Opening Ceremonies Keynote Address | Monday, May 28, 2018
8:30 am – 10:00 am
PL01 – Grand Debate: Systemic Transformation versus Incremental Change – Canadian Digital Health for the Future
This session will examine strategies, approach, challenges and lessons learned on the journey to connected care. It will also look at public/private sector relationships and how to foster innovation in a public-sector market and debate large scale province-wide implementations vs small scale implementations in a provocative and informative debate style format. The session will also be challenged by the innovation theory of small scale community implementations as trials to build and learn from.
Executive Vice-President, TELUS Health and TELUS Business Solutions West and Chair, TELUS International
Josh oversees TELUS Health and Payment Solutions, a Canadian leader in electronic medical and health records, consumer health services, and benefits and pharmacy management solutions. In addition, Josh has oversight of TELUS Employer Solutions, a leading provider of innovative human resources, talent management and wellness solutions.
He also oversees TELUS’ customer experience, product marketing and Internet of Things (IoT) teams focused on business clients nationally, in addition to business sales and customer marketing in Western Canada.
As well, Josh is the Chair of the Board for TELUS International, the global arm of TELUS that is led by President and CEO, Jeffrey Puritt. TELUS International’s approximately 30,000 team members across North America, Central America, Asia and Europe, provide contact centre, business processing and information technology solutions to major corporate clients worldwide.
Josh also serves as TELUS' Chief Corporate Officer, supporting the company's Board on selected activities and priming relationships with many of TELUS' external stakeholders. In addition, he oversees TELUS Ventures, a team dedicated to investing in promising start-up companies with innovative technology solutions that can help TELUS operate more effectively and succeed in the marketplace.
As a strong supporter of TELUS’ commitment to give where we live, he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Sandbox Project and the Board of Advisors for the Cures for Kids Foundation as well as being Vice-chair of the TELUS Vancouver Community Board.
Josh is a professional engineer and his 23-year career at TELUS started after he graduated with distinction from the University of Victoria’s Electrical Engineering program. In 2015, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Victoria in recognition of his professional achievements and community contributions. Josh is also a graduate of the Executive Program at Queen’s School of Business.
Chief Information Officer, Alberta Health Services
Over the last five years, Penny Rae has been leading the Information Technology department at Alberta Health Services (AHS), as the Chief Information Officer (CIO). Penny is part of a triad that leads the Connect Care Program, a clinical transformation underpinned by an integrated clinical information system.
As CIO, Penny oversees the AHS IT department, sets direction and coordinates IT service delivery across the province. She has built a team to deliver results by aligning IT and business goals with a focus on three strategic themes: strengthening the foundation, optimizing operations and transforming care
Prior to that role, she was the Senior Vice President Capital Management, responsible for the physical infrastructure that supports Alberta’s health care system.
Also a professional engineer, Penny has held senior leadership roles in both the public and private sectors.
Monday Afternoon Plenary | Monday, May 28, 2018
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
PL02 – Space Medicine Panel
This panel explores what is on the horizon over the next 10-20 years for human travel in space and providing on-orbit medical care, and examines the points of alignment between space-to-earth and earth-to-space digital health knowledge transfer.
Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, Cloud DX
Dr. Sonny Kohli is a Physician in Internal Medicine & Critical Care in Canada, where he also serves as faculty at nearby McMaster University. His desire to improve healthcare for the marginalized and under-serviced, deepened by his work as a global medical volunteer, inspired him to co-found Cloud DX, an award-winning digital health and medical AI company focused on lowering costs and improving outcomes. After leading Cloud DX to the finals of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition, where they were bestowed with the 'Bold, Epic Innovator' award, Sonny now focuses his efforts on finding digital solutions to healthcare’s biggest challenges. Sonny is formerly a top 40 CSA Astronaut Candidate, trained Flight Surgeon and alumnus of the International Space University, where he helped deploy the IRIS study on the International Space Station.
Astronaut, Physician, Chancellor of the University of Calgary
Dr. Robert Thirsk was born and raised in western Canada. Bob received degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds a Doctorate of Medicine from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Bob has flown on two space missions as a member of the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut corps. He first flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1996 with six international crewmates as part of the Life and Microgravity Spacelab Mission. His second flight in 2009 was a six-month expedition aboard the International Space Station. Bob and his five international crewmates performed multidisciplinary research, robotic operations and maintenance of Station systems and payloads.
