Health Innovation Summit

September 26, 2018
Queensbury Convention Centre
Regina, SK

Summit Overview

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 is thrilled to have emergency room physician, bestselling author and medical watchdog, Dr. Brian Goldman, join 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.

Summit Goals

The Health Innovation Summit: Inspiring Tomorrow's Healthcare 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 26, 2018
9:00AMRegistration Opens
Networking Session (Optional)
10:00AMWelcome & Opening Remarks
10:30AMKeynote Presentation: Disruptive Innovation
  • Dr. Brian Goldman,  ER Physician and host of CBC’s award-winning radio show “White Coat, Black Art”
11:30AMFeature Presentation: Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Dr. Chris Street, Paul J Hill School of Business, University of Regina
12:00PMNetworking Lunch
12:45PM Break Out Session (12:45 - 3:45PM)
Hackathon: Generating Solutions Through Connections

Innovation Showcase

  • "Nurse Mason": Using Humanoid Robotics To Help Children Cope In Hospital - Gale Gariepy, Family Representative; Kelsey Luedtke, Recreational Therapist & Tammy Lucas, Acute Care Pediatrics, Royal University Hospital
  • Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Advanced Use - Aftab Ahmad, Director EMR Program, Saskatchewan Medical Association
  • Social Innovation - Marlow Zacher, Director, Insight to Impact Consulting, ISM Canada

Perspectives Panel - Empowering Patients Through Engagement

  • J. Tyler Moss - Patient Advisor
  • Ben Grebinski - Patient Advisor
  • Susanne Nicolay, RN - Primary Health Care
  • Dr. JoLee Sasakamoose, Research Director, Indigenous Wellness Research Community & Wellness Wheel Mobile Medical Clinic
  • Moderated by: Stefani Langenegger, CBC Morning Edition, CBC Radio
2:30PMNetworking Break

Innovation Showcase

  • Access to Recovery with Assistive Technology (Addictions treatment)  - Randy Johner PhD, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Regina & Emily Bear, Program Manager, Métis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan Inc.
  • VIDEO PREMIERE - On the Frontlines: Youth Mental Health

Conversation Panel: Driving Health Innovation in Saskatchewan

  • Hon. Jim Reiter, Minister of Health
  • Hon. Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan
3:45PMHackathon Presentations
4:30PMNext Steps & Closing


Keynote Speaker - Dr. Brian Goldman


Dr. Goldman’s style on stage is earnest, heartfelt and sincere. On stage it becomes clear that he has a passion for compassion. Dr. Goldman makes complex medical issues digestible for audiences. He personalizes medicine and the human frailties of his profession. He is unafraid to address tough or controversial issues head on in a comprehensive way.

Dr. Goldman is one of those rare individuals with great success in not one but several adrenaline-pumping careers. He is a highly regarded emergency physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He is also the host of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s award-winning radio show “White Coat, Black Art”, where he takes listeners behind the scenes of hospitals and doctor’s offices. Dr. Goldman unpacks and demystifies what goes on inside medicine’s sliding doors – with edgy topics that include the whistle blowing in health care, burnout among health professionals, racism in health care and how to getting to the head of the line in health care.

His inspiring yet bracingly honest TEDx talk about medical errors—which has been viewed on the Internet almost one million times—has cemented his reputation as one of his generation’s keenest observers of the culture of modern medicine.

A bestselling author of the book The Night Shift: Real Life in the ER, Dr. Goldman takes readers through giddying heights and crashing lows as he works through a typical night shift in one of Canada’s busiest ERs. His second book The Secret Language of Doctors is a biting look at medical slang. It cracks the coded words doctors use in hospital elevators and hallways that reveal what the doctor really thinks about your mother’s obesity, your grandfather’s dementia or her colleague’s competence.

Dr. Goldman has worked as a health reporter for The National, CBC Television’s flagship news program, for CBC-TV’s The Health Show, and served as senior production executive during the launch year of Discovery Health Channel, Canada’s only 24-hour channel devoted to health programming.



Perspectives Panel

Check back at a later date to learn more about the panel members.


During the 2017 Health Innovation Summit, a long list of gaps and solutions were identified by attendees who took part in the World Café discussions. At the 2018 Summit we will look to build on those conversations, taking your ideas one step closer to reality. With the guidance of Adam McInnes from Med.Hack(+), the 2018 Summit will be introducing participations to a "hackathon" as a means to focus on building solutions for a stronger healthcare system.

