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Shared Services in Health Care - A New Era of Collaboration

June 22nd - 23rd, 2009

Delta Grand Okanagan Resort and Conference Centre
Kelowna, BC, Canada



Keith Baldrey
Keith has been covering B.C. politics on a daily basis since 1986. He joined The Vancouver Sun newspaper as a general assignment reporter in 1984, eventually moving to the crime beat and then to Victoria to cover the provincial political scene in early 1986. He became The Sun’s legislature bureau chief in 1989, and joined BCTV (now Global) in 1995. Since then, he has reported regularly for the station’s various newscasts ― morning, noon, and evening ― on a daily basis. As Global B.C.’s chief political reporter, he has covered six provincial elections, seven federal elections, and eight premiers. Keith is also a regular weekly commentator on CKNW’s Cutting Edge of the Ledge segment on the Bill Good Show, writes a weekly syndicated column on B.C. politics for seven community papers in the Lower Mainland (including the North Shore News and Surrey Now) and appears regularly on Shaw Cable’s Voice of B.C. program. He has written regularly for B.C. Business Magazine and co-authored a book entitled Fantasyland: Inside the Reign of Bill Vander Zalm.

Keith lives in Victoria with his wife, journalist/consultant Anne Mullens, and their two daughters.

Daniel C Belanger
Daniel has over 25 years of experience in the areas of business transformation and large-scale, multi-disciplinary organizational change programs.

As a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM, Dan has worked with Public Sector organizations in shared services transformation initiatives and citizen centered service delivery.

He was the Client Executive Partner responsible for IBM’s global government shared services practice which seeks to help clients implement shares services initiatives.

Dan also spent two years with the Federal Government, as a senior executive responsible for the overall integration and implementation of a large shared services organization.

Dan has recently made British Columbia his home and work base. He enjoys fishing, golfing and exploring the wonderful sites of Western Canada.

David Belof
David joined Saskatchewan health in 1998 after 2 years in the corporate finance world. Within the public sector, he spent over 10 year in various roles ranging from clinical contract negotiations and utilization studies to project management, database administration, application development, and integration architecture. In 2005, Mr Belof was appointed to the lead EHR architect role and worked on the development of the EHR program, as well as the Saskatchewan EHR procurement. In early 2008, he joined the private sector with JRS Partners, which immediately implanted him in multiple EHR projects across Canada. His experience will bring both a public and private sector perspective regarding EHR implementations as well clinical uptake and experiences.

Marco Buccini
Marco is a graduate from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics & a Master's Degree in Architecture. He is a registered architect with over 22 years of experience, 18 of which have been as a client representative in the planning, design and, construction of healthcare facilities. Marco has been with Fraser Health since its inception in 2001 and currently oversees a portfolio that includes over 7 million square feet of owned & leased space as well as responsibility for projects valued in excess of $1 Billion.

Michael Calyniuk
Michael is an Advisory Partner in the Performance Improvement Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Vancouver. Michael is also the firm’s Global CIO and President & CEO of Global Licensing Services Corporation, overseeing PwC's global alignment of business and IT strategy and architecture, operating a global shared services model, security and IT procurement and vendor management.

Michael has extensive experience with global technology procurement and negotiations strategies for multinational companies, public sector entities and software and intellectual property licensing. He has successfully led complex procurement and outsourcing initiatives and has acted as lead in deal structuring, negotiations and outsourcing services agreements.

Rob Cooke
Rob is Managing Partner of Focis Consulting Inc. He brings over 20 years consulting experience in organizational and service strategy planning and transformation and in the assessment, design and implementation of shared services and outsourcing initiatives. He has led projects and provided advisory services to a broad range of senior level clients in federal, provincial and municipal governments, health care, utilities, crown corporations and financial institutions. Prior to establishing Focis Consulting Rob was Managing Director of EquaTerra Public Sector Canada a multinational advisory firm focused on business transformation.

Rob is the co-author of the highly successful book, "Shared Services: Mining for Corporate Gold", (Prentice Hall 2000) and the professional journal "Adopting and Implementing Shared Services". His article "Buying Force" on procurement shared services and "Signed, sealed and now to deliver" on building successful performance based outsourcing contracts were recently published in Summit Magazine. He has been a presenter at shared services conferences throughout North America and delivered an executive program on shared services in Kuala Lampur, Singapore and Shanghai. Rob holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from York University.

