Ontario Chapter Board Members

President:

Andrew Hussain, Regional Chief Information Officer, Central Ontario Local Health Integration Networks

Andrew is highly recognized for his work in Information Management and Technology Services. As a strategic thinker, collaborative leader and change agent; he brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the field of Digital Health IT both within Canada and the US.

Andrew has held several executive positions in the public and private sectors, successfully leading the development and implementation of many transformational strategies. Recognized as an industry leader who seeks collaboration with government entities, community based service providers and private sector agencies, he is often called upon to lead large geographically dispersed programs. Andrew's strategy work was recognized at the 2006 Canadian Information Productivity Awards and he was the recipient of the 2005 TELUS Award for Innovation.

Prior to joining the Mississauga Halton LHIN, Andrew was with the Work Place Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario (WSIB) and Trillium Health Centre. His diverse background in both private and public sectors in a variety of business verticals including health care has complemented his role as the Regional CIO for the LHINs.

Email: ontario.president@himsschapter.org

 

Past President:

Todd MacCallum, CPHIMS, Global Healthcare Practice Lead, Mobia Technology Innovations

Todd holds a CPHIMS certification, is a HIMSS Fellow and is currently Past-President of the Ontario HIMSS chapter. Todd has long been an advocate for HIMSS across the healthcare IT community in North America and has served in numerous leadership roles within the Ontario Chapter of HIMSS, working closely with HIMSS North America leadership to rebuild and relaunch the HIMSS Chapter and brand in Ontario. In addition to these leadership roles, Todd has provided thought leadership in collaboration with providers and vendors across North America as a contributing author of the HIMSS (mHIMSS) Roadmap which is being presently being used by vendors and providers as a foundational go-to-market tool and care delivery framework.

Todd is currently Global Healthcare Practice Lead for MOBIA Technology Innovations and has worked with healthcare clients while working for some of the of the industry’s top performers including: GE, Price Waterhouse Coopers and KMPG. Todd is passionate about contributing to meaningful change in the industry to reduce system costs while improving access to care, patient outcomes and clinician experience.

 

President-Elect:

Susan Sepa, RN, MSc., CPHIMS-CA, CHE, Health Care Leader | Digital Health Advisor

Susan is an experienced, senior health care leader with a background in nursing, management consulting, IT and health care leadership. Susan is a member of the Digital Health Faculty of Canada, investing many volunteer hours in the development and maintenance of the CPHIMS-CA reference guide and providing instruction to candidates preparing for their CPHIMS-CA certification. Her commitment to Digital Health Leadership in Canada extends to her appointment as the President Elect of the HIMSS Ontario Chapter for 2019-2020. In addition Susan maintains her Certified Health Executive (CHE) with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Susan works across Canada with multiple stakeholders including front line clinicians and health care, IT, and government leaders. Her clients include Provincial Ministries of Health, Regional Health Authorities, Academic Health Science Centers, Hospitals and Community Care organizations. Throughout she is a tireless advocate for the patient safety and quality benefits of a fully interoperable Clinical Information System that enables care providers, patients and families with seamless and timely sharing of health information across the health care journey.

 

Treasurer:

Cindy Draycott, CHIM, CPHIMS-CA, CHE, MBA

Cindy is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS-CA) and a Certified Health Executive through the Canadian College of Health Services Executives. She is a Health Records Professional with the Canadian Health Information Management Association and holds an Executive MBA from Athabasca University in Alberta where the focus of her Thesis was on “Electronically Connecting the Care Providers in the Community”. Her Thesis was submitted to Health Canada and the OHA Change Foundation, both resulting in large grants for Innovation in Information Technology. Cindy is a seasoned health care professional who has led both clinical and non-clinical portfolios throughout her career with a successful track record of spearheading strategic and inter-organizational initiatives, including technological initiatives, Health Information Management, senior level consulting and performance management.

 

Secretary:

Glenn Lanteigne, MBA, CSSBB, CEO, Tectonic Advisory Services Inc.

As the CEO of Tectonic, Glenn brings 26 years of experience as a strategic advisor to more than 100 clients including providing leadership- in several domains including eHealth, Telehealth, and Hospital Information Systems.  Glenn leads all divisions of Tectonic including HIS Advisory, Staffing, and Management Consulting.  

Glenn has received several awards in the healthcare sector, recognized as one of the top healthcare IT leaders in North America. Prior to joining Tectonic, Glenn provided leadership to organizations including the Government of Ontario as CIO of the SW & WW LHINs as well as the eHealth Lead for the South Western Ontario 4 LHIN Cluster, the Government of Canada, LifeLabs, TELUS, Allscripts, CLINICARE and GE.  

