where he was in charge of overall production and maintenance. Mr. Bendavid started at the Jewish General Hospital in 2000 as a project manager, and was then promoted to Director of the project group. In this role, he oversaw and coordinated activities connected with the operation of physical facilities in the hospital.  In 2007, Mr. Bendavid reorganized his team so they could take on the major expansion of Radiation Oncology. This project earned Mr. Bendavid and his team the Quebec Project Management Institute’s first place prize in 2011. Two years later, he assumed the position of JGH Director of Technical Services (DST) and, in 2015, the same position for the CIUSSS West central Montreal.  Simultaneously Mr. Bendavid acted as project Director for the new critical care pavilion K, a 429M$ construction project that opened in January 2016 that also earned the Quebec Project Management Institute’s first place prize in 2016.

 

Mr. Bendavid received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1996, as well as a Master’s Degree in Research on the development of composite materials in 1998 at the École Polytechnique de Montréal.

 
     
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Dr. Randy Bradley, PhD, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, Assistant Professor, Haslam College of Business, The University of Tennesse

Dr. Randy V. Bradley is an Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management in the Haslam College of Business at The University of Tennessee. He holds a Ph.D. in Management of Information Technology (IT) and Innovation, an M.S. in Management Information Systems, and a B.S. in Computer Engineering, all from Auburn University. As a supply chain and healthcare IT strategist and researcher, Dr. Bradley’s expertise includes digital business transformation, supply chain digitalization, the strategic application of business analytics and IT in the supply chain, with an emphasis on the healthcare sector. Dr. Bradley has 20+ years of experience in the IT space, with at least 15 of those years devoted to healthcare. He has held a number of positions in private business and has operated as an independent consultant providing advisory services to a variety of organizations in the public and private arenas. Some of  Dr. Bradley’s business background includes consulting on IT outsourcing transitions, large-scale systems integration projects, and supply chain transformation initiatives. He has consulted for a variety of organizations, including General Motors Locomotive Division, Alabama Department of Transportation, Pratt & Whitney, Ford Healthcare, Northwell Health (formerly North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System), and various agencies within the U.S. Department of Defense.

 

Dr. Bradley’s research and insights is chronicled in more than 100 articles, book chapters, columns, and proceedings of national and international practitioner and academic meetings and conferences on the strategic application of business analytics and IT in the supply chain. He is a highly sought-after speaker, and he has presented at more than 80 academic, professional, and corporate conferences and events. Additionally, Dr. Bradley has been recognized for his excellence in teaching, his leadership in promoting diversity and inclusion in academia, and his impact in industry as evidenced by numerous awards and recognitions.

 

As a member of the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM), Association for Information Systems (AIS), Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), and the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), and several advisory boards, councils, and board of directors he serves as an advocate for health IT and its interplay between other areas of healthcare, such as supply chain, financial/revenue cycle management, and analytics.

 


Karen Conway, MSHCD, CMRP, CLSSGB, Vice President, Healthcare Value, Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX)

Karen Conway works to advance the role of the supply chain as a critical enabler of a value-based healthcare system. As Vice President, Healthcare Value for Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX), Conway explores how the supply chain and improved data quality and visibility can expand knowledge about what increases value for patients and communities and for those organizations that develop and deliver products and services to support optimal health. Conway is a recognized expert on unique device identification and the corresponding systems and process changes required to leverage benefits for multiple stakeholders across the medical device ecosystem.

 

Conway is past chair of the Association for Healthcare Resource and Materials Management (AHRMM), and serves on the board of the Strategic Marketplace Initiative (SMI), the GS1 Global Healthcare Leadership Team, the expert advisory council for the Supply Chain Advancement Network in Health, the healthcare advisory board for CAPS Research, and the Bellwether League.

An internationally published author and speaker, Conway co-authored a book on global leadership, Leading from the Edge, with the former chief talent officer of Cisco.  Conway writes a monthly column on “Standard Practices” in healthcare in Healthcare Purchasing News and was a contributing author to eBusiness in Healthcare, published by Springer in 2008.

 

Conway recently completed a master’s degree in the Science of Healthcare Delivery from Arizona State University. She is a Certified Materials and Resource Professional and a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

 


David Donnelly, Co-chair, HSCN

David is a senior medical device executive who’s career in healthcare spans over 25 years holding many progressive senior Sales and Marketing positions with The Stevens Company, Medline and Maxxim Medical.   In addition to David serving on the board of HSCN he also served on the Board of Directors for the Health Industry Distributors Association (HIDA).