Bob currently serves as the Chancellor of the University of Calgary. He is a strong promoter of an economy based upon exploration and innovation. He encourages youth to build their dreams upon a foundation of advanced skills and lifelong learning.
Director, Astronauts, Life Science and Space Medicine, Canadian Space Agency
As the Director, Astronauts, Life Sciences and Space Medicine, Isabelle Tremblay is accountable for Canada’s participation in human spaceflight missions, Canadian astronauts, Operational Space Medicine (OSM), Health Life Sciences (HLS) research to identify, quantify, mitigate and eliminate health risks associated with space exploration and spaceflight, as well as Canada’s utilization of the International Space Station (ISS), including payloads development and operations. She is also responsible for fostering awareness of CSA space programs and activities and their social and economic benefits to Canada, as well as for promoting Canada’s visibility in international human space exploration missions.
Isabelle Tremblay is from Jonquière, in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, Quebec. She received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the École Polytechnique de Montréal (1995), and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering through a co-op program offered jointly by five Quebec universities (École Polytechnique de Montréal, McGill University in Montreal, Université de Sherbrooke, Université Laval in Quebec City, and Concordia University in Montreal, 2004). She is also a graduate of the International Space University (ISU), where she completed the Space Studies Program in 1998.
Mrs. Tremblay began working at the Canadian Space Agency in 1997 as a research and development engineer in space robotics. She later joined the systems engineering group, in 2001, where she worked as a senior lead engineer and technical manager in the context of international space exploration missions, namely NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander, which operated on Mars in 2008, and the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled for launch in 2018. From 2014 to 2016, she was the manager of the CSA’s Corporate Investment Management Office, with the mandate to increase the Agency’s organizational project management capacity. Ms. Tremblay also taught about robotics and control systems in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the École Polytechnique de Montréal from 2001 to 2008. Over the years, she has been involved in numerous initiatives for popularizing and promoting science and technology among young people and the general public.
Tuesday Morning Plenary | Tuesday, May 29, 2018
8:30 am – 9:30 am
PL03 – Big Ideas, Building from the Ground Up
This panel will spotlight healthcare start-ups new to the digital health industry. Key topics to be discussed include: How they came up with the idea; how the fundraising process worked, who supported them, and the challenges they encountered; how they entered the market and impediments they faced; what SOLUTIONS they think are feasible in the short and medium term; and how they can partner with others to succeed. It will also touch on how procurement, funding models or other innovation approaches can be used to actually foster young Canadian companies to thrive in this market.
Lunch Closing Keynote Address | Wednesday, May 30, 2018
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
PL04 – Workplace Wellness For A Better Bottom Line
In the digital health industry we are always trying to do what is best for others – specifically for the clinicians and the patients we serve. However, we often forget to manage our own wellness and self-care. The process of executing towards one of our goals that further advances our health care system can feel all-consuming. We often work long hours to achieve results, and when burnout sets in and productivity declines, passion is snuffed out by resentment, dread, and stagnation. In this presentation, Nova shares the 5 main workplace complaints along with the solutions for helping manage our own wellness. The audience will learn to proactively identify red flags at work and use various techniques to create boundaries & prioritize self-care. This session will be helpful for leaders, employees, and individuals. Nova’s actionable takeaways will help audience members get more out of their personal and professional relationships, while organizations will learn new ways to encourage wellness at work.
|Nova Browning Rutherford
Mindfulness Facilitator & Wellness Expert on CTV’s The Social
Nova lectures on the importance of mental health, social and emotional intelligence in the academic, public and private sectors.
A wellness expert who demonstrates the strength in vulnerability with warmth and relatable humour as a common denominator through difficult topics. She has been named one of the Top 5 Life Coaches in Toronto and is a certified council facilitator with the global organization, Mindfulness Without Borders.
A fixture on the internationally syndicated talk show CTV's "The Social", Nova has been profiled in outlets like Huffington Post, The Globe And Mail, Chatelaine, CBC, CTV, and the Oprah Winfrey Network.
The Canadian Mental Health Association, Canada Pension Plan, Ontario Nurses Association, and dozens of North American universities are some of the organizations that have benefited from Nova has a speaker and a programmer.
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