Vice President and Chief Legal & Risk Officer
The Hospital for Sick Children
Megan Evans is the Vice President and Chief Legal & Risk Officer at SickKids in Toronto. Prior to joining SickKids in 2007, Megan was a partner in the Health Law Group at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP where she advised hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, medical device/technology companies and other healthcare related corporations, associations and foundations on a broad range of legal and policy issues. Megan graduated from Windsor Law School with the Board of Governors Award (Gold Medal) and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1999.
Chair of the Board
Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC)
Former Vice-Chair of the Board, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Elizabeth is a bilingual, financial executive with over 25 years of international business experience. As a CPA, CMA, she previously occupied executive financial positions in the corporate sector. Her healthcare background, in addition to her past role as Vice-Chair of the Board of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, includes serving for seven years on the Board of Directors of St. John’s Rehab Hospital, three of which were spent as Chair. Elizabeth is an accredited member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has also sat on the boards of several publicly traded corporations.
Diana Del Bel Belluz
Diana is President and founder of Risk Wise Inc. She is a management advisor who helps executives in large, complex organizations to implement systematic and sustainable risk management practices. She works with her clients to improve their organization’s performance and resilience by enabling their people to understand the risks in their business environment, confidently select the right opportunities to pursue, and then manage the outcomes for success.
Since 1990, Diana has been doing leading-edge risk work for companies in a wide range of industries and government organizations. Examples of Risk Wise clients are: Bombardier, British Columbia Safety Authority, Dofasco, Toronto Transit Commission, and Transport Canada.
In addition to providing advisory services, Diana advances the field of risk management by teaching university courses and management training seminars, speaking at conferences and authoring publications on a wide range of risk management topics.
VP, Healthcare Risk Management
Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada
Polly Stevens has over 25 years of healthcare experience including leadership roles in clinical program delivery, quality improvement, patient safety and risk management. Polly received a Masters of Health Science (Health Administration) from the University of Toronto, where she has an adjunct faculty appointment, and is a core faculty member for the MSc (Quality Improvement/Patient Safety), leading the course on Risk Management.
Director, Risk Management
The Hospital for Sick Children
In her current role, Tara oversees Enterprise Risk Management, Claims Management, Insurance, and Emergency Management at SickKids. Tara has over 30 years management experience, working in acute and community care and emergency health services overseeing such areas of quality management, patient safety, privacy, and risk management. Tara has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, a Certificate in Clinical Risk, Negligence and Claims Management in Health Care and is a Certified International Privacy Professional-Canada (CIPP/C).
Senior Risk Management Specialist
Caroline Smith is the Senior Risk Management Specialist at Niagara Health responsible for the Enterprise Risk Management Program, Insurance and Claims Management, Emergency Management, and Risk Mitigation Consulting. She has over 6 years’ experience in the risk sector working in both the insurance and healthcare industries. She has the Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation and is a member of RIMS (the Risk and Insurance Management Society). Caroline holds a combined Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Geography and Sociology and a post graduate Business Management Diploma from McMaster University.
Director of Quality, Patient Safety, Risk and Patient Relations
Marilyn Kalmats is the Director of Quality, Patient Safety, Risk and Patient Relations for Niagara Health. She is a health care professional that has held previous clinical management roles, project management and clinical support roles. She is a current member of the College of Nurses, RNAO and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Marilyn holds a nursing undergraduate degree from Niagara University, Niagara Falls, New York and a Masters degree in Education from Brock University, St. Catharines. She is also a certified member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Corporate Director, Risk Management
Provincial Health Services Authority
Catherine Syms is the Corporate Director of Risk Management at the Provincial Health Services Authority. She graduated with a Masters of Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University (1998) as well as a Masters of Health Services Administration and Bachelor of Law Degree from Dalhousie University (2002). She was a member of the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society and currently a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. Before moving to British Columbia, Catherine has worked as legal counsel/ risk management advisor for a large health authority in Nova Scotia as well as the Director of Quality and Legal Services. Catherine is currently responsible within PHSA for Integrated Risk Management, Compliance Management, Medical Assistance in Dying Care Coordination Office, and co-leads the PHSA Policy Management Office.
