• Preparing to Innovate: A Primer for Future Healthcare Leaders

    The DeGroote Interprofessional Health Leadership Conference

  • DIHLC 2018: Preparing to Innovate: A Primer for Future Healthcare Leaders

    We're an innovative collaboration between the MBA and MD programs at McMaster University.

    Lifelong Leadership. Patient-focused care. Equal Care for All.

    At McMaster our purpose is the discovery, communication and preservation of knowledge. In our teaching, research, and scholarship, we are committed to creativity, innovation and excellence. We value integrity, quality, inclusiveness and teamwork in everything we do. We inspire critical thinking, personal growth, and a passion for lifelong learning. We serve the social, cultural, and economic needs of our community and our society.

    Medicine. Business. Nursing. Health Sciences. Allied Health.

    An interprofessional experience.

    The importance of interprofessional collaboration in the field of health care is becoming more recognized in Canada, affecting everything from heath care leadership to patient outcomes.

    DIHLC aims to bring to together students and professionals from the varying areas of our dynamic health care system to help foster these relationships so that the leaders of tomorrow may continue to uphold and improve the wonderful health care system we have as Canadians.


  • 2018 Keynotes

    Zayna Khayat

    Future Strategist,

    SE Health

    Zayna Khayat was the Senior Advisor of Health System Innovation at MaRS and Director of MaRS EXCITE.


    Zayna played a critical role in helping MaRS startups to get their innovations adopted by healthcare systems in Ontario and around the world. Zayna was previously director of development at the Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation, where she is also currently an adjunct faculty member. Prior to her time at Ivey, Zayna had an 11-year career in strategy consulting in the global health and life sciences sector, first with the Boston Consulting Group’s Toronto office from 2001 to 2010, and then as an associate principal with SECOR/KPMG Consulting (acquired by KPMG in 2012).


    Zayna is an adjunct professor in the Health Sector Strategy stream at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and is on faculty with Singularity University, as well as a senior advisor on Rotman’s Health Leadership Advisory Board. She holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children, with a focus on insulin action and diabetes. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three children.



    Dr. Joshua Liu

    Co-Founder and CEO,


    Dr. Joshua Liu is a physician turned entrepreneur and co-founder/CEO of SeamlessMD, a company which provides the leading Optimal Care Delivery platform to improve patient experience and clinical outcomes. Joshua is also Chair of the Joule Innovation Council for the Canadian Medical Association and sits on the Advisory Group to the Office of the Chief Health Innovation Strategist for the Ontario Ministry of Health. Joshua has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Healthcare, and holds a MD from the University of Toronto and a BSc from York University.


    @joshuapliu @seamlessmd

  • 2018 Panelists

    Panel Discussion: Entrepreneurship

    Zayna Khayat, Panel Moderator

    Future Strategist, SE Health


    Dr. Puneet Seth

    CMO, Input Health

    Dr. Puneet Seth is a Hamilton-based physician, technologist, and entrepreneur passionate about redesigning healthcare. An alumni of McMaster's medical school, presently he is the Chief Medical Officer at InputHealth Systems, a Canadian digital health company on a mission to connect patients and their healthcare providers through the award-winning Collaborative Health Record (CHR). He also practices clinically in medical rehabilitation and inpatient medicine, and routinely writes, speaks and advocates for improving patient access to their health information and the accountability of the healthcare system.



    Sheena Melwani

    Product Manager, eHealth Innovation - University Health Network

    Sheena Melwani is a product manager at eHealth Innovation at UHN. She has been working on products that enable patients to self-manage their chronic illnesses for three years. Her academic background is an eclectic mix of biology, religion and information systems and her lived experience includes work in East Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. She brings this experience to the design and development of healthcare services and explores how health outcomes and experiences can be improved through the use of digital tools.




    Merv D'souza

    Director of Sales and Marketing, meshMD

    Merv is the lead for sales and marketing at meshMD - a healthcare technology firm focused on improving the quality of care of patients with Speciality diseases in North America. meshMD works with 8 out of 10 of the largest pharmaceutical manufactures globally. Over the past two years, Merv has had speaking engagements on technology in the healthcare sector at eHealth Canada, LHINs in Ontario, Medical Advisory Panels and at Annual Sales Meetings of a number of global life science companies. Prior to meshMD, Merv worked within retail technology and finance.


  • Breakout Sessions

    1. Design Thinking in Healthcare

    Hosted by: McMaster's Health Leadership Academy


    Design thinking is a unique way planning and implementing innovative solutions to a variety of problems. Design thinking has been applied in healthcare; particularly to creating patient-centered solutions to issues that exist in our healthcare system. In this session, participants will learn how to identify gaps that exist in our healthcare system that would benefit from a design

    thinking approach, and how to go about planning solutions using design thinking.

