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A thriving economy has always depended on the health of its people. Today, new innovations in healthcare are helping people live better lives and improving patient outcomes while making the healthcare industry more affordable and improving efficiencies.

From April 1-5, 2019, you’re invited to Health Innovation Week, Canada’s largest gathering of health startups, investors and the health ecosystem. Hosted by MaRS and held across the Toronto region, Health Innovation Week allows participants to network, secure funding and learn from industry experts. The conference’s many events focus on three key themes:


Startups and their employees are on the front lines of health innovation. Hear from the brilliant minds behind the latest technologies and trends through keynotes, live panels and hackathons.


Behind every great idea is a passionate investor. Mix and mingle with startup leaders and diverse financers via networking events, pitch competitions and receptions.


A better healthcare system starts with adopting new technologies to create better outcomes. Engage healthcare providers and government representatives looking to improve policy and infrastructure to improve lives.

2019 Event Calendar

Hacking Health in the Community

March 29, 2019 6:00pm - March 31, 2019 6:00pm

Sidewalk Labs 307
307 Lake Shore Blvd East

Health Innovation Week 2019 is kicking off with an exciting event hosted by Hacking Health. Join us for an action packed 3-day hackathon March 29th to 31st at Sidewalk Labs Toronto.

The mission? Getting EveryOne EqualCare EveryWhere in the community!

Together, we’ll figure out how we can leverage technology to ensure equal, inclusive access to healthcare for the whole community while creating an integrated health experience virtually and physically. Big Data, AI, Machine Learning, Connected Health… all tech tools are on the table as we hack the problem.

We’re calling all passionate innovators, designers, developers, healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs and patients with lived experience to join forces and solve some of the greatest challenges facing patients in the community.


MaRS HealthKick Adopt

April 1, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm

8am – 4pm

HealthKick Adopt is where health institutions, decision-makers and entrepreneurs come together to drive the adoption of the latest health solutions.

Through case studies, panel presentations, high-impact key notes and discussions, HealthKick Adopt will explore the latest trends in how health systems are accelerating the adoption of innovative technologies and solutions. This event will share the perspectives of Canadian public and private health institutions, U.S. health systems and multinational enterprises, and focus on how innovators can position themselves to drive the adoption of their technologies in local and foreign markets.


HealthKick Focus: The Intersection of Innovation and Aging

April 1, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm

MaRS Auditorium

Join MaRS Health for a day of keynotes, venture lightning talks, and panels exploring the intersection of innovation and aging.

Attendees will get a glimpse into current trends in aging, new models of aging at home as patients move away from hospitals and nursing homes, and learn from innovators pursuing solutions in aging, mobility and brain health.


AI & Healthcare: Surging Investment: hosted by iGan Partners

April 1, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm

2:30 – 3:30pm
Hosted by iGAN @ MaRS Discovery District

The Toronto region is a fast-growing AI hub. Join iGan Partners for an afternoon of insights into the future of the sector as local AI leaders discuss their views on practical adoption, use, and deployment of AI; entrepreneurs delve into what exists today and what to expect in the near future; and investors explore how to tactically navigate the investment landscape of an evolving “AI bubble.”

Request invitation by emailing


iGan Partners annual general meeting

April 1, 2019 3:30pm - 5:30pm

3:30 – 5:30pm
Hosted by iGAN @ MaRS Discovery District

Gain insights into the future of healthcare with iGan Partners, Canada’s leading early-stage healthcare IT and medical device VC firm. This event will showcase iGan’s investment platform, current operations and annual results, including new investments and exits made in the past year. Hear also from iGan’s portfolio companies, who are using technology to pave a path forward in healthcare.

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VIP Cocktail Reception: Hosted by iGan Partners

April 1, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Hosted by iGan Partners

Join iGan Partners at MaRS’ CIBC LIVE Lounge to kick off Toronto Health Innovation Week 2019. Network with startups, investors, academia, corporate partners, researchers, students, and entrepreneurs.

Please email to request an invitation!


Life Sciences Ontario Networking Night

April 1, 2019 5:30pm - 9:30pm

5:30 – 9:30pm
Marché Restaurant’s MUVBAR – Brookfield Place Street Level – 42 Yonge Street
Hosted by LSO

Please join the LSO members for April’s Networking Night at Marche Restaurant. It will be an opportunity to meet and network with people from all across the Life Sciences industry.

LSO is the voice of Ontario’s vibrant and diverse life sciences sector through advocacy, education, and promotion of commercial success. Please drop by anytime after work and join us for drinks (cash bar) and build your own network. We hope to see you all there.