Integrated Risk Management
Provincial Health Services Authority
Angeza is the Risk Management Coordinator at the Provincial Health Services Authority in British Columbia. In her role, she is responsible for the implementation of the Integrated Risk Management Framework across the entire organization, which spans across the whole Province and includes multiple Agencies, Programs and Services. Angeza holds a Master of Public Health in Social Policy from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Simon Fraser University.
President, SimErgy Consulting
Author, Corporate Value of Enterprise Risk Management
Sim Segal is president and founder of SimErgy Consulting, a firm specializing exclusively in enterprise risk management (ERM). Headquartered in Manhattan, SimErgy provides ERM consulting services to companies in all sectors, primarily in the U.S. and Canada. SimErgy also provides executive training on ERM.
Segal is author of Corporate Value of Enterprise Risk Management (Wiley, March 2011), which is required reading on the syllabi of the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and leading universities in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, China, Italy, Croatia, and Egypt. He is also director of ERM programs at Columbia University. Segal is host of Risk Radio™, a weekly radio show featuring discussions and interviews on ERM topics. He has also conducted several ERM research studies.With 30 years of experience in measuring and managing risk, Segal is a globally-recognized ERM thought leader with broad functional experience, deep technical knowledge, and ERM experience in a variety of sectors, such as insurance; banking; credit cards; technology; consumer goods; biotech; telecomm; hospitality; energy; services; timberland; education and research; non-profit organizations; and government agencies. Segal is recognized as a pioneer for developing value-based ERM, an advanced yet practical approach synthesizing ERM and value-based management.
Segal has authored numerous articles in publications such as Forbes, American Banker, and Corporate Finance Review and has been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Global Finance, National Underwriter, and Rough Notes.
Dr. Daniel Kollek
Assistant Clinical Professor, Emergency Medicine, McMaster University
Chair, Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) Disaster Committee
Executive Director, Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness (CEEP)
Dr. Kollek is an award-winning Emergency Physician, an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Section of Emergency Medicine at McMaster University, Chair of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) disaster committee and a Director of the Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness.
He also has served as Emergency Department Chief and Program Director in both Hamilton & Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.
His research papers and presentations have spanned many disaster-related topics such as terrorism and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) readiness.
In addition to teaching awards he and his colleagues of the Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness also received a Humanitarian Award from the International Federation of Emergency Medicine in 2006 for their work to improve Canadian disaster preparedness.
Prior to his career in medicine he was a combat officer in the Israeli Defense Forces.
Member of the Board of Directors
Brant Community Healthcare System
Regional Sales Director
Kevin Magee is a member of the Board of Directors of the Brant Community Healthcare System as well as a senior sales executive and cyber-security professional. Currently, he leads the Ontario sales and engineering teams of Gigamon Canada, a Security Delivery Platform company headquartered in Santa Clara California. Kevin has held previous positions leading the Public Sector vertical team at Palo Alto Networks and Healthcare teams at Oracle Canada and Hewlett Packard Canada. Before changing careers to join the ranks of major corporations, Kevin held CTO and Vice President level positions with several technology startups focusing on healthcare and security solutions. A very active and enthusiastic participant in the Canadian startup community, he has severed as a Mentor and Entrepreneur in Residence at Laurier University’s Launch Pad program, as an Advisor in the Life Sciences and Healthcare practice at MaRS, as an advisor to Hacking Health Canada, as well as guest lecturing and advising on curriculum development for cyber security, cybercrime and security awareness programs for several Canadian colleges, universities and industry associations.
Senior Healthcare Risk Management Specialist
Kopiha Nathan joined HIROC in 2004 and today as a Senior Healthcare Risk Management Specialist and Data Specialist, she is responsible for overseeing the implementation of Integrated Risk Management/ Enterprise Risk Management application – Risk Register and performing Risk Register and Claims related data analysis to identify emerging risk trends. She is a consultant to HIROC Subscribers on subject matters involving Electronic Health Records, Privacy, Information Security and Cyber Risk Management.
