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TRANSFORM HF Fall Network Event

November 8, 2023 @ 8:45 am - 1:00 pm EST

TRANSFORM HF is pleased to be hosting its third annual Fall Network Meeting!

Our network members are invited to join us for:

  • Intimate fireside chat centered around Indigenous health and the application for digital health in remote settings.
  • Engaging panel discussion on health equity and community partnerships.
  • Cutting-edge research presentations on the latest in digital innovation.
  • Research posters from our trainees.
  • Networking with our diverse community of clinicians, scientists, faculty, trainees, industry representatives, and people with lived experience.
  • Coffee and refreshments, light breakfast, and lunch!

Register today to secure your spot!


8:45-9:15 AM: Registration/Breakfast/Poster Display

9:15-9:30 AM: Traditional Opening & Welcoming Remarks

Bob Watts, Craig Simmons, Heather Ross

Bob Watts

Bob Watts

Robert (Bob) Watts is a much sought after trainer and expert in Indigenous policy, negotiations, conflict resolution and reconciliation. He is the former Interim Executive Director of the Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which examined and made recommendations regarding the Indian Residential School era and its legacy. Bob also served as the Chief of Staff to the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, where he was a member of the team that negotiated the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the largest class action settlement in Canada’s history. Currently, Bob is the vp of Indigenous Relations at the NWMO and an Adjunct Professor and Distinguished Fellow at Queen’s University, where he developed one the first graduate level courses on Reconciliation in the country. He is also the Chair of the Downie-Wenjack Fund and Reconciliation Canada. Bob is from the Mohawk and Ojibway Nations and resides at Six Nations Reserve, Ontario. Bob carries and honours his Ojibwe Spirit Name, Kinoozishingwak (Tall Pine) and is a member of the Bear Clan.

9:30-10:15 AM: Fireside Chat on Indigenous Health

Lynne Innes, Heather Ross

Lynne Innes

Lynne Innes

Lynne Innes is a proud member of Moose Cree First Nation and a life-long resident of Moosonee. She began her career as an RN before attaining her Master’s degree in Nursing and Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner certification from Laurentian University. Ms. Innes then returned home to provide care for her community and to raise her 3 children, Camryn, Carter, and Kiera in their traditional territory. Recently, Lynne completed all requirements and credentialing for the Certified Health Executive designation with the Canadian College of Health Leaders and continues her studies at the Rotman School of Business at the U of T. In 2018, Lynne was appointed the VP of Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Executive for the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority and assumed the role of President & CEO in June 2019. In her spare time, Lynne loves to be on the river, fishing, and spending time with her family at their camp and coaching her kids’ sports teams. Most recently, Lynne also serves as a Director on the Ontario Hospital Association board, School Board Trustee, and Vice Chair of the NAN Task Force Team.

10:15-10:55 AM: Panel Discussion on Health Equity & Community Partnerships

Angela Mashford-Pringle, Leanne De Souza
Moderated by Sahr Wali

Angela Mashford-Pringle

Angela Mashford-Pringle

Dr. Angela Mashford-Pringle is an Algonquin woman from Timiskaming First Nation who was born, raised and resides in the Tkaronto area. She is an Assistant Professor, Indigenous Health Lead and Associate Director at the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Dr. Mashford-Pringle is the Program Director the Master of Public Health in Indigenous Health (MPH-IH). Angela is the founding editor of the Turtle Island Journal of Indigenous Health (TIJIH), a graduate student-led journal. Angela has moved toward Indigenous pedagogies and ontologies by using Land as Teacher in her graduate teaching (land-based learning). She is the recipient of the OISE Leaders and Innovators Award (2021) and the University of Toronto Early Career Teaching Award (2022). Her research is with urban and rural Indigenous groups and communities at the intersection of Indigenous health and education including culture, language, land-based learning, climate action, and policy analysis. Angela holds Tri-Council funding for storywork with previously incarcerated Indigenous peoples and Indigenous parents who have experience with child welfare. Her previous work included over a decade at the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada in Indigenous early childhood initiatives.
Leanne De Souza-Kenney

Leanne De Souza-Kenney

Dr. Leanne De Souza-Kenney earned her PhD from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto (U of T) and her MSc from the Department of Nutritional Sciences at U of T. She is an Assistant Professor in the Human Biology Program and Health Studies Program, University College at U of T and is Cross-appointed to the Institute for Life Course and Aging at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at U of T. She is also a Distinguished Fellow in Child Nutrition and Health at the Joannah & Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition. As a Public Health Scientist, her research focuses on chronic disease prevention examining precursors and modifiable risk factors related to the social determinants of health, that lead to health outcome disparities in marginalized populations. Both her research and teaching, connects to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Dr. De Souza-Kenney’s teaching approach emphasizes  community engaged learning (CEL) where her students work first-hand on challenges that impact on local, national, and global communities. Dr. De Souza-Kenney is a Fulbright Scholar holding the inaugural Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Race and Health Policy at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, University of Memphis, Tennessee, where she examines the impact of structural inequities and health disparities in the underserved.

