GS1 Canada
October 3, 2017 Version française
GS1 Canada Healthcare/Pharmacy Bulletin

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Dear Valued Subscriber:

GS1 Canada’s Boards and Working Committees continue to work diligently to respond to the needs of Canada’s healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. Together with their collaboration and support, we are excited to share progress being made about the ongoing adoption of GS1 standards.

New faces for GS1 Canada’s Healthcare governance teams

As part of GS1 Canada’s commitment to ensuring we are sector-directed by experts in the healthcare sector, we are excited to welcome the following leaders to our healthcare sector boards and councils:

Healthcare Advisory Council:

  • Scott McIntaggart, Senior Vice President, Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network
  • Anne Trafford, Vice President, Quality, Performance, Information Management & Chief Information Officer, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Lynne Golding, Partner, Head of Health Practice Group, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Carenet Healthcare Sector Board:

  • Scott MacNair, President, Stryker Canada
  • Stephen Thompson, Region Head & President, Baxter Canada
  • Val Klassen, Director Supply Chain, 3sHealth

Healthcare Pharmacy Sector Board:

  • Art Tramonte, Vice President, Marketing, Apotex Inc.
  • Christine Donaldson, Vice President, Pharmacy Services, HealthPro Procurement Services Inc.
  • Ilona Torontali, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Market Access, Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.
  • Jill Craven, Vice President of Pharmacy Services, Mohawk MedBuy Corporation
  • Tchen Wong, Vice President Pharmacy, Rexall Pharmacy Group Ltd.

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New case studies highlight GS1 standards success around the world

GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2017-2018

Read the GS1 Healthcare Reference Book 2017-2018 to find out how healthcare stakeholders are making compelling advancements through standards adoption. This annual guide highlights how GS1 global standards are making positive impacts in the world of healthcare.

Spanning healthcare providers, suppliers, GPOs, government and more, you can read research and case studies from around the world and find inspiration for the benefits GS1 standards can bring to you. See Canadian researcher Dr. Anne Snowdon featured on page 5.

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Two Canadian speakers featured at Global GS1 Healthcare Conference on October 17, 2017

The Global GS1 Healthcare Conference is full of impactful sessions and this year we’re proud to have two Canadians featured in important discussions involving patient safety and cost efficiencies.

Representing Canada is Dr. Anne Snowdon, Chair, World Health Innovation Network, Scientific Director and CEO, SCAN Health and Mr. Jitendra Prasad, Chief Program Officer for contracting, procurement and supply chain management, Alberta Health Service.

Access the full program and conference details here.

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You can help make a difference! Are you interested in joining GS1 Canada’s Healthcare Provider Deployment Committee?

GS1 Canada’s Healthcare Provider Deployment Committee helps advance the integration of GS1 standards into healthcare environments. This committee is led by executive-level healthcare administrators from hospitals, shared services organizations and group purchasing organizations.

This peer-to-peer network share implementation experiences and advance best practice adoption of GS1 standards within the healthcare sector.

Learn more about the Healthcare Provider Deployment Committee and contact Rob Bell, Director of Healthcare, to express your interest.

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Upcoming events

Watch it live!
The National Conversation Event: Implementing safer, more efficient care

Monday, October 30, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. EST (8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. MST)

Join us for our inaugural National Conversation event.

The National Conversation is a unique concept developed by partners CCHL, CPSI and GS1 Canada to join the country in a national conversation about a critical healthcare issue affecting all Canadians – patient safety.  Three expert speakers will be featured in a live web stream to discuss the critical need for standards and supply chain traceability within healthcare. Following the live web stream, local conversations will be held to seek input and ideas on how to make GS1 global standards implementation possible across the Canadian healthcare system.

Register now to watch the presentation on a live broadcast!


  • Dr. Verna Yiu (Alberta Health Services),
  • Dr. Anne Snowdon (Chair, World Health Innovation Network, Scientific Director & CEO, SCAN Health, Canada) and
  • Deb Prowse (Patient Representative)


  • Chris Power, CEO, Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) and
  • Ray Racette, President & CEO, Canadian College of Health Leaders


  • GS1 Canada,
  • Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) and
  • Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL)

GS1 Canada upcoming webinar: Medical Device Attribute Navigator Tool
October 25, 2017
1:00 p.m. EST – 2:00 p.m. EST

Join us for a live demonstration of the Medical Device Attribute Navigator tool and learn what product attributes are needed to support individual Canadian healthcare providers.

Register now!

Global GS1 Healthcare Conference
October 17-19, 2017
Chicago, U.S

This key event for sharing knowledge in the healthcare sector continues to grow, and further drives the implementation of GS1 standards, bringing us one step closer to our goal of one world, one standard, one vision: improving patient safety. We encourage everyone to continue the spirit by sharing learnings and best practices from the conference.

Register now!

HealthAchieve 2017
November 6-7, 2017
Toronto, Canada

HealthAchieve is more than an annual conference and trade show. It's an agent of change that drives the evolution of the healthcare system by focusing on the future. We are constantly evolving in order to provide value and bring the best possible experience to our delegates, exhibitors and sponsors.

Register now!

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Healthcare news from around the world

Keep up-to-date with worldwide healthcare trends through the global GS1 Healthcare Newsletter.

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