Message from The Chair
Chair, ITAC Health Board
Information Technology Association of Canada
Let me begin by thanking the members of the ITAC Healthcare board and working committees who have completed their terms. Your talent and effort has been enormously helpful in advancing healthcare IT in Canada and the ITAC Healthcare Board is truly grateful.
Healthcare in Canada is undergoing a major shift as governments struggle with how to increase the quality of care while being constrained with increasing budget pressures. Now, more than ever, it is critical that healthcare IT companies in Canada speak with a unified voice to ensure that patients receive the best care possible. ITAC Healthcare represents approximately 120 companies in the healthcare IT market in Canada. These firms range from the world’s largest healthcare companies to small Canadian startups. ITAC Healthcare is designed to ensure that all of our members have an equal voice. This is accomplished through the composition of the board of directors and also the various committees and working groups which are organized to ensure all perspectives are included. We welcome all members who want to take an active role.
The strategic plan for the organization is focused on promoting the use of healthcare IT as the solution to some of the biggest issues facing Canada’s healthcare system. We also have a strong mandate to align provincial, national and international standards to ensure that our members can compete effectively in Canada and across the globe. In addition, ITAC Healthcare is focused on streamlining procurement processes so that it is fair, transparent and efficient for both the customer and vendors. Finally, we strive to provide a forum where our members can interact with key decision makers in healthcare and gain an opportunity to network with other members which may form alliances that benefit the industry at large.
Although the healthcare system is in some turmoil, it is also a time of great opportunity. ITAC Healthcare’s members have the ability to provide innovative solutions that can reshape the future of the healthcare system in Canada and worldwide. I am honored to have been chosen as Chair and I look forward to working with my fellow board members to serve the needs of our membership.
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.
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.
Vice President, Health and Life Science
Sanjay J. Cherian
Accenture Health Practice
Mr. Cherian is a management consultant who leverages a unique combination of top tier management consulting firm experience, healthcare & technology expertise and graduate training specializing in health management, policy and evaluation from the University of Toronto. He is passionate about improving health care systems. He has spent his career working on challenging business problems that aim to improve how health systems and services are delivered, financed and organized.
Mr. Cherian has served government healthcare organizations, providers and pharmaceutical clients across Canada, in the US and the Asia-Pacific Region. His consulting career is complemented by industry experience working in academic health science organizations – University Health Network and North York General Hospital. Mr. Cherian’s areas of focus are clinical informatics, operations analysis and strategy development for healthcare organizations.
Mr. Cherian leads Accenture’s Healthcare Management Consulting Practice in Canada. In this role, he is focused on serving health care clients across Canada by leading the required strategic analysis, technology implementation and transformation efforts needed to deliver improved performance and business results.
Research In Motion
Susanne is a leading contributor to the advancement of eHealth in Canada. She established Healthtech in 1983 out of the desire to help healthcare organizations improve the delivery of patient care through the use of technology.
Susanne’s vision, insight and leadership have combined to create a highly effective consulting organization with a reputation for delivering high-quality results, on time and on budget. Healthtech has grown over the past 28 years and is recognized as Canada’s leading healthcare IM/IT consulting firm, with 50 staff and an additional 25 associates across Canada. In 2009 Healthtech was rated #10 in the Top 50 Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada.
Susanne has brought her strategic and innovative insights to hundreds of engagements during more than two decades, from strategic and tactical planning to system implementation and Interim Chief Information Officer roles.
Susanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McMaster University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario. She is currently on the Board of ITAC as well as the Board of Camp Awakening – a camp for disabled children and teenagers.
Senior Vice President, Canada
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.
President, QHR Technologies Inc.
Vice-President, Sales and Business Development
TELUS Health Solutions & TELUS Québec.
As Vice-President, Sales & Business Development, Health and Public Sector, Mr. Moozar is responsible for driving growth for TELUS Health Solutions in the Government sector with the introduction and implementation of large-scale, innovative technology solutions for customers in Canada, the U.S., as well as on the international front.
A seasoned executive, Mr. Moozar has held senior level positions in business development, marketing and strategy for a variety of companies within the information technology and healthcare sectors.
Kasra Moozar, an advocate for health standards, sits on a number of national committees at the executive level including the Canada Health Infoway Standards Collaborative Strategic Committee (SCSC), the Montréal Chamber of Commerce Health Committee, Board Member of MEDEC which contributes to the positioning of Information Technology within the health system as an enabler of better patient care and patient safety.
Mr. Moozar holds a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from McGill University.
David is responsible for the development and implementation of the National Healthcare Industry Strategy at Microsoft Canada. David lead’s the practice of taking Microsoft’s global strategy, assets and capabilities and applying them to serve the needs of the Canadian market.
