Health Innovation Summit

September 25, 2019
Queensbury Convention Centre
Regina, SK

Summit Overview

Mental Health & Addictions: Addressing A Crisis

In 2017 & 2018, the Health Innovation Summit initiated new approaches to creative problem solving, inspired honest conversations about difficult social issues, and applied innovative thinking and technology to improve the patient care experience. For 2019, the Health Innovation Summit will shift to a more focused, solution-driven conversation on the intersection of mental health and addictions.

The 2019 Summit will host a variety of speakers who share their own experiences with mental health and addictions, as well as insights on how we can address a growing need around mental health and addictions services in Saskatchewan.

Keynote speaker, NHL Champion, Theo Fleury, will share his personal story of a troubled childhood, abuse and coping with emotional pain through addictive, self-destructive behaviours, and how he overcame those obstacles to devote his life to helping others gain mental health and addictions support.

The aim of the Health Innovation Summit is to share ideas and build on collaborative relationships – once again the Summit will showcase innovative work happening here in Saskatchewan, as well as to provide participants with the opportunity to take part in a full day hackathon.

Led by Adam McInnes, the 2019 Summit will also bring back the incredibly popular Med.Hack(+) Hackathon - a creative problem-solving approach that brings together healthcare professionals, students, entrepreneurs, system leaders, and technology creators, to work in interdisciplinary teams that build solutions to problems in healthcare identified by their peers.

Summit Goals

The Health Innovation Summit is dedicated to:

  • Bringing together healthcare practitioners and decision-makers, community and business leaders, and patients alike to identify the preferred future of healthcare in our province.
  • Open and transparent conversations regarding what people want out of their healthcare experience.
  • Sharing knowledge and insight on how to grow a meaningful and sustainable patient-centred system.
  • Developing a calls to action for all stakeholders - both patients and providers alike - that will build a solid foundation for guiding delivering high quality, safe patient care.


Our vision for the day is still a work in progress; please check back frequently as we continue to finalize plans.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019
9:00AMRegistration Opens
10:30AMOpening Remarks
 Keynote Presentation:
Theo Fleury, NHL Stanley Cup Champion & Relational Trauma Expert
12:00PMNetworking Lunch (provided) & Hackathon Kick-off

Innovation Showcase
Fast-paced presentations highlighting the amazing and innovative work happening in healthcare around Saskatchewan.

  • Remote Presence Technology
  • Innovative research in Indigenous wellness
  • Mobile app for depression and anxiety in youth

Perspectives Panel: Mental Health & Addictions - Addressing A Crisis

  • Community Perspective: Chief Evan Bray, Regina Police Service
  • Healthcare Perspective: Dr. Sarah Liskowich, Physician
  • Patient and Peer Perspective: Andrew Nordal
2:30PMNetworking Break

Entrepreneurship: From Idea to Reality
Providing tangible tips and tools for bringing an innovative idea to fruition.

3:30PMHackathon Presentations
4:30PMNext Steps & Closing


Keynote Speaker - Theo Fleury
NHL Stanley Cup Champion & Relational Trauma Expert

Innovation Showcase

Fast-paced presentations highlighting the amazing and innovative work happening in healthcare around Saskatchewan.

Dr. Tanya Holt

Remote Presence Technology

Latoya Patterson-Durkop, NP

Remote Presence Technology

Gerrilynn Manitowabi

CIHR Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health: Innovative Research in Indigenous Wellness

Dr. Tarun Katapally

SMART: A mHealth and Citizen Science Platform for Population Health Surveillance, Integrated Knowledge Translation and Real-Time Interventions.

Perspectives Panel: Mental Health & Additions - Addressing A Crisis

Feature Presentation - Entrepreneurship: From Idea to Reality


Sometimes the smallest seed of an idea can have the biggest impact.

The Health Innovation Summit Hackathon is a great way to take your idea for improving healthcare to the next level. No experience required!

The Summit hackathon is a fast-paced, creative problem-solving approach that brings together healthcare professionals, students, entrepreneurs, system leaders, patients and technology creators, to work in interdisciplinary teams that build solutions to problems in healthcare. In the span of an afternoon (3 hours) teams will begin to brainstorm and develop solutions to help your innovative idea GROW!  Participants will have the opportunity to choose which Solutions Team they wish to join based on the topic which interests them the most.

The Summit Hackathon will be led by Adam McInnes from Med.Hack(+).

Calling All Tech People! Our “Solutions Teams” need you!