Free to attend for members and non-members.


Canada BioBreak

April 1, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm

5:30 – 7:30pm

Please join us for the inaugural BioBreak in Toronto. BioBreak is a great opportunity to meet with leading CEOs, Venture Capitalist and Heads of BD in the life science community. This event is presented in partnership between TOHealth!,Norton Rose Fulbright and BioBreak Organization, a non-profit organization with the goal of bringing together senior executives from across the biotech, pharma, medtech, diagnostics and venture capital industries.

Please review BioBreak eligibility criteria for membership and attendance.


KITE Toronto Rehab Tour

April 1, 2019 12:00pm - April 5, 2019 1:30pm

12:00 – 1:30pm
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Tour one of the world’s most advanced rehabilitation research and development centres — a place where new treatments and technologies have been developed for people recovering from and living with disabling injury or illness.

These exclusive tours have limited space so register now in advance to secure your space.


Health Innovation Week Partnering Pavilion

April 1, 2019 10:00am - April 5, 2019 5:00pm

10am- 5pm

Partnering Pavilion is included with your registration to one of our 30+ events taking place throughout the week. Schedule a meeting with potential partners, connect with colleagues and grab a coffee in our partnering lounge, hosted by MaRS and Global Affairs Canada.

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Health Innovation Week: Welcome Reception

April 1, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm

MaRS Discovery District

Mix and mingle with other investors, ventures, students, researchers, startups and colleagues attending any of the 40+ events at Health Innovation Week over live music and drinks.

Bar and appetizers will be available.

Free to attend for anyone who has registered for an event in the calendar.


2019 Canada Gairdner Awards Announcement

April 2, 2019 7:30am - 9:00am

7:30 – 9:00am
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon,
Toronto Reference Library,
789 Yonge Street

This year is the 60th anniversary of the Canada Gairdner Awards, which celebrate and honour the world’s best biomedical and global health researchers. Join us for an exciting morning with breakfast, networking and the announcement of the 2019 Canada Gairdner Award Laureates.


Biomedical Zone x City of Toronto: Diversifying Healthcare

April 2, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Centre for Urban Innovation
44 Gerrard Street West
Hosted by City of Toronto and Biomedical Zone

Join us on April 2nd to learn about the importance of having diversity in the health sciences sector.

THE CROWD: Human Health Science companies looking to hire diverse talent AND diverse talent looking to explore career options in the human health science sector.

THE FORMAT: A career fair enabling equity-seeking groups access to career opportunities, followed by an interactive discussion on the diversity issues in the human health sector


MaRS HealthKick Invest

April 2, 2019 7:00am - April 3, 2019 3:00pm

MaRS Auditorium

MaRS HealthKick Invest is the largest early-stage health investment conference in Canada. It will feature talks by leading health investors and executives, one-on-one meetings between companies and investors, and the HealthKick Challenge pitch competition.


JLABS: Trials and Tribulations of the Start-Up Journey: Raising Funds to Board Management

April 2, 2019 5:30pm - 9:00pm

5:30 – 9:00pm
JLABS @ Toronto
Hosted in partnership with TOHealth

The peaks and valleys of being an entrepreneur never end. Starting a new business is filled with challenges, and as your venture grows, you’re bound to encounter both opportunities and roadblocks along the way. We will be exploring the journey of a healthcare startup when it comes to investment. From raising funds early in your startup’s life, to achieving the next stage of assembling and managing a board, you’ll hear about all the speedbumps you might hit along the way.


Make A Connection: A MaRS Health Innovation Week Social

April 2, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm

O’Grady’s, 171 College St., Toronto, ON

Emerging Leader Forum (ELF) is a community of healthcare professionals that come together to learn from experts in the healthcare industry, refine skills and cultivate ideas on how we can transform and improve healthcare. Based in Toronto, ELF provides early to mid-level healthcare professionals with a venue for discussion, debate, networking and education to help develop the next generation of healthcare leaders.
ELF’s mission is to Inform, Explore, and Transform. After a series of successful panels, ELF members have made career changes through the network they’ve built, local startups have made connections with each other, and most importantly – ELF members have challenged the status quo for a brighter future in healthcare.

Our social will be an opportunity to meet startups in the area, members of the industry attending Healthcare Innovation Week, and future healthcare leaders.