Glenn has served 10 years in the Canadian Forces, holds a BA (Hons) in Economics & Politics from Royal Military College of Canada and an MBA from the University of Ottawa and is a GE Six Sigma Black Belt.  

He serves on the Board of Directors of various organizations including ITAC Health, where he chairs the Procurement Task Force, as well as serving two consecutive terms with Digital Health Canada (formally COACH), Canada’s Health Informatics Association and is an instructor at the National Institute for Health Informatics as well as leading various working groups for HIMSS and the Ontario Hospital Association, and has recently been elected to the Board of HIMSS Ontario.

 

Committee Chairs/Members-at-Large:

Merv D'souza, Director of Sales and Marketing

Chair, Education Committee

Merv is the Lead sales representative in marketing at meshMD - a healthcare technology firm focused on improving the delivery of specialty drugs in North America. We work with 8 out of 10 of the largest pharmaceutical manufactures globally. Over the past two years he has given multiple speaking engagements regarding technology in the healthcare sector at eHealth Canada, Medical and Business schools, Medical Advisory Panels and at Annual Sales Meetings of a number of pharmaceutical manufactures. Prior to meshMD, Merve worked within retail technology and finance.

He has a strong interest in promoting healthcare within the Canadian market, particularly around improving patient's access to specialty care. Other passions include travel, cooking and art.

 

Jason Garay, Vice President, Analytics and Informatics at Cancer Care Ontario

Jason is Vice President, Analytics and Informatics at Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) where he leads their data collection, analysis and reporting capability. In this role, he is focused on building the expertise and discipline to translate large data sets into insight and knowledge for improving health system performance. Prior to his appointment as Vice President, Jason was CCO’s Director, Evaluation and Reporting, Cancer Screening. Before joining CCO, Jason was the Director, Communicable Disease Prevention and Control at Public Health Ontario where he was responsible for all provincial communicable disease management and surveillance, including chairing several provincial and national healthcare committees.

Among Jason’s recent accomplishments, he spearheaded and launched CCO’s first data and research strategies, and led the implementation of Ontario’s first electronic triage clinical decision support tool – eCTAS – winning two prestigious awards in the process.

An epidemiologist by training, Jason is active in the academic community as an Adjunct Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Jason holds a Master of Health Science in Community Health and Epidemiology, a BASc in Occupational and Public Health, and a BSc (Honours) in Statistics and Psychology, and has completed the Rotman Advanced Health Leadership Program.

 

Dr. Aviv Gladman, MASc, MD, P.Eng, FRCPC, Chief Information Officer and Chief Medical Information Officer, Mackenzie Health

Aviv graduated from University of Toronto Engineering Science (1994), Institute of Biomedical Engineering (1997) and School of Medicine (2003).  He is Royal College certified in Internal Medicine and Adult Critical Care Medicine and continues to practice critical care medicine. He sits on the board of directors of the Mackenzie Innovation Institute and is a member of the Health Canada Scientific Advisory Committee on Digital Health Technologies.  As Chief Information Officer and Chief Medical Information Officer at Mackenzie Health, he has a leadership role in applied innovation and healthcare technology.

 

Ryan Gonsalves

Ryan has been a leader in the healthcare sector for more than 17 years, with direct experience focusing on patient care and ehealth strategies. His expertise includes building community relationships to further support innovative initiatives and putting patients first. Driven by his passion for improving healthcare, especially the delivery of quality services to patients, Ryan has tackled systemic challenges head-on which have resulted in improved efficiencies, processes and better care for patients and their families.

To compliment his uncompromising mission for delivering quality care, Ryan is very well-versed in Six Sigma having achieved his Master Black Belt and becoming a LEAN Sensei. Additional credentials for Ryan include a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a specialization in Public Policy and Administration from York University, and a Master Degree in Business Administration from Athabasca University.

 

Dr. Darren Larsen, MD, CCFP, MPLc, Chief Medical Information Officer, OntarioMD

Chair, Communications and Social Media Committee

Over his 26 years as a comprehensive care Family Physician, Darren has been involved in many provincial and national Health IT, Quality and Leadership initiatives. He has advised and acted in this space for OntarioMD, Joule, the Ontario Medical Association, and the Canadian Medical Association, He serves on multiple digital health, primary care and quality committees for Health Quality Ontario, eHealth Ontario and Cancer Care Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. He is currently vice chair of the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario and a senior fellow at WIHV (Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care). His interests in this space include data analytics, measurement for quality improvement and accountability, physician change and issues of scale and spread.

