BComm (Honours), CPA, CA, ICD.D
Chairman and CEO of Exelerate Capital
Mark Kohler is a leader in the health care, technology, and financial services industries with over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, senior executive, board member, and investor at some of North America’s leading public and private organizations.
He currently is Chairman & CEO of Exelerate Capital (Toronto), a strategic advisory group founded in 2001, that provides corporate finance, M&A, business valuation, IT strategy, privacy and security, and governance/risk/compliance (GRC) services to health care technology and professional services organizations, financial institutions and private equity funds in Canada, New York and California. He also leads the group’s growth capital investing and innovation funding activities, in the health care IT (digital health) sector as the Managing Partner of EXELERATE Health.
He has been an innovator in North America focusing on stakeholder and community engagement, the bridging of technology to both primary care and homecare, and influencing significant positive change in the broader health care sector. He also has led many venture capital financings, both as a fund manager and as an operating executive, completing many equity and debt financings (ranging from $5 million to $600 million) and acquisitions and divestitures (ranging from $1 million to $200 million).
Prior to founding Exelerate, he held several executive leadership roles including: Executive Vice President and CFO and Corporate Secretary at AirIQ Inc., a leading publicly-listed IoT company, and he was Chief Risk Officer and CFO and Corporate Secretary at Jameson Bank, a federal OSFI-regulated Schedule I Bank. He also led successful entrepreneurial start-ups such as Caught in the Web Inc., which was sold to CGI in 2001, and held management roles at IBM Canada Ltd., Crownx Inc. (parent and predecessor company of Extendicare Health Services), and Ernst & Young where he was a Founding Member, Venture Group. During various periods between 2008 to 2012, he was also the most senior advisor for strategic planning and integrations, and sometimes Acting CIO for the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres (OACCAC), when the “CHRIS” technology and case management platform was implemented across Ontario, and when he developed the sector’s draft mobile health strategy.
He currently or in the past, has served as a Board member or Advisory Board member, for some of Canada’s leading health care and technology companies and financial institutions including, QHR Corporation, Canada’s leading publicly-listed and single largest EMR platform company where he was the Executive Chairman and championed the strategy and profitable transformation of its varied health care assets that led to the recently announced and profitable sale to Loblaw Companies Limited; Community Trust Company, a federally-regulated trust company where he was the Chairman; Medeo Health; Privacy Horizon Inc., an early-stage organization that provides B2B privacy and security software platforms and training tools for health care organizations where he is the Chairman; Shift Health Paradigms Ltd.; Epic Canadian Healthcare Funds, a venture capital organization that specializes in small and med-cap investing in health care; and Medcurrent Corp., a radiology clinical decision support technology company deployed in California.
MD, FRCSC, FACS, FAAP
Warsaw, Indiana, USA
CMO and Chair of the Surgeon Advisory Board of OrthoPediatrics
In January of 2013, Dr. Peter Armstrong joined OrthoPediatrics as the first, full-time Chief Medical Officer of the company. He received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1972. His orthopaedic residency was done at the University of Toronto followed by a pediatric orthopaedic fellowship with Dr. Robert Salter at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Following his fellowship. In 1982, he joined the orthopaedic staff at The Hospital for Sick Children. He then became Chief of Staff of Shriners Hospitals for Children Intermountain (Salt Lake City) and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Utah. In 2000, he was selected as Chief Medical Officer/Vice-President Medical Affairs of the 22 Shriners Hospitals and moved to the Headquarters in Tampa, FL. At the end of June 2012, after his retirement from Shriners Hospitals, he became the Chief Medical Officer - Emeritus.
Dr. Armstrong is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC), Fellow of the American Orthopaedic Association (FAOA), Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP). He completed the Kellogg Management Institute program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Leadership for Physician Executives program at Harvard Medical School.
Lewiston, New York
President and CEO, CAN/AM Border Trade Alliance
James D. Phillips, is a distinguished businessman and speaker. He holds degrees in Accounting, MBA in Corporate Management and Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science.
