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Livestream: Experts Discuss “Digital Health Start-ups: 2021 edition”

5:00pm sharp to 6:30pm EST livestream

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Speaker Series | Panel Discussion | Healthcare

Date: Wednesday February 03, 2021 | 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Speaker(s): Tony Chahine, CEO, Myant Inc.
Dr. Ryan Doherty, PhD, President & Founder, EMPOWER Health
Jeff Kavanagh (Rotman MBA '04), President and Co-Founder, Cognisant MD
Dr. Joby McKenzie, PhD, MBA, Managing Director, Teladoc Health

MODERATOR: Will Falk, Adjunct Professor and Executive-in-Residence, Rotman School of Management
Topic: “Digital Health Start-ups: 2021 edition”

Online. Details on how to access the livestream will be sent to you by email after registering.

Location: Online
Cost: Free to attend. Registration is required by 1:00pm on February 3.
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Session Summary: Join us for a lively discussion with a variety of noteworthy start-ups in digital health. What are the trends? What are the challenges? What is their strategy to succeed?

About Our Speakers:

Tony Chahine, CEO, Myant Inc.

Tony Chahine is the CEO and founder of Myant Inc, a company based in Toronto, Canada, globally leading the Textile Computing industry. Myant is on a mission to transform human connectedness through textile. It is changing the way people connect to themselves, their communities, and the IoT-enabled world using textiles that can sense and react to the human body, and the AI-enabled Myant Platform. Tony dreams of a future where even the most marginalized people will reap the benefits of technology, and have access, as an example, to remote healthcare.

An entrepreneur with a passion for solving problems and revolutionizing the status quo, Tony holds an unwavering belief that everyone should have the right to participate in our connected world. Myant was created with this vision in mind.

With a background in electrical engineering, Tony came to Canada in 1990 and quickly saw an opportunity to upset traditional electronics markets with new products and business strategies. In 1992, Tony founded Battery Plus, and in so doing was the first to bring innovative battery technologies to the North American market. He continued innovation in the retail sector by acquiring and transforming companies, with a focus on sustainability and ethically produced goods.

The creation of Myant builds on those two decades of experience in electronics and material science, as well as difficult personal family situations, and aims to connect the human operating system to the world around us. Myant is making this a reality with an interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, technicians, fashion designers and strategists, and a full end-to-end enterprise. For more information, visit and

Dr. Ryan Doherty, PhD, President & Founder, EMPOWER Health (

Dr Ryan Doherty, PhD, created Empower Health, formerly known as, in 2012 after hearing stories of many Canadians who had difficulty finding family doctors who were accepting new patients, and those who had difficulty navigating the healthcare system because existing online directories of healthcare services were often incorrect or out-of-date. Empower Health has launched a number of initiatives over the years ( in 2012, in 2015, in 2016, in 2019, and, & in 2020). These initiatives have a core focus of improving access to healthcare services by empowering patients and healthcare professionals.  Ryan is a digital health social entrepreneur and a strong proponent of open data, co-design and forming partnerships to accelerate innovation and improve our healthcare system. Ryan is a Massey College alumnus, has a PhD in Medical Biophysics from the University of Toronto & Structural Genomics Consortium, and prior to his doctoral studies, he performed HIV/AIDS bioinformatics research in South Africa and Belgium. His passion is working on initiatives that leverage data and technology to improve equitable access to healthcare, patient experience, and clinical outcomes.

Jeff Kavanagh (Rotman MBA '04), President and Co-Founder, Cognisant MD

As the President & Co-Founder of CognisantMD, Jeff Kavanagh has led the organization over the past 8 years to become Canada's leading EMR-integrated patient engagement and eReferral Platform. Today, over 7,000 healthcare providers and 10,000 patients use the software every day to improve patient care. Jeff brings over 20 years' experience with software-as-a-service, from development and operations to product management. He holds a Bachelor in Engineering Science program from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management. When he's not leading the team at CognisantMD, Jeff is kept busy with his wife and their eight boys at their home in Toronto.

Dr. Joby McKenzie, PhD, MBA, Managing Director,Teladoc Health

Joby McKenzie is the Managing Director of Teladoc Health in Canada responsible for all strategy and operations, growing whole person virtual care to empower Canadians to live healthier lives. Dr. McKenzie also volunteers as a Board Director at Mackenzie Health overseeing their strategic, quality and financial plans and decisions.

Previously, Dr. McKenzie served as the Managing Director at Babylon Health in Canada, where she led the exponential adoption of virtual primary care across Canada. Prior to that, she held executive roles at LifeLabs (medical diagnostic services) in business development, post-merger integration, government relations and strategy and was a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where she worked with clients in healthcare and financial services and helped them to increase shareholder value. Dr. McKenzie was also an international professional basketball player and Canadian national athlete including qualifying for the 2000 Olympics and receiving a silver medal at the 1999 PanAm Games.

Dr. McKenzie has an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, a Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular and Medical Genetics from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Simon Fraser University.

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