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Jun 25

The State of Health and Healthcare Data: Where we’re at and Where We Need to go

Webinar with Lynn Barr-Telford, Don Drummond and Kathleen Morris

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Canadian agencies have been collecting health and healthcare data for decades but there are still opportunities to improve data collection, analysis and distribution. Better data will inform better decision-making and lead to improved health outcomes for Canadians. Join the C.D. Howe Institute on Friday, June 25 to hear an expert panel discuss the state of healthcare data in Canada and recommendations to improve collection and standardization.

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.


Lynn Barr-Telford, Assistant Chief Statistician of Social, Health and Labour Statistics, Statistics Canada

Lynn Barr-Telford is the Assistant Chief Statistician of the Social, Health and Labour Statistics Field at Statistics Canada. Lynn holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Carleton University and has several years of experience as a senior Executive with responsibility for large, complex statistical programs. The Social, Health and Labour Statistics Field provides accurate, timely and relevant information across a range of social subject matters to decision makers at all levels of government, to non-governmental organizations, to researchers and to the Canadian public. The portfolio includes a number of large survey and administrative data programs such as the Centre for Population Health Data; the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics; the Centre for Gender, Diversity and Inclusion; and the Centre for Labour Market Information, among others. The Field is also the home for Canadian Census content expertise.


Don Drummond, Stauffer-Dunning Fellow and Adjunct Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen's University

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.


Kathleen Morris, Vice President of Research and Analysis, Canadian Institute of Health Information

Kathleen Morris is the Vice President of Research and Analysis at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). She provides leadership for an integrated program of health services and population health initiatives, including indicator development, web-based performance reporting, analytical reports, and capacity building. She also has responsibility for the data standards and quality analysis that underpin CIHI’s work.

Prior to joining CIHI, Kathleen led strategic and operational projects for hospitals, health regions and governments across the country. She has considerable experience as a volunteer board member for health sector organizations. She has an MBA from Queen’s University and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

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