Meet the Speakers

Monday, June 5, 2017 – Morning Plenary Speakers

Anne_Merklinger-web Anne Merklinger
Chief Executive Officer
Own the Podium
Full Biography

An elite athlete for most of her life, Anne Merklinger was a member of Canada's national swim team from 1977–1981. Anne earned a silver medal at the 1979 World University Games in the 200‐metre breaststroke.

After a distinguished swimming career, Anne focused on curling and since the early 1980's she competed with distinction at every major event she entered. She was consistently ranked as one of Canada's foremost curlers, winning the Ontario Women’s Curling Championships in 1993, 1994, 1998 and 2000. She has twice led her team to the final of the Scott Tournament of Hearts (1998 and 2000).

A passionate, creative, and inspiring leader, Anne has more than 20 years of management experience with national sport organizations. Prior to becoming CEO Anne held the position of Director, Summer Sports with Own the Podium. She previously worked with CanoeKayak in the role of Director General, and has also worked with the Commission for Inclusion of Athletes with a Disability and the Canadian Federation of Sport Organization for the Disabled.

Anne’s life‐long experience in sport as an athlete and professional is complemented by extensive volunteer experience with a number of organizations including the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, Women’s Tour of Curling, CAAWS, and Special Olympics Canada

Paul Robinson
AVP, Credit Risk
Canadian Tire Bank

Full Biography

Paul Robinson is Associate Vice President of Credit Risk Management at Canadian Tire Bank. He is responsible for the oversight of sound risk management strategies and covers the entire credit lifecycle, including account origination, management, collections and fraud. Paul’s mandate also includes showcasing how Canadian Tire Corporation’s deep experience in data analytics extends to sports by helping Own the Podium identify future Olympic and Paralympic medallists.

Since joining Canadian Tire Bank in 1999, Paul held a number of progressively senior roles within various departments, including credit risk management, mortgage underwriting, modelling and fraud. Prior to his current role, Paul spent three years as an analyst with Dun & Bradstreet Canada where he was responsible for creating custom credit models.

Paul holds a Master’s degree in Business Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and an Honours degree in Business Economics from Brock University. Paul also holds a Certified Credit Professional designation from the Credit Institute of Canada.

Monday, June 5, 2017 – Afternoon Plenary Speakers

Session Focus: International Perspectives

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – Morning Plenary Speaker

julielynn-wong-headshot-web Julielynn Wong, MD, MPH
Founder, Chairman, & C.E.O.
Full Biography

Dr. Julielynn Wong is a brilliant, captivating, and unforgettable speaker who infuses powerful storytelling with a playful personality. She brings an unrivaled passion for ideas that inspires audiences to embrace innovation and engage technology to solve big challenges. Following medical school at Queen’s University, Dr. Wong received a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship to complete her Masters of Public Health degree studies at Harvard University. She is board-certified in public health and general preventive medicine, has authored over 35 scientific and technical publications and has filed 6 patents for medical devices. She is a passionate educator who has taught courses and workshops for thousands of grade school, university, and postgraduate students. Additionally, Dr. Wong is an avid pilot and drone racer, has flown as a microgravity researcher with NASA’s parabolic flight program, and served as an analog astronaut for NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog IX and the Mars Desert Research Station Crew 145 mission simulations. Dr. Wong is a highly sought-out dynamic speaker and has spoken at the UN, Google Canada, Smithsonian, multiple TEDx’s and leading international conferences. She is a contributor for ABC World News, Forbes and the Huffington Post, and has appeared on CNN, ABC News, CTV, CBC News, Global National TV, CP24, Discovery and Space Channel.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – Closing Plenary Speaker

Joseph C. Kvedar, MD
Vice President
Connected Health at Partners Healthcare
Full Biography

Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, Vice President, Connected Health at Partners HealthCare, is creating a new model of healthcare delivery, developing innovative strategies to move care from the hospital or doctor’s office into the day-to-day lives of patients. He is the author of a new book, The Internet of Healthy Things, in which he describes how everyday objects will capture and use real-time biometric data to learn more about the impact of lifestyle on chronic diseases and wellness, and ultimately change behavior to improve our health.

At Partners Connected Health, Dr. Kvedar is leveraging information technology – cell phones, computers, networked devices and remote health monitoring tools – to improve care delivery. Partners connected health programs are also helping providers and patients better manage chronic conditions, maintain health and wellness and improve adherence, engagement and clinical outcomes. Based on the technology platform developed at Partners, a personalized health technology company was launched and later acquired by a leading insurance company to support its program encouraging healthy behavior and wellness education among employee populations. In 2013, Dr. Kvedar launched Wellocracy, a leading source of impartial, easy-tounderstand information on new personal “self-health” technologies like activity trackers, wireless devices and mobile apps to empower people to get and stay healthy.

He is internationally recognized for his leadership and vision in the field of connected health, and has authored over 100 publications on the subject; his popular cHealth Blog provides his insights and vision for connected health. Dr. Kvedar serves as a strategic advisor at Qualcomm Life, Puretech Ventures and BD Technologies, and is a mentor at Blueprint Health, providing guidance and insight to developing companies. Dr. Kvedar is also a mentor at the Harvard Innovation Lab and serves as a judge for its President's Challenge for Entrepreneurship.

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