Meet the Speakers

  • Dr. Stafford Dean is the Chief Analytics Officer at Alberta Health Services. He has been using administrative and clinical data to support decision making for over 25 years in Alberta’s health system. Stafford has also had data and analytic roles at the Alberta Ministry of Health, Calgary Health Region, and the Health Quality Council of Alberta. The analytics role enables decision making by providing timely, relevant data and reporting services. Stafford’s research interests include health system planning models and clinical analytics to support continuous quality improvement. Stafford has a PhD in Health Research, a master’s degree in Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science. Plenary Panel, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 8:30 AM

  • Robin Farmanfarmaian is a professional speaker, entrepreneur, and angel investor, focusing on cutting-edge medical and biotech companies poised to impact 100M patients. Currently Farmanfarmaian is the CEO and Co-founder of ArO, an early stage software and device company in Virtual and Augmented Reality. She’s a Strategic Relations Advisor to MindMaze, VR for stroke and brain injury rehabilitation. Investments include Invicta Medical, a medical technology company for sleep apnea and Dance Biopharm, inhaled insulin with a smart, connected device. www.robinff.comClosing Keynote, Wednesday, June 3, 2020


  • Dr. Ian McKillop joined the University of Waterloo in 2004 to take up the inaugural JW Graham Research Chair in Health Information Systems. Ian works in the fields of information systems and information management with a particular focus on issues related to financial data quality, incident response, information security, and performance management. Jointly appointed to both the School of Public Health and Health Systems and to the Cheriton School of Computer Science, Professor McKillop teaches courses on management, disaster recovery, as well as information security and privacy. Learn more about Dr. McKillop here. Plenary Panel, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 8:30 AM