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Philip De Souza

Director, Communications and Marketing, HIROC

Philip De Souza has always been passionate about connecting with people on a deeper level – listening to their stories and learning from them. From storytelling to experiential marketing campaigns to internal engagement touchpoints (to name a few) – Philip is constantly seeking new ways to push boundaries. The result – award winning initiatives that start a dialogue, change minds and drive action.

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Philip has been fortunate enough to have experienced a wide variety of roles. Starting as a student scanner at his current organization, he knows what it takes to put in the hard work, build trust and move up.

Today, as Director of Communications and Marketing at HIROC Philip is proud to have had a hand in building such a strong and unique brand. And together, with his dedicated team, he is excited to see how they can continue to evolve it.

Jennifer Schipper

Founder and President, Arc Communications

For years, Jennifer Schipper has worked side-by-side with innovative leaders helping them shape their organization’s voice and designing multi-faceted communications strategies that manage complex issues and foster positive change.

Jennifer is the Founder and President of Arc Communications, a healthcare communications consultancy.

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Recently, she was the communications leader at Ontario Health, the provincial government’s super health agency, tasked with building their communications strategy from scratch during a time of planned organizational establishment concurrent with the unplanned, global pandemic. Previously, she was a Senior Vice President at a North American communications agency serving a multitude of healthcare and life sciences clients.

Throughout her career, she has worked in the public and private sectors with hospitals and other direct care organizations, patient groups, medical and health-related associations, non-profit groups, government agencies, and pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Jennifer loves the power of communications and all that it can achieve – from sharing vital information to inspiring meaningful engagement and action.

Tyler Chalk

Vice President, Strategy, Analytics and Communications,
Southlake Regional Health Centre

Prior to joining Southlake in 2018, Tyler was Director, Strategy and Optimization at SickKids. He has also served as Senior Manager, Quality and Performance at Mount Sinai Hospital and in a number of roles at the Ontario Ministry of Health.

He has an undergraduate degree in economics from McMaster University and did his masters at the London School of Economics in the UK.

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He has completed the Advanced Health Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and the IDEAS Advanced Learning Program in quality improvement.

He has contributed to published research on the impact of hospital funding reform in Ontario and has spoken at national and international conferences on data-driven outcomes improvement, healthcare strategy, and the shift to value-based care.

Kevin Parent

Public Health Program & Project Management Officer,
Ottawa Public Health (OPH)

Kevin is a Program and Project Management Officer with Ottawa Public Health (OPH). He has been the social media lead at OPH since 2018. He graduated from Carleton University with a major in Communications and a minor in Sociology and is perpetually tired due to working in health communications during a pandemic whilst also having 3 kids at home (including a newborn). Kevin is a ginger.

Amanda Higginson

Public Health Project Officer, Ottawa Public Health (OPH)

Amanda is a Project Officer with Ottawa Public Health. Joining the social media team in 2020, she specializes in youth and young adult content and Instagram! Amanda graduated from Carleton University in Health Sciences with a concentration in Global Health.

Stephanie Ryan-Coe

Director, Corporate Communications, Ontario Health


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Erica Di Maio

Director, Corporate Communications and Community Engagement, Michael Garron Hospital


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Lori Marshall

President & Chief Executive Officer,
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance

Lori Marshall is President & Chief Executive Officer of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance. Lori brings to the organization over 20 years of progressive leadership experience in Ontario’s acute and community care sectors.  She has a reputation as a patient-centred strategist with a track record of addressing complex issues through a shared vision and knowledge of the community and region.

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Lori’s previous experience as a CEO includes the Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre and Nipigon District Memorial Hospital. She has served as Vice President at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and Oshawa General Hospital. Lori is a Registered Pharmacist with the Ontario College of Pharmacists and a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. She holds a Health Leadership Certificate from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa. Lori has a rich history of community service and has been active on many boards and committees at the provincial and local levels.

Paris Semansky

Director of Communications and Public Affairs, CAMH

Paris Semansky is the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at CAMH – Canada’s largest mental health hospital and world leading mental health research centre. She has almost 15 years of experience in issues management, strategic communications, and public policy.

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Before coming to CAMH, Paris served as a senior policy advisor to former Premier Kathleen Wynne on education, community hubs and Indigenous relations files, and also as chief of staff to Ontario’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development. In addition, Paris advised corporate clients at FleishmanHillard and also held senior advisor roles working for Ministers of Education, Health, and Children and Youth Services in Ontario.

A born and raised Londoner (Ontario), Paris studied social justice and peace at King’s University College at Western University and is working toward her Masters of Communications Management through McMaster University.

Her biggest accomplishment is as mother to her daughters, Anna (who just started JK) and Mira (who was born at the start of the pandemic). Paris, her girls, and her husband, Mike, live in Toronto’s east end.

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