MARCH 30, 2021
The Future of WELL-BEING
According to PwC, in early 2020 only 56% of people in North America believe they are in ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’ health although 78% have changed their diet following a conversation with a healthcare professional with 80% of people believing the market is flooded with conflicting or confusing information.
In the US, 49% of citizens own a wearable fitness device and 78% of employers have a corporate wellness program. At the same time in Canada, the government has estimated that mental health places a $51 Billion annual burden on our economy.
Pre-pandemic, the Global wellness tourism industry emerged as a $639 Billion dollar industry with the worldwide spa market is expected to be worth $154.6 Billion by 2022.
As we collectively try to figure it all out, the Global wellness industry has grown to be worth $4.2 Billion per year. That’s more than half of global spending on healthcare, according to the WHO – and with annual growth approaching 7%, it’s showing no signs of slowing down…
With all of this growth amidst so much confusion, there’s a lot to monitor - pun intended. Luckily, you can feel well in knowing that, as always, at Ensemble we’ve got your back.
Join us in March as we go to the most zen place we’ve ever taken you to as we ask questions like:
How are industries like physical fitness and tourism innovating to meet with increasing and varied demands?
What are the advances in science in technology that are driving our understanding of wellness?
How are the forces of media and social media exacerbating our challenges and driving personal decisions?
Which alternative treatments, methods and mindsets are vying to define the evolution of our own understanding of ourselves?
And what is the impact of all of this on our homes, our workplaces, and the future wellbeing of our country?
As businesses and brands join medical professionals and of course moms in the ever accelerating quest to ensure our personal wellness, join us as we bring this conversation in the way that only Ensemble can, exploring the mental, physical and spiritual trends that drive The Future of Well-Being in Canada and across the world.
Ensemble. You’re part of something bigger.
March 30, 2021
VP Strategy & New Business Development
Naomi Adams is the VP of Strategy and Corporate Development at League and holds an MBA from London Business School. Adams is a technology industry expert with over 12 years of experience driving transformative change and growth for the world's leading insurance, retail, healthcare and financial services organizations across North America, Australia, Asia, Europe and the UK. She began her career in strategy consulting at Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company).
Biohacker and Strategist
Oksana Andreiuk (@CanadianBiohacker) is a biotechnology scientist, biohacking consultant, and speaker. She founded Canadian Biohacker and Toronto's first and largest biohacking meetup group with a mission of bringing biohacking and anti-aging science to the mainstream.
Holding an HonsBSc in genetics and biotechnology and a Master of Biotechnology from the University of Toronto, Oksana has a long-standing interest in the applications of technology to optimizing health and performance. She believes the future of healthcare lies in disease prevention and delaying (and even reversing) the aging process, ultimately extending healthspan and lifespan.
Oksana brings an extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry having worked in private, non-profit, and public health sectors across Canadian and US markets.
CEO & Co-Founder
Adrian is a business leader with a proven track record of success growing revenue, profit and building a sustainable culture of performance while delivering world class services. Along the way he has been a board member, teacher, speaker, volunteer, expert witness and even an actor.
Adrian's unique business background spans tech, media, advertising, digital innovation and business development. He has gained this knowledge at both startups and large global companies. Currently Adrian works with business partners leading several innovative ventures such as MOSHN.fit, a health tech startup, BOTL.store, a wine distribution business, EqualAsFamily.com a social enterprise, and others.
Previously, Adrian served as President of Vizeum (Dentsu Aegis group) where he helped a diverse portfolio of clients leverage the changes in the digital economy. He helped CMO teams build their business and their brands. The result was strong top line growth and even stronger bottom-line growth for Vizeum.
He has consistently been instrumental in transforming and building many businesses. From early days at IBM to Rare Medium, Publicis and FUSE Marketing Group. Adrian helped to establish the teams, processes and clients at the beginning of the digital revolution and later at Cundari and Proximity/BBDO where he led the globally acclaimed digital teams. In 2008, he co-founded Quizative, a digital innovation agency which was later acquired.
Adrian has been a sought after as a speaker and contributor for various Canadian and Global events including AdWeek, SXSW, The CMA and numerous media outlets across North America. He also served for 9 years as Board Vice-Chair for the Heart and Stroke’s Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery.
In his down time Adrian enjoys spending time with his son, extreme water sports, snowboarding and crafting unique wood furniture.
MATT DI PAOLA
Managing Director, Canada
Matt is the Managing Director of the Toronto office, where he brings his 20-plus years of experience in cultural transformation, innovation, entrepreneurialism, and digitally led thinking.
He has worked across several verticals, including finance, consumer packaged goods, travel and tourism, technology, retail, and automotive.
In his spare time, Matt is either running his local innovation supper club, organizing intimate and exclusive events for independent musicians, taking photos, or advising tech startups. He is also an active thought leader in the digital community and has presented at SXSW, Tech Toronto’s MarketingTO, EnsembleTO, Banff World Media Festival, ICA’s Advertising Week, Dx3, Schulich, and Red Academy. He has been published on Betakit, Media in Canada, Strategy, Freshbooks, and Creative Niche. In 2011, he was executive producer of the off-broadway New York City play “Quake,” and wrote, directed, and produced “The Grind” in 2001's Toronto Fringe Festival.
Yogi and Founder,
Jennifer Doheney has always been a fitness lover, yoga advocate and keenly interested in nutrition. She changed her professional direction after an 18-year career in retail planning after healing herself from a complicated battle with adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism and celiac disease. Finding the magic in balancing her body, mind & spirit through Yoga & diet. She hopes to share her knowledge and experience with as many people as possible while continuing to further her education.
