Community Learning Space

The infraNET Project and 
Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research
University of Waterloo

present ...

"Why Not Create the Ideal Health System Through Health Informatics?"


Tom Closson
Health Care Management Consultant & Former President and CEO
University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

Seminar Sponsors
Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce
Grand River Hospital
St. Mary's Hospital

Seminar Series Sponsors
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
McKesson Information Solutions - Smart Systems for Health Agency
Healthcare Information Management and Communications Canada

Presentation Archive 2007

I will first discuss the health care issues we face and the forces that are at work which help or hinder us in addressing the issues. I will then discuss various visions of an ideal system and offer some ideas on directions that we should be taking in Ontario and throughout Canada. Finally, I will outline how health informatics plays a significant and necessary role in enabling these directions as we strive to achieve an ideal system.

About the Speaker
Tom Closson is a healthcare management consultant. He recently stepped down from the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of University Health Network (UHN), a partnership of three teaching hospitals in downtown Toronto including Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital. Before joining University Health Network, Tom worked in Victoria BC as President and CEO of the Capital Health Region. Prior to that, he spent nine years at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto and rose from the position of Chief Financial Officer to Chief Operating Officer and ultimately to President and CEO. Tom obtained previous experience in health care consulting as an owner of Medicus Canada and as a Partner with KPMG. Further, he has extensive government experience including serving as Chief Information Officer for the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services as well as working for the Ministry of Health and Management Board.

Tom has volunteered on many panels and Boards. Examples of these Boards include Cancer Care Ontario, Canadian Organization for Advancement of Computers in Health (COACH), Hospital Medical Records Institute, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), Institute for Work and Health and Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). He is currently a Board Member of Canada Health Infoway (CHI) and Wellspring.

Tom earned an MBA (Finance) from York University in Toronto and graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering. He is a Professional Engineer. Tom has received several career awards including an Engineering Medal for Management from Professional Engineers Ontario and a Hospital Leadership Award from Canadian Health Care Manager Magazine.

For more information
Shirley Fenton
Managing Director, WIHIR
University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4074

Seminar Hosts
This seminar is hosted by the Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research (WIHIR) and The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo.

The infraNET Project, initiated by the University of Waterloo in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and Internet technologies. Its founding partners were: LivePage (now part of Oracle), MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.

We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of Waterloo.