The program is subject to change.

Opening Keynote

8:00 - 8:30

Can AI improve the health care experience?

Hear how AI and AI-enabled digital platforms can address fragmentation of care while also promoting good health.


8:30 - 10:00

Panel Discussion

10:30 - 12:00

Connected Physicians, Connected Patients

Speakers will explore how they’re leveraging technology to disrupt traditional healthcare delivery and support better health outcomes and share real-life examples  of how connectivity and innovation are leading to better care. Summit participants will also have the opportunity to share their perspectives on connectivity.


Sonia Kumar-Seguin
Dr. Mark Dermer
Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya
Dr. Trixie Gregoire

Panel Discussion

1:00 - 2:30

Connecting systems of care for seniors, mental health and at-risk patients

For care to be effective, Canadians require care and support services that are integrated. Speakers will offer insights into the essential elements needed  to integrate services into a high functioning system of care, as well as the challenges and opportunities to spread new approaches. The discussion will focus on care for the elderly, mental health services for children and youth and at-risk patients.

Panel Discussion

3:00 - 4:30

Doctors and patients as information specialists – optimizing communication

Physicians and patients both have a role to play in ensuring that information is communicated effectively. Speakers will talk about their own experiences and highlight innovative approaches that foster effective information exchange.


Julie Drury
Dr. Victoria Lee
Dr. Ward Flemons


4:30 - 5:15

Building better, stronger and more connected communities

Innovation and exponential growth are causing disruption. How do we embrace change in a time when technologies as diverse as robotics, the Internet of Things, big data, and AI are having a critical impact of society? How can we connect and scale up knowledge and take part in building stronger and more connected communities?


Salim Ismail

Keynote & Networking Reception

5:30 - 7:30

Connecting passion and drive to achieve new heights


8:00 - 9:30

How does Canada compare with other health care systems?

Learning from other health systems is key to progress and system improvements. While Canadians cherish their health care system, is our love affair ill-founded? Comparing our outcomes with international counterparts can reveal some solutions and gaps that should inform future direction and policy decision.


Dr. Charles Alessi

General Council Policy Discussion

10:00 - 12:00

Dialogue on Virtual Care in Canada

A discussion on the current state of virtual care in Canada, and the challenges it creates.

Canada is ill-prepared to embrace virtual care, limiting access to care and impeding mobility within the physician workforce. Explore the solutions to improve the adoption of virtual care and help shape the work of the joint CMA, Royal College and CFPC Virtual Care Task Force.

Panel Discussion

1:00 - 2:30

Politically Connected: Getting Health Back on the Agenda

With the federal election scheduled for the fall of 2019, what are the health issues that should be debated? Speakers will share their insights into the issues expected to dominate the lead up to, and during, the election campaign.


David Price
Mercedes Stephenson
Shachi Kurl

Closing Keynote

3:00 - 4:00

Where to now? Embracing new opportunities