Aging + Brain Health Innovation: What’s Next Canada 2020

Aging + Brain Health Innovation: What’s Next Canada?

Join the nation’s leading innovators, entrepreneurs and global companies for world-class keynotes, discussions, rapid fire presentations and demonstrations of ground-breaking innovations in the aging and brain health sector.

Co-hosted and co-produced by Mary Furlong & Associates

Innovation is transforming the future of aging.

How will you stay current?

The second annual What’s Next Canada takes a deep dive into the innovations, industry, and lived experience of the aging and brain health space. We bring together a unique blend of thought leaders, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, healthcare providers, and companies from around the world in discussions and demonstrations of groundbreaking innovations in the longevity sector.

This Year’s Theme: Aging, Medtech + Mental Health

Be a part of the industry’s premier event for networking, collaboration, and learning opportunities:

  • Meet leading startups and established companies who are successfully pushing the boundaries of ‘possible’ in targeting aging and brain health challenges
  • Learn the ABCs of commercializing, adopting, and scaling up innovations
  • Hear the authentic perspectives of older adults and caregivers, whose viewpoints are vital for innovators solving real-world problems
  • Vote for your favourite innovation at the 2020 Pitch Competition for the CABHI Innovation and People’s Choice Awards, and learn more about the latest technologies in aging and brain health – including artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality, and more

About What’s Next Canada

What’s Next Canada, hosted by the Baycrest-led Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation and co-produced by Mary Furlong & Associates, is the industry’s premier event for networking, collaboration and learning opportunities. Last year’s inaugural event brought together over 35 world-class speakers and an audience of 300.

In concert with Baycrest’s 30th Annual Rotman Research Institute Conference held on March 8 -10, 2020, a research conference with our sister organization, What’s Next Canada will also attract opportunities for innovators to form transformative collaborations with renowned researchers, clinicians, healthcare providers and corporate executives in the seniors’ sector.


Dr. Allison Sekuler
Managing Director, Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation
Managing Director and Senior Scientist, Rotman Research Institute
Sandra Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience Vice-President, Research, Baycrest

AARP’s Jean Accius frames the latest research on how people aged 50 and over are fuelling economic growth, stimulating jobs, and creating opportunities for all.

  • Jean Accius, Senior Vice President, Thought Leadership and International Affairs, AARP

How do innovators learn from users? By integrating them throughout the innovation process. See how older adults evaluate products to improve success rates in the aging and brain health space.

  • Moderator: Dr. Allison Sekuler, CABHI
  • Sue Drohan, Member of CABHI’s Seniors Advisory Panel
  • Sam Herskovits, Member of CABHI’s Seniors Advisory Panel
  • Ron Posno, Dementia Advocate
  • Len Carter, Dementia Advocate
  • Tom Kamber, Executive Director, Older Adults Technology Services

Innovation is a global ecosystem and countries with super aging societies have valuable experience to share with each other. This panel explores how international collaboration is key to managing the aging challenge.

  • Moderator: Dr. Séamus O’Neill, CEO, Northern Health Science Alliance, UK
  • Albert Chu, Innovation Consultant, SOMPO Digital Lab, USA/Japan
  • Robby Spring, Trade Advisor Healthcare, The Royal Danish Consulate General
  • David Lindeman, CITRIS, USA

Jack York, Founder and President, IN2L will introduce and debut his interviews with Toronto-based older adults that explore their vision for ideal aging with humour and compassion.

Jack York, Founder and President, IN2L (It’s Never 2 Late)

The longevity economy continues to build investor momentum with a variety of objectives including social impact. This panel examines how aging and brain health fit into investors’ portfolios and what innovators need to focus on to secure funding.

  • Moderator: Mary Furlong, Mary Furlong & Associates
  • Sam Ifergan, Founder and Managing Partner, iGan Partners
  • Anna Han, Senior Lead, Industry Relations Portfolio Management, Ontario Brain Institute

It takes a village to get an innovation to market. Navigating the complexity of intellectual property protection, supply chains and frontline implementation puts innovators outside their comfort zone and area of expertise. Find out how to line up the expertise you need to go from a great idea to a great business.

  • Moderator: Liz Jensen, Clinical Director, Direct Supply
  • Mara Leff, Director of Innovation, Jewish Healthcare Foundation
  • Ariel Garten, Founder, InteraXon
  • Jay Lefton, Partner, Fasken

Jack York, Founder and President, IN2L will introduce and debut his interviews with Toronto-based older adults that explore their experience with and interest in innovation with humour and compassion.

Jack York, Founder and President, IN2L (It’s Never 2 Late)

How do we close the gap between research and innovation? This panel takes on the challenge with rapid fire ideas that you can start to implement today. 

  • Moderator: Dr. Rosanne Aleong, Director Research, Translation and Innovation, Baycrest
  • Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, Co-Founder, HealthTech Connex
  • Zayna Khayat, Futurist, SE Health
  • George MacGinnis, Healthy Ageing Challenge Director, UK Research and Innovation

With the shortage of geriatrician expertise generally, Indigenous and rural communities have extra challenges accessing culturally appropriate and adaptable aging and brain health services.  Learn about best practices for cultural engagement and leveraging technology to reach difficult to access communities in this fireside chat.

  • Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Scientific Director, Canadian Institutes of Indigenous Peoples’ Health, University of Saskatchewan
  • Patrick Odnokon, CEO, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF)

Inspired by his personal experience caring for his father living with dementia, Early Today on NBC anchor Richard Lui has created a documentary film to bring the stories of Generation Z and millennial family caregivers to light.

  • Richard Lui, Anchor, MSNBC/NBC

Companies will pitch their stories to an esteemed judging panel looking for the next “big thing” in the aging and brain health space.  Two awards will be given – one chosen by the judges and one chosen by the audience.

This year’s Pitch Competition is generously sponsored by SOMPO Digital Lab. ¥500,000 (yes, we said yen) available in prize money!

  • Moderator: Richard Lui, Anchor, MSNBC/NBC
  • Judging Panel:
    • Deborah Bernstein, CABHI Seniors Advisory Panel
    • Ana Gonzalez, Innovation & Partnerships Director, 500 Startups
    • Melissa Guzik, Vice President, Life Sciences, JP Morgan
    • Sam Ifergan, Founder and Managing Partner, iGan Partners
    • Liz Jensen, Clinical Director, Direct Supply
    • Allan Miranda, Head, JLABS Canada
    • Scott Pelton, Co-Founder, RISC Capital

Dementia friendly communities play an important role in enabling aging in the setting of one’s choice.  Real estate developers, healthcare providers and manufactured housing companies are working with innovators to bring services and supports into the community.  Learn more about the opportunities for purpose-built and adapting existing housing stock and infrastructure.

  • Moderator: Bianca Stern, Executive Director, Health Innovation, CABHI
  • Simon Cheesman, Director, Baycrest@Home, Baycrest
  • Phil Goodfellow, Partner, G Architects
  • Jane Barratt, Secretary General, International Federation on Ageing



Dr. Jean Accius, PhD, is Senior Vice President, AARP Global Though Leadership. He is a nationally recognized thought leader on aging, longevity, health and long-term care policy, and a tri-sector leader with deep knowledge and a wealth of experience having served in senior level positions across private, public and nonprofit sectors. In his role as Senior Vice President of Global Thought Leadership, he provides strategic direction, leadership and technical expertise championing new ideas, framing thought- provoking perspectives and driving bold solutions to change systems and improve the lives of all as they age both domestically and internationally.

Dr. Accius has been quoted by or appeared in numerous media outlets, including TIME MagazineUSA Today, Reuters, Politico, Next Avenue, ESPN’s UndefeatedCongressional Quarterly’s online arm and the Huffington Post. The National Academy of Social Insurance recognized him as one of the new generation of social insurance leaders in the country.  In 2018, Dr. Accius was recognized as a Gerontological Society of America Fellow, one of Black Enterprise magazine’s 2018 Modern Man of Distinction and a recipient of the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund 40 under 40 Award. In 2019, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and Sharecare, a digital health company, awarded him with the prominent “Sharecare Award”.  The Maryland Daily Record recognized him as a 2019 Influential Marylander for sparking innovation and progress, shaping and enriching his community and knowing how to get results that better the state and serve the needs of residents of all ages.

Dr. Jean Accius has held a variety of board and advisory positions including Justice in Aging, the American Society on Aging, Leadership Maryland, the Long-Term Care Quality Alliance, the Florida State University Alumni Association, the South Florida Institute on Aging Policy Council and the Editorial Advisory Committee for Generations, the journal for the American Society on Aging.

He is an Executive Leadership Council Fellow and holds a bachelor’s degree in hospitality administration and a master’s degree in aging studies from the Claude Pepper Institute at Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in public administration from American University.  Dr. Accius is also a member of the Vanguard group at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Corporate Innovation program.

Richard Lui is a journalist and news anchor for MSNBC and NBC News. He was formerly at CNN where he became the first Asian American male to anchor a daily, national cable news show. Lui is also a columnist, contributing to publications including USA Today, Politico, The Seattle Times, Detroit Free Press, and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Lui’s work and reporting on humanitarian issues spans 30 years and six continents. He has received civil rights awards from organizations including AAJA, WWAAC, and OCA. He is patent holder and co-founder of the first bank-centric payment system. Richard is a family caregiver to his father living with Alzheimer’s Disease.


Liz Jensen, MSN,RN,RN-BC is the Clinical Director with the Direct Supply Innovation & Technology Center@MSOE. Liz works with senior care providers, product managers and engineers to translate evidence-based research, regulations and risk management strategies into practical processes, technology and applications for clinicians and frontline care providers in senior care. Liz leads the Direct Supply SPARK Collective Clinical, an inter-professional collaboration of senior care nurses, therapists, physicians, pharmacists and others who test and pilot innovative technology, products and services that seek to improve outcomes for seniors and elevate quality and efficiency of care delivery to a new level.  She hosts an annual leadership conference for nursing and therapy executives and works closely with local nursing schools to inspire the desire in students and faculty to work in senior care. Liz’s prior experience as a senior care nurse executive, business owner, educator, program developer and direct care nurse informs her nursing practice in this unique role. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Innovation Platform Advisory Council for AMDA/The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care; is a member of the AHCA Clinical Practice Committee; serves on the Argentum Quality Standards Committee and is a frequent speaker at national and local conferences on advancing innovation in senior care through collaboration.

