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Innovation Brokers

Innovation Brokers will work with Ontario’s innovators and health care providers to foster an even greater culture of innovation across the province.

Innovation Brokers will help the Chief Health Innovation Strategist remove barriers, so that new made-in-Ontario innovative technologies and processes get into our health care system and to patients faster.

They will link growing Ontario-based health technology companies with opportunities, key players and supports, create and enhance connections and collaboration, and help ensure success.

Working with health system partners, Innovation Brokers will improve access to sources of support, test sites for gathering feedback from patients and clinicians, as well as guidance and mentorship in moving innovation ideas from development to adoption and diffusion in Ontario’s health care system.

The first three Innovation Brokers are:

Dennis Giokas of Azimuth Alliance Inc.


Dennis Giokas of Azimuth Alliance Inc. – Dennis is a digital health visionary, strategist and innovator. Dennis advises clients in the areas of business and technology vision and strategy, product management, emerging and innovative technologies, risk management, enterprise architecture, clinical interoperability, strategic partnerships and channel partnerships. Formerly, Dennis was Chief Technology Officer for Canada Health Infoway and recently headed up the organization's Digital Health Innovation Ecosystem Group. In his corporate role as Chief Technology Officer, he oversaw the technical aspects of Infoway's $2.2-billion digital health investment as well as evaluation and promotion of enabling technologies and solutions.

Martin (Marty) Gurbin of Metamor Inc.


Martin (Marty) Gurbin of Metamor Inc. – Marty has a deep understanding of the challenges of health system innovation and technology adoption, and the incredible potential technology offers. Through his experience leading a wide range of domestic and international initiatives in health care and system development, as a health care executive and entrepreneur, Marty has dedicated most of the past two decades of his life to improving Ontario's health care system. He previously held roles as a senior economist at the Ontario Hospital Association, Director of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario, Director of Business Development and Innovation and Vice President of Sunnybrook International at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, one of Canada's largest academic and research-intensive hospitals.

Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario

Council of Academic Hospitals Ontario (CAHO) – On behalf of Ontario's 23 research hospitals, CAHO helps clear the path to market by pulling innovation into Ontario's health system. The council has published a template and process to help innovators request validation test sites, as well as a list of problem statements that provide market intelligence to better align proposed innovations with the needs of the health system. In fall 2017, CAHO began brokering connections with hospitals that are ready to adopt specific innovations. In doing this work, CAHO is also building capacity for innovation adoption by creating standard procedures among CAHO hospitals that enable clarity, transparency and timeliness for innovators. Learn more about CAHO's role as an Innovation Broker.

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416-314-3209 | ochis@ontario.ca

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