We are at the cusp of unprecedented change in the way health services in Canada are delivered, personalized, accessed, and funded.

With an innovative, interactive format, Driving the Future of Digital Health is where new ideas and open discussions about digital health flourish. The conference attracts Toronto-area digital health professionals and organizations from a broad spectrum of sectors – traditional healthcare delivery, government, private industry, startups and scale-ups, innovation accelerators, and more. Now in its third year, Driving the Future of Digital Health promises to deliver more of the same in-depth thought-provoking interactions and collaborations.

Conference Details

  • Driving the Future of Digital Health: Charting a Course to Consumer Health
  • Monday, October 21, 2019, Beanfield Centre, 109 Princes’ Blvd. (Exhibition Place), Toronto
  • Member Regular (starting October 2, 2019): $199.00
  • Non Member: $249.00
  • Student (limited availability): $50.00
  • Special 10-Ticket Bundle: $1,400.00
  • Attendance earns 6 CEU Hours!




Networking Breakfast


Welcome Remarks from Digital Health Canada

Mark Casselman, CEO, Digital Health Canada


Opening Keynote - AI/ML and Interoperability: The Future of Digital Health in Canada

Taha A. Kass-Hout, MD, MS, is a senior leader at Amazon focusing on health care and AI-related initiatives, including Amazon Comprehend Medical.


Networking Break and Exhibits


Panel Discussion: Protecting Your Patients in a Digital World

Aaron Middleton, Chief Security Officer and VP, Ontario and Federal Territories, Gevity; Shane Danaher, Chief Operating Officer, Divurgent; Jason Ewing, US-based CIO

The growing urgency of hardening healthcare data/cybersecurity –- the latest healthcare cybersecurity attack headlines, the potential impacts of data breaches — and what you need to do now to protect your healthcare organization – and patients.


Innovation Showcase: Lightning Pitches, Speed Networking, Experience Demos


Presentation/Demo: FHIR Walk Through via the Innovation Lab

Vipin SAlini, eHEalth Ontario



Interactive Session: The Digitally Empowered Patient

Emily O’Sullivan, KMPG, Emily Hogan, KPMG, Tommaso Dovidio, Think Research, Darcy Maclean, Think Research


Networking Lunch and Exhibits


Keynote: Update on Premier's Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine

Dr. Rueben Devlin, Chair, Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine


The Digital Health Toolbox: Enabling Integrated Care

Dr. Mohamed Alarakhia, Managing Director, eHealth Centre of Excellence


Networking Break and Exhibits


Panel Discussion - Establishing Data Governance for Ontario Health Teams: The Road Ahead

Moderator: Rob Bull, VP Finance, Technology and Innovation, CIO and CFO, Southlake Regional Health Centre
Panelists: Justin Saindon, Senior Project Manager, Digital Health Strategies, Southlake Regional Health Centre; Janet Daglish, National Director, Business Development and Government Relations, Bayshore Healthcare; Eric Sutherland, Executive Director, Data Governance Strategy, Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI); Alvin Cheng, Director, Health Analytics and Innovation Toronto Central LHIN

While guidance and information is available to aspiring OHTs to support development of their digital health plans, little attention has been given to the concept of data governance and its role in facilitating functions like population health management, predictive analytics, and quality improvement. With the mandate to enable seamless and secure health information exchange for care planning and delivery as well as enabling unfettered access to health information for patients/consumers, there is growing need to establish a forum and leading practices for data governance, information sharing and discussion of common challenges and opportunities across OHTs.

The panel highlights diverse perspectives and considerations on digital enablement and data governance that are anchored in real world use cases in an effort to stimulate discussion and collaboration.


Innovation Showcase: Lightning Pitches, Speed Networking, Experience Demos


Closing Presentation and Discussion: The Role of Digital Health Technology in Bringing Humanity Back to Healthcare

Karim Vellani, Founder/Medical Director of MediCall; Family Physician, St Michael’s Family Health Team; Anna Foat, Director of Global Digital Transformation for SunLife; Co-Chair of the Primary Care Digital Working Group for the SW OHT; Ian Zenlea, Pediatric Endocrinologist, Trillium Health Partners; Project Lead for the KidFit Health and Wellness Clinic; Scientist at the Institute for Better Health


Closing Remarks

Mark Casselman, CEO, Digital Health Canada

Driving the Future