Tom Kamber is an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator and activist who has created new initiatives in aging, technology, affordable housing and the arts. As founder and executive director of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), Tom has helped over 30,000 seniors get online and created the country’s first technology-themed community center for older adults. Tom has taught social entrepreneurship and philanthropy at Columbia University and has published widely in academic journals on topics including public policy, business strategy, and technology. He speaks regularly at local, national, and international conferences, including the Consumer Electronics Show, the Institute of Medicine, the American Society on Aging and the Federal Communications Commission.  His work has been featured widely in the media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, and The Today Show, and he has won awards from local, state, and national organizations.

Albert Chu

Albert’s passion is to bring technology innovations into market realities. Throughout his Silicon Valley career, Albert has extensive leadership experience with startups and corporations, bringing dozens of products and services to market for startups and global companies, including Apple and AT&T. As an experienced technology executive, product marketing and business strategist, Albert serves as advisor, board member and investor for a portfolio of startups.

Currently, Albert is a member of the SOMPO Digital Lab Silicon Valley team responsible for product innovation and partnerships, with a focus on aging and caregiving, healthtech and insurtech. Separately, he is also managing partner at Poppyseed, a consulting firm that specializes in U.S. market entry and innovation technology transfer for Asian startups and corporate clients.

Albert serves as a lead advisor at SkyDeck, the accelerator program at the University of California, Berkeley; an advisor and business catalyzer for NEDO Silicon Valley office; a Silicon Valley advisor to Mitsubishi Research Institute’s Innovation Network for Co-Creating the Future; and a visiting fellow at Singapore University of Social Sciences.

From 2014-2017, Albert held executive positions with several technology startups, including CEO for Moff USA, a technology startup that created the world’s first wearable smart toy with 3D motion recognition connected to a cloud-based IoT platform.

From 2011-2013, Albert was vice president and general manager at ACCESS Systems Americas, where he headed sales, marketing and business operations, product planning and ecosystem partnerships. Albert came to ACCESS from PalmSource, a spinout of Palm, where he was vice president of business development from 2002-2006. After the acquisition of PalmSource by ACCESS, Albert served as vice president of global marketing and alliances from 2006-2011.

From 1996 to 2002, Albert was the technology transfer vice president at AT&T, where he incubated new startup initiatives and brought emerging technologies from AT&T Labs to market.

From 1982 to 1996, Albert was at Apple, where his last position was vice president of corporate marketing alliances. His earlier responsibilities at Apple included director of product planning and strategy for the Personal Interactive Electronics Division and director of business development for Apple Pacific. Albert launched Apple Japan’s desktop publishing initiative, brought multimedia solutions to global markets, and led the product marketing and introductions of dozens of Apple products.

Albert is a regular speaker and workshop presenter on startup culture and pitch training. He is a published author, including co-authoring the first university textbook for the Apple Macintosh, Approaching Macintosh: A Guide to Learning Macintosh Software (Addison Wesley, 1986),  and most recently, a contributing author to the Handbook of Blockchain, Digital Finance, and Inclusion, Volume I (Academic Press, 2017).

Albert has a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Melissa Guzik

Melissa is a Vice President on JPMorgan’s life sciences commercial banking team, based in New York. Melissa works with companies across the sector, including biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and medical technology, in the NY region and eastern Canada, providing commercial banking services, strategic advice and the breadth of resources of JPMorgan Chase to her clients. Melissa received a BS in Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University and is currently pursuing her MBA at Columbia University.  She is on the board of Young Women in Bio – NY Metro, was named a JPMorgan 30 Under 30 Rising Star, and recently received the Rutgers School of Engineering Distinguished Young Alumni Award for 2020.

Seamus O'Neill

Dr Séamus O’Neill is the Chief Executive of the Northern Health Science Alliance; a membership organisation acting to promote and develop the world class life sciences cluster that exists across academia and the health service in the North of England.

With a background in research (PhD in Genetics), experience of clinical research and development (with the emphasis on innovation and its adoption in healthcare systems) and 20+ years’ experience of building teams, networks and now clusters, Séamus is now a senior figure within the life sciences sector in the UK.

Séamus began his career as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist in the NHS, before doing a stint as a post-doctoral researcher on neuroblastoma (NEJM, 1999 and J Clin Onc, 2001). He then moved into research management at the University of Newcastle and in 2007 helped establish the NIHR Clinical Research Network across the North East of England.

In 2013, he co-wrote the bid for, and then set up, an Academic Health Science Network, creating one of the most successful AHSNs in the country, brokering effective cross-organisational working in multiple domains and establishing many long-term partnerships between industry and academic or NHS partners.

Séamus is passionate about the detail of creating effective teams and networks and about the North of England, where he has lived for almost 30 years. He said, “The NHSA team and delegation he leads in Toronto will bring a wealth of world-class research and care expertise.

