AppsForHealth 2017 keynote speakers announced

Annual digital health conference AppsForHealth has announced their keynote speakers – Jane Philpott Minister of Health and Nathalie Le Prohon VP of healthcare industry at IBM! The conference will be taking place on Thursday April 27th at Mohawk College.


Dr. Jane Philpot, Minister of Health in Canada

The Honourable Jane Philpott was elected Member of Parliament for the riding of Markham-Stouffville on October 19, 2015.  On November 4, 2015 she was appointed Minister of Health.

Before entering politics Jane served as Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital from 2008-2014.  She is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Family & Community Medicine.  Jane led the opening of the Health For All Family Health Team – a new primary care home for 10,000 patients in the Markham-Stouffville community.  She also led the opening of the Markham Family Medicine Teaching unit, which trained 46 new family physicians in the community since 2010.

Jane studied medicine at the University of Western Ontario.  She completed a Family Medicine residency at the University of Ottawa and a Tropical Medicine fellowship in Toronto.  In 2012 she completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Toronto.

Jane worked in Niger Republic, West Africa from 1989 to 1998 where she practiced general medicine and helped to develop a training program for village health workers.



Nathalie Le Prohon – VP IBM Canada 

Nathalie Le Prohon is the Vice President, Healthcare Industry, for IBM Canada. She rejoined IBM in 2016 to lead a national team of industry professionals dedicated to working with clients in their Healthcare transformation journey.

Ms. Le Prohon has over 30 years of extensive experience in management and strategic planning. She began her career at IBM Canada and held several management and executive positions including Vice President Strategic Outsourcing Sales, IBM Global Services.

After leaving IBM, Ms. Le Prohon was President of Nokia Canada in 2003 and 2004.

Since 2007, Ms. Le Prohon was a full time director for various public and private entities and not-for-profit organizations. She is currently a director of 5N Plus ( and serves as the Chair of the Governance and Compensation Committee. She is also currently a director of BlackRock Metals, Casavant Frères and Make-A-Wish Québec.

Ms. Le Prohon was Chair of the Board of Groupe Conseil OSI from 2013 to 2015, which was purchased by Alithya, for which she continued to serve as Board member until May 2016. She was Chair of the Québec Breast Cancer Foundation for five years and a director of Bentall Kennedy LP and Hydro-Québec. She was a member of the external audit committee of the Department of National Defence (Canada).

Ms. Le Prohon has a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Major in MIS) from McGill University, an MBA from Concordia University and was named Concordia University ‘Alumna of the Year’ in 2009. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has attained corporate governance certification at McGill University in 2009. She was honoured in 2013 by the MBA Association of Québec, and is a member of this association.

Our healthcare industry in Canada is facing many challenges, while at the same time, is undergoing tremendous change. New technology breakthroughs are helping our health providers improve both patient care and population health and reduce costs across the country. This is an industry inundated with data, most of it either unstructured or invisible – and the challenge lies in how to analyze it, gain insights from it, and apply those insights to drive healthcare transformation.

Come to this keynote to learn more about IBM’s unique perspective on cognitive systems in healthcare and how they are helping clients tackle the big healthcare issues. Nathalie Le Prohon, Vice President, Healthcare Industry with IBM Canada, will speak to how data, cloud, mobility and cognitive computing are transforming approaches to healthcare. Ms. Le Prohon will provide tangible examples of how this transformation is occurring in the areas of research, oncology, imaging and valued based care. Finally, she will highlight how IBM is focused on driving meaningful outcomes as well as supporting enablement of healthcare in non-traditional practice settings.