​​​​​In response to your feedback on the communications survey, I've broken up the information below using headers, so you're able to more easily navigate these updates going forward.

Government of Canada's Innovation Agenda and Support for Commercialization

"Creativity is thinking new things. Innovation is doing new things." – Theodore Levitt.

The spirit of innovation that lives at UHN is recognized across the country and around the world. As an organization we are often asked to contribute to leading conversations on creating a culture of innovation. Last week I was in Ottawa to discuss the ways the federal government can enhance support for innovation in the health care and life sciences sector. This round table, made up of officials from the Ministry of Innovation, Sciences and Economic Development, business, academic and venture capital leaders, is part of ongoing consultations on their Innovation Agenda -  you can submit your ideas online here. This was an excellent opportunity to enhance UHN's position, and influence current and future policy development.

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) announced last week a $15 million investment to support York University and its partners, UHN and Southlake Regional Health Centre, to support the development and commercialization of clinical applications and medical devices to manage chronic disease​. This investment will help us foster transformational change through technology to improve the lives of our patients.

Staff BBQ at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

This week I am excited to celebrate summer with Princess Margaret at their staff appreciation barbecue. It has been so wonderful to reconnect, and meet new staff, at these barbecues and I'm excited to spend some more time at Princess Margaret.

Congratulations Dr. Hans Messner

Awards around UHN are too numerous to mention all of the time. However, last week an award was announced that is important to share with you. Dr. Hans Messner will receive the American Society for Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant's Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Messner, one of the pioneers of allogeneic bone marrow and stem cell transplantation, is being honoured for his tremendous contributions to transplantation. This is a testament to his continued and selfless dedication to our cancer programs and is truly deserved.  Congratulations Dr. Messner – you are a true innovator.


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