Myrna Francis
Dr. Francis is the VP of Global Healthcare Sector for CGI, one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in North America. In this role, she is responsible for leading and driving the global business strategy, solution approach and strategic alliances for CGI’s operations in US, Canada and Europe.

Dr. Francis served as President and CEO of Canada Health Infoway (CHI) during its ‘start-up’ phase. Previously, she was the Senior Vice-President, Strategic Alliances, responsible for CHI’s overall private sector partnership strategy and for shaping and negotiating its private/public alliances and new business development.

Dr. Francis has extensive healthcare and IT industry knowledge and experience in the public and private sectors in the Canadian and the United States markets. She held positions as General Manager, Health and Life Science Industry group and General Manager of Strategic Business Development in the Healthcare Industry group for a global IT company. She was also a Partner in a major US systems integration firm, where she managed a range of projects across the US and Canada.

In addition to her private sector experience, Dr. Francis has held executive positions in policy, population-based health planning, and health promotion at the Government of Ontario.

Dr. Francis holds a Ph.D in medical sciences from McMaster University and has received post-graduate training in business administration. She completed a program in multi-party negotiation through Harvard University’s Law School. Currently, she is a director of RxCanada, retail pharmacy partnership and sits on the advisory boards for Genyous Inc, a biotech company and bSharpe Technologies, a start-up software company. She was a director of Cedara Software during its recent merger with Merge Technology in the US, as well as a director at George Brown College and Allstate Canada.

David H. Flaherty
David is a specialist in the management of privacy and information policy issues. He served a six-year, non-renewable term as the first Information and Privacy Commissioner for the Province of British Columbia (1993-99). He wrote 320 Orders under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and also pioneered the development of site visits to public bodies (hospitals in particular) as a form of privacy auditing.

Flaherty began his involvement with privacy issues as an assistant to Alan F. Westin at Columbia University in 1964. Flaherty’s first book was Privacy in Colonial New England (1972). In 1974 he started comparative public policy work in Europe and North America that led to a series of books, including Protecting Privacy in Surveillance Societies: The Federal Republic of Germany, Sweden, France, Canada, and the United States (1989). Flaherty has written or edited fourteen books.

Flaherty is an Honours graduate of McGill University (1962) and has an MA and Ph.D. from Columbia University. His teaching career from 1965 to 1993 included Princeton University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Western Ontario, where he was professor of history and law from 1972 to 1999 and is now professor emeritus. He was the first director (1984-89) of its Centre for American Studies. He has held fellowships and scholarships at Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, and Georgetown Universities. In 1992-93 Flaherty was a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC and a Canada-US. Fulbright Scholar in Law. Flaherty was an adjunct professor in political science at the University of Victoria from 1999 to 2006.

As a consultant, Flaherty’s services for clients include strategic advice on the management of privacy issues and of relationships with privacy authorities, privacy advocates, and the general public; conducting overall assessments of privacy compliance (privacy reviews, audits, site visits, knowledge transfer); preparing Privacy Impact Assessments; helping to manage privacy breaches; and developing privacy risk management plans. With Stephanie Perrin, Heather Black, and Murray Rankin, Flaherty is a co-author of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act: An Annotated Guide (Irwin Law, Toronto, January, 2001). He also co-authored the Guidelines for Managing Privacy, Data Protection and Security for Ontario Hospitals (A Report prepared by the Ontario Hospital eHealth Council’s Privacy and Security Working Group ― July 2003).

Flaherty is a member of the External Advisory Committee to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada since its inception in 2004. for whose office he wrote "Reflections on Reform of the Privacy Act." (38 pp., 2008) Since 2000, he has been the Chief Privacy Advisor to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

Gordon Gilman
Mr. Gilman graduated from the Business Administration Technology Program of the Saint John Institute of Technology and subsequently undertook management training while employed with the Royal Bank of Canada. Mr. Gilman has more than 30 years of public service experience with the Province of New Brunswick. Since Jan. 1, 2004, he has been the Assistant Deputy Minister of Corporate Services with the Department of Health. Prior to joining the Department of Health, Mr. Gilman was employed with the Regional Development Corporation for more than 20 years in a number of progressive positions, including Vice-President and Executive Director for Finance and Administration.

