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  • Brad Popovich: Chief Scientific Officer, Genome BC

    Brad Popovich: Chief Scientific Officer, Genome BC

    Brad Popovich is Chief Scientific Officer at Genome British Columbia. He completed his MSc degree in Genetic Counseling from Sarah Lawrence College in 1978 and became one of the first genetic counselors to immigrate to Canada. He went on to complete an MSc and PhD in biochemical and molecular genetics respectively, at McGill University, completing his postdoctoral training in the [...]

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  • Ryan D’Arcy: Professor, SFU and Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation BC Leadership Chair in Medical Technology

    Ryan D’Arcy: Professor, SFU and Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation BC Leadership Chair in Medical Technology

    Ryan D’Arcy is a neuroscientist and renowned expert in translating brain imaging advances into health care innovations. Dr. D’Arcy received his B.Sc. from University of Victoria (with distinction), M.Sc. & Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Dalhousie University, and completed post-doctoral training in Medical Technologies at the National Research Council (NRC). He then went on to establish the world-renowned NRC Institute for [...]

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  • Shurjeel Choudhri: Senior VP and Head, Medical and Scientific AffairsBayer Inc.

    Shurjeel Choudhri: Senior VP and Head, Medical and Scientific AffairsBayer Inc.

    Dr. Choudhri joined Bayer Corporation in 1999 and has had significant experience with the Bayer US medical and Global Development organizations. Before assuming his current role as Head of Medical and Scientific Affairs (M&SA) in Canada, Dr. Choudhri was the Global Clinical Leader, Anti-Infectives with the Bayer Global Clinical Development group. As Head of M&SA for Bayer Inc Dr. Choudhri [...]

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  • Terry Lake: Minister of Health, Province of British Columbia

    Terry Lake: Minister of Health, Province of British Columbia

    Terry Lake was re-elected as MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson on May 14, 2013. He was appointed Minister of Health on June 10, 2013. Terry currently chairs the Cabinet Committee on Secure Tomorrow, serves as vice-chair of the Treasury and is a member of the Cabinet Working Group on Core Review. Previously, he served as Minister of Environment. He also enjoyed [...]

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  • Paul Terry: President & CEO, PHEMI Health Systems

    Paul Terry: President & CEO, PHEMI Health Systems

    Dr. Paul Terry is the President & CEO at PHEMI Health Systems, a board member at Providence Health Care, one of the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence at SFU Venture Labs and a Partner with Magellan Angel Partners. For the past 11 years, he was also the secretary/treasurer and technology adviser for the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, BC’s health research support agency. [...]

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  • Diane Finegood: President & CEO, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

    Diane Finegood: President & CEO, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

    As president & CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Dr. Diane Finegood draws on an exceptional record of academic and leadership experience to champion the growth of British Columbia’s health research enterprise. From 2000 to 2008, Diane served as the inaugural scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism & Diabetes, [...]

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  • Harry Kim: Senior Director, Enterprise Services, WW Healthcare Strategy and Portfolio, HP

    Harry Kim: Senior Director, Enterprise Services, WW Healthcare Strategy and Portfolio, HP

    Harry Kim leads HP’s worldwide strategy and solutions portfolio for the Enterprise Services Healthcare industry. During Kim’s tenure, HP has outgrown the competition to become the #1 technology leader in HLS, an estimated $10.6 billion dollar plus industry vertical, according to industry analysts. HP recognizes the emerging transformation across the value chain of biosciences research, pharmaceutical, healthcare provider and healthcare [...]

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  • Dan Goldowitz: Co-Director, Center for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics

    Dan Goldowitz: Co-Director, Center for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics

    Dan Goldowitz received his PhD in Psychobiology at the University of California at Irvine with a thesis that focused on the plasticity of the adult central nervous in response to lesions. His subsequent postdoctoral work at Harvard Children’s Hospital in Boston, the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City was in [...]

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  • Nancy Meagher: Executive Director, Population Data BC

    Nancy Meagher: Executive Director, Population Data BC

    Nancy Meagher has been the Executive Director of Population Data BC for the past eight years. With a Master’s in Economics, Nancy has worked internationally in health policy research, hospital management, and pharmaceutical market research, bridging research and its application in policy, business or industry. Her technical experience comes from work as a management consultant, where she led complex, privacy-sensitive [...]

