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*

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 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. A limited number of on-site delegates passes will be available, subject to provincial guidelines, to attend the Summit at the Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel. 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

In-Person Registration* Virtual Registration**
Public Sector $500.00 CAD (plus GST) $350.00 CAD (plus GST)
Private Sector $500.00 CAD (plus GST) $350.00 CAD (plus GST)

*This exclusive Summit has a limited number of in-person seats available (subject to provincial guidelines).

**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

  • 2 buffet lunches (In-person registration only)
  • All coffee breaks (In-person registration only)
  • 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.


Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel

Enjoy the full experience of downtown Vancouver when you stay at Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver by APA, our new urban style hotel.

The hotel is situated right in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw from the beautiful Stanley Park. Our downtown location offers convenient access to the Gastown district, the renowned shopping on Robson Street, and the incredible array of arts and entertainment that Vancouver has to offer. Our close proximity to The Vancouver Convention Centre is ideal for our business travelers.

Keynote Speakers

Mary Ackenhusen

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

Dr. Pieter Cullis

Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UBC

Shelagh Maloney

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

Dr. Verna Yiu

President & CEO, Alberta Health Services


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. Chris Eagle

Board Chair, Alberta Cancer Foundation

Dr. Robert Fraser

President and CEO, Molecular You

Raghwa Gopal

President & CEO, Innovate BC

Robin Gould-Soil

Consultant; Former Chief Privacy Officer, HSBC

David Helliwell

Co-Founder & CEO, Thrive Health

Dr. Kendall Ho

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

Dr. Alan Low

Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC; Primary Care Pharmacist and Pharmacy Lead, BioPro Biologics Pharmacy

Sue Paish

CEO, Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster

Ted Patterson

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

Pamela Snively

VP, Chief Data & Trust Officer, TELUS

Graham Statt

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

Howard Waldner

Adjunct Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC

Donna Wilson

Executive Vice President, Provincial Health Services Authority
Print Agenda

*Invited Speaker

Monday, October 26, 2020

7:30am Coal Harbour Ballroom Foyer

Registration Desk Opens

7:30am - 8:30am Coal Harbour Ballroom Foyer

Morning Coffee

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

Call to Conference

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

Keynote Address

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 Coal Harbour Ballroom Foyer

Morning Break

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

Keynote Address by Roche

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

Panel: Virtual Care Will Lead Radical Change in the Healthcare System

Healthcare reform will need to spur a totally different approach to how care is organized, delivered, and distributed, which will be paramount in a (hopefully soon) post-COVID-19 era. It’s the only way to deliver the quadruple aim of healthcare: better outcomes, improved patient and staff experience, and lower cost of care.

12:45pm - 1:50pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Networking Luncheon

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

Keynote Address by Amazon

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

Concurrent Panel A: Personalized Medicine and Oncology – Delivering Public Healthcare While Overcoming the Economic Barriers

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 Coal Harbour Ballroom Foyer

Afternoon Break

4:05pm - 4:40pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Keynote Address

4:40pm - 4:45pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Closing Remarks

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

7:45am - 8:30am Coal Harbour Ballroom Foyer

Morning Coffee

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

Administrative Announcements

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

Keynote Address - Diamond Sponsor

9:10am - 10:25am Virtual Platform

Concurrent Panel A: 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.

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

Concurrent Panel B: Value Based Healthcare

10:25am - 10:45am Coal Harbour Ballroom Foyer

Morning Break

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

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

Healthcare systems around the world—even the most advanced ones—are some of the most complicated, hierarchical, and static institutions in society. Before COVID-19 struck, we did not understand the importance of these areas and act accordingly, and, crucially as far as AI is concerned, we did not have the data to deliver the solutions.

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 Coal Harbour Ballroom

Networking Luncheon

1:05pm –1:40pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Keynote Address

1:45pm – 3:00pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Panel: COVID-19: The Effects of Tracing Apps, Data Management & Ethics

Do we need an organized process to support timely data collection on COVID-19 cases or their outcomes? The real challenges in health data is breaking down the silos to create access to hospital discharge summaries, emergency department visits and long-term care claims used by researchers and healthcare systems to better inform public policy decisions.

3:00pm – 3:20pm Coal Harbour Ballroom Foyer

Afternoon Break

3:20pm – 4:35pm 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.

4:35pm - 4:45pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Closing Remarks & Announcements

Title Sponsor

Diamond Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Summit Sponsors & Exhibitors