Board of Directors 2018-2019

Dalhousie University
Cancer Care Ontario
TELUS Health
Hamilton Health Science

Dr. Raza Abidi

Dalhousie University


Digital Health Canada Board Director 2018-2019


Dr. Syed Sibte Raza Abidi is Director of Health Informatics, Professor of Computer Science and Medicine at Dalhousie University, Halifax. He holds a PhD and Masters in computer science. He has been involved with digital health academics, innovation, advocacy and policy-making for over 20 years. Dr. Abidi is the scientific director of the NICHE (kNowledge Intensive Computing for Healthcare Enterprises) research group, and leads R&D activities that have led to a range of innovative digital health solutions. He is a digital health innovator, who has developed and deployed a range of innovative digital health systems in healthcare organization both within Canada and globally. His has expertise in ‘big’ health data analytics for health system optimization, precision medicine, personalized health, clinical decision support, patient empowerment, and mobile health.


Dr. Abidi is the recipient of the CHIA’s leadership in health informatics award (2016), the prestigious International Award for Innovation in Medical Informatics (awarded at World Expo in Hannover, Germany), Research Excellence Award and six (6) best paper awards. Dr. Abidi is an experienced digital health academic and practitioner who has trained over 700 health informaticians, published over 220 scientific papers, supervised over 75 graduate theses, secured scientific research grants over $16 million from government and industry, delivered over 80 invited talks and developed over 40 innovative digital health systems and technologies. He has extensive international digital health experience and has collaboratively developed several digital health systems in different countries. He provides expert consultation regarding digital health project review, planning, implementation and policy, both within Canada and globally. He is regularly invited to speak about digital health vision and innovations, role of digital health in healthcare systems, and capacity building programs for digital health.

Helene Clement



Digital Canada Faculty Member 2018-2019
Digital Health Canada Board Member 2018-2019


National Senior Clinical Operations Manager, LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services – Hélène Clément is accountable for the effective and efficient operations of new service delivery models, including Point of Care (POC) services that are outcome-based and patient-centric. She contributes to the design of new services and products; leads the implementation, testing and evaluation of new service delivery models; and fosters a continuous improvement culture driving towards customer centricity, operational excellence and quality. Hélène Clément acts as the single point of contact for the operations for service innovation and provide leadership to the Clinical Operations Team members.

Angela Copeland

Cancer Care Ontario


Board Vice President 2018-2019


Angela brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in healthcare informatics to her role as the Director, Data & Analytics Strategic Initiatives & Governance at CCO. She is currently leading the implementation of a 4 year 11.2M program to create an insights-driven organization that will generate, utilize, and share actionable insights to enable evidence based decision-making. She is also responsible for establishing, leading, and maintaining an enterprise-wide integrated data and analytics governance framework that incorporates policy and procedure setting, risk identification and mitigation, stewardship, and compliance. Previously, Angela was the Chief Information Officer & Privacy Officer at Runnymede Healthcare Centre where she spearheaded change and cultural transformation through the development and tactical implementation of a strategic plan that led to the modernization of a newly-built 200-bed hospital. Other key roles have included the Director, Information Technology at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)and instructor of Health Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. Angela has a Masters of Education (M.Ed.) with a focus in Adult Education and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS).

Shiran Isaacksz



Board President, 2018-2019


Shiran is the Senior Director of the Regional and Provincial Portfolio at University Health Network – one of the largest public sector health information management technology service delivery organizations in Canada.  With more than 19 years of healthcare experience, Shiran’s expertise lies in leading complex and large-scale transformational projects and overseeing established regional programs. Through these experiences Shiran possesses a comprehensive view of the complex health care system with a focus on improving patient care and patient outcomes throughout the continuum of care. Shiran finds great satisfaction in tackling challenging and previously unsolvable industry issues. His collaborative approach also extends to development of unique industry partnerships, beyond the typical client-vendor role. In doing so, he assembles strong, inter-disciplinary teams with a broad range of skills, and applies a holistic approach to problem solving that results in new products and programs to support care delivery and patient experience. Shiran chose a career in healthcare as he felt an innate drive for working in a sector that aligns with his values and enables him to give back to the community at large. “All of the great work we do at UHN is patient-centric. With every decision made, we ask how we are improving the patient experience, and improving care outcomes”. Shiran believes that the patient voice must guide all healthcare activities, whether it be at the policy level in his role as President and Board Member with Digital Health Canada (Canada’s Health Informatics Association) or when planning and implementing programs at the regional and provincial level in Ontario. Shiran also enjoys supporting the digital health community through his role as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

