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Ahead of the Curve, Vancouver 2018 Conference

February 8, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm PST

The way health services are delivered, personalized, accessed, and funded is changing rapidly. Solutions to the challenges posed by aging populations and increased demand for health services are arriving from machine learning and artificial intelligence, and both clinicians and consumers are rethinking healthcare access and delivery to incorporate connected personal health services, new devices, and increasing amounts data.

Delivering value to health system stakeholders will come from innovation partnerships that find new ways to connect traditional and emerging players. Digital Health Canada is working to drive innovation by strengthening existing connections and facilitate new relationships. This event brought together professionals, organizations, and ideas from across the Vancouver digital health landscape.


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Alexandra Best, Business and Marketing Strategy Director, TELUS Health

In her current role in Patient Engagement at TELUS Health, Alexandra supports strategy development for health technology solutions that improve health outcomes and reduce costs through a superior patient and provider experience. Prior to this role Alex was Director, Marketing for TELUS Health responsible for the marketing strategy and programs for TELUS’ 20,000+ community-based physicians with electronic medical record (EMR) solutions across Canada. Alex led Marketing for Wolf Medical Systems (acquired by TELUS in 2012) from 2006-2010 and supported the company through successful bids to be a certified EMR provider in BC and Alberta. Alex has held senior marketing and communications roles in the technology sector since 1991, in the areas of data connectivity and analytics, CRM, and loyalty and referral marketing. She also spent one year leading recruitment and marketing for an innovative International Baccalaureate (IB) school in West Vancouver.

Michael Bidu, Founder and CEO, Interface Health

Michael Bidu is the Founder and CEO of Interface Health Society, which is a Canadian not-for-profit digital health technology accelerator based in Vancouver, BC. Michael is a serial entrepreneur, an award-winning marketer, speaker, mentor and advisor with eight Internet, wireless and not-for-profit start-ups under his belt and 25 years of experience in technology, innovation, business and creativity. Since 2009 his special area of interest is the convergence between health, technology, design, social media, digital arts and business.

Joyce Drohan, Managing Director and PwC's Analytics Consulting Leader and Healthcare Practice Leader for British Columbia

Joyce Drohan is the Healthcare Practice Leader in BC for PwC based in Vancouver. Joyce has over 20 years of experience in end to end large-scale transformation in public and private sector in central government and private sector.

Joyce’s main areas of expertise include healthcare transformation, innovation and sustainability which deliver significant cost savings with improved patient services in complex, multi-stakeholder environments. Joyce has held very senior roles in the UK government including Senior Advisor and Policy Director for Improvement and Efficiency at the Department of Health in England, UK. Joyce has led and designed the largest global transformation program in healthcare for the National Health Service (NHS) in England, which sought to save up to £20bn in efficiency savings while maintaining or improving quality. This ambitious healthcare improvement program achieved global recognition and its’ objectives were achieved through encouraging innovation, integration and transparency through a rigorous multichannel and multi stakeholder process.

Joyce has recently returned from the United Kingdom and is working with Canadian clients to develop strategy, deliver end to end transformation to improve bottom-line results; delivering change in complex, multi-stakeholder environments, and driving improvement at scale and pace. Joyce is a skilled communicator and frequently invited to present locally and internationally , and was a regular guest lecturer at the University of Westminster (London, England) on health policy.

Joyce has worked with some of the largest organizations in the world including the UK Department of Health, National Health Service (NHS), UK Cabinet Office, The BBC, Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorate, Ministry of Health for Northern Ireland, Ministry of Health Singapore, Ministry of Health British Columbia, Ministry of Health and Long—Term Conditions British Columbia, AstraZeneca UK, AstraZeneca Canada, Pfizer Canada , LifeLabs and Shaw Communications.

Marc Faktor, Senior Director, Business Development, Think Research

Marc’s professional passion lies at the intersection of innovation, technology, positive disruption and healthcare. Business development with a purpose fuels his desire to contribute to a healthier world. Marc is an accomplished healthcare executive with consultative sales and business development expertise in solution selling specific to services, software, and SaaS. He is a thought leader responsible for driving growth in the digital health industry as well as a force behind the evolution of virtual care in Canada and beyond.

Michael Fergusson, Founder and CEO, Ayogo

Michael has raced giraffes, terraformed a planet, and hunted vampires, and that was just this morning! He learned to touch type by hunting sharks, and has travelled the entire Oregon Trail without getting scurvy. He also believes that playing is one of the most meaningful and productive things we can do.

Michael is the CEO and Founder of Ayogo, a company that has won many awards for their use of game psychology and social networks to help patients take control of their treatments. For this work as a healthtech innovator, Michael was Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and was recently named to the PharmaVOICE 100, a peer-nominated list of the 100 most inspiring people in Life Sciences. Michael has been a multi-gold medalist and grand champion at the Western Canadian Martial Arts Championships and lives in Vancouver with his beautiful family, very happy to be alive at this particular time in history.

Dr. Alexandra T. Greenhill, Founder, CEO, Chief Medical Officer, Careteam Technologies Inc.

Alexandra is cofounder CEO of Careteam and of myBestHelper, and the creator of Littlecodr. A graduate of Université de Montreal and McGill University, she has practiced as a physician in Quebec, Ontario and BC and held numerous leadership executive roles. An ex-coder and early tech adopter, she has worked with over 20 different EMRs and was the CMO of Medeo, first direct to patient telehealth in Canada. She advises many health and IT ventures, including Ayogo Health and Dialogue.