The expertise and passion within the delegation for building and sustaining large-scale and long-term networks of collaborators is no less strong and I know that we are all looking forward to visiting like-minded folks in the beautiful city of Toronto and personally, perhaps managing to also take in some of the sights in the awesome Province of Ontario.”

Follow Séamus on LinkedIn and Twitter: @SONeill_NHSA

Jeff Zimman is the Co-Founder and Chief Dealmaker of Posit Science, the industry leader in scientifically-proven, brain fitness exercises. More than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals have shown extensive benefits from using Posit Science exercises and assessments. The exercises in its flagship online product, BrainHQ, are the only commercially available brain exercises shown to broadly generalize – significantly improving standard cognitive measures (eg, attention, memory, processing speed, executive function), affective measures (eg, mood, depressive symptoms, stress, confidence) and functional measures (eg, everyday cognition, IADLs, health outcomes, driving, balance, gait).

From 2003 to 2008, Jeff served as Chairman and CEO; he now focuses his efforts on strategic relationships and corporate development. The company’s distribution partners include AAA, AARP, Easter Seals, PBS and NPR stations, Philips, State Farm, TB12 Sports, Tufts Health Plan, United Healthcare and USAA.

Jeff is a former Venture Partner of VSP Capital, a former Managing Director of Lazard, where he founded and ran the investment bank’s early stage advisory business, and a former partner of Cooley, where he headed the corporate and securities practice in the law firm’s San Francisco office. Earlier in his career, Jeff was an award-winning newspaper reporter, covering business and technology. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Bowdoin College and his JD and MBA degrees at Stanford University.

David Lindeman

David Lindeman, PhD, is Director Health, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Banatao Institute (CITRIS), UC Berkeley, and Director, Center for Technology and Aging (CTA).  Dr. Lindeman has worked in the fields of health care and long-term care for nearly 40 years as a health services researcher and gerontologist, conducting research related to health care technology, chronic disease management, healthy aging, disabilities, dementia, community-based and residential services, health care workforce, and family caregiving. Dr. Lindeman’s current focus is working with researchers, entrepreneurs and investors on the incubation, start-up, evaluation, and scaling of technology-enabled health care solutions, including initiatives that address critical health care challenges through mobile/cloud, sensors/IoT, telehealth, robotics, assistive technologies, and machine intelligence (Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning).  These technology-enabled solutions cover a continuum of health care issues, ranging from wellness to complex chronic conditions and precision health, with an emphasis on global applications.  Dr. Lindeman serves as an advisor to foundations, government agencies, start-ups, businesses, and venture firms.  Dr. Lindeman previously served as the founding Director of the Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging; Associate Professor of Health Policy at the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging, Rush University Medical Center; and Co-Director of the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center.  Dr. Lindeman received his PhD and MSW from the University of California, Berkeley.


As Head of Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS in Canada, Allan Miranda is responsible for external engagement, innovation sourcing, company onboarding, portfolio management, operational excellence, educational programming and P&L. He catalyzes and supports the translation of science and technology into valuable solutions for patients and consumers across the pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and healthtech sectors.

Allan joined the JLABS team from Janssen Canada, where he has spent the last 12 years in positions of increasing responsibility in business development, marketing and market access. His most recent role was Therapeutic Lead Immunology and Primary Care where he was responsible for market access strategy for a complex product portfolio exceeding $1 billion. Allan started his career at PARTEQ Innovations, the technology transfer arm of Queen’s University at Kingston where he was responsible for technology assessment and new company start-up. He then moved to Paladin Labs, where he successfully completed numerous in-licensing transactions for specialty pharmaceutical products for the Canadian market. Allan subsequently worked in business development for two early stage biotechnology companies in Canada leading their business development and partnering initiatives prior to joining Janssen.

Allan received his Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario and his MBA from McGill University in Finance and Strategy.

Dr. Allison Sekuler is the Managing Director of the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI). She is also Vice-President, Research & Sandra Rotman Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience at Baycrest Health Sciences. She joins Baycrest after a long and distinguished career as a Professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University, where she was the first Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience (2001-2011). The recipient of numerous awards for research, teaching and leadership, Dr. Sekuler has a notable record of scientific achievements in aging and vision science, cognitive neuroscience, learning and neural plasticity, and neuroimaging and neurotechnology, as well as vast experience in senior academic and research leadership roles.

Sam Ifergan

Sam is the Founder and Managing Partner of iGan Partners and has over 20 years of entrepreneurial, technology and venture capital experience. Sam founded iGan Partners in 2013 and is now the largest healthcare venture capital investor in Canada. Sam is actively involved in evaluating, structuring and executing iGan’s investments.  Collectively iGan has supported the creation of over 20 successful medical device and tech companies in Canada.

Sam works very closely with portfolio companies and is actively involved in their commercialization.  He serves as the Chairman of eSight and MolecuLight and sits on the board of seven other MedTech companies. Prior to founding iGan Partners, Sam co-founded and exited several tech companies including Visual Sonics, Tri-Link Technologies and Brighter Minds.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from the John Molson School of Business.

