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Brendan Kwolek

Chief Information Officer, Halton Healthcare

Brendan studied Mass Communications at Carleton University, has a B.A. in English from York University and a PMP certification from the Project Management Institute.

Brendan has more than 16 years of Healthcare IT experience and is currently the Chief Information Officer at Halton Healthcare.

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A leader who excels at communication, partnership and execution, Brendan was appointed to the Cybersecurity, Privacy and Security Committee of HIMMS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) which is a non-profit organization that provides thought leadership and community building to thousands of global members.

Kopiha Nathan

Privacy and Compliance Officer, HIROC

Kopiha Nathan is the Privacy and Compliance Officer for Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC), the leading provider of healthcare liability insurance in Canada. In this role, she leads HIROC’s privacy program and oversees compliance for internal controls related to information security.

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Kopiha’s roots are in the healthcare risk management field where she helped grow and sustain HIROC’s prominence in the healthcare sector. She has over 15 years of experience in the healthcare risk management field having worked as a risk management resource and consultant to many healthcare organizations across Canada. She was instrumental in leading many of HIROC’s cyber risk management and data privacy & security initiatives.

More recently, Kopiha has focused her efforts on helping healthcare organizations identify and mitigate privacy, cyber and technology risks associated with the pandemic, external (cyber) and insider threats, data sharing arrangements, and vendor management. Kopiha holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Information Technology Management from Ryerson University and is a Certified Information Privacy Technologist.

Peter Bak

Chief Information Officer, Humber River Hospital

Peter Bak is the Chief Information Officer at Humber River Hospital, responsible for the implementation of our digital vision and the on-going operations of that vision.
With over 25 years of experience in healthcare software development, product commercialization, consulting and executive leadership, Peter has extensive expertise in diagnostic imaging, electronic health records, health record sharing and collaboration, and hospital IT.

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Peter holds a PhD in applied engineering from Imperial College in London, England and has published various papers on health care-related topics.

Kashif Parvaiz

Chief Information Security Officer, University Health Network

Kashif Parvaiz is a seasoned Cyber Security executive with over 15 years experience managing security programs for large private and public sector organizations in the Energy, Education and Healthcare sectors. Mr. Parvaiz is currently the Regional Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Toronto Regional Security Operations Centre (RSOC).  In his career, Mr. Parvaiz has overseen the implementation of successful enterprise wide security awareness, vulnerability management, security operations and incident response programs.

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In addition, Mr. Parvaiz has developed, managed and maintained long term Cyber roadmaps to raise organizational Cyber maturity levels in provincial public sector organizations including at eHealth Ontario (now Ontario Health). 

As a CISO, Mr. Parvaiz reports to senior executives and board members on a regular basis and has the ability to represent security posture and risk in business terms. Mr. Parvaiz is active in the Cyber community and has lead thought leadership roundtable discussions for Gartner, Palo Alto, Crowdstrike and Proofpoint customer groups.

Finally, Mr. Parvaiz holds many industry certifications such as CISSP, CISM, CCISO and CRISC as well as an MBA.

Tamer Baker

VP, Global Healthcare, Forescout Technologies

Tamer Baker is a professional with nearly 20 years’ experience and more than a dozen of those years as a cybersecurity expert helping organizations achieve their strategic security and business goals through technology. Since joining Forescout in 2014, he has helped customers in defense, government, healthcare, finance/banking and other industries meet their strategic and compliance goals in alignment with NIST, CIS, zero trust and other frameworks.

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Tamer Baker is a professional with nearly 20 years’ experience and more than a dozen of those years as a cybersecurity expert helping hundreds of organizations achieve their security and business goals through technology. Since joining Forescout in 2014, he has provided global customers with strategic direction and architected solutions to meet specific requirements for national defense, government, healthcare, finance/banking and other industries. In his current role, Tamer is responsible for assisting healthcare organizations around the globe by helping them accelerate their cybersecurity, medical device security, and zero trust projects. Tamer is sought after for his expertise in helping organizations evaluate and minimize risks, optimize technology and translate regulatory compliance into policies that align with NIST, CIS, the DoD’s Comply-to-Connect program, zero trust and other frameworks.

