2016 Highlights

Armed with New Perspectives, Ideas and Connections

Another successful and exciting HealthAchieve has come and gone, but the experience and lessons learned will live on as we carry out our important roles in health care. Armed with new perspectives, ideas and connections, we're ready to change our health care system for the better.

There really is no way to describe the contagious enthusiasm we all felt over the three days. As thought leaders, visionaries and creative minds took the stage to share their words of wisdom and vision for the future, we were reminded that HealthAchieve is the cornerstone event that sets the stage for the future of health system transformation.

Our award-winning exhibit floor saw some of the latest innovations in health care, showcased by local, global and international exhibitors.

Relive the HealthAchieve Experience or get caught up on what you missed if you couldn't join us this year.

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The Keynotes

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Among last year’s 200+ speakers were our feature keynotes for each day. Monday morning kicked off with the Official Opening session featuring Harvard professor and social psychologist Amy Cuddy. Amy shared simple techniques to complete inner transformation, harness the power of presence and perform at the highest levels of confidence.


On Tuesday, attendees enjoyed a candid session with the celebrated comedian, actor and host Howie Mandel during the Feature Session. In a moving address, Howie shared his experience growing up with ADHD and OCD, and how these challenges helped to shape him and his career.

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And, no surprise here, the crowd was in stitches during Rob Cohen's Closing Session on Wednesday. Rob took a hilarious and revealing look at the massive task of self-producing and funding a movie about Canada's national identity. 

The Intelligent Health Pavilion™

Our second year of introducing a designated technology destination proved to be an exhibit floor showstopper! At the Intelligent Health Pavilion™, delegates observed how technology is improving patient care and safety while reducing the costs of health care. The space also included a leadership theater where several thought leaders took the stage to speak about important topics including automated medication, leveraging smart connected devices, interactive bedside terminals, practical considerations for IoT projects and more.


Healthy Green Promenade
We took a stroll through the Healthy Green Promenade and saw what was growing in the future of health care. Green space, peace of mind, easy growing, smart solutions and local food!


TELUS Health café
Attendees relaxed, recharged and enjoyed complimentary snacks and smoothies at the Telus Health café. A live feed of the community's #healthachieve tweets and Instagram posts added to the atmosphere.

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Coloring Station
At the HealthAchieve colouring station, delegates came together for a 'zen' break. Colouring with peers provided a wonderful creative outlet, and this was the stunning result!

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The Award-Winning Exhibit Floor
As always the HealthAchieve exhibit floor was bustling with excitement and activities. Attendees could purchase books from keynote speakers and get books signed at the Bookstore, get their annual flu shot at the Flu Shot Clinic, enjoy complimentary wellness assessments such as BMI assessments and caffeine intake assessments and cosmetic services in the Wellness Centre. And let’s not forget the great snacks and refreshments available during Meet and Mingle Hour!

The Exhibitor Awards
Best Single
Stericycle, ULC

Best New
Hopitel Inc​

Best Multiple
SCA Personal Care

Best Double
Kronos Canadian Systems Inc.

People's Choice
Intelligent Health Pavilion

Best of Show

Prize Draw Winners
In addition, the many activities and prize draws on the exhibit floor meant there were several lucky winners! Congratulations to the following individuals who won prizes at HealthAchieve:

The winner of the Desjardin Financial Security Grand Prize Lucky Draw was Laurie Thomas from Kingston General Hospital, who won a $5000 Travel Package to anywhere in the world, and Laura Vicente from St. Michael's Hospital won the Human Touch® massage chair.

Passport Lucky Draw Winners
Terry Villella, winner of a Drone with Camera compliments of Gemalto (formerly SafeNet)

Elizabeth Bardon, winner of a Go Pro Unit and $200 Sporting Life Gift Card compliments of Acclaim Ability Management

Katrina Wilson, winner of a $600 Visa Card compliments of Kronos Canadian Systems Inc.

Sandra Spronck, winner of an Apple Sport Watch compliments of National Research Corporation Canada

Judi Harris, winner of a Apple iPad Mini 16GB compliments of Austco Communication Systems

Nagis Hadi, winner of a $600 Apple Store Gift Card compliments of GOJO Industries, Inc.

Jason Wilhelm, winner of a Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch, Fitbit Leather Band and Frame and Wireless Running Earphones compliments of Logibec Inc.

Gryan Garcia, winner of a Fitbit and Apple iPad Mini 16GB compliments of Closing the Gap Healthcare

Rosanna DiNunzio, winner of an Apple iPad Mini 65GB compliments of Franke Kindred Canada Limited

Sang Choi, winner of a $500 Air Canada Gift Card compliments of DebMed Canada

Romina Calisi, winner of an Apple iPad Air 2, 64GB compliments of Human Care Canada

Michelle Wong, winner of a $500 Visa Gift Card compliments of Praxair Canada Inc. Medigas

HealthAchieve Go Winners
Jessica Herbison, winner of the $500 Visa Gift Card compliments of Cintas Corporation

Jenn Goodwin, winner of the Apple Watch compliments of COACH: Canada's Health Informatics Association

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, winner of the $500 Apple Gift Card compliments of Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA)