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Dec 01

Back in Operation: Innovative Solutions to Increasing Surgical Capacity

Webinar with James Brodie, Tracy Johnson and Ronan Segrave

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Wave after wave, the COVID-19 pandemic forced thousands of surgeries to be cancelled or postponed across Canada. While healthcare systems struggled to manage the backlog of deferred procedures, some found solutions to catch up. Join the C.D. Howe Institute on Thursday, December 1 to hear an expert panel share innovative solutions to increasing surgical capacity and manage the surgical backlog.

C.D. Howe Institute events and webinars are open to members and their guests.

Please contact Tammy Trepanier, Senior Event Planner, to register: ttrepanier@cdhowe.org.


James Brodie, General Manager, Canada, Johnson & Johnson MedTech

James Brodie is an executive leader in the Canadian healthcare industry. For nearly 25 years, James has held senior roles across the Medical Devices, Medical Technology and Pharmaceutical divisions of Johnson & Johnson.

Currently, James is General Manager of Johnson & Johnson MedTech (JJMT) in Canada. In surgery, orthopaedics, and interventional solutions, JJMT helps save lives and create a future where healthcare solutions are smarter, less invasive, and more personalized.

In his role, James oversees setting and delivering the strategic priorities and profitability for the five JJMT businesses within Canada including Ethicon, DePuy Synthes, Biosense Webster, Cerenovus, and Mentor. James is a member of the JJMT North American Commercial Council and is Chair of the JJMT Canada Leadership Team.  James sits on the Board of Directors of Medtech Canada, the national association representing the medical technology industry in Canada. 

Previously, James was Vice President, Marketing, Ethicon and DePuy Synthes Canada. He played a critical role in the turnaround of the DePuy Synthes business by establishing a more efficient organizational structure and optimizing the capital deployment process. During this time, James was also responsible for leading the Ethicon team to consistent above-market growth and building strong collaboration between the Ethicon and DePuy Synthes Sales and Marketing teams. 

For 20 years before joining the medical technology industry, James held a wide range of senior positions at Janssen Canada. His last role in Pharmaceuticals was Business Unit Director for the Specialized Therapeutics Business Unit. In this role, James was responsible for leading both sales and marketing for the Virology and Oncology portfolios, contributing to strong growth in Oncology as a key disease area stronghold for Johnson & Johnson.

James has an exceptional track record of strategic performance and a breadth of experience in Sales and Marketing, while contributing to and leading key organizational priorities in the areas of innovation, employee development and customer engagement.

James has a Bachelor of Kinesiology and an MBA in Health Services Management from McMaster University.


Tracy Johnson, Director, Health System Analytics, Canadian Institute for Health Information

As director of Health System Analytics, Tracy Johnson is responsible and accountable for providing the vision, strategic leadership and stakeholder relationships to develop analytical products that address priority health information needs, and promote their use. Prior to joining CIHI, Tracy worked in quality and risk and hospital management, as well as, in acute care and rehabilitation as a physiotherapist. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from York University and Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from University of Toronto.


Ronan Segrave, Surgical Recovery Lead, Alberta Health Sciences

Ronan is a caring, high-energy, agile, and problem-solving health leader with a wide range of executive level, operational and Big 4 consulting experience primarily in Canada and the UK. He uniquely combines extensive experience of transforming health systems - both strategic planning and driving implementation - with detailed operational leadership experience of large and complex healthcare organizations.

Ronan is best known for building high-performance and engaged teams with a focus on improving quality of patient care, operational excellence, and bottom-line performance. He embraces the practical use of software and analytics to improve real-time performance.

Ronan is currently serving as an Assistant Deputy Minister and Alberta Surgical Recovery Lead for Alberta Health, Government of Alberta. Ronan has led or supported over 30 reviews of surgical services in multiple jurisdictions including the UK, Canada, the Middle East and Australia. Ronan also previously helped develop the Independent Surgical Treatment Centre (ISTC) at the English Department of Health.

From December 2017 to June 2021 when his contract was completed, Ronan was the Chief Operating Officer of Health Sciences Centre (HSC) Winnipeg, one of the largest tertiary and provincial hospitals in Canada and was actively supporting the ongoing transformation of healthcare in Manitoba. Ronan was also COVID-19 Incident Commander from February 2020 to June 2021 and lead HSC’s response to the pandemic as well as supporting Provincial Incident Command. While at HSC, Ronan initiated a major review of surgical services to support recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

From December 2017 to June 2021 Ronan was also a member of the Executive Leadership Team of Shared Health which is focused on planning and coordinating the integration of patient-centred clinical and preventive health services across Manitoba.

Ronan has successfully led complex change and transformation programs in the areas of cost/performance optimization at both provider and health economy levels, strategic planning and commissioning, board assurance and risk management framework, change management, finance organizational transformation, needs analysis, advanced data analytics, funding and payment mechanisms reform, reconfiguration and redesign of care services across healthcare systems, redesigning care pathways across agency boundaries, digital healthcare and remote patient care, genomics and personalized medicine.

Ronan's previously led KPMG's Canadian National Healthcare Practice on Cost Improvement and Transformation supporting clients across Canada. Prior to moving to KPMG, Ronan formed part of a senior leadership team which established EY Canada’s National Healthcare Practice and led nationally on cost optimization and was the Western Canada Market Lead. Prior to moving to Canada, Ronan was a Senior Manager with EY UK’s National Healthcare Practice where he led multiple engagements focused on cost optimization and system transformation.

As part of his role as a healthcare consultant with EY and KPMG, Ronan has successfully led major healthcare performance improvement and transformation programs in both acute, community care and system wide settings including, in 2016/17, the Health Sustainability and Innovation Review (HSIR) undertaken for the Manitoba Government, which was the precursor to the current transformation journey.

Ronan has been a trusted advisor to ministers, government departments, public and private healthcare organizations and healthcare technology companies, including Manitoba Health, Centre for Addictions and Mental Health, Hamilton Health Sciences, BC Cancer Agency, Alberta Health, New Brunswick Department of Social Development, the Department of Health (England), and multiple National Health Services (NHS) healthcare providers across the UK.

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