Mr. Phillips is the President & CEO, 1992 to present, of the CAN/AM BORDER TRADE ALLIANCE (Can/Am BTA). The Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance, formed in 1992, is a transcontinental, bi-national, broad based organization with participation from all 27 states (Washington to Maine including Alaska) on or near the U.S./Canada Border and the Canadian Provinces. The combined network involves over 60,000 companies and organizations in their individual memberships. Can/Am BTA participants include members from border trade, border crossing and transportation segments including producers, shippers, brokers, mode transportation providers, bridge and tunnel operators, chambers of commerce, business and trade corridor associations and economic development and government agencies. The CAN/AM BTA’s major focus areas are Trade, Transportation, Border Management and Visitation. There are a number of effective, cooperative, major multi-jurisdictional trade corridor initiatives connecting U.S./Canada. Can/Am BTA members are key participants in each.
He is the past President of General Abrasive, where he served as Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice President, Vice President of Finance, And Vice President in charge of Operations of the Canadian Subsidiary, General Abrasive (Canada) Limited. Prior to his employment at General Abrasive, he was Chief Financial Officer of the Pigments Division of the American Cyanamid Company.
He was appointed by the Senate Majority and the Governor to the New York State Superfund Management Board. He was elected to the Marquis “Who’s Who in American Business in the East”; “Who’s Who in Finance and Industry” and “Who’s Who in America”. Appeared on Television and Radio in various formats as a spokesperson for Business and Community.
Mr. Phillips has received a number of awards in recognition for his successful leadership in business and was awarded the prestigious Dresser Gold Medal for the most innovative and creative contribution to technology for his patented Furnace Plant Design. He was presented with the Business Council of New York State award by the Governor.
Founder, Executive Health Centre, Innovation Health Group | Chief Wellness Officer, TELUS Communications
Dr. Elaine Chin, MD, MBA is a North American trailblazer of personalized medicine. Using leading edge diagnostic tools to support her goal, she has discovered the power of telomere science to support her claim that everyone can help themselves live longer, perform better – and feel younger too.
She is the founder of Executive Health Centre, a premiere executive health practice in Toronto, Canada focusing on peak performance through an integrative science based approach to maintaining optimal health. She works with senior executives and corporations to ensure peak health will lead to peak performance in the workplace. Her clinic’s work has been highlighted in the Globe & Mail, Macleans and CTV National News. Her writing has appeared in Maclean’s and Canadian Business.
She is also a consultant for TELUS Communications, in the role of Chief Wellness Officer. Dr. Chin received her medical degree from the University of Toronto, Canada and her MBA from the same university’s Rotman School of Management.
In September 2015, Dr. Chin became the author of her first health and wellness book, Lifelines.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
CEO of Everist Health Canada & Trustee at Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation
Randal Charlton is a serial Entrepreneur who has taken one start up from idea to IPO in six years and two other start ups to successful exits.
Randal Charlton currently serves as a trustee of the Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation, an operating Foundation based in Detroit that provides social service support to over 3000 older adults as well as a rapidly developing creative aging center that includes a wide spectrum of support to older adults from basic services to an art gallery for senior artists plus a wide range of creative aging programmes.
He is also an executive director of Everist Health Inc., an Ann Arbor based life science company that specializes in new technology focused on preventive health related to heart disease. He is CEO of Everist Health Canada, a subsidiary company based at Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor.
Charlton was recognized in 2011 when at the age of 71, he was a winner of the national Purpose Prize, awarded to older adults who reinvent their careers and make a contribution to society. After a lifetime in private business, he took the role of executive director of Techtown in 2007, the business incubator of Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan.
During his period as director of Techtown he oversaw a major expansion in the services offered to people who were either retiring or unemployed and considering entrepreneurship. Between 2007 and 2011 over 8,000 people were introduced to the challenges of creating a new business.
BSc, MPH, FCCHSE
International Consultant, Patient Safety and Quality
Philip Hassen is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Public Health, University of Alberta and at the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. Philip is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Health Services Executives and holds a BSc (Honours) in Unified Science from Wayne State University and a Masters of Public Health (Administration) from the University of Michigan. He is also a member of Mensa. Philip authored Rx for Hospital: New Hope for Medicare in the Nineties and subsequently written numerous articles on Quality and Safety.