Tamer has a B.S. in aerospace engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU Daytona Beach, FL) and has served as an officer in the United States Air Force.

Cathy van Leipsig

Vice President, Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer, Headwaters Health Care Centre

Cathy van Leipsig is the Vice President Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer at Headwaters Health Care Centre. A seasoned healthcare executive with more than 35 years of healthcare experience, Cathy is a driving force in ensuring the hospital continues its journey of sustainable & high-quality data-informed performance, innovative & strategic digital planning and transformations, fiscal accountability and an ongoing commitment to exploring & strengthening valued partnerships.

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A senior leader for most of her healthcare career, Cathy has had oversight for IM/IT & Cyber Security planning, capital redevelopment, hospital improvement plans and Health Information System implementations. She is passionate about data, performance and continuous quality & process improvements. As co-chair of the Hills of Headwaters OHT Digital Health Working Group, Cathy is a systems-thinker who understands the importance of partnerships that can enhance the patient experience and improve care coordination, care transitions, and patient outcomes.

Dave Brewin

Regional Chief Information Officer, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre

Dave Brewin is the Regional Chief Information Officer at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and is accountable for the delivery of the digital strategy for the Information Technology partnership between RVH, GBGH, CGMH and HHCC. With nearly 20 years of Healthcare IT Experience, Dave has extensive expertise in electronic health records, ERPs, project delivery, change management, quality improvement and vendor management.

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Dave holds a Bachelors of Science in Biological Engineering from the University of Guelph, a Masters of Health Science in Clinical Engineering from University of Toronto, and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

Mohammad Waqas

Principal Solutions Architect, Global Healthcare, Armis

Mohammad Waqas is an information security professional with over a decade of experience in the cybersecurity industry. Currently the Principal Solutions Architect of Healthcare at Armis, Mohammad helps healthcare organizations across the globe secure unmanaged, IoT and medical devices. He not only looks at the security threats of cyberattacks on healthcare delivery organizations but also has a passion for protecting patient privacy and the implications of the two on clinical risk management.

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His passion for securing healthcare environments stems from his previous work at one of Canada’s largest hospitals where he was a Senior Advisor of Information Security, helping establish the Information Security program from the group up.

Mohammad has also authored two major research papers – the first “A Security Analysis of Internet of Vehicles and VANETs” which focused on assessing cyber-attacks on autonomous vehicles and proposed cyber attack models,, and the second “Public Safety Broadband Network – A Case Study To Guide Canada’s Implementation” on increasing first responder safety through secure adoption of 5G and IoT technologies. Mohammad holds multiple (ISC)2 designations and an MBA-MTI from Ryerson University.

Nimira Dhalwani

Chief Technology Officer, The Hospital for Sick Children

Nimira Dhalwani is the Chief Technology Officer and the Director of the Electronic Child Health Network (eCHN) at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, one of the top paediatric hospitals in the world.  As the CTO, her focus is on hospital IT operations for today and for the future. 

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Nimira is a health system leader focused on delivering technical and digital solutions that provide a connected care experience for clinicians and patients. Nimira has held progressive IT leadership roles in several healthcare organizations over the past 15 years and brings expertise in IT strategy and delivery, clinical and patient user experience design, privacy and security best practices, and IT incident management.

Nimira holds a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from Queen’s University.

Lyndon Dubeau

VP, Innovations, Connected Health, Ontario Health

Lyndon Dubeau is Vice President, Innovations for Connected Health within Ontario Health’s Digital Excellence in Health portfolio. He has over 22 years of information technology, digital, and information security experience within privacy sensitive environments. At Ontario Health, Lyndon provides thought leadership and direction for teams supporting IT audit, information security, risk management, compliance, architecture and digital health standards.

