North America Healthcare Forum


18th/19th September, 2018

Aviva Stadium, Dublin


Join Enterprise Ireland for the exciting opportunity to connect with senior executives from leading North America healthcare groups at the inaugural North America Healthcare Forum.

This two-day event allows Enterprise Ireland clients to meet and learn from senior executives in healthcare systems and hospitals throughout the United States & Canada, including:

  • Adventist Health, Florida
  • Hamilton Health Sciences, Ontario
  • Lahey Health, Massachusetts
  • Northwell Health, New York
  • OSF Healthcare, Illinois
  • Partners' Health, Massachusetts
  • Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto
  • Southlake Regional Hospital, Ontario
Why attend?
  • Meet and network with over 30 C-Level Executives from North American hospital groups, responsible collectively for more than 30 million patients.
  • Hear healthcare decision-makers discuss the major clinical, operational and regulatory challenges affecting hospitals in the United States and Canada, and the opportunities they bring for innovation and technology.
  • Compare the similarities and differences in the Irish, Canadian and American health systems.
  • Learn from subject matter experts in areas such as healthcare investment, reimbursement and route-to-market strategy.
  • Hear first-hand from Irish companies who have successfully navigated the North American healthcare market.
  • Engage with Enterprise Ireland’s sectoral specialists from the US & Canada to give your business tailored advice on market entry.

Dr Michael Apkon, CEO The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

Dr Michael Apkon, CEO The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
Dr. Apkon is a paediatric specialist and physician executive, having held senior leadership roles at several top academic hospitals. He has served as President and CEO of SickKids since January 2014. Prior to coming to SickKids,
Dr. Apkon was Chief Medical Officer for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and Executive Director leading Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. He is currently a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto and has held faculty positions at University of Pennsylvania, Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Management. Dr. Apkon has a BSc degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University as well as MD and PhD degrees from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He received an MBA from the Yale School of Management. As a health-care executive, Dr. Apkon has led systems development and improvement to drive high quality and safe care, improve clinical operations, and promote an integrated approach to health care across a continuum of services.

Arden Krystal, CEO Southlake Regional Hospital

Arden Krystal, CEO Southlake Regional Hospital
Arden Krystal is the President and CEO of Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ontario. Southlake serves a population of almost 1.5 million people in York Region and Simcoe county, with regional cancer and cardiac programs and a full slate of services from surgery to mental health to children’s and women’s care.
Prior to her arrival at Southlake, Ms. Krystal held senior executive operations roles at two of the largest health authorities in British Columbia - the Fraser Health Authority and the Provincial Health Services Authority, with responsibilities spanning the full continuum of care, including public health, acute community, tertiary and quaternary research and academic organizations. Her portfolios also included responsibility for non-clinical services, such as quality, risk and human resources; and she has overseen, as clinical executive sponsor, major public-private partnership (P3) capital projects in the hospital sector.
Arden started her career as a registered nurse in medical and surgical oncology. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing (hon) and a Master of Health Administration, both from the University of British Columbia, and completed the Managing Health Delivery certificate program at Harvard University.

Michael Dowling, President & CEO Northwell Health

Michael Dowling, President & CEO Northwell Health
Michael J. Dowling is president and chief executive officer of Northwell Health, which delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies.
Prior to becoming president and CEO in 2002, Mr. Dowling was the health system’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. Before joining Northwell Health in 1995, he was a senior vice president at Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
Mr. Dowling served in New York State government for 12 years, including seven years as state director of Health, Education and Human Services and deputy secretary to the governor. He was also commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services.
Before his public service career, Mr. Dowling was a professor of social policy and assistant dean at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services, and director of the Fordham campus in Westchester County.
Mr. Dowling is chair of the Healthcare Institute and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences and the North American Board of the Smurfit School of Business at University College, Dublin, Ireland. He also serves as a board member of the Long Island Association. He is past chair and a current board member of the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL), the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) and the League of Voluntary Hospitals of New York. Mr. Dowling was an instructor at the Center for Continuing Professional Education at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Mr. Dowling grew up in Limerick, Ireland. He earned his undergraduate degree from University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, and his master’s degree from Fordham University. He also has honorary doctorates from Queen's University Belfast, University College Dublin, Hofstra University, Dowling College and Fordham University.

Chris Coburn, Chief Innovation Officer, Partners HealthCare System and President of Partners HealthCare International

Chris Coburn is Chief Innovation Officer, Partners HealthCare System and President of Partners HealthCare International.
Mr. Coburn leads a team of more than 110 tasked with the worldwide commercial application of the unique capabilities and discoveries of Partners’ faculty and its 73,000 employees. His unit’s business development responsibilities include international consulting, innovation management, industry collaborations, investing, company creation, and licensing. 2016 commercialization revenue exceeded $118 million. His group guides more than $300 million reserved for investment in companies based on Partners developed technologies. Over 210 companies have been spun-off from Partners in the last decade. Provider strategy and operational consulting has been delivered to clients in nearly 20 countries during that time.
Prior to joining Partners, Mr. Coburn was the founding director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations and served for 13 years as its executive leader. During his tenure Cleveland Clinic spun off 57 companies that raised more than $700 million in equity financing. Cleveland Clinic had no technology-based spin-offs before Coburn’s arrival. He also implemented an innovation alliance network in which Cleveland Clinic directly supports technology commercialization for healthcare systems throughout the United States.
Mr. Coburn has been a member of numerous corporate and community boards including Explorys (acquired by IBM), Autonomic Technologies, and the U.S. Enrichment Corporation (NYSE:USU). He currently serves on the Boards of NEHI and the Museum of Science, Boston (Overseers). He is a former Vice President and General Manager of Battelle Memorial Institute.


