Health Board of Directors
TECHNATION’s Health Board of Directors represent the interest of TECHNATION’s members focused on the Health tech market.
The Health Board meets four times a year to provide input and direction to TECHNATION Health staff, on behalf of the members; to discuss identified issues and ensure the goals of the Health Division’s membership driven strategic plan are being met.
Vice President, TELUS Health
David Thomas is a Vice President at TELUS Health, with national responsibilities for the development and implementation of large complex health deals and platforms for enterprise customers. His team has been instrumental in the success of TELUS Health on many of their current large complex deals, taking these opportunities from concept through sales, implementation, to operations. Over the last few years he has been almost entirely focused on securing and expanding the footprint of health activity in Ontario and British Columbia in the areas of drug information systems, chronic disease management, and telehealth. His team’s most recent success is the large Connecting GTA initiative, which will be in production by mid 2014.
David has been with TELUS, via several acquisitions, since 2004, working for several years internationally in Asia Pacific, and then subsequently on large projects in Ottawa, Toronto, Newfoundland and BC. He has twenty five years of experience in the Health Care industry spanning both the public and the private sectors, and across the diversity of acute care, ambulatory care and homecare services. David has extensive experience as a healthcare consultant and as an executive in operations, business development, and in managing large, complex, political projects.
He has to his academic credit a Master of Health Sciences in Health Administration from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science from McGill University. He has also completed a Certification Course from Harvard Law School in an Executive Program in Negotiation, and rounded out his business background with a number of post graduate economics courses.
David remains an active volunteer in the health (Kids Health Link Foundation), education (Trinity College School) and the sports sector (Ontario Floorball).
President, Cerner Canada
Jim Shave oversees all aspects of Cerner Canada’s business including system sales, client support, solution delivery, consulting, and business partnerships as well as innovation and supplier relationships.
Shave joined Cerner Corporation in September 1996 as regional marketing manager and later served as Vice President.
During his tenure, Cerner has grown its presence in Canada to where today Cerner enjoys active and productive client relationships in nine of Canada’s ten provinces. Well over 200 health care facilities in Canada rely upon Cerner’s technologies to support their delivery of safer and better coordinated healthcare services to Canadians.
Strategic Advisor, Healthtech Consultants
As President and Founder of Healthtech Consultants, Susanne Flett has been a leader of healthcare and information technology services for over thirty years. She created Healthtech Consultants in 1983 out of a need to make a difference. Susanne assembled a dynamic group of consultants who deliver exceptional results, provide responsive client service, and offer innovative, practical solutions exclusively to the Canadian Healthcare sector. Under her leadership, Healthtech provides full project lifecycle services that promote the application of technology to improve healthcare delivery across Canada.
Susanne’s expertise has led to the successful completion of hundreds of planning, integration, implementation, and clinical adoption engagements each year. Her demonstrated experience ensures that complex multi-stakeholder projects consistently reach desired outcomes. She has keen insight into how to combine business and patient care needs to guarantee project success. With this combination of strong business acumen and passion for innovation, Susanne is also the President and Founder of Healthtech Innovations, a sister company that invests in early stage healthcare technology companies. Healthtech Innovations serves as an angel investor for companies that are introducing innovative approaches for the use of technology in healthcare.
Susanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McMaster University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. She serves on the Board of Directors for ITAC and ITAC Health, is Co-Chair for the Advocacy Committee for ITAC health, and serves on the Advisory Board for CanChild – a research and education centre focused on improving the lives of children and youth with disabilities and their families.
Senior Vice-President, Strategy, Partnerships and Market Access, Petal
Julie Bergeron is SVP Strategy, Partnerships and Market Access of Petal Canada and is responsible for a team at the forefront of healthcare transformation. A proven transformational leader, Julie has more than 15 years in the commercial healthcare space leading teams in the launch of innovative technologies by partnering closely with multiple stakeholders in the achievement of common goals.
Throughout her career, Julie has lead business development, sales and marketing teams. She is passionate about coaching and developing future leaders as well as working closely with internal and external partners in order to help drive change.