OBIO Breakfast – Meet the Top 10 for 2019

April 3, 2019 7:15am - 8:30am

OBIO, 100 College St, Suite 215
Hosted by OBIO

Meet the top 10 health science companies for 2019 over breakfast with the next cohort of OBIO CAAP companies. OBIO is engaged in the development of an integrated health innovation economy for Ontario and Canada, establishing leadership in the international marketplace.


The New Trailblazers: Women Reshaping Health Sciences Innovation

April 3, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm


Join us for an afternoon of pitches, panelists and insider strategy from some of the brightest lights among female founders and entrepreneurs at the forefront of Canada’s health sciences sector.

Followed by the Women in Life Sciences Reception.


Women in Life Sciences Reception

April 3, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Hosted by accel-rx
6:30 – 8:30pm
Storys Building

Join us for an exceptional evening of connection and inspiration with Chantal Petitclerc, a great Canadian athlete, Olympian and wheelchair race specialist. Her story of overcoming tremendous challenges and reaching global success as a Paralympian is a powerful account of how drive, determination and discipline can lead to incredible results.

Come meet your peers in tech during the Toronto Health Innovation Week to fuel you both professionally and personally.


Canada’s MedTech Conference 2019

April 3, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Hosted by MEDEC
The International Centre

The Canadian healthcare system faces growing challenges to provide better results for patients while simultaneously reducing costs. In this emerging value-based environment, choices around the adoption of medical technologies are under increasing scrutiny from a wide range of stakeholders beyond the traditional patient-MD relationship.

Canada’s MedTech Conference is the premier industry event for government, service providers and health system leaders interested in learning about the emerging challenges in medical technology. Join industry leaders as they discuss and share insights into how to advance patient care, and how medical technology can contribute to health system sustainability.


Beyond Pilot-itis: Service Design to Drive Adoption.

April 3, 2019 12:00pm - 12:00pm

DeGasperis Conservatory
Toronto General Hospital
Peter Munk Building, 4th Floor
585 University Ave
Hosted by Helathcare Human Factors

Join Healthcare Human Factors and other innovators as we dive into what is arguably the most challenging domain within the innovation lifecycle, adoption.  Through a series of compelling cases, we will showcase the ability of service design to build a strong foundation for innovations to be adopted and scaled.


HealthTO Meetup

April 3, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm

MaRS Auditorium
Hosted by TechTO and HealthTO

HealthTO events bring together the Toronto healthcare community to discuss topics related to the future of innovation in health and wellness.


Investing in Cell and Gene Therapies: The Future of Biotech

April 3, 2019 2:00pm - 7:00pm

2:00 – 7:00pm
Hosted by CCRM

CCRM, a leader in regenerative medicine technologies, is bringing together local and international investors, entrepreneurs and academics to discuss the future of cell and gene therapy biotech. Join us for an afternoon of engaging discussion with leaders in the field, followed by an evening networking reception.


iGan Partners: healthcare investor dinner

April 3, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

7:00 – 9:00PM
By invitation only

Join iGan Partners at an exclusive dinner and networking event in Yorkville. Meet and network with international and local investors, knowledgeable industry experts, and high-potential entrepreneurs building the future of healthcare.


Expanding into global markets with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service

April 4, 2019 8:30am - 11:30am

8:30 – 11:30am
JLABS @ Toronto

Each year, the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service assists thousands of companies from across Canada seeking to expand into global markets. Whether you are seeking innovation partnerships, foreign venture capital, channel partners or end buyers, the TCS is your on the ground support to help make that happen. Come meet with Canada’s Trade Commissioners from around the world and hear about their specific market opportunities, challenges and best means of access. You will also receive an overview of the various TCS funding programs to help with costs of expanding abroad.

A networking session will follow offering you an opportunity to meet with the trade commissioners for a further discussion on your interests.

This event is hosted by MaRS and Global Affairs Canada

This event is invite only. If you are interested in participating, please contact indicating the reasons why you’d like to attend


Engaging Primary Care in Digital Health: Ontario’s Experience

April 4, 2019 7:30am - 9:30am

Cafe, MaRS
Hosted by OntarioMD

Since 2004, OntarioMD has been the single channel for physician engagement to support over 17,000 primary care providers and their staff to adopt and use EMRs and integrated technologies that enhance their ability to deliver excellent patient care and make the health care system more efficient. Learn how OntarioMD links hospitals, independent health facilities, laboratories, physicians, and patients to move patient information around the system and how we scale digital solutions and infrastructure efficiently and cost-effectively to meet growing demand.


