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b2B Industry Night: Careers in Health Sciences

November 15 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Thinking about a career in health sciences? Curious as to how to plan your path forward and connect your current studies with a job after graduation? Join us on Thursday, November 15, 2018, when alumni and students will mix and mingle for a very special b2B.

Careers in the health sciences span many areas and offer a variety of career options after graduation. The skills you gain from your Arts & Science degree can be transferred into many opportunities in these fields. This networking reception will be a great opportunity to make these connections and speak with multiple alumni who graduated from the Faculty of Arts & Science and have gone on to pursue a career in health sciences, as well as with fellow U of T students who are also considering this path.

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The b2B Industry Night focuses on careers in a specific industry, and offers an opportunity for students to engage with alumni who graduated from the Faculty of Arts & Science, and who are now working in various fields.

Event Objectives

  • Connect students, recent grads, and alumni who are interested in a career in health sciences.
  • Encourage conversations about how an Arts & Science education contributes to a career in the field.
  • Explore career options in order to support a successful transition after graduation.
  • Develop and expand your professional network.
  • Build awareness about the realities of a career in the industry and potential paths to get there.
  • Discover a variety of career stories.


Time Activity
5:30 pm Alumni are invited to arrive, register and mingle.

Refreshments will be provided throughout the evening

6:00 pm Students arrive and register.

Ambassadors will be on hand to introduce students to alumni

6:15 pm Opening remarks

Networking event officially begins

8:00 pm Networking event officially concludes

Event Audience

The b2B Industry Night attendees include students and recent graduates at various stages of their education and career, as well as Arts & Science alumni, including:

  • U of T Arts & Science Alumni currently working in the industry
  • Undergraduate students who are considering a career in the industry and want to learn how their studies will support them beyond graduation
  • Graduate students (MA, MSc, PhD) who are interested in exploring careers in the industry
  • Recent graduates who are looking to continue to develop their networks, professional skills and industry knowledge
  • Representatives from other U of T Faculties with programs related to health sciences

Attending Alumni (Biographies Below): 

  • Amani Ammari, Clinical Operations Associate, Trillium Therapeutics Inc.
  • Stavroula Andreopoulos, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto
  • Susan Ball, Managing Editor, The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Randall Baran-Chong, Founder and CEO, Chronicl Corp., Choosee Corp., Tofeather Research Labs 
  • Dr. Lisa Cranley, Assistant Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
  • Angelina Dean, Public Health Nurse, City of Toronto
  • Nick De Groot, Dean, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
  • Lauren Della Mora, Team Lead, Cancer Care Ontario
  • Zoe Downie-Ross, Graduate Assistant, Masters of Health Informatics, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
  • Mary Fang, Medical Laboratory Technologist, Public Health Ontario
  • Sara Franca, Director, Alumni Relations, Faculty of Medicine
  • Nancy Hagshenas, Public Health Nurse, City of Toronto
  • Michael Halsall, Retired Medical Lab Tech, Ministry of Health & Long Term Care
  • Naomi Hazlett, Occupational Therapist, BALANCE for Blind Adults, The Possibilities Clinic
  • Sanja Milicic Iafrate, Project Manager, GTA Rehab Network
  • James Juras, President & CEO, Spinoza Life Sciences Inc.
  • Miran Kenk, Scientific Associate II, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre – University Health Network
  • Michael Lebenbaum, Epidemiologist, ICES
  • Karen Lee, Alumni Relations Officer, Faculty of Medicine
  • Ashley Liu, Leader, International Business Development, University Health Network
  • Vivian Lo, Technical Specialist, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Rhain Louis, Manager, Research Oversight and Compliance, University of Toronto
  • Caitlin McCabe, Product Manager, Baylis Medical
  • Wendy Coello Mena, Registered Nurse, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre / Humber River Hospital
  • Asad Merchant, Nephrologist, UHN
  • Steven Molinski, Contract Services Manager, CCRM
  • Carol Nash, Scholar in Residence, History of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine 
  • Dan Pineda, Senior Client Coordinator, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
  • Walter Rojenko, Director, Customer Care, WSIB/Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
  • Shanna Stanley-Hasnain, Health Sciences Clinical Coordinator and Research Analyst, University Health Network
  • Cristina Tassone, Performance Analyst, Cancer Care Ontario
  • Pascal Tyrrell, Director of Data Science, Dept of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto
  • Oleksandr Udovyk, Health, Safety and Environmental Specialist, Mondelez International Inc.
  • Kewei Xu, Senior Compliance Officer, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Biographies of Alumni and Student Guests

