We are committed to faster, safer, and more effective healthcare. As practicing Canadian doctors, we understand the health data we manage because we live the frontline problems we are solving.

We are committed to faster, safer, and more effective healthcare. As practicing Canadian doctors, we understand the health data we manage because we live the frontline problems we are solving.

Our purpose grew out of a recognized need.

We are medical professionals with frontline experience treating acutely ill and injured intensive care unit patients. Many patients have complex, absent, or inaccessible medical histories when data is needed most. Without this precision information, safe and rapid care decisions are difficult and patients are at risk of error and poor outcomes.

We believe in the power of data and know first-hand the positive impact that access to detailed personal health records makes in our patients’ lives. Our unique digital solutions facilitate connected care and precision medicine.

Sapphire Digital Health Solutions Inc. is a privately held business based in Waterloo, Canada comprised of a team of medical experts with a passion for leveraging technology to improve patient health.

Questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page

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Our purpose grew out of a recognized need.

We are medical professionals with frontline experience treating acutely ill and injured intensive care unit patients. Many patients have complex, absent, or inaccessible medical histories when data is needed most. Without this precision information, safe and rapid care decisions are difficult and patients are at risk of error and poor outcomes.

We believe in the power of data and know first-hand the positive impact that access to detailed personal health records makes in our patients’ lives. Our unique digital solutions facilitate connected care and precision medicine.

Sapphire Digital Health Solutions Inc. is a privately held business based in Waterloo, Canada comprised of a team of medical experts with a passion for leveraging technology to improve patient health.

Questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page

Sapphire Digital Leadership

Directors

Mr. Pollock graduated from Huron College’s School of Political Science with Distinction and complete training at The University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of law and the Richard Ivey School of Business. Mr. Pollock is the founder of the law firm Pollock and Associates, Barristers and Solicitors. He brings extensive entrepreneurial experience to early and late stage firms and understands their unique needs related to corporate finance, strategic marketing, and M & A activities. Mr. Pollock has acted as acquisition lead for General Electric Corporation’s Wind Energy division, VP Corporate Finance for MFK Investment Bank, and Marketing strategy for Ethidex Inc., and General Counsel for Formost Financial Corporation.

Dr. Wallace was originally trained as an Anesthesiologist and obtained a fellowship in Neuro-anesthesia from the Western Division of the University of Toronto. Dr. Wallace retrained in Radiology at the University of Ottawa and is now a practicing specialist in Diagnostic Radiology with experience in general radiology, ultrasound, MRI, CT and nuclear medicine.  Dr. Wallace holds a Master’s in Business Administration in Innovative Leadership. Dr. Wallace brings private sector experience in clinical content analysis in the evaluation of the appropriateness of radiology exams, as well as public sector medical imaging leadership in the Waterloo Wellington region for Cancer Care Ontario.

Dr. Plaxton is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario Medical School and a specialist in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine and Trauma. He joined the Critical Care Medicine team at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London and concurrently completed an MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Dr. Plaxton is the former Chief of Critical Care Medicine at Grand River Hospital in Waterloo and is the current Joint Chief of Medicine for St. Mary’s and Grand River Hospitals. He is the CEO and founder of Sapphire Digital Health Solutions Inc. and has formerly served as the Ministry of Health Critical Care Lead for The Waterloo-Wellington Region Local Health Integration Network (LHIN 3). He is a graduate of The Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) – Rotman School of Management Directors Education Program at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Sellers is a graduate of McMaster University’s school of Medicine and Western University’s postgraduate CCFP training program in family medicine. As a practicing physician and active member of the medical staff at both Grand River and St. Mary’s General Hospitals, Dr. Sellers also maintains special interests in women’s health, and evidence-based nutritional health and wellness strategies for her patients. Dr. Sellers has extensive ER experience and provides Emergency Room services across the Bruce peninsula. Dr. Sellers has extensive leadership and health systems strategy experience – and has brought her expertise to the Ontario Ministry of Health as an advisor to the Ontario Provincial Epilepsy Task Force. Dr. Sellers is a past member of the Board of Directors of both St. Mary’s and Grand River Hospitals in Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario and is the former President of the Kitchener-Waterloo Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Giilck is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and a practicing Internal Medicine specialist. A graduate of McMaster University’s postgraduate program in Internal Medicine, Dr. Giilck has an established track record of excellence and innovation in health care entrepreneurship, program development, and research. He is a member of the Academic Internal Medicine training program at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener-Waterloo and has been instrumental in the growth of the program through McMaster University. Dr. Giilck is a former private sector scientific advisor on innovation in evidence-based, technology-enabled programs for the prevention and management of chronic diseases. Dr. Giilck is completing MBA training at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Dr. Karray is the Research Chair Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and the founding co-director of the Institute of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Waterloo. He holds the Loblaw’s Research Chair in AI and is the director of the University’s Center for Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. Karray’s research is in the areas of intelligent systems design, artificial intelligence, concept mining, big data analytics, machine learning, soft computing, sensor fusion, and context aware machines with applications to intelligent transportation systems, Internet of things, cognitive robotics, and healthcare enhancement for the elderly and the disabled. He is the Chair of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Chapter in Kitchener-Waterloo, and chaired various committees of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.