Why Your Global Strategy Should Include Australia

April 4, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm

10:30am- 12:00pm
Hosted by The Australian Trade & Investment Commission

The health and medical sector in Australia is supported by a world-class healthcare system, leading-edge research infrastructure and competitive R&D tax incentive that creates a highly favourable environment for innovation, investment and collaboration.

The Australian Trade & Investment Commission and TOHealth! invite you to join us for a panel discussion about Australia: the healthcare and medical research system, the generous R&D tax incentive, and opportunities to invest and conduct business down under.

Grab a coffee and an Australian snack, listen to and engage with topic experts including:

· a Canadian company with first-hand experience expanding to Australia

· an advisory specialist with knowledge of navigating tax incentives

· an award-winning Australian researcher and clinician, and

· a consultant with expertise in commercialization of medical devices.

RSVP by March 25th


HealthKick Focus: How AI will transform the pharma industry, presented by JLabs & MaRS

April 4, 2019 2:00pm - 7:00pm

JLabs @ MaRS

HealthKick Focus will bring together startups, the pharmaceutical industry and thought leaders as they explore some of the recent trends, advances and real-life developments in the field. Discussion will focus on the opportunities and challenges in the application of AI, and how it may lead to one of the most significant transformations of the pharmaceutical industry in decades.


Cannabis Innovation Summit

April 4, 2019 9:00am - 2:00pm

9am- 2pm
MaRS Auditorium
Hosted by University of Toronto

The use of cannabis for medicinal purposes has opened up a number of questions pertaining to the safety and efficacy for particular disease indications and long term use. This timely summit will discuss the questions that need to be addressed for the health and safety of patients using cannabis to treat disorders, ailments and disease as well as promote the essential evidence-based research that needs to take place in order to address some of these questions.

See full agenda here


HealthKick Focus Cannabis: From Research to Commercialization

April 4, 2019 3:00pm - 9:00pm

MaRS Auditorium

The use of cannabis in Canada has long been an accepted part of clinical practice, but recent legalization for recreational use has brought with it an explosion of interest in the application of cannabis and its derivatives to other clinical indications.

Join us for an afternoon of keynotes, panels and lightning talks from industry leaders and experts in the science, technology and business of cannabis as they explore what industry is doing to make these new applications a reality.


Health Cluster Economic Development Roundtable

April 4, 2019 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Hosted by TOHealth

TOHealth! in partnership with Toronto Global is hosting a roundtable meeting and consultation focused on augmenting the Health Cluster’s innovation capacity and business development opportunities within communities. We invite economic development leaders from across the GTA and globally who are developing new business creation opportunities and strategic initiatives to grow the Health Science sector capacity within their region. The roundtable will facilitate important discussions and encourage participants to engage together, share updates with peers, showcase key health science assets and regional strengths, and discuss the challenges and opportunities.

This event is by invitation only.


Exiting the EU: Opportunities for Life Science Companies

April 4, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm

12:00- 1:30pm
CR3, @ MaRS
Hosted by Department for International Trade

Join the UK’s Department for International Trade for lunch and a discussion of what the UK’s exit from the EU means for life sciences companies and the opportunities it presents for your business.


Groundbreaking: Support for Innovation in the UK

April 4, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm

2:00- 3:00pm
CR3 @ MaRS
Hosted by Department for International Trade

Specialists from UK Research and Innovation, the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, the Newcastle Innovation Centre for Aging, and Manchester’s Health Innovation District will discuss the financial and infrastructure supports available for international companies looking to conduct research and expand their presence into the UK.


Navigating the NHS: How to Get Your Innovations Adopted

April 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm

3:00- 4:00pm
CR3 @ MaRS
Hosted by Department for International Trade

Specialists from Manchester’s Health Innovation District, the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, the UK’s Department for International Trade, and a Canadian company that sells to the NHS discuss how your company can do the same. Their session will include a discussion of the NHS’s priorities, the supports available for companies looking to sell to the NHS, and top tips for navigating the process.


FACIT Falcons’ Fortunes Pitch Competition

April 4, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Vantage Venues

Hosted by FACIT, the 6th annual Falcons’ Fortunes pitch competition showcases Ontario-based entrepreneurial researchers developing breakthrough oncology innovations. FACIT will award $50,000 to the pitch that best convinces an investor panel on the value of the idea and its potential impact on the lives of patients with cancer.