Prior to joining Microsoft, David held a variety of positions in both the Private and Public Sectors over the past 15 years. Most recently David was Vice President of a province-wide initiative that was focused on enabling and implementing electronic medical records. In the Private Sector, David has held senior sales positions with several leading IT software and consulting services firms. In these roles, he gained experience and insight by working with senior leaders in the Public Sector and Healthcare Industry across Canada. In addition, David has been a regular guest lecturer for MBA and academic programs, has worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and as 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 is currently working towards completing his thesis for an international M.B.A program in the U.K. David lives in Toronto with his wife and 2 children.
Partner, National Health Industry Leader
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
Chief Strategy Officer, Healthcare Practice
Onx Enterprise Solutions
Frank works within the OnX Enterprise Solutions Global Healthcare Practice Group responsible for strategy and business development along with client liaison.
Over the last 30 years, Frank has progressed through the Healthcare IT ranks from an Information Coordinator (computer operations lead), programmer/analyst, team lead and many varied senior leadership roles (i.e. Director IT/CIO). This evolution included utilization of various technologies from different vendors and was across a variety of continuum of care organizations including tertiary and community hospitals, physician practice, community care and provincial governance organizations.
Frank established and led a successful Healthcare Information and Communication Technologies / Information Management (ICT/IM) consulting business for eight (8) years. His company specialized in portfolio / program management, project management, strategy and other consulting services in e-Health. Before joining OnX, Frank was a Director with Healthtech Consultants.
Frank has also been an Adjunct Professor in the George Brown College Health Informatics post graduate program.
Frank is a long standing proud member of COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association. He was the founding President of the Ontario Chapter of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and remains a member today. Frank is also a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL), Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) and Project Management Institute (PMI).
Frank holds the Project Management Professional (PMP), Information Systems Professional (ISP) and Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCP) designations. Frank has a degree from York University in Health Studies (Dean’s honour roll) and a diploma from Humber College in Business Administration (systems major).
Robert James Shave, President of Cerner Canada, oversees all aspects of Cerner Canada’s new business development, system sales, client support, delivery, consulting, and business partnerships as well as innovation and supplier relationships.
Shave joined Cerner in 1996 as a Regional Marketing Manager. In that role, Shave was given responsibility for building a sales organization to drive new business in Canada. Shave was named Vice President in March 1999 and took on increased responsibility for business development in Canada. Since 1996, he has grown Cerner’s business in Canada from annual revenues of less than $1 million USD to more than $40 million USD. And, more than 200 healthcare facilities in Canada are now using Cerner’s solutions.
Prior to joining Cerner, Shave was Health Industry Marketing Manager at Digital Equipment for four Robert James Shave years and with CyCare Canada for 10 years. CyCare provided custom developed solutions to support PRESIDENT, Canada oncology as well as turnkey solutions for physicians’ group practices.
Mr. Shave has been active in numerous aspects of the promotion of healthcare information technology in Canada since 1981.
Account Executive, Ontario Public Sector and Healthcare
Mr. Vesprini is Account Executive, Ontario Public Sector and Healthcare, for HP Canada. In this role he is responsible for HP’s business relationships with public sector organizations in Ontario and is accountable for the financial performance, contractual relationships, and service excellence for all HP’s business lines operating in Ontario Public Sector accounts.
Louis has over thirty years of business and information technology experience in various technical, management and customer facing roles. He has an excellent track record of driving business transformation and project success.
His experience includes such roles as:
- An independent business consultant providing consulting services to EDS in the area of Customer Service and Delivery Management
- CIO of a multi-billion dollar corporation managing a $300 Million services agreement and working with senior business executives, user management and a major service provider to align systems services and a systems strategy in support of business objectives
- A senior technology manager with overall responsibility for the technical infrastructure of a complex computing environment (desktop, midrange and mainframe) including network management, security, operations, help desk, operating software, technical architecture planning and implementation, and hardware, software and vendor management.
Louis has earned an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from McMaster University.
Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
President & CEO, North America Region
AGFA Healthcare Inc.
Michael Green is the President and CEO for Agfa HealthCare Canada based in Toronto, Ontario. In this role, Michael oversees Agfa HealthCare’s Canadian sales and services operations and the Research & Development facility in Waterloo.
Michael joined Agfa in 1985 from a position as head of the UK Laboratory Diagnostics Division at Boehringher Mannheim Corporation in London, England. During his time with Agfa, Michael became head of the UK Medical Imaging business and established Agfa as a leading player in the emerging PACS market.
In 2001, Michael moved to Canada he became head of Agfa’s Americas Informatics division and head of Global Marketing for Agfa HealthCare.
Early in his working career and prior to joining Agfa, Michael started work in the field of clinical biochemistry and then gained a broad commercial experience in sales and marketing, in the pharmaceutical, in-vitro diagnostics and medical device fields, gaining international market experience in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Canada and the United States.
Michael has successfully led Agfa HealthCare Canada through a transition process to its current industry leading market position in the healthcare IT industry. In addition to his many achievements with Agfa, he has played an instrumental role in securing a number of major regional and provincial healthcare IT contracts.