Dr. Karray’s work in the field intelligent systems and operational artificial intelligence as applied to smart machines/devices and man-machine interaction systems is recognized worldwide by academic peers and industrial partners. He is the co-author of two dozen US patents, has chaired/co-chaired fifteen international conferences and has served as keynote speaker on numerous occasions. He has served as the associate editor/guest editor for more than fourteen international journals, including the IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, the IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, the IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, the IEEE Computational Intelligence Magazine. Dr. Karray’s work has been featured on numerous media outlets including: Discovery Channel, CBC, CTV, Globe and Mail, The Record, Reuters, the Daily Mail, Washington Post, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Wired Magazine, and DigitalTrends. Dr. Karray was recently elected as a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He serves as the president of the Association for Image and Machine Intelligence, and has served on the board of directors/advisors of a number of companies in Canada and the US.

A Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in machine learning and natural language systems, Dr. Shehata is a developer of award-winning research and AI patents which have been globally recognized and published in top conferences and journals. Formerly from the Waterloo-based educational technology firm Desire2Learn, Shady spent years leading research and development teams in the field of machine learning and data mining algorithms to produce and scale AI-based platforms. At D2L, Shady led the data science and business intelligence teams to adopt a data-driven platform and culture – to make impactful changes within the areas of descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics. Shady’s leadership helped develop and scale robust software platforms and new methodologies for advanced predictive modelling against petabyte-scale data in AI-based products. Dr. Shehata has led the engineering charge on big data analytics architecture and evangelizes his research and development through journals, conference presentations, demonstrations and patents where he provides thought leadership. Dr. Shehata is a frequent speaker within the growing AI research community – where he leads AI analytics conferences and contributes to peer reviewed journals. Dr. Shehata was the Practitioner Program Chair of the International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge in 2017 and was nominated for the SOLAR executive committee in 2018. Currently, Dr. Shehata is the co-founder and CTO of the educational technology firm YourIKA – which is a leader in the development of AI applications in the education industry.

Mr. Fowlie has served as a director of OpenText since March 1998. From March 2011 to April 2017, Mr. Fowlie was the President and CEO of RDM Corporation, a leading provider of specialized hardware and software solutions in the electronic payment industry. Mr. Fowlie operated a consulting practice from July 2006 to December 2010. From January 2005 until July 2006, Mr. Fowlie held the position of Vice President and General Manager, Digital Media, of Harris Corporation, formerly Leitch Technology Corporation (Leitch), a company that was engaged in the design, development, and distribution of audio and video infrastructure to the professional video industry. Leitch was acquired in August 2005 by Harris Corporation. From June 1999 to January 2005, Mr. Fowlie held the position of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Inscriber Technology Corporation (Inscriber), a computer software company and from February 1998 to June 1999 Mr. Fowlie was the Chief Financial Officer of Inscriber. Inscriber was acquired by Leitch in January 2005. Prior to working at Inscriber Mr. Fowlie was a partner with KPMG LLP, Chartered Accountants, where he worked from 1984 to February 1998. Mr. Fowlie received a B.B.A. (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant. Currently, Mr. Fowlie is also a director of InvestorCom Inc. In the last five years, Mr. Fowlie also served as a director of RDM Corporation.

