Neil Seeman, Director and Primary Investigator
Neil Seeman laughs a lot and does not sleep enough. He is a writer, entrepreneur, an amateur boxer, a husband, father and son. He is a  [postpartisan], supports humility and the  [third culture of contrarian thinking] and believes that  [randomness rules our lives] – up to a point. He wants to capture one  [black swan] in his lifetime and start a grammar school. He is an uncompromising idealist. He failed in his early attempts at making patient-driven healthcare happen. Thanks to good fortune, he has a team at the Innovation Cell that aims to make big things happen quickly. His goal is for the Cell to become the world leader in making sense of online patient needs, wants and preferences. He is part of a global ecosystem that wants to make relevant public information free, elegantly organized, and available for every patient and caregiver in the world when and where they need it. Neil is the co-author of three books, including Better Medicine: Reforming Canadian Health Care, Psyche in the Lab, and Psychosis: Discovery of the Antipsychotic Receptor. A founding editorial board member of the National Post, he is currently working on a book on obesity policy for  [Key Porter Books]. His writing and  [research] focus on mental health and public sector accountability. His research publications have appeared in a variety of journals, including the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Healthcare Management Review, Healthcare Quarterly, and Electronic Healthcare. He is a regular contributor to the  [National Post] and is an essayist for  [Longwoods Publishing] His research has been cited in media around the world, including the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Business Week, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Washington Times. He has been a Research Associate for the  [Hospital Report Research Collaborative] at the University of Toronto Medical Faculty, a Research Fellow for The  [Fraser Institute], a lawyer for non-profits, an advisor to Web-based technology companies, and a Research lead in  ['health 2.0'] at  [IBM], where he consulted to governments and hospitals. He also teaches health services management and health law at  [Ryerson University]. If you want to find out more,  [Google him] or type in his name into the MIT Media Lab’s  [Personas project]. A Senior Resident in health system innovation at  [Massey College at the University of Toronto], Neil holds degrees from Queen’s University (BA), the
Fulisha Mobeen, Innovation and Marketing Manager
Fulisha Mobeen is the Innovation and Marketing Manager at the Health Strategy Innovation Cell. Fulisha champions the well-being of people in her community, especially children. She is a program administrator and business planner for an  [award-winning not-for-profit after-school program] in Mississauga, Ont. where she tutors and mentors at-risk youth. She also has an interest in the spirit of people across the globe, participating on a build for  [Habitat for Humanity in Kenya], where she worked with a team to build homes for underprivileged families. Travelling to experience other cultures and new ways of life is one of her passions, as she has visited many countries across North America, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and Africa. Fulisha is a recent graduate from  [Ryerson University], earning a Bachelor of Commerce with a focus on Enterprise Development and Management, and International Business. Fulisha believes in the importance of taking risk in the pursuit of innovation.
Alton Ing, Director of Simplicity
Alton Ing is Director of Simplicity at the Health Strategy Innovation Cell, based at  [Massey College],  [University of Toronto]. Alton has over 20 years of experience working within the areas of design, management, operations and strategy. During his career, he has assisted retail, manufacturing, automotive, and electronics companies to develop technology-based, process-driven collaborative solutions. Alton was a founding director of vLinx Inc, serving as VP of Information Techology and Director of IT Operations, leading the company through its start-up phase. He has acted as SAP Consultant to ICBC implementing provincial wide enterprise solutions. As an application consultant for DuPont Canada, Alton launched their first collaborative web-based applications suite world-wide. Alton acted as Product Engineer for Safety Products at Ford Motor Company, mentoring TQCM, Six-Sigma and ISO9000 initiatives. As Senior Project Power Engineer for Tectrol Inc, he has led design and manufacturing teams, developing biomedical and telecom products. Alton holds a BaSc in Electrical Engineering and a MaSc in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Carlos Rizo, Chief Imagineer
Carlos Rizo is Chief Imagineer of the Health Strategy Innovation Cell, based at  [Massey College],  [University of Toronto]. He is a patient by accident, a physician by training and a life-long learner currently enrolled as a PhD candidate at the  [Department of Health Policy Management and Evaluation], University of Toronto, examining success' and 'failure of Health Information Systems. Carlos is a former fellow on  [eHealth] and  [Innovation] at the University Health Network's  [Centre for Global eHealth Innovation], and on Consumer Health Informatics at the  [Patient Education Network], Princess Margaret Hospital. Carlos has written on medical [Author+OR+%22Rizo+C%22[Author]&log$=activity] [peer-reviewed journals], blogs on  [disruptive innovations] and  [patient advocacy] and micro-blogs about healthcare innovation, randomness, and life on  [Twitter] and  [Facebook].
