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 Western Day

Tuesday, January 22, 2019





Building sustainable partnerships and
opening the door to data driven outcomes


 Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019
  Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown
  1128 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6E 4R5


Join us for our 2019 Western Day and gain insight from industry leaders in science,
economics and policy as they discuss the most important issues in health reimbursement

         This year's line-up of sessions and speakers will provide you an opportunity to: 
  • Hear from BC health leadership, including views on current issues, opportunities in pharmaceutical reimbursement, challenges to providing equitable access to medications and how they would like to shape their program to meet future demand.
  • Listen to our HTA expert panel provide their thoughts on how health technology assessment is changing (for better or worse), and how data analytics (including new techniques) can aid in improved decision making.
  • Learn how the patient perspective is driving decisions at every level of development, evaluation and decision-making, as patient groups play a role in data collection and appropriate use of new therapies.
  • Get an update on what’s happening country-wide with our National Policy Update, with a late-breaking view of key initiatives include federal price reforms and the national pharmacare debate.
  • Gain insights from our Oncology Panel as they discuss how data and pan-provincial data gathering initiatives can be used to facilitate decisions related to cancer therapies.
  • Engage with our Provincial Payer Panel representing western provincial drug programs, who will share what is keeping them up at night as they attempt to manage and navigate their programs in the midst of a rapidly changing environment for pharmaceuticals and medical devices.








Opening Remarks

Gerry Jeffcott, 3Sixty Public Affairs


Keynote Address: Evidence-based Policy

Heather Davidson, Assistant Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Health


National Policy Landscape with a Western Perspective

Moderator: Martine Elias, Executive Director, Myeloma Canada

Speakers: P-G Forest, National Pharmacare; Wayne Critchley, Global Public Affairs; Fred Horne, 3Sixty Public Affairs

Networking Break

HTA, The Bridge to Data

Moderator: Glenn Monteith, VP Innovation and Health Sustainability, IMC Canada

Speakers: Heather Logan, VP Pharmaceutical Reviews, CADTH; Chris McCabe, CEO & Executive Director, Institute of Health Economics; Tim Murphy, VP Health, Alberta Innovates; Heather Davidson, Assistant Deputy Minister, BC Ministry of Health

  12:00  Lunch

RWE and Outcome-based Agreements

Moderator: Brent Korte, Senior Consultant, Global Public Affairs

Speakers: Dr. Scott Klarenbach, Associate Dean of Medicine, University of Alberta; Jenn Carson, formerly ASEBP (retired); Eric Lun, BC Pharmacare; Ganive Bhinder, Executive Director, Better PharmaCare Coalition 

  2:10 Networking Break

The Trending Role of Evidence and its use in Decision Making in Oncology

Moderator: Stephen Filbey, Consultant, WestPar Consultancy Inc.

Helen Anderson, BC Cancer Agency; Stephen Andrew, Kidney Cancer Canada; Kathy Gesy, formerly Saskatchewan Cancer Agency


Provincial Payer Panel

Moderator: Laura Fitzgerald, GSK

Speakers: Mitch Moneo, Assistant Deputy Minister, BC Health; Rachel Cheruvallath, Manger, Strategic Pharmaceutical Partnerships, Saskatchewan Health; Trish Caetano, Executive Director, Provincial Drug Programs, Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living


Closing Remarks

Gerry Jeffcott, 3Sixty Public Affairs




Registration Fees

CAHR Member: $850  |  Non-Member: $995  | 

Students / not-for-profit patient groups / public sector: $75*


Your fee includes: conference materials, breakfast, lunch and two breaks.



*A limited number of registrations are reserved for this category and will be issued at the discretion
of CAHR’s Board of Directors and the event organizing committee.



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