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CHIEF Executive Forum Fall Symposium

18 October 2023 - 123 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario Canada


October 18, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT


Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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CHIEF Executive Forum Fall Symposium


October 18, 2023
8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT


Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
123 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario Canada
+ Google Map

Join us for two days of knowledge-sharing, learning, and networking with public and private sector digital health leaders from across Canada. Reserve your seat at the table where important digital health conversations happen. All CHIEF Executive Forum members are invited to attend—confirm your attendance at the links below, or email chief@digitalhealthcanada.com.

To register

Your CHIEF Membership includes registration at both the Spring and Fall Symposia, however, to reserve your place and ensure everyone will be comfortably accommodated, separate registration is required for each of the following components of the event:

  1. Register for the October 18 Fall Symposium at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto
  2. Reserve your place at the Round Table discussion of your choice – Space is limited. Please email chief@digitalhealthcanada.com
  3. Register for October 19 walking tours and site visits to leading healthcare organizations – At capacity. Waitlist enabled.


  • Elizabeth Keller

    Business Development Executive, Public Sector, Canada (Healthcare), AWS

    Moderator: Canadian digital health strategies

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    Elizabeth Keller is a leading executive, strategist and integrator in Canadian digital health and a recognized health expert internationally. She was named as one of the Top 10 Women in Digital Health in Canada. As the National Canadian Business Development Leader for Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Public Sector (Healthcare), Elizabeth works with government and public sector clients to transform their businesses and improve citizen experiences. She has also worked with some of the largest private sector consulting firms in the world (IBM and PwC), and in the public sector for 10 years as VP @OntarioMD. Elizabeth volunteers her time and expertise extensively in the industry as an elected advisor to CHIEF (Canada’s Health Informatics Executive Forum) and the Head of Delegation for Canada (Digital Health Standards) for the Standards Council of Canada.

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  • Kevin Jones

    Senior Vice President, Canada, Strata Health

    Moderator: Canadian digital health strategies

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    Kevin began his healthcare journey with Strata Health in 2003, answering support calls. During that time, he developed great respect and compassion for healthcare workers, which nurtured his commitment to providing value through technology. Strata Health’s vision of improving patient care, reducing healthcare costs, and supporting healthcare workers through technology aligned with his personal values. As his career progressed at the company, so did his passion for digital health solutions. Today, as the Senior Vice President for Canada at Strata Health, his priority is to better understand the high-level challenges our healthcare system faces so that he can work with other technology innovators in the industry to solve them. His passion for digital health has grown through my work, leading to international travel to work with health systems beyond our country’s borders and connections with organizations like Digital Health Canada, CHIEF, and ANHIX.

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  • Juan Encinas

    Manager, Applied Analytics for Nova Scotia Health

    Presenter: Canadian digital health strategies

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    Steven is the Director, Analytics with Nova Scotia Health. He holds a Master of Public Administration and Master of Epidemiology from Dalhousie University, and is an EXTRA Fellow with Healthcare Excellence Canada. Steven is a also a lecturer with the School of Health Administration at Dalhousie University. Steven is an experienced leader in the realm of healthcare analytics, with a focus in biostatistics, advanced analytics and public administration. Steven is committed to promoting a culture of evidence and data-based decision-making, across the organization.

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  • Dr. Tammy Mah-Fraser, DrPH, MSc

    Executive Director, Health Platforms, Alberta Innovates

    Presenter: Canadian digital health strategies

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    Tammy Mah-Fraser, DrPH, MSc is the Executive Director, Health Platforms at Alberta Innovates. She well versed in research (basic, animal and clinical trials) as well as clinical care in Canada and the United States, with a focus on regulatory affairs. As Executive Director, she tackles system barriers involving multiple organizations for better health outcomes, to enable a learning health system and to accelerate commercialization. She is project sponsor for the Alberta Clinical Research Consortium, ARECCI, Ethics of Innovation Consortium, and Canadian Cannabis Critical Path Ecosystem, and has active involvement in the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit.

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  • Dr. Birinder Narang

    Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, a Medical Contributor for Global BC and CKNW 980, and a Family Physician at the REACH Community Health Centre

    Presenter: Canadian digital health strategies

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October 18, 2023

8:00am Networking Breakfast
9:00am Welcome and opening remarks
9:10am Canadian digital health strategies: common themes and priorities

This session will take a deeper dive into the common themes found across provincial and territory strategies and how the areas relate and interact with one another before moving on to examples of projects from various jurisdictions in each of the theme areas. Join us as CHIEF Executive Forum members share knowledge, best practices, and successes across jurisdictions and discuss how CHIEF Executive Forum members can advise and promote common elements and work together to address the barriers and challenges.

  • Introductions
    Elizabeth Keller, AWS and Kevin Jones, Strata Health
  • Patient Empowerment
    Tammy Mah-Fraser, Alberta Innovates
  • Supporting Population Care
    Alexander MacMillan, Canadian Red Cross
  • Coordinated/Connected Healthcare
    Dr. Birinder Narang, UBC and Michael Cleghorn, PHSA
  • Enhanced Analytical Capabilities
    Juan Encinas, Nova Scotia Health
10:45am Networking break
11:15am Roundtables

Attendees will be asked to pre-select which roundtable discussion they would like to join. Roundtables are facilitated discussions around a specific topic with participants engaging in conversation working towards the goal of a shared objective, recommendation, or 2-3 actionable takeaways. This session will include 55 minutes of discussion followed by 20 minutes during which each table will report their top takeaways to the plenary group. Roundtables generate opportunities for content-focused networking and developing trusted relationships.

