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Dee Perera

Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Chief Financial Officer, Brant Community Healthcare System

Dee Perera is an accomplished financial executive with progressive leadership experience across the corporate service continuum. As a strategic financial leader with over a decade of experience in leading finances in hospitals across south eastern/western Ontario, Dee plays an integral critical role in aligning both strategic and financial initiatives with system priorities. 

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Dee currently leads few key complex strategic transformation initiatives, including the $2B Infrastructure Redevelopment and the Electronic Medical Records Transformation for Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS) as Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Financial Officer.

Previous to joining BCHS, Dee was the Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Sinai Health System. Prior to that Dee held similar positions at both Joseph Brant Hospital and Woodstock General Hospital.

In addition to health care/public sector experience, Dee has worked across the private sector in industries such as International Banking and Automotive Manufacturing.  

Dee is a Fellow of Chartered Professional Accountants and Certified Management Accountants. She has also received the prestigious Gold award from the Dale Carnegie institute for her excellence in Leadership. She is also the recipient of distinguished Corporate Leader of the year 2018/19 Award by Women in Business.

Michael Gregory

Deputy Chief Economist & Head of U.S. Economics, Managing Director, BMO Capital Markets

Michael is part of the team responsible for forecasting and analyzing the North American economy and financial markets. He has spent his career working in either economics or financial markets research for firms on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border. Prior to his current role, Michael headed up the Financial Services Analysis team at Bank of Montreal, focusing on regulatory and industry restructuring issues, before shifting to BMO Capital Markets Economics in 2004.

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He moved to Chicago in 2013, providing research support for the U.S. and Canadian fixed income business, before returning to Toronto in 2016. Michael is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal and Western University in London, Ontario. He did doctoral studies at Fordham University in New York City, and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Matthew Lister

Founder, Scenario Five Planning

Matthew Lister is an independent consultant who develops restructuring and long-term strategy for private and public care organizations, governments, agencies, insurers, and regulators. 

His restructuring work centres on increasing organizational value through high-performance operations and competitive strategy.

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He is a regular speaker on health-system reform, international health systems, governance and long-term strategy, high-reliability operations and failure, and competitive strategy for multi-national organizations. 

His industry experience includes assignments with provincial governments, hospital networks, insurance companies, start-ups, and national and multi-national clients including Johnson & Johnson, Siemens, BD, Smith & Nephew.

He holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School and an MHSA from Dalhousie University. His undergraduate studies are in Linguistics, Philosophy, and Critical Theory.  Matthew is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Jonathon Bingeman

Vice President, Finance & Digital Transformation, Providence Care

Jonathon Bingeman is the Vice President of Finance & Digital Transformation at Providence Care, a Kingston-based academic health system focused on specialized care in aging, mental health, and rehabilitation. His portfolio encompasses finance, information management, and information technology across Providence Care’s operations including hospital, transitional care, long-term care, and community programs. Prior to joining Providence Care, Jonathon spent several years with both Hamilton Health Sciences and Deloitte in a variety of roles. Jonathon is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and holds an MBA from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

Alex Mitchell

Vice President, Healthcare Infrastructure, Build Nova Scotia

Dr. Alex Mitchell is an experienced surgeon, healthcare leader, and entrepreneur. As Vice President of Healthcare Infrastructure at both Build NS and Nova Scotia Health, Dr. Mitchell leads the planning, procurement, and delivery of most major healthcare infrastructure projects for Nova Scotia. Alex is passionate about system-level transformation and desperately wants to “Make Healthcare Make Sense!”. Alex has built his career dreaming, developing, and executing great ideas in healthcare.

Abhi Mukherjee

Corporate Services Executive & CFO, London Health Sciences Centre

As a seasoned professional and Corporate Services Executive/ CFO at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), Abhi is responsible for financial management while ensuring alignment to LHSC’s strategic plan and operational goals. Most importantly, he is very passionate about ‘bringing joy to work’.

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Abhi leads projects that identify new funding opportunities, advance operational improvements and progress financial health. His portfolio includes all aspects of Finance, Decision Support, Health Information Management, Information Technology Services, Facilities Management, Food Services, Portering Services, Environmental Services and Security.

