Panel Discussions


Friday, June 7th, 2019.  

9:15 am - 10:15 am

Panel: Health Consortia Across Canada

Desmarais Hall, DMS1140

Health consortia across Canada have a major impact on the ability of libraries to provide information to patients, health professionals, researchers, policy makers and students. Panel members will describe the value of their consortia to their members, and discuss how they create opportunities out of the different challenges they face.  To provide context, the panel will also outline their business and governance models, whom they serve, and the services they offer within their jurisdictions.  Tony Horava will moderate the panel discussion and will provide a look at the potential future big ideas or trends that will impact health consortia in the future.

Tony Horava is the Associate University Librarian (Content & Access) at the University of Ottawa. He has worked in various roles over many years, such as reference, document delivery, distance education, and electronic resources coordination, before assuming his current role in 2010. As AUL, he has management responsibility for collection strategy, acquisitions, cataloguing, and resource discovery. He is cross-appointed to the School of Information Studies where he has taught courses on collection management and related areas. He was a member of the CRKN Content Strategy Committee and  served on the OCUL Information Resources Committee for many years, where he lived the issues, opportunities, and challenges experienced by library consortia. He is a member of the University of Ottawa Press Editorial Board. His interests include collection management, consortial issues, open access, scholarly communications, and the future of reading in a digital age.  He is retiring on July 1st after 32 years as an academic librarian, and is very happy to be participating in CHLA to moderate a panel on health consortia in Canada


Marie-Helene Nicol, Coordinator of Electronic Resources, RUIS consortium, l?Universite de Montral.
Lori Anne Oja,  Executive Director, Health Science Information Consortium of Toronto
Leigh Anne Palmer,  Manager, BC Electronic Library Network
Vivian Stieda,  General Manager, Health Knowledge Network

10:45 am - 11:30 am

Panel: Health Data in the Future: Big Ideas, Big Impact

Tabaret Building, TBT112

We live in a data rich society with new technologies rapidly evolving to manage, combine and access data.  To leverage this data, we need to understand more about it.  What are the trends in data in the healthcare field, what technologies are emerging to deal with and make use of data? What are the challenges and what opportunities will have the biggest impact? How can we leverage data and technology to enhance our services?  Join us to hear a diverse panel of experts discuss the big ideas and trends in health data and technology.     

Keith Denny
Director, Clinical Data Standards and Quality, CIHI

As director of Clinical Data Standards and Quality, Keith Denny provides vision and leadership for CIHI?s data quality initiatives and for the development and application of clinical classifications and terminology standards.
Dr. Denny has held a number of leadership roles at CIHI and has more than 20 years of experience in the health sector as an educator, manager and researcher. He has graduate degrees in information science and social science, as well as a PhD from the University of Toronto?s School of Public Health. He is also an adjunct research professor at Carleton University. 

Peter O?Blenis

President, Evidence Partners

A firm believer that well-written web-enabled software can solve real-world problems, Peter O?Blenis co-founded Evidence Partners in 2008 to do just that. In 2001, Peter co-founded TrialStat, where he co-wrote SRS, the first commercially available systematic review software package. He has worked with over 150 research groups around the globe and has published and presented globally on best practices and methodologies for using web-based software to streamline clinical research, including several patent pending approaches.

Peter has served in senior management roles with Oracle, WebGain, Mitel and Flick Software. He holds an MBA from Queen?s University and a Bachelor of Computer Science from Carleton University and has also completed post-graduate courses in Clinical Pharmacology, Drug Development and Regulation, and Clinical Research at Tufts University.

Mari Teitelbaum
Vice President of Provincial Programs and Chief Innovation Officer CHEO

Mari Teitelbaum is the Vice President of Provincial Programs and Chief Innovation Officer at CHEO. Her unique background and her passion for applying technology to improve health care systems make her an asset to the CHEO team. Mari started her career as an electrical engineer before getting her Masters of Health Administration at the University of Ottawa. Following her residency, Mari joined BORN Ontario where she served as Director for five years. Mari is passionate about using her technology skills to help clinicians care for kids in this community.