Azadeh Yadollahi

Azadeh Yadollahi

Dr. Azadeh Yadollahi is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto, Senior Scientist at KITE, and Director of FIBRE platform at KITE. Her work focuses on developing devices, techniques, and protocols that will assist people with trouble breathing particularly while they are sleeping or if they are living with a chronic cardio-respiratory condition. Dr. Yadollahi hopes to improve innovative medical devices for the diagnosis and management of chronic diseases which will help patients live comfortably and safely in their homes and not in hospitals or nursing homes.

Sahr Wali

Sahr Wali

Dr. Sahr Wali is a Scientific Associate at the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research at University Health Network. As a digital health services researcher, she is committed to bridging the values from culture and innovation to advance the equitable provision of health interventions. Dr. Wali currently leads a portfolio of research in partnership with communities in Northern Ontario and Uganda to support a community-first, digitally enabled avenue for cardiac care. Her collaborative research seeks to challenge the traditional approaches to digital health innovation, by incorporating sources of Indigenous methodologies and graphic medicine within the user-centered design process.

10:55-11:05 AM: Break

11:05-11:45 AM: Innovation Research Presentations

Ian Connell, Dan Franklin, Andrew Smith
Moderated by Darshan Brahmbhatt

Ian Connell

Ian Connell

Dr. Ian Connell’s research group works at the intersection of engineering, clinical research, and health services. He leads several research programs at UHN focused on advancing point-of-care imaging, image-guided therapeutics, and digital therapeutics. Previously, Dr. Connell worked in industry. First, as Senior Scientist at Synaptive Medical, where he co-led the development and 510(k) FDA clearance of the breakthrough 0.5T MRI system Evry. Second, as Director of Engineering at Synex Medical where he led the team building a non-invasive blood glucose sensor. Dr. Connell collaborates with numerous external academic labs and industry partners to develop and commercialize the next generation of digital health technologies. Currently his team is tackling some of Canada’s largest questions in remote medicine, including:
  • Deployment and evaluation of low-cost point-of-care diagnostic imaging for use in low-resource environments
  • ML/AI and human factors engineering to simplify complex systems for remote use
  • Teleradiology services for mobile MRI and CT units
  • Neuroradiology and neurodegenerative disease
Dan Franklin

Dan Franklin

Daniel Franklin is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto, and the Ted Rogers Chair in Cardiovascular Engineering at the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Failure. He received his doctorate in Physics at the University of Central Florida studying light-matter interactions and developing experimental optoelectronic technologies. As a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Northwestern University, he worked with Professor John Rogers in the fields of bio-integrated electronics and soft-matter photonics. There, Professor Franklin developed novel bioresorbable materials, laser systems, and flexible wireless implants and wearables for hemodynamic monitoring. Throughout this work, he has won numerous awards including the Baxter Young Investigator Award and the Displaying Futures Award from Merck KGaA, Germany – the world’s largest producer of liquid crystal material. Now, in his role at University of Toronto, Professor Franklin’s lab combines optics, engineering, and physiology to produce medical technologies for commercial translation, in partnership with industry-leading semiconductor manufacturers.
Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Dr Andrew Smith is a co-founder, engineer, and ER physician with over 15 years clinical experience. He currently practices emergency medicine at Richmond Hospital, BC, and holds the rank of Clinical Associate Professor with UBC’s Department of Emergency Medicine. Andrew has completed a Master’s degree focused on computer vision, previously secured rank of associate professor at Memorial University and published over 20 peer-reviewed publications. He has also worked to advance health innovation and entrepreneurship in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador by

  • Assisting Implementation of a Biomedical Engineering stream at Memorial University
  • Co-founding Bounce Health Innovation – a catalyst for early-stage Medtech companies in NL
  • Helping establish a Medtech sector in Newfoundland & Labrador
Darshan Brahmbhatt

Darshan Brahmbhatt

Darshan Brahmbhatt is a cardiologist who joined the HF/Transplant team in Toronto as a clinical fellow from London, UK in October 2019. He completed his clinical training in Cardiology, sub-specialising in heart failure/cardiac transplant and complex device implantation at Royal Papworth Hospital, subsequently completing his Doctoral research at the Royal Brompton Hospital & Imperial College London on digital health in heart failure. He has recently taken up a post as Heart Failure Attending at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

11:45 AM-12:05 PM: Thoughts & Reflections

Bob Watts

12:05-12:15 PM: Closing Remarks

Craig Simmons, Heather Ross

12:15-1:00 PM: Lunch/Poster Display/Networking


November 8, 2023
8:45 am - 1:00 pm EST
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Campbell Conference Facility
1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S3K7 Canada