Malcolm Griffin
Malcolm (Mal) was appointed to Chief Information Officer at the Interior Health Authority in September 2005. Mal has been with Interior Health and its predecessor organizations since 1997 and has held management roles in the areas of biomedical engineering, information technology, information management, systems development, and application implementation and support. Mal holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University and has more than 18 years experience in healthcare IMIT. Outside of work, Mal enjoys swimming, coaching minor hockey and spending time with his wife Connie and 3 sons, Ethan, Samuel and Zachary.

Trevor Hodge
As Senior Vice-President, Investment Strategy and Alliances, Mr. Hodge is responsible for Infoway's alliances with both the public sector (the seven western and northern jurisdictions) and the private sector as well as for Infoway's investment strategies, including the business plan, the three-year planning process and the resolution of strategic and tactical issues arising from the implementation of Infoway's investment strategies. Prior to joining Infoway in 2004, Mr. Hodge was the Health Practice Director for Sierra Systems Group and was responsible for coordinating their health care business in Canada and the United States. Mr. Hodge previously held positions as Vice-President and part-owner of EDM Management Systems, CIO for Alberta Health, and as Acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Public Health for Alberta Health. He holds a Master's of Business Administration degree from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Otago (New Zealand).

Mark James
As business development manager of Adobe Systems, Mark James is responsible for the marketing of Adobe Acrobat and enterprise solutions in Canada. In the past fifteen years, Mr. James has held progressively senior sales and marketing positions at Adobe, servicing large and mid-sized enterprise customers in the public and private sectors. Mr. James has in-depth knowledge of mid-sized and large organizations’ document management needs. Prior to his current position, Mr. James was national account manager, working with resellers and channel partners across Canada to meet enterprise customers’ specific demands. An avid speaker, Mr. James has presented in numerous Adobe and industry events such as the annual conference of the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia and IEEE XPlore, and has written for a wide range of publications such as Enterprise Magazine and Government Purchasing Guide.

Wayne Jensen
Wayne Jensen is the Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Infrastructure within the Provincial Government of British Columbia, responsible for leading complex information technology procurement initiatives and establishing strategic supply arrangements.

Wayne’s career spans over the last 25 years in both public and private sectors in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. A significant portion of that experience has been gained through senior management positions in a shared services context, responsible for driving business transformation and the delivery of information technology and real property services. Adding to this diverse career and breadth of public and private sector knowledge, he holds a Master of Business Administration.

Jay Lambert
Jay, a Métis Citizen and the principal consultant of Jay Lambert Consulting has extensive experience working with First Nations in BC and across Canada to improve health service delivery and program planning that respects inherent and treaty rights in an integrated environment. Jay draws upon his experiences working as a First Nations eHealth Coordinator with the British Columbia First Nations Chiefs’ Health Committee, as a Research and Policy Analyst in information governance with the Assembly of First Nations and through his pursuit of a Masters in Health Informatics through the University of Victoria. He is currently working with the Chiefs of Ontario towards implementation of the Panorama Public Health Surveillance in First Nations communities.

Mark Lang
Mark has spent the last three and a half years as a Senior Director of Human Resources at TELUS, is the architect of our Flexible Work Styles program and has helped us build the strategy to enable work when and where it is most effective while also partnering with our EVP of Corporate Affairs. Prior to joining TELUS, Mark spent three years at Capital One Financial as a Senior Human Resources Consultant where he was the HR lead on their Future of Work effort and partner to the Senior VP of US Card. Mark's career has also seen him as the Director of HR for Telemedia Radio and as the Senior Manager of Enterprise Strategic Projects at Hudson's Bay Company where he created and launched the retail chain "Home Outfitters". Mark is now taking his knowledge and the TELUS experience to customers with the goal of enabling Canadian organizations to embrace the changing nature of work and help Canadians effectively manage the "life of work".

Brian Lynah
Brian is responsible for driving the day to day operations of Symantec’s Endpoint Virtualization business, including software virtualization and streaming solutions. Symantec Endpoint Virtualization helps IT departments provide the end user with more efficient access to data while delivering a more flexible and productive computing experience.

Lynah joined Symantec from nSuite Technologies, where he was co-founder and CEO. nSuite was acquired by Symantec in August of 2008. Prior to nSuite, Lynah was Director of Services for Exodus Communications and co-founder of Harbour Capital.