Agenda - Day 1 - Tuesday 18th SEPTEMBER
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
8:00amArrival & Registration
8:30am - 8:45amIntroductory Remarks

Kevin Sherry, Executive Director, Global Business Development, Enterprise Ireland

08:45 - 9.00amOfficial Summit Opening

Ministerial Welcome

9:00am - 10:30amInnovation – The Clinical Imperative

Panel featuring 4 speakers – each a senior executive in a North American healthcare system – discussing shared clinical challenges, and examples of innovative solutions deployed in their healthcare systems.

Indicative Topics

  • Opioid Epidemic
  • Behavioral Health
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Remote monitoring
  • Pharmaceuticals
10.30am - 10:50amTea/Coffee Break
10:50am - 11:40amNavigating the Maze: Perspectives on Health Insurance and Reimbursement

L.E.K. Consulting is a global strategy consulting firm with clients and presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Kevin Grabenstatter, Managing Director Healthcare Services, to host Q&A with LEK Executive in Residence Tom Rekart, who has experience in senior positions in several of the leading US health insurers; this session will shed light on an aspect of US healthcare that is often opaque for Irish companies.

11:40am - 12:30pmAn Irish Perspective: Adding Value to North American Health Systems

CEOs of successful Enterprise Ireland clients will discuss the pitfalls and best practices involved when selling into North American health systems, with input from some of the systems themselves; this will offer an opportunity for both sides to gain visibility into how ‘the other side’ works.

12:30pm - 1:30pmLunch Networking & Deep Dive Sessions
1:30pm - 3.00pmIn Pursuit of Operational Excellence

Panel featuring ~4 speakers – each a senior executive in a North American healthcare system – discussing some of the barriers to innovation in healthcare, and how systems can overcome them.

Indicative Topics

  • Regulation
  • Patient Access
  • Cost Efficiencies
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Readmissions
  • Accountable Care
3.00pm - 3:20pmTea/Coffee Break
3:20pm - 4:15pmFollow the Money: The Investors’ View

North American VCs and venture arms will discuss current and future trends in healthcare in the US and Canada; painting a picture of where the investment community feel the opportunities lie. This offers a learning opportunity not just for startups, but also for any health systems trying to get ahead of the curve by embracing new technology.

4:15pm - 4:45pmKeynote Address

Michael Dowling, CEO, Northwell Health

4:45pm - 5:00pmDay 1 Closing Remarks
5.00pm - 6:30pmNetworking Reception, Aviva Stadium
Free Evening
Agenda - Day 2 - Wednesday 19th SEPTEMBER
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
8:30am - 9:00amIntroductory Remarks

Government Minister TBC

09:00am - 1.00pmInternational Health System Best Practice Discussions
09:00am - 9.30amIreland Keynote: Martin Curley, Chief Information Officer, Health Service Executive
09:30am - 10.15amPanel: System-Wide Connectivity & Patient Engagement
10:15am - 10:45amUS Keynote: Chris Coburn, Chief Innovation Officer, Partners Health
10:45am - 11.30amPanel: Achieving Operational Excellence
11.30pm - 11:50amTea/Coffee Break
11:50am - 12:20pmCanada Keynote: TBC
12:20pm - 1.00pmPanel: Instilling a Culture of Innovation in Healthcare
1:00pm - 1:15pmClosing Remarks

Deirdre Glenn, Head of Life Sciences, Enterprise Ireland

1.15pm - 2:00pmLunch


Payment & Registration
  • The participation fee is €100 plus 23% VAT (€123.00) per delegate for Enterprise Ireland clients, and €150 plus 23% VAT (€184.50) for non-Enterprise Ireland clients.
  • Your place is not secure until full payment has been received.
  • Full payment is required by credit card during registration.
  • If you have difficulty paying by credit card, please contact our Accounts Receivable department at +353 1 727 2368.
  • Closing date for registration is Friday, September 7th.
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellations should be submitted in writing to John Shiel at
  • Cancellations received two weeks or more before the event will be refunded.
  • Cancellations received less than two weeks before the event will be charged the full fee (€100 for Enterprise Ireland clients, €150 for non-Enterprise Ireland clients).
  • If you cannot attend, you may nominate a substitute to attend on your behalf.
Please Note
  • Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
  • One to one meetings with Enterprise Ireland clients will be facilitated where possible, at the discretion of buyers. Where a meeting request is made by a visiting hospital, participants will be advised in advance.
  • Dress code is business attire.