Roundtable Topics:

Enhanced Analytics

Enhanced Analytics: Join a deep-dive discussion into the critical role of enhanced analytics in healthcare emphasizing the most impactful data sources to revolutionize patient care, operational efficiency, and outcomes. Where should organizations invest their IT resources to maximize value in data? What are the most impactful data sources to access and how should the data be leveraged for impact?

Facilitated by Anne Forsyth, CIHI, and Jason Garay, Deloitte.

Patient Empowerment

Patient Empowerment: Join a discussion to highlight the pivotal role of patients and best practices in promoting active patient participation and communication in their healthcare journey for improved outcomes and shared decision-making. How are Canadian organizations socializing the role of the patient in self-management in the community? What is the role of family members and where do they fit in the care model? How might providers be enablers of patient empowerment (i.e. advocates for patient access to health information and agency in medical decision making)?

Facilitated by Keltie Jamieson, Bermuda Hospitals Board and Jeff Kavanagh, Well Health.

Coordinated Care

Coordinated Care: Discuss the domain of coordinated care and unveil practical strategies to incentivize collaboration among healthcare providers to enhance patient outcomes and efficiency in our healthcare ecosystem. What are some practical ways that institutions and physicians can be incentivized to coordinate care? How can the business model of healthcare be redesigned to enable seamless care models? How can the voice of the patient drive care coordination (ie. enable sharing of health information)?

Facilitated by Sonia Pagliaroli, Oracle and Lydia Sequiera, Kids Help Phone

Population Care

Population Care: Consider the path to transformative healthcare by focusing on population care and strategically directing resources upstream to address root causes that drive impactful and sustainable results. How might funding be redirected to address prevention strategies and the social determinants of health (i.e., access to housing, quality sources of food, and mental health services as a priority, compared with legacy programs)? For example, basic income as an enabler of social well-being in conjunction with proactive social well-being programs.

Facilitated by Megan Stowe, PHSA and Kostas Trakas, Exactis Health

System-level Thinking

System-level Thinking: Given the current healthcare crisis, we need to rethink our entire approach to healthcare—the system’s funding models, health delivery approaches, and governance structures. Putting legislative and policy barriers aside, what are five out-of-the-box suggestions for reinventing our healthcare system to better suit today’s needs? What are the digital and/or technology-related implications of each of the suggestions noted above?

Facilitated by Ted Scott, Hamilton Health Sciences and Liz Nemeth, Healthtech Consultants

Healthcare Human Resources

Healthcare Human Resources: The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have intensified the spotlight placed on critical human resources issues in healthcare. Join a discussion to re-evaluate and innovate our workforce strategies for a resilient healthcare system. Assuming we cannot recruit ourselves out of the HHR crises, what are the next three things we must do?

Facilitated by Dr. Tania Tajirian, CAMH and Marc Koehn, Accenture

Space is limited. Contact chief@digitalhealthcanada to reserve a spot at your preferred Round Table discussion.


12:30pm Networking Lunch
1:30pm Updates

Let’s continue the conversation on a few topics and themes discussed at previous Symposia to hear project updates and progress reports, and learn about any advancement or continued challenges. Topics: Health equity; Interoperability; Cybersecurity.

  • Health Equity
    Amanda Gambin, CAMH Talk Suicide Canada
  • Interoperability
    Abhi Kalra, Canada Health Infoway and Ann Chapman, Canadian Institute for Health Information
  • Cybersecurity
    Pat Hepditch, NLCHI
2:30pm AI in healthcare

There is a huge demand for the transformational impact of AI in healthcare in Canada. This session will contribute to members’ understanding of the applications, opportunities, and transformative potential of AI in your healthcare context. Leading industry experts will discuss the different opportunities and their respective barriers and facilitators as well as share their knowledge and experience to support CHIEF Executive Forum members in preparing their organizations and workforces for the safe and effective use of AI in healthcare delivery.

  • Jeremy Petch, Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Dr. Deepak Kaura, National AI Council for Healthcare
  • Julia Zarb, Gen AI Advisor & Strategist
  • Moderator: Dr. Mohamed Alarakhia, eHealth Centre of Excellence
3:30pm Networking Break
4:00pm AI Showcase

From improved diagnostics to clinician support, AI is reshaping the way care is being delivered. This session is an opportunity to explore the immense potential of AI in revolutionizing healthcare delivery. Learn about CHIEF Executive Forum member-led projects that are shaping the future of AI-powered healthcare.

  • Using AI & ML to Improve the Caregiver Experience in Homecare
    Marc-Andre Geraldo-Demers and Naomi Goldapple, AlayaCare
  • How AI Can Help Physicians Process 64M Data Points/Seconds
    Dr. Asad Siddiqui and Bobby Greer, SickKids + Alain Larochelle, Enovacom
  • Responsible and Ethical AI in Healthcare
    Peter Jones, Microsoft Canada
  • Fraser Health System Wide Digital Twin
    Michael Millar, Verto, Inc. and Niraj Dalmia, Deloitte Canada
5:00pm Closing Comments
5:30pm Cocktail Reception and Dinner

RSVP Required

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