Born in Eastern Canada, Julie now resides in Quebec with her family where she is involved in non-for-profit boards in her community. She has completed a bachelor of commerce and a MBA as well completing coaching and leadership training throughout her career.
Director & Co-Chair Health Advocacy Committee
Partner, Digital Health Advisory, KPMG Canada
Aaron is a Partner in KPMG’s Digital Health practice. He has almost 20 years of experience as a clinician, hospital manager and consultant. His experience ranges from Provincial levels through front lines of care. Aaron has led provincial projects related to Analytics, wait-time management, peri-operative practice, critical care, and population health initiatives. Aaron has also worked with clients on information management and data analytics projects ranging from IM/IT planning for large academic hospitals and regions.
Aaron holds an appointment at the University of Toronto in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (iHPME) with roles in Health Policy and Health Informatics. He is a member of the McMaster eHealth Program Advisory Committee and is also a board member for the Ontario Community Support Association and TECHNATION
Healthcare Solutions Lead - Canada, Ricoh Digital Services (Canada)
Mike is the national Healthcare Lead for Ricoh Digital Services (Canada), and is in his 12th year providing value to US and Canadian providers to eliminate paper-based choke points, reduce risk associated with paper, and securely complete the electronic patient record.
With a career spanning 23 years in the document management industry, Mike’s background encompasses a range of expertise including variable data printing and advanced capture. His team leverages process analytics to identify and improve hospital challenges around unstructured data, hybrid medical record strategies, and administrative paper challenges. In addition, he guides Ricoh’s delivery of relevant Print and eFax Infrastructure, Safe Workplace, and Work from Home strategies leveraging Digital Transformation solutions and healthcare-standards based integration.
Mike is bilingual, holds the Ontario Hospital Association’s LEAN Healthcare Yellow Belt certification, and is a certified Enterprise Content Manager (Specialist) with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. He is a member of HIMSS, Digital Health Canada, and past President of Ontario Canada’s Xplor Association, the de facto leading transactional electronic document association. Raised in the Maritimes, Mike now resides in London, Ontario with his wife and son where he enjoys coaching, hockey, and golf.
Vice President, National Solutions, Orion Health
Michael Craig is a Vice President of National Solutions with Orion Health responsible for promoting Orion Health solutions and partner solutions into the Canadian Marketplace. He has led many of Orion Health’s Electronic Health Record (EHR) initiatives across Canada and in Australia from a Sales and Marketing perspective.
Michael has worked in a variety of Healthcare Roles over the past 23 years in Canada, Australia and New Zealand and has gained considerable experience in solution architecture, clinical requirements gathering and clinical workflow mapping. He has presented at many conferences such as eHealth, Oracle OpenWorld, Infoway Collaborative, COACH/Digital Health Canada and many others. Michael is currently the vice president of the Alberta Network for Health Information Exchange (ANHIX) which promotes the use of healthcare information technology within Alberta’s Healthcare environment.
Michael holds a BSc in Pharmacy from the University of Alberta and is a Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS-CA). He has held consulting positions with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Accenture, Shared Medical Systems (SMS) and Electronic Data Systems (EDS).
Partner, Health and Public Sector, Ernst & Young
Catherine Hunter is a Partner in EY’s Health and Public Sector practice and leads EY’s Technology Transformation team in Canada. She has worked with a diversity of Canadian health and public sector clients over a 25 year career in the industry, bringing strong experience in national, provincial and local transformation initiatives. She has led many strategic and technology-focused engagements working alongside senior leadership, clinicians, Board members and government officials throughout the system.
Recently, Catherine has been working with clients at national, provincial and regional levels to bring new models of technology-enabled solutions to the health sector, recognizing the positive impacts in consumer experience, quality of service, access to services and operational efficiency that can be gained. She has worked extensively as a business and technology advisor in digital health, with both clinical and business focused solutions.
In addition to her consulting experience, Catherine held the role of Group Director, Change, Knowledge and Evaluation Services while at Canada Health Infoway. In that role she worked successfully with provinces and regions across Canada to shape change management strategies to ensure adoption of digital health solutions, define evaluation strategies to measure their benefits, and ensure effective knowledge transfer to enable more rapid and successful implementations.
In addition to her role on the Health Board of TECHNATION, Catherine currently sits on the Board of Kensington Health in Toronto. She is a longstanding member of Digital Health Canada, with an MBA (Health Services Mgmt) from McMaster University and a BScH from Queen’s University.
Director & Co-Chair Health Advocacy Committee
Industry Lead - Canadian Healthcare, Microsoft Canada
Peter Jones joined Microsoft Canada in October 1999. He brings (25+) years experience in the information technology industry with an excellent track record in strategic alliances and experience in working with key solution integrators. He has a proven track record in sales and business management experience from his years at companies like – Compaq, Digital Equipment, Xerox, Computerland and Microsoft. For the past 6 years Peter has held the position of Industry Lead for Healthcare at Microsoft Canada. He is involved in different Health Informatics groups like COACH, CHIEF, ITAC health and various industry events.
Chief Strategist, Healthcare, Canada, Red Hat Canada
Sara Jost leads Red Hat Canada’s healthcare strategy, with responsibility for developing public and private partnerships, and management of the strategic planning process.
In her previous role with BlackBerry, she served as Global Healthcare Industry Lead. Jost was responsible for the company’s healthcare business globally into hospitals, homecare, life sciences, and Internet of Things as well as advancing the cybersecurity offerings. Some of the highlights of Sara’s 10 years at BlackBerry included gaining HIPAA, PHIPA, GDPR and Data Protection certifications, running the Healthcare Customer Advisory Board, speaking at HIMSS about the new adoption model INFRAM, winning a Gold Star award for creating a reference architecture that changed BlackBerry to sell using a use case model, was an executive advisor to the BlackBerry global CTO, worked with global partners, and supported a global sales team to close deals and exceed expectations.
Sara has been in healthcare since 2001, graduating from Queen’s University with a BScH in Life Sciences and working as a Neuroscience Researcher specializing in stroke and migraine. She went on to do a BScN at University of Toronto and became a Registered Nurse, then working 8 years at Women’s College Hospital (now Sunnybrook) in Toronto as a High-Risk Labour and Delivery Nurse. Sara worked for Healthanywhere, one of the first healthcare app’s, starting and managing 13 programs across North America and in the U.K. with fantastic clinical outcomes. Some of these programs would still be considered leading edge today, 13 years later. As a healthcare practitioner, Sara brings a unique mix of medical research experience, clinical bedside experience, and health IT expertise including innovative and remote mHealth experience, hospital organizations of all sizes and geographies, healthcare suppliers, pharmaceutical companies, and government bodies. She lives in Richmond Hill (just north of Toronto) with her husband Kevin, three sons, Axel (9), Marek (7) and Lucien (1), and two cat brothers, Finn and Jake.
CEO, Tectonic Advisory Services Inc.
Glenn Lanteigne is the Chief Executive Officer & Founder of Tectonic Advisory Services Inc. In this role, Glenn brings 25 years of experience as a strategic advisor, health system technology and Health IT leader, and leads all advisory services for the public and private sector clients of Tectonic.
Glenn has provided leadership, business development and management across Health IT. He is known for providing leadership to clinical and business leaders, and corporate clients, CEOs and Boards, with a proven track record of success in raising capital, business development and creation of innovative healthcare solutions.
Glenn has received several awards for his leadership in the healthcare sector, and recognized as one of the top healthcare IT leaders in North America.
Prior to joining Tectonic, Glenn provided leadership to organizations including the Government of Ontario, the Government of Canada, LifeLabs, TELUS, Allscripts, and GE.
Glenn has served 10 years in the Canadian forces as a tank commander.
Glenn holds a BA (Hons) in Economics & Politics from Royal Military College of Canada and an MBA from the University of Ottawa and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.
Currently, Glenn serves on the Board of Directors various organizations including COACH, Canada’s Health Informatics Association and is an instructor at the National Institutes for Health Informatics.
