Waterloo Innovation Summit reimagines health with technology

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Media are invited to join global thought leaders and innovators as the University of Waterloo take a deep dive into how a boom in health technology is transforming health care.

On Oct. 1, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott will join a dynamic slate of speakers from the realms of health technology, enterprise and policymaking. The Minister will share her perspective on the government's role in advancing the province's health-care system through innovation.

Other speakers include Donna Strickland, Nobel Laureaute in Physics, University of Waterloo; James Drake, Surgeon-in Chief and Chief of Perioperative Services, SickKids; Ronald Li, CEO and found of Novoheart Ltd.; and Jodie Wallis, Managing Director for Artificial Intelligence, Accenture.

A health practitioner uses a tablet.

The summit represents a unique opportunity to hear — in one place, on one day — from the minds behind the technology and research driving much-needed disruption in one of the world’s most important fields.

Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo, said the conversations about the future of medicine and health care need to change.

“With health-care spending projected to reach nearly $10-trillion a year globally, Canadians have the opportunity to support health care providers, patients, and entrepreneurs at the same time,” he said. "As our ability to provide care goes up and costs come down, Canadians also stand to benefit from the revenues that these innovations could provide.”

The summit will explore how quantum sensors are being used to improve cancer treatment, health informatics is prioritizing patient care, math is predicting better surgical outcomes, and 3D printers are making bones and tissue — and how Canada can harness these technologies to lead a multi-billion-dollar industry. 

Date: Oct. 1
Location:
University of Waterloo - Engineering 7 (E7)
200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON   N2L 3G1

Interested media are asked to RSVP to the contact information provided below.

For more information on the speakers and the event, please visit:

https://uwaterloo.ca/waterloo-innovation-summit/

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