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Vancouver Ahead of the Curve Conference 2020

February 6 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm PST

Ahead of the Curve Conference 2020: Time to Mainstream Digital Health

On February 6th, join other digital health professionals from across the Vancouver-area health landscape as we discuss “2020: Time to Mainstream Digital Health”. Connect with existing communities and initiate new relationships within both traditional and emerging segments of health and healthcare in the greater Vancouver area while engaging with industry leaders from across Canada.


“I would recommend. Great conference, and opportunity to network and meet like-minded individuals.”

– 2018 Ahead of the Curve Attendee

Conference details

  • Ahead of the Curve Vancouver 2020
  • February 6, 2020 from 8am-4pm
  • Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, 1133 W Hastings St., Vancouver, BC, V6E 3T3
  • Digital Health Canada Member: $249
  • Non-Members: $299
  • Students (limited number of tickets available): $75


“… I would absolutely recommend this conference.”

– 2018 Ahead of the Curve Attendee


Conference Program

8-8:45am Networking Breakfast
8:45-9am Opening Remarks
Mark Casselman, CEO, Digital Health Canada
9-10am Opening Discussion
Digital Health Strategies Across Canada
Corrie Barclay, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Sector IMIT Division, BC Ministry of Health; Kim Wieringa, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Information Systems, Alberta Health; Gillian Sweeney, VP, Clinical Information Programs and Quality, NLCHI
10-10:3am Networking Break
10:30-11:20am Panel Discussion
CIS Implementation: Cerner, Epic and Beyond – The Canadian Experience
Karla Avery, eCritical Alberta Operations Manager, Alberta Health Services; Mary Sanagan, Partner and Co-Lead, National Clinical Information System Practice, Deloitte. Shaina Reid, Portfolio Director, CST Implementation at Provincial Health Services Authority, Moderator: Yoel Robens-Paradise, Vice President-British Columbia, Gevity Consulting Inc.
11:20-12:10pm Presentation and Panel Discussion
Patient Access to Information and Patient Portal Approaches in Ontario, Alberta and BC
Shiran Isaacksz, Senior Director, Regional and Provincial Portfolio, University Health NetworkJim Hornell, CEO, eHealth Saskatchewan; Paul Shrimpton, CIO, Ministry of Health, Province of British Columbia. Moderator: Kim Wieringa, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Information Systems, Alberta Health
12:10-1:15pm Networking Lunch & Presentation
12:45-1:10pm Innovation Presentation
Using AI to Address the Scheduling Demands of a Multi-generational Workforce
Using artificial intelligence and machine learning to further evolve existing automated communication platforms, hospitals will be empowered to address the next generation’s Uber-esque approach to work. As the gig economy, millennial culture and a multi-generation workforce burden the already high turn-over healthcare industry, hospital administrators are looking to technology to bring even further innovation to their scheduling departments to address the complexities of attracting and retaining staff by equipping them with the most flexible scheduling practices and tools to differentiate them from hospitals competing for staff.
Tom Ross, Co-founder and CEO, Andgo
1:20-2:15pm Panel Discussion
Virtual Care and the Focus on Mental Health

Kathy Steegstra, Senior Provincial Executive Director, Virtual Health & Trauma Services BC, Provincial Health Services Authority; Jonathan Choy, Provincial Medical Director, Virtual Health, AHS; Lynn Pelletier, VP Mental Health and Substance Use Services, Provincial Health Services Authority. Moderator: Gillian Sweeney, VP, Clinical Information Programs and Quality, NLCHI
2:15-2:45pm Networking Break
2:45-3:40pm Closing Keynote
Dr. Teri Fisher, Clinical Assistant Professor, Sport & Exercise Physician, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
3:40pm Closing Remarks
Shiran Isaacksz, Senior Director, Regional and Provincial Portfolio, University Health Network + Board President, Digital Health Canada




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February 6
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
1133 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 3T3 Canada


Digital Health Canada
(647) 775-8555