Kopiha has a background in Information Technology Management and holds Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) designation from International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She has over 10 years of experience in the healthcare risk management field having worked as a risk management resource and consultant to many healthcare organizations across Canada.
Kate Dewhirst Health Law
Kate Dewhirst is on a mission to make legal theory understandable, accessible and fun. Through her Toronto-based law firm Kate Dewhirst Health Law, Kate advises health care organizations all over Ontario in areas of privacy, risk management, new laws, statutory compliance, clinical policies, patient engagement, disruptive behaviour, fitness to practice, and interactions with police.
Kate uses humour to transform health care culture and make otherwise boring legal topics relevant and memorable. In addition to her law degree, she has a Masters degree in Health Services Administration and has been working in health care for almost 20 years. She’s seen a lot of weird and wonderful cases and that’s why she loves her job. www.katedewhirst.com
Senior Vice President – National Practice Leader Health Care
Marsh Risk Consulting
Nora is a Senior Vice President within Marsh Toronto’s risk management division, known as Marsh Risk Consulting. She offers clients almost two decades of clinical academic and healthcare experience. Her most recent projects include several process improvement and quality improvement strategies using various Six Sigma and Lean methodologies.
Nora has had experience working with acute care hospitals across the country, with whom she was able to develop multiple risk mitigating strategies that would help reduce the organization’s risk exposure as well as reduce the number and severity of the hospital’s risks.
Prior to her current role at Marsh, Nora was a Lead Nurse Practitioner (NP) in a Streamline Care Unit for a large Toronto hospital. Within this sub-unit of the hospital’s General Pediatrics Centre, Nora developed and implemented strategies to streamline the care delivery model and reduce overall length of stay for patients. Nora has a Certificate in Health Law from; Osgoode Hall Law School York University; an M.BA. from University of Toronto and a Black Belt Certification, (Lean Six Sigma) from Aveeta Business Institute.
General Counsel and Vice President, People and Culture
London Health Sciences Centre
Susan Nickle is General Counsel and Vice President, People and Culture for London Health Sciences Centre. She is responsible for the provision and management of legal and human resource services for the hospital, and provides legal and risk management advice to the Board of Directors, the President and CEO, and the senior management team.
Susan previously practiced with one of Canada’s leading litigation firms where she gained experience in commercial and medical negligence litigation, and class action proceedings. Susan also co-founded and practiced law with Canada’s first e-discovery and information governance law firm. Prior to her legal career, Susan held a variety of public and private sector positions. She is a regular presenter at e-discovery, information governance, and healthcare conferences across Canada and in the United States.
An avid volunteer, Susan is an executive member of several boards and organizations that support healthcare, the arts, and other philanthropic endeavours in Southwestern Ontario.
Corporate Risk Management
North York General Hospital
Renee Blomme, RN, BScN, MN is the Manager, Patient Experience & Corporate Risk at North York General Hospital. She develops corporate strategies to protect the hospital and staff from fortuitous loss, identifies potential sources of loss and minimizes, or eliminates liability exposure. Renee works closely with leadership teams, and is regularly sought for expert guidance to effectively mitigate and manage risks in clinical and non-clinical areas. She has a Master of Nursing from the University of Toronto, a Master’s Certificate in Risk Management and Business Performance from the Schulich School of Business, and more than thirteen years experience in risk management.
Project Manager, Quality and Patient Safety
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Dorothy Carson is currently a Project Manager in the Department of Quality and Patient Safety at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Dorothy provides leadership on a number of corporate quality initiatives, including the hospital’s annual Quality Improvement Plan. Dorothy was the project lead on the hospital’s Enterprise Risk Management Program from 2011 – 2016. Prior to Sunnybrook, Dorothy worked at other Ontario hospitals as well as at a LHIN and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Dorothy has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Queen’s University, and a Masters in Health Administration from University of Toronto HPME Program.