Dr. Jude Mahadanaarachchi
Jude is a Graduate from Liverpool Medical School and now practicing as a Family Practitioner in the community, covering 8000 patients. Involved in a number of committees and projects to link up medical care with other provisions to provide a 21st Century holistic medical service . Past times include the sports of cricket ( similar to baseball ) tennis and horse riding.

Erwin Malzer
Mr. Malzer is a seasoned Management Consultant and Information Technology executive. As a senior IT Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and an executive with IBM, he had leadership responsibilities for Western Canada. His areas of expertise include:

  • IT and large scale strategic enterprise information systems,
  • technology enabled organizational development & change,
  • performance, quality, and process improvement, and
  • strategic visioning, planning, and executive facilitation.

His career in management consulting spanned the creation of his own consultancy, Malzer & Associates Ltd. that he merged with Coopers & Lybrand that later became PricewaterhouseCoopers. IBM acquired the global PwC management consulting business in 2002. Mr. Malzer has served a diverse set of clients in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Dave Nikolejsin
Dave Nikolejsin has served as Chief Information Officer for the Province of British Columbia since July 2005. Prior to his appointment as Chief Information Officer, Dave spent two years as the Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for the Network BC initiative. Through his leadership in this project, Dave played a pivotal role in bridging the digital divide by connecting many rural and remote communities in British Columbia to high-speed broadband.

Dave has a strong technical background, and spent nearly 20 years working in management positions of progressively more responsibility, both in the B.C. government and with SaskTel in Regina, Saskatchewan. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for BCNET, the Board of Directors of ISSNET, and an active participant in the cross-jurisdictional Public Sector Chief Information Officer Council.

Dave graduated with Honours with a Diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology from the Saskatchewan Technical Institute in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. In 2001, Dave completed the executive program in Public Sector Leadership at Royal Roads University. More recently, Dave joined a small group of executives at the Harvard Business School for the cross-disciplinary program entitled "Delivering Information Services.

Dave Parker
Dave has worked in the Telecommunications Industry for the past 28 years. He started his carrier as a Field Engineer working for Data General servicing computer systems throughout BC. He then went on to work for VGH in 1986 as a Network Analyst. Since that time Dave has held several positions in the infrastructure area including Manager of Data Network Services.

He was appointed Director, Tech Services in 2001 to provide customer-focused leadership to Information Systems staff across all sites, including the areas of Voice & Data Network Services, Help Desk and Client Server Technology within VCHA.

In 2004, Dave was seconded to represent the all Health Authorities on the Network BC project team. In his current position as Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives VCHA, Dave is working with the Health CIO council, Network BC, Ministry of Health, Health Authority Shared Services Organization and the Provincial Government’s Office of the CIO.

Marc Perlman
Marc is Oracle’s Vice President for Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Business Unit for North America. Marc is responsible for driving Oracle's strategy and product plan in the health sciences market. In his role, Marc also leads the Oracle’s North America Healthcare and Life Sciences Strategy Board and represents North America on Oracle’s Global Healthcare and Live Sciences Board. With over 25 years in the healthcare industry, he as integrally worked with payers, providers and other key constituents to drive operational, clinical and financial efficiencies. He joined Oracle from McKesson Corporation, where over his 12 year tenure, he progressed through leadership roles of ever increasing responsibility on the Provider and Payer sides of the business as well as in medication safety and automation solutions. Prior to McKesson, Marc held executive roles in healthcare analytics, disease management, cost containment and homecare service organizations.

Matthew Peters
Matthew, a partner with McCarthy Tetrault is the Technology Group practice group leader in Vancouver. He practices in the areas of financings, mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing, alliances and technology distribution, with an emphasis on complex commercial transactions.

Mr. Peters appears in the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of information technology law.

Highlights of Mr. Peters’ recent experience include:

  • acting as lead counsel and negotiator in a number of large business process outsourcings, one of which was the largest in its market in Canada;
  • establishing several shared service structures in the financial services and public sector areas;
  • complex licensing and alliance arrangements; and
  • complex commercial telecommunication transactions, one of which was the largest of its kind in North America.