He also believes in partnering to serve patients and takes pride in building trusting relationships with clinical teams. He collaborates with his colleagues to build and strengthen team culture grounded in compassion, acceptance and understanding.
With more than 30 years of progressive experience, including leadership at several research-intensive teaching hospitals, Abhi brings a wealth of knowledge and financial acumen to LHSC. Abhi also serves on the Board of the Ontario College of Family Physicians and the London Chamber of Commerce. Abhi holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honours) and professional designations of CPA,CA, and CPA (Colorado, USA).

Kelly Enair

Deputy CFO, University Health Network

Kelly Enair is the Deputy Chief Financial Officer at UHN. With over 20 years of leadership experience in the healthcare and other not for profit sectors, Kelly has extensive experience in corporate finance areas including the development of innovative funding strategies for capital project and financial planning and analysis with an emphasis on effective financial reporting and controls. In her role, Kelly plays a critical role as a business enabler by leading key areas of the UHN’s Finance Transformation through process optimization and technology advancements.

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Kelly holds a CPA, CA from the Ontario Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants and a Bachelors of Arts, Honours Chartered Accountancy Studies Co-op Program from the University of Waterloo.

Edward Rubinstein

Vice-President, Business Development, Noventa Energy Partners

A proven leader in Environmental, Social and Governance Strategy, Ed has been leading and developing environmental sustainability programs and teams for almost 25 years. Prior to joining Noventa, Ed led the University Health Network’s award-winning Energy & Environment team and was instrumental in spearheading numerous district energy, decarbonization, energy efficiency and sustainability projects. Ed’s work has been recognized with multiple awards including being honoured as a member of the 2018 Clean16.

Richard Webster

Investigator, CHEO Research Institute, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Dr. Richard Webster graduated with a PhD in Biology from Carleton University and then worked as a bioinformatics Visiting Fellow at Health Canada, before joining the CHEO. Richard is the Interim Scientific Director for the Clinical Research Unit at CHEO Research Institute, and the Director of the Ontario Child Health Support Unit. He oversees study design and biostatistics for many pediatric clinical research projects. Richard’s research program focuses on strategic planning for net-zero healthcare and carbon footprinting. He is also a founding member of the CHEO Kick the Carbon program.

Guy Poirier

Vice President, Sales, CHG-Meridian Canada

Guy Poirier, Vice President of Sales for CHG-MERIDIAN Canada, has over 25 years of experience in multinational financial solutions in the Healthcare, IT, and Industrial sectors. As a healthcare equipment specialist, Guy was hired to implement its Global Healthcare Solutions and Value Propositions to Canadian Hospitals. Over the past 15 years, Guy has worked directly with, or consulted on equipment acquisition, removal, remarketing, data security, RFID Tagging, alternative financing sources and lifecycle management with the following hospitals/regions.

Jim Drohan

Vice President, Quantum Lifecycle Partners

Economics graduate from Western University who has been active in the North American technology marketplace since 1983 holding senior management positions within the technology leasing, remarketing, and remanufacturing industries.

Currently, VP of Business Development, supporting Quantum’s engagement within private and public sector organizations.

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As Canada’s largest vertically integrated ITAD and recycling processor, Quantum offers: Complete Secure Chain of Custody Logistics, Data Sanitization (wipe and/or physical destruction), Re-use, Re-deploy, Remarketing, and Environmentally Responsible recycling.

Previously, Vice President Salesfor Lifespan International Inc., President/Owner-Vernon Technology Solutions and President of CDI Computers, Executive Vice President of IT Xchange, and Vice President -of Greyvest Computer Leasing.

Lars Andersen

General Manager, Healthcare, Bloomtree Technologies

As the General Manager for Healthcare, I am responsible for developing and implementing sustainable strategies to maximize the commercial value of retired healthcare assets. We achieve this through our trusted global reseller and end-user partner networks, while maintaining environmentally conscious solutions.

Young Lee

Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer, The Hospital for Sick Children

With over 20 years of health industry experience, Young Lee is a visionary and collaborative health care executive who brings a wealth of knowledge in business transformation, finance, digital health, strategy and operations. Over the course of his career, Lee has worked nationally with system leaders, clinicians, patients and communities across the health ecosystem including government. In addition, he has engaged with regional leadership bodies, provincial agencies and health service providers across the continuum of care to advance their strategic and operational transformation objectives.

