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

Adilson Jardim

Vice President, North America Public Sector Solution Engineering, Salesforce

Roderick Bremby

Regional Vice President, Digital Transformation - GTM Global Public Sector, Salesforce

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

Charlie Evans

Director of Analytics, Cerner

Rocky Ganske

President & CEO, illumiSonics

Dr. Dermot Kelleher

Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Dr. Helia Mohammadi

Chief Data Scientist and Healthcare Industry Lead, Microsoft Canada


Mary Ackenhusen

Senior Healthcare Executive; Executive Advisor, Deloitte

Dr. Terri Aldred

Medical Director, First Nations Health Authority

Mo Amin

Vice President, Value, Access & Policy, AstraZeneca Canada

David Anderson

Director, Precision Health Program, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Mark Armitage

Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Sector Workforce and Beneficiary Services, Ministry of Health

Kristine Ashcraft

Medical Affairs Director, Pharmacogenomics, Invitae

Dr. Jehannine Austin

Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, UBC

Dr. Matthew Bouchonville

Associate Director, ECHO Institute

Stephen Brown

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health, Province of BC

Doug Buchanan

Business Strategist & Advisor, Board Chair at Augurex Life Sciences Corp and ABOzymes Biomedical Inc.

Barry Burk

Executive Vice President, Virtual Care Programs, Canada Health Infoway

Dr. Winson Cheung

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

Stephanie Chicoine

Senior Healthcare Business Manager, Microsoft

Lisa Chu

Dean, School of Health Sciences, BCIT

Fiona Dalton

President & CEO, Providence Health
Moderator: Martin Dawes

Dr. Martin Dawes

Co-Founder and Scientific Director, 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. Bruce Forde

CEO, Cambian

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

David Helliwell

Co-Founder & Executive Board Chair, Thrive Health

Dr. Kendall Ho

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

Wendy Hurlburt

President and CEO, LifeSciences BC

Craig Ivany

Chief Provincial Diagnostics Officer, Provincial Health Services Authority

John Jacobson

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

Sanjay Joshi

Global CIO Healthcare and Life Sciences, Tanium

Bonnie Kam

Director, Strategic HTA, Janssen

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

Tim Leaver

Senior Director Commercial Operations, Precision NanoSystems Inc.

Dr. Victoria Lee

President & CEO, Fraser Health Authority

Dave Lewis

Global Advisory CISO, Cisco

Keith Lohkamp

Senior Director, Healthcare Industry Strategy, Workday

Dr. Catalina Lopez-Correa

Chief Scientific Officer, Genome Canada

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

Isobel Mackenzie, Seniors Advocate British Columbia

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; Consultant, CGI; Chair, Audit and Risk Committee, Transport Scotland

Drew McArthur

Principal, The McArthur Consulting Group

Tara McCarville

Principal, Brighton Group Health; Board Member, WELL Health Technologies

Karen McClure

Chief Investment Officer, Digital Technology Supercluster

Dr. Helen Messier

Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Medical Intelligence Learning Labs (Milli)

Dr. Gina Ogilvie

Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UBC; Canada Research Chair in Global Control of HPV Related Cancer

Sue Paish

CEO, Digital Technology Supercluster

Carlo Perez

Co-Founder and CEO, Swift Medical

Dr. Vardit Ravitsky

Professor, Bioethics Program, School of Public Health, University of Montreal

Dr. Dean Regier

Senior Scientist, Cancer Control Research, BC Cancer

Hamed Shahbazi

Chairman and CEO, WELL Health

Dr. Robert Sindelar

Professor and Dean Emeritus, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 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

Howard Waldner

Former President and CEO, Island Health; Adjunct Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC

Nancy White

CEO, Inagene Diagnostics

Dr. Peter Zandstra

Chief Scientific Officer & Co-Founder, Notch Therapeutics

Erica Zarkovich

Senior Vice President, Government Markets, LifeLabs
Print Agenda

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

8:25- 8:35am Coal Harbour Ballroom

Call to Conference & Territorial Acknowledgement

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 Ballroom Foyer

Morning Break

10:30am – 11:10am Coal Harbour A

Session 2A – Concurrent Keynote Address by Roche: Biomedical Innovation in the time of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.v2

We are entering an exciting period in history, sometimes referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution where cyber, physical and biological systems and sciences are fusing. In parallel and in consequence, new classes of therapeutics—such as mRNA, gene, and cell therapies and technologies such as cellular and molecular engineering—are expected to transform our approach to human disease and drive economic growth over the next century. With world-class biomedical researchers and a vibrant life sciences ecosystem, BC has a tremendous opportunity to lead this global transformation and shape a more healthy, sustainable, and innovative future for British Columbia. However, in order to achieve these goals, we have to consider both health and healthcare systems as important components of this fusion (v2) and consider how we can create the most effective approaches for discovery science, translation and flexible nimble bio-manufacturing. The presentation will discuss models and examples for defragmentation of translational science globally through collaborative learning health systems and will illustrate how our plans for the Academy of Translational Medicine at UBC can serve as a focal point to accelerate the process of moving from discovery science through to clinical application.

10:30am – 11:10am Coal Harbour B

Session 2B – Concurrent Keynote Address by Cerner: Making Integrated Care Real - Lessons from the UK

In this session, Charlie Evans, Director of analytics at Cerner, will present the journey towards integrated care in the UK and how a linked data infrastructure serves as the foundation to make population health management a reality. He will discuss the keys lessons learned working across several regions to bring data from across the care continuum together and help integrated care teams use the insights from person-centred data sets to reduce inequalities and unwarranted care variation proactively.

