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National Pharmacare: The Right Prescription for Canadians?

JanuaryJan 14 2020 06:00pm - 09:00pm

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Join the S2BN in collaboration with Life Science Ontario for a discussion on National Pharmacare in Canada.

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Science to Business Network in collaboration with Life Sciences Ontario present...

National Pharmacare: The Right Prescription for Canadians?

Event Details:

Registration: 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Panel: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Networking: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm


  • Pamela Fralick, MPA | President, Innovative Medicines Canada
  • Bob Bell, MD | Former Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
  • Durhane Wong-Rieger, PhD |President & CEO, Canadians Organization for Rare Disorders

Moderated by: Bruce Seet | President/CEO & Founder, S2BN

Panel Discussion Objectives:

  • Review the evolution of Canadian Healthcare leading to the rationale for National Pharmacare
  • Profile the implications of National Pharmacare on patients, access to medicines, health outcomes
  • Explore the consequences of National Pharmacare on investment and innovation in Canada

With Support from: Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

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Panelist Biographies:

Pamela Fralick, BA , MA, MPA

President, IMC Canada

Pamela Fralick is an experienced leader who has been fostering positive change in Canada’s health sector for decades. Throughout her career, Ms Fralick has distinguished herself in a variety of senior roles. A convener and innovator, Ms Fralick is one of Canada’s leading, compassionate voices in the health sector. As the President of Innovative Medicines Canada, Ms Fralick leads the industry association for Canada’s innovative pharmaceutical companies, working with its members and communities to ensure Canadians have access to the medicines they need when they need them.

Prior to joining Innovative Medicines Canada, Ms. Fralick was President and CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society, Canada’s largest health charity, where she oversaw a process of intense transformation, resulting in historic changes to the operational and governance structures of the organization.

Ms Fralick previously served as president and CEO of the Canadian Healthcare Association (CHA), the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, the Collegium of Work and Learning and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. At each organization, Ms. Fralick led initiatives designed to enhance sustainability and improve outcomes for their members and stakeholders. Ms Fralick has also held senior public service positions with Health Canada and the Department of National Defense.

True to her commitment to the health and well-being of Canadians, Ms Fralick has served on numerous prestigious boards and collaboratives across Canada. She was Chair of the Health Action Lobby (HEAL) and Co-chair of the Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century (CCPH21). She has been active in many organizations as a senior volunteer, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Chair), the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research, Triathlon Canada, the International Triathlon Union as well as the Outward Bound Canada (Chair) and the Canada Dance Festival (Chair). She currently serves on the Board of Outward Bound International and the Global Advisory Council of the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

Ms Fralick has a BA in French and psychology and an MA in developmental psychology from Carleton University, as well as a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Queen’s University. She also holds an ICD.D designation. She is trilingual – in English, French and German – and is an accomplished artist and athlete.

Bob Bell, MDCM, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, FRCSE (hon),

Former Deputy Minister, Health and Long -Term Care

Robert Bell served as Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care from 2014 to 2018. Prior to this role, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of University Health Network for nine years. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer at Princess Margaret Hospital and Chair of both Cancer Care Ontario’s Clinical Council and the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario.

Dr. Bell received his Doctor of Medicine from McGill University, a Master of Science from the University of Toronto and achieved his Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery in 1983. He completed a sub-specialty training in Orthopaedic Cancer Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University in 1985, and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2005.

Dr. Bell is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the American College of Surgeons and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. As an internationally recognized orthopedic surgeon, health system executive, clinician-scientist, and educator, Dr. Bell has more than 40 years of health care experience.

Durhane Wong-Rieger, PhD

President & CEO, Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders

Durhane is Chair of Rare Disease International, Vice-Chair of Asia Pacific Rare Disease International, member of the Editorial Board of The Patient- Patient Centred Outcomes Research, member of the Global Commission to End the Diagnosis Odyssey for Rare Diseases and member of Health Technology Assessment International Patient /Citizen Involvement Interest Group. In Canada, she is President & CEO of the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders, Chair of the Consumer Advocare Network, President & CEO of the Institute for Optimizing Health Outcomes and Chair of Canadian Heart Patient Alliance. She is a certified Health Coach.

Dr. Wong-Rieger has served on numerous health policy advisory committees and panels and is a member of Ontario’s Rare Disease Implementation Working Group and member of Genome Canada Steering Committee for the Rare Disease Precision Health Initiative.

Durhane has a PhD in psychology from McGill University and was professor at the University of Windsor, Canada. She is a trainer and frequent lecturer and author of three books and many articles.


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