Jen McCabe, kisaut Fellow
Jen McCabe is our kisaut Fellow at the Health Strategy Innovation Cell. Jen works internationally to co-advocate for mutual decision-making (patient+provider) in healthcare planning, delivery, and evaluation. As founder of Contagion Health, an early-stage California-based startup, she catalyzes individuals and organizations committed to ubiquitous healthcare. Contagion builds a variety of mHealth tools that support 'microchoice' in healthcare, including iPhone and Android applications and games for patient education. Ms. McCabe's trajectory, while decidedly untraditional, includes a polymath approach to learning and a commitment to rapid-response continuous education. When not researching the intersections of the semantic web, bioinformatics, health data as a personal asset, healthcare reform, and social media, Jen is dreaming up concrete whiteboard schemas for innovation implementation that during daylight hours become reality via hyperactive 'connecting.' Jen's output helps others track and manage small, day-to-day decisions (#ODLs or 'observations of daily living') that bring cumulative 'microrelevance' to bear on decision-making for long-term, n=1, personal health. Rather than working from within a single 'walled garden' organization, Jen often holds multiple positions simultaneously. Her output cross-pollinates the strategic planning diagrams, marketing/communication strategies, infoviz designs (and tweetstreams) of protean Health 2.0 startups, participatory medicine researchers, and wide-eyed idealists around the globe. Ms. McCabe has designed metrics and analytics to utilize social media for patient/provider collaboration and managed cradle-grave implementation of projects for Health 2.0 LLC, OrganizedWisdom Health, and various other Health 2.0 organizations. She is a frequent speaker at HealthCamps, and a presenter at Eli Lilly, Ignite Boulder, Health 2.0, Medicine 2.0, Mayo Clinic's Transform, Digital Pharma, BIO, and BIL:PIL. To Jen, being "healthy" means "living without hesitation." She believes our current system of sick-care "encourages submission" and is devoted to building a health ecosystem that empowers patients who choose to be partners in care. Jen is hashtag literate, hungry, and committed to patient advocacy by whatever means necessary.
Karen Born, isuma fellow
Karen Born is an isuma Fellow at the Health Strategy Innovation Cell. Karen has an MSc in  [International Health Policy from the London School of Economics] and is a PhD student the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation ( [HPME]) at the University of Toronto. Karen is a doctoral trainee with the  [Health System Performance Research Network] and focuses her research on the patient experience, health system performance and transitions of care. A community volunteer, Karen is President of the HPME Graduate Student Union. She founded the  [Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School] chapter at the  [University of Toronto] which brings together a multidisciplinary group of students interested in health care quality improvement. Karen has experience working with government in developing system-wide performance measures, tools, and quality improvement projects. She also was a member of the  [Quality by Design team] that conducted global case studies of high performing health care systems around the world to better understand what enables health systems to be capable of quality improvement. Karen currently works as a Health Associate with  [MassLBP], a company focused on citizen engagement and democratic innovation. Karen has been fortunate to have fantastic mentors, and hopes to give back through mentoring high school students with the  [Pathways to Education program] as well as the  [CIHR Synapse Actua Mentoring program]. Karen can be found on Twitter at  .
Jane La Mantia de Pencier, Writer-in-Residence
Jane La Mantia de Pencier is the Writer-in-Residence at the Health Strategy Innovation Cell. As Vice President of Arts & Communications Counselors, Jane encouraged corporations to invest to earn the public trust. As a playwright working in New York, Jane offered existentialist one-acts for the company Colleagues in Art which promoted her work in Australia for the Melbourne troupe Interplay. Adopted as protégé singer by Impresario Jascha Rushkin, she studied the vocal techniques and musical values of soprano  [Kirsten Flagstad], and the conductors Frederik Stök and  [Arturo Toscanini], with each of whom Rushkin had collaborated. She has travelled extensively including: paddling Lake Superior’s treacherous Pukasawa, fending off Belizean vipers, contending with antiquities bandits in Kusadesi, and riding the Russian rails across Siberia during the calamitous rouble crisis of 1993. Jane has just finished a novel, The Omniscient Toad.
Andrew Brown, isuma fellow
 [Andrew Brown] is an isuma Fellow at the Health Strategy Innovation Cell. Andrew is a second year medical student at the  [University of Toronto]. He entered the medical profession to improve the lives of Canadians. “I care about patients. That is what motivates me to find solutions to the tremendous challenges faced by our health care system,” Andrew said. Andrew believes education is an important tool in preparing his generation of physicians to meet the need of Canadians in the 21st Century. As  [Senior Vice President of Education], Andrew advocates for educational experiences that empower his peers with skills and knowledge to be great clinicians but also socially conscious. To further this goal, Andrew is part of a team working to create a leadership program to help medical students develop skills in advanced academic leadership. He hopes this program will lay the groundwork for an MD/MBA program at the University of Toronto. Graduates of the program will undoubtedly be prepared to face the pressing health care issues of our time. While Andrew is committed to health innovation at home he also appreciates that we are all part of the same global community. Andrew is conducting research at the  [Silverman Centre for International Health]. Andrew is creating an innovative new curriculum for the  [International Pediatric Emergency Medicine Elective (IPEME)] which is a summer elective that brings together Canadian, Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian medical students using medicine as a vehicle to build understanding, trust, and peace.