Alumni Guests


Amani Ammari
Clinical Operations Associate, Trillium Therapeutics Inc.

As a Clinical Operations Associate working at Trillium Therapeutics Inc., my goal is to provide support to the clinical development programs for the investigational lead drug candidates at the company. One of my primary responsibilities are focused toward the coordination of clinical trial start-up activities, inclusive of the performance of site qualification visits, routine monitoring oversight, informed consent generation and review, contract negotiations, review of essential study documentation, etc.

More about Trillium Therapeutics Inc. (TTI): TTI is a clinical stage immuno-oncology company developing innovative therapies for the treatment of cancer. We employ biologic and small molecule-based approaches that enhance the ability of the patient’s own immune system to detect and destroy cancer cells.

Stavroula Andreopoulos
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto

Dr. Stavroula Andreopoulos obtained her PhD in pharmacology from the University of Toronto. Following post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Athens and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), she joined the university as a faculty member. She is currently an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, and SCS-2472 Course Director in the department of Biochemistry.

Dr. Andreopoulos lectures in Biochemistry’s two largest life science courses, with over 2000 students registered from a wide variety of programs. As Undergraduate Coordinator and SCS-2472 Course Director, she has contributed significantly over the years to undergraduate curriculum development and program administration, with focus on the implementation of technologically-enhanced tools and innovations, resulting in new modes of student interaction both in-class and online.

She is the recipient of several awards, including: the NCDEU New Investigator’s Awardee-National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH); the University of Toronto Master’s Fellowship, CAMH Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, the CCNP W. G. Dewhurst Travel Award, the 2011 Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in Life Sciences Award and the 2017 Sustained Excellence and Innovation in Life Sciences Award.


Susan Ball
Managing Editor, The Hospital for Sick Children

Susan earned a BSc with a double major in Anthropology and Biology (1989). She then completed a second degree in Biomedical Communications (1994) also from the University of Toronto.

She started her career as a medical illustrator with a small medical publishing company and went on to become Director of Production Services overseeing all aspects of online, journal and book publishing. Looking for a change she then moved to the educational publishing field and spent more than four years as the Managing Editor for K-12 Science publishing. Here she was able to focus on different pedagogical and learning theories. In addition she looked at how knowledge translation plays a key role in the creation of content, as well as how layout and design are integral to this.

Susan currently works for SickKids as the Managing Editor in the AboutKidsHealth department. This is a role that enables her to bring together all of her previous experience in creating content for both the medical and educational markets. AboutKidsHealth works with the health-care providers at the hospital to develop health education materials for both everyday and complex conditions. AboutKidsHealth produces these materials to help better prepare patients and families and support them throughout their health-care journey.


Randall Baran-Chong
Founder and CEO, Chronicl Corp., Choosee Corp., Tofeather Research Labs 

Randall has been a global healthcare strategy consultant for the majority for the majority of his career – having been based in Toronto, New York City, and Amsterdam, advising healthcare policies and Ministers of health in over 22 different countries. His guidance has led to reform in healthcare delivery, payment models, drug pricing, and the turnaround hospitals. Currently, he has 3 startups; including one in supporting engagement of the elderly and in environmental improvement.


