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When:
Jan 26, 2011  8:00 AM  to 9:30 AM
Where:
MaRS Discovery District, Auditorium
101 College Street
Toronto, ON

Consumer-centered digital health solutions are transforming the future of health care. Technologies such as mobile, the web and wireless monitoring are converging to empower patients and offer physicians countless new ways to deliver health care.

This breakfast briefing will spotlight emerging business models in the consumer digital health industry as well as the perspectives of different stakeholders.

Entrepreneur, investor or interested health consumer? Come and learn more about this growing sector!

Want to learn more? Download Consumer Digital Health—the new Market Insight report by MaRS.

Speakers:

Veronica Piacek, Director of Consumer Communications and Relations, Pfizer Canada
Veronica spearheaded the launch of Pfizer Canada’s acclaimed More than Medication initiative which is dedicated to empowering and inspiring Canadians to take charge of their health ― and actively create healthier, balanced lives.
Sebastien Prevost, Director of Consumer Digital Health, Telus
As Director, Consumer Health, Sebastien supports the development and execution of strategy and all consumer health activities nationally for TELUS including the TELUS HealthSpace platform.  

Sanjay Sharma, Chief Executive Officer, Insidermedicine
Sanjay Sharma, MD, FRCS, MSc (Epid), MBA is the creator and CEO of Insidermedicine, a leading physician-led news and patient education network. Insidermedicine has created over 4,000 videos and creates 10 minutes of original evidence-based medical programming each day that reaches over 150, 000 patients per month. 

 

Michael Mathews, MHA, National e-health Leader and Associate Partner, Deloitte
Michael is Deloitte’s eHealth practice leader and health technology advisor for the health practice. He is a leader in the field of eHealth with over 15 years of experience in the planning, design, implementation and operation of pragmatic, high-performance eHealth architectures and technology infrastructures.

The event is free but registration is required. Click below for more information on speakers and time:
http://www.marsdd.com/events/details.html?uuid=49bd2494-3635-44e4-a4c8-00e4d5c87d8f

We think this event will bring valuable experience to your team and organization and would very much like your presence at the event to add to the depth of the discussions.  Please extend this invitation to others in your organization who may be interested to attend. We look forward to seeing you there.

About “Market Insights”
The market intelligence team at MaRS conducts research and produces reports called “Market Insights”,  primarily to promote Ontario’s entrepreneurial strengths in various sectors. See link below for free downloads.

http://www.marsdd.com/buzz/reports

The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers provide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.

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By Mary Dytyniak

Nancy Peterson, Founder and CEO of HomeStars, will be sharing her stories  -the mistakes, the challenges and finally the wins – to building a successful company at the Growing Your Business seminar hosted by the RIC Centre and OCETA this coming November 17, 2010 at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

The event, “Finding and Retaining Customers – How to Make the Sale” will outline fundamental strategies in sales;  how to increase client engagement and improve customer retention.

HomeStars is an online company that launched in 2006. It provides thousands of reviews on contractors, repairmen and service providers to help clients with home improvement projects. Peterson believes reviews and online social media are shaking up the fragmented and non-tech savvy home improvement industry by empowering homeowners to seek out high-quality service. Peterson is excited to be one of three guest speakers invited to the breakfast seminar.
“I’m looking forward to meeting fellow entrepreneurs and hearing their issues and burning challenges in the start-up phase,” she said.

Other speakers include Mark Zimmerman and Timothy Hardman.

Timothy Hardman is the Commercialization Executive and former President of Cymat Technologies Ltd. Hardman will talk about his experiences in developing customer relationships and why it is important to invest in the sales process.

Mark Zimmerman, IT Advisor for Communications and Entertainment at MaRS will discuss start-up sales, explain how to build a sales funnel and go over instruments and tools to help measure success.
RIC (Research Innovation and Commercialization) and OECTA (Ontario Centre for Environment Technology Advancement) host the GYB breakfast seminars in an effort to help entrepreneurs in the manufacturing, science and technology field accelerate their commercialization.

“The series aims to help entrepreneurs fast track commercialization. Attendees will benefit from presentations related to business growth and commercialization. Every panel has three speakers, each hailing from different backgrounds, including academia, service providers and experienced entrepreneurs,” says Pam Banks, Commercialization Director at RIC.

The event is November 17 from 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Faculty Club.

For a complete schedule visit riccentre.com

Pre-Registration $25, Pay at Event $30 (covers breakfast and parking). To register, visit www.riccentre.com.

For more information, contact Shantanu at shantanu@riccentre.com or at (905) 273-3530.

Mary Dytyniak will be graduating from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts this June 2011. She is currently finishing her major in Professional Writing and a double minor in Classics and History. Mary has published works in the fields of non-fiction, creative, journalistic, research and corporate writing. She is currently pursuing a career in the magazine and publishing sector.

