21st Annual Healthcare Summit The Future of Innovation, Personalized Medicine and Genomics October 21-22, 2021, Vancouver, BC

General Information

Sustaining the Momentum for Change: Innovation to Implementation

Where we’ll embrace change, turn problems into potential, and chart the future in healthcare

Presenting the 2021 Healthcare Summit – The Hybrid is an Integrated Experience with two simultaneous components giving all virtual delegates and in-person delegates an all encompassing experience.

The 21st Annual Healthcare Summit: The Future of Innovation, Personalized Medicine and Genomics, bringing together over 50 national and international subject matter experts and leaders in digital health technology, personalized medicine, health innovation, value-based healthcare and genomics.

Educating and discussing the most relevant topics on the rapid acceleration towards digital healthcare.

  • Virtual Care – “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion”
  • Artificial Intelligence, Analytics and Machine Learning
  • Modern Data Protection – “Most Sensitive and Valuable Data”
  • Personalized Medicine – “A New Era in Genetic Medicine”
  • Value-Based Healthcare – “A New Model Focused on Accountability
  • Consumer Based Healthcare – “Focused on the Patient”
  • Pharmacogenomics – “The Right Medication for You”

The Digital-First Summit Virtual Experience & The Summit In-Person Experience by Invitation
Designed to offer virtual delegates and in-person participants more. With enhanced integrations allowing virtual attendees to network with in-person participants. It is a place where you will experience engaging and interactive live streaming keynotes and panel sessions, networking activities, live streaming collaboration between virtual delegates and in-person participants, along with interactive virtual social spaces and building business relationships.

(All In-Person attendance and components are subject to provincial guidelines)

Who Attends

Digital First Experience*

Early Bird
(until Aug.29th)
(after Aug.29th)
Virtual Registration $249.00 CAD (plus GST)
$299.00 CAD (plus GST)
Virtual Experience Registration Includes:
  • Signature keynotes by international subject matter experts in healthcare
  • Concurrent panel sessions + interactive live streaming Q & A
  • Access to the customized virtual platform (content available on-demand for 30 days after the summit)
  • Access to the virtual exhibition hall
  • Virtual conference bag
*If you are a post-secondary student please inquire about our special student rate.

In-person Experience**

Only 50 passes available by invitation for $375 plus GST until sold out.
To request an invitation please send an email to christine@rebootcommunications.com with your company name and title.

In-Person Experience Registration Includes:
(includes full virtual experience registration)
  • Join us live in Vancouver, B.C for our 2 day interactive in-person experience
  • Collaborate with senior executives who are changing the healthcare industry
  • Signature keynotes by international subject matter experts in healthcare
  • Concurrent panel sessions + interactive in-person Q & A
  • Unparalleled in-person networking via 1:1 meetings and small group conversations
  • Lunch and coffee breaks
**Subject to provincial guidelines (if the in-person portion needs to be canceled you will be given a virtual pass and refunded the difference).

Social Media

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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Mark Britnell

Vice-Chair & Global Health Expert, KPMG UK; Author of “Human: Solving the Global Workforce Crisis in Healthcare”

Dr. Pieter Cullis

Scientific Director and CEO, NanoMedicines Innovation Network; Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, UBC

Dr. Dermot Kelleher

Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia


Mary Ackenhusen

Senior Healthcare Executive

Mo Amin

Vice President, Value, Access & Policy, AstraZeneca Canada

Kristine Ashcraft

Medical Affairs Director, Pharmacogenomics, Invitae

Dr. Jehannine Austin

Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, UBC

Corrie Barclay

Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Sector IM/IT, Ministry of Health, Province of BC

Stephen Brown

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health, Province of BC

Dr. Winson Cheung

Senior Medical Oncologist, Principal Director, Oncology Outcomes (O2)