Jennifer is a certified instructor under Yoga Alliance. Fully insured to teach on site and CPR certified with Red Cross. She is currently working on her 500 hour Yoga Therapy certification with Svastha - this combines traditional yoga, Ayurveda and elements of modern medicine together; a holistic & thoughtful approach to wellness. She is certified on the subject matter of stress & anxiety under Svastha.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Helena Gottschling is RBC's Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) with global responsibility for Human Resources. Helena is part of RBC's nine member Group Executive which is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction of RBC - extending to over 80,000 employees in 37 countries.
Helena joined RBC in 1985, holding progressively senior roles in in Retail Banking, Human Resources and National Office, which included postings in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. She re-joined Human Resources in 2006 and held a number of executive roles before being appointed CHRO in 2017.
Prior to her current role, Helena was Senior Vice President, Human Resources, responsible for executive and high potential talent management, including leadership development and succession planning. She was also accountable for RBC’s enterprise learning function and organizational effectiveness centre of expertise to support change management and organizational design. In addition, Helena led the HR business teams supporting Technology & Operations and Global Functions.
Over 35 years with RBC, Helena has distinguished herself as a trusted advisor, a change champion, and a devoted employee advocate – leadership qualities that help to unlock the potential of RBCers and strengthen our brand as a top employer of choice on a global scale.
Helena was a co-chair of RBC's record-breaking 2016 National Employee Giving Campaign, inspiring employees to go above and beyond in their personal donations to help Canadian communities prosper. Helena has been a long-time supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Ride for Research and currently serves on the Canadian JDRF Board. She is also a board member of Plan International and the Human Capital Policy Council, C.D. Howe Institute. She is a past board member of The Mosaic Institute.
Helena holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Helena is married with one son and lives in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Chief Medical Officer, VP for Medical and Academic Affairs
Hospital for Sick Children
Dr. Lennox Huang is the Chief Medical Officer and Vice-President for Medical and Academic Affairs at SickKids, and co-chairs the hospital’s Medical Advisory, Quality Management and Clinical Operations Committees. At a regional level, Dr. Huang co-chairs the Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN) Medical Affairs Committee and co-leads the TAHSN Escalation of Care Task Force. Dr. Huang is a staff physician in the Paediatric Critical Care Unit at SickKids and holds the rank of Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto and Associate Clinical Professor of Paediatrics at McMaster University.
In addition to healthcare administration and clinical care, Dr. Huang has a special interest in the application of healthcare simulation to the design and testing of new facilities and in the detection of latent safety threats. He currently sits on the board of the Global Network for Simulation in Healthcare.
DR. DAMIAN JANKOWICZ
Vice President, Information Management, Chief Information Officer and Chief Privacy Officer
Dr. Damian Jankowicz is responsible for all aspects of information management and technology at CAMH, as the leader of CAMH’s Information Management Group.
Through partnerships with clinicians, researchers and educators, his group leverages technology and information to enrich CAMH’s mission to transform lives.
His priorities include fostering a data culture that drives decision-making, advancing CAMH’s leading electronic health record system, applying the power of computational methods to enrich research, supporting a safe and smart hospital redevelopment, and innovating for patient engagement.
A PhD graduate of McMaster University, where he specialized in computational modelling, Dr. Jankowicz brings veteran IT leadership experience from within CAMH and from the Ontario hospital sector.
Jack Talk Speaker
Iman Musani was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She completed her Psychology degree at Western University and is now doing her Masters at U of T. Iman's experiences throughout school have taught her the importance of supporting one another, no matter where we are in our individual mental health journeys. She is passionate about encouraging safe and constructive conversations surrounding mental health with the people around her. Iman considers herself a Big Mac enthusiast and if you're ever looking for her, try McDonald's first!
Senior Vice President, Innovation and Chief Youth Officer
Kids Help Phone
Alisa Simon brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in health-care access and support services to her role as Senior Vice President, Innovation and Chief Youth Officer at Kids Help Phone. As a champion of innovation, Alisa is integral to the organization’s development of virtual health solutions for youth. Using comprehensive data and research to provide knowledge management strategies, Alisa drives improvements in service and support that respond to evolving technologies and the changing needs of young people. These include Kids Help Phone’s Live Chat service, the Always There app, the organization’s community resource database of 30,000 local programs and services nationwide serving young people — Resources Around Me — and most recently, a texting service — Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone — which launched across Canada in 2018.
Alisa also oversees the organization’s national counselling program, providing leadership and guidance to more than 100 professional counselling staff working across three national counselling centres. In addition, Alisa leads Kids Help Phone’s government relationships activities, working closely with provincial and federal government officials and stakeholders to advance the organization’s thought leadership initiatives.
Prior to joining Kids Help Phone, Alisa had experience serving as Health Policy Director at Public Citizens for Children and Youth where she managed two helplines assisting children and families. She was also the Health Care Director at Citizens for Consumer Justice and Acting Director of Policy and Communications with the Association of Ontario Midwives.
Alisa holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina.
DR. LEIGH VANDERLOO
Research Fellow, SickKids Hospital
Knowledge Transition Manager, ParticipACTION
Dr. Vanderloo completed her PhD at the University of Western Ontario in Health Promotion and holds a Master’s of Science from the same university. As Knowledge Translation Manager for national non-profit organization ParticipACTION, she is interested in examining the physical activity and sedentary behaviours of Canadians. She produced some of the first national and international work looking at the variance in young children’s activity levels across different early learning environments as well as considerations for objective measurement approaches.
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