DesignMeets… HealthCare 3

This is event has already happened. Read about it here.


After a short hiatus, DesignMeets… HealthCare is reconvening to explore the most interesting, complex and pressing issues in our health care system. During past few events clinicians, educators, innovators, students, scientists, business leaders, and designers alike have gathered in conversation, which has fostered new ideas and project collaborations (Check out the first HealthCare event recap here). We would like to continue the conversation and inspire new ideas and opportunities by bringing together this diverse and creative group.

We are gathering at Canada’s oldest and most celebrated University of Art and Design, OCAD University. OCAD has a rich history of pushing the bounds of design and innovation. It continues to do so in health care, through both its undergraduate and graduate programs, and through a multitude of art and design disciplines. During our event, we will learn about some of the work being done by OCAD faculty and students, as well as by research and business leaders from other innovative institutions.




1. Hear interesting speakers discuss their areas of expertise within the design and health care realms — Each speaker will have about 5 minutes to present 5 ideas using just 5 images

2. Mix & mingle over snacks and refreshments

3. Afterwards, we will be migrating to a nearby pub for drinks and more socializing.


OCADU – 100 McCaul Room 190, main floor (left of the lobby elevators)

Event Speakers

Tai Huynh

Tai Huynh is Senior Fellow at the Centre for Innovation in Complex Care at the University Health Network, where he runs projects focused on redesigning the way providers deliver care and how patients experience it.

He is also Campaign Manager for Choosing Wisely Canada, a grassroots campaign to get doctors and patients to engage in conversations and make wise choices about the use of tests and treatments that are unnecessary and costly.

Tai serves as a member of the board of Providence Healthcare. He was formerly the Director of the Excellent Care for All Strategy at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Prior to that, he was a management consultant. Tai has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, and is currently completing a Master of Design from OCAD University.

Dr. Celeste Alvaro

Dr. Celeste Alvaro, an experimental social psychologist, is a Research Scientist at the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation ( and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University (

Celeste leads a program of research on Architectural Design and Health. She and her team are currently assessing the impact of architectural design on psychosocial well-being and health within the context of the redevelopment at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare. Broadly defined, her research interests include: the built environment and well-being, the social psychology of architecture, applied research and evaluation methods, behavioural interventions in the built environment, and the social psychology of neighbourhoods.

Kate Sellen

Kate Sellen is an Assistant Professor within the Faculty of Design at OCAD University. She has been involved in digital design since 1998, working in many different industry and government settings. The development of new tools and methods for digital design and research has always been a motivator in her work. She is currently conducting PhD research on digital innovation in medical settings, a topic that poses particular ethical and practical challenges. Her research focuses on bringing qualitative and quantitative design research methods together to broaden our understanding of new technology and medical error. The aim of this approach is to create evidenced based designs for safer healthcare.

Catherine Mulvale

Cathy Mulvale

Catherine Mulvale believes in the potential of people and the power of cooperative, reciprocal relationships. She enjoys helping develop and implement solutions that support proactive health care, active living, and the advancement of youth as members, and future leaders, of our global community.

Once given a 10% chance of surviving flesh eating disease and toxic shock, Catherine gives back to the global community in celebration of her subsistence. She seems to have an attraction for orphan causes and not for profits that are struggling and stays with them just long enough to see them become successful and self-sustaining. She has raised over $9 million and is respected for her ability to develop innovative programs which attract funding, provide meaningful benefits to supporters and improve quality of life for people affected by disease and the hardships of unfortunate circumstances.

She is an Honourary Board Member of the Orphans Foundation Fund, Principal Guardian of Rafiki Orphan Care Home in Tanzania, East Africa; past consultant to the Canadian Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the International Center for Infectious Diseases; Founder and Director of Strategies for LIFE, the Global Friends Foundation and Dynamite Design; and, Executive Director of the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation.   |