Ontario Chapter Board Members

President:

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.

Email: ontario.president@himsschapter.org

 

Past 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.

 

President-Elect:

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.

 

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:

Tyson Roffey

[bio pending]

 

Committee Chairs/Members-at-Large:

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Jason Garay, National Health Insights Executive, Deloitte

Jason Garay is a Director and National Health Insights Executive specializing in Life Sciences/Healthcare at Deloitte’s Artificial Intelligence practice, Omnia AI. Prior to joining Deloitte, Jason was Vice-President, Analytics and Informatics, at Cancer Care Ontario. In this role, Jason led the development and implementation of CCO’s first enterprise data and analytics strategy, first research strategy and established a comprehensive data governance structure for Ontario’s largest heath data holdings. Leading a dedicated team, Jason helped build expertise and discipline in the translation of large data sets to provide insight and knowledge aimed at driving improvements in health system performance and patient care. For their work in data and analytics, Jason and his team were winners of the National Information Technology Association’s 2017 Ingenious Award and Ontario Public Service Amethyst Award for Digital Disruption, 2018. Jason is active in the academic community, holding a faculty appointment as Adjunct Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He holds a Master of Health Science in Community Health and Epidemiology from the University of Toronto as well as a BASc in Occupational and Public Health from Ryerson University and an Honours BSc in Statistics and Psychology from York University

 

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.