Board of Directors

Leon Salvail, BA, PMP, President & Board Chair
President & CEO, Gevity Consulting Inc., Vancouver, BC
1-778-837-1285  |  lsalvail@gevityinc.com

Bio

In 1995, Leon Salvail and two associates formed the partnership that became Gevity Consulting Inc. (formerly known as Global Village Consulting Inc.). As President and CEO, Leon has capably guided the company’s steady growth since its founding days.

In 2004, Leon directed Global Village’s strategic expansion to position itself as a leader in health informatics (HI) consulting, and he has since overseen the establishment of an extremely successful consulting practice driven by a strong client base in the healthcare sector across Canada, where the majority of Gevity’s business originates today.

Currently, Leon is steering Gevity’s international expansion, with an Asia Pacific branch office now open in Cebu City, Philippines, a Middle East branch office opening in Dubai, UAE, and European, American (USA) and South American branch offices in the planning stages.

Leon has overall responsibility for managing Gevity corporate operations, developing new business and providing strategic and project management services for Gevity projects. Working with a group of Gevity Managing Partners, Leon pilots the company HI business development and recruiting activities to ensure a vibrant, profitable and exciting company. As Chairman of the Board, he works with the Board of Directors to ensure that the overall strategic direction is carefully plotted and maintained.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Mr. Salvail continues to provide specialized senior health informatics project management and business analysis services to a variety of clients.

A successful and proven leader in Canada’s health informatics community, Mr. Salvail has extensive experience leading projects to develop and deploy enterprise health information technology solutions. He successfully led a pioneer pan-Canadian project involving federal funders, a large provincial Ministry of Health and jurisdictional representation from all Canadian provinces and territories through the journey to develop a public health communicable disease surveillance and management system (Panorama) that could be implemented in any jurisdictional infrastructure across the country.

Other recent clients include the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and eHealth Ontario, the British Columbia Ministry of Health, Alberta Health and Wellness, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, Fraser Health Authority, and, most recently, the Atlantic Provinces in partnership with First Nations and Inuit, and Health Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health-Atlantic Region.

Mr. Salvail has worked with many project teams to confirm and manage project objectives, timelines and budgets across multiple large related projects as well as developing/communicating project plans, and business/technical requirements to make dependencies, approaches, designs, effort, risks and outcomes clear to project teams and stakeholders. He has successfully negotiated, developed and supported project governance structures at both the provincial and cross-jurisdictional levels.

A talented negotiator and adept facilitator, Mr. Salvail has highly developed interpersonal skills gained from leading and participating in hundreds of meetings and workshops, helping widely divergent regional groups to negotiate agreements on multi-jurisdictional projects with government, regulatory body and private stakeholders.

Mr. Salvail’s superb verbal and written communication skills include the ability to engage and influence broad communities of stakeholders and develop collaborative, effective relationships.

Mr. Salvail is a member of CHIEF, an exclusive, invitation-only group of Canadian health informatics thought leaders sponsored by COACH: Canada’s Health Informatics Association. He has also contributed his time both leading and serving on a number of pan-Canadian health informatics standards development groups.

Shiran Isaacksz, BA (Hon), BSc (Hon), MHSc, Vice President
Senior Director – Regional/Provincial Portfolio, Shared Information Management Services,
University Health Network, Toronto, ON
1-416-340-4800 x5855 | Shiran Isaacksz| @shiranisaacksz

Bio

Shiran Isaacksz is the Senior Director of the Regional Provincial Portfolio for Shared Information Management Services (SIMS) — one of the largest public sector health information management technology service delivery organizations in Canada — at the University Health Network (UHN). As part of his role, he is a member of the senior management team at the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre (TC CCAC) and is responsible for driving the Information Management Strategy for the organization. With more than 16 years of healthcare experience, Shiran’s expertise lies in leading complex and large-scale transformational projects and overseeing established regional programs and IM/IT Teams for the community sector.

Through these experiences, Shiran possesses a comprehensive view of the complex healthcare system with a focus on improving patient care and patient outcomes throughout the continuum of care. Shiran finds great satisfaction in tackling challenging and previously unsolvable industry issues. His collaborative approach also extends to development of unique industry partnerships, beyond the typical client-vendor role. In doing so, he assembles strong, inter-disciplinary teams with a broad range of skills, and applies a holistic approach to problem solving that results in new products and programs to support care delivery and patient experience.

Shiran chose a career in healthcare as he felt an innate drive to work in a sector that aligns with his values and enables him to give back to the community at large. “All of the great work we do at UHN and TC CCAC is patient-centric,” he says. “With every decision made, we ask how we are improving the patient experience and care outcomes.” Shiran believes that the patient voice must guide all healthcare activities, whether it be at the policy level in his role as a Board Member with COACH or when planning and implementing projects.

Linda Blair, RN, MBA, Secretary-Treasurer
Partner, Deloitte, Toronto, ON
1-416-414-5025 | Linda Blair

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Linda Blair is a Partner in the National Health Services Practice of Deloitte, providing advisory services exclusively within the health industry. Linda is a respected leader with over 20 years’ experience including executive positions, program management and clinical practice as a Registered Nurse. Passionate about transforming healthcare, she is focused on delivering business change initiatives that are supported by the strategic use of information technology. Linda has a proven record of leading large-scale clinical system implementation projects in academic medical centres and large integrated delivery systems in both Canada and the United States. She has worked with clients to achieve improvement in care delivery and patient outcomes, with a particular focus on clinical transformation. Linda has a passion for motivating teams and bringing people together for a shared purpose to achieve complex transformational initiatives.  Linda holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario and earned her MBA from the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management where she is currently an Adjunct Professor.