Co-designing Innovative Health Solutions – All Voices at the Table

April 4, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm

5:30pm – 7:30pm
48 Dean Avenue, Barrie, Ontario (Barrie Public Library – Painswick Branch – Massie Family Room)

We’ve all heard it: healthcare is not about treating symptoms and the sick, true healthcare needs to shift from being reactive to being proactive. For this to happen, we need to enable innovation that encompasses a holistic approach to healthcare. This starts with creating a platform for conversations that put the patient at the centre

All too often, conversations around health innovation only attract traditional system influencers like health care providers, regulatory partners, and services. Rarely, do we see traditional system influencers at the table alongside patients and other influencers at the fringe of the system (local businesses, artists, and city services).

Building on the Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy, released in spring 2018, the City of Barrie is working with partners at RVH, LifeCentre by LifeLabs™, and MaRS Discovery District to build our community’s capacity for preventing overdoses by supporting a key activity identified in the SMOS Action Plan—Goal #5 of the first Action Pillar: Prevention.

Specifically, the partners aim to host a facilitated design charrette to fuel coordinated prevention efforts in urban Barrie. Guided by Canadian innovation strategy leader Kelly Parke, the event will apply design thinking processes to spur conversation and collaboration between our City’s diverse stakeholders—including perspectives from municipal services, academia, lived experience, public health, private enterprise, and not-for-profits, with a focus on involving organizations who serve at-risk populations identified in SMOS including seniors, youth, indigenous groups, and expectant mothers.

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KITE Toronto Rehab & AGE-WELL: Aging and Rehabilitation Innovation Showcase

April 5, 2019 8:00am - 10:30am

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute,
550 University Ave, Toronto,
2nd Floor Auditorium
Hosted by AGE-WELL & KITE Toronto Rehab

Join us for a glimpse into some of Canada’s most innovative solutions around aging and rehabilitation. This session will feature high-impact talks from leaders in the space, showcase cutting-edge technologies, and introduce attendees to the startups and researchers who will shape the future of aging and rehabilitation technology for years to come.


Design Meets Health – Care Everywhere

April 4, 2019 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Sidewalk Labs

DesignMeets is about bringing together a diverse community of designers and non designers alike, to discuss important societal issues and explore the ways which design can better inform and imagine the future.

At this community gathering we will investigate how design processes and thinking are helping to shape the next generation of HealthCare innovations in Canada and how we interact with existing services, physical environments and tools.


Clinical trials lunch and learn: Resources to help you start your clinical research

April 5, 2019 11:00am - 2:00pm

Women’s College Hospital

Clinical Trials Ontario in partnership with Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV), St. Michael’s Applied Health Research Centre (AHRC), TOHealth!, and University of Toronto’s H2i is hosting a lunch educational event discussing clinical trials. What is a clinical trial? Do you need one? What resources exist to help you run one? These are all questions we will answer with presentations and a panel of local experts who represent the organizations who are here to help. Clinical trials are longer and more expensive than they look so this is a can’t miss event for small and large companies, including digital health, medtech, and biotech, who have clinical development on the horizon and are looking for best practices of study start-up, resources available in the ecosystem, and what data to collect.


healthBOT 2019

April 5, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm

1:00 – 5:00pm
MaRS Auditorium
Hosted by Conversation Health

healthBOT 2019 brings together a lineup of global experts that leverage conversational AI (text, voice, and digital human bots) to solve many of the key challenges in healthcare. This year we are building on the overwhelming success of healthBOT 2018 that saw over 200 attendees participate in an event that ignited incredible Q&A interactions .  Many of last years speakers will return – along with some fresh faces that will extend discussions into some of the new opportunities in conversational AI – including both digital humans &  conversational ads (yes ads that chat with you) !

Make sure to register for the closing reception as well!

The event is designed for anyone who is looking to leverage the power of conversational AI to scale the interactions that truly matter in healthcare. 


Closing Reception

April 5, 2019 5:30pm - 8:30pm

MaRS Auditorium

Help us close out Health Innovation Week in style!

Join hundreds of fellow attendees in the MaRS atrium for beverages and canapes to relax and celebrate a week of inspired talks, discussions and dealmaking.


Who should attend


Are you a fundraising CEO, entrepreneur or executive at a health startup? Whether you’re pitching for your next funding round or securing top talent — or both—Health Innovation Week is the ideal place to network with investors, potential employees and corporate leaders.


Are you an investor in the health sector? Discover innovative companies in biotech, medical devices, digital health and consumer health and wellness. At Health Innovation Week, you’ll hear from founders who are transforming healthcare on a global scale.


Are you looking to build partnerships in the health community? Health Innovation Week brings together government officials, industry leaders, researchers and decision makers from hospitals, universities and the private sector.



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