2017 Conference Program

2017 20/20 Health Vision Conference Series

The Health Opportunities Committee was pleased to present the 2017 Edition of 20/20 Health Vision Conference Series June 23-24, 2017 at the Hotel Bessborough.  The series focused on "Exploring Health Market Opportunities" at a time of Transformation with the theme "The Time for Change is ...NOW!!

We were pleased to present this conference in conjunction with the Saskatoon Jazz Festival, June 23 - July 2, 2017. Our attendess shared the Opening Reception and evening entertainment with the Jazz Festivals VIP Guests.  

See Speaker Bios.    Conference Agenda Download  See Below for Speaker Slides


- Connected Care
- Artificial Intelligence
- Local Innovations
- Building Elite Performance Virtual Reality
- Disrupting and Transforming Healthcare


Friday, June 23rd: (Adam Ball Room)

07:30 - 08:45 AM - Registration,  Breakfast and Networking - Adam Ballroon Foyer

08:45 - 09:00 AM   Welcome and Introduction

09:00 - 0915 AM Med.Hack Overview  Sponsor: SHRF
"Demonstrating the collaborative efforts of multi-disciplinary students to address healthcare problems."

Med.Hack Presentation

09:15 - 10:15 AM    Connected Care
“How an informed patient is necessary for health transformation.   What are the opportunities for innovation?”

Speaker:  Ron Parker, Group Director - Emerging Technology - Canada Health Infoway

Panel: Dr. Dennis Kendel, Health Policy and Services Consultant;  Denise Junek, VP Culture, Collaboration and Innovation - eHealth Saskatchewan; Dr. Tracey Risling, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Uof S

Ron Parker Presentation

10:15 - 10:45 AM Nutrition Break and Networking

10:45AM - 12:00 PM  Artificial Intelligence

“An exploration of the evolving world of Artificial Intelligence in health.”

Speaker: Dan Gordon, Innovation Lead - IBM Global Health and Life Sciences Centre of Competence

Panel: Dr. Paul Babyn, Medical Imaging, Saskatoon Health Region; Dr. Mark Eramian, Computer Science, UofS; Dr. Kevin Stanley, Computer Science, UofS; Ron Parker, Group Director - Emerging Technologies, Canada Health Infoway.

Dan Gordon Presentation

Dr. Paul Babyn Presentation

Kevin Stanley Presentation

Mark Eramian Presentation

12:00  - 13:30PM  Lunch  Sponsor: Blue Cross
Keynote Speaker: Hon. Jim Reiter, Minister of Health - Province of Saskatchewan

13:30 - 14:45 PM Local Innovations

“Showcasing local entrepreneur success stories creating local jobs and economic development in the health sector featuring established businesses and current start-ups”

Speakers: Steve Hoffrogge - Crestline;  Marcel Huel - BDM Systems;

Panel: Cathy Edwards - Vitashield; Jeff Wandzura - TruVation; Bruce Cory - Sprockety; Serese Selanders - Kasiel Solutions; Adele Kulyk - Global Healthcare Connections; Greg Charyna - Home Instead Seniors Care; Mike Wesolowski - Luxsonic Technologies

Marcel Huel Presentation Excerpt

Steve Hoffrogge Presentation

Afternoon open for networking/leisure

18:30 - 22:00 PM Saskatchewan Jazz Festival  Reception - Terrace Lounge - Adam Ballroom  
Sponsors: Wiegers Benefits; Bridges Health; Canadian Isotope Innovations

Saturday June 24th: (Battleford Room)

08:00 - 09:00 AM - Registration and Breakfast

9:00AM - 10:15 AM - Building Elite Performance

“Keynote presentation on developing elite performance in healthcare.  Building on Elite Performance development in the Navy Seals and Cleveland Clinics including Virtual Reality”.

Speaker:  Brian Ferguson, Former Navy SEAL. Managing Partner Arena Labs

Panel:  Dr. Brent Thoma, Director of Simulation, College of Medicine, UofS
            Eli Ahlquist, RN, MPA, Academic Head - Continuing Nursing Education, Sask. Polytechnic
            Dwayne Melcher, CEO - Melcher Media

Brian Ferguson Presentation

10:15 - 10:45 AM Nutrition Break and Networking

10:45 - 12:15 PM- Disrupting and Transforming Healthcare

“A focus on governance, services, education, research, technology and business that can radically change healthcare”

Speakers: Dennis Kendel, Health Policy Consultant; Dr. Preston Smith, Dean of Medicine, UofS; Ron Parker, Canada Health Infoway

Panel: Brynn Boback-Lane, Saskatchewan Children's Hospital, Brian Ferguson, Arena Labs: Kennedy Mang'era - Canadian Isotope Innovations; Hon. Charlie Clark, Mayor of Saskatoon; Dan Gordon,  Innovation Lead - IBM Global Health and Life Sciences Centre of Competence

Ron Parker Presentation

12:15 - 14:00 PM Networking Lunch  

Med.Hack Presentation
'Storyboard presentation of how multi-disiplinary students would approach audience selected health system problems."

Med.Hack Presentation

14:00 Closing Remarks

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