17-Jun-2016 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM


BC Lower Mainland Chapter Presents
CEO / Senior Leader Panel – Paving the Future of Health Care in BC, Perspectives from the Private Sector

Date: June 17, 2016
(Pacific Time)
7:00 - 7:30 a.m. - Breakfast and Networking
7:30 - 9:00 a.m. - Presentations
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. - Chapter Annual General Meeting
Place: Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver
900 Canada Place, Vancouver

The CCHL BC Lower Mainland chapter is pleased to present a breakfast session with private sector Senior Leaders / CEOs.  The BC Lower Mainland Chapter is committed to bringing fresh perspectives to our members, and to this end we have “shaken up” our traditional approach to the CEO panel. This annual event has traditionally been held with Health Authority CEOs but this year the voice of the private sector “C Suite” is forming part of our on-going discussion on the future of healthcare delivery and healthcare leadership.      Please join us for this unique opportunity to explore health care leadership through a different lens. This panel session will be moderated by our Chapter Chair, Paul Gallant and will afford plenty of opportunity for open dialogue with the Senior Leaders / CEOs.  Please feel free to submit questions to the CEOs at the following link:  http://www.questionpro.com/t/AEeuVZUJlt . These questions will be passed on to the moderator for consideration – not all questions will be able to be addressed but the moderator will do their best to cover the majority of topics.


  • Paul Gallant, Chapter Chair, CCHL BC Lower Mainland Chapter


  • Stuart Cottrelle, CEO & President, Bayshore Home Health
  • Karimah Es Sabar, President and CEO, CDRD - The Centre for Drug Research and Development
  • Shanti Gidwani, National Sr Director, Healthcare Industry Transformation, Cisco Systems
  • Ed Jamieson, CEO, Medical Pharmacies Group

Event Fees:
Registration fee
includes breakfast
and taxes

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Speaker Biographies:

Stuart J. Cottrelle

Stuart Cottrelle is President of Bayshore HealthCare Ltd. A graduate of the Richard Ivey School of Business of the University of Western Ontario, Stuart has over 20 years experience in the health care/home health care industry.  Stuart is also a founding member of the Canadian Home Care Association and a Board member for Dale Securities.  He is past President of the Ontario Home Care Association, an organization acting collectively for home care agencies, to advocate for improvements in the Ontario home care system.

Stuart Cottrelle’s experience and leadership in home health care in Canada has extended across the country and reflects his ability to successfully launch and expand a high quality, highly respected major home care agency.  Beginning in 1993, Stuart developed Bayshore from a small, single-province home care agency provider into a national health service operating from coast to coast.  Under Stuart’s leadership, Bayshore has not only expanded its home health and nursing service across Canada but has also developed and grown to include insurance and pharmaceutical divisions with key partnerships with leading Canadian Insurers and Pharmaceutical companies.  

Bayshore operates a network of infusion clinics across the country that has set a new gold standard in care, supporting a portfolio of drug products. Bayshore’s clinical and educational programs specialize in wellness clinics, drug program support, health-related testing and health information sessions, and are delivered to many corporate and institutional clients.   Bayshore also successfully obtained a government license to operate two independent dialysis clinics.

Bayshore’s continued positive development has been fostered through strategic partnerships, with an emphasis on organic growth rather than acquisition.  Stuart’s vision and experience in healthcare management has enabled Bayshore to grow, during the past 10 years, to be the largest home care company in Canada.

Ms. Karimah Es Sabar

A highly-recognized Canadian life sciences leader with broad global experience, Karimah Es Sabar has had a successful career spanning start-up companies, multi-national pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies, and not-for-profit organizations.