Dr. Lisa Cranley
Assistant Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Dr. Cranley’s research aims to improve the quality of health care delivery to older adults in long-term care. Her research is focused in knowledge translation, particularly in the area of developing strategies to facilitate and support healthcare providers’ decision-making and use of best practice knowledge and other forms of evidence in their daily care. Dr. Cranley uses qualitative and mixed methods approaches in her research.

Dr. Cranley is an Assistant Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta and holds a cross-appointment (status only) with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Institute for Life Course & Aging, University of Toronto. She is also cross-appointed as Assistant Professor, to the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.



Angelina Dean
Public Health Nurse, City of Toronto

My name is Angelina Dean. I graduated from University of Toronto with a BScNursing. After working casual in Mental. Health I continued to a position as. Public Health Nurse as a Prenatal /Postnatal Educator. I also provided parenting programs for new parents/guardians. Currently and for the last 2 years I have worked in Elementary Schools providing health messages in physical activity and healthy nutrition!


Nick De Groot
Dean, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Nick De Groot, ND is the Dean of the Naturopathic Medicine program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). As Dean, he is responsible for overseeing the naturopathic medical program and for ensuring that the teaching clinics at CCNM meet the highest standards of clinical education and patient care.

Over the past seven years, he has overseen the development and integration of naturopathic care in a number of locations in Southern Ontario including the Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic which offers naturopathic care within the Brampton Civic Hospital, as well as clinics in McMaster University, Seneca at York and the Queen West Community Health Centre.

His previous roles at CCNM include Dean of Clinical Education, Associate Naturopathic Medical Officer and Assistant Professor of Integrated Clinical Studies. He also did his post-graduate clinical residency at CCNM.

Nick holds a B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Toronto and his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from CCNM. He sits on a number of international working groups including the AANMC (Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges), the World Naturopathic Federation and the ACIH Global Forum Task Force. He is interested in exploring different ways that naturopathic medicine can better integrate with the health care system and enhance the delivery of primary care in Ontario.



Lauren Della Mora
Team Lead, Cancer Care Ontario

I was excited to pursue an Honours BSc at the University of Toronto, specializing in Human Biology: Health & Disease and minoring in Sociology. As a commuter student, I still made time to participate in intramural sports, clubs and student life. After graduating in 2012, I worked on research projects in the departments of Anesthesia, Urology and Trauma at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Time spent in the operating room inspired me to pursue a career where disease prevention and healthcare quality improvement would be a priority. I completed the professional Master of Public Health program in Epidemiology at UofT’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health in 2015. My training included practicum placements at Toronto Western Hospital and Public Health Ontario.

As a Team Lead at Cancer Care Ontario, my team and I are responsible for developing evidence-based policies and tools for the Lung Cancer Screening Pilot for People at High Risk. Applying leadership, communication, analytic and project management skills is critical in my daily work.


Zoe Downie-Ross
Graduate Assistant, Masters of Health Informatics, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation


Mary Fang
Medical Laboratory Technologist, Public Health Ontario

I graduated from Microbiology programme in 1984 from University of Toronto. Upon graduation I worked in Immunology department in Canada Department of National Defence as a research assistant in 1985. I started working in Ontario Public Health Laboratory as a Medical Laboratory Technologist in the fall of 1985.
I have been in different areas in Virology department. Have been in HIV department from 1987 to 2009, currently in Preventable Diseases department.
Ontario Public Health Laboratory plays important role in our health system. We handle various out break testing, food poison in the community, all STI testing, monitor flu during winter season, watch for new emerging pathogens, for example Zika virus. I am glad I can contribute to the field of infectious diseases.

Sara Franca
Director, Alumni Relations, Faculty of Medicine

With nearly 17 years’ experience at the University of Toronto, Sara has worked in different divisions and in the central office, in a variety of alumni relations, fundraising and communications roles.

She joined the Faculty of Medicine in September as the Director of Alumni Relations, and works with her colleagues to explore new and exciting ways to build alumni engagement and affinity with the Faculty.