 
 


Francois Drolet, Director Public Affairs, Roche Diagnostics Canada

After 4 years leading Roche Diagnostics’ Canadian Sales Team and a brief mandate as the Director of Business Development, François Drolet has been appointed in early 2016 to the role of Director, Public Affairs.  In this role, François is responsible for all initiatives around health policy, market access, government relations as well as stakeholder engagement.


Prior to joining Roche Diagnostics, François spent over 20 years with Covidien (now part of Medtronic) in various Sales and Marketing positions, serving his last 8 years with the company as the Canadian Vice-President of Sales & Marketing. 
Always in keeping with a patient-centric approach, his 28 years spent within the healthcare industry, more specifically in the Operating Room, ICU, Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, Anesthesiology, Nursing in general and now Laboratory Medicine have provided him with great insight into our healthcare ecosystem.


François earned a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Administration from Laval University in Quebec City. He holds Board positions with both MEDEC and the Quebec Personalized Healthcare Network (RSSPQ) and is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders while acting as a Roche representative in many industry forums. 

 


Gustavo Estrada, Director, Infrastructure & Analytics, Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)

Gustavo is an experienced professional having worked in multiple industries including Marketing, Aviation, Retail, and currently Healthcare.  Continually welcoming new challenges and broadening his experience in finance, operations and leadership, Gus currently serves as the Director, Infrastructure & Analytics for PHSA 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.

 
     
Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick, Chief of Staff & Vice President of Medical Academic Affairs, Kingston Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick is a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Biological and Molecular Sciences at Queen's University, and was Chair of the Division of Respirology & Sleep Medicine at Queen's University for 10 years prior to assuming his current leadership role at Kingston Health Sciences Centre in April 2017.

 

His clinical practice focuses on respiratory disorders in patients with neuromuscular disease, non-invasive ventilation, sleep medicine and general respirology.  His research interests have been in upper airway physiology and in the diagnostic and management pathways for obstructive sleep apnea.

 
     
Heather Flannery, UDI Program Director, Global Regulatory Operations

Heather Leigh Flannery is the Health Circle Global Lead at ConsenSys and the Co-Founder and Board Chair of Blockchain in Healthcare Global ("BiHG"), a new 501(c)6 trade association organized under the IEEE ISTO. She chairs the IEEE SA P2418.6 Standards Development Working Group (blockchain in healthcare and life sciences) and serves as the FY19 Co-Chair of the global HIMSS Blockchain in Healthcare Task Force. Ms. Flannery is also an Innovation Fellow at EP3 Foundation, has served as Industry Faculty for the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (US HHS ONC) and is an active consultant, advisor, and keynote speaker.

 

Ms. Flannery has driven continuous business model innovation via technology early adoption throughout her 25-year career as an entrepreneur, technologist, and strategist. She has consulted in the public sector in context of international development and brings a global health perspective to her initiatives. Ms. Flannery is a broad, lateral thinker who applies complex adaptive systems theory to identify, advance, and course-correct critical path to progress against large-scale macroscopic challenges, focusing in the health sector since 2006. 

 
     
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 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 supports healthcare organizations as they navigate the complexities of innovation procurement initiatives.  She also develops and delivers professional development programs through various educational institutions and the Healthcare Supply Chain Network (HSCN).

 

Sarah is a founding member of HSCN and a member of the Board of Directors. Most recently she wast he Project Manager for the HSCN Innovation Procurement Toolkit Expansion project. Sarah participates in various innovation initiatives and served as a member of the Ontario Health Innovation Council.

 
     
Dr. Aviv Gladman, Chief Information Officer and Chief Medical Information Officer, Mackenzie Health

Dr. Gladman graduated from University of Toronto Engineering Science (1994), Institute of Biomedical Engineering (1997) and School of Medicine (2003).  He is Royal College certified in Internal Medicine and Adult Critical Care Medicine and continues to practice critical care medicine. He sits on the board of directors of the Mackenzie Innovation Institute and is a member of the Health Canada Scientific Advisory Committee on Digital Health Technologies.  As Chief Information Officer and Chief Medical Information Officer at Mackenzie Health, he has a leadership role in applied innovation and healthcare technology.

