20th Annual Healthcare Summit The Future of Innovation, Personalized Medicine and Genomics October 26-27, 2020, Vancouver, BC

General Information

*Please note the date change – Event postponed from June 22-23 due to COVID-19*

Innovation in the Time of COVID

Be part of an exclusive Summit with top thought leaders and policy decision-makers in healthcare. The 20th Annual Healthcare Summit is a national forum to discuss the transformation of personalized medicine, genomics and technological innovation in today’s rapidly evolving digital health economy. It is attended by healthcare officials, senior policy makers, academia and the private sector.

This year’s summit will be a hybrid event delivered on a virtual platform.  The summit will not be a series of Zoom presentations as we have invested in a “digital first experience”.

This summit brings together subject matter experts in the fields of digital health technology, personalized medicine, innovative healthcare delivery and treatments. They will share case studies, cutting edge knowledge and policy, programs, research and technologies aimed at fostering successful collaboration within shared services and the healthcare industry. The summit also provides sponsors the opportunity to showcase their newest products, services and latest innovations.

Target Audience

  • Federal, provincial and regional healthcare officials
  • Senior policy makers
  • Intelligence and technology officials
  • Academics
  • Healthcare professionals

Summit Rates

Virtual Registration**
Public Sector $350.00 CAD (plus GST)
Private Sector $350.00 CAD (plus GST)

**If purchasing 10+ virtual passes please contact us regarding a group rate and group payment.

If you are a post-secondary student please inquire about our student rate.

Registration Fees Include

  • All keynotes and panel sessions
  • Access to virtual platform
  • Access to virtual exhibition
  • Virtual conference bag
  • Conference materials

Social Media

Stay connected and engaged in the conversation leading up to and during the summit by following along on Twitter. Use the event hashtag to follow others who are already posting, and include it in your tweets to add to the existing discussions. The hashtags for this year’s summit are #HCS20 and #healthsumm and our NEW twitter handle is @HLTHCARESUMM. We would appreciate you sharing your voice with our other followers.


Keynote Speakers

Mary Ackenhusen

Senior Executive in Residence, Ministry of Health, Province of BC

Dr. Pieter Cullis

Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UBC

Bogi Eliasen

Director of Health, Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies

Dr. Catalina Lopez-Correa

Executive Director, CanCOGeN

Shelagh Maloney

Executive Vice-President, Digital Health Engagement and Marketing, Canada Health Infoway

Dr. Helia Mohammadi

Chief Data Scientist – National Healthcare, Microsoft Canada

Dr. Shez Partovi

Worldwide Lead: Healthcare, Life Sciences, Genomics, Medical Devices, Agriculture, Amazon Web Services

Juggy Sihota

Vice President, Consumer Health, TELUS

Dr. Verna Yiu

President & CEO, Alberta Health Services


Dianne Balon

Vice President, Government, Alberta Blue Cross

Dr. Francois Belanger

Vice President, Quality & Chief Medical Officer, Alberta Health Services

Dr. Jonathan Choy

Provincial Medical Director, Virtual Health, Alberta Health Services

Dr. Pieter Cullis

Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UBC

Fiona Dalton

President & CEO, Providence Health

Dr. Federica Di Palma

Chief Scientific Officer & Vice President, Sectors, Genome BC

Joyce Drohan

Partner, BC Leader for Omnia AI, Deloitte

Dr. Robert Fraser

President and CEO, Molecular You

Neil Fraser

President, Medtronic Canada

Dr. John Glaser

Executive-in-Residence, Harvard Medical School Executive Education

Raghwa Gopal

President & CEO, Innovate BC

Robin Gould-Soil

Consultant; Former Chief Privacy Officer, HSBC

Dr. Alexandra Greenhill

CEO and Chief Medical Officer, Careteam

Dr. Bettina Hamelin

President and CEO, Ontario Genomics

David Helliwell

Co-Founder & CEO, Thrive Health

Dr. Kendall Ho

Emergency Physician; Professor, UBC Faculty of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. David Huntsman

Professor, University of British Columbia

Wendy Hurlburt

President and CEO, LifeSciences BC

Dr. Deepak Kaura

Chief Medical Officer, 1QBit

Jim Kean

VP, Infrastructure and Operations, Cambia Health Solutions

Dr. Douglas Kingsford

Chief Medical Information Officer, Digital Health Initiative, BC Ministry of Health

Patricia Kosseim

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario

Aaron Leibtag

CEO, Pentavere

Dr. Catalina Lopez-Correa

Executive Director, CanCOGeN

Dr. Alan Low

Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC; Executive Director, Medicines Access Coalition – BC; Primary Care Pharmacist and Pharmacy Lead, BioPro Biologics Pharmacy

