Meet the Plenary Speakers

Opening Ceremonies Keynote Address | Monday, May 27, 2019 
8:30 am – 10:00 am

 PL01 – Health Care and eHealth in the Age of False News and AI


Michael B. Decter
President & Chief Executive Officer LDIC Inc.

Full Biography

Michael B. Decter, a Harvard trained economist is the President and CEO of LDIC Inc. 

He served as Deputy Minister of Health for Ontario and Cabinet Secretary in Manitoba,

Michael is a well-recognized expert on health care policy. He was the founding Chair of the Health Council of Canada. He continues to serve as the Chair of Medavie Inc. and Patients Canada.  He is also a Trustee of Auto Sector Health Care Trust and Chair of its Finance, Audit and Investment Committee.

He has authored Healing Medicare: Managing Health System Change – The Canadian Way (1994).  Four Strong Winds – Understanding the Growing Challenges to Health Care, (2000). and Navigating Canada’s Health Care, co-authored by Francesca Grosso, (2006). 

In 2004, Michael was awarded The Order of Canada.

Monday, May 27, 2019 
12:30pm – 2:00pm

PL02 – The Impact of Virtual Primary Care Visits on Continuity of Care, Friend or Foe?


Brett Belchetz
Co-Founder and CEO, Maple

Full Biography

Dr. Brett Belchetz is a practicing ER physician in Toronto. He is also the CEO and Co-founder at Maple (, Canada’s only national telemedicine provider connecting Canadian patients and doctors for online medical visits. He is a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute and works as an on-air medical expert for CTV and Global News. Brett previously worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. He is passionate about healthcare policy, and writes editorial content for the National Post as well as several other Canadian newspapers.

Ed Brown


Tuesday, May 28, 2019 
4:00pm -5:00pm

PL05 – Artificial Intelligence in Today’s Health System


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

Full Biography

Alexandra is a physician leader turned tech entrepreneur, with a 15+ years track of record massive $100m+ healthcare innovations. Cofounded award-winning tech companies, is an EIR and a TedX speaker, Top 40 under 40, Most Influential Woman in STEM, WXN Most Powerful Woman and received the Queen Elizabeth II Medal of Service.

Trevor Jamieson
CMIO St. Michael’s Hospital


Marc Lamoureux,
Manager, Digital Health at Health Canada | Santé Canada

Closing Keynote Address | Wednesday, May 29, 2019
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

PL04 – From Paper to Pixels – and Beyond


André Picard
Health Columnist at The Globe and Mail 

Full Biography

André Picard is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail and the author of five books, including Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada, and The Path to Health Care Reform: Policies and Politics. He also has a large Twitter following at @picardonhealth. 

André has received much acclaim for his writing, including the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism and the Centennial Prize of the Pan-American Health Association, awarded to the top health journalist in the Americas.  He is also an eight-time finalist for the National Newspaper Awards – Canada’s version of the Pulitzer Prize.

He is a seasoned communicator who employs a conversational style to reach his audience. He enlivens his research and commentary with personal stories to provide context for his audience, including anecdotes from patients and health professionals the front lines. 

André will enlighten and peak a sense of curiosity of audience members from all educational backgrounds. His work as one of North America’s top health journalists reflects his personality: Behind the placid exterior lies an inquisitive, perceptive and industrious scribe for whom the work only begins with the off­icial story.

André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and has received honourary doctorates from six universities, including the University of Toronto, UBC and the University of Manitoba.