 
     
Shahbaz Haque, Brokerage Manager & Deputy Principal Broker, HIROC Insurance Services Limited

Shahbaz Haque is the Brokerage Manager & Deputy Principal Broker for HIROC Insurance Services Limited. Working in the insurance industry for over 15 years, Shahbaz understands the nuts and bolts of insurance. He is relied upon to develop policy wordings, solve complex coverage issues and work with collaborating parties to ensure organizations are protected. Over the last 9 years, Shahbaz has worked exclusively with healthcare organizations to navigate the new normal by providing advice on contracts, indemnities and developing solutions that ensure projects move forward.

 

At HIROC, Shahbaz regularly contributes to company webinars, newsletters and informational videos. Most recently, he presented for the Canadian Home Care Association on the importance of managing cyber risk for healthcare organizations. Shahbaz is active in the community and volunteers his time with the Toronto District School Board. As a guest lecturer, he works with newcomers to Canada and helps them get adjusted to Canadian corporate culture.

 


Theodore Heise, PhD, RAC, Vice President Regulatory and Clinical Services, MED Institute

Theodore Heise, PhD, RAC, Vice President Regulatory and Clinical Services, MED Institute
Theodore (Ted) Heise has over 25 years of experience in regulatory affairs, and currently is Vice President Regulatory and Clinical Services at MED Institute.  In this capacity, Dr. Heise leads the company in developing scientifically robust regulatory and clinical study strategies for its clients: entrepreneurs, consultants and developers bringing new medical products through the complex steps of the development process.

 

Graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BS in chemistry from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Dr. Heise went on to earn a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Iowa State University.   He has been a member of the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society since 1993, and the American Chemical Society since 1988.

 

Dr. Heise is active in policy development for medical device postmarket surveillance programs, representing Cook Medical on the corporate stakeholder board for the SVS/Vascular Quality Initiative and participating in various projects within MDEpiNet (e.g., RAPID) and BUILD.  Dr. Heise is also a U.S. delegate to TC 194, the technical advisory committee for international consensus standards that govern biocompatibility testing (ISO 10993) and clinical investigations of medical devices (ISO 14155).  He is the convener of TC 194/WG 14, the working group with oversight of 10993-18 that covers material characterization.

 
     
Grant Hunt, Provincial Director, Warehouse and Logistics, PHSA Supply Chain

Grant's 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.

 
     
Kevin Kearns, Director, Advanced Solutions, Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA)

Kevin is a seasoned operational, tactical, and strategic leader with 16 years’ experience across various sectors including Forestry, Public Utility, and most recently Healthcare.  He currently leads a multi-disciplinary team through uncharted waters, in the proactive effort to add value for clients external to the organization.  Solutions tend to be of a process and data analyses variety. 

 
     

Dov Klein, Senior Director - Consulting and Deals Practice, PwC Canada

Dov is currently a Senior Director in PwC’s consulting and deals practice, working to bring the best of the firm to the healthcare and broader public sector. He was previously Plexxus’ Vice President, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, leading Plexxus’ use of innovation and value-based procurement methodologies as well as supporting new business models and partnerships. Notably, Dov led the partnership between Plexxus, the MOHLTC and CorHealth Ontario in delivering the provinces first value-based approach to the procurement of ICDs/CRTs. Previous to Plexxus he was also the Ontario Hospital Association’s Program Leader for Financial Management, with a focus on Health System Funding Reform and the changing patient-based funding landscape.

 

Dov has been working with Ontario hospitals and the govt for over a decade in optimizing the performance of the system and associated funding models and has worked extensively throughout the sector on improving supply chain effectives.

 

From an education standpoint, Dov received his MBA from the Rotman School of Management as well as an M. Ed from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) with a focus on policy, leadership, diversity and change. He has also completed Harvard’s executive training on measuring value in Healthcare.

 
     
Iris Ko, Professor, Georgian College

Iris Ko is currently a Professor at Georgian College, teaching postgraduates on research planning and project Management skills and supports innovation procurement related projects. From 2005-2015,  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 and other back office transformation initiatives within the health and education sectors.

 

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.

