Daniel Fabiano, Partner, Fasken Law Firm

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 has a "Certificate in Public Procurement Law and Practice" from Osgoode.

Sarah Friesen, Friesen Concepts Inc.

Sarah Friesen leads 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 almost 20 years of experience in the healthcare sector, and she brings 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.


Sarah is a founding member of HSCN and is currently the Project Manager for the Innovation Procurement Toolkit Expansion project. 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.

Iris Ko, Former Strategic Policy and Innovation Director of Ontario Government

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.

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.