Keltie Jamieson


Digital Health Canada Board Member 2018-2019

Digital Health Canada Atlantic Chapter Advisory Committee 2018-2019

Keltie Jamieson is the Sr. Director and Chief Information Officer for Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Information Management & Technology division. In this role, she leads both the IT team specializing in clinical informatics and clinical applications as well as health information services/health information management team. Education: Masters of Leadership – Health specialization, Certified Health Executive (CHE). Ms. Jamieson is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems – Canada (CPHIMS-CA).

Shannon Malovec

TELUS Health


Digital Health Canada Board Member 2018-2019


Shannon is a highly skilled health informatics leader, passionate about transforming healthcare through patient engagement and experienced in strategic planning, portfolio/program management, and systems implementation. Shannon is Principal, Patient Engagement at TELUS Health. In her role Shannon leads the strategy development, product management, and delivery management of TELUS Health’s patient facing applications, including Personal Health Record, Home Health Monitoring, and EMR Portals. She also leads the execution of major health transformation initiatives and is responsible for the delivery of consulting services.


Previous to TELUS Health, Shannon was Director, Clinical Solution Delivery for Information Management Information Technology Services (IMITS), Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). Shannon led the execution of major clinical IM/IT projects across PHSA, Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Healthcare. Shannon also led the teams responsible for the Project Portfolio Management Office, Budget Planning and Management, and Performance Management and Benefits Evaluation.


Shannon has also worked with a health management consulting company in Canada and in the United States and was engaged in strategic planning, project management and implementation initiatives. Shannon spent time working with various healthcare organizations, hospitals and private sector IT companies in Toronto, New York and Illinois where she was involved in the planning and implementation of a variety of clinical solutions. Education: Honours Bachelor of Health Information Science, Masters in Health Information Science, PMP certified.

Mary Sanagan



Digital Health Canada Board Member 2018-2019


Mary is a Partner in Deloitte’s Health Transformation practice and has over 18 years of large technology-enabled transformation experience in the Canadian and US health markets. Mary is a certified project management professional, and leads strategic/advisory engagements focused solely in the digital health space. Mary retains extensive knowledge of Hospital Information Systems, Electronic Health Records and departmental clinical system design and implementations. She has executed large program management, including governance establishment, resource planning, and risk management. She has a strong knowledge of hospital operationally and clinical workflows. Additionally, Mary has excellent interpersonal skills and is I.T.I.L certified.


Mary began her career at University Health Network and spent five years implementing clinical information systems including clinical documentation and Computerized Physician Order Entry. After moving into consulting, she implemented various corporate standardization initiatives including a new clinical documentation solution for the largest municipally run health system in the US. Back in Toronto, as the Project Director of the Clinical Information System (CIS) project at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Mary was responsible for oversight of all project work streams. Mary led project planning, project reporting, budget management and supported resource management in preparation for the permanent Director. Following this implementation, Mary worked with large shared service organizations to understand Electronic Patient Record procurement options, created the integrated clinical transformation workplan for three British Columbia Health Authorities, and led HIS optimization work for a large regional hospital partnership.


She has helped multiple academic and rural organizations create their Total Cost of Ownership and benefits analysis for shared technology and clinical standardization. Most recently, Mary has been working with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care as a provincial Hospital Information System advisor. Mary is an active presenter at national conferences, and is a published author. Education: Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology; Project Management Professional (PMP); ITIL Certified

Leon Salvail



Digital Health Canada Board Past President 2018-2019
Digital Health Canada Board President 2017-2018


In 1995, Leon Salvail and two associates formed the partnership that became Gevity Consulting Inc. (formerly known as Global Village Consulting Inc.). As President and CEO, Leon has capably guided the company’s steady growth since its founding days. In 2004, Leon directed Global Village’s strategic expansion to position itself as a leader in health informatics (HI) consulting, and he has since overseen the establishment of an extremely successful consulting practice driven by a strong client base in the healthcare sector across Canada, where the majority of Gevity’s business originates today.


