ITAC Health Board of Directors

Message from The Chair

Gary Folker,  Chair, ITAC Health Board
Information Technology Association of Canada

I’m pleased to be able to embark on this journey as the new Chair of the ITAC Health board. Having been with this organization for more than seven years and a member of the board for three years, it’s a pleasure to enter into a role that will allow me to continue supporting and promoting ITAC Health and its members as we work towards establishing the Canadian healthcare industry as a global leader.

As a member of the ITAC Health board, I have been thrilled to have been involved with multiple innovative projects and successes including our role in affecting change in procurements and our role with Health Canada in software as a device These experiences have taught me that we, the members of ITAC, provide a valuable voice within our industry and when working together, the board is a powerful force driving change forward and improving the effectiveness of our health system.

We are all privileged to have careers that have exposed us to a rapidly changing industry – especially as healthcare is constantly being challenged or reinvented by new technologies. Associations like ITAC Health play an essential role as it allows us to bring experts together, share best practices and challenge the status quo to create industry innovation that we can be proud of.

As we navigate the next few years together, I encourage you all to raise your voices and become actively involved in the many committees, activities and events we take part in. It’s the strength of our collective voice that helps us advocate for vital changes within the healthcare industry.

I’m honoured to begin this role and I look forward to meeting our goals and creating new milestones together in the years to come.

Gary Folker

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Gary Folker

Gary Folker, Chair

Senior Vice President, Canada,  Orion Health

Gary Folker is responsible for the strategic planning, ongoing development and growth of Orion Health in Canada.  He draws from more than 30 years of experience pioneering healthcare technology in Canada and is ideally positioned to guide business development for the leading eHealth provider.

Prior to joining Orion Health in May 2011, Gary was Managing Director for Healthcare with xwave (a Bell Company).  In that role, he built and managed partnerships and propelled development of integrated healthcare solutions such as xwaveEMR, a hosted Application Service Provider (ASP) electronic medical record for primary-care physicians.

Gary has exemplary credentials that include spearheading the implementation of Canada’s first fully-integrated electronic patient chart; introducing into the country high-volume scanning of patient records; and creating the largest healthcare document-capture facility in North America. Gary has held various senior-management and executive positions, including Chief Operating Officer of a major Canadian health-informatics firm. He has directed development of technology solutions and expanded services that resulted in the introduction of many leading medical technologies into the country.

He is a CPHIMS-CA certified professional and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Acadia University.

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David Pattenden, Vice-Chair

National Health Industry Leader, VMware Canada

David is responsible for the National Healthcare Industry Strategy for VMware Canada – focused on helping transform IT with cloud computing and mobile health solutions.

Prior to joining VMware, David held a variety of positions in Healthcare IT over the past 17 years. As the National Director, Healthcare Industry for Microsoft Canada, David led the initiative to bring the first Consumer Health Platform to the Canadian Market in 2007. David was also responsible for leading Microsoft Canada’s cloud transformation strategy in 2011, when the company made a seismic shift from software to cloud-based services. In 2003, David consulted on several MOHLTC projects (including ePP and iPHIS), and was a Vice President in the establishment phase of OntarioMD, a successful province-wide initiative focused on enabling physician office electronic medical records. In the Private Sector, David has held senior sales and business development positions with several leading IT software and consulting services firms including IBM (Cognos) and CGI (IMRglobal).  In these various roles, David has gained experience and insight by working with senior leaders from the Private Sector and Public Sector / Healthcare Industry across Canada and Globally. In addition, David has been a speaker at International events, a guest lecturer for several MBA programs, and was a staff member on two Provincial election campaigns.

David holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, a post-graduate diploma in Information Technology, and an MBA from Warwick Business School in England. David has served as a member of the ITAC Health Board of Directors and is former Co-Chair of the Interoperability and Standards Committee (ISC).

Aaron Burk

Aaron Berk, Director

Director, Advisory Services, KPMG

Aaron Berk is a Director with KPMG and leads KPMG’s Health IT practice.  He is a clinician and experienced consultant and has 15 years of experience in a variety of roles within healthcare in both the United States and Canada.

Through his hospital roles, Aaron was recognized for strong physician-communication strategies, leadership and policy/strategy development. Further to his clinical and hospital experience, Aaron has experience in large healthcare transformation projects including health-system policy and strategy, system planning, change management, health-system information management and technology, clinical-system implementation and procurement. Aaron has led provincial projects related to wait-time management, peri-operative practice, critical care, and population health initiatives including Colon Cancer and Diabetes.

