Vancouver Enterprise Forum

Buying & Selling In Digital Health, April 22nd

  • 22 Apr 2014
  • 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • VIFF's Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC)
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As we are seeing and experiencing, digital health is empowering us to better track, manage, and improve our own and our family's health. It’s also helping to reduce inefficiencies in healthcare delivery, improve access, reduce costs, increase quality, and make medicine more personalized and precise. Come and hear from both buyers and sellers in this innovative sector.

Moderated by Ian Heine, Partner (Tax Services) at PwC Canada and VEF Board Member, our panel includes:

Dr. Brendan Byrne, Vice President for TELUS Physician Solutions at TELUS Health
Nadeem Kassam, Director at Zynik Capital Corporation
Richard Osborn, Managing Partner at RecapHealth Ventures
Dr. Paul Terry, President & CEO at PHEMI Health Systems
John Waldron, Director, Enterprise Architecture at PHSA

Dr. Byrne is the Vice-President of TELUS Physician Solutions, a new business offering dedicated to helping physicians improve productivity and clinical outcomes. A practicing physician himself, Dr. Byrne is a graduate of Yale University and McGill’s Faculty of Medicine. He has over 20 years of experience in family practice, including seven years as the director of the Columbia Medical Clinic.

Prior to joining TELUS Health, Dr. Byrne founded Wolf Medical Systems, the largest cloud-based electronic medical record (EMR) provider in Canada. Brendan directed the evolution of Wolf from its inception in 1998 to its current rank as one of the fastest growing EMR companies in Canada. He is recognized as a leading physician specialized in computing in North America. He has addressed many medical and computing conferences on the importance of leveraging data at the point of care.

Nadeem is a serial entrepreneur and a passionate, savvy angel investor. Over the last decade Nadeem has led Zynik Capital into new industries like Healthcare, Entertainment and Social Media.

Nadeem, as Founder / Chief Alliance Officer of Basis, has been a tireless champion for making wellness more engaging for many years. Basis creates very cool wellness devices and services that make getting healthy fun, social and intuitive. Basis closed $9mil in Series A financing in Silicon Valley in the first quarter of 2011 and has since been busy building a rock star team.  Basis Science was recently acquired by Intel Corp. for over $100 Million, a great strategic acquisition for the tech giant. As an early believer in the future of connected sensors, Nadeem received a B.A. from Babson College and achieved recognition on campus as Co-Founder of the Undergraduate Incubator Program as well as through Babson College Radio, as a prominent radio personality.
Aside from launching a few successful start-ups, for the better part of the last decade Nadeem has acted as a Director of Zynik Capital Corp and managed turnarounds, liquidations and financings ranging from 1mil to 130mil+ in deal transactions.

Nadeem is passionate about all things that merge wellness and entertainment. When he's not using his Basis Band to lower his heart rate and manage deep breathing sessions at the airport, Nadeem can be found running after his two young daughters while trying to convince them to eat green vegetables.

Richard founded RecapHealth Ventures in 2011 to support increasing innovation from both within and outside the Canadian and US public healthcare systems. Discussions with individuals across the sector lamented the relative lack of financial partners with healthcare sector focus and expertise, particularly those operating in Canada. RecapHealth is at present the only private (non-governmental) healthcare focused venture fund in Canada.

Prior to founding RecapHealth Richard was a partner in an international mid market private equity firm, Second City Capital and a co-founder and partner with Greenstone Venture Partners a technology focused venture capital firm operating in Canada and Silicon Valley. These experiences in ‘cross border’ value creation were valuable for the RecapHealth operating model which invests in Canada, the US and in exceptional cases in Europe. Prior to founding Grenstone Richard managed venture capital investments for two Business Development Bank of Canada  (BDC) funds. Over his career Richard has led investments in more than 30 companies in transactions representing over $500 Million in invested capital. 

In addition to acting as an investor Richard has been an entrepreneur in a software company, Multiactive (TSX listed) and has led successful turnarounds in 2 health care focused companies as interim COO and CFO.  

Richard is a frequent speaker on finance and social impact and has been named one of Vancouver's Top 40 under 40. He is also a founder and past board member of one of Canada's most innovative social impact funds, BC Social Venture Partners ( and is currently launching a new innovative impact Fund of Funds with several private and public partners. 
Richard has business degrees from UBC and Queens University. 

Currently serving on the board of directors for Providence Health Care, Paul is the President, CEO, and board member at PHEMI. For the past 11 years, Paul also was the secretary/treasurer and technology adviser for the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research – British Columbia’s health research support agency. He was recently one of the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence at SFU Venture Labs and is currently a Partner with Magellan Angel Partners. 

Prior to his experience in health care and venture capital, Paul was the Chief Technical Officer and cofounder of OctigaBay Systems – a pioneer in high performance computing – which was acquired by Cray Inc, the world leader in supercomputing. He was also the cofounder and CTO of Abatis Systems, which was acquired by Redback Networks in one of the largest technology acquisitions in Canadian history. 

Paul’s early career included senior roles at Newbridge Networks and at technology companies in the UK. Paul was awarded Canada’s “Top 40 Under 40″ award in 2000. He holds an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management, a marketing diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a PhD in Electrical Engineering and an honors Bachelor’s degree from the University of Liverpool.

John Waldron is a health informatics professional currently serving Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Providence Healthcare, and Provincial Health Services Authority as the Director, Enterprise Architecture and Security reporting to the CIO.  He brings diverse expertise to the role including pragmatic project management, mature technical skills, and an agile approach applied to the health domain; requirements planning, clinical systems design, software development, systems architecture, interface development and health information exchange are some areas of expertise.  

His 15 years experience encompasses both the private and public sectors of healthcare organizations including work with a clinical software start-up, a leading teaching hospital and consulting with a variety of healthcare delivery organizations and vendors across North America.  A combination of business and technical expertise enable him to communicate effectively with stakeholders at all levels of an organization while providing a hands-on approach to problem solving.   He favours a systems approach and clearly recognizes the value of information for better patient care and a better health system.  

He actively participates in the health informatics community.   He has presented at eHealth (COACH Canada), HIMSS, ITCH and TEPR.   He is Past President of the BC Health Information Management Professionals Society and was member of the HIMSS 2014 Annual Conference Education Committee.   John is a graduate of the University of Victoria School of Health Information Science.

The Vancouver Enterprise Forum (VEF) is the premier networking forum for technology entrepreneurs. The VEF holds eight events each year - usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Participation at a VEF event provides attendees with personal connections, assistance with the identification of industry partnerships, academic faculty, management talent, financial agencies/investors and educational resources for developing and growing enterprises in British Columbia.

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