HealthTech: The Future of Healthcare Technology

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February 7, 2017
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
1 First Canadian Place, Suite 6300
Toronto, Ontario

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In a continuation of our future of technology series, please join three leading experts on the topic of health care technology.  The spread of technology into health care touches us all, improving access to health care professionals, services, and the availability of related information. However, there are numerous regulatory challenges, ranging from sensitive personal information to compliance with regulations not suited to rapid technological advances. During this program, our panellists will discuss:

  • How health care technology is impacting the health care system and patient access and interactions with the system;
  • How the public health care system is reacting and adopting technology;
  • How a healthcare start-up has dealt with the challenges of getting to market;
  • Regulatory challenges for start-ups implementing innovative health care technology; and
  • The latest trends and developments in health care technology.

Lunch will be served at noon and the presentation will begin at 12:30 pm.


Michael Dingle, Deals Partner and the National Deals Technology Leader, PwC

Michael Dingle is a Deals Partner and the National Deals Technology Leader at PwC. He drives the firm’s service offering and growth across the breadth of the technology sector in Canada. Michael also leads the PwC Accelerator (a global initiative) within Canada.  Michael has significant direct-to-consumer and e-commerce expertise having overseen the development of Medeo, one of Canada’s early disruptors in the mobile health marketplace. Representative health care related experience includes:

  • PwC – Michael works with the Health Industries teams at PwC and has consulted to both public and private sector clients during his time at PwC.
  • QHR Technologies: Michael assumed the role of SVP Operations after the acquisition of Medeo by QHR. Michael was responsible for the P&L of this publicly traded company as well as for Corporate Strategy, Client Service, Client Development, Human Resources, IT, and Operations. At QHR Technologies, Michael led strategic planning toward incorporating, mHealth, VHealth, and interoperability into core products.
  • Medeo Corporation: Michael led the strategy and development of Canada’s first direct-to-patient telemedicine platform. Medeo was designed to be mobile-first, API-first, and ready to integrate to existing healthcare IT stacks. Medeo was sold as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product in Canada, the US, and internationally. Michael also raised the capital required to operate the business. He sold the business to QHR Technologies in November of 2014.

Dustin Walper, CEO, Akira

Akira was founded in 2015 by Dustin Walper and Dr. Taha Bandukwala, experienced entrepreneurs with a passion for healthcare. Their vision: to rethink the way healthcare works in Canada and around the world. Akira is an application based solution that enables users to rapidly access healthcare professionals from anywhere.

Michael Watts, Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Michael is a Partner and Chair of Osler’s Health Industry Group. He is general counsel to many of the firm’s public and private health industry clients (hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, long-term care facilities, ambulatory centre, and private clinics) in respect of a wide spectrum of matters, including purchase and sale of regulated health care businesses (long-term care, retirement homes, hospitals, ambulatory clinics, medical/dental clinics), share service organizations, procurement, governance and regulatory advice, privacy, public sector outsourcing and joint-ventures, private sectors, and hospital restructurings including amalgamations, sales and transfers of related programs and assets. Michael also has extensive experience in providing complex regulatory opinions that ensure statutory compliance with federal and provincial health statutes.

Michael has been granted the ICD.D designation by the Institute of Corporate Directors. He was recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada 2014 as Toronto Health Care “Lawyer of the Year”.


Cost for attendance: ten dollars ($10) for members and students, twenty dollars ($20) for non-members, payable at the meeting. Receipts will be available. Cheques should be made payable to the Toronto Computer Lawyers’ Group.


The cost of membership for lawyers is fifty-five dollars ($55), and articling students and law school students may join the TCLG free of charge by indicating that they are “students” on the membership application form. Please see the online membership page for further details:


Please register before 10:00am Friday, February 3, 2017. Registrations will not be confirmed. Substitutions are permitted anytime. Registrants who do not attend and do not cancel or send a substitute may be invoiced for lunch. Please e-mail registrations or cancellations to:

When registering, please advise if you have any dietary restrictions.


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