Sumon has 20+ years’ experience in planning, developing, and implementing cutting edge information solutions in a diverse variety of industries in the US and Canada. As a highly successful leader in Information Technology, he fully comprehends the strategic importance of technology and innovation and has merged disparate technologies and personnel into team-centered units with expertise in motivation, cross-functional team development, innovation and retention of industry professionals.
Raj Sewda is the Chief Nursing Executive and Chief Privacy Officer at Runnymede Healthcare Centre, a 200-bed continuing care hospital in Toronto. He is a certified Health Executive from the Canadian College of Health Leaders and has over 16 years of diverse experience working in acute care teaching hospital, post acute care/ rehabilitation, homecare, and public health. Raj’s areas of expertise include patient care operations, infection prevention and control, occupational health, nursing, clinical education, health records management, privacy patient safety, risk management, emergency preparedness and quality improvement.
Raj received his Masters in Business Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Management from Athabasca University. He has a Certificate in labor Law from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto.
As a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Raj has a reputation for building high performing teams that provide quality care at lower costs. He holds a board certification in Healthcare Quality as well as Infection Control and is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and American College of Healthcare Executives.
Raj’s interests include exploring innovative models of care delivery for chronic disease management including: tele-support, e-referrals, remote patient monitoring, LEAN based optimizations, and healthcare Kaizen. A surveyor with Accreditation Canada, Raj also dedicates his time to volunteering on provincial and national committees including his role as vice-chair of programs committee and membership committee for the Canadian Chapter of American College of Healthcare Executives.
With his understanding of the complex nature of healthcare delivery across all sectors, combined with his real world experience and extensive education Raj is a strong and dedicated healthcare leader and executive.
Richard Tam is the Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer at Mackenzie
Health and Chief Financial Officer of Mackenzie Innovation Institute. He has been in the
healthcare industry for more than 20 years and has played a pivotal role in
implementing financial best practices and developing new business models with a focus
on innovation and technology enabled healthcare delivery. Richard actively participates
in various committees in the health and technology sectors and the local community.
Richard has extensive experience in numerous fields including Healthcare Funding
Reform, Information Technology, Capital Projects, Financial Services, Information
Management Decision Support, Clinical Support Services, Business Development,
Payroll, Parking, Case Costing, Support Services and Procurement. Richard is a strategic
leader in the development of Information Communication & Automation Technology
(ICAT) Healthcare framework and the Internet of Healthcare Things (IoHTs) in Mackenzie
In 2016, Richard was the recipient of the Innovation Award for Health Care Leadership
from the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Richard holds an MBA from York
University, a BSc from the University of Manchester and is a Chartered Professional
Dr. Ivar Mendez is the Fred H. Wigmore Professor and Chairman of Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan and the Unified Head of Surgery for the Province of Saskatchewan. As a Clinician/Scientist, Dr. Mendez is an internationally recognized expert and pioneer in cell restoration procedures for brain repair and the use of remote presence robots for health care.
Dr. Mendez has focused on, and significantly advanced, the use of remote presence robots for medical care in neurosurgery and primary health care. In 2002, Dr. Mendez and his team performed the first long distance telementoring neurosurgery in the world. In 2010, his team established the first remote presence robotic program in the Canadian North to provide access to primary and specialized medical care to underserviced First Nations communities. At present, Dr. Mendez is leading the implementation of remote presence robotic technology for healthcare delivery to rural and remote communities in the Province of Saskatchewan.
For his pioneering work in the use of remote presence devices to deliver health care to underserviced populations, Dr. Mendez received the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Award in 2010 and in 2011 the Health Canada Award for Contribution to the Improvement of the Health of Canadians. In 2016, he received the Government of Canada Public Service Award of Excellence for the use of remote presence robotic technology to improve healthcare in the North
Dr. Matthew Bromwich is a pediatric otolaryngology surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa and the Founder and CMO of Clearwater Clinical Limited. He has published 19 papers and four book chapters on Otolaryngology. Dr. Bromwich is the inventor of six medical innovations and holds several related patents.
Clearwater develops mobile medical solutions targeting the Endoscopy, Audiology and Vestibular markets. Clearwater’s mission is to accelerate and democratize access to medical care by delivering solutions that are inexpensive and easy to deploy. In 2014 Dr. Bromwich and his team won the national ‘TELUS Award for mHealth Innovation’ and more recently 1st prize in the ‘2016 Interface Health Challenge’. Over the past year the company has grown significantly and is now bringing modern healthcare to local and remote locations.
Mark Iantorno is a Senior Application Developer at the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, at UHN. With over a decade of development experience in a variety of fields, Mark sees the potential mobile devices have to change the current way we experience healthcare. In his current role, he has contributed to multiple applications used in medical studies testing the efficacy mobiles apps as a means for better treatment and monitoring of patients with a variety of conditions.
