Navigating the Rapidly Changing World of Healthcare - Speakers
Dr. Bob Bell, MDCM, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, FRCSE (hon)
Robert Bell served as Ontario's Deputy Minister of Health from 2014 to 2018. Prior to this role, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of University Health Network for nine years. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer at Princess Margaret Hospital, the Chair of Cancer Care Ontario’s Clinical Council and the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario.
Dr. Bell received his Doctor of Medicine from McGill University, a Master of Science from the University of Toronto and achieved his Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery in 1983. He completed training in Orthopaedic Cancer Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University in 1985, and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2005.
Dr. Bell is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American College of Surgeons and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. As an internationally recognized orthopedic surgeon, health system executive, clinician-scientist, and educator, Dr. Bell has more than 40 years of healthcare experience.
Today he provides advice to a number of private and public organizations and has published his first novel “Hip”. All proceeds from that novel benefit the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
Lydia Lee, Partner, KPMG Canada
Lydia Lee is the National Leader for Digital Health at KPMG. With more than 25 years of experience in technology-enabled clinical and business transformation, she focuses on digital strategy, complex multi-organizational governance, information systems modernization and data management. Prior to joining KPMG, Lydia was the Senior Vice President and CIO at the University Health Network in Toronto, Canada’s largest academic health sciences centre and learning institution.
She was awarded the distinction of IT Association of Canada (ITAC) Public Sector Canadian CIO of the Year (2015) for her demonstrated leadership of provincial e-health initiatives. Lydia is a Lifetime Member of Digital Health Canada and Chair-Elect to the HIMSS North American Board. Lydia is passionate about supporting women in STEM and is Co-Chair of KPMG’s Women in Technology Community.
Deana Kraft leads Workday’s Go to Market efforts for the Healthcare industry. With over 20 years of business and consulting expertise, Deana offers a unique perspective on integrating people, information and technology in ways that best anticipate and navigate change. Having worked for and with some of the nation’s top hospitals and health systems, Deana has direct insight into the complex challenges our customers are facing. Deana’s diverse background helps Workday advance our solutions to meet the evolving needs of our customers and partners through collaboration with colleagues, customers and industry leaders. Deana’s areas of expertise include:
- Developing current and long-term plans to align people, technology and financial resources with an organization’s mission, values and strategic objectives
- Leading strategy development and implementation of large-scale transformation efforts
- Understanding the data and technology capabilities required to accelerate performance
Prior to joining Workday, Deana served as the Vice President, Human Resources, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She also served as the Vice President, Total Rewards and HR Technology, for OhioHealth in Columbus, Ohio. Additionally, Deana was previously a Partner with Mercer, leading its North America compensation data and technology business and also served as the Head of Growth Strategies for SullivanCotter. Deana received a Bachelor of Science in marketing and decision sciences from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
As the Vice President of Total Rewards for Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI, Joel ensures the approach to compensation and benefits aligns and supports Spectrum Health's overall strategy to enhance talent acquisition, retention, and engagement, and drives individual performance and business outcomes. During his role as the senior director of HRIS & Workforce Analytics function at Spectrum Health, Joel built a human capital analytics function at Spectrum Health and led the HCM implementation of ServiceNow, Workday, and the design and implementation of a new human resources operating model.
Young Lee has more than 25 year career in healthcare that includes experience as a clinician, consultant, and progressive leadership roles. Currently Young is the Vice President, Corporate Performance, Digital Health Innovation and Chief Financial Officer at North York General. Prior to joining North York General, Young was a Partner, National Health Transformation Services Leader at Deloitte, where he held a variety of progressive leadership roles and completed more than 100 client engagements across Canada with a particular emphasis on strategy, performance management and operational excellence, large transformation initiatives and digital health solutions. Most recently, he was with Grand River Hospital, where he served as the Vice President, Planning, Innovation and Transformation and was responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of a diverse portfolio across multiple business functions.
A common thread that ties Young’s various experiences is an unwavering focus and interest in supporting innovation in how our communities are served and cared for, leading to improved health outcomes and experiences for patients, families/caregivers, while also striving to ensure sustainability of our health system.
Young holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Dr. Anne Snowdon is a Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the Odette School of Business, University of Windsor and the Scientific Director and CEO of the Supply Chain Advancement in Health Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE). Dr. Snowdon is leading a national research program focused on the capacity of health supply chain to enable health system responses to the COVID19 pandemic in seven Canadian provinces. This research builds on a well established program of research focused on healthcare supply chain, digital health and health system innovation, collectively focused on advancing sustainability of global health systems.
Currently, Dr. Snowdon is the Vice Chair of the Board of the Directors for Alberta Innovates, Chief Scientific Research Officer at HIMSS, and member of the Health Futures Council of Arizona State University (ASU). She is an Adjunct Faculty at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Windsor, the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University and the Centre for Innovative Medical Technology (CIMT), at the University of Southern Denmark.
Dr. Snowdon has published more than 150 research articles, papers and cases, has received over $22 million in research funding, holds patents and has commercialized a highly successful booster seat product for children traveling in vehicles. She holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of Michigan, an MSc from McGill University, and BScN from Western University.
Mari Teitelbaum is the Vice President of Strategy, Quality & Family Partnership and Chief Innovation Officer at CHEO. Her unique background and her vision for applying innovation to improve healthcare systems make her an asset to pediatrics in Ontario. Mari started her career as an electrical engineer before completing her Masters of Health Administration at the University of Ottawa. Mari first joined CHEO at BORN Ontario where she served as Director for five years and then moved on to her VP position in 2014.
Recent career highlights include responding to the pandemic with the first pediatric virtual emergency department in Canada, CIO of the Year, partnering with SickKids to put CHEO in the top 1% of digital hospitals in the country and supporting healthy pregnancies and birth across Ontario with NSO, BORN Ontario and the OMama app. With a career covering quality improvement, big data, security and end-user experience and their impact, Mari is thrilled to be using these skills to help clinicians care for kids.
Peter Schemm is currently the AVP of Supply Chain Services and Logistics Operations at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he oversees the Materials Management Operations, Central Sterile Processing, and the Supply Chain Services Department. Peter Schemm has been leading the Supply Chain Technology transformation at CHOP for over 10 years including the implementation of Workday and eProcurement Technologies, Advanced Analytics, and Supply Automation.
Prior to joining CHOP, Peter served as a Global Sourcing Services Owner at GlaxoSmithKline and Implemented Supply Chain Solutions with Deloitte Consulting. Peter Schemm hold a Masters of Engineering from Lehigh University.
Jim Avington is the Assistant Vice President of Finance & Controller for The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). In this role, he oversees the accounting, treasury and financial information systems functions. He has been at CHOP since 2011. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Saint Joseph’s University. In addition, he holds a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Management Information Systems, from Saint Joseph’s University. Jim is a Certified Public Accountant.
Jim has worked in the Philadelphia health care market for over 25 years. Prior joining CHOP, he spent 15 years working at Fox Chase Cancer Center, holding a number of positions within Finance. In addition, he also spent a year in public accounting, at Smart and Associates, primarily working in the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
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