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Optimizing health care: A prescription for delivering patient value

May 09, 2017, 7:30AM - 9:30AM

Ivey's Tangerine Leadership Centre, King & York St., Toronto

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Compared to other industries, health care has been slow to adopt evidence-based management principles, particularly when it comes to supply chain and operations management. Consider a grocery store. Every product on the shelves can be tracked back to its original suppliers, recalled when there is a safety issue, and optimized to meet local consumer demands. Transition to health care and it’s a different scenario. Many products still cannot be traced to an original manufacturer batch, recalled for specific serial numbers, or optimized within hospitals to meet physicians’ needs. For this Ivey Idea Forum, David Barrett, MBA ’04, PhD ’14, Executive Director, and Alexander Smith, Research Associate, Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation, will lead an interactive discussion on the Centre’s research on delivering patient value through optimizing health-system operations. A panel of health-sector leaders – Neil Fraser, MBA '83, President of Medtronic Canada; Brian Lewis, President of MEDEC; and Aleksandar Stosic, President of Stosic & Associates – will share insights on how health systems and supply chains perform today and how they can improve tomorrow.

This event is the Bob Britney Lecture in Operations.



Event Details

Bob Britney Lecture in Operations

May 9, 2017

7:30-8 a.m. – Registration and breakfast
8-9 a.m. – Presentation from David Barrett and panel of health-sector leaders
9-9:30 a.m. – Q&A
Location: Ivey's Tangerine Leadership Centre, King & York St., Toronto
Tickets: $30 (non-alumni), $25 (alumni), $20 (current students)
This event is sold out and registration is closed.

Topics You Will Explore

  • What are the components of a value-based health-care system?
  • Why is supply chain management so important in health care?
  • How can the health-care sector adopt best supply chain management practices from other industries?
  • How will the Canadian health-care sector supply chain position itself in global markets?

About the Moderator

David Barrett, MBA '04, PhD '14
David Barrett is an assistant professor of operations management at the Ivey Business School and is Executive Director of the Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation. He is also a Certified Management Accountant and a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. His research is focused on the organizational factors that influence the successful adoption of Lean Management in health care. Prior to Ivey, Barrett worked as a global strategy consultant for Adventis Consulting, specializing in the telecommunications and technology industries, and as a management consultant at Axia Consulting, leading cross-functional project teams focused on new product development and supply chain optimization in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and fast-moving consumer goods industries. His work in Canada, United States, Mexico, Germany, and the United Kingdom involved collaborating with companies including Pfizer, Kinetic Concepts, Cadbury, Microsoft, Sprint, Bell Canada, and Tufts Medical Centre.

About the Speakers

Neil Fraser, MBA '83
Neil Fraser is the President of Medtronic Canada and Regional Vice-President – Canada, Medtronic, and is heavily involved in health policy development including membership in the federal Advisory Panel on Health Care Innovation and the Ontario Health Innovation Council. Through innovation and collaboration, Medtronic helps to improve the lives and health of millions of people each year. Fraser is also the Chair of MEDEC and a Board Member of Baycrest Health Sciences. In 2014, he was a member of the federal Advisory Panel on Health-care Innovation and the Ontario Health Innovation Council. Fraser is a frequent speaker on the topics of value-based procurement, outcomes-based health care, and the medical device sector’s role in improving clinical outcomes, economic value, and access to quality health care.

Brian Lewis
Brian Lewis is the President and CEO of MEDEC, the Canadian association representing the medical technology industry and diagnostic companies across Canada. Prior to joining in 2012, Lewis worked for Genzyme Canada from May 2005 until December 2012 as General Manager, where he was responsible for strategic direction and operations. He brought extensive leadership experience to Genzyme, having held progressive management positions at Hoechst Marion Roussel, Serono, and AstraZeneca Canada. Lewis has a Bachelor of Science in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Business Administration from York University.

Aleksandar Stosic
Aleksandar Stosic is President and CEO of Stosic & Associates, providing strategic business development and government relations expertise to a wide array of sectors. Through his boutique government relations firm, Stosic & Associates, he leverages top-tier political relationships and policy development know-how to build consortia of support behind strategic business development projects on large and complex files for a host of blue chip firms and organizations. Prior to opening his own practice, Stosic held senior advocacy positions in the private sector as well as the Toronto Region Board of Trade before being asked by the Premier's Office to serve as Executive Director to Ontario's Minister of Economic Development, Infrastructure, and Trade. While at Queen's Park, Stosic ushered in new sector growth strategies for several Ontario sectors, including food and beverage, advanced manufacturing, and health sciences. He also led the safe passage of the Partnerships for Jobs and Growth Act and Better Business Climate Act. Stosic was an integral part of the team at the Toronto Region Board of Trade that developed a campaign to win public support and Ontario government buy-in for specific revenue tools for transit expansion.

About the Bob Britney Lecture in Operations

This lecture series was established by friends, students, and colleagues in honour of the late Professor Bob Britney, who passed away in 1994. A Western University graduate, Professor Britney excelled in both the teaching and publishing fields of Operations Management. Professor Britney was active in a global study of benchmarking operations practices and standards around the world. Always interested in manufacturing process and quality assurance, he taught Manufacturing Strategy and a course on Productivity and Quality.


  • Dave Barrett
  • Health Innovation
  • Ivey Idea Forum