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  • Marco A. Marra: Director & Distinguished Scientist, Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency

    Marco A. Marra: Director & Distinguished Scientist, Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency

    Dr. Marra completed his PhD in Genetics at Simon Fraser University in 1994 and subsequently worked as a postdoctoral fellow and research faculty instructor at Washington University in St. Louis. He has been involved in the development and application of efficient, high-throughput genomics approaches, with special emphasis on large-scale genome mapping and DNA sequencing. Current activities include the development and [...]

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  • Walter Robinson:Vice President, Government Affairs, Rx&D

    Walter Robinson:Vice President, Government Affairs, Rx&D

    Walter Robinson, re-joined Rx&D as Vice President of Government Affairs in August 2011 and is responsible for leading Rx&D’s integrated (federal and provincial) government affairs team. His key files include the Pan-Canadian Pricing Alliance (PCPA) along with the annual international BIO and Council of the Federation conferences. Prior to re-joining Rx&D, he was a Principal with Tactix Government Relations and [...]

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  • Alison Orth: Clinical Research Project Leader, Fraser Health Authority

    Alison Orth: Clinical Research Project Leader, Fraser Health Authority

    Alison Orth is a Clinical Research Professional with over 18 years of experience conducting trials at community-based sites and a passion for quality, integrity and continuous improvement. Alison graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University in 1993. After graduation she worked as a Research Assistant at the Vaccine Evaluation Centre at BC Children’s Hospital. While there [...]

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  • Enakshi Singh:  Product Manager, SAP HANA Platform for Healthcare

    Enakshi Singh: Product Manager, SAP HANA Platform for Healthcare

    Enakshi Singh is the product manager of the SAP HANA Platform for Healthcare. She works with multidisciplinary teams at SAP and collaborates with renowned genomic researchers to develop software solutions for real-time analyses of large-scale biological, lifestyle and clinical data. Enakshi received her M.Sc. in Neuroscience at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Her Masters’ thesis focused on the developmental distribution [...]

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  • Ryan Wilson: CEO of Medeo

    Ryan Wilson: CEO of Medeo

    Ryan is the Chief Executive Officer of Medeo, Canada’s first direct-to-patient telehealth solution. Ryan Wilson graduated from UBC’s Sauder School of Business with a specialization in management of information systems. He is a certified information systems auditor with over 15 years of experience in delivering technology solutions including critical systems, web applications and infrastructure. Ryan’s past experiences include co-founding Kubera [...]

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  • Todd Khozein: Partner, SecondMuse

    Todd Khozein: Partner, SecondMuse

    Todd is a pioneer in systems innovation based on biological models. In this context, he has studied and applied systems theory to organizational innovation, developing systems in industries ranging from medicine to entertainment. His interests lie in creating collaborative frameworks where the incentive structure, technological platform and human resource development initiatives align to enable transfusion of innovation across hierarchy. At [...]

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  • Greg D’Avignon: President and Chief Executive Officer Business Council of British Columbia

    Greg D’Avignon: President and Chief Executive Officer Business Council of British Columbia

    Greg D’Avignon is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia, a 260-member organization comprised of the province’s leading businesses and institutions in every sector of the provincial economy that are responsible for more than one-quarter of all jobs in the province. Established in 1966, the Business Council is the foremost policy and business advocacy [...]

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  • Dinesh Sharma Vice President, Corporate Innovation, SAP

    Dinesh Sharma Vice President, Corporate Innovation, SAP

    At SAP, we believe that there is a great opportunity to enhance and accelerate innovation efforts by teaming up with world-class innovators from outside, and inside, the company. Dinesh leads a group that seeks to build unconventional partnerships with global companies and deliver breakthrough innovation that can form the basis for meaningful benefits for consumers and partners alike. Dinesh is [...]

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  • Evi Mustel: President and Principal, Mustel Group

    Evi Mustel: President and Principal, Mustel Group

    Evi Mustel is the co-founder and one of the principals of Mustel Group. She has over 30 years experience in the social and marketing research industry. Under her leadership, the company has grown to one of Western Canada’s most respected research companies. Mustel is a familiar media personality, appearing regularly on television, radio and in newspapers commenting on research findings [...]