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Lee joins SickKids from North York General Hospital where he has been serving as the Vice President – Corporate Performance, Digital Health Innovation and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining North York General Hospital, he was a senior executive at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener where he led a number of comprehensive clinical and corporate transformation initiatives. Before joining the hospital sector, Lee worked for almost 15 years in management consulting where he completed over 100 client engagements across Canada to assist clients in addressing their strategic and operational priorities.

Lee is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from York University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto. He is currently Board Director and Chair of the Audit Committee for the Dorothy Ley Hospice Centre and has served on the Board of the Children’s Bridge International Adoption Agency. He resides in Mississauga with his wife and two children.

Nathalie Cadieux

Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, The Ottawa Hospital

I became The Ottawa’s Hospital Interim Chief Financial Officer in September 2014 following my predecessor’s retirement after 15 years of service with the Hospital. I had big shoes to fill overseeing the finances one of Canada’s largest Hospitals which represents an annual budget of $1.5 billion. In June 2015, after a very challenging first year, I became the official new Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer.

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I am a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) with a degree in Business from the University of Quebec and have worked in Healthcare Finances since 1998 after working four years as an auditor for KPMG LLP. I have over 20 years of experience in a leadership capacity in the area of financial services and Not-for-Profit organizations more specifically within the healthcare sector. I joined The Ottawa Hospital in 2003 as the Manager of Budget & Reporting and subsequently, two years later, I assumed the role of Director of Budget & Reporting. In January 2010, I was appointed as Corporate Controller with the Hospital. In my EVP & CFO role, I am accountable for the overall leadership, planning, strategic direction, and management of Financial Operations at the Hospital including leading the financing strategy for the new hospital Civic redevelopment. My portfolio also includes Supply Chain & Procurement as well as Business Development & Commercial Operations, including the Ontario Workers Network (OWN/WSIB), Parking Operations, the Residence Corporation, Printing, and Mailroom across The Ottawa Hospital. Additionally, I sit on various boards and I am presently the Board Chair for the Ottawa Health Sciences Centre (OHSC Inc).

On a personal level, I am the mother of three boys ages 17, 21 and 24 which makes me a hockey mom, a football mom and a soccer mom. But I love every minute of it. My husband Norm and I love cycling, travelling and watching football.

Brendan Kwolek

Chief Information & Digital Officer, Halton Healthcare

Brendan Kwolek is the Chief Information Officer at Halton Healthcare, where he has led several strategic initiatives related to cybersecurity, virtual care and improving the customer and client experience. Through more than twenty years of experience in healthcare information technology, he has consistently demonstrated a desire to elevate technology performance above the status quo.

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Known for his ability to “see the big picture”, Brendan has significant experience with planning and implementation with Hospital Information Systems (HIS) and has recently championed the development of Halton Healthcare’s new Digital Health & Technology roadmap. Passionate about the intersection of technology and healthcare, Brendan is a past-Chair of the ‘Health Information Management Systems Society’ (HIMSS) Cybersecurity, Privacy & Security committee. Brendan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from York University, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Cliff Harvey

Chief Planning Officer, Niagara Health

Cliff is collaboratively leading Niagara Health through the planning, design and implementation of the South Niagara Hospital project, allowing Niagara Health to position themselves for the future. Using Complex Project Management methodology, he is building holistically upon governance, strategy, project management, planning, design, and procurement to deliver the right project. Complex Project Management supports a culture of innovation, creativity and transformation, and builds a structure for the organization to successfully deliver on their strategic vision – from discovery to execution to operations – while still supporting strict governance, comprehensive reporting, and effective business decisions.

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Cliff’s professional roles included Senior Architect at the Ontario Government, Senior Hospital Executive, and a practicing Architect. Cliff searches for excellence through continuous learning and professional curiosity, always challenging himself to be better and to stay ahead of the curve. Cliff volunteers his time to boards, committees, competition juries, professional task groups, and advises on educational programs, all focused on health and design. Cliff is currently the Director of the International Union of Architects – Public Health Group (UIA-PHG), a Founding Director of the Canadian Centre for Healthcare Facilities (CCHF); and the Chair and Vice-Chair on a number of Canadian Standards Association (CSA) committees. Cliff is also an international speaker on health and design.

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