Country Director, Allscripts Canada
John Lee-Bartlett (“JLB”) is the Country Director for Allscripts Canada. JLB is originally from the UK and has worked over the span of 20 years in the NHS and with Healthcare IT companies to transform healthcare. He has provided a clear and passionate approach to enabling clinical transformation through Healthcare IT. For the last 5 years JLB has worked in Canada, providing leadership across Allscripts for clients and has grown the business to provide innovative solutions to Canadian organizations and patients.
Associate Partner, IBM Canada Ltd.
Patrick Morison is IBM’s Ontario Public Sector Services Leader. He has over 20 years of public and private sector experience with a focus on government, public health and human services clients to create and deliver transformational change.
Patrick brings deep delivery expertise and innovative ideas to support public sector organizations across Canada who are embarking on large scale transformational initiatives. Patrick has gained this expertise through delivering transformation projects over $50 million dollars and has extensive experience with multi stakeholder and complex system integration projects across Public Health, Human Services and Procurement/Supply Chain.
He is viewed as a creative thinker with a strong ability to develop strategy and operationalise it into an achievable plan. Patrick has experience that includes building new delivery models, building new partnerships and the introduction of new technologies and processes.
Vice President, Logibec
David has focused his career on improving the healthcare system in Canada. He is currently the Vice President Sales for Logibec. Logibec is one of Canada’s largest healthcare IT companies focusing on HR, scheduling and some clinical solutions. Previously, he was a Director with McKesson Canada responsible for RelayHealth, a solution which allows patients to conduct virtual visits with their doctor and to access their health information. He was also with Hewlett-Packard in various capacities including Global Consulting Manager for a strategic account and directing HP’s Canadian healthcare strategy.
David earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Management from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
He is currently the Chair of MitoCanada, an organization focused on raising awareness, funding research and providing support for people with Mitochondrial disease. He is also a founding board member and treasurer of the Ontario Caregiver Organization. David also sits on the CanChild Advisory board which is based at McMaster University and focuses on children’s disability research. He is the Past Chairman of the Board of ITAC Healthcare. ITAC Healthcare is a national association representing healthcare information technology companies.
Dai is a Partner in Deloitte’s Healthcare Consulting practice, with 18 years of experience.
He is an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur, India. He also co-teaches the Health Care Consulting course offered to second year MBA students at the Rotman School of Management. He has lived and worked in India, USA, China, and Canada.
Dai has proven expertise in Strategy Development and Strategic Planning (IT & Non-IT), Project Management, Current State Assessments, Roadmap Development, and Organizational Readiness Assessments,, Overseeing large-scale IT Implementations and overall IT Governance. He has worked on multiple critical digital transformation journeys, developing shared services business cases and governance models, developing IT strategy for hospitals and health agencies, etc. He frequently works with C-suite executives and boards on financial approvals for large transformation projects, budget planning and governance model set ups.
Ask me about: Hospital Transformation Projects – Strategy, System Selection, Planning, Implementation, Cloud Technology, analytics, Project Management, Health Technology Assessment, Healthcare IT Governance, Large Program Delivery, Digital Health.
Regional Manager, Canada, MEDITECH
Nick Palmieri is responsible for all of MEDITECH’s business development efforts in Canada. Nick joined MEDITECH in 2006 and was responsible for growing the company’s customer footprint in Western Canada. After notable success Nick was promoted to Regional Sales Manager for Western Canada in 2012, and more recently Sales Director for all of Canada. Through Nick’s leadership, MEDITECH has amassed a 47% Canadian hospital market share. In his role, Nick also has responsibility for MEDITECH’s Canadian business strategy, helping to further contribute to the company’s mission of enabling digital transformation across the country. Nick is also a licensed pilot.
Sector Vice President, CGI
Sime Pavlovic is the Sector Vice President at CGI, responsible for the Information, Communications and Technology strategy and implementation within Ontario Public Sector, Healthcare, Transportation & Regulatory.
Prior to joining CGI, Sime has held various senior executive roles as a strategic, client-focused leader. He has a lengthy track record of measurable successes directing and planning the execution of high priority healthcare and information technology initiatives for the private and public sectors including the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Government Service, and eHealth Ontario.
