Mary Lou Ackerman is Vice President of Innovation with Saint Elizabeth. Her background is extensive - she has led the development and implementation of many business improvement projects, innovations and partnerships. Mary Lou joined Saint Elizabeth in 1987 as a visiting nurse, and she has augmented her clinical background with a graduate business degree and significant experience with health informatics. Mary Lou has a passion for community health care, combined with a desire to advance home health care, using innovative solutions to support improved health outcomes and care delivery processes for both clients in their homes as well as the mobile work force that cares for them.
Shirley Fenton has over 25 years of experience in information technology focused on innovative Internet applications, community information portals, and web-based tools and technology. Her interests are Health Informatics, eHealth, BioHealth, Innovative Intelligent Communities, Community Informatics and Communities of Practice. She is the Business Development Director, Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology and a Research Associate, Computer Systems Group at the University of Waterloo and also the Vice President of the National Institutes of Health Informatics. She is currently serving on the Walsh University Intelligent Community Institute Advisory Board, the Centre for Distance Education Health Information Management Program Advisory Committee and the HIMSS Ontario Board of Directors. She was on the Steering Committee when Waterloo was named the Intelligent Community of the Year in 2007. In 2011, she received the Zonta International Women of Achievement Trailblazer Award. Shirley obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Waterloo.
Angela is an innovation-focused change driver with a track record of leading large-scale, complex, transformational projects. She brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in healthcare informatics to her role as the Director, Data & Analytics Strategic Initiatives & Governance at CCO. She is responsible for the implementation and management of the action plan to realize CCO’s Data & Analytics Strategy. She is also responsible for the execution of an integrated enterprise-wide governance framework that incorporates policy and procedure setting, risk identification and mitigation, stewardship, compliance, quality and privacy/legal applications of data management and analytics. Previously, Angela was the Chief Information Officer & Privacy Officer at Runnymede Healthcare Centre whereby she spearheaded the IT build of a new 200-bed complex continuing care hospital. As the Director, Information Technology at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), she successfully evolved the IT portfolio through a post-merger, Y2K and a multi-year site redevelopment plan. Angela has a Masters of Education (M.Ed.) with a focus in Adult Education and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CPHIMS). She is currently the elected Vice President on the Board of Directors at Digital Health Canada. She is a passionate individual who has dedicated her career to making a difference by advancing healthcare quality and performance through IM/IT initiatives.
Brian is currently Principal Consultant at GreaterThanPlusMinus LLC, where he specializes in all aspects of data science and analytics, especially data management, data visualization, predictive modeling, forecasting, and developing interactive web applications, for both sports and business applications. He is also currently an Adjunct Professor in Sports Analytics in the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Management Science at the University of Miami.
Brian previously spent four seasons as Director of Hockey Analytics with the Florida Panthers Hockey Club, where he was responsible for analyzing data in both hockey operations and business operations. He also spent six years as an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at West Point. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College, Easton, PA, and a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
Anna Chyjek is a health informatics professional with over ten years of experience within the private and public health care sector, primarily in the areas of healthcare transformation, digital health and strategic planning. As an innovative and strategic thinker who leverages her project management expertise and knowledge of leading practices, she has successfully managed several complex projects including functional integration initiatives, benefits evaluation studies, large-scale information technology implementations, and development of clinical and information management technologies. She has an avid interest in identifying novel opportunities for strengthening the health care system with a particular passion for technology- enabled and data-driven healthcare solutions.
Anna is a graduate of the University of Toronto, completing her Master’s Degree in Health Informatics and an Honors Bachelor of Science in chemistry, biology and French. She also recently received her Project Management Professional certification and is now in pursuit of her Lean Six Sigma Certification.
She is currently working at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health as a Senior Project Manager, focusing primarily on clinical projects. Prior to CAMH, she was a Project Manager at Sinai Health System and a Consultant at Deloitte Inc. during which her focus was primarily on healthcare transformation initiatives such as supporting the amalgamation between an acute care and rehab hospital and managing eHealth system implementations and evaluations.. Anna continuously aspires to be an impactful leader within the industry both in the eHealth domain and more broadly and strives to introduce further innovation and improvement in both.
Larry Svenson is the Provincial Health Analytics Officer and Executive Director for Analytics and Performance Reporting at Alberta Health. He is responsible for working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to strengthen the analytic capacity of Alberta’s health sector, and the promotion of evidence-based decision-making.
In addition to his role with Alberta Health, he is also an Associate Professor with the Division of Preventive Medicine at the University of Alberta, and holds Adjunct Professor appointments with the University of Alberta School of Public Health and the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine. He holds a PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (UK).
He has over 25 years of experience working in the health sector playing leadership roles provincially, nationally, and internationally. He is a member of multiple expert advisory committees to the Public Health Agency of Canada. He recently chaired the National Surveillance Infrastructure Task Group of the Public Health Network Council of Canada, that developed a public health surveillance blueprint for Canada, aimed at strengthening Canada’s ability to response to public health threats.
Kiren is the Director of Analytics & Business Intelligence at CCO. In this role, she is responsible for leading the enterprise analytics organization that leverages data and analytics to support decision making and drive actionable insights. Kiren is dedicated to partnering with her business programs to define their data and analytics needs, while building her team to develop deep business knowledge and advance competencies in analytics, business intelligence and information design.
Prior to CCO, Kiren has led strategic planning and operational initiatives with hospitals, health care agencies and government, in both Canada and the US. In addition, Kiren has worked in the area of health information where she was supported research and analysis at the Canadian Institute for Health Information and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. She holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and an MSc in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto.
Allan Ryan, Director, Clinical Analytics at Alberta Health Services (AHS) leads a team 15 analysts, statisticians and data scientists who are using a combination of patient-level clinical and administrative encounter data to drive improvement in patient outcomes. Allan is passionate about creating re-usable, curated data assets that extend our understanding of the progression and control of chronic diseases. Allan’s team is committed to deploying reproducible research protocols and programming in common tools such as SQL, R, and Tableau. Recent team achievements include the creation of patient-level histories of the progression of diabetes. The combination of patient-level encounter and diagnostic histories with medication histories, lab results and patient outcomes is presenting exciting new possibilities for both quality improvement and research into chronic diseases. Prior to joining AHS Allan’s career spanned academic administration, serving on the business faculty at the University of Alberta and industry work in finance and accounting. Allan’s 5 degrees include a Ph.D. in Business from Cornell and an MBA from McGill. Outside of work Allan is passionate cyclist whose most recent achievement was conquering 14,000 foot Pike’s Peak. Allan is proud parent of three and grandparent of two wild Australian toddlers.