Plenary and Keynote Speakers

e-Health annually brings together industry-leading presenters from across Canada and internationally to share their expertise and connect with attendees. This year e-Health includes presenters from Finland and from  regions across Canada and more, offering perspectives from patients, clinicians, IT professionals and more. Check back here regularly for speaker updates.

  • Dr. Ewan Affleck, CM, Family Physician, Yellowknife; Senior Medical Advisor – Health Informatics, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta

  • Anne O’Riordan, Patient Family Experience Advisor, Kingston Health Sciences Centre – After a career in healthcare spanning 4 decades, as an occupational therapist and an educator at Queen’s University, Anne’s personal experiences as a patient, caregiver and advocate led her to become a Patient Family Experience Advisor at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre in 2017. A current member of its Patient Family Advisory Council, Anne is also a patient partner on the hospital’s Virtual Health Steering Committee & Project Team, Accreditation Task Force, and Mental Health Program Council, as well as a number of research projects in virtual care and mental health. At the community level, she sits on the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Roadmap to Wellness Task Force and co-chairs its Family Engagement Working Group. Anne is a patient advisor with Canada Health Infoway and contributed to Digital Health Canada’s Virtual Care Maturity Model and Virtual Care Certificate Program. Anne strives to be a positive agent of change within the healthcare system, providing constructive feedback and encouraging healthcare providers to offer compassionate, responsive, accessible care and caring for patients, caregivers, and families. Day One Plenary Patient and Professional Perspectives on Engagement and Access in a Digital World – May 26 at 10:45 AM ET

  • Over the last seven years, Penny Rae has been leading the Information Technology department at Alberta Health Services (AHS), as the Chief Information Officer (CIO). 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. She has extensive experience in strategic planning, operations, auditing, negotiations, consulting, and staff management.

    In 2018 she received national recognition from Digital Health Canada as one of the top Women Leaders in Digital Health. Currently, Penny is part of a triad team leading the implementation of Alberta’s Clinical Information System, Connect Care, which will be completed in the fall of 2023.

    Penny is a firm believer in living life to its fullest, upholding a balanced lifestyle, keeping active and maintaining a passion for working collaboratively and transparently on common goals. She is married with two children, has many personal interests, and loves to travel to warm destinations full of sand, sun and water.
    Day One Plenary Patient and Professional Perspectives on Engagement and Access in a Digital World – May 26 at 10:45 AM ET

  • Markku Tervahauta, Director General, National Institute for Health and Welfare Finland. Day One Plenary Patient and Professional Perspectives on Engagement and Access in a Digital World – May 26 at 10:45 AM ET

  • Closing keynote Mark Black is a Heart and Double-Lung Transplant Recipient turned 4-Time Marathon Runner. A resilience expert, coach, and author, Mark helps people
    “Break Through” their limitations and his coaching programs provide clients the tools to transform your adversity into your competitive advantage.

    Mark doesn’t just teach resilience, he embodies it. Born with a life-threatening heart defect, Mark underwent two open-heart surgeries before the age of one. He battled his condition and its limitations for twenty-two years until he was forced to deal with the biggest obstacle of his young life. His doctor informed him that his heart was failing, and without a rare and dangerous heart and doublelung transplant, he would not see his 25th birthday.

    In 2002, Mark was fortunate that a suitable donor was found. He not only survived the surgery, but less than 3 years later, Mark became the only man in history to run a marathon with someone else’s heart and lungs. Then he did it, three more times.

    Mark is a Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by less than 1500 speakers in the world. He has inspired more than 150,000 people in more than 600 presentations and has worked with global brands including Exxon Mobil and Mercedes Benz, as well as many national and regional associations.

    Mark lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada where he spends as much time as possible with the most important people in his life; his wife Marise and their three children; Emma, Matteo, and Caleb. Day Two Closing Keynote – May 27 at 4:15PM ET