The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers provide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.

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The introduction of Electric Vehicles (EVs) will result in unprecedented change for two of the worlds’ oldest and largest industries. The current long-standing value propositions deployed by incumbent electric producers and distributors, and transportation infrastructure providers, may no longer be relevant. EVs have the ability to alter the future of energy to the same extent that the introduction of cell phones changed the course of telecommunications.

The automotive industry is embracing and evolving EV technology. In the last five years we have seen dramatic improvements on efficiency, cost, and durability within the battery, fuel cell, and other electric power train development programs. All of the automakers are focused on the next generation of hybrid and EV introductions with plans for plug-in hybrids, new compact high-output lithium-ion batteries, and alternative fuel development programs to create 100% EVs.

We have seen the discussions and plans for EVs escalate to this level in the past, but something seems different this time. Along with the reemergence of EV technology we are also seeing innovations and developments in energy infrastructure – a phenomena that could provide EVs with a more sustainable introduction. When EV developments are coupled with the advancements in smart grid technologies, improvements in energy storage, and concepts on vehicle to grid related energy infrastructure, the transportation industry could play a fundamental role in the next generation development of our energy grid. We have seen infrastructure providers become involved with:

  • an alliance amongst German utilities, oil and gas companies, and auto manufacturers to aggressively pursue hydrogen refueling stations with aspirations of using the fuel as a means of providing grid stabilization and energy storage to manage further renewable energy growth on the electrical grid,
  • a $350 million dollar investment into Better Place, a company planning to build electric recharging infrastructure,
  • and electrical producers and distributors creating funds to encourage innovation to help them deal with the new paradigm.

Canadian innovators are well positioned to fuel both the automotive and infrastructure advancements. The challenge is predicting how the industry will unfold and ensuring that the path to market will provide them a role in the new industry.

On September 20 MaRS Discovery District is launching its Market Insights Breakfast Series where Ontario industry leaders and entrepreneurs will come together to explore the Electric Vehicle market, where it is headed, and what it means for their business. If you are interested in hearing more about this topic register and join us as we explore the issues and impacts.

The RIC blog is designed as a showcase for entrepreneurs and innovation. Our guest bloggers pro vide a wealth of information based on their personal experiences. Visit RIC Centre for more information on how RIC can accelerate your ideas to market.

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The next “Growing your Business” seminar Dec. 9 will focus on Accessing Government Programs [in order to] Leverage Resources to Grow your business.

The seminar is sponsored by RIC Centre (Research Innovation Commercialization Centre) and the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (OCETA) and held at the University of Toronto, Mississauga campus from 7:30 – 10 a.m.

Panelists include Amie Sergas from the MaRS Discovery District, Kevin Wright from the F.R.E.D Group Inc, and Niall Wallace from Infonaut Inc.

Amie Sergas, Manager, Mentorship Programs, Market Readiness Program of the MaRS Discovery District, manages the mentorship programs and works with partner commercialization organizations for the Business Mentorship and Entrepreneurship Program (BMEP) at MaRS Discovery District. BMEP is a $17M program, part of Ontario’s Market Readiness Program that provides support services and mentorship to high-potential technology entrepreneurs across the province. She has managed stakeholder relations among private, public and non-profit organizations, and has successfully navigated projects through entrepreneurial environments. Amie holds a BSc in Biotechnology and an MBA for Science and Technology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where she focused on New Venture Management.

Kevin Wright, Director, F.R.E.D. Group Inc., along with his team, help businesses obtain government funding from more than 150 federal and provincial business incentive and assistance programs, including SR&ED tax credits. A recognized expert in the SR&ED field, Kevin works closely with the FRED team to deliver The FRED Advantage- a surround group of services that leverage the SR&ED process and funding that helps companies grow. Kevin has been active in the business since 2004, and prior to this, was an award-winning marketing director having worked for multi-national marketing, advertising and interactive communications companies.

Niall Wallace, CEO, Infonaut Inc., is responsible for creating the vision for Infonaut’s software solutions, as well as leading corporate strategy and overseeing business development. He brings his healthcare experience to a number of advisory boards, including positions as co-chair of ITAC’s RFID Business Committee and as a member of George Brown College’s Innovation Board. He has spoken at numerous conferences across North America on the value of GIS and mapping technology for the healthcare sector.

The discussion promises to be engaging and informative.

Registration for the event is required by Dec. 8 .Check in and breakfast will start promptly at 7:30 in the Faculty Club (second floor of South Building of University of Toronto, Mississauga).

For further details about this innovation event please contact sharon.dotan@ric-centre.on.ca

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