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 Coal Harbour Ballroom

Lunch Break

1:50pm – 2:25pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Session 4 – Keynote Address: The Personalized Medicine Revolution

2:35pm – 3:50pm 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.

2:35pm – 3:50pm Coal Harbour B

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

Virtual care – the use of digital technologies to deliver health services at a distance – has the ability to connect health professionals with patients and peers to support direct patient care and team-based collaboration across geography. As individuals from different communities and cultural contexts connect and interact, how do Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) influence the authenticity, relationship-building, and ultimately effectiveness of these virtual care services to help attain equity of access of high quality care? This international panel, with experts from a variety of organizations involved in indigenous, rural, remote and urban virtual care, will explore the various opportunities, issues, and challenges in applying EDI principles in virtual care services, their methodologies in approaching community and patient engagement, the successes that they enjoy in attaining EDI in practice, and sharing their lessons learned with our audience members.

3:50pm – 4:10pm Ballroom Foyer

Afternoon Break

4:10pm – 4:40pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Session 6 - Keynote Address 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 – 4:45pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Closing Remarks

Friday, October 22, 2021

8:15am – 8:25am Coal Harbour Ballroom

Administrative Announcements & Territorial Acknowledgement

8:25am – 8:55am Coal Harbour Ballroom

Session 7 – Keynote Address by Microsoft: Accelerating Research Outcomes with Cloud & AI

As the pace of medical research accelerates post pandemic, researchers today are navigating a complex technology environment where they are looking to increase their agility and elasticity while balancing the needs of their local IT teams who stress enterprise security and compliance. How can research teams better take advantage of cloud technology while balancing costs?

Join illumiSonics, Microsoft Canada and the Photomedicine Labs at the University of Waterloo as they share how they are collaborating together to accelerate real-time, touchless laser research geared to revolutionizing medical imaging with Microsoft Azure. You can expect to leave this session with a better understanding of key lessons learned in leveraging machine learning with cloud technology and get a better sense of how your research organizations can take advantage of the Research Center of Excellence on Cloud to better empower your research team.

9:05am –10:20am Coal Harbour A

Session 8 – Concurrent Panel A: Human Capital Management: Overriding Concerns about the Mass Exodus of Healthcare Professionals

9:05am –10:20am Coal Harbour B

Session 8 – Concurrent Panel B: Gene & Cell Based Therapies: The Next Frontier

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 Ballroom Foyer

Morning Break

10:45am – 12:00pm Coal Harbour A

Session 9 – 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 9 – 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.

Moderator: Martin Dawes

12:00pm – 1:10pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Lunch Break

1:10pm –1:40pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Session 10 - Keynote Address by Salesforce: It's not over! Pandemic response and beyond

Health agencies around the world were tested by numerous challenges when the Pandemic struck. Systems were needed to support requirements at scale for Testing Management, Contact Tracing, and Vaccine Management and we responded incredibly well. As we continue to navigate through the pandemic, organizations are asking themselves: “what’s next”? Adilson Jardim, VP - Solution Engineering at Salesforce.com, and Rod Bremby, former Public and Environmental Health Executive for the State of Kansas will explore how the landscape has changed and the new challenges facing Public and Clinical Health along with some thoughts on what to do next so we’re better prepared to deliver these vital services.

1:50pm – 3:05pm Coal Harbour A

Session 11 – Concurrent Panel A: Value-Based Healthcare: Integration of Real-World Evidence

It is generally accepted that no healthcare system in the world is economically sustainable, and with the threat of the silver tsunami, it is only going to get more precarious. In order to bring spending under control value-based healthcare or healthcare delivered reimbursed on outcomes rather than service. However, healthcare systems have not been set up to capture outcome metrics that can demonstrate value delivered. At the same time, the quantity of health data has reached new heights in recent years due to the increased use of health apps, computers, electronic health records, biometric trackers, biomarker analysis and remote patient monitoring devices. Extraordinarily, these data sets are collected in real time, making up an unstructured set of “real-world data” (RWD). Once structured and analyzed, RWD can provide real-world evidence (RWE). Together, they are recognized by regulators as having the potential to inform across the entire healthcare ecosystem including the value of the care delivered by evaluating treatment outcomes and safety. They can also help design better and more efficient clinical trials and care provisions. The impact potential is relative to the quality and quantity of RWD/ RWE available and to the engagement and acceptance by the members of the ecosystem. The panel will explore how members of this ecosystem can capture and integrate RWD/RWE into reimbursement models and the decision-making processes to improve care and efficiencies across the care continuum.

1:50pm – 3:05pm Coal Harbour B

Session 11 – Concurrent Panel B: Digital Technology Supercluster: Investing in the Future of Healthcare

The Supercluster Initiative was launched in 2017 by the federal Ministry of Industry, Science and Economic Development (ISED). The goal was to bring together industry, academia, and the public sector to invest in joint R&D projects that would increase collaboration and improve Canada’s competitiveness in global markets. The initiative created five Superclusters coast to coast, with Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster being based in Vancouver. This panel will explore how the creation of the Digital Supercluster changed has the investment climate for healthcare innovation in Canada and how, over the past four years, how it has affected the delivery of care. The panel will also discuss the impact of the pandemic on the Digital Supercluster’s portfolio of health sector projects through a targeted COVID program.

3:05pm – 3:30pm Ballroom Foyer

Afternoon Break

3:30pm – 5:00pm Coal Harbour Ballroom

Session 12 – 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.

5:00pm – 5:05pm 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.