Over the years, Sara has been inspired to see the number of U of T alumni and friends eager to mentor and connect with students, thereby enriching their university experience; she enjoys fostering these valuable opportunities.



Nancy Hagshenas
Public Health Nurse, City of Toronto

Completed second-entry Nursing program in 2004. Worked briefly in a community clinic before moving to Toronto Public Health in 2005. Have worked in various programs within Public Health, including communicable disease, prenatal, home-visiting and health promotion/capacity building.


Michael Halsall
Retired Medical Lab Tech, Ministry of Health & Long Term Care

Continuing education and fixed-time constraints has been a lifestyle, I’ve been continuing my education at UofT for the better part of 4 decades now, and I bleed blue and white.  Currently registered in Rotman’s ongoing MOOC series and a constant attendee at many off-campus U Oft-in-the-neighbourhood lectures in the GTA.  UTM graduate in 1982 (BSc) and UT (Woodsworth) 26 years later 2009 (HBSc).  My multidisciplinary vocational and avocational background includes unique experiences involving specialized training in molecular microbiology, as a Medical Laboratory Technologist registered with the CMLTO and CSMLS.

My early lab career from 1970 to 1985 included US Navy (4yr), Sunnybrook Hospital UofT Clinic (8yr), Clinical Pathology Lab OVC UofGuelph (1.5yr) and CML Biochem (1.5yr) prior to real estate career (due to children and sporting activity).  Then back to lab vocation (tried to save marriage) where I worked at CML Microbiology, then Ministry of Health HIV Central Public Health Labs (Etobicoke) during SARS (represented MOHLTC on LabOntario SARS Committee at Ontario Science Centre November 2003). Concomitantly, also worked clinical laboratory teaching appointments at two Toronto Community Colleges and later in Ottawa as QC Coordinator at Bio-Test Medical Labs including four Specimen Collection Centers (SCC’s) during H1N1 pandemic, before retiring to Costa Rica briefly.

All in all, my experience extends from more than 3 decades of laboratory endeavors, to about a decade of real estate activity including TREB Communications Committee volunteer and some newspaper notoriety, as well as arbitration and expert witness responsibilities, and including about ten years of volunteer coaching MTHL hockey and managing High Park Little League baseball teams (representing Canada at the Little League World Series in Williamsport PA 1989,1996,1998) while raising two children.  Professional, occupational & language-derived skills were necessary as an Anti-Doping Male Chaperone in both the PanAm and ParaPanAm 2015 Games – a prestigious appointment.

Other volunteer initiatives include Level II national coaching certification (York Univ.) & Level II national officiating hockey certification (coach & player) to volunteering weekly as phone reception at West Neighborhood House homeless shelter in a relatively rough Toronto area at Queen/Bathurst (2012-2016).  Also as Sports Specialist NAIG2017 Games.  Both 2015 & 2017 Games volunteer initiatives involved security clearances at the highest RCMP levels.

Naomi Hazlett
Occupational Therapist, BALANCE for Blind Adults, The Possibilities Clinic

Naomi Hazlett has been working as an Occupational Therapist since November of 2018. Graduating from the University of Toronto in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Cognitive Science, Naomi went on to publish an undergraduate thesis on the role of gender in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She received her Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2017, and during this time was awarded with the University Health Network Patient Quality of Life Award. She is currently working at BALANCE for Blind Adults as the first OT hired by the organization, and is also developing the role of OT in ADHD in private pediatric practice.


Sanja Milicic Iafrate
Project Manager, GTA Rehab Network

Sanja holds a HonBSc in Human Physiology and Psychology from University of Toronto. Following her undergraduate studies, she completed a Master of Social Work from Cardiff University in Wales. She completed both her thesis and clinical practicum in Cardiff in the psychogeriatric field, and remained working there for a year. Upon return to Toronto, Sanja held a number of positions as a Registered Social Worker in the community, homecare and the hospital sector, advancing to a clinical manager position. Sanja returned to University of Toronto and completed a MHSc in Health Administration in 2017. Since graduating, Sanja has been working as a project manager for the GTA Rehab Network supporting planning and implementation of best practices in rehabilitative care across the GTA.


