THE TEAM

Governance

Chair & Lead

Dr. Dante Morra

Board Member & Executive Vice President and Chief

April Gamache

Co-Chair & Advisor

Dr. Deepak Kaura

Board Member & West Regional Lead

Dr. Susan Shaw

Chair & Lead

Dr. Dante Morra

Having recently been appointed the Trillium Health Partners new Chief of Medical Staff, Dr. Dante Morra is a specialist in internal medicine and also holds a Masters of Business Administration. He is currently the assistant professor at the School of Medicine at University of Toronto and Adjunct Professor at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Dr. Morra was most recently the co-founder and Medical Director for the Centre for Innovation in Complex Care: University Health Network, an organization focused on pioneering new models of care with the goal of health care transformation.

He is an internationally recognized leader in hospital process improvement, health care innovation, and effective allocation of resources and his work in system transformation has been recognized with numerous individual and team awards including the 3M national quality award and the Goldie award for leadership. Dr. Morra is also an award winning teacher and serves as the manager theme director for the undergraduate curriculum in the Faculty of Medicine.

Board Member & Executive Vice President and Chief

April Gamache

April is currently acting Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Trillium Health Partners, from her most recent role as the Executive Lead for the Institute for Better Health where she led Innovation, Research and Trillium Health Partners’ CAN Health Edge. April has a track record of driving growth in both public and private sector organizations across many industries including health care, consumer services, manufacturing and CPG.

Prior to joining Trillium, April was the Chief Operating Officer of Motion, Canada’s largest provider of mobility and accessibility solutions at ~$200M, ~700 employees and 40 retail and service locations. Motion partners with Government, Not-for-Profits, insurance firms, Health Care providers and directly with clients to assess, build, and service solutions from wheelchairs to home elevators. Before Motion, April was the Chief Operating Officer of the Americas for Exova where she worked with the global team toward a successful IPO in 2014.  Exova, now acquired by Element Materials Technology, was the world’s largest dedicated testing company, with 3600 employees and 117 facilities in 22 countries serving industry sectors such as Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Food, Environmental, Aerospace, Oil & Gas, Transportation and Industrial. Prior to this, April led Operations for LifeLabs, the largest private laboratory services provider in Canada, conducting 50 million diagnostic tests for 10 million patients annually, and was part of the team that led the sale from MDS to OMERS in 2007.

April has held national and global roles and is an experienced senior leadership team member with cross functional experience ranging from Business Development and M&A to Operations Management, Finance and Organizational Design. She has seen success in the deployment of Lean & Six Sigma process improvement and in leveraging technology and leading innovation in highly regulated environments.

April holds a Bachelor of Honours, Science in Business, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Shared Services West and the CAN Health Network.

Co-Chair & Advisor

Dr. Deepak Kaura

Deepak is 1QBit’s Chief Medical Officer and was the Chair of the Board of Joule, a Canadian Medical Association subsidiary. He is also a serial angel investor, having invested in over 25 early-stage companies with a passion for seeing others succeed, particularly in the Canadian context. He is enthusiastic about improving health through the use of technology balanced with personalized human touch, and is dedicated to innovation, building teams, and has a keen interest in Artificial Intelligence.

Deepak recently returned to Canada from five years in Qatar where he served as the Executive Chairman of the Foundational Clinical Services Management Group. There he helped to set new standards in patient care for women and children and led ground-breaking work in the application of machine learning to health care. Prior to this he was the Head of Diagnostic Imaging at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Deepak has also established a number of start-ups in the health care space and has served the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a Subspecialty Chair in Pediatric Radiology. He earned his MD at the University of Manitoba, FRCPC following training in Calgary, and his MBA from HEC Paris. Deepak has also held faculty appointments as Associate Professor at Cornell University and the University of Calgary.

