DesignMeets… Digital Health & Well-being

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More than 80% of Canadians say they would proactively take advantage of digital health solutions by viewing their own information (lab results, immunization records, prescriptions, and medical history).1

Amid the profusion of upcoming solutions will there be a singular unifying resolution that will connect matters of health & research information, and personal data & privacy? Will this new frontier finally come to a positive plateau?

Where should we focus our efforts in the drive for better, and more unified efforts towards our well-being? …Workplace health assessment tools, self-management tools, patient adherence apps, or community platforms? And will these new tools actually be used by patients, caregivers, and their health care providers?

Can we achieve better overall health outcomes for individuals and for the system at large?

Join us to learn from designers, industry organizations, and healthcare academics as we discuss how to better influence wellness.

1. Ipsos Reid Omnibus Survey for Canada Health Infoway, May 2015

Let’s discuss at #DesignMeets


  • Each speaker will have about 5 minutes to present ideas using just 5 images.
  • A Q&A panel period will follow the talks.
  • Then stay on to mix & mingle over snacks and refreshments.


Tickets are $15 online, or $20 at the door. This includes plenty of food and an open bar.

Event Speakers

Dylan Horvath

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Owner of Cortex Design

Dylan Horvath (B.A.Sc Systems Design Engineering University of Waterloo, Class of 1997) is the owner of Cortex Design. Dylan’s firm designs products for medical and related sciences innovation companies and corporate startups. We help innovators launch engaging products through great human centred design and engineering. Dylan is a husband and father of 3 and lives in the west end of Toronto.

Links: Dylan on LinkedIn, Company Website

Nivit Kochhar

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User Experience & Product at Optimity Wellness Platform

Nivit completed his bachelor’s from McGill University in computer science, mathematics and cognitive science whilst exploring the world of UX and design.

He has worked in multiple design and development roles ranging from ideation phase startups to larger corporations. He is driven and fascinated by the emotions that technology triggers in people. His passion to build products from the ground up sparked his interest in startups and is currently part of Venture for Canada, a fellowship for recent graduates that aims to foster entrepreneurship in Canada.

Currently, Nivit is a UX designer and product manager at Optimity, a corporate wellness platform that helps employees build healthy habits and consequently reduces health costs for employers and insurers.

Links: Nivit on LinkedIn, Company Website

Fanny Sie

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Senior Manager of Commercial Development at LifeLabs Inc.

Fanny brings over a decade of experience bringing new products and services to market. She has extensive experience in clinical life sciences, medical devices and digital health assets. She specializes in building business strategies that achieve fast and sustained growth for entrepreneurs and executive-level leaders. Working alongside clients in a collaborative and supportive relationship, Fanny provides businesses with expert and innovative strategic direction. From concept generation to market entry, Fanny works alongside business leaders in navigating companies through the life cycle of development.

Along with her consulting work, Fanny works as a senior member of the commercial development team for LifeLabs Inc., one of Canada’s largest laboratory services provider. Her mandate at LifeLabs is to establish and grow a consumer facing business for diagnostic laboratory and digital health assets.

Prior to joining LifeLabs, Fanny was the founder and CEO of Digital Health Marketplace, a MaRS Innovation company, that would make available the expertise and knowledge of luminary physicians, scientists and digital developers in the form of advanced software applications. As the head of Imaging, Technology and Venture Development at MaRS Innovation, Fanny lead multi-million-dollar research projects and was responsible for managing the commercial development, business strategy, revenue modelling and capital raising for some of the most cutting-edge health technology companies in the world.

Links: Fanny on LinkedIn, Company Website

Michael Silla

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Design Lead at Collage HR

Michael Silla (@mikeysilla) is a multi-disciplinary designer who specializes in user-centred design and research. As the design lead at Collage (@collagehr), his objective is to advance the company’s ability to create better workplace experiences for Canadian businesses and their employees. Prior to Collage, Michael led design at the online medical network, Figure 1, and worked with a range of clients in the technology, retail and travel verticals at innovation agency Kinetic Cafe.