Nick Oddson is a leader in software engineering and development and is the current Chief Technology Officer at D2L – a global leader in EdTech with an advanced cloud platform used by millions of learners in higher education, K-12 and corporates across the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Singapore. Nick brings a strong background of experience from his work at OpenText including enterprise technology management, software design, change management, security and database design. A former member of the Communitech Board, Nick continues to be involved in the mentoring of start-up firms and consulting with peer groups working to improve software engineering practices in Canada.

Management

Dr. Plaxton is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario Medical School and a specialist in Internal Medicine and Critical Care Medicine and Trauma. He joined the Critical Care Medicine team at St. Joseph’s Hospital in London and concurrently completed an MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Dr. Plaxton is the former Chief of Critical Care Medicine at Grand River Hospital in Waterloo and is the current Joint Chief of Medicine for St. Mary’s and Grand River Hospitals. He is the CEO and founder of Sapphire Digital Health Solutions Inc. and has formerly served as the Ministry of Health Critical Care Lead for The Waterloo-Wellington Region Local Health Integration Network (LHIN 3). He is a graduate of The Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) – Rotman School of Management Directors Education Program at the University of Toronto.

Ms. Felix is a seasoned veteran in health care administration and operations management for over 20 years. Elizabeth brings a strong background in specialized human resources management and skills in health data systems and innovations within digital records handling and cloud-based decision support systems.

Ms. Smith is a specialist is health information digitization and cloud platforms. A graduate of Trios, Kim’s expertise in digital health data file construction, is second to none and had formed the foundation for Sapphire Digital’s scalability and patient-centered services.

Dr. Sellers is a graduate of McMaster University’s school of Medicine and Western University’s postgraduate CCFP training program in family medicine. As a practicing physician and active member of the medical staff at both Grand River and St. Mary’s General Hospitals, Dr. Sellers also maintains special interests in women’s health, and evidence-based nutritional health and wellness strategies for her patients. Dr. Sellers has extensive ER experience and provides Emergency Room services across the Bruce peninsula. Dr. Sellers has extensive leadership and health systems strategy experience – and has brought her expertise to the Ontario Ministry of Health as an advisor to the Ontario Provincial Epilepsy Task Force. Dr. Sellers is a past member of the Board of Directors of both St. Mary’s and Grand River Hospitals in Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario and is the former President of the Kitchener-Waterloo Academy of Medicine.

Colin Rafferty is an Ireland-based professional in clinical medicine with a strong background in disruptive innovation services in health data management and cloud-based data systems. Colin holds an honors undergraduate science degree from the University Waterloo and also holds a Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from D’Youville College. Currently, Colin is training at the University of Limerick, Ireland within the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery program. Colin is a former Medical Editor for 3D4Medical and is also the former chiropractor for High Point Wellness Center.

Dr. Leveck graduated from the University of Waterloo in with distinction in cellular biology and life sciences, leading him to commence a career in medicine. In 2004 Dr. Leveck completed his Doctor of Medicine at Queen’s University and then went on to complete postgraduate training in family medicine at The University of Western Ontario. Dr. Leveck brings his extensive experience in Emergency Medicine and knowledge of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems to the benefit of the entire team at Sapphire Digital Health Solutions and all of our client firms.

Advisors

Art Mesher is a pioneer of SaaS networks and cloud computing. Mesher began building SaaS-based technology to automate freight processes in the 1980s and helped start and grow Vocam Systems, a logistics network software firm. Mesher was President of Advanced Logistics Research, where he helped companies such as AMR (Sabre), CSX and Caterpillar develop and deploy emerging technology-based supply-chain strategies. Art launched the Integrated Logistics Strategies Services practice at Gartner Group Inc., and built it into one of the premier advisors to major global corporations. Art is the Chancellor of CleanSL8.DNA and the Chairman of The Core Group. He also sits on the Board of Directors for QHR Corporation, Nulogy, and Difference Capital Financial Inc. Art was the CEO and Chairman of Descartes Systems Group Inc. where he spearheaded the company’s turnaround. During his tenure, Descartes was awarded Best Canadian Corporation and Best Business Turnaround in 2006. Most notably, Art was selected as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professional’s (CSCMP) 2008 Distinguished Service Award recipient.