Board Member & West Regional Lead

Dr. Susan Shaw

Dr. Susan Shaw balances a rewarding career in Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiology with clinical and system improvement work at the local, regional and provincial level in Saskatchewan. She has been a successful department head, a physician leader with the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative and co-lead of the former Saskatoon Health Region’s Safer Every Day Breakthrough Initiative. Prior to joining the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Dr. Shaw worked with the Saskatchewan Medical Association as Director of Physician Advocacy and Leadership.

Dr. Shaw is currently board chair for the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council and is looked to as a leader in patient-centred care, physician leadership, continuous improvement and large scale change.

Central Network Team

DIRECTOR

Alex Gilbert

DIRECTOR

Cailin Rodgers

EXECUTIVE LEAD

Gary Ryan

PROJECT LEAD

Michael Filer

MANAGER

Stephanie Ebreo

ADVISOR

Laurie Rivet

ADVISOR

Maily Lockhart

ADVISOR

Naveed Ahmad

DIRECTOR

Alex Gilbert

Alex Gilbert is a strategic and action-oriented executive with a proven track record of successfully commercializing and scaling Canadian ventures.  She currently leads the development and operations of the national CAN Health Network: a platform for Canada’s new healthcare economy.  Bringing public and private sectors together, Alex is creating a new integrated and receptive marketplace where Canada’s largest healthcare operators work with the most promising medtech innovators to optimize their solutions and demonstrate their value.  As a result, Canadian businesses can rapidly scale across the country and beyond as their solutions are readily adopted by the Network.

Prior to this role, Alex was the General Manager of a Canadian subsidiary and Director of Clinical Development for a US-based start-up company, where she developed and executed a business plan to introduce novel products into the Canadian health care market and led global clinical strategy.  During Alex’s tenure, the venture backed company successfully exited through acquisition by a US-based mid-size diagnostic company for ~$300MM USD.

Alex comes with 10 years of experience in clinical development and market access, having directed and managed large portfolios of clinical and payer studies for various private and public sector clients. 

DIRECTOR

Cailin Rodgers

Cailin Rodgers is a high-energy public affairs and public relations leader with over a decade of experience in health care.

Cailin began her career working for Canada’s first Inuk Cabinet Minister travelling to remote parts of Canada learning the unique challenges of delivering health care and bringing sustainable solutions to communities. Cailin had the opportunity to be part of Canada’s first tripartite agreement to ensure culturally-relevant and more effective health services for indigenous people.

Cailin served a number of roles in the Federal Government, including the Director of Communications to the Health Minister, where she supported coordinating Canada’s response to Ebola working with public and private partners.

Now supporting the CAN Health Network, Cailin believes in the critical role Canadian health care technology companies will play in improving the health system, while growing the economy and creating more health care sector jobs.

EXECUTIVE LEAD

Gary Ryan

Gary Ryan is currently the Executive Lead for the CAN Health Network working at the Lead Organization office at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, Ontario. The CAN Health Network is a pan-Canadian health care network focused on finding and scaling Canada’s most promising health care companies.

Prior to this current position Gary was the Chief Innovation Officer at Southlake Regional Health Centre from 2013 until 2018. In that role he led Southlake’s Research/Innovation Department in finding and testing new health care technologies at CreateItNow, Southlake’s health care incubator.  

Prior to that role Gary previously held a range of positions at Southlake including Chief Operating Officer (COO), Vice President of Acute Services and Director of Paramedical Services. Gary also held other positions including Corporate Secretary to the Board of Southlake Residential Care Village and CEO and President of Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston, Ontario.

Gary graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology in 1979, and in 1982, obtained a Master of Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto. In 2001, he completed a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto.

PROJECT LEAD

Michael Filer

Michael comes with a depth of experience as a project manager in both the private and public sectors.  He is committed to delivering value to his customer and has a passion for implementing projects that produce meaningful results that improve the quality of people’s lives.    

Michael began his project management career by completing his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation while working for Rogers Communications in a number of Project Management capacities.  After several years he accepted a progressive role at Staples Canada, leading and participating in strategic projects including the launches of the AirMiles Reward Miles loyalty program and Apple Computer products and services across Canada and online.  He then made a change to work in the public sector.  Most recently Michael worked at the Georgian Bay General Hospital, in Midland, Ontario, as a Project Manager focused on supporting their Clinical Services group.