James Juras
President & CEO, Spinoza Life Sciences Inc.

James Juras is the founder and CEO of Spinoza Life Sciences Inc., the makers of Hol Food, Canada’s favourite nutritionally complete meal. Since its founding in 2015, Spinoza has sold over 250,000 meals to customers across North America and have been the recipients of the Ontario Centre of Excellence’s SmartStart and the City of Toronto’s FoodStarter awards. Prior to founding Spinoza, James held positions with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Sick Kids Hospital, and the Government of Canada Clonal Genebank. James holds a H.B.Sc. degree in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto, St. George.



Miran Kenk
Scientific Associate II, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre – University Health Network

After completing my BSc in Pharmacology in Toxicology, I pursued a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the Positron Emission Tomography centre at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the Research Imaging Centre at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. Currently, I am employed as Scientific Associate II at the University Health Network (Princess Margaret Cancer Centre), following 3 years in the Clinical Research Coordinator position.

Michael Lebenbaum
Epidemiologist, ICES

After completing an HBSc in Toxicology at U of T, I completed a MSc in Epidemiology at the University of Western Ontario. I currently work as a research epidemiologist on the Mental Health and Addictions Scorecard and Evaluation Framework team at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. I work on research projects related to inpatient psychiatry and the social determinants of mental health. I am also a current PhD student at U of T at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and studies health economics.


Karen Lee
Alumni Relations Officer, Faculty of Medicine

Karen Lee joined the University of Toronto in 2017 as Alumni Relations Officer, Faculty of Medicine. As an Advancement professional, she has developed meaningful alumni engagement opportunities that strengthen alumni connections with each other, with students, and the University. In this role, she manages several alumni-student mentoring programs including the MD Alumni Mentorship program.

Prior to working in Advancement, Karen has worked in various positions within post-secondary education, collaborating with prospective and current students.

Karen has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University.


Ashley Liu
Leader, International Business Development, University Health Network

Ashley is the Leader for International Business Development at UHN International where she supports the development and growth of UHN’s international strategy. For over 10 years, Ashley has worked with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MoHLTC), provincial agencies, hospitals and NGOs to develop strategies, policies and programs to better meet the healthcare needs of the international community.

Previously, she served as the Project & Quality Manager at Scarborough and Rouge Hospital where she led strategic planning, quality improvement, digital health and research activities for clinical programs. She also served as a Quality & Process Improvement Consultant at St. Joseph’s Health Centre where she led corporate-level quality improvement initiatives, Lean training and performance measurement. Working closely with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term care, she served as a Business Analyst at Critical Care Services Ontario (formerly The Critical Care Secretariat) and worked with the field to implement programs that improve access, quality and integration of critical care services to meet the needs of critically ill patients under Ontario’s Critical Care Strategy.

In her leisure time, Ashley loves dancing, eating out and traveling.


Vivian Lo
Technical Specialist, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Director & Special Projects Editor, The Right Angle Journal
Vice-President, Colour Research Society of Canada

Vivian Lo has been a journalist in various printed, broadcast, and online media for over 20 years. As well, she concurrently has over 15 years of progressive international architectural and healthcare design experience which includes working for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for over eight years specializing in developing Canadian healthcare design, standards, and specifications.



Rhain Louis
Manager, Research Oversight and Compliance, University of Toronto

Rhain Louis is the Manager of Research Oversight and Compliance at the University of Toronto, and he is involved with aspects of research compliance relating to human ethics, animal ethics, and environmental health and safety. Previously, he managed the animal ethics and compliance program at the University from 2005-2017, where he was responsible for the annual collection and submission of all animal use data at U of T. He was also responsible for supporting the institution’s animal care and use program, including ensuring research compliance with all applicable regulations and coordinating the activities of the University’s five animal care committees, which collectively reviewed approximately 500 animal use protocols a year from more than 200 investigators.