Grace Andruszkiewicz

Grace is a results-driven marketing professional with a passion for older adults and technology. Prior to Rendever, Grace spent nearly five years helping to build and grow Aging2.0, an international organization focused on supporting innovators in the aging and senior care space. Grace developed the Aging2.0 Chapters program, which has now grown to more than 100 chapters, created and managed their global startup competition, supported their accelerator program, oversaw brand strategy, thought leadership efforts, industry membership communities, and produced hundreds of events – including the annual 1,000+ attendee Aging2.0 Optimize conference. As the Director or Marketing & Partnerships at Rendever, Grace is responsible for leading our overarching brand, communications, and marketing strategies, as well as  leading the community engagement team to ensure widespread impact. Grace is always exploring and fostering relationships with potential partners and is eager to expand collaborative efforts that move the aging industry forward.

Tarek Naguib

Tarek E. Naguib is an accomplished banking executive with a proven track record of delivering results.

A dynamic, forward thinking, innovative, strategic and results oriented leader focused on engaging, inspiring and motivating the team and turning potential into performance. A passionate leader who is focused on talent acquisition and the career development of his team members. A coach and mentor who strives to create an environment of trust, igniting the will to win, where everyone on the team plays a critical role in achieving the collective goals. A dedicated team player focused on relationship building, collaboration and partnerships.

Over 20 years of Financial Services experience in a variety of progressive cross functional and multi disciplinary and diverse leadership roles including: Sales and Service Executive Leadership; Operations; Project Management (including organizational redesign, major technology implementations, process redesign, Six Sigma and Component Based Modeling; Strategy; Change Management; Operational Finance; Client Experience and Contact Center Management.

Mara Leff

Mara Leff serves as the Director of Innovation for the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) in Pittsburgh, PA. In her role, she oversees the organization’s lnnovation Division and currently leads its latest initiative, Liftoff PGH, a conference in Fall 2020, and ongoing initiative aimed at elevating Pittsburgh as a hub for healthcare innovation. Mara also directs several programs within the Foundation’s Aging/Senior Services Division including developing and leading the Virtual Senior AcademyTM, an innovative platform designed to connect older adults through interactive live classes on a variety of topics using video-chat technology. In its four years of existence, Mara and her team have grown the project to serve more than 1000+ seniors in and around the Pittsburgh region. Mara also manages several exercise and recreation programs within the community, to connect older adults to the region’s recreational assets. Prior to that, Mara also contributed to the Foundation’s work around rolling out the managed Medicaid program called Community HealthChoices in western Pennsylvania, and worked on the RAVEN (Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations using Evidence-based interventions for Nursing Facility Residents) Initiative supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Prior to joining JHF, she served as an independent marketing and communications consultant and worked at Ogilvy Public Relations. While at Ogilvy, she worked on health communications campaigns for the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, among other organizations. Mara earned her Masters in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, and her BA in Global Public Health from George Washington University. Today, Mara holds an adjunct faculty appointment at Pitt, her alma matter, and teaches applications in public health with a strong focus around innovation and its application in addressing social determents of health.

Margaret Sayers

Margaret Sayers is a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner graduating from Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY, in 1983, and from the School of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Buffalo in 1993 with a Masters in Epidemiology. Since 2013 she has been a partner in Patient Pattern, Inc., a software company using predictive analytics to combine existing clinical data with artificial intelligence to identify patterns of improvement and decline in the chronically ill and clinically complex patients.

Prior to joining Patient Pattern, Margaret worked for four decades in long-term care facilities in a variety of nursing, administrative, and clinical roles.  From 2009 – 2011, along with Dr. Stephen Evans M.D., she was Co-Investigator for the first US research study using the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment and Frailty Index to identify acute care patients at risk for adverse outcomes.

Margaret has seen many changes in healthcare for the chronically ill over the decades and sees the current healthcare climate as a challenge and a time when the changes coming to pass might actually make a difference for patients and providers alike. Most change is difficult and in healthcare usually unwelcome BUT it happens and we need to be aware and accepting.

Dr. Ryan C.N. D’Arcy, Eng.L., is a neuroscientist and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder, President, and Chief Scientific Officer of HealthTech Connex. He also holds Professorship appointments at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia, where he serves as a BC Leadership Chair in neuroimaging and neurotechnology. He has published more than 245 academic works, attracted more than $85 Million in competitive research and innovation funding, and been recognized through numerous awards and distinctions (e.g., Canada’s Public Service Award of Excellence and named as a KickAss Canadian). Dr. D’Arcy is a 3X TEDx speaker, who speaks frequently on brain health innovations around the world.

Dr. D’Arcy is widely recognized for co-founding the Health Sciences and Innovation initiative for Surrey Memorial Hospital, one of the busiest hospitals in Canada. He leads the District’s BrainNET initiative to connect advances in neuroscience research to innovations in brain health. Major career scientific advances include the discovery of white matter activation in functional MRI, the first VR simulator for neurosurgical training and planning, the development and deployment of a brain vital framework, and the utilization of neuroplasticity in brain injury to drive motor function recovery well beyond conventional limits.

