February 2018

Quantifying the Costs of an Unhealthy Workforce

11:30am-1:30pm | Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel - 525 Bay Street, Toronto

In Canada, about $69.4 billion is spent annually on direct and indirect costs for five key lifestyle (modifiable) risk factors. With the high incidence of chronic disease and its risk factors, the indirect costs are estimated at $122 billion in lost productivity. These costs are in large part borne by employers. Join our panel as we discuss the economic burden of an unhealthy workforce for both employers and the health system.

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André Picard

Health Columnist
The Globe and Mail

André Picard

André Picard is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987.

He is also the author of five books. His current bestseller is a collection of columns entitled “Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada.”

André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University and has received honorary doctorates from six universities, most recently the U of T.

Heather Chalmers

Vice President & General Manager
GE Healthcare Canada

Heather Chalmers

Heather Chalmers is responsible for driving the Canadian Growth Strategy for Healthcare in Canada by offering a broad range of medical technology products and solutions that enable clinicians to better predict, diagnose, inform and treat disease – so patients can live their lives to the fullest. She is leading GE Healthcare’s digital strategy in Canada, connecting streams of machine data to powerful analytics and people, providing healthcare with valuable insights to manage assets and operations more efficiently.

Heather graduated from Queen’s university where she earned a degree in Chemical Engineering and completed her MBA from the Rotman School of Business. She is Vice-Chair on the board of MEDEC, a member of CCHL (Canadian College of Healthcare) Leaders. She is also Treasurer on the St. Elizabeth Foundation Board and participates on Rotman School of Management’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Advisory Board.

Susanne Cookson

BestLifeRewarded Innovations

Susanne Cookson

Susanne has been in the Canadian healthcare space for over 25 years.

From working directly with cardiac patients and the healthcare charity sector, to over a decade in pharmaceutical marketing, her creativity and innovation has been recognized through an induction into the Canadian Healthcare Marketing Hall of Fame for outstanding performance.

Today, Susanne is the co-founder of BestLifeRewarded Innovations, a unique and customizable platform for improving the health and wellness programs of thousands of Canadian organizations.

Borne out of frustration due to the lack of behavioural change and declining-health statistics, BestLifeRewarded was first sketched out on a napkin to outline a sustainable and incentive-driven system for those who embrace the benefits of healthy living. Now millions of Canadians are supported and rewarded for making positive lifestyle changes.

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