Throughout his career, Philip has stressed the importance of patient- and client-centred health care, with an emphasis on improving the quality and safety of care for Canadians by strengthening leadership and encouraging a systems perspective.
Philip has held numerous positions in the healthcare sector including being the last President of the International Society for Quality and Safety in Health Care and former Board chair and President of the Canadian Network for International Surgery (2010-2012) has had a distinguished career in health service management and policy. He has most recently served as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (2004 to spring of 2010); prior to that he served as Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (2002-2004). As well Philip served as President and CEO, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (2000-2002), and has held the position of President and CEO of Providence Health Care in Vancouver (1997-2000); President of St. Joseph’s Health Centre in London, Ontario (1988-1997); and Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of the Toronto Hospital’s Toronto Western Division (1987-1988). In Calgary, he was the Executive Vice-President of the Foothills Provincial General Hospital (1981-1987).
Director and Vice President, Corporate Affairs (Retired) of Eli Lilly Canada Inc.
Terry McCool, was the Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Eli Lilly Canada. In this role he was responsible for all aspects of corporate affairs including federal and provincial government affairs, policy development, provincial and private reimbursement, pricing, health outcome, advocacy relations, communications, strategic partnerships and public affairs.
Since joining Eli Lilly Canada, Mr. McCool held various senior management positions including Vice President of Sales and Vice President of Human Resources. He was also a member of the Senior Management Team and Board of Directors of Eli Lilly Canada.
Mr. McCool sat on a number of industry association committees at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufactures of America (PhRMA) and Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D). He was Cahir of the Intellectual Property Committee at Rx&D, and Cahir of the Canada Committee at PhRMA, a Director and Member of the Executive Committee at the Institute of Health Economics in Alberta, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Pharmacy and a member of the Life Sciences Advisory Board for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He also chaired the Ottawa Liaison Committee for the Chamber of Commerce in Ottawa.
Upon retirement Mr. McCool consults with Industry and Government. He is on the Board of Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization (OBIO) and the International Center for Health Innovation at the Ivey School of Business.
Mr. McCool has a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Alberta and attended the Advanced Management programs at Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
President, Magnet Strategy Group and Co-Founder, Cross-Border Health
Dani Peters is President of Magnet Strategy Group, a consulting firm that manages public affairs strategies in Canada and the United States.
Prior to founding Magnet Strategy Group, Dani held senior roles in public affairs firms in the U.S. and Canada, concentrating on fields that include innovation, health and life sciences. Over the past decade, Dani has worked with groups in the health sector to develop and manage government, public policy, funding, advocacy and stakeholder strategies.
Dani is co-founder of the Cross-Border Health Foundation, an organization that fosters dialogue between Canada and the United States around common health priorities. In addition to operating Magnet Strategy Group, Dani serves on the Industry Advisory Board for Bloom Burton & Co., a healthcare investment advisory firm in Toronto. She is also a Health Leader-in-Residence for the World Health Innovation Network (WIN), within the University of Windsor’s Odette School of Business.
Dani earned her undergraduate degree from McGill University and a Master of Arts in International Trade Policy from the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three children.
BComm, AMP, LDP, EDP
President of Elements Strategy Inc.
Anne Marie Wright is a brand-focused, global business builder accomplished in growing and transforming healthcare organizations. With more than 25 years of Marketing, Sales and Business development experience in health technology start-ups, global pharmaceuticals, retail healthcare and CPG brand management, she is a champion of innovation, developing and leading healthcare solutions that drive multi-million dollar revenue gains, “next level” growth and build business value.
Throughout her career, she has excelled in complex, regulated environments where the management of multi-channel stakeholders is critical to success. Her capabilities include Business and Marketing strategy design and execution, Business Development, Innovation, Project Management and Team Building across business to business, business to consumer and business to stakeholder verticals.
