David Farnes


David Farnes is Principal at Farnes & Associates, a consultancy where he provides thought leadership in mobile healthcare, mobile marketing, spectrum management, mobile broadband, public safety & security, mobile commerce and telecommunications policy. With seventeen years' experience influencing the strategic direction of Canada's wireless industry and twenty-five years' experience with public policy and regulatory matters in the telecommunications industry, David is recognized as one of Canada's leading telecom experts.

The Canadian Advance Technology Alliance, Canada's largest technology association, recently invited David to join the CATAAlliance Management Team as an Executive-in-Residence to assist in advancing Canadian Telecom advocacy and business development in key areas of opportunity such a mobile health care, public safety & security and mobile communications generally. He also serves as an Advisor to the Mobile Institute, which helps educate, enable and empower organizations to capture their share of the global mobile marketplace.

Prior to founding Farnes & Associates, David was Chief Operating Officer at the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA), where he managed CWTA's day to day operations and worked closely with industry leaders to develop and implement the strategic direction that the Association undertook on behalf of its members.

David has been a key figure on many of the wireless industry's initiatives, notably his role in the creation and ongoing expansion of Recycle My Cell, the wireless industry's new national recycling program for mobile phones and accessories. As well, David was instrumental in the launch of the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada, the first mobile giving platform for Canadian wireless operators that brought mobile philanthropy to Canada. He also served as the Foundation's first Executive Director.

David was centrally involved with the introduction of inter-carrier text messaging (SMS) in 2002. Following that initiative, he worked with the mobile operators to introduce Common Short Codes in Canada. He also provided leadership during the implementation of Wireless Number Portability (WNP) in Canada. Launched in 2007, Canada was one of the first countries in the world to offer this service. Additionally, he was responsible for establishing the Wireless AMBER Alerts program, a partnership initiative that allows Canadian wireless users to opt-in to receive free AMBER Alerts as text messages on their cell phones. David also led CWTA's 9-1-1 activities and co-chaired the Wireless E9-1-1 Working Group, an industry-wide group created to develop a Canadian plan for the improvement of wireless 9-1-1 service.

Actively engaged with many stakeholders, David has served on several Boards and committees, including: Finance Canada Payments Advisory Committee (FinPay); Canadian Payments Association Stakeholder Advisory Council; Radio Advisory Board of Canada; CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee; and North American Numbering Council. Before joining CWTA in 1996, David held various positions at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). He began his career in the Economics Department of Bell Canada.

David has a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Queen's University at Kingston.

Dave Wattling
Vice-President and General Manager, Enterprise Solutions, TELUS Health

Dave leads the Enterprise Solutions line of business that supports health authorities, hospitals and government with solutions such as Electronic Health Records, Personal Health Records, eScheduling, eReferral and Home Health Monitoring. In this capacity, he assembles innovative, scalable solutions to meet the growing needs of clients across Canada. He is also responsible for TELUS Sourcing Solutions Inc. (TSSI) that provides staffing, payroll and related management applications to public sector organizations, including healthcare and education.

Dave is an IT veteran, accomplished entrepreneur and award-winning management consultant with extensive healthcare expertise. He brings over 30 years of international experience spanning software and services. Before joining TELUS, Dave was the co-founder and managing partner of a global healthcare management consultancy that employed 200 professionals. Prior to that, he built a number of successful businesses focused on healthcare.

Dave is the founding chair of ITAC-Health, the Canadian association of information and communications technology (ICT) firms actively involved in the healthcare sector. He is also the Associate Editor of Healthcare Information Management & Communications Canada. Dave currently sits on the Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation board, supporting the health of his community.

Dave holds the Certified Management Consultant, Information Systems Professional and ICD Certified Director designations. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his leadership in mobilizing the healthcare ICT industry and the creation of ITAC Health. He also received ITAC's 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award and the ITAC Health Chairman's Award of Excellence.