Ms. Es Sabar joined The Centre for Drug Research and Development, Canada’s national drug development and commercialization centre, in 2009 as Senior Vice-President, Business and Strategic Affairs, leading its business functions, and successfully building an array of national and international alliances and strategic industry partnerships. In 2011, she then took on the role of President and CEO responsible for developing and executing on the overall strategic direction of the organization. Since Ms. Es Sabar joined CDRD, she has enabled new public and private sector support in excess of $90M, grown the organization with expanded national and international reach to include partnerships right across Canada, and in eight countries on five continents – firmly establishing its reputation as one of the world’s leading pre-clinical translational research centres. In this vein, Ms. Es Sabar was also appointed Founding Chair of the Global Alliance of Leading Drug Discovery and Development Centres in 2013, an association of international peer organizations dedicated to translating health research into new medicines, the formation of which she spearheaded.

Prior to joining CDRD, Ms. Es Sabar took on the role of leading BC Biotech in 2005, re-engineering and rebranding the organization to LifeSciences BC. As President, she led the organization to its greatest levels of success as a strong business development organization for the life science industry and the scientific research community. Ms. Es Sabar has also held senior management positions with international multinational companies, most notably as Director International Division, and later Director Marketing and Business Development at Connaught Laboratories Limited [Sanofi Pasteur] based in Toronto. Ms. Es Sabar also served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for a Vancouver medical devices company, Medsurge Medical Inc., and was the founder of two start-up companies including SAL Healthcare Limited, a leading organization in Kenya specializing in pharmaceutical marketing, distribution and healthcare consulting services. The company set new standards in the marketing and distribution of biopharmaceutical products in the region.

Ms. Es Sabar also continues to lend her leadership expertise to a number of organizations throughout the local, national, and global community. Ms. Es Sabar holds a BSc Joint Honours degree in Biochemistry/Chemistry from the University of Salford, England, a MSc. degree in Neurochemistry from the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, England, and an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Shanti Gidwani

Shanti Gidwani is the National Senior Director of Healthcare at Cisco Canada, responsible for the transformation of how healthcare is delivered across Canada and improving patient outcomes and experiences through

Gidwani joined Cisco in 2012 and has extensive experience in healthcare. Prior to Cisco, she was a healthcare consultant for the World Health Organization (European Region and International) before beginning her own
healthcare consulting company in Canada. Throughout her career, Gidwani has worked with a variety of organizations including First Nations communities, post-secondary institutions, regional health authorities, and the provincial government of British Columbia in Canada.

Gidwani began her career as a nurse and has worked in diverse clinical areas including maternal/child, reproductive health, STI management, medical/surgical, and HIV/AIDS. She has also taught new nurses at the
University of British Columbia and performed duties as director of clinical services for a British Columbia-wide nonprofit healthcare organization, setting clinical and operational policy for more than 50 clinics.

Gidwani holds honours bachelor of science degrees in human biology and zoology from the University of Toronto, a bachelor of science in nursing from Thompson Rivers University, and master of health administration and
master of science in nursing degrees from the University of British Columbia. She also has Certified Health Executive status with the Canadian College of Health Leaders and holds a nursing license with the College of
Registered Nurses of British Columbia.

Edward Jamieson

Ed joined Medical Pharmacies Group Limited in January, 2012 and brings with him significant experience in health care, senior management and innovation. From 1982 to 1992 Ed was employed by Baxter Canada where he developed and implemented North America’s first integrated Vendor/Hospital supply chain business. The development of this business is now a case study taught at MIT. In 1992 he started up the Canadian operations of Caremark, an innovative pharmacy organization that pioneered the provision of home intravenous drug therapy, and developed Canada’s first Specialty Drug Management service. Ed was President and CEO of Caremark from 1992 until 2002. Prior to joining MPGL, Ed was President of Cara’s Airline Services division and President and CEO of G4S Cash Solutions Ltd.

Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 1.25 Category I  credits toward their maintenance of certification requirement.

  Due to catering commitments, cancellations will be billed the full amount if not received before June 10, 2016 . As this event is expected to be well attended – plan to register early.

Due to space limitations we cannot guarantee admission to on site walk-ins.  No-shows will be billed for the full registration fee.