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May 31

An Evidence-Informed Path to Better Health

Webcast with Dr. Sacha Bhatia, Don Drummond, Kimberlyn McGrail & David O'Toole

Sponsored by:

Dr. Sacha Bhatia, Population Health & Value Based Health Systems Executive, Ontario Health 

Dr. Sacha Bhatia brings a unique mix of clinical, operational, health system and population health leadership experience to Ontario Health. He is charged with helping advance the agency’s commitment to overall population health with a special focus on the equitable distribution of health care across the system. Sacha’s portfolio also aims to improve outcomes—as well as the experience of patients and care providers alike.

Sacha helps lead Ontario Health’s work to support the implementation of Ontario Health Teams, enabling a better-integrated health system backed by evidence-based tools and digital technology. He is also responsible for the development of new models of care, the expansion of virtual care, and Ontario Health’s collaboration with primary care partners, focused on the social determinants of health.

Before joining Ontario Health, Sacha was Chief Medical Innovation Officer and Interim Executive Lead of Academics at Women’s College Hospital (WCH), as well as the F. M. Hill Chair in Health Systems Solutions and the Division Head of Cardiology. He is also a staff cardiologist at University Health Network, a scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. In 2013, Sacha co-founded the WCH Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care, where he served as Director until 2019. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in prestigious international journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the British Medical Journal.

Don Drummond, Fellow-in-Residence, C.D. Howe Institute

Don Drummond is the Stauffer-Dunning Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. In 2011-12, he served as Chair for the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services. Its final report, released in February 2012, contained nearly four hundred recommendations to provide Ontarians with excellent and affordable public services. 

Mr. Drummond previously held a series of progressively more senior positions in the areas of economic analysis and forecasting, fiscal policy and tax policy during almost 23 years with Finance Canada. His last three positions were respectively Assistant Deputy Minister of Fiscal Policy and Economic Analysis, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of Tax Policy & Legislation and most recently, Associate Deputy Minister. In the latter position he was responsible for economic analysis, fiscal policy, tax policy, social policy and federal-provincial relations and coordinated the planning of the annual federal budgets.

He subsequently was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for the TD Bank (2000-2010), where he took the lead with TD Economics’ work in analyzing and forecasting economic performance in Canada and abroad.  For Canada, this work was conducted at the city, provincial, industrial and national levels. TD Economics also analyzes the key policies which influence economic performance, including monetary and fiscal policies. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria and holds an M.A. (Economics) from Queen’s University.  He has honorary doctorates from Queen’s and the University of Victoria and is a member of the Order of Ontario.
Mr. Drummond is currently Chair, Canadian Centre for the Study of Living Standards; Fellow-in-Residence, C.D. Howe Institute and; member of the Expert Advisory Group to the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices. 

Kimberlyn McGrail, Scientific Director and Chief Executive Officer of Health Data Network Canada

Kimberlyn McGrail is a Professor in the UBC School of Population and Public Health and Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Director of Research for UBC Health, and Scientific Director of Population Data BC and Health Data Research Network Canada. Her research interests are quantitative policy evaluation and all aspects of population data science. Kim is Deputy Editor of the International Journal of Population Data Science, the 2009-10 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Associate in Health Care Policy and Practice, 2016 recipient of the Cortlandt JG Mackenzie Prize for Excellence in Teaching, 2017 recipient of a UBC award for Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research, and in 2019-2020 participated as a member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Task Force on AI4Health. She holds a PhD in Health Care and Epidemiology from the University of British Columbia, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan.

David O’Toole, President & Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Institute for Health Information

As CIHI’s president and CEO, David O’Toole leads the organization in identifying the health data and information priorities for Canada’s health care systems, in collaboration with federal, provincial and territorial governments. He has been CEO at CIHI since 2014.

Prior to joining CIHI Mr. O’Toole held several Deputy Minister and Assistant Deputy Minister positions in the Ontario public service, including at Natural Resources, Transportation and the Cabinet Office. 

Mr. O’Toole is the Chair of the Centre for Health Innovation at Queen’s University. He is also the past Chair of the Kingston Health Sciences Centre and is an adjunct professor in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. 


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