Fiona Dalton

President & CEO, Providence Health
Moderator: Martin Dawes

Dr. Martin Dawes

Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder, GenXys

Dr. Bernard Esquivel

Chief Medical Officer, GenXys

Robert Falzon

Head of Engineering, Office of the CTO, Check Point

Dr. Marc Fiume

Co-Founder and CEO, DNAstack

Dr. Robert Fraser

President and CEO, Molecular You

Dr. Laura Furstenthal

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Robin Gould-Soil

President, RGS Management Consulting Services; CPO, Pentavere

Dr. Kendall Ho

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

Wendy Hurlburt

President and CEO, LifeSciences BC

John Jacobson

Former Deputy Minister, Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services

Sanjay Joshi

Global CIO Healthcare and Life Sciences, Tanium

Handol Kim

Co-Founder & CEO, Variational AI

Arden Krystal

President & CEO, Southlake Regional Health Centre

Kirk LaPointe

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Business in Vancouver Media Group

Dr. Victoria Lee

President & CEO, Fraser Health Authority

Evgueni Loukipoudis

CTO, Digital Technology Supercluster

Dr. Alan Low

Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC; Exec. Director, MedAccess BC; Primary Care Pharmacist & Pharmacy Lead, BioPro Biologics Pharmacy

Isobel Mackenzie

Seniors Advocate, Office of the Seniors Advocate BC

Shelagh Maloney

Executive Vice President, Engagement and Marketing, Canada Health Infoway

John Matheson

Consultant , Digital Health and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde; Board Member, Doctors and Dentists Review Board

Drew McArthur

Principal, The McArthur Consulting Group

Tara McCarville

Principal Consultant, Brighton Group; Board Member, Starling Minds and WELL Health

Karen McClure

Chief Investment Officer, Digital Technology Supercluster

Sue Paish

CEO, Digital Technology Supercluster

Carlo Perez

Co-Founder and CEO, Swift Medical

Dr. Dean Regier

Senior Scientist, Cancer Control Research, BC Cancer

Janey Shin

Director, Patient Value Innovation, Janssen

Dr. Robert Sindelar

Professor and Dean Emeritus, UBC

Jim Slater

Health System & Business Advisor

Pamela Snively

VP, Chief Data & Trust Officer, TELUS

Dr. Pascal Spothelfer

President & CEO, Genome BC

Dr. Kathryn Todd

Vice President - Provincial Clinical Excellence, Alberta Health Services

Nancy White

CEO, Inagene

Erica Zarkovich

Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer and Corporate Secretary, LifeLabs
Print Agenda

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

8:05am - 8:15am Coal Harbour Ballroom

Call to Conference & Territorial Acknowledgements

8:15am - 8:35am Coal Harbour Ballroom

Opening Introductions

8:35am – 10:05am Coal Harbour Ballroom

Session 1 - Opening Panel: Sustaining the Innovation Mindset

We have seen unprecedented innovation in the past 19 months supporting our collective efforts to preserve life and maintain quality of care in the face of the pandemic. Recent catastrophic events have revealed both our strengths and weaknesses, which we can learn from in order to pursue even greater progress with improved efficiency. However, it is not yet clear if this new mindset that has helped us to successfully manage through the pandemic has become an integral part of our “new normal” in healthcare. In this panel discussion, Senior Executives and Decision-Makers will share their knowledge and insights around what it will take for us to sustain the innovation mindset, expand on successful collaborations, and stimulate new ideas as we launch this year’s 21st Annual Healthcare Summit.

10:05am – 10:30am

Morning Break

10:30am – 11:10am Coal Harbour A

Session 2 – Concurrent Keynote Speaker by Roche

10:30am – 11:10am Coal Harbour B

Session 2 – Industry Concurrent Keynote Speaker

11:15am – 12:45pm Coal Harbour A

Session 3 – Concurrent Panel A: Modern Data Protection Regulation in Healthcare - Health Data is the Most Sensitive and Valuable Personal Information

How do we enable the use of valuable healthcare information to uncover the hidden successes in treatment while still respecting the privacy rights of patients as well as health care professionals? The existing repositories of real world data hold valuable secrets that can change the future course of treatment for many diseases, but at the same time can potentially expose our most private information.