He received an Honours B.A in Economics from York University and an M.Sc. in Education from Niagara University. 

MANAGER

Stephanie Ebreo

 Stephanie joins the CAN Health Network having recently completed her MBA where she focused her efforts in health care administration. She has experience working in both Corporate Strategy and Process Improvement at two large academic hospitals in the Toronto core. Additionally, she supported a large GTA hospital through a clinical system redesign in her most recent role as a management consultant at an international professional service firm.

Prior to embarking on her MBA, Stephanie worked as a consultant at an industry leading human capital management software company where she steered clients through HRIS software implementations.  Stephanie also worked as an HR professional, in a range of industries, supporting companies through their organizational design, change management and HR transformation initiatives.

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Waterloo, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from Sheridan College and a Masters of Business Administration from DeGroote School of Business.

ADVISOR

Laurie Rivet

Laurie began his career in marketing and advertising working with large, consumer facing brands. In 2012 he began volunteering at UHN’s research & innovation hub, the Centre for Innovation in Complex Care, utilizing his understanding of consumer behavior to help influence positive patient behavior and compliance.

Based on this success, he was recruited to Trillium Health Partners (THP) hospital to help establish their research & innovation centre, The Institute for Better Health. He was soon promoted to THP’s communications department where he worked with THP’s senior leadership in the development and implement of innovative strategic projects. Eventually he became AVP, Strategy & Brand Development at the THP Foundation where he oversaw revenue generating business initiatives.

Since 2017, Laurie has worked in the private sector of health care as a Business Development Consultant. In this role, he helps companies navigate the complexities of the health care system and works with them to refine, implement, and scale their products across the private and public markets. In addition, Laurie works with clinics to help identify and implement new technologies and systems that help increase revenue and drive productivity.

Laurie was an early contributor to the development of the CAN Heath Network. His insights into both the public and private sectors of health care helped shape the design of the system.

ADVISOR

Maily Lockhart

As an Innovation and Change Specialist for the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Maily Lockhart is responsible for working with senior leaders to articulate opportunities for innovation and create conditions for large scale change. With a background in health policy, analytics and public health, Maily is able to support the CAN Health West Region EDGES and their projects using a broad health system’s lens. Maily is excited to support the development of the CAN Health Network and have the opportunity to link the health sector to innovative health technology businesses in Canada.

ADVISOR

Naveed Ahmad

Naveed has over 20 years’ experience in the corporate and entrepreneurial space. In 2013, Naveed took over as CEO of one of the fastest growing mobile ad-tech start-ups in Canada that was acquired by The Weather Network, one of Canada’s largest media companies in 2017. Today, he regularly advises and mentors CEOs and Co-Founders from tech start-ups to through the DMZ, Canada’s leading Accelerator program as well as with WeScaleUP, a division of We.org. Naveed is consulting for Heart Health Institute as an Interim CEO, focusing on improving their operational efficiencies, patient workflow strategy and organizational culture. Naveed has an EMBA from Ivey Business School at Western University, MA in International Conflict Resolution from the University of Kent in Canterbury and BA from York University.

Regional Network Teams

AllOntario SouthWest
PROJECT MANAGER

Andrea Zettler

VICE PRESIDENT OF QUALITY, SAFETY AND STRATEGY, Saskatchewan Health Authority

Beth Vachon

INTERIM MANAGER, INNOVATION - Institute for Better Health, Trillium Health Partners

Christine Plaza

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY AND INNOVATION - Saskatchewan Health Authority

