Cityage Speakers

Read The Data Effect Declaration



Our Next Edge
The Vancouver Club
915 W. Hastings Street
December 1st, 2014

The Data Age presents us with a new approach to build the economy and the country. Data, and the systems around it, are revolutionizing key sectors of the economy.

The fifth edition of The Data Effect — held in partnership with the Business Council of BC — will look at how data stands to be a key tool to build BC — and Canada’s — competitive advantage in the global economy. The event will lay out the practical steps required to ensure BC’s global strengths in health care research and delivery can improve outcomes, create jobs and build the economy.

To date, more than 1,000 leaders from across Canada and abroad have attended The Data Effect. In December, we will gather a select audience from government, business, research and the investment community to map out the partnerships, policies and ideas that can make Canada a leader in the data age.

Our goal in The Data Effect series is to continue a campaign that is profiling the new partnerships, businesses and ideas that can make data and advanced analytics an engine of economic growth and innovation for British Columbians and Canadians.

For more information contact Miro or Marc at CityAge:



7:30 am           Breakfast served

8:30 am           Opening Comments by Conference MC:       Valerie Casselton, Associate Editor,
Vancouver Sun

8:35 am           Welcome by:               Greg D’Avignon, President & CEO, Business Council of British

8:40 am           Opening Address:       Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, 
Province of British Columbia

8:55 am           Presentation by:         Julio Montaner, Director, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

9:15 am           Session 1:        Building the Data Economy
The Data Effect’s opening session will review how to leverage BC’s strengths in health care research, data and analytics to improve outcomes and drive competitiveness, innovation and growth in the economy. How can we develop our expertise, policies and systems to compete in global research and health care discovery? What training and skills programs are needed to place BC at the front of a global trend toward the greater use of data and analytics to build a centre for excellence?

  • Joyce Drohan, BC Healthcare Lead, PwC
  • Bruce McManus, CEO, Centre of Excellence for Prevention of Organ Failure (PROOF Centre)
  • Karimah Es Sabar, President and CEO, Centre for Drug Research and Development

Panel Chair:   Joy Johnson, Vice President, Research, Simon Fraser University

10:00 am         Presentation by:         Sue Paish, CEO, LifeLabs

10:20 am         Presentation by:         David Delaney, Chief Medical Officer, Americas SAP

10:40 am         Morning Break

11:20 am         Presentation by:         Michael Wiener, Director, Healthcare Strategic Services, IBM

11:40 am         Presentation by:         Phil Giborski, The Mustel Group

12:00 pm         Keynote Dialogue:      Josh Blair, Chief Corporate Officer and Executive Vice-President,
TELUS Health and Greg D’Avignon, President & CEO, Business Council of British Columbia
12:25 pm         Lunch

1:20 pm           Presentation by:         Alex Dickinson, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Illumina

1:40 pm           Presentation by:         Brad Popovich, Chief Scientific Officer, Genome BC

2:00 pm           Session 2:         Data and the Genome
Genomics is already leading massive change in health research and discovery. British Columbian researchers have been leaders in applying new techniques on genetic sequencing to cancer care, but how can we be much more ambitious. What can BC and Canada do to build the world’s highest quality integrated data set?? What would this mean to our health care sectors, and to our economy? What steps should we take right now?

  • Alex Dickinson, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Illumina
  • Brian Bot, Senior Scientist, Sage Bionetworks
  • Janessa Laskin, Medical Oncologist and Senior Scientist, BC Cancer Agency
  • Chris Wagner, CEO, Contextual Genomics

Panel Chair:   Brad Popovich, Chief Scientific Officer, Genome BC

2:45 pm           Afternoon Break

3:05 pm           Presentation by:         Ibrahim Gokcen, Lead, Industrial Internet of Things, GE

3:25 pm           Presentation by:          Peter Speyer, Chief Data Officer, Institute for Health Metrics and
Evaluation, University of Washington

3:45 pmPresentation by:         Bruce Carleton, Professor and Chair, Division of Clinical
Pharmacology, Department of Pediatrics, UBC

4:05 pm           Session 3:        The Data Effect and Us: Concrete steps to make BC and Canada a leader
This is the fifth edition of The Data Effect. While progress has been made in facilitating research access to health data, what larger ambitions can be applied to our collective data resources? This panel will lay out practical ideas on how we can lead the world in health research and discovery.  

  • Asif Dhar, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Deloitte
  • Robert Sindelar, Vice President, Research & Academic Affairs, Providence Health Care
  • Lindsay Kislock, Assistant Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Health
  • Allan Seckel, CEO, Doctors of BC

Panel Chair:   Diane Finegood, President & CEO, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research

4:50 pm           Closing Comments by:           Paul Terry, President & CEO, PHEMI
5:00 pm           Conference Close

Confirmed Participants Include

  • Alberta Health Services
  • BC Cancer Agency
  • BC Cancer Foundation
  • BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
  • BC Children’s Hospital
  • BC Ministry of Health
  • BC Ministry of Technology
  • BC Pharmacy Association
  • BDC Venture Capital
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Business Council of British Columbia
  • Cambian
  • Canada Health Infoway
  • Canadian Institute for Health Information
  • Centre for Drug Research and Development
  • CGI
  • City of Surrey
  • Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
  • College of Registered Nurses of BC
  • Concordia University
  • Contextual Genomics
  • Deloitte
  • Down Syndrome Research Foundation
  • DSRF
  • Eli Lilly Canada
  • Fraser Health
  • GE
  • Genome British Columbia
  • GI Society of Canada
  • Hill+Knowlton Strategies
  • IBM
  • Illumina
  • Industry Canada
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
  • Island Health
  • Janssen Inc
  • Lawson Lundell LLP
  • Life Sciences BC
  • LifeLabs
  • Merck
  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
  • Novo Nordisk Canada
  • Office of the Chief Information Officer of BC
  • Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
  • Pacific Blue Cross
  • Perinatal Services of BC
  • Personalized Medicine Initiative
  • Pharmaceutical Outcomes Programme
  • PHEMI Health Systems
  • Population Data BC
  • PROOF Centre
  • Providence Health Care
  • Province of British Columbia
  • Provincial Health Services Authority
  • PwC
  • Quantum Ideas
  • Retirement Concepts
  • Rick Hansen Institute
  • Roche
  • Rx&D
  • Sage Bionetworks
  • SAP
  • Shire
  • Simon Fraser University
  • St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation
  • Statistics Canada
  • STEMCELL Technologies Inc
  • STEMSoft software
  • TELUS Health
  • The Research Universities’ Council of BC
  • Traction Creative Communications
  • UBC Faculty of Pharmateucical Sciences
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Washington
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Western University