William Pascal

P.Eng, Certified Management Accountant, Principal
Richard Warren & Associates

Mr. Pascal is a principal with the Richard Warren Associates where he focuses on strategy, policy and advocacy challenges with the digitization of the healthcare system. Previously he was the Chief Technology Officer for the Canadian Medical Association where he had responsibility for shaping the strategic direction and policy for the CMA's e-Health agenda. He has spent 25 years with the Federal government in senior executive positions in the Health, and Transport Ministries as well working in the Privy Council Office. He has worked in the economic policy and social policy sectors at the Federal government level as well as run operations in regional and headquarter environments. He is an electrical engineer, certified management accountant and urban planner by academic training.

Paul Dufour

Fellow and Adjunct Professor - University of Ottawa
Principal - PaulicyWorks

Paul Dufour is Principal of PaulicyWorks, a science and technology policy consulting firm based in Gatineau, Quebec. He is one of Canada's leading experts in S&T policy and international development. He is a Fellow and Adjunct Professor with the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa, member of the External Advisory Board to the Battelle Center for Science and Technology Policy at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, and is on the steering committee for the Canadian Science Policy Conference.

Having spent 30 years in the public sector as a science adviser with several agencies and departments, Mr Dufour served as interim executive director of the the Office of the National Science Adviser to the Government of Canada. He was with the International Development Research Centre as special programme assistant of the project on Research on Knowledge Systems. Other professional activities included senior adviser at Natural Resources Canada, Ministerial Assistant to Canada's Secretary of State for Science, Research and Development, senior analyst with the Science and Technology Strategy Directorate at Industry Canada and international S&T relations' adviser with the Secretariat to the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Science and Technology. Mr Dufour was for several years, research advisor for the Science Council of Canada, where he produced several reports on Canada's international and domestic technology prospective.

Born in Montreal, Mr. Dufour was educated at McGill, the Université de Montreal and Concordia University in the history of science and science policy, and has had practical S&T policy experience for over three decades. He lectures regularly on science policy, has authored numerous articles on international S&T relations and Canadian innovation policy including the Canada chapter for UNESCO's World Science Report in November 2010. He was series co-editor of the Cartermill Guides to World Science (Canada, Japan, Germany, Southern Europe and the United Kingdom) and North American editor for the revue Outlook on Science Policy. He provides seminars to interns for the Council of Canadian Academies, writes regularly on innovation policy, and has been an assessor on several Canadian government programs, including Grand Challenges Canada and Genome Canada.

Shurjeel Choudhri MD FRCPC

Senior Vice President and Head, Medical and Scientific Affairs
Bayer Inc.

Dr. Choudhri joined Bayer Corporation in 1999 and has had significant experience with the Bayer US medical and Global Clinical Development organizations. Before assuming his current role as Head of Medical and Scientific Affairs (M&SA) in Canada, Dr. Choudhri was the Global Clinical Leader, Anti-Infectives. As Head of M&SA for Bayer Inc Dr. Choudhri is responsible for contributing to the Canadian and International development, registration, and post-registration scientific/medical support for Bayer's pharmaceutical products.

Dr. Choudhri obtained his MD from the University of Manitoba and also did his specialty training in Internal Medicine and sub-speciality training in Infectious Diseases in Manitoba. He then completed a senior research fellowship in Nairobi, Kenya and in 1996 was awarded the Young Investigator Award by the Canadian Association of HIV Researchers. Dr. Choudhri has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific abstracts and has contributed to over 40 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Prior to joining Bayer, he was an Assistant professor in the Departments of Medical Microbiology and Internal Medicine at the University of Manitoba, Director of the HIV/AIDS program at the St. Boniface General Hospital and the Manitoba Satellite Director for the Canadian HIV Clinical Trials Network.

Damon Ramsey

President & Founder

Dr. Ramsey is President of InputHealth, a vibrant company which is transforming healthcare through its uniquely powerful mobile health data platform.

Damon began his career in information technology at the tender young age of eight. He was one of the youngest Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers in the world at 12 years old. Following a successful career in IT consulting and software engineering at Vancouver-based Unisoft, he went on to pursue his medical degree at McMaster University as the youngest member of his class.