Rhain earned two degrees from the University of Toronto; an Honours B.Sc. in Physiology and Philosophy and an M.Sc. in Physiology. For his graduate studies he investigated sleep function in rats, and his research has been published in peer-reviewed journals.


Caitlin McCabe
Product Manager, Baylis Medical

Caitlin graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in biochemistry and human biology. After working to commercialize Ontario’s life sciences and healthcare innovation at MaRS Discovery District, Caitlin pursued her Master of Business Administration degree at the London Business School (London, UK, 2015) and transitioned into a global medical technology career focused on strategy and marketing. Having worked abroad at Eli Lilly and Boston Scientific, Caitlin has recently returned to Canada and joined the Baylis Medical cardiology marketing team as a Product Manager. Caitlin works to shepherd the development and launch of specialty cardiology devices and looks forward to meeting those interested in global medtech careers.

Wendy Coello Mena
Registered Nurse, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre / Humber River Hospital 

Wendy obtained her Honours Bachelor Degree in Nursing from the Faculty of Health at York University, and her Master’s degree from the Faculty of Science and Arts at the University of Toronto. Wendy currently works as a Registered Nurse at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre – Cardiac Cath Lab, Southlake Regional Health Centre – Emergency Department, and Humber River Hospital – Medical Imaging, where she provides acute care to patients. In addition Wendy volunteers with the Healthcare Mission Outreach team where she provides primary medical care in the community. Wendy enjoys her profession as she finds it very rewarding to help others.


Asad Merchant
Nephrologist, UHN

I am a Nephrologist at University Health Network with an interest in geriatric and palliative nephrology


Steven Molinski
Contract Services Manager, CCRM

Steven received his PhD (Biochemistry, 2016) from U of T under the supervision of Christine Bear at SickKids, where he was involved with drug discovery efforts for rare Cystic Fibrosis mutations. During his PhD he also co-founded NeuroBlot, a startup company that developed a personalized memory test for individuals at-risk for dementia. Following his graduate studies, Steven joined Cyclica (Toronto-based drug discovery software company) as an Application Scientist, where he was responsible for business development, project design, client delivery, and internal research projects using Cyclica’s proprietary computational tools. Two years later he became Senior Solutions Scientist, Business Development, where he was responsible for global business development, contract drafting and negotiation, corporate strategy, and investor relations. Currently, Steven is the Contract Services Manager at the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM), responsible for business development activities relating to CCRM’s unique process development and cGMP manufacturing capabilities for global biotech/pharma companies developing cell and gene therapies. To date, Steven has co-authored 20+ peer-reviewed publications and two US provisional patent applications.


Carol Nash
Scholar in Residence, History of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine 

I facilitate a weekly Health Narratives Research Group at Mount Sinai through the Department of Psychiatry. Participants come from across the University and provide the story that initiated their interest in health care research; then, together with the other members of the group, they develop their story into a narrative with a particular point of view based on sharing their responses to five minute writing prompts provided by me. The group has been offered since 2012 and, in 2015, I was awarded the Arbor Award through the Faculty of Medicine for the work of this group described as “life changing” by participants.


Dan Pineda
Senior Client Coordinator, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

Dan is a two time graduate of the University of Toronto, completing his BSc in 2007 and then returning to complete his Master of Health Informatics in 2018. He is currently the Senior Client Coordinator at the Ontario Tumour Bank, where he wears multiple hats to better facilitate cancer research. He loves board games, walks and spending time with his 2 year old nephew.


Walter Rojenko
Director, Customer Care, WSIB/Workplace Safety and Insurance Board 

Walter has over 30 years’ experience working in the private and public sector; leading customer, patient and employee experience.