Darren obtained his BSc at the University of Alberta, MD at the University of Calgary, did residency at the University of Ottawa and holds a Masters Certificate in Physician Leadership from York University’s Schulich School of Executive Management. He currently works as Chief Medical Officer for OntarioMD and teaches in the Department of Family and Community Medicine as well as the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

 

Michelle Leafloor, MHA, Director, HIS and Clinical Solutions Delivery, The Ottawa Hospital

Michelle has been with The Ottawa Hospital for almost 20 years, having started as a Senior Project Manager with the Department of Information Services.  In 2008, she became the Director of Clinical Solutions Delivery and, for the past three years, Michelle has been the Program Director for the Atlas Alliance implementation of a shared EPIC health information system (HIS). The Atlas Alliance is a collaboration of 6 organizations - The Ottawa Hospital, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Hawkesbury General Hospital, Renfrew Victoria Hospital, St. Francis Barry's Bay Hospital and the Academic Family Health Team. Leading an exciting and dynamic team of over 130 project managers, clinical and business analysts, finance, HR and other program teams, Michelle will see the 6 organizations go live with all EPIC clinical and business functionality in a big-bang on June 1 2019, 20 months after the project kick off was held. Michelle is a graduate of the University of Ottawa Master in Health Administration Program and has undergraduate Commerce and Economics degrees.

 

Dr. Asim Masood, Physician, William Osler Health System

Asim is an active Emergency Medicine physician at large, high acuity community hospitals at William Osler Heath System and Trilllium Health Partners. He also serves as Osler’s Chief Medical Information Officer where Asim provides strategic and clinical oversight of the IT/IM portfolio.

 

Sonia Pagliaroli, Chief Nursing Officer, Cerner Canada

Sonia is the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Cerner Canada and joined Cerner in 2016. In this role of CNO, she has responsibility to engage with client clinical leaders in strategy development, provide clinical executive oversight on initiatives as well as advance and advocate for national clinical standards and requirements.

Sonia is a registered nurse and clinical informatics professional (CPHIMS-CA) with frontline clinical experience and over 15 years of management and leadership expertise.

Sonia has led several key eHealth corporate initiatives including leading an organization to achieve HIMSS Stage 6 and the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence. She has co-authored the Canadian CPOE toolkit Implementation Guide and contributed to the RNAO Best Practice Guideline entitled; Guideline for Healthcare Leaders and Clinicians to Optimize Implementation and Adoption of eHealth Solutions.

Sonia is the Director of Membership for the Canadian Nursing Informatics Association and an active participant of the National Nursing Data Standards Symposium. She is a graduate of the Masters of Science in Health Informatics program from the University of Victoria in British Columbia.

 

Justin Saindon, MSc, PMP, Senior Program Manager, Digital Health Strategies, Southlake Regional Health Centre

Justin is a health informatics leader passionate about transforming healthcare delivery and patient experience through digital innovation. Justin has experience leading a number of complex, large-scale change initiatives for the broader Ontario health system. In addition to project and change management, Justin has expertise in information management, strategy, policy, and digital health innovation. In his capacity at Southlake, Justin is responsible for advancing local strategic priorities leveraging digital health technologies in partnership with internal and external though-leaders and stakeholders. The breadth of his experience has provided Justin a comprehensive view of health system challenges as well as a firm understanding of the opportunities that exist in the digital health ecosystem.

Prior to joining Southlake, Justin was program manager for digital health for Central and Toronto Central LHINs (akin to a regional health authority elsewhere) where his portfolio spanned virtual care, consumer, innovation, and integrated care models. Prior to his tenure at the LHIN, he was strategy and business development lead for the Connected Care team at University Health Network – one of the largest public sector health information management technology service delivery organizations in Canada. Justin is known for his systems perspective, his ability to deliver quality results, and his novel approach to solving complex problems.

 

Thodoros Topaloglou

Thodoros is a health information technology leader with over twenty years of experience as a systems builder and innovator, helping organizations to create value using digital technologies and data. Thodoros has held the role of hospital CIO in Ontario for nine years and is an advocate for system thinking, interoperability standards, system integration and use of data evidence for operational and clinical decision-making. 

Before moving into healthcare, Thodoros had an accomplished career in biotech, research and academia. After graduating with a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, he worked in bioinformatics, the fusion of medical research and computing, in Silicon Valley. He held senior roles helping organizations such as Affymetrix, Genelogic, and Incyte Genomics to acquire, organize and analyze their data in order to generate insights for human health and therapies, and created a track record that covers products, systems, patents and publication. He returned to Canada to join MDS Proteomics where he led the development of its data management and bioinformatics platforms. He has also held adjunct appointments in Computer Science and Information Engineering at the University of Toronto, where he held a faculty position between 2005 and 2008. 

Thodoros’ professional passion is to enable change in healthcare using technology and data, and to assist clinicians and front line health workers to find ways to deliver better care to patients using health information technologies. His other passions include long-distance running, reading, and being a father to three young adults.