Dr. James Lu

Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer, Helix

Sue Paish

CEO, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster

Dr. Matt Parker

Health Sector Lead, AltaML

Ted Patterson

Assistant Deputy Minister, Primary Care Division, Ministry of Health, Province of BC

Dr. John Pawlovich

Program Coordinator, Rural Education Action Plan; Medical Director, Carrier Sekani Family Services; Telehealth Sector Lead, RCCbc

Dr. Dean Regier

Director, Health Economics Support and Research Unit (HESRU), BC Cancer

Fanny Sie

Strategic Healthcare Partner – AI and Digital Health, Roche

Pamela Snively

VP, Chief Data & Trust Officer, TELUS

Graham Statt

Assistant Deputy Minister, Pharmaceutical and Supplementary Benefits, Ministry of Health, Government of Alberta

Shawn Surber

Vice President, Technical Solutions Engineering, Tanium

Helen Trifonopoulos

Vice President, Health Policy and Patient Access, Oncology, Novartis

Howard Waldner

Adjunct Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC

Donna Wilson

Executive Vice President, Provincial Health Services Authority
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*Invited Speaker

Monday, October 26, 2020

8:30am - 8:40am Coal Harbour Ballroom

Call to Conference

8:40am - 9:15am Coal Harbour Ballroom


9:15am - 10:30am Coal Harbour Ballroom

Opening Keynote Series: Innovation in the Time of COVID

This panel will look into the insights on how a pandemic created a crucible of change. Throwing off the shackles of inertia & forging rapid innovation and creating the basis for transformation of the healthcare system.

10:30am - 10:50am Virtual Lobby

Morning Break

10:50am - 11:25am Coal Harbour Ballroom

Keynote Address by Roche

11:30am - 12:45pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Panel: Virtual Care in BC: System Innovation in the Time of COVID and Beyond

Virtual care/telehealth has talked about as the next wave of healthcare for a decade or more, with examples and pilot studies as to how different virtual care approaches can be used to improve quality and access of care. However, uptake of virtual care in the main healthcare systems across Canada and globally has been relatively low. COVID rapidly transformed how virtual care is embraced by health professionals and health systems. This session is to explore how virtual care is taken up as a health system innovation in establishing a range of complementary lines of services to support patient care and peer-to-peer health professional support. The objectives of this session for participants are:
·To discuss the rationale of each of the virtual care line of service and how they complement each other for a system of virtual care
·To understand the relationship-based planning and genesis of this system using the pentagram + approach
·To explore the future of integration of this virtual care system into the fabric of holistic, longitudinal primary care

12:45pm - 1:50pm Virtual Lobby

Lunch Break - Please Check out our Virtual Exhibitions!

1:50pm - 2:25pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Keynote Address by AWS: Thinking Big: How AWS Cultivates Innovation in Healthcare

2:30pm - 3:45pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Concurrent Panel A: Precision Oncology in the Age of COVID and Beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted cancer control in many ways in particular our ability to rapidly, safely and effectively align patients with optimal treatment plans. Cell free DNA analysis from peripheral blood samples can for many patients identify the actionable mutations in their cancers and enable the implementation of treatments without the need for surgical or other biopsies. Through the Digital Technology Supercluster funding Canexia Health is providing cell free diagnostics for Canadian patients with metastatic or relapsed colorectal, breast and lung cancer. Although this approach is particularly relevant today it holds the promise of removing economic and geographic barriers to optimal cancer care and therefore will likely have a lasting impact. The uptake of this new form of cancer diagnostic and initial results will be presented.

2:30pm - 3:45pm Virtual Platform

Concurrent Panel B: COVID Impacts: Public and Private Sector View

How has the pandemic provided the opportunity for accelerated innovation, more collaboration and faster and more focused implementation?

3:45pm- 4:05pm Virtual Lobby

Afternoon Break

4:05pm - 4:35pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Keynote Address by Deloitte

4:40pm - 5:10pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Keynote Address by TELUS

5:10pm - 5:15pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Closing Remarks

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

8:25am - 8:30am Coal Harbour Ballroom

Administrative Announcements

8:30am - 9:05am Coal Harbour Ballroom

Keynote Address by Microsoft: AI in Canadian Healthcare: Trends, Challenges & Case Studies

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of people’s lives and every aspect of the healthcare system. It’s preventing healthcare delivery practices from operating at normal business levels, it’s disrupting patient access to high-quality medical care, and it’s forcing everyone to think about how to continue pushing forward in new and different ways. Join Microsoft as we share case studies in accelerated innovation in Canadian healthcare, broader challenges which are being addressed by artificial intelligence, and our vision in empowering every healthcare provider with better experiences, better insights and better care.