Anne Marie is currently the President of Elements Strategy Inc., providing services to the healthcare industry where transformation through consumer and customer focused innovation is critical to success. Her clients have included Pfizer Canada, Medtronic, the Canadian and Ontario Pharmacists Associations, Target Canada (Healthcare), Afexa Life Sciences and Centric Health Corporation. Prior to establishing her own consulting practice, she served as the Global Vice President of Marketing and Head of Client Services at PCAS Patient Care Automation Services Inc. (PharmaTrust), a global, early stage healthcare technology company aiming to revolutionize the business of healthcare and pharmacy services through state of the art remote dispensing products and services. Previous to this, Anne Marie led the strategic marketing direction and plan for the pharmacy and pharmaceutical business at Shoppers Drug Mart, Canada’s leading drug store. Anne Marie built her general and cross-functional management skills at Schering Canada Incorporated where she was the Vice President of Marketing and a member of the Corporate Operating team. A classically trained consumer packaged goods marketer, she spent more than nine years with Unilever Canada stationed in Canada while working on numerous global projects and teams.
Educated in business management at Queen’s University, she has continued her education through Queen’s Executive Development programs, the Niagara Centre for Creative Leadership and the Ashridge School of Management in London England.
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
COO SCAN Health
Sarah Padfield brings over 15 years of experience leading health care organizations and public sector services. Sarah brings tremendous strength to SCAN Health, including expertise in health care leadership, health system design, operational and financial management, leadership and change management and supply chain optimization and quality and performance management in health systems. Her work was recognized by the Canadian College of Health Leaders with designation as a Canadian Health Executive (CHE, since 2009). Sarah has held a number of leadership positions in health systems, including: Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Leamington District Memorial Hospital and Senior Director roles at Four Counties Health Services.
Sarah brings supply chain expertise in health systems, as the inaugural Chair of the Board of PROcure, an organization designed to consolidate supply chain operations across five hospitals in Southwestern Ontario and later led the merger of PROcure with CHIS to create Transform Shared Services Organization, an organization that provides supply chain, information management and technology, project management and change management services to the Erie St. Clair region. Sarah is a graduate of Carleton University B.A. (honours) and a graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Masters of Public Administration program, and a Certified Professional Accountant (since 2011). Sarah was awarded the Canadian College of Health Leader’s Robert Zed National Young Healthcare Leader award in June 2014. The award recognizes a young Canadian healthcare leader who has demonstrated leadership in improving the effectiveness and sustainability of Canada’s health system.
Director, Wealth Management & Investment Advisor, Richardson GMP
John Horwood Since 1987, John has demonstrated investment leadership with a passion for helping people do smart things with their money. John is a disciplined, experienced Advisor and an extraordinarily successful investor. He personalizes investment strategies to maximize gains, minimize risk and save tax. John attributes his success and longevity to being an early adopter of new investment ideas, with a focus on minimizing tax. John, and the Horwood Team, invest in the core strategies that they recommend to their clients whenever possible. He is proud of his stellar reputation and clean compliance record. John acts with integrity and always places clients first – serving them with excellence. John is a philanthropist who offers mentorship and governance along with money. In 2010, John and Rebecca joined forces with like-minded families to create Stronger Together, a partnership foundation.
John began his career in 1975 as a Chartered Accountant in Perth, Australia. He worked on international assignments on 3 continents before immigrating to Canada in 1977. John then transferred to finance and treasury functions and worked for 10 years for a major international mining company. He met and married his Investment Advisor, Rebecca, in 1985; two years later he joined her at then Richardson Greenshields and together they created one of Canada’s most successful wealth advisory teams. John served on the board of directors for Richardson Greenshields, Richardson Partners Financial (founding partner - 2003) and Richardson GMP.
WIN’s Health Leaders-in-Residence program is an integral part of the WIN strategy to be a catalyst for adoption and scalability of innovation in the health system. Through this program, experts in areas ranging from health and life sciences, to information technology, to finance, and to pharmaceuticals offer strategic advice and mentorship to students and faculty.