Mr. Peters is active in both industry and community organizations. He is currently a New Media BC board member and a Vancouver Enterprise Forum board member. He also lectures at various programs and conferences on numerous topics including outsourcing, shared services and procurement. Mr. Peters received his LLB in 1994 from the University of Victoria where he received several awards including the Law Foundation Scholarship and the Allan Higenbottom Award. He was called to the British Columbia bar in 1995. *denotes Law Corporation.

Hal Ryckman
Hal leads EDS’ public sector business in Canada, including healthcare, education and all three levels of government. He has previously served as VP, sales for Canada and VP, Western Region, where he was responsible for growth, profitability and customer satisfaction across Canada’s four western provinces. His customers included leading organizations in energy, transportation, insurance, government and healthcare. Mr. Ryckman began his time with EDS in 1995 as Managing Director for Manitoba. Prior to joining EDS Hal spent 21 years with The Great-West Life Assurance Company.

Hal has extensive experience leading large projects involving technology outsourcing, business process outsourcing, service delivery transformation, applications development and organizational change management.

David Rogers
David joined BC Hydro in 1994 as the company’s Agricultural Specialist and remains in this role today. David introduced Canada’s first utility neutral isolation service for reducing stray voltage and has tested over 2,500 farms for stray voltage and is an acknowledged expert in this field.

As BC Hydro Power Smart’s IT Advisor David introduced a new arena for Power Smart in IT Energy Conservation. David’s brainchild was the creation of Canada’s first utility server virtualization program and since its launch in June 2008 BC Hydro has initiated many servers into being virtualized. David was instrumental in brining the opportunity of computer desktops being placed into power management mode. David piloted computer power management on every BC hydro desktop in 2001 and in retrospect BC Hydro believes it was the first utility in the word to accomplish this.

David graduated with a B.Sc. in agricultural engineering from Cranfield University one of Europe’s largest academic centers for strategic and applied research, development and design. David began work with BC Hydro in 1994 as the Agricultural Specialist in the demand side management group called Power Smart. During recent years David has introduced new IT Energy Conservation Measures into main stream Power Smart programs as Power Smart’s IT Advisor. BC Hydro is considered now to be a world utility leader in IT energy conservation.

Pat Ryan
Pat has twenty years experience working with Healthcare in three provinces.

He has been involved with, and lead mergers from the Financial Services perspective as well as IMIT.

Formerly the CIO of Interior Health, a $2.3 billion Macro Health Region, Pat lead the creation of a single financial and clinical system over 30 months.

Then as CEO for Alberta’s Regional Shared Health Information Program, RSHIP, Pat was instrumental in leading the shared collaborative that resulted in 500 points of service across the $2.9 billion seven region group, all running from a single data centre and sharing a single EHR.

Today Pat is working within Ontario in a shared service specific to Diagnostic Imaging. 35 hospitals in partnership. A robust, real time repository for images and results serving more than three million citizens.

Pat has garnered a wide range of experience in the field of Shared Services and is a real believer in doing it right from the start.

Pat has CMA designation and a Masters degree in Leadership.

Jill Scott
Jill is General Legal Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, which provides health care and specialist medical services to residents within its region in British Columbia, including acute care, community and public health, residential care, assisted living and home support services. She is responsible for management of Legal Services, the Information Access and Privacy Office and Regional Policy Framework. Jill advises on corporate governance, risk management, e-health, privacy and security, and a variety of strategic initiatives, commercial and technology contracts. She also advises senior staff and the Board on legislative changes within a complex regulatory and stakeholder environment. More recently, Jill served as a member of the Provincial e-Health Privacy and Security Steering Committee and is a member of the Provincial Clinical Integration Advisory Council.

Jill has over ten years of in-house legal experience (in both the private and public sectors). She began her career in Canada with Davis & Co and was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 1998. Prior to that, Jill practiced in Scotland as an associate and later as partner in commercial and residential real estate. Jill has an L.L.B from Edinburgh University and a Master of Laws from Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany.

Jim Shave
Robert James Shave, President of Cerner Canada, joined Cerner Corporation in 1996 and took on the responsibility to build a Canadian sales and delivery organization and to expand the business in Canada for Cerner. Since 1996, he grew Cerner’s business success in Canada from annual revenues of under one million USD to more than forty million USD by 2008 with well over 250 health care facilities in Canada using Cerner’s technologies.

