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June 8, 2017

Ontario’s Chief Innovation Strategist to Keynote Thought Leader Luncheon

On June 8th, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will host the Thought Leader luncheon on transforming health care through food innovation. The Government of Ontario has committed to putting patients and innovation at the centre of their health care reform efforts. Ontario can encourage and support the development and commercialization of innovative health technologies that strengthen our health care system while also supporting the economic growth of Ontario-based companies. Among G7 countries, Ontario has the lowest costs for biotechnology research and development and for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing, and the second lowest costs for clinical trials. The upcoming Thought Leader luncheon, presented in partnership with Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, RBC Royal Bank, will feature Ontario’s Chief Health Innovation Strategist William Charnetski as the keynote.

“Taking steps by government to support the Ontario health science sector through stewardship of an ecosystem that connects our researchers and entrepreneurs, by better integrating Ontario’s discoveries and innovations into the public health care system is vitally important,” says Kithio Mwanzia, President & CEO of the Guelph Chamber.

Appointed as Chief Health Innovation Strategist for Ontario, William Charnetski brings a wide breadth of global experience to the role. Mr. Charnetski is an accomplished national and global executive who has worked in the highest levels of business, law and government. He has a track record of leading transformational change, developing organizations, leading people to realize their potential, fostering internal and external partnerships and collaboration, and delivering results. He has spent more than 10 years working on integrated health solutions in Canada and around the world in the rapidly changing global pharmaceutical industry

“As a leader in agri-food innovation and home to Canada’s food university, Guelph plays an important role in shaping the cooperation between agri-food and health care innovation,” concludes Mwanzia.

The Thought Leader luncheon on transforming health care through food innovation takes place Thursday, June 8, 2016 at Cutten Fields from 12 p.m to 2 p.m.



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