Dr. Rosanne Aleong is the Director of Research, Innovation, and Translation at Baycrest. She received her MSc and PhD in Neurological Sciences with her research focusing on: 1) inflammatory models of neurodegenerative disease; and 2) body image and visual perception among young adults. In her current role at Baycrest, she: 1) manages a research support and services hub, supporting clinicians, health care professionals, and industry in conducting applied and evaluative research; 2) co-leads the Baycrest Research Training Centre in developing and implementing skill and career development opportunities for research trainees; and 3) implements institution-wide, strategic initiatives including institution-wide funding opportunities, research commercialization projects, as well as national and international stakeholder relations.

David Stoller

David Stoller is a marketing and business development professional who works with innovators and entrepreneurs in the longevity sector to help them grow their brand, develop their product, and reach market adoption.  After working for over a decade with multimillion-dollar brands and international organizations, David knows how to drive brand loyalty and product adoption in the longevity sector, which requires a carefully crafted approach to understanding and appreciating the people you’re trying to help.  It’s all about innovating for the end-user, with the end-user.

Today, David is the Managing Director for MySense Canada Ltd., a digital analytics and AI powered startup, which originated in the UK and is now expanding into Canada.  In addition, David is Ambassador for the Aging2.0 Toronto Chapter, a volunteer position supporting innovators taking on the biggest challenges and opportunities in aging. Moreover, David is an active public speaker, working to spread his knowledge about the longevity sector.

David also holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, travels the world as often as he can, and is a painfully loyal fan of his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs.

Mary Furlong, Ed.D., President and CEO of Mary Furlong & Associates (MFA), is a leading authority on the longevity marketplace. Successful social and serial entrepreneur, (SeniorNet (1986), ThirdAge Media (1996), and MFA (2002)), Mary has secured over $150 million in venture financing and corporate sponsorships for companies with products and services to serve the needs of the boomer/senior marketplace. Next Avenue named Mary one of its “2016 Influencers in Aging.” She is also a past winner of the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Top 100 Women of Influence” award, and the author of Turning Silver into Gold: How to Profit in the New Boomer Marketplace.

Mary produces the industry-leading What’s Next Boomer Business Summit and the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit and Business Plan Competition. She has appeared on NBC, CBS, and NPR and is an advisor to the Ziegler Link•age Longevity Fund, L.P., the Thrive Center, and the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation.

George MacGinnis

George MacGinnis is the Challenge Director for Healthy Ageing at UKRI and leads the £98 million Healthy Ageing Challenge, a research and innovation programme supporting the UK Government’s Ageing Society Grand Challenge to ensure that people can enjoy at least 5 extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, while narrowing the gap between the experience of the richest and poorest.

Before joining UK Research and Innovation his experience includes an assessment of the future capacity needs for a reformed health and social care system in the Republic of Ireland, a review of the impact on the NHS of Small Business Research Initiative in Healthcare, a landscape review of the MedTech sector for the Academic Health Science Networks in England as well as work in the USA and Middle East. For several years he led the user group for the Personal Connected Health Alliance which is working to enable a consumer-friendly market for digital wellness and health products and services through standards and accreditation.

He holds master’s degrees from the University of Cambridge and King’s College, London as well as an MBA from the Open University.

Sam Herskovits

Sam was born and raised in the Bronx, New York.  From age 13-19 he worked in his family bakery, where he was a cake and bread baker.  Sam received his Honours Bachelor of Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck New Jersey.  In 1973 he immigrated to Canada and attended the Toronto Institute of Medical Technology where he completed his Medical Laboratory Technology Diploma in Hematology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Transfusion Medicine and Histology. He later went on to complete his ART (advanced registration) in Clinical Chemistry in 1986. Sam worked at the Hamilton General Hospital for 42 years. While at the Hamilton General Hospital he served as a health and safety committee member, union executive for CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) and as a Hungarian translator. Sam’s mother became a resident at Baycrest for eight years when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. While caring for his mother, Sam began to recognize the need for volunteers in long-term care facilities.  He now volunteers his time by paying a friendly visit to the residents at Baycrest, and serving on CABHI’s Seniors Advisory Panel. Sam and his wife Brenda have six children and 19 grandchildren, who keep them very busy.

Sue Drohan

Sue spent most of her career in the pharmaceutical industry overseeing the Regulatory function (getting new drugs approved and otherwise working through the regulatory maze) in senior management positions for multi-national companies. She’s now happily retired, taking courses, traveling, cycling and serving on two volunteer boards. Sue has played a primary role in looking after 2 elderly parents with dementia, and participates on CABHI’s Seniors Advisory Panel to contribute to improving the lives of seniors and caregivers. She would like to bring her scientific writing, team mentoring, and strategic thinking skills to the projects she becomes involved with.  Sue holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University.

Patrick Odnokon

As CEO of Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), Patrick works with the SHRF Board and staff, partners and stakeholders to strengthen research capacity and competitiveness; increase investment in research and innovation; and align research with stakeholders’ needs. In addition, Patrick works closely with government to determine how Saskatchewan’s world-class research environment can best respond to a transformed health system and be leveraged into the province’s innovation agenda.

