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Impact Health 2018


7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

The opening summit to Toronto Health Innovation Week 2018

Industry leaders and stakeholders from Canada and around the world will come together to accelerate the Toronto region’s health innovation ecosystem and drive business growth, company and job creation, which generates wealth while improving outcomes for patients worldwide.

The 2018 summit will focus on showcasing and building new partnerships. Plenary sessions will feature in-depth conversations with CEOs and executives about partnerships they have built to create value and grow their organizations. The plenary will also include addresses from keynote speakers and special guests. All registrants will have access to an all-day one-on-one partnering software, with pre-scheduled meetings held in parallel to the plenary session. In the afternoon participants will be able to attend a selection of workshops and breakout sessions.

Who should attend?

The summit will cater to a wide cross-section of audiences interested and engaged with accelerating their own company success along with the health ecosystem in Canada. Leaders and executives from the private and public sectors will find the discussion and examples important and educational for their own businesses and beneficial for their greater understanding of the ecosystem in Canada. The summit will welcome a number of international delegations and organizations from around the world looking to do business and build partnerships in Canada.


7:30 AM: Registration/Breakfast/Partnering Opens

8:00 AM: Welcome/Exhibition Opening.

8:05 AM: Welcome from THIW Founders: Yung Wu, CEO, MaRS; Vivek Goel VP Research and Innovation, UofT and Co-Chair, TOHealth!

8:25 AM: Accelerating Biotechnology Innovation: Dr. Raphael Hofstein, CEO, MaRS Innovation; Dr. Stephanie Oestreich, EVP, Evotec; Bill Newsome, VP Business Development, Evotec; Mark Steedman, CEO, Fibrocor Therapeutics

8:50 AM: Innovation Partnerships and Sustainable Aging: Dr. Allison Sekuler, CABHI and VP Research, Baycrest; David Belbeck, PointClickCare; Nancy Lefebre, Saint Elizabeth Healthcare

9:15 AM: Morning Address: Hon. Minister Del Duca (Ontario Economic Development and Growth)

9:30 AM: Morning Keynote: Ritesh Patel, Chief Digital Officer, Ogilvy Health and Wellness

10:05 AM: Partnerships in Health Technology: Sam Ifergan, Managing Director, iGan Partners; Dr. Brian Meck, President and CEO, E-Sight Corporation

10:25 AM: Welcome from MTCC CEO, Barry Smith

10:30 AM: Morning Break

10:50 AM: Women Impacting Health: Michelle Holland, Councillor, City of Toronto (Moderator); Michelle DiEmanuele, CEO, Trillium Health Partners; Julie Waras Brogren, CEO, BresoTec; Dr. Cynthia Lavoie, Managing Partner, Lakeview Bio; Dr. Molly Shoichet, Chief Scientist, Province of Ontario; Heather Chalmers, VP and GM, GE Healthcare Canada

12:00 PM: Lunch (boxed)

12:15 PM: Innovation Partnerships Across Canada: Parimal Nathwani, VP Life Sciences, MaRS Innovation; Dr. Diane Gosselin, CEO, CQDM; Dr. Rachael Ritchie, VP Strategy and Partnerships, CDRD; Susan Marlin, CEO, CTO; Dr. Frederic Lavoie, VP Access and GR, Pfizer Canada

12:55 PM: International Perspective: Health Outcomes and Innovation Impacting Health: Regine M. A. Th. Aalders, Cousellor for Health, Welfare and Sport, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; William Charnetski, OCHIS; Andrea Englert-Rygus, CPO, Plexxus; Jack Miner, Managing Partner, Cleveland Clinic Ventures

1:50 PM: Building Canadian Advantage in Medical Isotopes: James Scongack, VP Corporate Affairs and Environment, Bruce Power; Dr. Joe McCann, COO, CPDC; Dr. David Green, UHN; Bob Sealey, Project Manager, Nordion Inc.

2:10 PM: Investing in high potential companies: Rekha Paleyanda, US Director of Licensing, Servier Bioinnovation; Dr. Don Weaver, CMO, Treventis Corporation; Jeff Doan, VP Business Development, Polar LifeSciences

2:30 PM: Afternoon refreshments

2:30 PM: Workshop (Room 1): Building bridges Canada/Catalonia in Healthcare: Presentations from the Catalan delegation, CETA presentation and success story from: Inveready, Lumira Capital and Edesa Biotech. Case study: Inveready, Lumira Capital and Edesa Biotech

2:45 PM: Workshop (Main Room): Making it in Canada: Meet and hear stories from CEOs who have grown healthcare companies in Canada: Geoff Evans, President, Eurofins Alphora; Fariba Anderson, CEO, AcuteNet; Dr. Natalie Dakers, CEO, Accel-Rx; Lori Cassleman, CHO, League; Edward Shim, Managing Director, Studio 1 Labs; Ashley Challinor, OCC (Moderator)

2:45 PM: Workshop (Room2): Why Should Companies Partner with National Labs? Dr. Michael Salgeller, Unit Supervisor Invention Development and Marketing, NCI; Dr. Lakshmi Krishnan, Director R&D, NRC; Danielle Peters, President, Magnet Strategy Group Inc.

4:30 PM: Closing

5:00 PM: Toronto Health Innovation Week Welcome Reception at Brassaii

+ more to come!