2019 Waterloo MedTech Conference - Building a Successful MedTech Infrastructure - Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - St. George Hall, Waterloo Ontario
"Canada needs to unlock the full potential of its innovations and accelerate the pace of commercialization to ensure a sustainable globally competitive health ecosystem with a robust innovation economy and improved health outcomes."
- Karimah Es Sabar, Chair, Health and Biosciences
Economic Strategy Table

2019 4th Annual Waterloo MedTech Conference

Building a Successful MedTech Infrastructure

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
St. George Hall, Waterloo Ontario

Bringing entrepreneurs, start-ups, researchers, industry and government experts, thought leaders, and healthcare professionals, together to innovate solutions to pressing healthcare problems. Join us at Waterloo Region's largest cross-sector gathering involved in health care.

Build a Successful MedTech Infrastructure

Be a part of this important conference on the future of MedTech. Waterloo MedTech is pleased to host the 4th Waterloo MedTech Conference. Previous conferences explored the challenges and issues faced by MedTech entrepreneurs and innovators in growing Canadian companies. These successful conferences drew participants from health care, research, industry, and government including key healthcare stakeholders, startups, scientists, industry experts, government officials, innovators and thought leaders. In this conference, we will examine, discuss and debate how to effectively support MedTech and build the infrastructure for MedTech that will grow this critical sector in Canada. Come and see the future.

Download the Waterloo MedTech Conference 2019 Preliminary Agenda version 2019-07-31 (.pdf)

Learn from the Experts

How do we translate ideas to have real impact? How do we handle startups for the best results? How do we accelerate innovation in health care? How do we support and finance a healthcare innovation ecosystem?

Learn how world experts from MIT, Johns Hopkins, St. Michael's Hospital Biomedical Zone and MEDTEQ have built programs and centres to support innovators and startups. Hear from top authorities from UofT’s Rotman School of Management, University of Waterloo, Conestoga College, and Wilfrid Laurier University how to support startups to scale up their innovations, how to finance and organize MedTech infrastructure and how to build a MedTech incubator. They will address the following questions:

  • How do we translate ideas to have real impact?
  • How do we handle startups for the best results?
  • How do we really accelerate innovation in health care?
  • How do we organize, support and finance a healthcare innovation ecosystem?

Meet and Grow Your Network

Connect with key stakeholders from health care, industry, government, academia and the startup community. Mingle and interact with thought leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs. Share and debate ideas. Check out the exhibitors, their cool technology and services. Find potential partners.

Hear from Waterloo's 2019 Top Seven MedTech startups and scale-ups

Always the conference favourite - see the innovation and startup showcase and hear from the selected top seven MedTech startups and scale-ups for 2019 who aim to transform the world of health care.

Registration

Registration TypeRegistration Fee
Early Bird
(Ends Sep. 9)
Regular
Individual Rate349.00449.00
Registered Waterloo MedTech Member299.00399.00
Individual Start-Up (3 or fewer employees)199.00249.00
Practicing Physicians and Allied Health Professionals - Half Day Rate175.00200.00
Practicing Physicians and Allied Health Professionals - Full Day Rate299.00349.00
Student (capped at 15)99.0099.00
Table of 61,745.002,245.00

Register for the Conference Now

Sponsorship

There are many great opportunities to sponsor the conference and to be an exhibitor. Please see the sponsorship catalogue.

Download the 2019 - 4th Annual MedTech Conference Sponsorship Catalogue (.pdf)

Sponsor the Conference and/or
Exhibit at the Conference Now

Come early and learn more
Waterloo Innovation Summit
Presented by
University of Waterloo

Waterloo region has a deepening level of expertise and economic strength in health and medical technologies. Come on October 1 and learn about exciting health innovations at the Waterloo Innovation Summit hosted by the University of Waterloo. By registering for the Waterloo Medtech Conference, you are eligible to receive a 10% discount to attend the Waterloo Innovation Summit.


Media Sponsor

Canadian Healthcare Technology


Bronze Sponsors


Other Sponsors

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers and Chairs

  • Charles (Charlie) Cooney, PhD, Founding Director, Deshpande Centre, MIT
  • Diane Côté, President and CEO, MEDTEQ
  • Dr. Linda Maxwell, Surgeon, Founding and Executive Director, The Biomedical Zone
  • Josephine McMurray, PhD, Associate Professor; Director, case@BTM, Business Technology Management, Lazaridis School of Business & Economics/Health Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Paul Nagy, PhD, Deputy Director, Johns Hopkins Medicine Technology Innovation Center
  • Zach Weston, Manager, Acute Care and Clinical Innovation, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network & Faculty Member, Wilfrid Laurier University
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Charles L. Cooney