 
     

 

Kim Kraeft, RN, MSN/ED, LSSGB, PMP, Performance and Transformation Specialist/Patient Flow Coordinator, Bluewater Health

Kim is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Windsor and a Master’s of Science in Nursing and Healthcare Education from the University of Phoenix. Kim is a Certified Project Management  Professional as well as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and a Prosci Change Management Practitioner.

 

Kim spent the majority of her nursing career in Critical Care, and as the Clinical Educator for Critical Care at Bluewater Health participated in many procurement initiatives. 7 years ago Kim had the opportunity to implement a culture of Lean at Bluewater Health  and moved into the newly formed Performance and Transformation department where she guided and lead multiple process improvement and procurement initiatives. Now as a Project Manager in the Central Project Resource Office Kim continues to focus attention on new initiatives and supports multiple departments in enhancing quality and efficiency. Kim has appreciated the opportunity to work with Transform’s Innovation Procurement Office on this new approach to procurement.

 


Kara LeBlanc, Category Manager, Strategic Procurement Health Services, Service New Brunswick

Kara LeBlanc is a healthcare procurement professional and works at Service New Brunswick within their Strategic Procurement Health team. She has over eight years of experience in healthcare procurement and has overseen hundreds of RFP's for the NB health system. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (BBA) from St. Francis Xavier University; and Diploma in Health Services Administration (DHSA) from Dalhousie University and a Master’s of Science (M.Sc.) in Supply Chain Management from the University of Salford.

 

Kara presented her masters research on value-based procurement (VBP) at HSCN's 2017 Conference, MEDEC's speaker series, and has served as a research participant expert on VBP at University of Western Ontario International Centre for Health Innovation study on patient-reported outcome measures in procurement. She has also presented her research to various medical suppliers' leadership teams.

 
     
Lydia Lee, Partner and National Leader, Digital Health and CIO Advisory Practices, KPMG

With more than twenty years of experience in integrated health system design and technology-enabled business transformation, she focuses on digital health strategy, complex multi-organizational IT governance, clinical systems and infrastructure renewal and advanced analytics.  Previously, Lydia was the Senior Vice President and CIO at the University Health Network in Toronto, Canada’s largest academic health sciences centre and learning institution, where she led all aspects of enterprise information technology strategy and operations. She was awarded the distinction of IT Association of Canada (ITAC) Public Sector Canadian CIO of the Year (2015) for her demonstrated leadership of provincial e-health initiatives that drove care integration and health system efficiency. Lydia is a Lifetime Member of Digital Health Canada and a Director on the HIMSS North American Board. In her spare time, Lydia loves shopping at gourmet grocery stores and is training for her 6th Ride to Conquer Cancer.

 


Frédérick Leonard, P.Eng., Project Director, Ecosystem Energy Services

Frédérick Leonard is a Project Director with a passion for collaborating with clients to maximize their energy efficiency outcomes. Fred began his engineering career designing deep energy retrofits with Ecosystem in 2010. Today, he leads operations at Ecosystem’s Ontario office and manages the implementation of several prominent municipal-sector projects. Fred’s renowned experience and expertise - spanning an array of facility types and technical measures - is a direct result of his commitment to developing tailored solutions that meet all stakeholder needs.

 

Fred’s project awards include AQME’s 2017 Énergia Award, the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society’s 2017 Wayne McLellan Award, and ASHRAE’s 2018 Technology Award (honourable mention, Existing Buildings) – all for the Quebec University Hospital Centre energy retrofit project.

 
     

Denise Lewis Fleming,CEO, Health PEI

Denise is the Chief Executive Officer of Health PEI, appointed in December 2018 after acting in the role since May of that year.  Health PEI is the sole health authority on the island with a mandate to deliver the full continuum of health care services, from primary care to acute hospital care to long term nursing care.

 

An alumna of UPEI’s Bachelor of Business Administration program, Dalhousie University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program and the 2017 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, Denise is a Chartered Professional Accountant (Chartered Accountant) with twenty-six years of public service experience. Since January 2009, she has been a senior leader in the PEI health care sector, participating in the development and promotion of Health PEI’s goals and priorities, as well as the translation of goals and priorities to objectives, guidelines, policies, core programs and standards. Before assuming the Chief Executive Officer role, her healthcare portfolios included fiscal planning, internal audit, comptrollership, materials management and pharmacy services. 