    2. Preventative Healthcare: Innovation to Prevent the Burden of Disease in Canada

    Hosted by: St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

    Many healthcare innovations focus on improving the health of Canadians and limiting the burden of disease on society. Countless groups have developed devices and software that allow individuals to track and improve their health. Social services are being modified to reduce social determinants of health and create health equality in society. In this session, participants will learn about innovations aimed at prevention of disease burden, and future considerations for continuing to improve the health of Canadians.

    3. Healthcare Innovation in Canada: Challenges and Solutions

    Hosted by: Martin Gurbin, Ontario Health Innovation Broker


    There are many legislative, economic, and social challenges that affect the advance of healthcare innovation in Canada. The Canadian and Ontario governments support solutions, both financial and through policy, to help companies drive healthcare innovation forward. There are several domains of healthcare innovation that the government hopes to focus on in the coming years. In this session, participants will learn about these domains and about current/in-progress solutions to healthcare innovation challenges in Canada.

    4. Ecosystems: Facilitating vs Hindering Health Innovation

    Hosted by: Michael G. DeGroote Initiative for Innovation in Healthcare


    It is obvious that healthcare lags behind so many other industries in embracing and implementing technology. Many Canadians would be surprised to hear that one of the most difficult tasks physicians face in their day-to-day lives is reading the handwriting of other doctors. From attending this session, participants will understand the process and barriers to technological

    innovation in healthcare, and the future of technology and healthcare in Canada.

  • Agenda

    DeGroote Interprofessional Health Leadership Conference (DIHLC) 2018

    Preparing to Innovate: A Primer for Future Healthcare Leaders

    October 13, 2018

    Great Hall, Ron Joyce Centre, 4350 South Service Road, Burlington ON

  • 2018 Team

    Gaurie Aggarwal

    Co-Chair - MBA

    Gaurie Aggarwal is currently enrolled in her final year of the MBA program at the DeGroote School of Business, where she is specializing in Strategic Marketing. She developed a passion for science and innovation when earning her BSc. from Western University, which led her to pursue a career in healthcare transformation. Inter-professional collaboration have been a staple in her roles at organizations such as Baylis Medical, Joseph Brant Hospital, and her upcoming internship at the Initiative for Innovation in Healthcare at the DeGroote School of Medicine. Her vision for DIHLC is to facilitate conversations around "innovative healthcare” for all levels of expertise, foster interdisciplinary connections, and inspire students to become change agents.

    Max Zworth

    Co-Chair - Medicine

    Max is a member of the MD Class of 2020, and completed his Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment at McGill University, with a focus in Environmental Health and Epidemiology. He has an extensive background in interprofessional healthcare and health promotion, and is excited to be putting together an empowering day of interprofessional learning. As a research student at McGill's Institute for Health and Social Policy, Max worked with an interdisciplinary team to investigate the link between health and access to public transit, and options for reducing exposure to indoor air pollution in rural China. In the summer of 2016, Max worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, where, with a group of physicians and health researchers, he explored barriers to care for adults with developmental disabilities. He also spent time at the Hospital for Sick Children, helping appraise the use of 3D imaging for pre- and post-operative evaluation of infants with craniofacial disorders. Max is grateful to be part of a team of talented future health leaders, and is looking forward to another successful conference.

    Cocoro Mori

    VP Marketing - MBA

    Cocoro started the MBA Co-op program at the DeGroote School of Business in Fall of 2017. She completed her undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Health Sciences from McMaster University and is looking to combine it with business skillsets to help her better navigate the healthcare system. Starting from primary research and health education in her undergraduate career, Cocoro’s exposure to healthcare has extended to her first co-op placement at Telus Health in the Electronic Medical Records business. She is excited to be part of the 2018 DIHLC team and facilitating an enriched opportunity for interprofessional collaboration.

    Jonah Gould

    VP Marketing - Medicine

    As a first year medical student in the McMaster Medicine Class of 2020, Jonah is excited to be a part of the DIHLC Executive Team as VP of Marketing. Jonah completed his Bachelor's degree in Biological & Medical Sciences at the University of Western Ontario before also completing his Master’s degree in Management of Applied Science (MMASc), also at UWO. The MMASc program is designed to give knowledge of business and leadership to science oriented students, making Jonah an ideal candidate to help build interprofessional relationships between business and healthcare students in a leadership focused setting. He has worked on research projects in the field of Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, and Gastroenterology, and has also worked for the Ontario Renal Network, working on kidney care funding for Ontario. In his spare time, Jonah enjoys skiing, playing the guitar, and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Laura Beesley

    VP Logistics - MBA

    An avid backcountry camper, food enthusiast and Arkells fan, Laura is currently pursuing an MBA at the DeGroote School of Business. With a background in neurosurgical nursing, Laura is inspired by opportunities to merge a healthcare and business lens to drive high-level change. As Co-VP of Logistics, Laura is incredibly excited to provide a platform for interdisciplinary professionals to connect and share their brilliance surrounding innovation in healthcare. Rooted in the grounds of collaborative thinking, DIHLC provides an excellent opportunity to gain perspective and to cultivate positive, meaningful change for patients. Success for this conference is all attendees feeling empowered and fuelled to inspire real change in their own environments.