Throughout university, he took on humanitarian roles in the far reaches of the world from Cambodia to Bangladesh to Venezuela to Tanzania. Realizing that medicine would not be enough to quench his thirst for innovation and global change, he started InputHealth with a firm and unwavering commitment to empower providers and patients with technology they love to use.

He is the technology lead on an electronic trauma health record (eTHR) which is collecting life-saving data in the Western Cape of South Africa. He has also been an instrumental in building data platforms for major industrial/utility companies across North America.

Damon holds his CCFP license and actively practices medicine in Vancouver, Canada. He is an associate clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia. He serves in the IT Committee of the Vancouver Division of Family Practice advocating for meaningful EMR adoption. He regularly speaks, writes and consults on health technology topics.

Kevin Wennekes

Vice President - Research

Kevin Wennekes, Vice President - Research, Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) is responsible for developing and executing "impact" research projects for the advancement of the technology industry and Canadian economic growth.

In his nine years with CATA, Kevin has led over 40 different studies and personally published over a dozen research papers on topics including public safety and emergency response, IT security, communications interoperability, global sourcing, high performance computing, and procurement practices and reform.

Kevin is also CATA's Canadian Executive Champion for China and responsible for developing and executing trade and investment opportunities in collaboration with CATA's office in Shenzhen. Kevin has helped in the development and execution of Canadian Pavilions for major China trade shows and missions and keynote speaker for Canadian receptions and panel discussions including locations such as the great Hall of the People.

Kevin has co-authored a book titled SUCCESS: How Canada's CEOs Create Global Competitive Success. The book, published in 2002, reveals the leadership skills and industry insights demonstrated by more than 100 of Canada's most influential CEOs as derived from personal one-on-one, in-depth interviews with them.

Kevin's experience also includes: a partner position with an online survey and assessment firm; consultant in the organizational effectiveness practice for Watson Wyatt Worldwide; public relations and marketing specialist for Algonquin College; and media relations officer for the National Museum of Science and Technology.

Stephen Saunders

Master Architect, Global Health
CGI Group

Stephen Saunders is the Chief Architect of CGI Inc.’s Global Health IT Practice spanning 400 offices in 40 countries around the globe. Prior to joining CGI in 2006, Mr. Saunders was the Chief Architect for EDS Canada’s Health IT Practice which spanned every jurisdiction in Canada.

Mr. Saunders is currently responsible for providing CGI’s Health IT Leadership, Portfolio Development and/or Delivery Oversight in many of the world’s most significant Health IT delivery projects including several projects that place the Citizen at the Center of Care.

In the last 25 years, Mr. Saunders has fulfilled the chief architecture role for teams working on enterprise iEHR, HIE, DIS, LAB, DIR/PACS, ERP, EHR, EMR, DW, DSM, Clinical BI, Chronic Care, Collaborative Care, and Deep Clinical/Clinical Viewer/Portal projects and implementations in a number of Canadian and International health care jurisdictions, including: NLFD, NB, NS, QC, ON, NU, MB, SK, AB, BC, NWT, USA, UK, D, SWE, DK, FIN, NZ, AUS.

Stephen Saunders is a Senior Executive and Chief Architect with 35 years of experience in the informatics industry. He is expert in corporate management, business development and enterprise delivery. He has provided lead architecture support and has successfully delivered more than 25 integrated enterprise solutions with budgets between 10 and 150 million dollars.

Dr. Meenakshi Gupta

Senior Director, Policy and Research
Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

Meenakshi Gupta is Senior Director, Policy & Research at the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC). She is an active researcher and manages a wide variety of publicly and privately funded studies addressing a vast array of emerging technologies, talent, labour market, and digital economy topics. Dr. Gupta has presented at various conferences and events. She holds a doctoral degree in Education from McGill University, and has over 15 years of experience in Canada and overseas, including China, India and Mexico.

Donna Rubin

Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS)

Donna Rubin is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS). OANHSS is a provincial association of non-profit providers of care and services to seniors. Members represent the full spectrum of the continuum including long term care homes, seniors housing and community services.