 
     
Tami MacDonald, Provincial Project Lead, Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Health Shared Services Supply Chain

Tami works with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and most recently its Department of Health and Community Services to explore the various shared services opportunities and models within Newfoundland and Labrador. Currently, she is the Provincial Project Lead for the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Health Shared Services Supply Chain Department implementation and an advisory committee member on other strategic options being explored in the province.

 

Tami holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a bachelor’s in public administration. She is also a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) in Canada and the Americas with progressive experience in project management, transformational changes, change management, process improvements, six sigma, and Lean.

 
 


Dr. Tania Massa, Director, Innovation Procurement, Ontario Centres of Excellence [OCE]

Dr. Tania Massa is Director, Innovation Procurement, at Ontario Centres of Excellence. She is responsible for the portfolio of Innovation Procurement programs: Advancing Education, REACH, Health Technologies Fund and Small Business Innovation Challenge.

 

At OCE, Tania has served as a Technology Transfer Associate, Business Development Manager and Director, Programs. She brings expertise in biomedical engineering, industry-academic collaborations, intellectual property development and public-sector procurement. 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.

 


Ray Meyer, RN, BN, CPN-C, Perioperative Clinical Manager, OR/PACU/ENDO/Day Surgery/Oncology, Bluewater Health

Ray Meyer is a skilled nursing manager leading the perioperative team at Bluewater Health. Kim Kraeft leads the performance and transformation initiative across Bluewater Health. Kim also holds a certificate in Healthcare Leadership with a focus on change management. Both are registered nurses who have experience with positive and not-so positive procurements, and the implications of both on hospital operations and front-line staff.

 


Toby O'Hara, General Manager, Healthcare Materials Management Services (HMMS)

Toby is General Manager of healthcare supply chain provider Healthcare Materials Management Services (HMMS) in London, Ontario. Prior to joining HMMS, Toby held positions at Baxter Corporation and Source Medical (Cardinal Health).

 

Along with being a Board Member at HSCN, Toby is also a Board member at The Logistics Institute and holds a Professional Logistician designation (p.Log). The topics of Innovative Procurement and Procuring for Innovation are significantly important to Toby from both a professional and societal perspective.

 
     
Christine Ouellette, Management Advisor - Procurement and Logistics Department, CHUM (Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal)

Mrs. Ouellette has 15 years of experience in Supply Chain Management and holds a Master’s degree in Operations Management from HEC Montreal. Her fields of expertise are continuous improvement, change management, process optimization, strategic planning and technology implementation. She has been working as a project leader for the Procurement and Logistics Division at CHUM (Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal) since 2005. She has also worked as a lecturer at HEC Montreal and was an administrator for the Supply Chain Management Association of Quebec between 2004 and 2011.

 


Dani Peters, President, Magnet Strategy Group

Dani Peters is President of Magnet Strategy Group, a consulting firm that manages public affairs strategies in Canada and the United States.  Dani serves as a Principal Advisor to the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies in Canada. Prior to founding Magnet Strategy Group, Dani held senior roles in public affairs firms in the U.S. and Canada, concentrating on fields that include innovation, health and life sciences. Over the past decade, Dani has worked with groups in the health sector to develop and manage government, public policy, funding, advocacy and stakeholder strategies.

 

 
     
Nicola Raycraft, Strategic Relationship Manager, Baxter

Nicola Raycraft is currently utilizing her skills as a Strategic Relationship Manager for the Baxter Corporation, a leading medical supply and distribution firm focused on the delivery of sustainable health care solutions for the global marketplace.
Nicola is a nationally recognized supply chain professional who holds her Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) designation in combination with her Masters in Business Administration.


She has been recognized by her peer group her professional as a leader in her field having received National recognition for her years of experience as an active practitioner, educator, course developer. She is a winner of the CPRF award for outstanding research paper and Outstanding Achievement Award in 2011 from the Supply Chain Management Association of Canada.


Nicola has extensive experience in a variety of industries including Automotive, OEM, Food Production and Healthcare in a variety of critical roles from Quality Control, Process Management, Procurement and Supply Chain.

Nicola Raycraft, has spoken on many occasions for the Supply Chain Management of Canada National and Ontario annual conference as well as the conference for public buyers of Ontario & NIGP.

