A combination of health care costs, lost productivity, and reductions in quality of life cost Canadian taxpayers an estimated $51 billion per year. Health care providers are adopting digital tools to supplement mental health treatment and overcome barriers to care. Join our panel of experts for a discussion about the state of mental health care in Canada, and how we can leverage technology to improve access to high quality mental health services.
Mental Health Services in a Digital Age
Michael Green, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Health Infoway
Michael Green is a strong leader and a creative, strategic thinker who has an international reputation and a proven track record of transforming health care through the use of digital health. He has leveraged international research and innovation to advance the digital health agenda, create jobs and stimulate economic growth in Canada. Michael has been President and CEO of Canada Health Infoway since August 2014.
Michael envisions a future where all Canadians can access their health information and interact with their providers from the device of their choice. As President and CEO of Canada Health Infoway, he is leading a national strategy called Driving Access to Care to realize this vision. ACCESS Health and PrescribeIT™ are aimed at providing citizens with tools to manage their health, eliminating paper and faxes, and modernizing the way doctors prescribe medicines, book appointments and communicate with patients and colleagues.
Michael has long been a visionary for the way digital health solutions can make public health systems more sustainable and improve the patient experience. He has played senior executive roles with health technology companies spanning major global markets.
He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for his contribution to the Canadian Health IT industry.
Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors of Kids Help Phone and HIMSS North America. He is a past Chair of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) Board of Directors and a past director of the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA — USA). Michael received the ICD.D designation following study at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management in 2017.
Katherine Hay, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kids Help Phone
As President and CEO of Kids Help Phone, Katherine Hay provides strategic leadership in the implementation of the organization’s five-year strategic plan to be the most nimble, accessible and effective access point to the support young people need. In fact, it is the mission to always be open, providing a safe and trusted place for young people in any moment of crisis or need that drive’s Kathy, it is a very personal mission for her. She is committed to amplifying the voice of young people in the country – all young people, no matter where they live – and to enhance and grow the Kids Help Phone programs and counselling services.
Prior to joining Kids Help Phone, Kathy was President and CEO of Women’s College Hospital Foundation where she advanced the health of women across Canada and reached record levels of support. Her success in this role led to her being named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence in 2017.
Kathy is a passionate change-maker in Canada, impacting change and growth throughout her 18 years of exceptional service in senior leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector, including as: Executive Director of Advancement at the University of Toronto/Mississauga; Associate Vice-president of Advancement at the University of Guelph; President and CEO at Credit Valley Hospital Foundation; and Chief Development Officer at the Art Gallery of Ontario. After a successful career in banking, Kathy and her family moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she co-founded the Canadian Foundation alongside the Canadian Consule General with a mandate of supporting children and families, it is where she knew that by combining her business experience with her commitment to making an impact for others in this third world city.
Kathy’s commitment to the charitable sector includes her volunteer work on multiple non-profit organizations’ boards of directors, including: Imagine Canada; the National Council of Foundation Executives for the Conference Board of Canada; and the Toronto Academic Health Science Network’s Foundation CEO Roundtable. She is also a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty and Homelessness in Mississauga.
Karim Mamdani, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Karim Mamdani is President and CEO of Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores), a public specialty hospital that provides specialized assessment and treatment services for people living with complex mental illness.
Mr. Mamdani’s areas of focus include information management, employee engagement, financial and operational management, governance, land and building development, collective bargaining, funding systems and strategy development and execution. His system contributions include leadership on a number of Boards and Committees, The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) Board of Directors, Chair of the Finance Committee, and member of the RGP Toronto Board. He is also the former Chair of Addictions and Mental Health Ontario.
Mr. Mamdani holds an MBA from McMaster University and is a CPA.