PhD, Founding Director, Deshpande Centre, MIT

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Diane Côté

President and CEO, MEDTEQ

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Dr. Linda Maxwell

Surgeon, Founding and Executive Director, The Biomedical Zone

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Josephine McMurray

PhD, Associate Professor; Director, case@BTM, Business Technology Management, Lazaridis School of Business & Economics/Health Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

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Paul Nagy

PhD, Deputy Director, Johns Hopkins Medicine Technology Innovation Center

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Zach Weston

Manager, Acute Care and Clinical Innovation, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network & Faculty Member, Wilfrid Laurier University

Welcome Addresses

  • Hon. Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and MP, Waterloo
  • Doug Dittmer, MD, Medical Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Grand River Hospital
  • Shirley Fenton, Co-Founder, Waterloo MedTech
  • Karen Redman, Regional Chair, Region of Waterloo
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Hon. Bardish Chagger

Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and MP, Waterloo

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Doug Dittmer

MD, Medical Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Grand River Hospital

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Shirley Fenton

Co-Founder, Waterloo MedTech

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Karen Redman

Regional Chair, Region of Waterloo

Speakers and Panelists

  • Diane Côté, President and CEO, MEDTEQ
  • Doug Dittmer, MD, Medical Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Grand River Hospital
  • Gary Hallam, PhD, Executive Dean, School of Business and Hospitality, Conestoga College
  • Micheál J. Kelly, PhD, Dean, School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Tiff Macklem, PhD, Dean, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Linda Maxwell, Surgeon, Founding and Executive Director, The Biomedical Zone
  • J. Mark Weber, PhD, Eyton Director, Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business, University of Waterloo
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Diane Côté

President and CEO, MEDTEQ

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Doug Dittmer

MD, Medical Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Grand River Hospital

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Gary Hallam

PhD, Executive Dean, School of Business and Hospitality, Conestoga College

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Micheál J. Kelly

PhD, Dean, School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University

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Tiff Macklem

PhD, Dean, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

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Dr. Linda Maxwell

Surgeon, Founding and Executive Director, The Biomedical Zone

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J. Mark Weber

PhD, Eyton Director, Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business, University of Waterloo

Hosted by Waterloo MedTech with support from Industry and the Community.

Technological innovation is desperately needed in the medical field today

However, before an innovation can be adopted in medical practice, researchers must overcome significant cost and resource-heavy barriers around technology deployment.

Waterloo MedTech leverages the Region's unique collaborative innovation culture to address the gap between healthcare research and its adoption in practice.

Learn more

Become part of a healthcare ecosystem of visionaries, resources, and knowledge.

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Mobilizing research innovation in health care can be complex.

That's where Waterloo MedTech comes in. An innovator presents his or her research to our skilled Waterloo MedTech team who then provide support in connecting to legal, clinical, and related industry next steps required to take the idea to market.

Specifically the Waterloo MedTech team and partners can:

  • help visionaries access resouces and guidance to move their idea forward
  • provide a chance to brainstorm with leaders in your field
  • help navigate the process of concept validation and medical adoption
  • link researchers to ethics board, regulators, clinicians, and more!
  • Disruptive impact
  • Waterloo MedTech leverages timely opportunity within Waterloo Region's uniquely collaborative innovation culture to advance the outcomes of healthcare research.

  • Resources & support
  • The powerful Waterloo MedTech team and partners help visionaries access neccessary resources and guidance to move their idea forward.

  • Network benefits
  • Waterloo MedTech has created an ecosystem that can foster any new medical technology idea, connecting a network of of innovators to powerful commercialization partners.

  • Award-winning leadership
  • Our founders have been recognized nationally and internationally for their accolades around mobilizing innovations in healthcare research.

Award-winning leaders

A founding tenant of the data hub, the Waterloo MedTech founders and directors compose a powerful team of award-winning leadership, boasting prestigious national and international distinctions.

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Don Cowan

International multi-award winning scientist and researcher; Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Director of the Computer Systems Group, and Founding Chairman of the Computer Science Department at the University of Waterloo.

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Shirley Fenton

30+ years experience in business development, information technology, and health IT; VP for the National Institutes of Health Informatics; research associate for the University of Waterloo.

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Garry Bezruki

Former CIO for the City of Waterloo; recognized leader in IT with 30+ years diverse experience; start-up mentor and executive advisor for Smart Cities / Smart Government.

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Mark Whaley

Co-founder of multiple successful start-ups nationally and internationally; Mark's community leadership led the transformation of Waterloo into an intelligent city globally.

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Brian Vartian

7+ years as a physician; a strong advocate for the adoption of innovation within the healthcare ecosystem; former family medicine practitioner; currently Chief of Anesthesia at Groves Memorial Community Hospital.

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