National Health-Tech Innovation Conference

Hosted by the CHEO Research Institute’s Innovation Core

As we look ahead at the new year, we’re still buzzing from the first-ever National Health-Tech Innovation Conference held in December!   Thank you to everyone who joined us for the inaugural event.

View, share and engage with the conference sizzle reel   This is only a part of what we are looking to accomplish, and how we plan to foster change and growth within the health-tech innovation space.

About the Conference

Conference sold out. Registration is closed.

  • When: December 1, 2023
  • Where: Bayview Yards – Ottawa’s Innovation Centre

Together, with a national community of innovators, industry leaders, health-tech startups, investors and government officials, the conference facilitated the exchange of knowledge and best practices to advance Canadian health innovation of products and technology.

The National Health-Tech Innovation Conference will bring people together to:

  • Develop a community for health innovation and entrepreneurship at the local, national and international levels to promote, exchange and share best practices and experiences. 
  • Provide opportunities to connect, exchange ideas, and build relationships that can lead to innovative healthcare solutions.
  • Highlight Canadian innovations that have the potential to transform healthcare delivery, improve patient care, and reduce healthcare costs.
  • Inspire attendees by featuring success stories and real-world examples of how health innovations are making a difference in the Canadian healthcare system.
  • Provide a platform for educational sessions, workshops, and seminars that empower healthcare professionals and stakeholders with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the complex health innovation landscape.
Conference Participant Information and Resources

This sold-out event was a huge success. The day was filled with thought-provoking, inspiring, and change making discussions.

View and download the National Health-Tech Innovation Conference Program here.

As a take-away, we are providing conference participants and like-minded innovators, with a digital toolkit. This downloadable digital toolkit provides session highlights, key learnings and supplementary resources that can be leveraged and applied to your respective roles and organizations.

Conference Agenda

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

Nick Quain, Invest Ottawa 
Jason Berman, CHEO Research Institute 
Peggy Taillon, Bruyère
Matthew Bromwich, CHEO

Panel Discussions

10:00 – 10:50 a.m.

Mistakes, Misunderstandings & Mistrust: Solving the Innovation Language Breakdown

Understand real-world experience that sheds light on some of the challenges encountered, communication breakdowns, mistakes, and misunderstandings that can cause mistrust between Healthcare, Business, and R+D. 

Moderated by: Mitch Robinson  

Panelists: Anna McCormick, Hanu Chaudhar, Andrew Pelling 

11:00 – 11:50 a.m.

“Profit” in the Healthcare Lexicon

Discover how the pursuit of healthcare innovation often necessitates the tools of business, leading to a unique set of challenges as well as opportunities 

Moderated by: Stephen Ryan  

Panelists: Ron Johnson, Shawn Mondoux, Kate Woolhouse 

1:00 – 1:50 p.m.

Bringing innovation to life in healthcare

Join this panel of experienced innovators as we delve into the challenges and secrets to success of bringing innovation to life when dealing with interactions between large, bureaucratic organizations and small, nimble innovators. 

Moderated by: David Helliwell  

Panelists: Jon Chatburn, Andrew Seely, Ashleigh Kennedy 

1:50 – 2:00 p.m.

Developing the Innovation Mindset

This workshop will outline the holistic approach that covers the entire medtech lifecycle, from strategic advisory to design and development, as well as preclinical testing and bioskills training. 

Led by Emily Blum and accompanied by, Ben Sprott, Cavenwell AI 

2:50 – 3:30 p.m.

Innovation and Effective Collaboration with Hospitals and Governments

Discover innovative approaches to healthcare system improvement in this workshop. Explore collaborative solutions that address emerging healthcare needs, reduce bottlenecks, and harness new technologies. 

Led by Harvey Hawes and accompanied by, Alec McCauley, Thrive Health.  


3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Tales from the trenches: Innovation success and failures

Hear real life experiences and key learnings that helped foster, and grow the internationally renowned program, Alder Hey Innovation.  

Provided by Iain Hennessey.

Closing Remarks

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Matthew Bromwich, CHEO
Jim Bottomley, CHEO Research Institute
Blake Daly, Bruyère

As a conference attendee, we encourage you to complete the National Health-Tech Innovation Conference evaluation form

Looking back at the sold-out conference, the event was successful in bringing together the research, healthcare, and business communities to learn from one another, break down silos, and collaborate as we bridge the gap from innovation to action to better care for kids and families.

We will be hosting more events in 2024!  Stay in the know, by leaving your contact info here.

Learn more about our innovation program, and events, here or reach out at [email protected].

Special thank you our conference supporters and sponsors.

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