Patrick joined SHRF in October 2007 as the Director of Impact and Evaluation before becoming CEO in 2017. As director, Patrick played a key role in monitoring, evaluating and reporting on the progress and impact of SHRF’s work in advancing health research and innovation in Saskatchewan. His work has established SHRF as a leader nationally in research evaluation and impact assessment and has recently gained SHRF recognition internationally by the ROI Institute as one of their 2017-2018 award winners for most innovative approach to ROI (Return on Investment).

Patrick has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan and has worked in research over the past twenty years. He is an experienced collaborator and has contributed to more than thirty publications including peer reviewed papers, published abstracts and professional communications.

Scott Pelton

Scott Pelton (aka @spelton) has been a Canadian-based venture capitalist since July 2000.  It was an interesting time to start a career in technology investing and Scott can confirm that both astronauts and VCs are expensive to train.

Scott joined Round13 Capital in February 2012 after six years with GrowthWorks Capital.  Round13 is currently raising its first fund, the Round13 Founders Fund, with the help of Canada’s most successful technology founders.  When not fundraising, Scott and Round 13 are collaborating with the MaRS IAF on new investments.

While at GrowthWorks, Scott managed the Commercialization Fund where he made investments in gShift Labs, Bering Media, Bump Technologies (aka BumpTop, sold to Google), Verold, SWIX and Sysomos (sold to Marketwire).  Scott also managed investments in GrowthWorks’ Canadian Fund including Datawire (sold to First Data), World Vintners (sold to Andrew Peller), Castlemore (sold to Sundial Homes) and Whitehill (acquired by Skywire).

Prior to GrowthWorks, Scott was a founding partner at Scotiabank’s e-commerce VC group, e-Scotia Acquisition, later renamed Scotiabank Private Equity Investments.  Notable investments that Scott worked with while at the bank include FiLogix, Blue Pumpkin, Q9, OPTI Canada, Truition and Intelliresponse.

Scott graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and Management in 1995.  He spent the 1990’s working as a consultant, programmer or sysadmin with a variety of large firms (Intel, SAP, P&G, Sony) and venture-backed startups (Roadware, Pandesic).

Scott lives with his beautiful wife, Karyn (aka @k_pel), and a young family in Toronto.

Chris Ellis

Chris is a startup veteran with four previous exits where he held roles ranging from National Channel Manager to Head of Sales in which he led the go to market strategy, strategic partnerships and distribution models. Chris is currently CEO and cofounder of AudioCardio™, a digital health and wellness company that has developed technology to restore hearing.

Ariel Garten

Ariel Garten co-founded Muse® as an expression of her background in neuroscience, psychotherapy and art, along with her dedication to bring easy-to-use and accessible tools for well-being to the masses. Ariel is also the co-host of “Untangle” podcast, where she interviews groundbreaking neuroscientists, psychologists and meditators to teach listeners about the brain, how it works and how to use it to its full potential.

Ariel studied neuroscience at the University of Toronto and worked in labs at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre, researching Parkinson’s disease and hippocampal neurogenesis. Post graduation, she trained as a psychotherapist and had her own private practice as well as designing a clothing line that opened Toronto Fashion Week and has been sold across North America.

It was her desire to understand the self from both scientific and artistic perspectives that led her to work with BCI technology in the lab of Dr. Steve Mann. There she recognized the opportunity to commercialize technology that would fundamentally disrupt multiple markets and soon co-founded Interaxon, makers of Muse®. The company debuted with the creation of “Bright Ideas,” Ontario’s feature showcase at the 2010 Winter Olympics, where visitors in Vancouver controlled the lights on the CN Tower, Niagara Falls and the Canadian Parliament buildings with their minds from across the country.

Ariel and the Muse® headband have been featured in global media, including CNBC, CNET, CNN, Forbes, Popular Science, TechCrunch, the Wall Street Journal and VentureBeat, which credited Ariel for creating “the most important wearable of 2014.” In addition to her full-time position at Muse®, Ariel keynotes around the world on technology, mindfulness and entrepreneurship and supports and advises a variety of start-ups.

Mai Nguyen

Mai is currently the CEO and co-founder of OptoCeutics. Optoceutics utilizes a novel non-invasive light technology to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Mai has a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and PhD in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. During her time at UC Berkeley, she also received training in management in technology and innovations, entrepreneurship and design thinking. Mai utilizes the skills she learned to integrate her biology and management background to mentor students and consult with start-ups on various interdisciplinary topics.

Robby Spring

Robby Spring is a Trade Advisor for Health and Life Sciences at the Danish Trade Council in Toronto, which is part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.  She joined the Trade Council in January 2019, where she helps Danish health and life sciences companies enter the Canadian market, helps facilitate knowledge exchange between Canadian and Danish stakeholders, and helps Danish life science companies with Canadian public affairs. Robby is interested in helping health innovators navigate the complex health innovation implementation pathway in Ontario, and co-founded the website She was previously a Laboratory Manager in a Neuroinformatics and Neuroimaging Lab at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest and has worked with the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance to help develop the Toronto Cognitive Assessment (TorCA) iPad program, which has been implemented in the memory clinic at Baycrest and at several other hospitals in Toronto.  She previously owned and operated an online estate jewellery business.

