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Charmaine Dean

Vice-President, Research and International at the University of Waterloo | Canada

Charmaine DeanDr. Charmaine Dean (PhD, University of Waterloo) is Vice-President, Research and International at the University of Waterloo. In this role, she provides strategic leadership in the areas of research and innovation, commercialization, and internationalization. She is also responsible for building strategic alliances and partnerships with other academic institutions, governments, businesses, and industries at the regional, national, federal, and international levels.
Several key collaboration portfolios are managed by her office, including the university-level Centres and Institutes and several major industrial partnerships spanning various units in the university. She has drawn a focus to ethics and social impact related to technology developments through various initiatives and is a key driver for equity and diversity in the context of research and internationalization.
Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, Dr. Dean served as the Dean of Science at Western University from 2011 to 2017. She also played a major role in establishing the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, as the Associate Dean of that Faculty, and was the founding Chair of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at Simon Fraser University.
Dr. Dean has been awarded numerous awards for her work including Fellowships with the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the Fields Institute, the American Statistical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has held several editorships and served in numerous leadership roles internationally and nationally, related to equity and inclusion, statistics and data science, research, and computing infrastructure. In Canada, she served as President of the Statistical Society of Canada and serves on several Boards of Directors. She is currently Chair of Council for NSERC (the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada).

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Dr. Alan J. Forster

Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation and Quality Officer | The Ottawa Hospital, Canada

Alan ForsterAlan J.Forster MD, FRCPC, MSc is the Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation and Quality Officer at the Ottawa Hospital, Canada’s largest Academic Health Sciences Center. His focus is enabling teams to create higher value health care – in which patient centered health outcomes are realized and health system costs are lowered.      

Over his career, he has led research on patient safety and quality improvement. He performed the seminal work evaluating the incidence of adverse events following discharge from hospital. He has also led the Ottawa Hospital’s data strategy which has been used to support research, operations, and planning.  Overall, his work has led to over 240 publications in peer review journals and innumerable advances in quality of care. 

In addition to his role at the Ottawa Hospital, Alan is a leader in the field of healthcare quality. He is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He provides ongoing advice to agencies at the local, national, and international levels, and he has served as associated editor for several prestigious peer-review journals.

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Maura R. Grossman

Professor, School of Computer Science | University of Waterloo, Canada

Maura GrossmanMaura R. Grossman is a Research Professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, and an affiliate faculty member at the Vector Institute of Artificial Intelligence, all in Ontario, Canada.  She also is a Principal at Maura Grossman Law, an eDiscovery law and consulting firm in Buffalo, New York.  Maura has been recognized for her scholarly work evaluating the application of supervised machine-learning technologies in the fields of law, government archives, and health.  Her studies have been widely cited in the case law and literature, in North America and abroad.  Maura is also well known for her appointments as a special master and/or as an expert in multiple, high-profile U.S. federal and state court cases.  In addition to her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, Maura also holds M.A. and PhD degrees in Psychology from the Derner Institute of Adelphi University.  

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Daniel Blumenthal

VP Strategy | MD CLONE, North America

Daniel BluemnthalDaniel joined MDClone in its early days, launching the company’s operations in North America and establishing its first partnerships with healthcare organizations in the U.S. and Canada. With MDClone’s growth, Daniel now leads efforts to expand key partnerships and develop new software, services and collaborations around the globe. Based in Chicago, Daniel has extensive experience building startup ecosystems and supporting entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Israel having served as Deputy Consul for Economic Affairs at the Government of Israel Economic Mission in Chicago.

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Dale Hall

Executive Vice President | Thoughtwire, Canada

Dale HallDale Hall is a co-founder and Executive VP at ThoughtWire and is responsible for developing the company’s sales, strategic partner, and alliances channel strategy.

Dale has over 25 years experience in software, professional services and IT consulting and has worked on some of the largest healthcare IT innovation projects in Canada. From health system transformation by enabling electronic health records, to working on enabling the latest Smart Hospitals over the past decade, Dale has had the opportunity to work both directly and with partners to help drive innovation across the broader health sector in Canada, and globally in Europe and Australia. Dale is also a seasoned entrepreneur who has been a founder and principal of two successful professional services consulting firms prior to co-founding ThoughtWire.