What is a hackathon, you ask? A Med.Hack(+) hackathon is 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. These interdisciplinary “Solutions Teams” will spend an afternoon brainstorming and developing solutions to problems in healthcare identified by you! Participants will have the opportunity to choose which Solutions Team they wish to join based on the topic which interests them the most.

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 26th to become part of a “Solutions Team”.

Submit Your Ideas Today!

Ever had an idea or thought “someone should develop/build/invent [insert your idea here]”, but didn’t know where to start? Ever been a patient/family member trying to navigate the healthcare system and thought “[insert problem here] would work better/be easier if they only had a [insert your idea here] for that”, but needed an engineer or computer person to help build/develop it? Do you have an idea you would like to get off the ground? 

Then you need a hackathon! Submit your idea for improving the delivery of healthcare to the 2018 Health Innovation Summit as part of our hackathon teaser event for a chance to team up with subject-matter-experts and get your idea one step closer to reality.

Ideas for consideration will be accepted up until 12:00 pm on August 10, 2018 and must be submitted using the online application form below. Ideas submitted to the hackathon 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.

The 2018 Summit is interested in developing solutions to barriers or gaps within, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Mental health and addictions
  • Long-term care or seniors care
  • Indigenous health
  • Rural and remote access to healthcare services
  • Primary Healthcare


Thank you for your interest in attending the Health Innovation Summit. Registration is closed, as we have reached our maximum seating capacity for this event.

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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

Joanne Petersen

President - SRNA

Sanj Singh

President - LMI

Victor Thomas

Madmin. C.Dir
President - Global Bridgeway

Bruce Willis

Partner - KPMG

Marlow Zacher

Director - Insight to Impact Consulting, ISM Canada

Donna Trainor

Executive Director - SUN

Amber Alecxe

Director, Government Relations - SUN


2017 Health Innovation Summit

The 2017 Health Innovation Summit: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Healthcare was a day dedicated to bringing a group of stakeholders – with a unique cross-section of expertise, community involvement and experiences within the healthcare system - together to identify the preferred future of health care in our province. The 2017 Summit worked towards initiating a number of calls to action for all stakeholders – both patients and providers alike - that will build a solid foundation for delivering high quality, safe patient care and answer the questions:  what do the people of Saskatchewan want out of their healthcare experience, and how do we grow a meaningful and sustainable patient-centred system?

The 2017 Summit brought together dynamic and inspirational expert speakers served as the framework for sparking conversation and providing the fundamental and thought-provoking information that will be key in developing a well-rounded, informed, action-oriented strategy.


The overall day was comprised of innovative speakers, a networking luncheon, and an interactive information gathering session (World Cafe) with all participants to help build the basis from which the Health Innovation Steering Committee will develop a comprehensive call to action strategy.

Keynote Speaker:

Gregg Brown, Change Management Specialist
Change Is Not A Dirty Word: 5 Strategies To Engage In Change

People are doing more – faster, better and with less. In today’s environment, the ability to efficiently and effectively handle change is critical to your success - as an individual and an organization. And with relentless pressure from organizations to continue on this trajectory, things aren’t slowing down. So the question begs to ask, how do you keep up? As individuals, we need to enhance our ability to be fluid as there’s no end to the continuous changes that happen within an organization and in our lives. The impact of these changes can sidetrack your people and stall your organization.  These days, people find it extremely challenging to keep up with change in their organizations given the relentless pressure to do more, faster and better. Without a high Resilience Intelligence (RQ), it can be difficult to stay on top of all the change and be strategic in our response. In this interactive, powerful, thought-provoking keynote, participants will gain a unique perspective and acquire the critical mindset and skills needed to deal with multiple changes that they can immediately put to use.

To learn more about Gregg , check out his biograpghy in the Summit Conference Guide.

World Café:

World Café is a dynamic and interactive method used to spark diverse conversation, open minds to other views, share ideas and engage in creative and critical thinking.

The inaugural Health Innovation Summit was an exceptional opportunity to gather innovative ideas and solutions from an unique cross-section of expertise, community involvement and experiences within the healthcare system. The Summit used the conversations created during the World Café to gather input into the future of healthcare in the province. Through these conversations, particpants discussed three (3) questions as they related to different aspects of our healthcare system.

  1. What do we do well within the current healthcare system?
  2. What gaps do you see?
  3. What actions or innovations need to be taken, and by whom, to address these gaps?

Click here to view the notes gathered from the World Café conversations.

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