Board of Directors 2019-2020

Digital Health Canada Board members are elected for a two-year term and are then eligible for re-election for up to three additional terms. Board members attend approximately four face-to-face Board meetings per year (April, June, October, January); participate in teleconferences as necessary (usually two to three per year; chair or act as liaison to one of the standing Committees of the Board or a task force; participate in strategic planning; actively participate in Digital Health Canada activities; make a contribution to the industry.

The Digital Health Canada Board is a strategic board the CEO and National Office team provide operational support. In return for sitting on the Board, members are able to actively contribute to and influence the development and advancement of the Canadian digital health industry by ensuring that Digital Health Canada remains a strong and respected organization.

Toronto Public Library
Dalhousie University
Alberta Health Services
Alberta Health Services
TELUS Health

Shiran Isaacksz

UHN

 

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.

Angela Copeland

Toronto Public Library

 

Board Vice President 2018-2019

 

Angela is the Director, Digital Strategy & CIO Digital Services & Emerging Technologies, Toronto Public Library  |  tpl.ca. Angela comes from previous roles as Director, Data & Analytics Strategic Initiatives & Governance at Cancer Care Ontario and 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).

Keltie Jamieson

NSHA

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).

Leon Salvail

Gevity

 

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.

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.

Karla Avery

Alberta Health Services

eCritical Alberta Operations Manager

 

As the eCritical Operations Manager at Alberta Health Services, I manage the eCritical Alberta program which includes a provincial CIS and robust data warehouse implemented across pediatric, adult, and a number of neonatal critical care units. We are unique in that we have a team of clinicians that customizes the application, a technical team, a front line support team, in addition to quality assurance analysts, and data access and analytics (Business intelligence and Extract, Transform, Load) analysts. Previously, I was the Millennium integration manager with responsibility for ADT and lab interfaces in the Calgary zone and Provincial Laboratory for Public Health. I have spent 20 years working in Healthcare Information Technology with progressive leadership positions during that time. I am passionate about leadership and collaboratively finding ways to ensure that our technology meets the needs of our clinicians and care providers and in turn provides better outcomes for our patients. I am passionate about collecting data, ensuring the quality of that data and then enabling clinicians and researchers access to that data to make meaningful change in care of patients. I hold a Master’s in Leadership degree from Royal Roads University and am Project Management Professional Certified.

Jonathan Choy

Alberta Health Services

Provincial Medical Director, Virtual Health

 

Dr. Jonathan Choy is the Provincial Medical Director for Virtual Health, Alberta Health Services, and is promoting the concept of delivering “High quality healthcare, anytime, anywhere” to all Albertans.  He and his team facilitate the integration of virtual services into clinical programs within the organization, and collaborates with different Strategic Clinical Networks as well as stakeholders in Alberta Health in exploring new care delivery models.  He is promoting the organization to leverage digital technology to improve access and reduce costs by delivering equitable quality healthcare closer to patients’ homes.  In addition, he is involved with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta in developing practice advice for virtual care delivery.

He has a diverse leadership background, serving as the President of the Section of Cardiology, Alberta Medical Association (2012-2015) and developed a keen interest in physician compensation reform.  He is currently serving as the physician representative on the Provinical Physician Compensation Committee.  He also has served as an executive board member for the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, and chaired their Continuing Professional Development Committee for 4 years.  In 2014 he completed an executive MBA from the Sauder School of Business, UBC in healthcare management with the goals of combining clinical expertise and administrative leadership to promote a more sustainable publically funded healthcare system in Canada.

He practices as a clinical cardiologist at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, and also serves as the Associate Dean of Clinical Faculty in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta.

In his spare time, he enjoys playing classical chamber music with his wife and three children, skiing in the winter, and golfing and cycling in the summer.

Helene Clement

LifeLabs

 

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.

Shannon Malovec

TELUS Health

 

Women Leaders in Digital Health 2018
Shannon Malovec, Principal, Patient Engagement, TELUS Health

 

“Shannon is a strong communicator and has been able to keep the business focussed on solutions in emerging areas such as virtual care, remote monitoring, and health and wellness. She is very much appreciated by customers for her communication skills, strategic thinking, complex problem solving skills, thought leadership, and collaborative spirit, always working alongside customers to find the right solution to meet their needs.”

– Josh Blair, Executive Vice-president, TELUS Health and Chief Corporate Officer, TELUS Healt

 

In 2017, part-way through Shannon’s first maternity leave, TELUS created a new portfolio to drive innovation in patient-centred health technology solutions. Shannon was offered a role leading this new national team and jumped in, returning from leave early to bring four diverse teams together to create a single team focused on patient engagement.

 

Since then, Shannon has worked tirelessly to build the new team from 25 to almost 40, all while creating a strong team culture of individuals passionate about their work to improve our healthcare system. When the team was formed, some provincial patient engagement programs had successfully completed evaluation stages, but their long-term plans were unclear. Under her leadership and direction, the Patient Engagement team at TELUS has demonstrated true grit in securing partnerships in three western provinces on largescale personal health record programs. She also made the important decision to source a new partner to meet our clients’ long-term home monitoring needs and supported the new partner, the team, and the client through a very successful technology change-over, setting TELUS and our customers up for the long term. Finally, she led the launch of a new EMR Patient Portal to hundreds of physicians across the country.

Mary Sanagan

Deloitte

 

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