 
     

Derek Robertson, Chief Business Development and Supply Chain Officer, TransForm Shared Services (TransForm)

Derek Robertson currently serves as the Chief Business Development and Supply Chain Officer at TransForm Shared Service Organization (TransForm) a leading Shared Service Organization in South West Ontario.

 

Derek is a strategic leader with strengths in market analysis, consumer engagement, vendor relationship management and government affairs. Derek has demonstrated vision and commitment to excellence in Supply Chain oversight. During his tenure with TransForm, Derek has led significant negotiations of multiple Shared Service Organization affiliation agreements including a collaboration between TransForm and London-based Healthcare Material Management Services (HMMS) – a relationship that has put hundreds of thousands of dollars back where it’s needed most: On the front lines of health care delivery.

 
     
Carlo Rossi, Asst. to the Director of Logistics and Procurement, MUHC (McGill University Health Centre)

Carlo Rossi is an Engineer by trade and holds a MBA obtained at UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal). His career was predominantly spent in communication systems until 2009 where he became involved in healthcare as a Project Manager for MediSolution. In 2012, he was hired by the McGill University Health Centre as a Project Manager for the facility’s logistics group. Shortly thereafter, he was named Manager for the Materials Management before being promoted to Assistant to the Director of Logistics and Procurement in November 2017.

 

 

   
Bob Rowe, Supply Chain Customer Solutions, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Canada

Bob leads a team of Analysts and Solutions Specialists to develop and implement solutions that better integrate the supply chains moving J&J’s products to their Canadian healthcare customers and patients. Bob has over 10 years of experience with J&J having worked in global supply chains in diverse roles across the plan, source, make and deliver functions. Bob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Supply Chain Management from Penn State University and a MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. He also holds multiple professional certifications from APICS and the Institute for Supply Management and is a J&J certified Lean Black Belt.  

 
     
Michael Schiller, CMRP, Senior Director of Supply Chain, AHRMM

Mike Schiller, CMRP is Senior Director of Supply Chain for the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management (AHRMM), a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association. As the organization’s subject matter expert he brings more than 25 years of healthcare supply chain management to his role. In this capacity, Schiller collaborates with industry leaders on various healthcare and supply chain advocacy initiatives as well as collaborates on the development of the association’s strategic initiatives including the Cost, Qualities, and Outcomes Movement. Prior to joining AHRMM, Schiller held a number of leadership roles at Children’s Memorial Hospital, where he moved the organization forward on a number of different initiatives including supply chain optimization, technology and automation, and the reallocations and reorganization of staff resources. As Corporate Director of Supply Chain, he was responsible for coordinating all aspects of the medical equipment procurement for the building of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

 

Schiller holds a graduate certificate in information systems management from the Keller Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor’s degree in business management, from Northeastern Illinois University.

 
     
Nancy Shadeed, Special Advisor International Program Division, Health Canada

Nancy holds an Honours Bsc. in Biology from Brock University.  She started her career with Health Canada as an evaluator in the Medical Devices Bureau.  Nancy was part of a team that worked on the renewal and implementation of the medical devices regulations.  She contributed to the creation of the Device Licensing Division within the Medical Devices Bureau which is responsible for providing information to stakeholders regarding the regulatory registration process for medical devices.

 
She is currently working with the International Programs Division.  This division is responsible for managing international projects for both pharmaceuticals and medical devices.  Nancy is currently working on medical device related projects, such as the medical device single audit program (MDSAP) and the Regulated Products Submission (RPS).  Nancy was involved with the Global Harmonization Task Force for Medical Devices since 1999, participating as a member and later chair of Study Group 1 and the chair of the IVD subgroup.  She is currently involved with the International Medical Devices Regulators Forum (IMDRF) where she participates as a member on the MDSAP WG Group, RPS WG, Software WG and a member of the Management Committee. 

 
     
Kyle Shafer, BAS, LSSGB, Change Management Advisor, Innovation and Partnerships, CIPO, TransForm Shared Service Organization

Kyle Shafer is an experienced change management professional, with diverse experiences across both the private and public sectors. As an industrial engineer by training, Kyle serves as the Change Management Advisor for TransForm’s Collaborative Innovation Procurement Office (CIPO). With past experiences leading process improvements in healthcare, as well as experience in finance, accounting, data analysis, and communications, Kyle brings a unique approach to the procurement space. Kyle holds a Bachelors of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Windsor.

