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Healthcare Procurement and Innovation Panel Discussion

5:00 to 5:29pm registration; 5:30 to 7:00pm presentations and discussion; 7:00 to 7:30pm networking

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Date: Monday October 23, 2017 | 05:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Speaker(s): Victor Castellino, Policy Lead, Health System Planning, Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist
James Cunningham, Ontario Sales Manager, Southmedic
Andrea Englert-Rygus, Chief Procurement Officer and VP Customer Relationship Management, Plexxus
Nick Kadysh, Government Affairs and Public Policy Leader, GE Canada

HOST: Prof. Will Mitchell, Anthony S. Fell Chair in New Technologies and Commercialization; Professor of Strategic Management, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Topic: Healthcare Procurement and Innovation Panel Discussion
Venue: CIBC Room (Third Floor, North Building)| map
Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
105 St George Street
Location: Toronto
Cost: $25.00 + HST per person (includes 1 seat at the presentation and light reception)
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SYNOPSIS: This session will explore the role of procurement in supporting and enabling innovation - including the current state, challenges, and opportunities.

ROTMAN LINK AND LEARN SERIES CERTIFICATE - PROCUREMENT MODULE: For those who attend both Procurement Sessions you may be eligible for a certificate of completion.

  1. October 10, 2017 - Procurement Session 1: The Current State and Evolution of Healthcare Procurement
  2. October 23, 2017 - Procurement Session 2: Healthcare Procurement and Innovation Panel Discussion

For more information on Link and Learn Series Certificates and Modules visit the Centre for Health Sector Strategy Website.


Victor Castellino is the policy lead for health system planning with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s (MOHLTC) Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist (OCHIS). Victor’s work at OCHIS is focused on health system policy as a driver of innovation.

Victor is an engineer-turned-policy-wonk, with health sector experience ranging from academia to small biomedical start-ups to health system strategy. At MOHLTC, Victor has recently led high profile strategies in digital health, health system transformation, and health system planning.

Victor holds a BASc and PhD from the University of Toronto, specializing in biomedical and chemical engineering.

James Cunningham - Manager, Strategic Implementation, Southmedic, graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Hon) Degree in 2005.  He has worked with Southmedic for 10 years. The first two years he spent working in the office within customer service, eventually becoming the manager of the department. In 2009, he was offered an associate sales position and by 2011 became a territory manager. He has been in sales since then and is now the Manager of Strategic Implementation.  He is responsible for his own sales territory, supporting colleagues as a product manager for two of Southmedic's biggest product lines and is responsible for tender strategy, submissions and implementation.

Andrea Englert-Rygus - Chief Procurement Officer and Vice President, Customer Relationship Management at Plexxus, a Toronto based healthcare shared service organization with expertise in supply chain management, IT and business transformation. Plexxus currently serves 20 hospitals in the GTA and broader region. Andrea leads Plexxus strategic services including sourcing, spend management, contract management and supplier management. In addition, sheis responsible for customer relationship management; this includes service delivery, customer service, account management, implementation of new services and on-boarding new Customers.

Her career has included roles in finance, sales, customer service, human resources, labour relations, operations and manufacturing across the chemical, retail and healthcare sectors. She has a track record of implementing complex change and transformation projects, including co-leading the successful implementation of SAP for Plexxus and its member hospitals.

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. Andrea is a member of the Conference Board of Canada Innovation Procurement Council, a Board Director of the Supply Chain Management Association and of the Surrey Place Centre in Toronto.

Nick Kadysh - Government Affairs and Public Policy Leader, GE Canada, is a member of the GE Canada team, and focuses primarily on GE’s Healthcare business. He also assists the manufacturing businesses with their interface with government. As part of the GGO Global Government Affair & Policy team, Nick also works on global priorities and corporate functions. Nick believes strongly in the development of intelligent public policy to benefit Canadians, and as part of his mandate with GE Healthcare he serves on the CD Howe Centre’s Health Policy Council.

A 10-year veteran of roles across all 3 levels of government across Canada, Nick joined GE from Red Bull, where he was most recently Director of Public Affairs. Prior to that he worked in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition at Queen’s Park in Toronto and at the House of Commons in Ottawa as a policy adviser.

Nick is trilingual (English, French & Russian) and is a graduate of Queen’s University. He is active in non-profit and community initiatives in Toronto, including fundraising for Toronto East General Hospital and Action Against Hunger, and acting as Treasurer of the board for Yonge-Dundas Square.

ABOUT THE CENTRE: Launched in 2004, the Centre for Health Sector Strategy @ Rotman is a strategic area of focused research for the Rotman School. Under the direction of Professor Brian R. Golden and a board of advisors from industry, government and academia, the centre drives a research agenda that produces actionable management knowledge for the health sector and the life sciences.

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received in writing to 24 hours prior to the event will receive a refund less a $10 administration fee per person. If we do not receive written notice of your cancellation, you will be charged the full amount for this session. Substitutions are always welcome.
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