Entrepreneurial Leaders in Health

May 20, 2021 | Calgary, AB

A discussion between leaders in health innovation, highlighting new research and successes, to the lives of those in their communities.

About the Entrepreneurial Leaders Series

Entrepreneurial Leaders is a new series of discussions with inspiring innovators across different disciplines and sectors. The panellists are changemakers, pushing the limits of innovation in research and technology.

In our inaugural session, Entrepreneurial Leaders in Health in partnership with the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, aims to bring together trailblazing entrepreneurial thinkers in various areas of health innovation and showcase their accomplishments and ideas to the greater UCalgary community.

Entrepreneurial thinking, as defined by the UCalgary community, is “being creative in finding innovative solutions. It involves taking initiative, exchanging knowledge across disciplines, being resources, and learning from experience.”

Entrepreneurial thinking is about finding problems worth solving and working on solving them, both within existing organizations as well as creating new initiatives or ventures.

Our search for entrepreneurial leaders is for all sectors and disciplines.


Thursday, May 20, 2021
7 – 8 p.m.

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Mrs. Tracy Wasylak
Chief Program Officer, Strategic Clinical Networks, Alberta Health Services

  • Tracy Wasylak is the Chief Program Officer, Strategic Clinical Networks™ with Alberta Health Services. She has held numerous senior leadership roles within Alberta Health Services. Tracy holds an adjunct assistant professor appointment with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. She is the Co-Lead for the ABSPORU 2.0 Learning Health System Platform. Tracy received the Order of Merit, Nursing Policy Award, from the Canadian Nurses Association in March 2018. She was the recipient of the 2015 AHS Presidents Excellence Award in the category of Innovation and in 2019 she received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Quality Improvement for her provincial contributions to carepathways.

Dr. Katrina Milaney
Associate Professor, Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, UCalgary

  • Dr. Katrina Milaney is an Associate Professor in Community Rehabilitation & Disability Studies at the University of Calgary. Katrina is a researcher who studies structural vulnerabilities related to disability, homelessness, gender, culture, domestic violence, and mental health. Her primary interests revolve around politics and how decision makers impact public systems and service delivery. Katrina is the recipient of numerous provincial and national awards and was recently named one of the top 20 Most Compelling Calgarians for 2019.

Dr. Marcello Tonelli
Associate Vice-President (Research), UCalgary

  • Marcello Tonelli is Senior Associate Dean (Health Research) at the Cumming School of Medicine and Associate Vice President (Health Research) at the University of Calgary. He is a nephrologist and Professor at the University of Calgary, a member of the CIHR Governing Council, and the chair of the CIHR Standing Committee on Ethics. Dr. Tonelli is the past President of the Canadian Society of Nephrology, chair emeritus of the Canadian Task Force for Preventive Health Care, a former Councillor of the International Society of Nephrology, and the past chair of the International Society of Nephrology Research Committee.

Dr. Tom Stelfox
Director, O’Brien Institute for Public Health, UCalgary Moderator

  • Tom has been with UCalgary’s medical school and AHS since 2006. Over the past 14 years, he has cared for more than 5,000 patients, mentored clinical and research trainees, fostered the success of his colleagues, and established himself both nationally and internationally as a clinician-scientist. In addition to his role as department head, Tom is currently a professor in the departments of Critical Care Medicine, Medicine and Community Health Sciences, and is a member of the O’Brien Institute.


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