    Stephanie Zahorka

    VP Logistics - MSc eHealth Program

    As a student in the eHealth program, Stephanie brings an appreciation of the intersection of business, healthcare, and information technology to DIHLC 2018. She earned her BSc in Molecular Biology and Genetics from McMaster University and is currently a research assistant at the Foundation for Medical Practice Education. Her role at the Foundation has enabled her to see firsthand the importance of interprofessional collaboration in driving improvements in the delivery of primary care. Her goal for DIHLC 2018 is to create an environment that facilitates discussion and enables students to gain interprofessional insights into the role of innovation in healthcare. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys rock climbing and playing soccer.

    Victoria Wiebe

    VP Sponsorship - MBA

    Victoria is a co-op MBA student specializing in Health Services Management at the DeGroote School of Business. She is serving as the VP Sponsorship for DIHLC 2018. Her interest in healthcare management was spurred from a year-long placement at an addictions service agency as undergraduate Psychology student at Western University. Since then, she has worked in healthcare consulting and strategy, most recently at Santis Health. It is her hope that DIHLC will inspire and empower collaboration between healthcare providers and business professionals.

    Katie Cheliak

    VP Sponsorship - Medicine

    Katie is in her first year of medical school at McMaster University. She completed her undergraduate degree in Medical Sciences at Brock University. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she was most passionate about global health, health systems, and social determinants of health. Katie was involved in planning inter-university health conferences and hopes to apply these skills and experiences as Vice President of Sponsorship. She hopes that this year’s DIHLC conference will bring together tomorrow’s healthcare leaders to share knowledge and collaborate to transform the health system. Outside of school, Katie enjoys running, travel, reading, and touring the coffee shops of Hamilton.

    Jacob Carson

    VP Programming - Medicine

    Jacob is a first year medical student at McMaster University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Queen’s University with a specialization in Biochemistry. Jacob is excited to be part of the DIHLC execute team this year as VP Programming. He is passionate about interprofessional care, healthcare innovation, and medical technology. Jacob has undertaken several biomedical research projects in the past in the fields of drug development and oncology. Jacob enjoys staying up to date with current healthcare research and reform, and is looking forward to planning an engaging conference.

    Roxanne Patel

    VP Finance - MBA

    Roxanne Patel is a first year MBA student and a recent graduate of McMaster's MSc eHealth program. Completing her Bachelor's of Health Sciences at the University of Western Ontario, she gained her first exposure to heath management and the interdisciplinary nature of health care. From there on she has gone to work for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, and complete her first co-op placement at Joseph Brant Hospital's IT department. Always working in the midst of highly interprofessional environments, she is excited as VP Finance of DIHLC to help bridge the gap between health care and business. On her free time, Roxanne enjoys snowboarding and learning languages.

  • Location

    Ron Joyce Centre, DeGroote School of Business - 4350 South Service Road, Burlington, Ontario L7L 5R8

    Please email cr_dihlc@mcmaster.ca if you have unmet transportation needs

  • Shuttle Bus

    The 2018 DIHLC is pleased to provide shuttle service to the Ron Joyce Centre and back to McMaster Main Campus.

    Shuttle Bus Pick Up

    7:45 am:

    Parking lot B & C, Main Campus


    7:50 am:

    University Ave,

    by the McMaster Children's Hospital


    3:30 pm:

    RJC drop off at two locations above


    Street View of Pick Up Location - Parking Lots B & C

    To better assist you finding the location of the shuttle bus on McMaster University's main campus.

    Street View of Pick Up Location - Quick Stop on University Avenue

    To better assist you finding the location of the shuttle bus on McMaster University's main campus.

  • 2018 Educational Partners

    Program for Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research

    PIPER exposure credits provided to all DIHLC 2018 attendees

    Canadian College of Health Leaders

    Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian
    College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 4
    Category I credits
    toward their maintenance of certification

  • Our 2018 Sponsors

    Thank you to our dedicated sponsors for helping to make DIHLC 2018 a success!

    DeGroote MBA Association, McMaster

    Silver Sponsor

    School of Medicine, McMaster

    Silver Sponsor

    Education Services, McMaster

    Silver Sponsor

    McMaster Medical Student Council, McMaster

    Silver Sponsor

    Michael G DeGroote Initiative for Innovation in Healthcare, McMaster

    Silver Sponsor

    Health Leadership Academy, McMaster

    Bronze Sponsor

    Program for Interprofessional Practice Education and Research (PIPER), McMaster

    Bronze Sponsor

    TD Bank

    Bronze Sponsor

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