 

 
     
Nancy Sikich, Director of Health Technology, Health Quality Ontario

Nancy Sikich is the Director of Health Technology Assessment at Health Quality Ontario, Toronto. She has been involved in Health Technology Assessment for more than 10 years with a focus on the evaluation of clinical effectiveness, the quality of evidence, and the process for making recommendations. Nancy holds a Masters in Health Research Methodology and Bachelor of Science in Nursing both from McMaster University.

 


James Teaff, VP/Business Unit Head of Hospital Products, Baxter

James Teaff is the Vice President, Hospital Products at Baxter Canada which includes generic and branded pharmaceuticals, infusion devices and solutions, nutrition components, and CIVA Pharmacy Services. Building on his 20+ year career in the pharmaceutical and CPG industries, James began his career at Baxter 11 years ago, where he has held senior leadership positions in Colombia and Florida.

 

Prior to Baxter, James worked at Stryker where he led the spine and trauma business in Latin America and quickly progressed to GM, South America and then to Corporate Relationship Manager where he developed strong relationships with large health systems and GPOs across the US. James studied Government at the University of Texas at Austin and received an MBA from Loyola University Chicago in Finance and Marketing.

 


Anya Todic, Project Manager, Supply Chain Optimization , Shares Services West (SSW)

Anya Todic works at Shared Services West, coordinating strategic projects with a focus on process improvement, procurement strategy, and analytics. Anya holds an MBA and has diverse experiences working in public, private, and non-for-profit healthcare organizations, ranging from hospital procurement to pharmaceutical marketing. Her passions lie with health innovation and finding opportunities to apply new technologies to today’s healthcare problems. Anya has experience presenting at numerous national MBA case competitions and Canadian scientific conferences.

 

 

 
     
Marc Sebastien Verrault, Director, Healthcare Solutions - East, Cardinal Health Canada

Marc Sebastien started his career at Cardinal Health 12 years ago as a surgical portfolio sales representative in Montreal. Since then, he has held a sales management position in Western Canada before taking a national role in sales operations. He is now a Director in the Healthcare solutions team, as a Strategic Account Manager. In his current role, he supports the services and solutions portfolio offering innovative solutions to Cardinal Health customers in Québec and the Atlantic Provinces.

 

 

 

 
     

 

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.

 
     
Dale Wernham, Manager of Strategic Sourcing, HMMS

Dale Wernham ‘s current position is with HMMS as the Manager of  Strategic Sourcing, with a focus on outcome based procurement, and strategic partnerships.  With over 15 years’ experience in business development,  international trade, and the manufacturing sectors, Dale continues to apply innovative solutions to meet the needs of health care today.

Dale began his career as an entrepreneur, founding his first startup in 2000 with a focus in the manufacturing and export of softwood lumber.  He continued his work in the building sector for the next 11 years, developing new business throughout North America.

With strong core values, Dale continues his volunteer efforts as an active board member with “Perth Care for Kids”.

 
     
 
Robert Whalen, Detective, Toronto Police 55 Division

Detective Robert Whalen has been a Police Officer for 29 years after serving 3 years in the Royal Canadian Air Force.  He has served in both Uniform Patrol and Detective operations.  He spent most of his career investigating Organized Crime.  He is a court certified expert witness in computer forensics, Cargo Theft and Anti-counterfeiting.  He presently works with Toronto Police 55 Division.  

 
     
Tony Williams, Provincial Director, Supply Chain, Central Health NL

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).

 
 
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Jonathan CameronStrategic Procurement Training Specialist, Service New Brunswick

Jonathan Cameron is the Strategic Procurement Training Specialist for Service New Brunswick’s Procurement Health Services division. Jonathan’s responsibilities involve training such topics as RFx (RFP, RFI, and RFQ) strategies, contract management and contract strategy within the assigned categories. Jonathan leads and manages training initiatives that supports the RFx processes in accordance with all applicable procurement laws, including New Brunswick Procurement Act, trade agreements, etc.

 

Jonathan Cameron has over 10 years of experience in facilitation, training and development, leadership, and business performance. Prior to his role as Strategic Procurement Training Specialist, Jonathan was a Team Leader/Trainer at WestJet and before that was a Team Leader of Training and Development at Blue Cross.

 

Jonathan Cameron’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Commerce with a double major in Management and Organizational Behavior from Mount Allison University. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Adult Psychology. 

