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.