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A long-standing contributor to advancing the betterment of security and privacy within health care, Lyndon is the executive lead for the execution of the Ontario Provincial Cyber Security Operating Model, a provincial effort to align a collective cyber defence of Ontario’s health care sector.

Lyndon holds a Masters of Science in Information Security from Royal Holloway, University of London and has a Digital Forensics post graduate diploma from Toronto Metropolitan University. In 2015, Lyndon was awarded the Information Security Leadership Award for North America from (ISC)² for his work with Cancer Care Ontario and secure physician access to cancer screening reports.

Mary Jane Dykeman

Partner, INQ Law

Mary Jane Dykeman is a managing partner at INQ Law and co-founder of INQ Consulting. Her data practice focuses on privacy, artificial intelligence (AI), cyber preparedness and response, and data governance. She regularly advises on use and disclosure of identifiable and de-identified data. Mary Jane applies a strategic, risk and innovation lens to data and emerging technologies. She helps clients identify the data they hold, understand how to use it within the law, and how to innovate responsibly to improve patient care and health system efficiencies.

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In her health law practice, Mary Jane focuses on clinical and enterprise risk, privacy and information management, health research, governance and more. She currently acts as VP Legal, Chief Legal/Risk to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, home of the Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics, and was instrumental in the development of Ontario’s health privacy legislation. 

Mary Jane regularly consults on large data initiatives and use of data for health research, quality, and health system planning. Her consulting work extends to modernizing privacy legislation and digital societies, and she works with Boards, CEOs and CISOs, as well as innovation teams on the emerging risks, trends and opportunities in data. Mary Jane regularly speaks on AI, cyber risk and how to better engage and build trust with clients and customers whose data is at play. She is also a frequent speaker and writer on health law and data law. Mary Jane is co-founder of Canari AI, an AI risk impact solution. She was recently named as one of Re-Work’s top 25 women in AI (U.S. health care and pharma).

Gareth Lewis

VP, Claims, HIROC

Gareth Lewis is the Vice President of the Claims department at HIROC. He leads the expert claims management team consisting of examiners and legal counsel to effectively manage and settle HIROC subscriber claims. Gareth is in his 20th year at HIROC

Jonathan Bracamonte

Lead, Product Development, HIROC

Jonathan Bracamonte has been with HIROC for 5 years and is currently the Product Development Lead in HIROC’s Insurance Services Department. Jonathan brings close to 20 years of experience within the insurance industry, with a focus on developing specialty insurance programs, product solutions and other risk transfer strategies for not-for-profit healthcare organizations across Canada. Jonathan collaborates and negotiates with insurers globally and regularly presents on Cyber insurance topics to organizations of all sizes.

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Along with being a licenced insurance broker, Jonathan holds an Economics degree from Queen’s University and holds the Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP) and Registered Professional Liability (RPLU) designations.

Andrew Greenspan

Senior Director, EITS Infrastructure, Technical Risk Management, New York City Health & Hospitals

Andrew has 40 years in the IT industry servicing various industries from Healthcare to Gaming. He has achieved a Masters of Business Administration degree at Fairleigh Dickenson University and earned his Bachelors of Science in Business degree at Quinnipiac University.

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Andrew has been with NYC Health + Hospitals for the past 10 years, working to streamline the tools utilized by the clinicians to access electronic services. As of agent of change, his goal is to transform the company’s provisioning processes into one coherent process that can be used by all users in the region.

Matthew Radcliffe

AVP of Healthcare (US and Canada), SailPoint

As the AVP of Healthcare at SailPoint, Matthew Radcliffe is a recognized leader with over 25 years of experience specializing in Identity Security, Access Management, Access Governance, Data Governance, Identity As a Service (IDaaS) and Software Development. Matthew works with healthcare organizations to accelerate their digital and cloud transformation strategies while empowering them to more effectively govern access to clinical applications and data. Under his leadership, SailPoint has established itself as the top identity governance solution for healthcare organizations in North America.

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