Aaron holds an appointment at the University of Toronto in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (iHPME) related to health policy and health informatics.  He is an experienced board member actively serving on multiple boards including the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA).

Barry Burk

Barry Burk, Director, Co-Chair Advocacy Committee

Vice President, Healthcare Industry, IBM Canada

Barry Burk, is the Senior IBM Executive responsible for all aspects of IBM’s business in the healthcare sector in Canada.
Managing a nationwide team of industry specialists, Barry is responsible for developing the strategy, solutions, services and partnerships to optimize IBM’s opportunity in the rapidly changing healthcare industry in Canada. Over his 26 year IBM career, Barry has held a number of key strategy, sales and management positions.

Barry a member of IBM Canada’s Senior Leadership Team and is a part of the IBM Global Healthcare Leadership team.

A powerful speaker and writer often sought for his perspective on industry trends and directions, Barry has also made numerous presentations at national and international healthcare conferences.

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Chris Carbone, Director

Executive Vice President and Co-founder, Mindful Experience

In his role as Executive Vice President and Co-Founder, Chris is focused on leading the overall sales and growth strategy for Mindful Experience. Chris’s proven ability at large deal creation and outside the box thinking has led to many large successful project across North America and the Caribbean. Chris has had an accomplished sales career and held multiple executive roles including Chief Innovation Officer, and Global Vice President of Canadian Organizations. His leadership style is one of leading by example, and by providing the utmost support to those around him.

Chris and team created the name, Mindful Experience and feel it is a perfect fit in our ever changing world of Information Technology; “I want to be Mindful of our customers and their business problems, Mindful of our staff and their work environment, and Mindful of our key partnerships that we need to be an all-encompassing solutions provider” – Chris Carbone

Mike Clarke

Mike Clarke, Director

General Manager, GE Healthcare IT, Canada

Mike brings over 25 years experience to this role, during that time he gained valuable industry experience in ITC, Leasing, Banking and Healthcare working for companies such as; CSG, Cisco and HP. He has held senior Sales, Business Development, Operations and General Management positions leading teams in Canada, the US and Europe.

Mike joined GE in 2004 as VP, Business Development. His passion for the healthcare business took him to the Clinical Systems group in 2006 and then into his role on the Country Marketing team focused on Alternative Finance programs, Private Market and Public-Private-Partnership (P3) initiatives for GE Healthcare in Canada. In 2007 Mike moved into his current role as General Manager, GE Healthcare IT, Canada. Mike is responsible for IITS Enterprise Sales, Service, Applications and Professional Services in Canada.

Mike attended McMaster University and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in 1982 with a minor in IT.

Susanne Flett

Susanne Flett, Director, Co-Chair Advocacy Committee

President, Healthtech Consultants

As President and Founder of Healthtech Consultants, Susanne Flett has been a leader of healthcare and information technology services for over thirty years. She created Healthtech Consultants in 1983 out of a need to make a difference. Susanne assembled a dynamic group of consultants who deliver exceptional results, provide responsive client service, and offer innovative, practical solutions exclusively to the Canadian Healthcare sector. Under her leadership, Healthtech provides full project lifecycle services that promote the application of technology to improve healthcare delivery across Canada.

Susanne’s expertise has led to the successful completion of hundreds of planning, integration, implementation, and clinical adoption engagements each year. Her demonstrated experience ensures that complex multi-stakeholder projects consistently reach desired outcomes. She has keen insight into how to combine business and patient care needs to guarantee project success. With this combination of strong business acumen and passion for innovation, Susanne is also the President and Founder of Healthtech Innovations, a sister company that invests in early stage healthcare technology companies. Healthtech Innovations serves as an angel investor for companies that are introducing innovative approaches for the use of technology in healthcare.

Susanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McMaster University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. She serves on the Board of Directors for ITAC and ITAC Health, is Co-Chair for the Advocacy Committee for ITAC health, and serves on the Advisory Board for CanChild – a research and education centre focused on improving the lives of children and youth with disabilities and their families.

