Ontario Chapter Board Members
Dr. Darren Larsen, MD, CCFP, MPLc, Chief Medical Information Officer, OntarioMD
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.
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.
Howard Rosen, MBA, CEO/Founder, LifeWIRE® Corp
Howard is the strategic and visionary leader of LifeWIRE which he invented and developed as a patented population management communication platform that humanizes digital communication through personalized, responsive interactions between parties such as health care providers and patients. A Schulich MBA with over two decades of experience as a film & television producer, Howard had a unique perspective from which to approach the issue of adherence and patient engagement from which LifeWIRE evolved.
Over the past 10 years, Howard has parlayed that experience as an health thought leader having been named one of the top 100 Innovators of the Next Century (Rockefeller Foundation) and one of the Top 30 mHealth Innovators by the mHealth Alliance (United Nations Foundation). Howard has authored a number of articles, written policy guidance for the sector on behalf of the Province of Ontario, regularly speaks on health innovation at national & international symposiums, an industry reviewer for the U.S. department of Health and Human Services, he has addressed Capitol Hill subcommittee’s on the subject and is a member of the HIMSS North American Public Policy Committee. Howard holds 6 patents (with 2 pending) relating to mobile health management speaks regularly at graduate schools at leading Universities and conferences discussing innovation, Health IT, analytics, as well as his work with active duty military, veterans, and mental health issues such as Post Traumatic Stress, Substance Use and High Rick suicide.
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.
Tyson's typical mandates have been to help advance the Canadian digital transformation agenda by providing industry expertise, technology best practices, and through the intersection of the two, drive social innovation by bridging the connection between human and digital assets and leveraging the power of data. Tyson brings with him over 25 years of experience from within a complex business environment such as: healthcare, technology, consumer product, high-tech manufacturing, and management consulting. Before joining National IBM Healthcare Team, the Head of Social Innovation and IoT at Hitachi, as well as, VP & CIO at the Hospital for Sick Children and CHEO, where his innovative work and leadership delivered digital transformation projects, Provincial programs, as well as, successfully creating and executing strategic plans that set the foundation for a new digital reality.
Tyson believes strongly in sharing knowledge and giving back. He continues as a coach and mentor, as well as, being an instructor at York University's Schulich School of Business. He is a Certified Information Privacy Technologist and has been active participant on several Boards and Committees such as: The Ontario Caregivers Organization and Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC-Health). Tyson was also the past Chair of the Digital Program Advisory Committee at Algonquin College, designed to foster the next generation of health IT professionals. Most importantly, Tyson is motivated by his amazing wife and four children, along with a wonderful and supportive extended family.
Merv D'souza, Director of Sales and Marketing, meshMD
Chair, Education and Events 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.
Sonia Pagliaroli, Chief Nursing Officer, Cerner Canada
Chair, Membership and Partnerships Committee
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
Chair, Communications and Social Media Committee
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.
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.
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.
Bhavana Patel, CPHIMS-CA
Bhavana is a clinician, connector, and change leader with over 20 years of experience transforming healthcare both within Canada and globally. She is deeply committed to achieving the Quadruple Aim through strategic partnerships and a digitally connected and coordinated health care system. She is known for being an empathetic leader who believes in the power of diversity and inclusion.
Bhavana’s clinical, quality improvement and business development background has enabled her to effectively lead large-scale complex change initiatives. She has held several transformational leadership roles in both the public and private sector, including Canada Health Infoway, Health Quality Ontario, Cancer Care Ontario, and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), and Think Research. One of her most fulfilling roles was being the Epic Change Management Lead at SickKids, where she led and co-created the change readiness and benefits realization strategies to support the implementation of a new, fully integrated health information system in partnership with The Children's Hospital for Eastern Ontario (CHEO).
She is currently a Board Member for the Ontario HIMSS chapter, a Faculty Member for Digital Health Canada and has been mentoring emerging digital health leaders for the past 15 years. In addition to being a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS-CA), she is a Prosci® Change Management certified professional, and holds a Lean Healthcare Green Belt certification. When Bhavana is not with her family and friends, she is exploring the world with her camera in hand, seeking new adventures and experiences.
Joanne is a partner and senior vice president with Gevity. She opened Gevity’s Ontario Branch in 2010, and is now responsible for Gevity Canada / East Division’s strategic direction and business development activities, as well as client and consultant management. With more than 30 years of information management and technology experience, Joanne is a leader in the digital health industry and provides senior consulting and advisory services on many Gevity engagements. She has been involved in the health care sector since 2000 where she was engaged to facilitate the business process redesign for a large public sector client amalgamating five organizations into one and looking for efficiencies and application of industry best practices.
Today Joanne is still passionate about health care, providing stakeholder engagement and facilitation services and oversight on many Gevity projects of all sizes across Canada. She has been involved in large provincial implementations but also enjoys the smaller projects that make a difference. Joanne was recognized by Digital Health Canada as one of 10 Women leaders in Digital Health for her leadership on the Nova Scotia Public Health Surveillance solution implementation. She is also a member of Technation, Digital Health Canada.
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.