9:10am - 10:25am Coal Harbour Ballroom

Concurrent Panel A: Will COVID-19 Speed Up or Slow Down the Transformation to Value Based Healthcare

Across the globe, healthcare costs have continued to climb to the point of threatening other parts of the economy, even before the COVID-19 pandemic. Close to 25% of total healthcare spending can be considered wasteful, highlighting the need to align payment with value delivered. Healthcare providers and payers are working together to implement patient-centric data-driven care and payment models that emphasize reducing costs and improving outcomes that matter to a patient.

The panel will explore how the crisis has increased adoption of virtual care technologies, interoperable data platforms and outcome measurements and whether this will be the accelerator needed for broad adoption and long-lasting implementation of value-based healthcare.

9:10am - 10:25am Virtual Platform

Concurrent Panel B: Digital Technology Supercluster – Leveraging Technology and Collaboration to Bolster Healthcare During COVID-19

Since the COVID program was launched at the end of March we have seen how public, academic, private and research organizations can rise to a challenge and create incredible results. How can we leverage public funds with private co-investment? How can collaborative innovation work and deliver fast, meaningful results? This panel will discuss how to expand what Innovate BC is doing and what the Supercluster has learned post-COVID.

10:25am - 10:45am Virtual Lobby

Morning Break

10:45am – 12:00pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Concurrent Panel A: COVID-19 and the Acceleration of AI Implementation in Healthcare

As healthcare systems around the world grapple with COVID-19, technological innovation and ingenuity are being harnessed at an unparalleled pace. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are playing key roles in better understanding and addressing COVID-19 including scaling communications, tracking the virus, and accelerating research and treatments. The panel will present how they have employed AI/ ML technologies to address this global crisis and discuss their challenges, successes and the potential for lasting benefits these technologies can deliver to patients moving forward.

10:45am – 12:00pm Virtual Platform

Concurrent Panel B: Testing and Vaccine Development

This panel will shed some insights and ‘learnings’ from the testing issue. This has opened up both opportunities for collaboration between public and private sector, innovation and regrettably, some rather large gaps in capacity, collaboration and speed to action.

12:00 - 1:05pm Virtual Lobby

Lunch Break - Please Check out our Virtual Exhibitions!

1:05pm –1:40pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Keynote Address: Personalized Medicine and Personalized Medicines: The Impact on COVID-19

Personalized medicine or precision health uses biomarkers to diagnose disease and match therapy more accurately to disease. However, personalized medicine also includes the development of new medicines that are precisely designed for the particular individual they are administered to. Examples include medicines that are designed to treat rare hereditary diseases or are precisely targeted to diseased tissues in the body. BC is leading the way both to develop precise diagnostics using multi-Omic analyses and also to develop new therapeutics to treat diseases more effectively using nanomedicine technology. These approaches are having a major impact in many areas, including diagnosing and treating COVID-19. In particular, I will outline how discoveries made here in BC have led to the development of a highly potent COVID-19 vaccine that has completed Phase 3 clinical trials and is about to be distributed globally by Pfizer.

1:45pm – 3:00pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Panel: COVID-19: The Case for and Barriers to Accessing and Sharing Health Data

The COVID-19 crisis highlighted several challenges beginning with the lack of access to current reliable data to inform physicians of treatment strategies that guide policymakers followed by the pressing need for more timely and effective data sharing along without obstacles. It is time for an open discussion about what the barriers are and how we can overcome them in a manner that addresses the full scope of citizens’ concerns.

3:00pm – 3:20pm Virtual Lobby

Afternoon Break

3:20pm – 4:50pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Panel: The Inflection Point in Healthcare - Where Do We Go from Here?

The Pandemic has provoked the healthcare system and, in some areas, exposed its vulnerabilities. We have responded with accelerated use of digital tools and digital modalities to prevent disease spread, treat those affected and preserve life. We now recognize some of the major weaknesses in the healthcare chain that were not fully exposed. We need to leverage all of our creativity and ingenuity to further promote development and uptake of innovative approach to healthcare and use of data. The panelists will pull together some of the key points from the summit and inspire you to innovate, collaborate, and generate solutions.

4:50pm - 5:00pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Closing Remarks & Announcements

Title Sponsor

Diamond Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Summit Sponsors & Exhibitors

Summit Partners