Kerilyn Voigt

INNOVATION AND CHANGE SPECIALIST - Saskatchewan Health Authority

Maily Lockhart

INNOVATION AND CHANGE SPECIALIST - Saskatchewan Health Authority

Vanessa Roebuck

PROJECT MANAGER

Andrea Zettler

Andrea Zettler is a Senior Business Analyst on the Innovation Team within the Institute for Better Health at Trillium Health Partners (THP). Andrea joined THP in 2017 and holds a Bachelors Degree in Health and Aging from McMaster University as well as a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Sheridan College. Andrea is passionate about innovation in health care; finding and integrating innovative solutions to organizational challenges that will positively impact patient care as well as patient and provider experience. Andrea has extensive experience leading health technology projects in community and hospital health care settings. From ideation through to implementation, Andrea brings project management, business analysis and technology expertise as a Project Manager leading the CAN Health projects for the THP Edge.

VICE PRESIDENT OF QUALITY, SAFETY AND STRATEGY, Saskatchewan Health Authority

Beth Vachon

Beth Vachon served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of former Cypress Health Region since April 2010. Prior to her CEO appointment, she served in a variety of leadership positions within former Cypress Health Region and the Swift Current Health District, including as a member of the senior leadership team and as the executive director of Community Health Services.

Beth has an extensive nursing background, having been employed in health care for more than 30 years as a registered psychiatric nurse and manager. Beth achieved her diploma in Psychiatric Nursing at the Wascana Institute of Applied Science and Technology, and holds active registration status with the Registered Psychiatric Nursing Association of Saskatchewan.

Beth is an advocate for building effective community partnerships and engaging health providers in the provision of a patient-first health environment.

INTERIM MANAGER, INNOVATION - Institute for Better Health, Trillium Health Partners

Christine Plaza

With over 12 years of experience, Christine is passionate about the intersection of human-centred design and health to improve systems, services, programs and experiences for patients and providers.

In her current roles at the Institute for Better Health, Christine is responsible for managing areas that are focused on using human centred design to create innovative solutions that address the needs of patients and providers across the hospital and community. Using end-to-end design approaches, Christine engages with stakeholders across the system to understand needs, identify problems, create and iteratively test ideas, implement novel solutions, and share new knowledge.

Christine has collaborated on projects with Phillips, Hallmark, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. As a design advocate and thought leader, Christine has led and supported several initiatives at Trillium Health Partners and the University Health Network, including awareness campaigns to increase flu vaccination and hand hygiene rates, web-based applications to collect patient and provider feedback, and system-based engagements and co-design activities to guide the development of new health programs and services.

Christine is an invited lecturer at the University of Toronto and has led several sessions on human-centred design approaches and their applicability to health care. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe and Toronto Star.

DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY AND INNOVATION - Saskatchewan Health Authority

Kerilyn Voigt

As part of her role as Director of Strategy and Innovation for the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Kerilyn Voigt oversees SHA’s work with the CAN Health Network both as the Lead Edge for the western network and as an Innovation Edge. With 20 years of experience as a strategist, facilitator, and communicator in both the health care and government sectors, Kerilyn is excited to be a part of this groundbreaking work and to build a strong team that ensures its success and sustainability.

INNOVATION AND CHANGE SPECIALIST - Saskatchewan Health Authority

Maily Lockhart

As an Innovation and Change Specialist for the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Maily Lockhart is responsible for working with senior leaders to articulate opportunities for innovation and create conditions for large scale change. With a background in health policy, analytics and public health, Maily is able to support the CAN Health West Region EDGES and their projects using a broad health system’s lens. Maily is excited to support the development of the CAN Health Network and have the opportunity to link the health sector to innovative health technology businesses in Canada.

INNOVATION AND CHANGE SPECIALIST - Saskatchewan Health Authority

Vanessa Roebuck

As an Innovation and Change Specialist for the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), Vanessa Roebuck is excited to collaborate with leaders in the SHA to develop a strong framework for the success of the SHA EDGE. She comes to this role with over a decade of experience in health care communications and holds a Bachelor of Psychology and a Masters Certificate in Health Systems Management. Vanessa brings a passion for team building, process improvement and change management to her work with senior leaders, articulating opportunities for innovation and facilitating conditions for large scale change.

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