 
     

Roni Cerga, CEO, VR Vision Inc.

“Our mission is not to simply make world class experiential solutions easy & accessible but to prepare organizations for the future. The path to digital innovation is ever evolving. This is why we place a focus on the journey before the destination.” -RC 

 

A passionate business leader and innovator. His vision has helped shape world class offerings by utilizing cutting edge cross functional growth strategies. He maintains strong fundamentals by investing in a diverse organizational culture & people, streamlined process and the very best in product quality. He is a strong believer that the foundation to sustaining exponential growth is the result of empowering & offering a sense of ownership to everyone in the organization and beyond to our clients. 

 

 
     

Leo Dias, Senior Analytics Director, GE Healthcare Partners

Leo is Analytics Senior Director at GE, a seasoned leader with a 10-year track record in healthcare, and a passion for combining consulting, analytics and technology to solve complex problems. His experience spans 9 countries across 3 continents, and he currently leads the design and implementation of Clinical Command Centres in Canada and the US.

 
     

Ahlexxi Jelen, Learning Solutions Consultant, Ontario Hospital Association

Ahlexxi Jelen works as a Learning Solutions Consultant in Learning and Engagement at the Ontario Hospital Association. She previously worked as a Lab Manager within the Medical Psychiatry Alliance at the Hospital for Sick Children. Ahlexxi holds a MHSc degree from the Translational Research Program at the University of Toronto and a BA (Hons) in Psychology from Ryerson University. Ahlexxi has over 10 years of research experience and a passion for investigating complex systems issues in health care. 

 
     

Glenn Monteith, Senior Associate, Global Public Affairs - Health & Life Sciences

Glenn Monteith is Senior Associate with Global Affairs' Health & Life Sciences practice, providing counsel to leading biopharmaceutical and medical device corporations, associations and other health policy stakeholders. Glenn has an extensive and unique professional background in the Health and Life Sciences field, with thirty years' experience working in both the public and private sector, with the majority at the executive level.

 

From 2004-2007, Glenn was the Executive Director of Alberta Health's Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences Branch where he played a key role in reforming the provinces drug benefit programs, as well as being a leader at the Federal/Provincial/Territorial National Pharmaceutical Strategy table. From 2007 - 2013, he was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Health Workforce, with overall responsibility for health workforce planning, contract negotiations (physicians, pharmacies/pharmacists), Pharmaceutical programs and health support programs. From 2013 - 2015, Glenn subsequently served as the Chief Delivery Officer for Alberta Health, where he was designated acting Deputy Minister with accountability for four divisions (workforce, IT/IM, Seniors and continuing care, primary care). From 2015, he served in the roles of Vice President of Innovation and Health Sustainability and Executive Advisor to the President at Innovative Medicines Canada, the national association for Canada's research-based pharmaceutical industry.

 
     

Katie Porter, Director of Research, Hamilton Health Sciences

Katie Porter is Director of Research at Hamilton Health Sciences, where she provides strategic oversight of the HHS research enterprise, ensuring that a community of 1500 researchers and staff work cohesively together toward an ultimate goal of sustainability, while ensuring that HHS remains one of the most influential research communities in the world.  With a portfolio that includes ethics, contracts, capital, research partnerships, human resources and innovation, Katie’s team provides a strong research infrastructure to one of Canada’s largest hospital networks.

 

She holds an Executive MBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University, and is also a regular lecturer at McMaster University.  Her book Steer Your Career is used as a textbook at the University of South Central Florida’s Master of Research Administration degree.

 

Considered a thought leader in research management, Katie’s contributions have been recognized with national and international awards, and she recently won the Outstanding Contribution to Research Management Award from the Association of Research Managers in the United Kingdom.

 
     

Robby Spring, Trade Advisor, Health and Life Sciences, Danish Trade Council

Robby Spring works as a Trade Advisor in Health and Life Sciences at the Danish Trade Council in Toronto. She previously worked as a Lab Manager in the Neuroinformatics and Neuroimaging lab at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest. Robby holds an MHSc degree from the Translational Research Program at University of Toronto, an MSc degree from the Institute of Medical Science at University of Toronto and a BSc (Hons) in Medical Biophysics from the University of Western Ontario.  Robby has over 10 years of research experience and a passion for solving complex systems issues in health care.