Dale is recognized as a thought leader in the Healthcare integration and Smart Buildings marketplace in Canada. He brings a depth of skills and experience that supports ThoughtWire to deliver transformational solutions to its customers in the Healthcare and Built Spaces markets.

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Michael Duong

Head of Innovation | Hoffmann-La Roche, Canada

Michael DuongMichael is the Head of Innovation for Hoffmann-La Roche Limited across all of its Canadian divisions, including Roche Pharmaceuticals, Roche Diagnostics, and Roche Diabetes Care. In this role, Michael leads the Roche Innovation Hive – a team dedicated to bringing innovative ideas and solutions to Roche that will help us accelerate and enhance our value to patients and our healthcare system. In addition to his role at Roche, Michael is also co-founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Personalized Healthcare Innovation Network (CPHIN) and a Board Member of the STEM Fellowship.  CPHIN is a not for profit corporation representing a consortium of members from both public and private sectors focused on the acceleration of personalized healthcare for Canada and the STEM Fellowship is a non-profit charity represented by a community of students, educators and industry professionals working together to create opportunities for peer learning and open science.

Michael received his undergraduate degree in Biology and Pharmacology and a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences with a specialization in Neuroscience, both from McMaster University.

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Darren Hay

Vice President, Business Development | Medioh (Hypertec  Group), Canada

Darren HayDarren Hay, Vice President, Business Development at Medioh (Hypertec Group) is a digital health executive and entrepreneur dedicated to the development of a stronger health system and healthier people through the acceleration of innovative healthcare, business and technology solutions. He has over twenty-five years’ experience in the management of innovative organizations on the leading edge of healthcare innovation in government, health system, health plan and consumer markets in both Canada and the United States.

Darren currenty serves as the Vice President, Business Development for Hypertec’s global healthcare division, Medioh (the logistics and scalability partner behind North America’s largest digital health and RPM deployments (including OTN, Optum, United Health Group, Ascension, UPMC, Anthem, etc.). Prior to joining Medioh/Hypertec, Darren held senior executive roles as Chief Revenue Officer at Care Angel, Senior Vice President at ADT/IdealLife, Vice President at Telus Health and Vice President at Emergis. He has served as a Governor-appointed member of the State of Florida’s Telehealth Advisory Council, Executive in Residence for both McMaster University’s Department of Family Medicine’s and Ontario Centres of Excellence’s OSCAR EMR initiatives, Advisor to  BCTech and Chief Health Advisor for the Pathway Group.

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Dr. Josh Liu

Chief Executive Officer | SeamlessMD, Canada

Josh LiuDr. Joshua Liu is a physician turned digital health entrepreneur, and co-founder/CEO of SeamlessMD – a Digital Patient Engagement and Remote Monitoring platform used by hospitals and health systems to engage, monitor and stay connected with patients across healthcare journeys. During his medical training at the University of Toronto, Dr. Liu co-led a research project at UHN on hospital readmissions. As a result, Dr. Liu was inspired to develop technology to help providers engage and monitor patients to prevent adverse outcomes such as a readmission – which ultimately led to him co-founding SeamlessMD in 2012. An advocate for healthcare innovation, Dr. Liu has served as Chair of the Canadian Medical Association’s Joule Innovation Council and on the Advisory Group to the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist for the Ontario Ministry of Health. Dr. Liu has received numerous honours, including being named Digital Health Executive of the Year by Digital Health Canada and Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science and Healthcare. Dr. Liu holds a MD from the University of Toronto and a BSc from York University.

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Karina Guy

Managing Director and National Lead, Applied Intelligence, Healthcare and Life Sciences | Accenture, Canada

Karina GuyKarina Guy is a highly skilled and dynamic Digital Transformation Leader with over 25 years of experience, the majority in Health Care and Life Sciences. She is a Managing Director with Accenture and leads Applied Intelligence in Health Care and Life Sciences nationally for Canada, in addition to her role as the National Lead for Data Science. Karina helps her clients improve health systems through applied health informatics; client/patient-centric service design; advanced analytics; interoperability; security and privacy. She holds a Masters degree from the iSchool@UBC; a post-masters in applied health informatics from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Nursing. Karina also holds certifications in privacy, security and information systems audit.

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