Mike Barron, BComm, MBA, Past President
President & CEO, Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information, St. John’s, NL
1-709-752-6009 | Mike Barron>

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Mike Barron is President and Chief Executive Officer with the Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Health Information (NLCHI).

As CEO of NLCHI, Mike is responsible for leading Newfoundland and Labrador’s EHR development as well as providing leadership in all areas of provincial health informatics including analytics, data quality, standards, evaluation and other health information management and technology initiatives. Mike also sits on the Board of the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research.

Among many national involvements, he has served as the Newfoundland and Labrador representative on Health Canada’s Electronic Health Records Working Group, the Canada Health Infoway EHR Standards Steering Committee and CIO Forum, as well as the Chair of the Conference of Deputy Ministers of Health Technical Advisory Committee on Health System Use.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland and has also completed the Public Executive Program and the Governance Program from Queen’s University.

Susan Anderson, Director
Managing Director, Orion Health, Toronto, ON
1-709-752-6009 | Susan Anderson

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Susan Anderson is the Managing Director for the Canadian Business with Orion Health. Susan is an accomplished eHealth strategist with more than 20 years’ experience in healthcare informatics. Most recently, she was the Assistant Deputy Minister and CIO for the Health Information Technology and Systems Division at Alberta Health, where she played a pivotal role in transforming Alberta’s healthcare system into one of the most digitally connected in North America. At the forefront of Alberta’s electronic health record (EHR) implementation, she helped steer the expansion of EHR data sources, deployment to users, integration for physicians and pharmacists and introduced public access to EHRs. Susan is the Chair of the National Community of Interest for EHR Governance.

Hélène Clément, BSc, MHA, RN, Director
Health Informatics T.R.M Consultant, Independent Consultant, Toronto, ON
1-416-873-8240 | Hélène Clément

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Elizabeth Keller, BA (Hon), MA, PMP, Director
Vice-President, Product Strategy & Delivery, OntarioMD, Toronto, ON
1-416-200-8633 | Elizabeth Keller

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Elizabeth Keller has successfully attained over 15 years of client, strategic, transformation, stakeholder engagement and project delivery experience for national, provincial, government and healthcare organizations. As Vice-President for OntarioMD, and formerly a Senior Consultant with both IBM and PwC, she is a respected leader of teams, initiatives and change, a highly effective executive and a dynamic strategic partner to business.

In addition to her hands-on e-Health experience, Elizabeth volunteers her expertise and leadership heavily in the healthcare community in Canada and internationally. She is Chair of COACH’s National eSafety Committee and contributes both as a writer and a speaker at all the major e-Health conferences in North America. Last year she also worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva and top global standards experts to develop an action plan for improving standards awareness and adoption in emerging and developing countries. Elizabeth also represents Canada internationally as a Canadian Health Informatics Standards delegate for ISO.

Elizabeth is known for working collaboratively with stakeholders and healthcare providers in numerous delivery organization, government and multi-stakeholder settings; providing strategic oversight, executive direction, and strong portfolio and project management to ensure adoption, project outcomes, benefits realization and alignment to business objectives, corporate goals and strategies. She is presently leading, with her team and stakeholder community, the provincial roll-out of eHealth Ontario’s Hospital Report Manager solution and working with Ontario physicians to improve the functionality and usage of EMRs.

Over the past eight years her focus on e-Health and related services in Ontario has developed into a comprehensive understanding of the business of Healthcare. Most importantly – Elizabeth understands the e-Health business landscape from the technical, business, capacity and readiness perspectives; her present portfolio includes EMR specifications & vendor management, as well as developing and deploying innovative e-Health solutions like OntarioMD’s Physician Portal, Hospital Report Manager and Medical Profile Viewer, enabling clinician access and use of patient reports in their EMRs and similar access and use of patient data from EMRs in other care settings.

Margarita Loyola, MEng, PEng, CCE, MBA, Director
Director, Telehealth/Virtual Care Transformation Quality Systems
Island Health, Nanaimo, BC
1-250-755-7691 | Margarita Loyola

Bio

Margarita Loyola is a professional engineer in the province of British Columbia. She was born in Mexico City where she studied engineering, and came to Canada to further her education with a Masters in Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Margarita has worked in the healthcare field for over 20 years. Currently, she is the Regional Manager of Telehealth at Island Health. Margarita is Co-Chair of the British Columbia Telehealth Development Committee (BCTDC) and Chair of the Advisory Committee for the COACH CCF: Canadian Telehealth Forum.

Margarita is a strong supporter of exploring and building solutions relating to the delivery of robust, comprehensive, interoperable telehealth services within BC, nationally and internationally. Margarita also has an MBA from Athabasca University, a Health Services Management Diploma, is certified in Clinical Engineering and has attained the CPHIMS-CA.

Christine Sham, BA Sc, Director
Manager, Strategy, Planning and Alignment, eHealth Strategy and Investment Branch,
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Toronto, ON
1-416-314-6075 | Christine Sham>

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