What protections are in place to enable the use of this data? Does the protection of privacy hinder new discoveries in healthcare? Learn how to unlock the secrets of patient records to enable research into novel treatments while protecting individual privacy.

11:15am – 12:45pm Coal Harbour B

Session 3 – Concurrent Panel B: Overcoming Barriers and Facilitating Implementation

Millions/billions of dollars are invested in healthcare research in Canada/Worldwide, yet we fail to implement so many of the innovations from this research, losing millions/billions of investment dollars while creating an even more stagnant and resistant system. The pandemic created the burning platform often needed for change; how do we leverage these lessons in overcoming barriers to innovation and build a platform for facilitating implementation of much needed innovation, because innovation without implementation equals frustration and waste?

12:45pm – 1:50pm

Lunch Break

1:50pm – 2:25pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Session 4 – Keynote Speaker

2:30pm – 3:45pm Coal Harbour A

Session 5 – Concurrent Panel A: Artificial Intelligence, Analytics and Machine Learning

Healthcare costs have risen faster than inflation for decades. Experts estimate healthcare will account for over 20% of GDP by 2025. Doctors are working harder to treat patients and physician shortages are growing. Medical professionals have their schedules packed so tightly that much of the human element which motivated their pursuit of medicine is reduced or non-existent.

In healthcare, artificial intelligence (AI) can seem intimidating yet for most medical professionals AI will be an accelerant and enable, not a threat. Three ways that AI can add value to the future delivery of healthcare are faster, less expensive, and more accurate. The interaction of speed, cost and accuracy can do amazing things for patients. However, the promise of improved speed, cost, or accuracy alone is often insufficient to meaningfully impact patient care.

2:30pm – 3:45pm Coal Harbour B

Session 5 – Concurrent Panel B: The Future of Virtual Healthcare: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

3:45pm – 4:05pm

Afternoon Break

4:05pm – 4:35pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Session 6 - Industry Keynote Speaker by KPMG: Human: Solving the Global Workforce Crisis in Healthcare

The World Health Organisation Predicts the world will be short of 18m health workers by 2030. Mark’s book Human: Solving the Global Workforce Crisis in Healthcare, looks at 10 large-scale changes, which together can increase the capacity to care by roughly 20%.

4:40pm – 5:10pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Session 7 - Industry Keynote Speaker

5:10pm – 5:15pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Closing Remarks

Friday, October 22, 2021

8:00am – 8:10am Coal Harbour Ballroom

Administrative Announcements & Territorial Acknowledgements

8:10am – 8:30am Coal Harbour Ballroom

Opening Introductions

8:30am – 9:00am Coal Harbour Ballroom

Session 8 – Keynote Speaker by Microsoft

9:05am –10:20am Coal Harbour A

Session 9 – Concurrent Panel A: Human Capital Management: Overriding Concerns about the Mass Exodus of Healthcare Professionals

9:05am –10:20am Coal Harbour B

Session 9 – Concurrent Panel B: Gene Based Therapies

Medicine is on the cusp of a major change as disruptive technologies such as gene editing move from the lab closer toward the clinic.

10:20am – 10:45am

Morning Break

10:45am – 12:00pm Coal Harbour A

Session 10 – Concurrent Panel A: Consumer Engaged Healthcare: How Empowering Consumers Can Lead to a Continuous-Learning Health Care System Supported By More Thorough Data Acquisition, Data Aggregation and Interoperability

Healthcare across the globe has seen an explosion in biomedical knowledge, dramatic innovation in therapies and medical procedures, and the improved management of many health challenging conditions. Yet, in many cases, healthcare systems are falling short of projected targets on basic dimensions of quality, outcomes, costs, and equity. Many studies have shown that health outcomes are generally better and costs of care are generally lower when consumers know more about their health and are more directly engaged and empowered for greater control over decisions and actions affecting their own health and well-being. Consumers/patients know their own bodies and know the context of their lives. Ideally, systems strive for care that is based on the best available evidence, delivers the best care every time, engages and empowers the individual to take an active role and move toward wellness rather than illness, and continuously learns and improves with each care experience. Digital technology, especially more thorough data acquisition, data aggregation and systems interoperability will be critical to success.

