Meet 2022 Board of Directors Election Candidate Jason Garay

Jason Garay is the Ontario Life Science & Healthcare Leader and National Health Insights Executive specializing in Life Sciences/Healthcare at Deloitte Canada. Prior to joining Deloitte, Jason was Vice-President, Analytics and Informatics, at Cancer Care Ontario. In this role, Jason led the development and implementation of CCO’s first enterprise data and analytics strategy, first research strategy and established a comprehensive data governance structure for Ontario’s largest heath data holdings. Leading a dedicated team, Jason helped build expertise and discipline in the translation of large data sets to provide insight and knowledge aimed at driving improvements in health system performance and patient care. For their work in data and analytics, Jason and his team were winners of the National Information Technology Association’s 2017 Ingenious Award and He is active in the academic community, holding a faculty appointment as Adjunct Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He has also been a member of several healthcare committees including: President, Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario; Co-Chair, Ontario Palliative Care Network; National Chair, Pan-Canadian Public Health Epidemiologists’ Network; and Executive Board Member, Communicable Diseases Surveillance Network. Jason holds a Master of Health Science in Community Health and Epidemiology from the University of Toronto as well as a BASc in Occupational and Public Health from Ryerson University and an Honours BSc in Statistics and Psychology from York University.

How long have you been a member of Digital Health Canada?

7 years

Why do you want to join the Digital Health Canada Board of Directors at this point in your career?

I have a strong network of peers in the community and want to work more closely with them on driving the agenda for innovating in the Canadian digital health space

How does your experience align with the Digital Health Canada strategic plan and mandate?

Over 20 years in the Canadian healthcare system, working at all levels of government as well as private sector. I have mentored and grown digital health professionals across the country and have always strived to maintain an innovation lens on the work I and the organizations I represent carry out across the country

What unique skills, perspectives and contributions would you bring to the Digital Health Canada Board?

Leadership across all levels of government; academic experience and positions; a strong blend of public and private enterprise experience; a strong network of healthcare peers across the sector that I rely on and maintain close relationships

Do you or have or have you ever had any direct patient care experience (clinical)?


What segments within the Digital Health Canada community do you feel you will best represent? Select all that apply.

  • Executives/CIOs
  • Emerging Professionals
  • Vendors
  • IM/IT Practitioners
  • Leaders
  • Academic & Research
  • Healthcare Institutions
  • National eHealth Organizations

With which Digital Health Canada committees, task groups or activities have you volunteered in past five years? Describe your most significant contributions to Digital Health Canada’s mission.

I have participated in a member of CHIEF for several years and have co-authored DHC reports on the future of data

What other board appointments or relevant leadership experiences have you had in the past five years?

Board Director, CNIB HIMMS Ontario

Please tell us why you feel Digital Health Canada members should vote for you.

I can represent each level and every type of interaction between the public and private sector, as well as having close partnerships with the vendor community. I can ground my advice and advocacy on a strong history of strategy and implementation and rally the right players to get things done

Do you currently hold the Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems – Canada (CPHIMS-CA) credential?


What is your educational background? Please list all degrees and designations.

BSc York University – Statistics BASC Ryerson University – Occupational and Public Health MHSC U of Toronto – Community Health and Epidemiology Rotman – Advanced Certificate in Health Leadership