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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2018 Waterloo Region MedTech Conference - Canadian MedTech: What's Holding Us Back? - Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - St. George Hall, Waterloo Ontario

2018 Waterloo Region
MedTech Conference

Canadian MedTech:
What's Holding Us Back?

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
St. George Hall, Waterloo Ontario

Bringing entrepreneurs, start-ups, researchers, industry and government experts, thought leaders, and healthcare professionals, together to innovate solutions to pressing healthcare problems.

Join us at Waterloo Region's largest cross-sector gathering involved in health care.

Conference Plenary Speaker

Dr. Rueben Devlin Chief Health Strategist, Government of Ontario

Learn from over 20 experts from industry, health care, government, incubators and academia on how to make it through the medtech maze and how we could make this path easier.

Download the Waterloo Region MedTech Conference 2018 Agenda (.pdf)

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Individual Registration$399.00
Registered Waterloo MedTech Members$349.00
Startup with 3 or Fewer Full Time Employees$199.50
Table of 6$1,995.00
Qualifying Students (Limited to first 15 Registered)$99.00
Practicing Physicians and Hospital Allied Health Professionals - Half Day Rate$150.00
Practicing Physicians and Hospital Allied Health Professionals - Full Day Rate$299.00

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Download the 2018 Waterloo MedTech Conference Hotel Recomendations (.pdf)

Download the 2018 - 3rd Annual MedTech Conference Sponsorship and Exhibitor Catalogue (.pdf) (Updated Sept 27, 2018)

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Registration

Hosted by Waterloo MedTech
with support from Industry and the Community.

Did You Miss the 2017 Conference? Read about it here!

Media Sponsor

Canadian Healthcare Technology

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

Other Sponsors

Conference Speakers


Dr. Rueben Devlin

Premiers' Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine, Government of Ontario


Adrien Cote

Science Lead and Business Advisor, Velocity


Armen Bakirtzian

CEO & Co-founder, Intellijoint Surgical


Bardish Chaggar

Government of Canada


Brian Lewis

President & CEO, Medical Devices Canada (MEDEC)


Brenda Rankin

Client Outlook


Dana Fox

Institute for Smarter Government


David Rouselle

President, CPSO 2016-2017


Franck Hivert

Oculys Health Informatics


Joseph Cafazzo

Executive Director, Biomedical Engineering, UHN


Josephine McMurray

Wilfrid Laurier University


Laurie Lafleur

Paragon Consulting Partners


Lisette Van Gemert-Pijnen

Professor, Persuasive Health Technology at the University of Twente (Netherlands)


Mohamed Alarakhia

MD, Director, eHealth Centre of Excellence


Murray Gamble

President, The C3 Group of Companies


Neil Fraser

President, Medtronic Canada; Regional Vice-President - Canada, Medtronic plc


Paul Nagy

PhD, FSIIM, Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Dr. Paul Salvini

Chief Executive Officer, Waterloo Accelerator Centre; Associate Vice President of Research Commercialization, University of Waterloo


Shanti Gidwani

National Senior Director, Healthcare, Cisco Canada


Sonny Kohli

Co-Founder, Cloud DX; 2017 XPRIZE recipient for 'Bold, Epic Innovation'


Wayne Gudbranson

CEO and Founder, Branham Group Inc.

Innovation Showcase Top 7


Spencer Waugh

CEO, AceAge


Bobby Green

Co-Founder & COO, Amina Health


Arjumand Ateeq

Founder & CEO, Baysil Inc.


Moazam Khan

Co-Founder & CEO, Curiato Inc.


Patricia Quinn

Co-founder & CEO, Monarch Collection Inc.


Wayne Li

CEO, NextUp Care


Noah Debrincat

Co-founder & CEO, SannTek Labs

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