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Experts Discuss "How Ontario's Digital Entrepreneurs Are Creatively Destroying and Modernizing Healthcare "

4:00 to 4:30pm registration check-in; 4:30 to 6:00pm presentations, discussions and Q&A; 6:00 to 6:30pm reception

Event Details


Date: Tuesday February 13, 2018 | 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Speaker(s): PANELISTS:
Brett Belchetz, Co-Founder and CEO, Maple; Practicing Emergency Room Physician
Adrian Schauer, Founder and CEO, AlayaCare
Grace Castillo Soyao, Founder and CEO, Self Care Catalysts
Helen Stevenson, Founder and CEO, Reformulary Group Inc.

HOST: Will Falk, Executive in Residence, ThinkResearch

GUEST HOST: Zayna Khayat, Future Strategist, Saint Elizabeth; and Adjunct Professor, Health Sector Strategy, Rotman School of Management

GUEST HOST: Jim Shenkman, President, Bivio Investments Inc.
Topic: "How Ontario's Digital Entrepreneurs Are Creatively Destroying and Modernizing Healthcare"
Venue: Desautels Hall (Second Floor, South 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: A panel of health entrepreneurs will engage the audience on their journey by covering barriers or challenges, opportunities and market (geographic and industry) differences that these companies faced.

ROTMAN LINK AND LEARN SERIES CERTIFICATE - HEALTH IT MODULE: For those who register to attend all four Health IT Sessions you may be eligible for a certificate of completion.

  1. November 7, 2017 - Health IT Session 1: Digitizing Health and the Consumer – What does it mean to put patients first?
  2. December 6, 2017 - Health IT Session 2: Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
  3. February 13, 2018 - Health IT Session 3: How Ontario`s Digital Entrepreneurs Are Creatively Destroying and Modernizing Healthcare
  4. March 6, 2018 - Health IT Session 4: Innovating Entrants to Healthcare Delivery: How they are Changing the Way We Think About Delivering Care

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


Dr. Brett Belchetz, Practicing Emergency Room Physician in Toronto; and Co-founder and CEO, Maple
A healthcare technology company that provides 24-hour online physician access to Canadians. Brett received his Bachelor of Science with Honours from the University of Western Ontario, and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Toronto Medical School. He also completed specialty training at the University of Toronto, having served as Chief Resident of the program. Brett worked for several years as a consultant with the global firm, McKinsey & Company. He is passionate about health policy, and regularly writes editorials for many of Canada’s leading newspapers, and also appears as on on air medical expert for several Canadian television and radio networks.

Will Falk, Executive in Residence, ThinkResearch
Prior to joining Think Research, William was a partner with PwC and led their healthcare team in Canada. William has spent more than 25 years as a strategist and management consultant in New York and Toronto, advising top academic centres, governments, and innovative companies in healthcare. He has academic appointments as an Executive-in-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and an Executive Fellow at the Mowat Centre, and is a Senior Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute.

Zayna Khayat, Future Strategist, Saint Elizabeth; and Adjunct Professor, Health Sector Strategy, Rotman School of Management
Zayna joined Saint Elizabeth as their Future Strategist in January 2018. Saint Elizabeth is a Canadian social enterprise with a mission to spread home and happiness. Their major area of focus is in delivering health and care services in the home. From January to December 2017, Zayna was seconded from MaRS (Toronto) to the REshape Health Innovation Centre at Radboud university medical centre in Nijmegen, Netherlands. At REshape, Zayna lead strategic initiatives within the country and the hospital. At MaRS, Zayna lead the Health System Innovation team, helping smooth the path to adoption of health innovation by healthcare systems. Zayna is faculty with Singularity University Exponential Medicine, she is an adjunct professor with the Rotman School of Management in the Health Sector Strategy stream, and is Core Faculty of the Dutch Health Innovation School.

Adrian Schauer, Founder and CEO, AlayaCare
A healthtech start-up serving the home healthcare market and looking to deliver the next disruptive solution for the industry by combining remote patient monitoring, clinical documentation and back office software. Adrian is a serial technology entrepreneur having built two successful mobile software companies; both achieving leadership positions in their respective markets before being acquired. Adrian is also an active Angel Investor and sits on the boards of several companies including fast growing technology firms like the point-of-care medical device company Chipcare, the SaaS company TrackTik, and the GRC software provider Resolver. Adrian is also the co-founder of the Madiro Fund, an organization created to support innovative solutions to the health problems in low income countries.

Jim Shenkman, President and CEO, Bivio Investments Limited
He is also currently the co-developer of a website,, which supports Canadians helping refugees find the best work possible. Jim was the founder of Brunico Communications Inc., producing over 60 conferences in Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Washington, Los Angeles, and Scottsdale. These conferences were in the fields of broadcasting, media production, and marketing. They were produced in association with five trade publications that Jim also launched: Playback and Strategy in Canada, and globally, KidScreen, Realscreen, and Boards. Two of his conferences have become the largest in the world in the children's entertainment and factual entertainment sectors: Realscreen Summit in Washington, DC (over 2,500 attendees) and KidScreen Summit, now in Miami (over 1,600 attendees.)

Grace Castillo Soyao, Founder and CEO, Self Care Catalysts
A patient data, intelligence, analytics and solutions company. Successfully pivoted from a patient research organization to a Digital Healthcare Solutions and Data company in 2014 with a very specific mission to shift the power to patients through data, intelligence and insights. The company's mission is to promote self-care behaviors among patients, while enabling them to contribute their behavioral data to support important research across the product lifecycle, such as drug discovery and commercialization, precision medicine, and development of support services and programs that are specific to the community.

Helen Stevenson, Founder and CEO, Reformulary Group Inc.
A healthcare tech company that saves companies money in their drug plan and helps Canadians make smart drug choices through its DrugFinder™ app. The company also offers health and drug data analytics solutions. Helen is the former Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and Executive Officer of Ontario Public Drug Programs, responsible for the Province’s $4 billion publicly funded drug programs. Prior to that Helen was Founder and President of Savattuq Inc., a healthcare consultancy in Toronto and previously in Zurich, Switzerland. She was a founding Trustee of the Auto Sector Retiree Health Care Trust, a former member of the Board of Directors of 3D Signatures Inc. (TSX.V: DXD), and formerly served on the Board of Directors of North York General Hospital, and Board of Directors of the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation.

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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