Robert Fraser, isuma fellow
 [Robert Fraser] is an isuma Fellow at the Health Strategy Innovation Cell. Rob is graduating from the  [Ryerson University’s Collaborative Nursing Degree Program] and will be starting his  [Masters of Nursing] at University of Toronto’s  [Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing]. His experience in community service work in Trinidad and Tobago and India and a desire to make a positive impact on others pushed him towards a career in healthcare. After arriving at Ryerson he became actively involved in his university, the nursing profession and broader healthcare context. Exposure to a wide variety of research, theories and projects made him want to see an increase in the sharing, improvement and discussion of such ideas. Leveraging the technology incased in his laptop and social media he started  [Nursing Ideas], a web-based resource to connect nursing students and nurses with leaders, researchers and innovators in healthcare. Working on this project has given Rob a number of great opportunities including: presenting at  [national] and  [international] leadership conferences and working with healthcare organizations to engage the public and professionals on important issues. While Rob has a variety of accomplishments to be proud of he credits what he has done to various mentors, professors and others who helped inspire him, find his passion and encouraged him to keep developing. In the future he hopes to continue work where he can contribute while learning and being inspired by those he works with.
Shah Ansari, isuma fellow
Shah Ansari, isuma fellow at the Health Strategy Innovation Cell. Shah Ansari is a first year medical student at the  [University of Toronto]. Studying medicine is a new endeavor for Shah who studied business during his undergraduate years, and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce. Shah is a strong believer in utilizing innovation to make positive change. An example of this being Shah’s founding of  [Literacy Through Hip Hop] (LTHH), a non-profit organization that improves the reading and writing of disengaged children in low-income neighborhoods. Shah is inspired by the opportunity of making change at both the international and local level. In addition to his community work in Toronto neighbourhoods, Shah has worked and volunteered on 5 continents. Prior to beginning medical School in September 2008, Shah was living in New York City, where he was granted an internship at the Hospital for Special Surgery under Dr Answorth, team physician of the NBA’s New York Knicks. Shah is also one of the organizers of The Massey Grand Rounds, based out of Massey College at the University of Toronto.
Amol Deshpande, Healthpreneur-in-Residence
Amol Deshpande is Healthpreneur-in-Residence at the Health Strategy Innovation Cell. He is a practicing physician in Toronto, dividing his efforts between clinical medicine in chronic non-cancer pain and innovative ventures to change healthcare. Amol practiced clinical medicine for several years, in a variety of settings, before obtaining his MBA. Since then, he has participated in numerous projects involving eHealth, evidence-based decision-making and telehealth. He is the primary author of systematic reviews in real-time telehealth, asynchronous telehealth and telestroke as well as one of the first articles on Web 2.0 in healthcare published in a peer-review medical journal. His business interests have led him to the position of Chief Medical Officer for Wellocities, an online social computing site designed for diabetics and a consultant to a number of web based start-ups in the health space. He is co-founder of HelixHealth, a clinic focused on employee well-being through early genetic detection and disease management. Amol obtained his medical degree from the University of Toronto and his MBA from the  [Rotman] School of Management.
Adalsteinn D. Brown, Ontario Government Champion
Adalsteinn (Steini) D. Brown was appointed as the Assistant Deputy Minister,  [Health System Strategy Division, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care] in March 2006 with the goal to establish overall strategic directions and provincial priorities for the health system. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of  [Health Policy, Management and Evaluation], Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto. He received his D.Phil from the  [University of Oxford] and was a  [Rhodes Scholar]. He was named one of  [Canada's Top 40 Under 40] in 2003.
Ameet Mehta, Humble Cosmocrat
Ameet Mehta is Humble Cosmocrat at the Health Strategy Innovation Cell, based at Massey College, University of Toronto. He is an entrepreneur and advisor with over 20 years of experience in technology, media and healthcare innovation in North America, Asia and Europe, for companies such as 43 South Molton (creative hub), antfactory (venture capital), Sun Microsystems, Bain & Company, Accenture, Microsoft and IBM. He is also a founder of a health clinic in London, UK called  [Rejuv]. His passion is to bring together ideas and people to creatively generate original thought and collaborative ideas – and to facilitate the extraction and articulation of their vision into a transformative yet tangible roadmap. He holds an MBA from the  [Harvard Business School] and a BASc in Computer Engineering from the  [University of Waterloo].