Currently, Leon is steering Gevity’s international expansion, with an Asia Pacific branch office now open in Cebu City, Philippines, a Middle East branch office opening in Dubai, UAE, and European, American (USA) and South American branch offices in the planning stages. Leon has overall responsibility for managing Gevity corporate operations, developing new business and providing strategic and project management services for Gevity projects. Working with a group of Gevity Managing Partners, Leon pilots the company HI business development and recruiting activities to ensure a vibrant, profitable and exciting company. As Chairman of the Board, he works with the Board of Directors to ensure that the overall strategic direction is carefully plotted and maintained. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Mr. Salvail continues to provide specialized senior health informatics project management and business analysis services to a variety of clients.


A successful and proven leader in Canada’s health informatics community, Mr. Salvail has extensive experience leading projects to develop and deploy enterprise health information technology solutions. He successfully led a pioneer pan-Canadian project involving federal funders, a large provincial Ministry of Health and jurisdictional representation from all Canadian provinces and territories through the journey to develop a public health communicable disease surveillance and management system (Panorama) that could be implemented in any jurisdictional infrastructure across the country.


Other recent clients include the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and eHealth Ontario, the British Columbia Ministry of Health, Alberta Health and Wellness, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, Fraser Health Authority, and, most recently, the Atlantic Provinces in partnership with First Nations and Inuit, and Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health-Atlantic Region. Mr. Salvail has worked with many project teams to confirm and manage project objectives, timelines and budgets across multiple large related projects as well as developing/communicating project plans, and business/technical requirements to make dependencies, approaches, designs, effort, risks and outcomes clear to project teams and stakeholders. He has successfully negotiated, developed and supported project governance structures at both the provincial and cross-jurisdictional levels.


A talented negotiator and adept facilitator, Mr. Salvail has highly developed interpersonal skills gained from leading and participating in hundreds of meetings and workshops, helping widely divergent regional groups to negotiate agreements on multi-jurisdictional projects with government, regulatory body and private stakeholders. Mr. Salvail’s superb verbal and written communication skills include the ability to engage and influence broad communities of stakeholders and develop collaborative, effective relationships.


Mr. Salvail is a member of CHIEF, an exclusive, invitation-only group of Canadian health informatics thought leaders sponsored by COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association. He has also contributed his time both leading and serving on a number of pan-Canadian health informatics standards development groups.

Ted Scott

Hamilton Health Science


Digital Health Canada Board Member 2018-2019


Dr. Ted Scott is Chief Innovation Officer and Director of Strategy at Hamilton Health Sciences in Hamilton, Ontario. As Chief Innovation Officer, Ted focuses on bringing resources, partnerships and thought leadership to the significant efforts that already exist in the organization to develop new ideas, processes, technologies and approaches.With dual responsibility for advancing the strategy, Ted also ensures that HHS initiatives are focused on achieving the North Star metrics that have been deemed important to the success in realizing the vision of Best Care for All. In addition, Ted is the prime interface with IBM and HHS partners in the exciting Collaboration and Innovation Centre (CIC).Ted Scott is a researcher, lecturer and expert in the clinical applications of ultrasound instrumentation and imaging techniques. He has enjoyed clinical practice, working on the front lines of large teaching hospitals, a small community hospital and a private healthcare enterprise as well as teaching at Mohawk College. As a faculty member, Ted helped create and develop the Mohawk-McMaster Medical Radiation Sciences program and the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program. More recently, as Chief Innovation Officer, Ted has facilitated the implementation of a number of initiatives, including iDeaWORKS, a centre that helps students, local businesses and non-profits experiment, learn and grow. Always an advocate for innovation, Ted leads the adoption of technologies that drive better learning outcomes and enable access and flexibility during the learning experience.


Gillian Sweeney



Digital Health Canada Board Secretary-Treasurer 2018-2019
Digital Health Canada Atlantic Chapter Committee Chair 2018-2019


As the Vice President, Clinical Information Programs and Quality, I currently lead the team at the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information that is responsible for providing oversight, leadership and governance of HEALTHe NL, the provincial electronic health record (EHR), eDOCSNL, the provincial electronic medical record program, and the provincial Telehealth and Telepathology programs. I have a clinician-based background with extensive management experience. With over 15 years’ experience in private industry and healthcare, I provide expertise and leadership in the areas of electronic health record management, change management, and digital health programs.