Health City Team


Reg Joseph
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Antonio Bruni
Director, Business Development

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Lisa Laferriere
Director, Business Operations


Rebecca Keichinger
Executive Assistant


Justin Pitt
Coordinator, Business Operations

We receive our operating funds from the City of Edmonton and report yearly to the City of Edmonton Executive Committee. View our latest report.

Health City Board

Our Board provides governance and strategic oversight to Health City and is accountable for all actions and activities related to Health City. The Chair of the Board reports to the Executive Committee of Council at the City of Edmonton.

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Jason Pincock – Board Chair
Effective March 16, 2018
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Randy Yatscoff – Vice Chair
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Mel Wong – Director
President & CEO, BioAlberta
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Dianne Balon – Director
Vice President of Government, Alberta Blue Cross
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Jim Saunderson – Director
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Health City Steering Committee

The role of the Health City Steering Committee is to provide strategic direction and leadership to the Health City Board to drive the future of innovation in the health sector in Edmonton. The Steering Committee members are a dedicated group of individuals from organizations across our health innovation ecosystem.

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Jason Pincock, Board Chair, effective March 16, 2018 
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Alex Clark (Dr.)
AVP Research, University of Alberta

Michelle Evans
Assistant Deputy Minister, Economic Development, Trade & Tourism

Dean Screpnek
Assistant Deputy Minister – Health Standards, Quality & Performance, Alberta Health

Brenda Hemmelgarn (Dr.)
Dean, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta

Deborah James, PhD
Associate Vice-President, Innovation, University of Alberta

Mark Joffe (Dr.)
VP & Medical Director for Northern Alberta, Alberta Health Services

Tim Murphy
VP – Health, Alberta Innovates

Andrew MacIsaac
CEO, Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation & Assistant Dean, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta

Robert Raucher
VP Western Canada, MEDEC

Christy Holtby
Managing Director, Partnerships & Sales, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii)

Justin Riemer
Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Region, Western Economic Diversification Canada / Government of Canada

Shane Sabatino
President, TELUS Employer Solutions &  VP TELUS Health, Public Sector Canada

Robb Stoddard
Manager, Memberships and Partnerships, BioAlberta

Kathryn Todd (Dr.)
VP Research, Innovation & Analysis, Alberta Health Services

Chris McCabe (Dr.)
Executive Director & CEO, Institute of Health Economics (IHE)

Bobbi Elliot
CEO, TEC Edmonton

Health City Industry Advisory Committee Members

Jason Pincock, Board Chair,

Robert Burrell 
Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Faculties of Engineering and Medicine & Dentistry

Jim Rikley 
President, Associated Health Systems Inc.

Joel Rikley
Associated Health Systems, Inc.

Guy Plamondon
Director (and founding partner), priMED Medical Products Inc.

Murray Ellis
CEO, Classic Health

Jennifer Bisson 
CEO , Mountain Integrated Medical Devices

Christopher Micetich
President and CEO, Brass Dome Ventures, Ltd.

Badeia Jawhari 
Manager, Healthcare Technology Strategy and Architecture, Deloitte

Health City Working Groups

Health City serves as a central connection point for Edmonton’s health innovation sector, working with and seeking inspired partners who share a vision for excellence, have a culture of collaboration and who want to develop health innovations so that they benefit our lives and economy.

One of the ways Health City will foster this development is through hands-on working groups, made up of representatives of the health innovation community, that will focus on persistent challenges in priority areas identified by our stakeholders. Health City envisions the Working Group process as a bold experiment designed to show the impact of coalescing and focusing aspects of the Edmonton health innovation ecosystem on a defined need. The Working Group processes will be flexible, responsive, iterative and nimble and be driven by input from its members and HC stakeholders. If a working group finds that robust collaborations or programs already exist in their priority area, the working group may decide to change focus or otherwise prevent duplication of effort.

Working group members will undertake short-term projects and plan for longer term initiatives in these priority areas. The working groups’ goals are to deliver tangible results that are viable steps towards solutions and, through their work, build collaborative strengths and cohesion in Edmonton’s health innovation community.

The priority for 2019 is identifying, executing and delivering on short-term projects and preparation of a plan for longer-term initiatives in four priority areas.

Talent Works

This group will develop a demonstration project, based on an understanding of current talent development programs and supports in our community, that will speed-train young talent beyond their post-secondary education to join, compete and stay in the health innovation workforce in the Edmonton area. The new approach will include industry and other partners as appropriate and complement existing programs or be developed as a stand-alone initiative.

Financing for Impact

This group’s demonstration project will identify where Edmonton’s current health innovation ecosystem can align with and access capital sources. This could mean creating an approach to get local start-ups and companies to the investable stage and/or developing a new and different investing model to match up investable companies with the right investors and health industry (and other) partners

Target to Market

This working group will look at a few selected highly successful ecosystems to inform a project focused on getting new technologies to market faster by effective coordination and streamlining of decision-making in our ecosystem.

Powering Smart Decisions

This group explores how Edmonton can best leverage capacity and partnerships in data, artificial intelligence and machine learning to fuel health system innovation. The working group will develop a demonstration project that coordinates and leverages data-driven decision making using appropriate data for the question or need. This working group would identify viable partnerships with other jurisdictions and entities to access comparable data to leverage our capabilities in this area.


Why and how was Health City created?