A graduate Wilfrid Laurier University economics, Gordon went on to complete his MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Gordon has worked within the technology sector at Research In Motion (RIM) and then moved on to spend the last 10 years in Institutional Equity Sales Trading at global and boutique Investment Banks. Gordon is currently Associate Director of Institutional Equity at UBS Investment Bank of Canada. He brings an extensive background in finance and has participated in a wide array of public and private transactions. Mr. Rafferty has a strong network of institutional investors and an entrepreneurial spirit with a keen interest in emerging technologies.

Erin O’Toole is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Durham, Ontario and serves as the Official Opposition Critic for Foreign Affairs. Previously, he served as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Parliamentary Secretary for International Trade. Erin is a former member of the Canadian Forces and trained at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston where he earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) and was commissioned as an Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). During his service to Canada, Erin conducted anti-submarine, maritime surveillance, search and rescue and naval support operations as a helicopter Air Navigator. Erin earned his law degree at Dalhousie University and worked as a litigator for Stikeman Elliott, was in-house counsel for Proctor & Gamble, and then worked as a private practice lawyer at Heenan Blaikie.

Savvas is a Professor Emeritus of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Waterloo and former founder, Chairman & CEO of Dalsa Corporation and is a proud member of the Order of Canada.  He pioneered and developed CCD imaging semiconductor devices and successfully commercialized it in Canada.  In 1980, Dr. Chamberlain founded DALSA Corporation, a semiconductor and electronics company in Waterloo, Ontario.  As CEO, he grew Dalsa to $250 million revenue, with more than 1,000 employees world-wide. He resigned from Dalsa Corp in February 2011. Savvas is the current CEO and Chairman of Excel Research Inc., and is involved in investing in technology companies and helping Canadian start-up technology companies move to profitable and lasting growth stages and acts as Board Director for many such companies.

Dr. Furness is a graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto, and is a lecturer and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Information and knowledge management. Dr. Furness’ past consulting work has ranged from information architecture development to information systems effectiveness evaluation. Dr. Furness holds the iSchool’s first continuing appointment of a Teaching Stream faculty member. Dr. Furness is cross-appointed to the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and is affiliated with its Health Informatics program. Dr. Furness is the past Chief Scientist and Epidemiologist for Infonaut Corporation – a leading innovator in healthcare information technology and patient safety systems.

Dr. Ashe completed his medical training as a gold medallist graduate of the Schulich School of Medicine at Western University and went on to train in General surgery at the University of Toronto, Vascular surgery at McMaster University, and Cardiac surgery at The University of British Columbia. Kassem is a widely respected recruit to the Regional of Kitchener Waterloo where he was recruited to design and launch the highly respected cardiac surgical program in 2003 at St. Mary’s Hospital. Kassem continues to practise cardiac surgery and advance our knowledge into important areas of medicine including platelet function and cardiac valve devices.

Elizabeth Roe Pfeifer is a remarkable business leader who is passionate about leveraging her expertise in HR to build efficient and productive organizations. Elizabeth possesses over 25 years’ experience in HR management. Elizabeth was brought in to Open Text Corporation and was quickly promoted to HR Manager advising on issues related to Canadian Employment Law, managing the recruitment and selection process, and overseeing Canadian and U.S. payroll systems. Following Open Text, Elizabeth was brought to Research In Motion, championing HR strategy and growing the business from one hundred employees in Waterloo to fifteen thousand employees in thirty-five countries globally as Senior Vice President, Organizational Development. Elizabeth operates her consulting company ParachuteHR – bringing her diverse experience to support CEO’s and their HR leaders.

Sapphire Digital Health Solutions proudly promotes our valued strategic partners. Together we share a common vision of delivering the highest quality health service portfolio through innovation.

Sapphire Digital Health Solutions proudly promotes our valued strategic partners. Together we share a common vision of delivering the highest quality health service portfolio through innovation.