The Centre for Global eHealth Innovation is a research institute of the University Health Network whose research focuses on the development of patient mobile applications for the management of chronic conditions. Mark and the team at the centre are proponents of the open source movement, working with and contributing to the FHIR standard for healthcare data.
Sarina Cheng is the Director of Information Services, Health Records, Patient Registration and MyChart™ Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
As a member of the senior IT management team Sarina is responsible for support services, eHealth strategies & operations and ensuring corporate goals and broader eHealth visioning are aligned.
Sarina has been with Sunnybrook for 13 years and has many years of experience in the health care industry.
Sarina conceptualized and launched Sunnybrook MyChart™ PHR solution over 11 years ago. MyChart is a personal electronic health management and continuity of care record service designed specifically for patients; and through them for their families, clinicians and own personal circle of care network. MyChart™ supports personal health journeys from anywhere, anytime.
Rodney Burns has been the Chief Information Officer at the Association of Ontario Health Centres since 2011. He leads a sector-based information management strategy for Community Health Centres, Aboriginal Health Access Centres and other community-governed primary care organizational members across the province. As Chief Information Officer and Chief Privacy Officer, Rod oversees the implementation of one of Canada’s largest electronic medical record projects. He also leads the development and deployment of other information management tools and performance management systems designed to support optimal client service and outcomes. Prior to this role, Rod served as the CIO and eHealth Lead for the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network where he led the development of an eHealth privacy toolkit for health service organizations. For the past 20+ years, Rod has held senior leadership positions in Information Management portfolios developing and implementing multiple IS and corporate strategic plans in Ontario hospitals.
Dr. Ann Cavoukian is recognized as one of the world’s leading privacy experts. She is presently the Executive Director of Ryerson University’s Privacy and Big Data Institute. Dr. Cavoukian served an unprecedented three terms as the Information & Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada. There she created Privacy by Design, a framework that seeks to proactively embed privacy into design, thereby achieving the strongest protection possible. In 2010, International Privacy Regulators unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing Privacy by Design as an international standard. Since then, PbD has been translated into 38 languages.
Dr. Cavoukian has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership in privacy, most recently as a Founder of Canada’s Digital Economy (June, 2016).
Chakameh, co-founder and CEO of TranQool, is an engineer by education and a social entrepreneur. TranQool was launched because of Chakameh's personal experience with anxiety & therapy. TranQool is making therapy more accessible by allowing people to speak with therapists from the comfort of their home.
Détentrice d’un baccalauréat en administration des affaires de l’Université du Québec à Montréal, madame d’Entremont a également à son actif plusieurs formations en amélioration de la performance, notamment des Hautes Études Commerciales.
Elle est gestionnaire dans le réseau de la santé depuis une vingtaine d'années. Au cours de ses mandats, elle a notamment mené à bien des projets d’intégration des technologies de l’information dans le cadre de fusions d’établissements, des déploiements de Dossiers cliniques informatisés, des projets d’harmonisation des services ainsi qu’à l’élaboration et la réalisation de plans directeurs des ressources informationnelles.
Certifiée « ceinture verte » en approche Lean, elle sait soutenir les pratiques d’amélioration continue au sein de la Direction des ressources informationnelles, prenant à cœur le soutien à donner à l’ensemble de l’organisation.
Finalement, son modèle de gouvernance des TI implique à tous les niveaux les cliniciens de l’organisation afin d’assurer une bonne réponse aux besoins et l’adoption aux changements dans un environnement clinique.
Sanaz Riahi is the Senior Director of Professional Practice and Clinical Information at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. In her role she works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, with the utilization of technology and health systems, to support, promote and advance quality interprofessional practice environment to optimize outcomes for patients, staff and the organization. Her recent accomplishment includes leading Ontario Shores in the achievement of HIMSS Davies Award of Excellence, HIMSS EMRAM Stage7 designation, placing Ontario Shores as the first hospital in Canada to receive these awards. Other key activities where she has provided corporate leadership includes recovery-oriented initiatives, implementation of a patient portal in mental health care, and implementation of clinical practice guidelines leveraging technology. She is currently an expert panel member supporting the development of RNAO’s Best Practice Guideline on “Advancing Healthcare Leadership and Professional Practice in a Digital Era”. She is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Toronto and is currently completing her PhD studies at University of Central Lancashire in UK.
Dr. Ed Brown is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN), one of the largest and most active integrated telemedicine networks in the world. Under his leadership, OTN has supported the delivery of care to almost 400,000 patients and facilitated over 21,000 health professional learning events across more than 1,700 sites in the province.
Dr. Brown has won numerous awards for his work in telemedicine including, most recently, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award for his contributions to health care in Canada.