Prior to joining WSIB; he worked at St Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto – November 2014-2017.
He led 6 programs: Patient and Family Experience, Community Engagement, Patient Relations, Interpreter Services, Registration Services and Switchboard Services.
His team was responsible for achieving the strategic goal of delivering an exceptional patient experience through strategic leadership, development of tactics and executing through internal and external partnerships. Within Healthcare, he also worked at William Osler Health System for 2.5 years leading Patient Relations, Diversity, Volunteer Services and the Service Excellence Call Centre.

Before joining the Healthcare industry; he worked in banking for over 25 years with TD/Canada Trust. He held a variety of Senior Management roles in Branch Management, Product Management, Call Centre Operations and his last role as the AVP of Customer and Employee Experience in Operations and Technology Solutions.

Walter’s education: BSc. Hons. from University of Toronto in Psychology and Commerce,
Advanced Health System Leadership Program Executive Certificate, Rotman School of Management, Strategy Development Executive Certificate from Schulich School of Business, Build For The Future Executive Certificate from the Ivey School of Business and Workplace Mental Health Leadership Certificate, Queen’s University.
In February 2016, he received his CPXP-Certified Patient Experience Professional Designation.

In his spare time, he loves to read and spend time with his wife Nancy (married 28 years) and 2 children: Jean-Paul, 22; working and is a Civil Engineer and Lauren, 18; presently at York University Majoring in Kinesiology.
Other passions: travel, listening to music, watching movies, playing golf, socializing and staying fit.
Also, Walter enjoys giving back to the community and gets involved in at least one initiative a year.


Shanna Stanley-Hasnain
Health Sciences Clinical Coordinator and Research Analyst, University Health Network


Cristina Tassone
Performance Analyst, Cancer Care Ontario

Cristina Tassone is a Performance Analyst at Cancer Care Ontario where she collects, analyzes and interprets data to support the achievement of performance deliverables for the Regional Cancer Programs. She is responsible for scorecard development and enabling performance management to drive improvement in the cancer system. Cristina has worked at the St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team where she assisted with quality improvement initiatives to enhance patient care. Cristina holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and Master of Health Informatics from the University of Toronto.


Pascal Tyrrell
Director of Data Science, Dept of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto

Pascal Tyrrell is a data scientist—a combination of research methodologist, computer/database solutions architect and innovator. He received his PhD in medical sciences from the University of Toronto working in the area of pediatric rheumatology at SickKids (Toronto, ON). Currently, he is the director of data science and an assistant professor with the Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto where his aim is to understand, explore, and innovate where information and communications technology can be used effectively to encourage the translation of health research into action. Pascal is also appointed to the Department of Statistical Sciences where his research aims to establish useful guidelines for the quantity and quality of input data for machine learning in medical imaging research by investigating current methods as well as developing new ones. Pascal has previous work experience in the computer and financial industries and more recently, he has joined the medical device tech start-up company AceAge Inc. as their Chief Scientific Officer.


Oleksandr Udovyk
Health, Safety and Environmental Specialist, Mondelez International Inc.

My name is Oleksandr Udovyk and I have completed hBSc in 2014, majoring in Immunology and Psychology at the University of Toronto, St. George campus. Afterwards, I completed my MPH at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, specializing in Occupational and Environmental Health. Now I am employed as a Health and Safety Specialist at the Mondelez International Inc. The facility I work at produces Cadbury products for the Canadian market. I am responsible for promoting and implementing various policies and initiatives aimed at improving workplace safety at my workplace. It includes creating policies and working with different stakeholders to implement various safety-related materials and initiatives. I am also responsible for compliance to various provincial and federal legislation and applies to my facility. I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have. 


Kewei Xu
Senior Compliance Officer, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Kewei joined the CFIA as a Senior Compliance Officer (SR02) in June 2018. Before joining the agency, he worked at the University Health Networks (UHN) as a researcher to de-convolute potential therapeutic targets in Alzheimer Disease (AD).He graduated from the University of Toronto Scarborough with the Honored Bachelor of Science (HBSc) degree in 2011 and earned my PhD in cell and systems biology from the school of graduate studies in 2017.


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