Health City was announced by Mayor Don Iveson in 2016. He understood that Edmonton’s strengths in health research, health delivery and innovation could be an economic driver for Edmonton and the province.

Health City was developed with intense input from ecosystem stakeholders, including industry. They identified challenges and priorities to advance health innovation in our region. They committed to be active and unified in their approach and guidance of Health City.

Health City was created to be disruptive, unique, nimble – a broker and catalyst for the ecosystem.

(June 2016 – February 2018)

From its inception, Health City was co-developed by over 70 people from across the health ecosystem. They represented academia, government, Alberta Health Services, MNEs, SMEs, industry, philanthropic organizations, industry associations, community leaders, investors and incubators/accelerators. Together, they created the vision & goals of Health City, as well as the 10-year strategy.

Jodi Abbott (Dr.), Chair
President & CEO, NorQuest College

Jason Pincock, Vice-Chair,

Dr. B. Westbury 
Co-Chair to September 2017

Lorne Babiuk (Dr.)
VP Research, U of A

Brian Bloom
Co-Founder, Bloom Burton & Co.

John Brown
ADM, Science & Innovation, Economic Development & Trade

Carolyn Campbell
Deputy City Manager, Communications & Public Engagement

Richard Fedorak (Dr.)
Dean, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, U of A (2015-2018)

Martin Ferguson-Pell (Dr.)
Professor, Faculty of Rehab Medicine, Peter Lougheed College

Neil Fraser
President, Medtronic

Reg Joseph
VP Health, Alberta Innovates

Allen Lalonde
Sr. Executive, IBM Canada Research & Development

Paul Lepage
President, Telus Health

Mark Joffe (Dr.)
VP & Medical Director for Northern Alberta, AHS

Dave Mowat
President & CEO, ATB Financial

Ray Pisani
President & CEO, Alberta Blue Cross

Justin Riemer
ADM, External & Stakeholder Relations, Alberta Health

Kathryn Todd (Dr.)
VP, Research, Innovation & Analysis, AHS

Karen Wichuk, Executive Lead
VP Public Sector & Government Relations, TEC Edmonton

Kristina Williams
President & CEO, Alberta Enterprise Corporation

Mel Wong
President & CEO, BioAlberta

Randy Yatscoff (Dr.)
Executive VP, Business Development, TEC Edmonton

Health City Standing Committees focused on specific goals and needs in our health ecosystem.

The first standing committees in 2017 focused on: Capital Finance and Investment, Health Cluster Development, and Policy. These committees completed their work in early 2018.

Capital Finance & Investment Working Group

Kristina Williams – Chair
President & CEO, Alberta Enterprise Corp.

Jim Brown 
University Hospital Foundation Board Member, President – Sherrick Management

Tom Fath 
President, The Fath Group

Jason Ding
National Biotechnology Leader, Deloitte

Joanne Fedeyko 
CEO, Connection Silicon Valley

Reg Joseph 
VP Health, Alberta Innovates

Kristina Milke 
Executive in Residence, TEC Venture Angels

Cameron Schuler 
Executive Director, Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute

Randy Yatscoff 
Executive VP, TEC Edmonton

Dean Yuhar
VP Commercial Financial Services, RBC

Health Cluster Development Working Group

Linda Revell – Chair
Chief Administration Officer – Edmonton Police Services

Dianne Balon
VP Government, Alberta Blue Cross

Robert Burrell (Dr.)
Professor & Chair, Biomedical Engineering, U of A

Jason Ding
National Biotechnology Leader, Deloitte

Hubert Eng
Government of Alberta

Gary Faulkner
Director, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital (AHS)

Keith Gilchrist
Government Affairs & Market Access, Janssen

Christy Holtby
VP, Strategic Partnerships, University Hospital Foundation

Christel Hyshka
City of Edmonton

Reg Joseph
VP Health, Alberta Innovates

Brent Korte
Consultant, Impact Consulting

Alyssa Lefaivre
Market Development, DIRTT Environmental Solutions

Vivian Mushahwar (Dr.)
PhD, Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation U of A

Jim Rikley
President, Associated Health Systems

Mehadi Sayed
President & CEO, Clinisys EMR

Rick Trimp
Dean, School of Health Sciences, NAIT

Carla Weyland
Alberta Innovates

Mel Wong
President & CEO, BioAlberta

Policy Working Group

Dave Hancock – Chair
Dentons Canada LLP

Judi Bahl
Manager, Strategic Partnerships, University Hospital Foundation

Colin Coros
President, Delta Genomics

Salima Ebrahim
Executive Director, Banff Forum

Farid Foroud
Director, Biopharmaceuticals Life Sciences (GOA)

Kevin Keough
Principal, Kevin Keough Consulting

Hameed Khan
Lead Health & Health Care Initiatives, Alberta Innovates Health Solutions

Marc Leduc
Senior Provincial Director, Research, Innovation & Analytics, AHS

Aggie Mikulski
Business Development, TEC Edmonton

Dave Muddle
Facilitator, Western Management Consultants

Roger Palmer
Former Dean, School of Public Health, U of A

Jason Pincock
CEO, Dynalife

Bob Rauscher
VP Western Canada, MEDEC

Justin Riemer
Asst. Deputy Minister, External Relations (GOA)

Kim Shulha

Danuta Woronowicz
VP Policy & Outreach, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce

Sandi Wright
Regional Director, Canadian Hospital Specialties