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Paul Haycraft, Director

PwC Health Industries

Paul is Managing Director with PwC’s Health Technology Advisory practice and brings over 20 years of information technology and consulting experience; including health information management consulting, Electronic Health Records (EHR), Diagnostic Imaging solutions (DIrs/PACS), point-of-care acute and ambulatory Clinical Information Systems, medical information technology and medical devices. He has considerable executive relationship and program management experience and has held executive positions in consulting, business development and marketing and with firms including Accenture, Philips and Hewlett-Packard.

Paul has led national, provincial and regional health information technology initiatives including projects related to health industry standards, eReferral, Diagnostic Imaging (DI) vendor neutral archives, ambulatory EMRs, and critical care information systems.
Paul holds a Bachelors of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University.

Al Hildebrandt

Al  Hildebrandt, Director

President, QHR Technologies Inc.

Al Hildebrandt founded QHR Technologies Inc. in 1997 a healthcare IT public company (TSXV – QHR) headquartered in Kelowna, B.C. Al led QHR as the CEO until his official retirement in June 2015, and continues to work with QHR on a consulting assignment for the next year.   QHR has 200 employees in Canada and serves over 10,000 Canadian physicians with Electronic Medical Records.

Al’s work career started as a Calgary City Policeman from 1972 to 1978, and became a Calgary Fireman from 1978 to 1981.   In 1981 Al moved his family to Kelowna and started in the technology sector in a number of sales positions prior to starting his own ventures in the 90’s.

Al is widely known in the Kelowna community through his involvement in the Technology community as well as an active volunteer in a number of organizations, including recently being elected to the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

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Paula Hucko, Director

President, Goldcare

Rising through the ranks, Paula first joined GoldCare as VP of Sales and Marketing and more recently, Chief Operating Officer. In her current role as President, Paula oversees all aspects of the operations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this Paula was the Managing Director for HSAGlobal Canada a cloud based SaaS HealthCare company, the President, COO, Sr VP for Triple G, and the President of Dun and Bradstreet Canada.

With an MBA and B Sc. from McMaster University, Paula has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare, software development, and financial services industries.

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Sara Jost, RN, Director

Healthcare Solutions Manager, Blackberry

Sara Joined BlackBerry in 2010 as the Healthcare Subject Matter Expert and Healthcare Vertical Lead responsible for healthcare strategy, marketing and sales programs. She has over 14 years of healthcare experience, including Neuroscience Researcher specializing in stroke and migraine at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. She was also a High Risk Labour and Delivery Registered Nurse at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, ON. Sara worked for Healthanywhere, a mHealth start-up, starting and managing 17 mHealth programs across North America and in the UK. Sara has a BScH in Life Sciences from Queen’s University and a BS in Nursing from University of Toronto.

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Peter Jones, Director

Industry Lead – Canadian Healthcare,  Microsoft Canada Co.

Peter Jones joined Microsoft Canada in October 1999.  He brings (25+) years’ experience in the information technology industry with an excellent track record in strategic alliances and experience in working with key solution integrators. He has a proven track record in sales and business management experience from his years at companies like – Compaq, Digital Equipment, Xerox, Computerland and Microsoft. For the past 6 years Peter has held the position of Industry Lead for Healthcare at Microsoft Canada. He is involved in different Health Informatics groups like COACH, CHIEF, ITAC health and various industry events.


Pierre Lemire, Director

President and CTO, Calgary Scientific

Pierre Lemire is responsible for the strategic product planning and development for Calgary Scientific. He has over 30 years in software development focused on end user products. He has significant experience in managing web and mobile product development and in bringing innovative products to market. As President and CTO of Calgary Scientific, he has led the adoption of mobile technologies in healthcare and continues to drive new solutions to improve physician workflow and patient outcomes.

Prior to joining Calgary Scientific in March of 2004, Pierre was the CTO of Autodesk Inc. Infrastructure Division, where he managed Autodesk’s initiatives for web and mobile based GIS solutions. He also helped launch AutoCAD Map to market a leading product in desktop mapping.

Pierre holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree from the University of Regina.


Daniel Penn, Director

President and Co-founder, Shift Health

Daniel is the President and Co-Founder of Shift Health, an award winning company that help healthcare organizations improve outcomes through patient reported data.

As a teenager, he was a competitive athlete representing Canada in ski racing. A series of injuries, operations and a significant concussion led him to experience the challenges of patient-provider communication.

With the completion of a combined Arts and Science degree at McMaster University, Daniel grasped that effective communication and Knowledge Translation activities are fundamental in bridging the gap between subject-matter experts and the average person.