Michael holds a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto where his focus on human factors, product design, and engineering psychology propelled him towards a career in design.

Links: Michael on LinkedIn, Company Website

Nikolai Bratkovski

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CEO & Founder of Opencare

Nikolai Bratkovski is an entrepreneur with a track record and over 12 years in the healthcare industry. Previously, he has founded and exited a chain of cardiac clinics and a medical imaging SaaS company that processed 10% of all diagnostic imaging in Canada. As a way to give back, he is on the advisory board at Heart Institute of the Caribbean. Nikolai’s current success is Opencare – a digital healthcare concierge that matches you with vetted healthcare professionals so you can get the care you deserve.

Links: Nikolai on LinkedIn, Company Website

Kate Sellen

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Director of the Masters Program in Design for Health at OCAD University

Dr Kate Sellen is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design at OCADU working on interaction design and innovation in healthcare. She leads the Healthcare and Resilient Experience Research Group and the Envision Health group at OCAD U. She is also Director of the Health Design Master’s Program.

Kate spent her early career as an interaction designer leading design research, digital strategy, and interaction design in projects for mobile sector, UK government, banks and brokerages, and US based healthcare groups. She now works on bringing an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare challenges by combining design thinking and design practice with theories and knowledge from information systems, human factors, and health related disciplines. Much of her work focuses on design for patient safety in safety critical and high sensitivity care processes, including high risk drug orders in pediatrics, dosage calculations in chemotherapy, communication of decline at end of life, and the issuing and delivery of blood units for surgery. She previously held positions at University of Toronto’s Technology for Ageing Gracefully Lab, Knowledge Media Design Institute, and AT&T.

Links: Kate on LinkedIn, University Website

Brendan Kwolek

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Director of Information Management & Technology at Women’s College Hospital

Brendan Kwolek (@BrendanKwolek) is the Director, Information Management & Technology (IM/IT) at Women’s College Hospital. Brendan leads various technology initiatives at WCH, modeling innovative solutions that engage and improve the patient and healthcare provider experience. He also specializes in educating/scaring staff on the topic of cybersecurity and its impact on healthcare organizations.

Brendan holds a bachelor’s degree in English (no, you read that right) and is a certified PMP.

Links: Brendan on LinkedIn, Company Website

Estelle Morrison

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Vice-President of Clinical & Wellness Services at LifeWorks

Estelle Morrison has been with LifeWorks for 17 years and has leadership responsibility for Global LifeWorks Mental Health and Wellness services. With over 30 years of experience in clinical and health practice, program development and research, Estelle has focused on solutions that enhance productivity, prevention of illness and optimal health from a holistic perspective. She is responsible for LifeWorks’ clinical professionals, which include more than 150 staff counsellors; Organizational Services – a highly-specialized team dedicated to trauma response, substance use and manager support consulting; as well as LifeWorks’ network of almost 20,000 counselling affiliates. Her career history includes directing a large internal EAP, private practice psychotherapy, treatment research and addictions counselling.

Estelle holds an Honour’s Bachelor Degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology (M.Ed.), both from the University of Toronto, a Registered Psychotherapist (in progress) as well as a Certified Wellness Coach (C.W.C.).

Links: Estelle on LinkedIn, Company Website


Dr. Jesse Slade Shantz

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Sports and Shoulder Surgeon and Co-founder of Spxtrm Health Inc.

Dr. Jesse Slade Shantz is a sports and shoulder surgeon and is co-founder of Spxtrm Health Inc. and past Chief Medical Officer for OMSignal, a wearable tech company. He is interested in applying technology and management principles (Lean, etc.) to create a more patient-centered healthcare system focused on increasing value to users.

As well as holding a medical degree from the University of Western Ontario, with his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Slade Shantz completed fellowships in bone biology research and orthopaedic trauma at the University of California, San Francisco and shoulder and sports at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on technology, simulation and clinical trials. Concurrently, he holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business.

Links: Jesse on LinkedIn, Company Website

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