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  • Paul V. Drohan: President & CEO, Life Sciences BC

    Paul V. Drohan: President & CEO, Life Sciences BC

    Paul V. Drohan has over 25 years of experience in the global biopharmaceutical industry, and has recently returned from the United Kingdom where he lived and worked for the past eight years. Most recently, Paul was with Genzyme (a Sanofi Company) as Senior Global Vice President, leading the organization’s strategic, financial and sales and marketing operations performance for the U.K., [...]

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  • Joel Dudley: Assistant Professor of Genetics / Genomic Sciences & Director of Biomedical Informatics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

    Joel Dudley: Assistant Professor of Genetics / Genomic Sciences & Director of Biomedical Informatics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

    Dr. Joel Dudley is Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Director of Biomedical Informatics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His current research is focused towards solving key problems in genomic and systems medicine through the development and application of translational and biomedical informatics methodologies. Dr. Dudley’s published research covers topics in bioinformatics, genomic medicine, personal and clinical [...]

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  • Jeffrey Betts: IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences

    Jeffrey Betts: IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences

    Jeff currently leads IBM’s Chronic Disease Management and Personalized Healthcare activities in Canada. He has over 30 years of management and project leadership experience, with seventeen of those years with IBM. Before joining IBM, Jeff held various IT management positions in the BC provincial government, focused on creating, operating and expanding electronic services for citizens. Since joining IBM, he’s held [...]

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  • Alan Rabinowitz: Cardiologist, Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, PHEMI Health Systems

    Alan Rabinowitz: Cardiologist, Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, PHEMI Health Systems

    Dr. Alan Rabinowitz is a cardiologist and President-elect of the Medical Staff of St Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, and Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiology at the University of British Columbia. He is the co-founder of PHEMI Health Systems and serves as Chief Medical Officer and director on the board of the company. Dr Rabinowitz received his medical degree [...]

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  • Rupert Potter:  Consul-General of the United Kingdom, Vancouver

    Rupert Potter: Consul-General of the United Kingdom, Vancouver

    Rupert Potter took up his position as British Consul General in Vancouver on July 13, 2012 and is the British government’s representative in British Columbia, the Yukon and the North West Territories. His wife and two children join him in Vancouver. Born in Australia, Rupert joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1992 after graduating from St Andrews University [...]

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  • Andrew Wilkinson: Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizen Services

    Andrew Wilkinson: Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizen Services

    Andrew Wilkinson was elected MLA in the riding of Vancouver-Quilchena in 2013, and was appointed the Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services on June 10, 2013. He is a former deputy minister of the British Columbia Ministry of Economic Development, where he had responsibility for economic issues, trade and tourism. He also served as deputy minister for Intergovernmental Relations [...]

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  • Francis Ouellete: Investigator & Associate Director, Informatics and Bio-computing, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

    Francis Ouellete: Investigator & Associate Director, Informatics and Bio-computing, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

    Francis Ouellette is an Investigator and the Associate Director for the Informatics and Bio-computing platform at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. He is also Associate Professor in the Department of Cell and Systems Biology at the University of Toronto and the Scientific Coordinator of the Canadian Bioinformatics Workshop series. In his work Francis deals with cancer genomic data, which [...]

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  • Bruce McManus: CEO, PROOF Centre

    Bruce McManus: CEO, PROOF Centre

    Bruce McManus is Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, at the University of British Columbia. He serves as the CEO of the Centre of Excellence for Prevention of Organ Failure (PROOF Centre), and as Co-Director of the Institute for Heart + Lung Health. Dr. McManus served as the inaugural Scientific Director of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, [...]

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  • Colin Hansen: Former Health and Finance Minister of British Columbia

    Colin Hansen: Former Health and Finance Minister of British Columbia

    Colin Hansen was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in 1996 to serve the constituency of Vancouver-Quilchena. He was reelected in the general elections of 2001, 2005, and 2009. Mr Hansen served as Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier (2008–11); Minister of Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Asia-Pacific Initiative and the Olympics (2005–8); Minister of [...]

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  • Julio Montaner: Director, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

    Julio Montaner: Director, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

    Dr. Julio Montaner is the Director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, the Chair in AIDS Research and Head of Division of AIDS in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, and the Past-President of the International AIDS Society (IAS). His clinical research interests include HIV/AIDS, antiretroviral therapy, respiratory complications of HIV infection, salvage therapy in HIV/AIDS, multiple [...]

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