In 2010, he was chosen as one of 25 Transformational Canadians by a national media panel sponsored by the Globe and Mail, CTV and La Presse. He sits on the boards of several healthcare organizations and is past president of the American Telemedicine Association.
An emergency physician who studied mathematics and engineering before embarking on his medical career, Dr. Brown is a passionate advocate for telemedicine as a tool to improve access to care, quality of care and the sustainability of healthcare systems.
Dr. Michael McGillion is an Associate Professor and holds the Heart and Stroke Foundation/Michael G. DeGroote Endowed Chair of Cardiovascular Nursing Research at the McMaster University School of Nursing. He is an internationally-recognized researcher in the area of persistent forms of cardiac pain such as refractory angina and unrelieved chest pain following successful revascularization procedures. Dr. McGillion was Chair of the Joint Canadian Cardiovascular Society – Canadian Pain Society guidelines for the management of refractory angina, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). His current CIHR-funded research program focuses on remote automated monitoring and virtual recovery support for people recovering from cardiac and vascular surgery, social and psychological predictors of chronic post-surgical pain following cardiac surgery, patient decision support, and web-based knowledge dissemination. Dr. McGillion is an appointed member of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Inaugural Pan-Canadian Council on Mission: Priorities, Advice, Science and Strategy (CoMPASS). He has been recognized for his research and advocacy by receiving the Canadian Pain Society Early Career Award and the McMaster University Arch Award for outstanding contributions to society.
Dan Levitt, MSc., CHE is the Executive Director, Tabor Village where he shepherds the enhancement of social, spiritual and care needs for nearly 300 seniors, inspiring a team of over 400 employees and volunteers with a commitment to continuously improving quality of life. Dan is an Adjunct Professor in Gerontology teaching Long Term Care Administration at Simon Fraser University, he also the Vice Chair, Alzheimer Society of B.C. and a Board Member of the Global Aging Network.
His adventure exploits have taken him from Africa’s highest peak Mt. Kilimanjaro to the Caribbean Sea’s Planacar Reef, from canoeing across the Yukon to racing this year in the Boston and New York Marathons. Dan has appeared on television and radio as well as authoring many articles in newspapers and professional journals. His insights on seniors care leadership are sought after at events across Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Dr. Ariel Dalfen is a psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital where she is the head of the Perinatal Mental Health Program. She is also the head of the Perinatal Mental Health Telemedicine Program at Sinai, an innovative and first of its kind program that provides specialized mental health care to women around the province of Ontario using mobile health technologies. After completing her undergraduate degree at Princeton University, she attended McMaster University medical school, and then completed her specialty training in psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Dalfen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and has published in both medical journals and the popular media. She lectures for both medical and public audiences and has been a medical contributor on various television programs and other media outlets. In 2009, she wrote a book, When Baby Brings the Blues: Solutions for Postpartum Depression. This book is highly regarded and utilized by both health care providers and the general public.
Dr. Nazari Dvirnik is completing his residency training in Cardiac Surgery at Mcmaster University and is enrolled in the Surgeon Scientist Program (SSP) as a graduate student in Health Research Methodology. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto after which he attended Queen’s University medical school. He is currently involved in several multinational clinical trials led at the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) and is project officer of THE SMArTVIEW trial (TecHnology Enabled remote monitoring and Self-MAnagemenT: VIsion for patient EmpoWerment). His research interests include mobile automated patient monitoring and perioperative risk reduction.
Chad Holmes leads the Red Hat Mobile Application Platform (RHMAP) Solution Architecture team which focuses on demonstrating how new mobile technologies and approaches can significantly improve adoption of enterprise mobility solutions. Increasingly, Chad also finds himself speaking with clients about how newer technologies such as Node.js and Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) will directly impact their IoT strategies in the future.
Linna Yang holds a Masters in Health Informatics from the University of Toronto, and has almost a decade of experience in the field, including work as an advisor to multiple healthcare organizations. As an RN, she brings a practical front-line clinical perspective to her work in implementing and maintaining advanced clinical information systems.
Dr. Horvath, a graduate of the University of Toronto, has practiced Family and Emergency Medicine since 1982 at North York General Hospital. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine of the University of Toronto.
In 2001 Dr. Horvath founded Rosterware Inc., the first online scheduling service for healthcare providers in Canada, and in 2014, expanded the company under the Medevision name with a new suite of on-call and advanced scheduling solutions. He continues as the company’s president.
Medevision is a cloud-based comprehensive schedule management and locating solution for Physicians. It automates and assists in the creation and ongoing maintenance of physician on-call and work assignments for any medical department. With Medevision, healthcare and administrative staff can now easily find and contact any scheduled physician of any department when needed. The system is cloud-based and incredibly easy to use. User access is via a web browser, tablet or smartphone. Medevision integrates schedules from any number of departments across one or more facilities.