Technological innovation is desperately needed in the medical field today

However, before an innovation can be adopted in medical practice, researchers must overcome significant cost and resource-heavy barriers around technology deployment.

Waterloo MedTech leverages the Region's unique collaborative innovation culture to address the gap between healthcare research and its adoption in practice.

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Become part of a healthcare ecosystem of visionaries, resources, and knowledge.


Mobilizing research innovation in health care can be complex.

That's where Waterloo MedTech comes in. An innovator presents his or her research to our skilled Waterloo MedTech team who then provide support in connecting to legal, clinical, and related industry next steps required to take the idea to market.

Specifically the Waterloo MedTech team and partners can:

  • help visionaries access resouces and guidance to move their idea forward
  • provide a chance to brainstorm with leaders in your field
  • help navigate the process of concept validation and medical adoption
  • link researchers to ethics board, regulators, clinicians, and more!
  • Disruptive impact
  • Waterloo MedTech leverages timely opportunity within Waterloo Region's uniquely collaborative innovation culture to advance the outcomes of healthcare research.

  • Resources & support
  • The powerful Waterloo MedTech team and partners help visionaries access neccessary resources and guidance to move their idea forward.

  • Network benefits
  • Waterloo MedTech has created an ecosystem that can foster any new medical technology idea, connecting a network of of innovators to powerful commercialization partners.

  • Award-winning leadership
  • Our founders have been recognized nationally and internationally for their accolades around mobilizing innovations in healthcare research.

Award-winning leaders

A founding tenant of the data hub, the Waterloo MedTech founders and directors compose a powerful team of award-winning leadership, boasting prestigious national and international distinctions.


Don Cowan

International multi-award winning scientist and researcher; Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Director of the Computer Systems Group, and Founding Chairman of the Computer Science Department at the University of Waterloo.


Shirley Fenton

30+ years experience in business development, information technology, and health IT; VP for the National Institutes of Health Informatics; research associate for the University of Waterloo.


Garry Bezruki

Former CIO for the City of Waterloo; recognized leader in IT with 30+ years diverse experience; start-up mentor and executive advisor for Smart Cities / Smart Government.


Mark Whaley

Co-founder of multiple successful start-ups nationally and internationally; Mark's community leadership led the transformation of Waterloo into an intelligent city globally.


Brian Vartian

7+ years as a physician; a strong advocate for the adoption of innovation within the healthcare ecosystem; former family medicine practitioner; currently Chief of Anesthesia at Groves Memorial Community Hospital.

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2017 Waterloo Region MedTech Conference - Breaking Through Barriers - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - St. George Hall, Waterloo Ontario

2017 Waterloo Region
MedTech Conference

Breaking Through Barriers

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
St. George Hall, Waterloo Ontario

What happens when entrepreneurs, researchers, industry experts, thought leaders, healthcare professionals and government come together to innovate solutions to pressing healthcare problems?

To find out, join us at Waterloo Region's largest cross-sector gathering involved in health care.

This year's conference will explore breaking down barriers to innovation within the healthcare ecosystem.

"Healthcare related technology has the potential to make a powerful and positive economic impact." - William Charnetski, Chief Innovation Strategist, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, keynote speaker at the 2016 Inaugural MedTech conference

Hosted by Waterloo MedTech with support from industry and the community.

Click here to download the Waterloo Region MedTech Conference Agenda, November 22, 2017 (.pdf, 117KB)

Conference Sponsors

The City of Waterloo

David Johnston Research + Technology Park

Accelerator Centre

Media Sponsor

Canadian Healthcare Technology

Conference Speakers


Kathryn McGarry

Minister, Ontario Government and Healthcare Professional


William Charnetski

Chief Health Innovation Strategist, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care


Dave Jaworsky

Mayor, City of Waterloo


Mohamed Alarakhia

MD, Director, eHealth Centre of Excellence


Armen Bakirtzian

CEO & Co-founder, Intellijoint Surgical


Matthew Bromwich

MD, Pediatric Otolaryngology Surgeon, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario; Associate Professor, University of Ottawa; and Founder and CMO, Clearwater Clinical Limited


Simon Cheesman

Business Lead, Innovation and New Initiatives, Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation, Baycrest Health Sciences


Sarina Cheng

Director Health Records, MyChart PHR Program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences


Fiona Fitzgerald

Zone Leader, Life Sciences Canada, GE Healthcare


Paul Finch

PhD, DPodM


Elliot Fung

Director, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network


Harry Gandhi

CEO & Co-Founder, Medella Health


Breanne Halyk

Innovation Activation Manager, JLABS Canada, Johnson & Johnson Innovation


Mary Pat Hinton

CEO & Co-Founder, Emmetros


Franck Hivert

CEO, Oculys


Karim S. Karim

PhD, Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo and CTO, KA Imaging


Farnoud Kazemzadeh

CEO & Co-Founder, Elucid Labs


Moazam M. Khan

COO & Co-Founder, Curiato


Jennifer Krul

CXO, Emmetros


Shak Lakhani

CTO & Co-Founder, Avro Life Science


Malcolm Maxwell

President and CEO, Grand River Hospital


Alexa Roeper

CEO and Co-Founder, Penta Medical


Paul Salvini

PhD, CEO, The Accelerator Centre and Associate Vice-President, Research Commercialization, University of Waterloo


Dan Sinai

Senior Executive, Innovation, IBM Canada


Kevin Tuer

VP, Strategic Initiatives & Managing Director, Canada's Open Data Exchange, Communitech


Patricia Quinn

CEO, Monarch Clothes


Spencer Waugh

CEO, AceAge


Zach Weston

Manager, Health System Integration/Performance, Waterloo Wellington LHIN; Faculty Member, Wilfrid Laurier University


Alexander Wong

PhD, Canada Research Chair in Medical Imaging Systems and Associate Professor, Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo

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