Robby is a MHSc graduate in the Translational Research Program at University of Toronto, as well as a MSc graduate from the University of Toronto at the Institute of Medical Science and a BSc (honors) graduate from the University of Western Ontario in Medical Biophysics.

Jay Lefton

Jay Lefton is a partner in the Toronto office of Fasken Martineau DuMoulin. He practises in the areas of corporate and securities law, including public and private financings, mergers & acquisitions and technology transfer. His clients range from start-ups to multinationals, and he also advises universities, hospitals and other academic institutions as well as inventors and entrepreneurs in connection with the commercialization of their discoveries. He has been an Adjunct Faculty member of Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business. He has lectured at University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, McMaster University Graduate School, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Entrepreneurship Program and Lakehead University, as well as at various teaching Hospitals in Toronto.  Jay is on the Start-Up Companies Committee of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children and is the former Chair of the Board of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute.

Vik Kashyap

Vik Kashyap is the Founder & CEO of Toi Labs, a digital health company improving the lives of seniors by creating data from waste. He has led teams to build consumer-facing health products that touch millions, authored in Science Translational Medicine (160+ citations) and developed multiple healthcare inventions. He has lived and worked in Japan. He was previously an investor at Battery Ventures, where he executed and supported investments for a $1 billion technology venture capital fund, and has served as an angel investor and senior advisor to multiple technology companies. He is a graduate, with honors, from Harvard University.

Geert Houben

Geert Houben received graduate degrees in both Computer Science and Business Economics at Hasselt University in Belgium. In his first startup, he designed and developed an optician software solution that was acquired by a large European retail chain. He then co-founded Cubigo, which is active in four countries (Belgium, United Kingdom, USA and Canada). In 2013, they won the Technology & Innovation Award from the Belgian government, in 2014 he was nominated as Young Entrepreneur of the Year and in 2015 Cubigo, as the first Belgium company ever, was selected by Blackbox by Google for their exclusive Silicon Valley bootcamp for foreign founders. They also became the Belgian ambassador for Aging2.0 and Geert joined the Digital Minds, the advisory board for the Minister of Digital Agenda. In 2016 he was a nominee of the ‘MIT Innovators under 35’ and he provided a TEDx talk about Aging & Technology. A Series A funding round of in total $9m was closed in 2019. The company works with the biggest Senior Living organisations in the world and is a leading player in the digital transformation of the long term care industry.

Ryan Webster

Ryan A. Webster, CPA, CA, is an experienced finance and healthcare leader with a demonstrated history within hospital, long-term care, community care, research and innovation settings. Ryan currently holds two Director positions within Baycrest, a global leader in aging and brain health with over 100 years of excellence in care and research. He is a Director and founding contributor to the first-of-its-kind Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), Canada’s premier solution accelerator dedicated to driving innovation in the aging and brain health sector – with a targeted focus on dementia. He is also a Director at the Rotman Research Institute (RRI), one of the world’s most acclaimed research centres for the study of human brain function.

 Ryan studied at Nipissing University where he obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration with Honours in 2009. Following graduation, he articled with BDO Canada LLP to acquire his letters. In 2012 he became a Chartered Accountant through the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, where he subsequently received a Certificate in Master Controllership. Ryan has also studied Value Based Healthcare Delivery through Harvard’s Institute for Strategy & Competitiveness and Performance Measurement and Management of Nonprofit Organizations through Harvard’s Social Enterprise Initiative.

Mel Barsky is Director, Business Development at CABHI. He is responsible for developing and identifying new commercial opportunities that will expand the continued Canadian and international growth of CABHI, as well as leading the business development, marketing and communications functions of the organization. Mel brings to CABHI more than 25 years of leadership experience in venture capital, healthcare IT, sales, marketing, operations, financial services and information technology. Most recently, Mel was President, Co-Founder, and Chief Operating Officer of INTERVENT Canada, where he directed all facets of the organization delivering evidence-based health programs via online platforms and health coaches in clinical and corporate settings. Mel has also served as Director, Connected Health at Dynacare Medical Laboratories, Executive Director & Co-Founder of Scotia Private Equity, and Director of Strategy & Business Development at American Express. Mel holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Business Administration, Finance and International Business from Queen’s University.

Bianca Stern, BSc.OT, MSc, is Executive Director, Health Innovation at CABHI. Her career spans over 35 years in health care within private and public sectors; including community, post-acute and long term care. She has also been involved at university and college levels in curriculum design, research, teaching and student mentorship. Bianca has built on her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Science, creatively intersecting the art and science of healthcare with innovation, technology, and industry. Bianca is a thought leader in the area of innovation, blending design thinking and arts based tools with an inclusive, participatory user focus, capitalizing on emerging technologies and theoretical knowledge to stimulate innovative solutions for the journey of aging. Bianca currently oversees the innovation team at CABHI including the Design Lab, Seniors Advisory Panel, Innovation Office and project pipeline. She is also actively involved in helping to foster a culture of innovation and knowledge mobilization at Baycrest Health Sciences and across the CABHI network partner sites.


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