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Canadian Diagnostic Executive Forum - October 24-25, 2019

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The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto

1 Harbour Square

Toronto, ON M5J 1A6


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The CDEF brings together experts, early adopters, diagnostic leaders and cutting edge ideas for two powerful days of learning.

About this Event

Changes to our landscape are coming fast and furious. Where better to learn new ways to not only adapt but thrive in this new landscape? Join us to learn about the latest trends, innovative strategies and the newest technologies.

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DAY 1: Managing in Changing Times (overview):

- Positioning the lab as a strategic pillar

- Utilization management

- One lab's experience in successful change management

- Ethical, scientific & clinical challenges with diverse gender identities

- Cross Canada check-up - updates on the latest innovations, challenges & new technologies from coast to coast

- Panel discussion

Day 2: Looking to The Future (overview) :

- Drones, sensors & new technology set to improve specimen integrity and logistics

- Next generation POCT from the space station to your lab in one leap

- Samples in transit - a new and innovative approach to specimen tracking

- Software to aid in risk management mitigation within the lab

- One step closer to a National Accreditation Program

- Final motivation speaker: Canadian technology entrepreneur, Jim Estill, CM OOnt

- Panel discussion

Full Schedule:

Thursday – October 24

7:30 – 8:30 AM Registration & breakfast

8:30 - 8:40 Welcome, Isaac Gould, CEO In-Common Laboratories

8:40 – 9:15 Hot topics for labs today, Robert Michel,CEO Dark Intelligence Group

Managing in changing times

9:15 – 9:45 Positioning the lab as a strategic pillar

Speaker: Khosrow Shotorbani, Founder, CEO, Lab 2.0 Strategic Services, LLC, President, CEO, Project Santa Fe Foundation, Salt Lake City, UT

9:45 – 10:15 Laboratory Test Utilization: Challenges and Opportunities

Speaker: Dr. Michelle Scholzberg , St Michael’s Hospital

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:00 Next generation POCT – currently on the international space station, coming to you soon! Provides results faster and cheaper, using lensless microscopy technology

Speaker: Dr. Alan Fine, CEO Alentic ,Microscience

11:00 – 11:30 Next generation technology

Speaker: Norma Page, V-P, Clinical Operations, DynaLIFE Medical Labs

11:30 – 12:00 Panel discussion and Q&A with all morning speakers

12:00– 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 1:30 LabCANDx an initiative to explore the value of laboratory diagnostics within the health system. Providing leadership and creating awareness of the importance and relevance of laboratory medicine in a sustainable healthcare system.

Speaker: Dr David Kinniburgh, Director, Alberta Centre for Toxicology, Founding member LabCANDx

Cross Country Check Up

Updates from across Canada on the latest innovations, challenges and new technologies being implemented in laboratories.

1:30 Nova Scotia: Shauna Thompson, Senior Director, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, NS Health Authority

1:50 New Brunswick: Heather Kyle, Administrative Director Laboratory MedicineHorizon Health Network, NB

2:10 Quebec: Ralph Dadoun, Ministry of Health, QC

2:30 Ontario: Laurie Turner, LLB Fasken Toronto

2:50 Saskatchewan: Lenore Howey, Executive Director of Laboratory Services, Saskatchewan Health Authority

3:10 - 3:25 Break

3:25 Alberta Tammy Hofer, Chief Operating Officer, Alberta Public Laboratories

3:45 Yukon Tanya Solberg, Director, Diagnostic & Therapeutic Services, Yukon Hospitals

4:05 British Columbia Joanne Isber, Director, Laboratory Operations, Interior Health

4:05 – 4:45 Panel discussion and Q&A with all afternoon speakers

4:45 – 5:00 Summary with Robert Michel

5:30 – 7:00 Reception

Friday – October 25

7:30 – 8:30 Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 Thoughts from Day 1 Robert Michel

8:45 – 9:15 An inspirational innovation journey

Speaker: Jim Estill, CM, OOnt, CEO Danby Appliances & CEO ShipperBee

9:15 – 9:45 Precision medicine - A research program firmly entrenched in cancer genomics to understand the mutational landscape of cancer. A significant part of the research program is to determine within specific cancers how the specific oncogenic profile with a individual cancer might be innovatively exploited.

Speaker: Dr Steven Jones, Head of Bioinformatics and Co-Director, Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer

9:45 – 10:15 Digital Pathology – a case study of the implementation of digital pathology in a large teaching hospital

Speaker: Dr Dominique Trudel, CHUM (University of Montreal Health Centre)

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:00 Do you wonder what happens to your samples in transit? A new and innovative approach to sample tracking during transport can answer that question. A study of hospital pneumatic tube systems led to changes

Speaker: Dr. Franziska Broell, CEO Motryx

11:00 – 11:30 Advancing technology and tests from innovation into the mainstream.

Speaker: Jason Pincock, CEO DynaLIFE Medical Labs

11:30 – 12:00 Panel discussion and Q&A

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 1:40 How Blockchain can transform managing data in the lab.

Speaker: Toufi Saliba , CEO Privacy Shell / Adam Cole, President & CIO, HealthChain

1:40 – 2:10 Adaptive Leadership in a VUCA World - Do you have the right people doing the right jobs in your lab? Do you know what skills you will need in 5 years’ time and where to find them?

Speaker: Kelli-Ann Lemieux, Health Science North, Sudbury

2:10 – 2:40 One lab’s experience managing personnel through multiple changes: outsourcing microbiology, test utilization, POCT, maintaining morale and no jobs lost.

Speaker: Tanya Solberg, Director, Diagnostic & Therapeutic Services, Yukon Hospitals

2:40 – 3:00 Panel discussion and Q&A

3:00 – 3:00 A discussion of the ethical, scientific and clinical challenges for the appropriate care of patient populations with diverse gender identities along the path of the laboratory process.

Speaker: Dr. Miranda Wozniak, Deputy Ontario Medical Director, LifeLabs

3:30 - 3:45 Wrap Up & Closing Remarks

Who should attend?

Game Changers ~ Laboratory leaders and high level, health care decision-makers have been drawn to Robert Michel's health leader presentations as an expert in healthcare strategic and tactical management services in healthcare over the past three decades. Robert L Michel, the Founder and President of the Dark Intelligence Group, Inc., is regularly engaged at the cutting edge of healthcare and medical laboratory organizations in Canada, the United States, and England.

• CEOs;

• VPs Operations, Business Development & Laboratory Services, Finance, IT & Procurement;

• Medical Directors & Pathologists;

• Clinical Biochemists, Medical Microbiologists;

• Technical & Administrative Directors;

• Laboratory & Quality Managers;

• Government Program Managers;

• Consultants and Educators


For out of town guests, accommodations have been held at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. A group rate will be available until October 2, 2019.

Book your accommodations today.

Guests may also call the hotel at 1-888-627-8559 and state that they are with In-Common Laboratories or use the Group Code: IN2919 to reserve a room.

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