Engaged patients are central to an effective, efficient, and continuously learning healthcare system. They will be active participants in all elements of our health endeavors and new knowledge will be captured and learned from as an integral by-product of each and every healthcare experience.

10:45am – 12:00pm Coal Harbour B

Session 10 – Concurrent Panel B: Pharmacogenomics

A significant central element of personalized medicine is pharmacogenomics (PGx), gene information which can reduce adverse effects and maximize efficacy by supporting individualized drug therapy selection. Pharmacogenomics application and uptake is being considered by people and payers, though they are seemingly held back by false concerns of big data and health privacy issues. With the technological advances seen, platforms supporting genomic testing and more evidence to support interpretation, we have uncovered the main focus: how can we broadly make use of all the data to inform clinically actionable health and drug therapy recommendations. Using the data to develop and improve versatile predictive risk models is within reach. Applying artificial intelligence to the abundance of data and maintaining privacy in the development of platforms which optimize drug treatments that manage symptoms, prevent and manage disease can be a safe and effective approach as we all work together.

12:00pm – 1:05pm

Lunch Break

1:05pm –1:40pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Session 11 - Keynote Speaker

1:45pm – 3:00pm Coal Harbour A

Session 12 – Concurrent Panel A: Value-Based Healthcare: Integration of Real-World Evidence

1:45pm – 3:00pm Coal Harbour B

Session 12 – Concurrent Panel B: Digital Technology Supercluster: Investing in the Future of Healthcare

3:00pm – 3:25pm

Afternoon Break

3:25pm – 4:55pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Session 13 – Closing Panel: Riding an Innovation Wave Into a Health and Wellness Quantum Leap: Building Upon our Experiences

We have come together in a crisis to take action and innovate, bringing together a wide array of expertise and technology, leveraging health research, genomics, digital health, human resources, knowledge, and information. Knowing that we can accomplish major health transformation when we come together, we are poised to solve many of the colossal healthcare issues of our century. The closing panel includes a diverse group of experts and leaders who will help focus our attention so we can make the Health and Wellness Quantum Leap. The panelists will share insights on the next big challenges and how we can use our recent experience to overcome them.

4:55pm – 5:00pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Closing Remarks & Announcements

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Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel

If you are attending the in-person experience at the 21st Annual Healthcare Summit and need to make a hotel reservation we have a room block at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel with room rates starting at $159.  The room block ends September 27th.  To book a room within this room block please click here.

The Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel is situated right near the water, a stone’s throw from the beautiful Stanley Park as well as the bustling Gastown district and the renowned shopping on Robson Street and within easy access to an incredible array of arts and entertainment. We’re also steps from the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Each of the guest rooms at our downtown Vancouver hotel features floor-to-ceiling windows, Japanese automatic bidets (TOTO®), 55” flat screen TVs and traditional welcoming origami cranes, a symbol of hospitality. These high quality amenities are signature features of APA Hotel in Japan and unique toAPA’s Urban Style Hotel concept. Our rooms come with complimentary wireless Internet and a range of modern amenities. You’ll also have access to our top-notch fitness center, pool and hot tub—not to mention our signature Prestons Restaurant + Lounge, the perfect spot to drink, dine and dish about your Vancouver experience.

– Must cancel 48 hours prior to 4:00PM the day of arrival to avoid penalty. Cancellation fee of 1 night’s room and tax at confirmed rate.

– No-Show: Reservations where the guest has not arrived on their confirmed arrival date will be cancelled by the hotel and the party which has guaranteed the reservation will be charged an amount equalling one (1) night’s room rate and applicable taxes.

– Early Departure: An early departure fee equalling one night of the confirmed room rate and applicable taxes will be charged to the party which guaranteed the reservation for guests departing before their confirmed departure dates. Guests will be exempt from this charge if they change their departure dates prior to their arrival date or at the time of check in.