Ontario Chapter of HIMSS

2021 AGM Thursday, June 24, 2021, 4:30pm to 6:30pm EST - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Hosted virtually via Zoom; see link below to register

4:30 - 5:00 General Business of the Membership
5:00 - 5:02 Opening Remarks by Merv D'souza, Director, Events and Education Committee, HIMSS Ontario Chapter
5:02 - 5:05 Keynote Introduction by Dr. Darren Larsen, President, HIMSS Ontario Chapter
5:05 - 5:40 Keynote Address: "Advancing health informatics through the Ontario Health Data Platform" by Dr. Jane Philpott, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University and Special Advisor, Ontario Health Data Platform
5:40 - 5:50 Question & Answer Period
5:50 - 6:25 Panel Discussion: "Looking ahead: After 15 months in the fight of COVID19, what can we expect and look forward to in the next year? Perspectives for digital health, workplaces, and the health system; moderated by Todd MacCallum, Member-at-Large, HIMSS Ontario Chapter
6:25 - 6:30 Closing Remarks by Dr. Darren Larsen, President, HIMSS Ontario Chapter

Guest Speakers
Dr. Jane Philpott Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University and Special Advisor, Ontario Health Data Platform
Lyn Baluyot VP and Chief Transformation Officer, TransForm Shared Service Organization
Zayna Khayat Future Strategist, SE Health
Lydia Lee Partner and National Leader, CIO Advisory Services and Digital Health, KPMG Canada and Board Director, HIMSS North America
Dr. Ian Preyra Chief of Staff, Joseph Brant Hospital




2021/22 Board Election:  voting is now closed. Ratification will be June 24, 2021 at AGM

This past year has been unlike any other before it and we hope everyone has managed to keep themselves and their families safe throughout this trying time. Given the wide-spread challenges that the pandemic introduced, the HIMSS Ontario Chapter Board of Directors, with the support of HIMSS Global, has decided to extend its current board composition for another term. Many other North American chapters are taking are also taking this approach. However, HIMSS bylaws state that we must hold an election every year, regardless, even if the vote is a simple "yay" or "nay" for the existing slate of members. Therefore, the following were proposed for the 2021/2022 HIMSS Ontario Chapter Board:


  • Dr. Darren Larsen (President)
  • Howard Rosen (Vice-President)
  • Susan Sepa (Past-President)
  • Cindy Draycott (Treasurer)
  • Tyson Roffey (Secretary)


  • Sonia Pagliaroli
  • Joanne Templeton
  • Bhavana Patel
  • Thodoros Topaloglou
  • Todd MacCallum
  • Glenn Lanteigne
  • Merv De Souza
  • Justin Saindon

Information about the Candidates (current Board) is available here.




Will be hosting our annual Health IT Conference in November 2021.

Keep an eye on your email for more details.

Interested sponsors, please email dr.darren@me.com

Sponsored by HIMSS Ontario Chapter,

We look forward to seeing you at our next conference in November 2021!

Photos from the 2019 conference:



Feature career development spotlight: Join Greg Horne, SAS, as he chats with leadership in his podcast:  https://www.sas.com/en_us/explore/health-pulse-podcast-series.html

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ELF-HIMSS Ontario Mentorship Program

The Ontario Chapter of HIMSS and Emerging Leader Forum (ELF) have partnered to bring a new mentorship program to the Ontario health technology sector. This program looks to pair seasoned health technology leaders with emerging healthcare leaders. Through experiential learning, grounded in the mentors own professional context, mentees gain powerful new techniques for navigating their careers. Visit the ELF site to learn more.



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