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Lisa Purdy, Director

Partner, National Health Industry Leader,  Deloitte Inc.

Lisa Purdy, MHSc, Partner, Deloitte.  For over fifteen years Lisa has worked with individual providers, regional systems, provincial health organizations/agencies and the Health Ministries in addressing their governance, operations, and technology solution requirements.  Through her work she regularly facilitates the convergence of the vendor and provider communities to ensure innovative, sustainable solutions are advanced in the health industry.

Lisa started her career in the private sector with a focus on research and market analysis and transitioned to the health sector through a graduate degree in health administration from the University of Toronto.   Lisa has spent the past 15 years focused on the health industry with her roles in government, hospital, and provincial agencies providing a foundation for a career in health services consulting.  For the past 5 years, Lisa has been a partner at Deloitte and is the leader of the National Health Services Practice. Through her leadership role at Deloitte, Lisa has developed relationships and regularly advises leaders from the vendor, provider, and government communities.

Lisa contributes her leadership to various advisory boards, including Ivey Centre for Health Innovation and Leadership, Toronto Board of Trade Liveability Committee, and the Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Advancement of Health Innovation.


Master of Health Science in Health Administration, University of Toronto, 1993-1995

Honours Bachelor of Business Administration, Wilfred Laurier University, 1986-1990

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Brian Reed, Director

Chief Technologist Healthcare, Hewlett-Packard Company

Brian Reed is the Chief Technologist for the Canadian Healthcare Industry providing thought leadership and technology guidance to our Canadian Digital Health team. His expertise spans e-Health architecture, technology strategy, identity and access management, biometrics, immigration and border management.

Brian is a former technology executive with over 25 years of operational and consulting experience in large scale IT systems strategy, design and deployment. Brian also has consulted extensively in the healthcare sector. He managed early investments of a national public sector healthcare organization and contributed to the development of knowledge management tools and processes supporting the implementation of a pan-Canadian electronic health record strategy. He has led large scale transformational programmes and advised a diverse range of healthcare clients in both the public and private sector.

He was also responsible for developing the technology division of a major international security company and building markets in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He was the lead manager for a large scale program to introduce a new currency and identity system to the newly formed country of Ukraine. He has patented technology used for secure mobile network access including biometrics and cryptography, uniquely suited to healthcare environments.

Jim Shave

Jim Shave, Director, Co-Chair Membership and Program Development Committee

President,  Cerner Canada

Jim Shave oversees all aspects of Cerner Canada’s business including system sales, client support, solution delivery, consulting, and business partnerships as well as innovation and supplier relationships.

Shave joined Cerner Corporation in September 1996 as regional marketing manager and later served as vice president.

During his tenure, Cerner has grown its presence in Canada to where today Cerner enjoys active and productive client relationships in nine of Canada’s ten provinces. Well over 200 health care facilities in Canada rely upon Cerner’s technologies to support their delivery of safer and better coordinated healthcare services to Canadians.

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Lisa Shoniker, Director

Regional Vice President, Canada, Agfa Healthcare

Managing the National Sales team, Lisa is responsible for developing the sales strategy, partnerships and on-going growth of Agfa HealthCare across all business sectors throughout Canada. As a former Radiological Technologist, Lisa brings over 30 years of combined hospital and commercial healthcare experience to this role, and has held a number of key sales and management positions.

Lisa joined Agfa HealthCare in 1999 following sales and professional services roles at Dupont Canada and Sterling Diagnostic Imaging as a Strategic Account Executive, and then transitioning to the role of HealthCare Solutions Manager responsible for the province of Ontario. Lisa began her current role as National Sales Director, Agfa HealthCare in early 2014.

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Ken Stevens, Director, Co-Chair Interoperability and Standards Committee

VP Healthcare, Intelliware

For over twenty years, Ken has built teams to deliver enterprise software solutions. Ken is responsible for Intelliware’s healthcare practice, leading business development and delivery to healthcare organizations across North America. Intelliware is committed to open-source, standards-based agile software development and system integration.

Ken got his start by writing the software that put the Globe and Mail newspaper on the Internet. He made the transition to healthcare when he joined Intelliware about 10 years ago, where he lead a number of software delivery projects for pharmacies, hospitals, and healthcare agencies. His experience integrating pharmacies into jurisdictional Drug Information Systems led him to ITAC where he supported the Interoperability and Standards committee’s call for simplified healthcare data mobility in Canada. Now, as co-chair of that committee, Ken works directly with ITAC members to ensure that vendors have a voice with government agencies when it comes to their choice of interoperability standards in government issued RFPs.

Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas, Director

Vice-President, TELUS Health

David Thomas is a Vice President at TELUS Health, with national responsibilities for the development and implementation of large complex health deals and platforms for enterprise customers.  His team has been instrumental in the success of TELUS Health on many of their current large complex deals, taking these opportunities from concept through sales, implementation, to operations.  Over the last few years he has been almost entirely focused on securing and expanding the footprint of health activity in Ontario and British Columbia in the areas of drug information systems, chronic disease management, and telehealth.  His team’s most recent success is the large Connecting GTA initiative, which will be in production by mid 2014.

David has been with TELUS, via several acquisitions, since 2004, working for several years internationally in Asia Pacific, and then subsequently on large projects in Ottawa, Toronto, Newfoundland and BC.  He has twenty five years of experience in the Health Care industry spanning both the public and the private sectors, and across the diversity of acute care, ambulatory care and homecare services. David has extensive experience as a healthcare consultant and as an executive in operations, business development, and in managing large, complex, political projects.

He has to his academic credit a Master of Health Sciences in Health Administration from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science from McGill University.  He has also completed a Certification Course from Harvard Law School in an Executive Program in Negotiation, and rounded out his business background with a number of post graduate economics courses.

David remains an active volunteer in the health (Kids Health Link Foundation), education (Trinity College School) and the sports sector (Ontario Floorball).

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Michael Whitt, Director, Co-Chair Regulatory Affairs Committee

Partner, Bennett Jones LLP

Michael Whitt is the co-leader of the Bennett Jones’ Information Technology Practice Group.  A Patent Agent and a Trademark Agent in addition to being a lawyer, Michael advises technology-based businesses on commercialization and compliance matters, and on the structure, negotiation and documentation of novel business models, strategies and transactions, particularly regarding intellectual property and information and other technologies.  Michael has been involved with computer and information technologies for over three decades and advises small, medium and large clients with technology or intellectual property assets and operations.

Michael assists clients with the protection of personal information and privacy law compliance, policy review and advice, contract terms in IT and other information-handling and information-flow transactions and operations, breach mitigation and notification, and response to regulatory inquiries and demands in private sector and health information matters both provincially and federally.

Mr. Whitt is a member of the board of ITAC Health, and of the Audit Committee of Coach – Canada’s Health Informatics Association.  He has served on the COACH Board, and is a member of the Boards of Calgary Technologies Inc. and Innovate Calgary, where he is currently the Chair.  Mr. Whitt has been the President of his community association, and a member of a number of advisory and similar boards and committees in the community and the law firms where he has worked.

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David Mosher, Past Chair

Director, RelayHealth,  McKesson

As Product Manager, David is the key business owner and driver of RelayHealth in Canada. David is accountable for the ongoing development of the business plan and develops and drives the sales and marketing plans, profit and loss management, and strategic relationships. He also acts as a liaison between the field and the development organizations addressing business, marketing, and functional requirements for product improvements or new product features. David monitors progress of all sales, development and implementation/customer service metrics versus business plan targets and recommends adjustment in the plan as required.

RelayHealth is a solution that addresses the pressing need for an Electronic Health Record in Canada. This solution provides the ability to connect and share clinical information between health care providers and patients in a secure manner.

Prior to McKesson, David was HP Canada’s Healthcare Business Manager. He was responsible for the design and execution of business development programs focused on improving Canada’s healthcare system by applying HP’s broad solution portfolio.

In a previous position as HP’s Global Principal Consultant for one of the world’s largest global network equipment providers, David directed the sale and delivery of HP consulting services in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe. He managed major technology infrastructure and data centre projects that addressed and improved critical functions such as e-commerce, supply chain management, customer relationship management, and business and IT process transformation.

David has also held a number of additional important and diverse roles at HP Canada, including Senior Business Development Consultant, Financial Services for such clients as CIBC, Manulife and the Royal Bank, and HP Technical Consultant Manager for products and solutions, in which he supervised a team of consultants across Canada specializing in storage, personal computing and printing.

David earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Management from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont.

He has been a board member for ITAC Healthcare since 2006 and is currently the Vice-chair. David also a member of The Hospital for Sick Children’s Family Centred Care Advisory Council.