Sime’s goal has been simple – implement strategies that advance digital health innovation to improve the delivery of services for healthcare providers and their patients.
Enterprise Sales, Healthcare, Amazon Web Services
Kyle is a healthcare Account Executive with proven a background and experience leading teams to create innovative solutions and services to solve customer challenges. His sales background is coupled with extensive experience in solutions selling and business development by utilizing technical, marketing and operations teams. He has a background which includes 19 years devoted to the Canadian public sector in Canada including healthcare, education, federal, provincial and local governments. He has also developed extension relationships with healthcare strategist and senior leadership in the United States from his experience at Dell and VMware.
Kyle is responsible for Amazon Web Service’s (AWS) relationships within the Ontario Healthcare market. In addition to his direct role Kyle also serves as a healthcare lead within AWS Canada. AWS aims to help Canadian healthcare customers employ cloud services to reduce cost, drive efficiencies and increase innovation across the country. In his role, Kyle is responsible for the awareness, education and adoption of AWS by healthcare customers in Ontario and across Canada. He is also an active participant with Digital Health Canada (formerly COACH – Canada’s Health Informatics Association) as well as continued involvement with CHIEF (Canadian Health Informatics Executive Forum).
AWS has been continually expanding its services to support virtually any cloud workload, and it now has more than 100 services that range from compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid and enterprise applications.
Kyle has an honors degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, resides in Port Credit, Mississauga and is an active coach with the Port Credit Hockey Association and Mississauga Majors baseball association.
President, Novari Health
John Sinclair is the President of Novari Health Inc. (Canada) and Novari Health Pty Ltd (Australia). An eHealth professional, he is a subject matter expert on access to care, patient flow, wait times, eReferral, central intake & eConsult technologies and solutions for patients queuing for healthcare services (surgical, mental health, addictions, diabetes, etc.). John has been the executive lead on dozens of access to care IT solution projects at the individual hospital through to large regional implementations at the LHIN / health authority level. He has been a speaker at healthcare conferences across Canada and internationally and is a university guest lecturer.
John’s background is in business development, solution sales, marketing, product management, channel sales, product knowledge training, public speaking, strategic partnerships, software product road maps and team building. His work experience includes senior leadership positions with small, medium and large organizations in Canada, the United States and Europe. John sits on a mix of both public and private boards.
John is a Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems or CPHIMS-CA.
Co-founder & Medical Director, Tickit Health
Dr Sandy Penn Whitehouse, is a Clinical Associate Professor at University of University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada. Her past work as Medical Director of the Pediatric Emergency Dept., and Provincial Lead for Youth Transition provided a strong foundation in healthcare services leadership. Sandy co-founded Tickit Health to improve healthcare by capturing hard to obtain pertinent patient data. The flagshop product, Tickit is an inclusive patient engagement data analytics platform based on three pillars; usable, accessible design to engage all people as partners in care, easy to use live data for health care providers and organizations, and flexible, simple integration into healthcare systems.
Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
Michael Whitt is the co-leader of the Bennett Jones’ Information Technology Practice Group. A Patent Agent and a Trademark Agent in addition to being a lawyer, Michael advises technology-based businesses on commercialization and compliance matters, and on the structure, negotiation and documentation of novel business models, strategies and transactions, particularly regarding intellectual property and information and other technologies. Michael has been involved with computer and information technologies for over three decades and advises small, medium and large clients with technology or intellectual property assets and operations.
Michael assists clients with the protection of personal information and privacy law compliance, policy review and advice, contract terms in IT and other information-handling and information-flow transactions and operations, breach mitigation and notification, and response to regulatory inquiries and demands in private sector and health information matters both provincially and federally.
Mr. Whitt is a member of the board of ITAC Health, and of the Audit Committee of Coach – Canada’s Health Informatics Association. He has served on the COACH Board, and is a member of the Boards of Calgary Technologies Inc. and Innovate Calgary, where he is currently the Chair. Mr. Whitt has been the President of his community association, and a member of a number of advisory and similar boards and committees in the community and the law firms where he has worked.