Ms. Rubin has worked at OANHSS since 1990, and became Chief Executive Officer in 1999. Prior to joining OANHSS, Ms. Rubin’s work experience was college and university administration, with positions at McGill University, Mount Royal College, and Bishop’s University.

As CEO of OANHSS, Ms. Rubin’s prime focus has been to bring the Association’s advocacy efforts out to the public, raising public awareness of the non-profit long term care sector and of the issues which affect both members and the individuals they serve. Ms. Rubin has been very active in representing the Association on numerous external committees focused on improving the healthcare system provincially.

Fraser Edward

VP, Business Development Canada
CellTrak Technologies

Fraser is a seasoned healthcare technology executive who works with public and private sector healthcare stakeholders, guiding them in adoption new and innovative care delivery models. With 20 years of experience in the wireless industry, he is passionate about the important impact that Mobile, Social, Information and Technology can have on transforming healthcare for all Canadians.

Prior to joining CellTrak Technologies, Fraser managed TELUS Health business development activities including eHealth Ontario Connecting (cGTA) project expansion Province wide and Ontario Telemedicine Network Telehomecare program growth into 8 LHINS. He led Hewlett Packard's (Canada) healthcare activities that included the Humber River 'Digital' Hospital Public Private Partnership (PPP) and establishing the largest private cloud environment in Canada. He joined Research In Motion (RIM) in 2005 and was pivotal in applying emerging BlackBerry Smartphone technology to the healthcare industry, an effort that resulted in several influential industry accolade's, including Innovation Awards from Gartner and IDC, and the '#1 Smartphone for Doctors' rankings from Manhattan Research. He has also held positions at Dolphin Telecom (UK), Pitney Bowes (UK) and Aurillion Micro Systems in sales and marketing leadership.

Fraser co-lead a Canada's Health Informatics Executive Forum (CHIEF) working group on the viability of PPP in CIS procurements in 2015 and on the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) Health Board from 2008 – 2012. He chaired RIM's Healthcare Customer Advisory Council and was a member of the eHealth Ontario's Physician Office 2020 taskforce. Fraser also worked closely with UPMC's Center for Connected Medicine, Kaiser Permanente's Center for Total Health in addition to other leading US health systems, driving wireless innovation into clinical workflows.

Jim Forbes

Chief Technology Officer – Shared Information Management Services (SIMS)
University Health Network

Jim has been with University Health Network for nearly two decades in total and has been Chief Technology Officer at SIMS for more than seven years. In his role as CTO Jim manages a budget of approximately $38M operating and 400 staff. His portfolio provides support to many of the enterprise clinical applications and technology infrastructure including Network, Data centre, Access devices, Service Desk, Telecommunications, Systems Engineering, Enterprise Architecture, as well as Health Records, Transcription, Switchboard and Project Management.

Jim has made several major contributions to Healthcare transformation: He was responsible for developing the ‘SIMS sets SAIL’ strategy in 2008. This strategy has since been rebranded and is now known as connecting Greater Toronto Area (cGTA). This project will deliver an interoperability layer for healthcare and establish an Ontario wide EHR serving approximately 13M patients. The initial cGTA implementation will connect 6.75M patients with approximately 20,000 clinicians across 20 Health Service Organization (HSO). The technology platform will also help with the integration of applications and technologies using a standards based approach and reduce the otherwise significant cost of rebuilding software/technology interfaces to each Health Service Organization and the overall time needed for deployment. Jim has been working with his peers to develop and build a private community cloud strategy for healthcare that enables Health Service Organizations, patients and clinicians to better meet their mobile information management requirements and to reshape the way health services are provided.

A strong advocate for interoperability and standards, Jim served as a member of the HL7 Canada Board of Directors and HL7 Canada Standards Council. He currently sits on the eHealth Ontario Standards Committee and greatly enjoys collaborating via working groups and sharing his knowledge and expertise with others in the healthcare industry.

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