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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: Wednesday February 13, 2019 | 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Speaker(s): PANELISTS:
Stewart Aguanno, Chief Revenue Officer, Dot Health
Vince Danielsen, President & CEO, Wello & INLIV
Sam Duboc, Chair & CEO, MindBeacon Group
Michael Millar, CEO & Founder, Verto Inc.
Christy Prada, VP Business Development, Maple
Bill Simpson, Medical Science Liaison, Winterlight Labs

HOST: Will Falk, Executive in Residence, ThinkResearch

GUEST HOST: Zayna Khayat, Future Strategist, Saint Elizabeth Healthcare; and Adjunct Professor, Health Sector Strategy, Rotman School of Management
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 experts will engage the audience in a discussion on "How Ontario`s Digital Entrepreneurs Are Creatively Destroying and Modernizing Healthcare."


For those who attend four sessions in the Link and Learn Series you may be eligible for a certificate of completion.

  1. October 29, 2018 - Procurement and Innovation Session: Implementing Value-Based Procurement - A Case Study
  2. November 13, 2018 - Health IT Session 1: What Comes Next for Digital Health?
  3. November 20, 2018 - Global Health Session: The Political Economy of Universal Health Care: Reaching the Hard to Reach
  4. December 4, 2018 - Health IT Session 2: Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare
  5. February 11, 2019 - MedTech Strategy Workshop: Key Trends in MedTech Strategy
  6. February 13, 2019 - Health IT Session 3: How Ontario`s Digital Entrepreneurs Are Creatively Destroying and Modernizing Healthcare
  7. March 5, 2019 - Health IT Session 4: How Innovative Entrants are Changing the Way We Think About Delivering Healthcare

The certificate is available to all Rotman students, as well as anyone from the broader public. If you attend four sessions in total you are eligible for the certificate, with one exception – if a student attends all three MedTech sessions they will be eligible for a certificate. A person may take up to two years to complete the necessary sessions for a module sticker or the certificate. Details of events will be posted above and updated on an on-going basis.

For more information on the Rotman Link and Learn Series Certificate please contact Rosemary Hannam, Senior Research Associate - Sandra Rotman Centre for Health Sector Strategy, at


Stewart Aguanno is the CRO, (Chief Revenue Officer) at dot Health has first hand experience in disrupting the healthcare landscape by building an experience that truly engages the end user.  With a focus on proactive, preventive healthcare Stewart has brought such products to market in both Canada and the United States. Stewart’s experience prior to this involves participating in several early stage startups; building the models, process and teams behind the companies go to market revenue engines.  With experience in Healthcare, finance and advertising startups, Stewart’s love for process and scrappy hard working teams now drives his passion for technology that enables people to better access and take control of their health. 

Vince Danielsen is President & CEO of Wello and INLIV. Vince has firsthand understanding of the difference that good care can make for someone. After a hard-won battle with cancer as a teenager, he went on to spend eight years as a Calgary Stampeders receiver, winning two Grey Cup Championships. Football showed him the value of growing strong teams, and he learned that people achieve amazing things when they work together. Vince has spent the last 21 years in healthcare start-ups, both B2B and B2C.

Sam Duboc’s career is marked by his passion for entrepreneurship, his ingenuity and corporate and community leadership. Passionate about transforming the not-for-profit sector, Sam frequently speaks on the importance of purpose-driven organizations adopting results-driven business models. An accomplished business leader, Sam has founded a number of successful Canadian businesses, including the Loyalty Group Inc. (now called LoyaltyOne), the parent company of the AIR MILES Rewards Program, Edgestone Capital, and Elkland Capital Inc. Sam is the Chair & CEO of MindBEACON Group, owner and operator of leading psychology clinic network CBT Associates and of the BEACON™ digital mental health treatment platform, with the aim to bring equal access to effective mental health care to all Canadians.

Michael Millar is the CEO and Founder of Verto Inc. and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. With a combination of expertise in software development, agile & lean solution design, risk & governance, and systems-level strategy, Michael is passionate about implementing transparent and impactful technologies that empower clinicians to better manage populations of patients with complex chronic diseases. Michael and his team have a track record of partnering with 8 Ontario hospital networks (25+ hospitals), tackling issues with cross-sector collaboration and transforming the patient experience one successful implementation at a time.

Christy Prada is the Vice President of Business Development at Maple ( As a key player in the Canadian Digital Health landscape, Maple’s ambition is to change the way healthcare is accessed and delivered in Canada. Christy’s passion for improving the healthcare system stems from her past work as a manager in KPMG’s Healthcare Strategy Practice. Christy is a strategist with experience in lab and health system funding reform, commercial strategy and analytics and customer experience. She holds an MBA from Rotman at the U of T.

Bill Simpson is currently the Medical Science Liaison at Winterlight Labs, where he oversees academic and industry partnerships and helps lead clinical research and development of Winterlight’s cognitive assessment. He has an academic background in psychiatry where he has studied anxiety disorders, ADHD, and perinatal mood disorders. For most of the last decade Bill has been focused on digital health, both through his academic work and his work with health-tech startups. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at McMaster University and the author of 16 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Zayna Khayat is the Future Strategist with Saint Elizabeth Health Care. Zayna is Faculty of Singularity University’ Exponential Medicine stream since 2016. In 2017 she was seconded from MaRS Discovery District, an innovation hub in Toronto, Canada to the REshape Health Innovation Centre at Radboud university medical centre in Nijmegan, Netherlands. At MaRS in Toronto, Zayna lead the Health System Innovation platform from 2014 to 2017. Dr. Khayat is also an adjunct faculty with the Rotman School of Management in the Health Sector Strategy stream. Zayna completed her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Toronto (2001), followed by a long career in strategy consulting, including as a Principal in the healthcare practice of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

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.

About the Sandra Rotman Centre for Health Sector Strategy: 

Driving Excellence in Healthcare Management
Healthcare represents a huge and growing sector in all industrialized economies and is representative of the service and knowledge-oriented focus of the 21st century economy. The Sandra Rotman Centre for Health Sector Strategy brings an innovative research agenda together with world-ranked business learning to successfully raise the level of management in complex healthcare organizations.

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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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