Your specialized set of skills matched with the unique perspective of healthcare providers, patients and/or business leaders is exactly what we need to bring these innovative solutions one step closer to reality. Join us on September 25th to become part of a “Solutions Team”.

Submit Your Ideas Today!

Submit your idea(s) for improving the delivery of healthcare to the Summit Hackathon for a chance to team up with subject-matter-experts and get your idea one step closer to reality.

Ideas must be submitted using the online application form below and should focus on new methods or technology/devices to improve the delivery of care; submissions related to staffing needs or policy changes will not be accepted.

Ideas for consideration will be accepted up until 12:00 pm on September 3, 2019


Registration is now open! Deadline to register is September 20, 2019.

This event open to the public and is offered free of charge to all participants.


As a group of community stakeholders with a common and vested interest in the patient care experience and healthcare overall, the Health Innovation Summit Steering Committee recognizes we do not have the authority to make decisions about healthcare in Saskatchewan; however, we do have the opportunity to influence change through conversation. Thank you for being a part of the conversation, for sharing your experiences, ideas, commitment, and passion. Thank you for wanting to be a part of the solution and leading change with us.

Led by Dr. Marlene Smadu, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, the Health Innovation Summit Steering Committee includes:

Dr. Marlene Smadu

Committee Chair

Tracy M. Zambory

President, Saskatchewan Union of Nurses

Craig Bell

COO, Executive VP Assets, Portfolio Mgr - Investment Group

Chief Cadmus Delorme

Chief - Cowessess First Nation

Dr. david Gregory

Dean, Faculty of Nursing - University of Regina

Mark Lemmerick

Chief Innovation Officer - ISM Canada

Sanj Singh

President - LMI

Victor Thomas

Madmin. C.Dir
President - Global Bridgeway

Bruce Willis

Partner - KPMG

Donna Trainor

Executive Director - SUN

Amber Alecxe

Director, Government Relations - SUN


2018 Health Innovation Summit

Innovation [n] 1: the introduction of something new; 2: a new idea, method, or device

Each year, the Health Innovation Summit strives to spark conversation around new ideas and approaches to improving access to healthcare services and the patient care experience, in a broad range of areas, from mental health and addictions to acute services to community care.

The 2017 Health Innovation Summit challenged us to think outside of the box, to take a constructive look at what is working well in our healthcare system and where there is room and/or need for improvement. During the 2018 Summit, we will build on the ideas shared during the 2017 World Café and continue those conversations with the goal of turning ideas into action.

The Health Innovation Summit will once again bring together leaders in direct care registered nursing with other practitioners, patients, academics, students, administrators, individuals from the business and technology communities, and others from across the province to further develop health innovation ideas.

The 2018 Summit was thrilled to have emergency room physician, bestselling author and medical watchdog, Dr. Brian Goldman, as our keynote speaker to talk about disruptive innovation, technology and patient engagement

Notably, the 2018 Summit will offer participants the opportunity to connect with fellow healthcare stakeholders, to learn from and inspire others, or to take the next step in bringing innovative and solution-driven ideas one step closer to reality utilizing the “Med.Hack” concept first introduced to the Summit audience at the 2017 event.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Brain Goldman - Disruptive Innovation

Disruptive innovation is all around us, including health care. As a keen observer of the culture of modern medicine, Dr. Brian Goldman knows all about that. He defines disruptive innovation and gives current and past examples inside and outside healthcare, as well as the likely major disruptions in the years ahead. Finally, he tells why health professionals are often reluctant to embrace disruption, and how to prepare for it.

To learn more about Dr. Goldman, check out his biography in the 2018 Summit Conference Guide.


Colleagues, peers, patients, and members of the business and technology communities came together to engage in a powerful and creative problem-solving exercise deigned to brainstorm patient-centred solutions to issues facing the healthcare system today.

Teams had the opportunity to work on ideas which ranged from senior care to mental and addictions to wellness barometer – and more.

Conversation Panel:

Looking ahead, where will healthcare in Saskatchewan be in 5, 10 years times? What opportunities do innovations in healthcare and technology have in our province? What are Saskatchewan’s greatest successes in healthcare and/or technology and innovation? How can we overcome some of the biggest obstacles to achieving a high functioning health system?

Honourable Tina Beaudry-Mellor, the Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan, the Honourable Jim Reiter, Minister of Health, will shared their perspectives on health and innovation in Saskatchewan, the future of both in the province and how to encourage and leverage growth and development.

Click here to view the complete 2018 Summit Conference Guide.


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