Cerner Canada’s success is largely attributed to the deployment of effective partnerships and outsourcing strategies to facilitate the sharing of patient-centric information technologies among multiple stakeholders; multi-disciplinary care-teams; and health administrators responsible for care delivery across large geographic areas

Chris Sherback
An honours graduate from the University of Alberta Bachelor of Commerce program, Chris specialized in auditing hospitals for Deloitte and Touche before joining Ormed in 1991 as a software designer. Focused on giving Ormed clients peace of mind through reliable and efficient software solutions, Chris led Ormed with the first version of its shared services software after becoming President and CEO in 1996. An Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, Chris led Ormed to receive the Canadian E-Business Leadership Award and Ormed continues to lead the green revolution in healthcare management information systems with its advanced e-commerce solutions.

Lindsy Strait
Lindsy, Chief Technology Officer, Healthcare and Life Sciences Sun Microsystems and also CTO Healthcare Life Sciences for Sun Microsystems Federal Govenrment Entity. Lindsy is the subject matter expert and thought leader for Healthcare and Life Sciences Systems in the field of leading edge integration and event driven self sensing composite application development solutions to the healthcare industry. In this role, Mr. Strait utilizes his 30+ years experience in information technology with specialization in healthcare informatics to develop and execute high-level strategic planning, definition, and assessment of operations and process for the healthcare global software at Sun Microsystems. Mr. Strait has held many senior executive management and leadership positions form in the public and private sector starting in military healthcare systems in college through work on staff at Harvard through several successful start-ups, a Healthcare Life Sciences thought leader at Ernst and Young, many International projects including being the founding Chairman of the Open eHealth Foundation.

Yves-Laurent Turcotte
Yves Laurent is Vice-President, Western Canada for Fujitsu Business Solutions. He was President & CEO of Promaintech Novaxa, an engineering company he founded in 1996, which was acquired by Fujitsu in 2007. Yves has 25 years of experience as a business manager, strategic consultant, technology developer and Lean Trainer/Instructor. He is known for his considerable analytical skills and his ability to find innovative, cost-effective solutions to the toughest problems encountered by organizations. He is the co-founder of the IMPACT-Kaizen method developed for the Centre de Recherche Industrielle du Québec. He has been involved in producing Lean Healthcare diagnostics, developing training courses and managing project implementations. His areas of expertise are Corporate strategy and Business management, Toyota Production System, Lean Six Sigma, Kaizen Methodology, Work Organization, Project Management, Operational Excellence (lean enterprise, lean service, lean healthcare), Performance Through Management (lean management, training and coaching of managers, operational performance and financial performance), Organizational Transformation (continuous improvement, change management, innovation and corporate culture) and Industrial Engineering Consulting. Yves Laurent is a Master Black Belt Lean Six Sigma and is certified in Facilitator, Reliability. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Master’s degree in Project Management

Kate Warriner
Music Graduate with an MSC in Health Informatics. Experience within Primary Care IM&T in the National Health Service for 9 years in a variety of roles covering clinical system training, project management and IM&T; programme management. Winner of the Primary Health Care Specialist Group John Perry Award for innovation and excellence in UK primary care computing in 2008. Past times include playing flute, piano and saxophone in a variety of music ensembles including a 7 piece saxophone group called 'Saxophobia!'

Jeannie Wexler
Jeannie has served as the Executive Lead for the BC Health Authority Shared Services Organization (SSO) since its inception in early 2008. In this role, she has led the organization through start-up activities to the assumption of accountability for its first business stream - the provision of Supply Chain Services across all six BC Health Authorities. Under Jeannie's leadership, SSO is already delivering on its vision of maximizing the resources that go to direct patient care by improving cost effectiveness for the health authorities. SSO's business model is designed to facilitate exploration of additional opportunities to create value for the health authorities.

Dan Wright
Dan is the Assistant Deputy Minister, BPS Supply Chain Secretariat in the Ontario Ministry of Finance. Before joining government in 2006, Dan worked in the banking, communications technology, corporate finance and mining industries in Canada, the US and Europe. He was Chief Financial Officer and then President of Electrohome from 1993 to 2001, and then a Principal with Dexio Group, an Ontario-based strategy & transformation consultancy. A common thread in his career has been helping organizations to recognize the need to transform their business model and to respond accordingly. Dan holds Master’s Degrees in Economics (University of Toronto) and Business (York University).

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