Always contributing to her communities, Alexandra has:

  • Served on many boards including the Canadian Society of Physician Executives, the Canadian Institute for Child Health and was Chair of the BC Conseil Scolaire Francophone, a public school board with 37 schools, twice elected as a school trustee.
  • Been a mentor and a judge in many Hackathons and Startup Weekends and is a firm believer in paying it forward as acknowledgement for the great mentorship received along the way.
  • Received numerous awards, including only Canadian to be the Cartier Women’s Initiative Award Laureate, WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, YWCA Women of Distinction Award (Entrepreneurship), the BIV Top 40 under 40 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal of Service.
Todd Kalyniuk, Partner, Healthcare Transformation, IBM

Todd Kalyniuk is an executive leader in the IBM Watson Health Client Engagement Team. For the last 16 years, Mr. Kalyniuk has led teams focused on the creation of business value by transforming our clients’ healthcare systems using innovation enabled by information technology. Todd joined the IBM Watson Group and has led the commercial adoption of solutions including Watson for Oncology as well as building a team of clinical subject matter experts to support the successful scaling of Watson Health globally.

Before joining Watson Health, as a the leader of the IBM GBS Global Centre of Competency for Healthcare and Life Sciences, Todd led a team of consultants in developing and implementing innovative solutions such as Digital Hospital, the IBM Public Health Solution for Disease Surveillance and Management, the Pharmaceutical Information Network and jurisdiction-wide eHealth implementations across multiple international geographies. Mr. Kalyniuk is a member of the IBM Industry Academy and has contributed to the Digital Reinvention program.

Tom Kim, Board of Directors, Fraser Health

Tom Kim has had the privilege of serving as a Board Director of the Fraser Health Authority for the past 3 years. He has recently taken on the role of Chair of the Digital Health Committee and is focused on advancing innovation, information management, and technology in healthcare. Over the past 25 years, Tom has worked in senior leadership, marketing, finance, and logistics for several large and small organizations in industries from education to natural resources. He and his family live within the Fraser Health region in Coquitlam. Tom completed his B. Comm. and MBA at McGill University in Montreal where he lived for over 20 years.

Dr. Douglas Kingsford, Chief Medical Information Officer and Executive Medical Director, Interior Health

Dr. Kingsford is a primary care physician with an Electronic Engineering PhD in artificial intelligence and extensive experience with software engineering, primarily in clinical informatics. His primary interests are in artificial intelligence, machine learning, interoperability, integrated care and workflow coordination. Provincially, Dr. Kingsford sits on the IMIT Standing Committee, Health Informatics Standards Standing Committee, Health Authority Integration Steering Committee, Clinical Oversight Committee, Health Data Platform STARS Project Committee and the Joint Collaborative Committee IM/IT Clinical Advisory Working Group, and is co-chair of the Information Privacy and Security Standing Committee. He is also a member of Canada Health Infoway’s Digital Health Alliance Steering Committee.

Dr. Victoria Lee, Vice President, Population Health and Chief Medical Health Officer, Fraser Health

As the Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Lee’s primary mandate is to prevent disease, protect health and promote wellness in populations and communities in the Fraser region. She also provides executive leadership and strategic oversight in the areas of population health, prevention of non-communicable diseases, communicable disease prevention and control, environmental health, licensing of community care facilities, Aboriginal Health, South Asian Health Institute, Mental Health and Substance Use and population health surveillance. Dr. Lee joined Fraser Health in 2010 as a Medical Health Officer and has served as the Executive Medical Director for Population and Public Health since 2012. Prior to joining Fraser Health, she worked in collaboration with national and international organizations including the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank in the areas of comparative health systems, health policy, health financing and ecohealth. Dr. Lee also worked as a travel physician in rural communities in Chile and Brazil. Her research activities include health equity, community-based primary health system, public health performance and clinical prevention.

Peter Payne, Entrepreneur In Residence at BC Innovation Council (BCIC)

Peter has founded/co-founded eight companies in diverse sectors, from electronic publishing to medical devices. Those companies sold products in Canada, USA, Europe and Asia. He has been involved with government organizations, private and public companies, reverse take-overs, venture capital corporations and not-for-profit groups.  Peter earned a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and was active with the Problem Based Learning program. He was a member of the UBC Faculty of Medicine and is currently on Faculty with Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business. Peter has been an invited speaker at international conferences, holds a number of patents and has received several awards for academic and business activities. Peter often speaks about the application of the scientific method to innovation challenges.

Daniel Penn, Founder and CEO, Tickit Health

Daniel Penn is the CEO and Co-Founder of Tickit Health, an award winning company that helps healthcare organizations improve outcomes through patient reported data.

Prior to founding Tickit, Daniel’s eclectic and accomplished career includes:
– Ski Racing for Canada
– Founding Happening Hamilton
– Being President of the McMaster cycling club
– and publishing 3 cookbooks

Daniel sits on the boards of ITAC Health and WIMTAC representing the growing healthcare startup scene. He was named to Forbes 30 under 30 list for healthcare, has twice been a TEDMED Scholar. He has presented on the topic innovation in Healthcare at conferences like, MedicineX (Stanford), Health 2.0 and Queen’s Innovation Summit.

Louise Turner, CEO, Innovation Boulevard

Louise Turner has held senior executive positions in the private and public sector, many of which focused on growing companies in the tech and health innovation sectors. She has served as president of the Premier of British Columbia’s Technology Council, COO of Pacific Health Innovation eXchange, COO of Canada West Health Innovation Council, director of business development for both Abatis Systems Corporations and Newbridge Networks Corporation.

Innovation Boulevard aims to help companies address health challenges, by matching innovation and talent to funding and markets. It’s goal is to improve health outcomes, attract clinicians and researchers, implement solutions for the health care system and grow companies in health care technology and services sectors.


This Digital Health Canada Vancouver Conference is sponsored by Novari Health, Gevity, and Cerner.


February 8, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Simon Fraser University – Harbour Centre Campus
515 W. Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K3 Canada


Digital Health Canada
(647) 775-8555