HealthAchieve 2015 Highlights

​​​Reliving the HealthAchieve 2015 Experience​​

This year's HealthAchieve was an experience we'll never forget – as thought leaders, visionaries and creative minds took the stage to share their words of wisdom, compelling ideas and vision for the future.  Our award-winning exhibit floor saw some of the latest innovations in health care, showcased by local, global and international exhibitors.​

Relive the Health​Achieve Experience or get caught up on what you missed if you couldn't join us this year. Check out this two-minute video and read through the below highlights!​

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The Keynotes

Among this year’s 200+ speakers were our feature keynotes for each day. Monday morning kicked off with the Official Opening session featuring celebrated Canadian comedian and actor, Martin Short who shared stories from his new book and his personal connection to health care and cancer in particular.

On Tuesday, the Hero of High Seas, Captain Richard Philliips, took the stage to share his dramatic experience with a Somali hijacking. Captain Phillips did a remarkable job in applying this experience to leadership in organizations  – and taught us that we're much stronger than we think and that we can survive and thrive, even when hope and support seem to be in very short supply.

Finally, Wednesday's Closing Session featured four time successful tech entrepreneur, Josh Linkner, who helped each and every one of us harness innovation and creativity in our lives. Josh shared remarkable examples of innovation, most of them in the health care sector, leaving us with inspiration on ways to improve the patient experience through the use of creativity.

The Monday and Tuesday sessions were broadcast live from HealthAchieve in Toronto to HealthAchieve North in Thunder Bay and HealthAchieve East in Halifax expanding our audience even further. 

To help bring these keynotes to life, an extremely talented graphic artist illustrated some of the key points from each session, creating a graphic recording that lasts long after the presentation ends. Here is the illustration from the Official Opening Session with Martin Short:​


The Intelligent Hospital Pavilion™​

The first-ever technology destination on the HealthAchieve exhibit floor was an attraction that delegates lined up to see! Featuring guided tours and live demonstrations of how  technology, when integrated together in real time, can improve patient care. The Ontario Hospital Association and Intelligent Health Association kicked off the opening of the inaugural Intelligent Hospital Pavilion™ with a ribbon cutting ceremony.​
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MEDi Robot

Attendees couldn't get enough of the loveable little robot MEDi, who entertained us on the exhibit floor with song and dance. MEDi showed us his Tai Chi moves, smooth dance moves and gave us all a warm welcome. We can all now understand how MEDi is shown to reduce children's pain by 50% during medical procedures.​

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This designated career development space was a hot spot on the show floor. Attendees lined up to get professional make-up touch ups followed by a professional photoshoot to upload their picture to LinkedIn. It didn't stop there – delegates couldn't get enough of our delicious candy bar and took full advantage of the one-on-one consultations offered by experts in career coaching, work-life balance and workplace mental health. All while learning about the job board and registering as a Job Seeker!​

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!​​
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The Exhibitor Awards


Best Single
Kidzpace Interactive Inc.




Best New
Hawkesbury & District General Hospital



Best Multiple
McKesson Canada



Best Double




People's Choice
RxRobots Inc.




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 Kim Massicotte from St. Joseph's Health Centre, Hamilton who won a $5000 Travel Package to Anywhere in the World and Colleen Harrison from Lakeridge Health won a Human Touch® HT-135 Robotic Massage® chair compliments of Human Touch.

Here are all the HealthAchieve Passport Winners:

Sandra Spronck, winner of ​An iPad compliments of ArjoHuntleigh Canada​

Jason Wilhelm, winner of an Apple Watch compliments of Austco Communication Systems

Chris Miller, winner of an iPad compliments of Canadian Health Information Management Association (CHIMA)

Ivy Lam, winner of a $700 Gift Card compliments of Cintas Healthcare Solutions

Cheryl Speer, winner of an iPad compliments of Community Network

Lana Cassidy, winner of an Apple Sport Watch compliments of DebMed

Catherine Gardner, winner of an Apple Watch compliments of Elpas

Stacy Hogg, winner of a $600 Apple Store Gift Card compliments of GOJO Industries, Inc.

Charmaine Mothersill, winner of a Hydroxyl Generator compliments of Hydroxyl Environmental, Inc.

Jeff Jay, winner of a $500 Best Buy Gift Card​ compliments of KRONOS

Sandra Boyko, winner of a GoPro Camera compliments of National Research Corporation Canada

Janie Lucas, winner of a $500 Visa Gift Card compliments of Spectrum Health Care


During the three days at HealthAchieve multiple awards were presented in a variety of categories including Green Health Care, Nursing Leadership and Quality Healthcare Workplace. For more information on these awards and to find out who won, click here​.​

Satellite Locations

Some sessions from HealthAchieve in Toronto were broadcast live to HealthAchieve North in Thunder Bay as well as HealthAchieve East in Halifax. Both satellite locations also had their own onsite sessions and event tailored to the audience in the region. Thank you to everyone who joined HealthAchieve North and HealthAchieve East - you helped to make our event a


HealthAchieve 2016

The planning for HealthAchieve 2016 will begin shortly so please save the date for next year’s event – November 7, 8 & 9 2016. If you haven't already done so, please do provide us with your feedback on this year's event - your comments and suggestions are a valuable resource in the planning of next year's event. Here are the evaluation links:

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For Attendees in Toronto

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Registration is now open for 2016 - Register today!