Forging Ahead with Data and Analytics in Alberta


Tuesday, September 17th th | Edmonton, Alberta

While well established in the research domain, adoption of data driven policy and ‘real-world’ innovation has historically lagged within healthcare sector. However, Alberta has been a leader in this space and analytics performed within the province is recognized by other Canadian jurisdictions.

The increasing demand due to changing demographics along with a push towards value-based patient-centric care has led to the need for additional innovation within Alberta. With that said, Alberta is well setup for this next wave of demand with a strong foundation of investments in data marts, analytical technologies and analysts well versed in the needs of Albertans. As the province forges ahead with its innovation mandate, the next phase would involve looking at the patient population more holistically and collaborating across the different organizations to drive efficiencies and bend the cost curve.


Join us on September 17th at the JW Marriott for a breakfast discussion, an invitation only executive event, to hear about real world AI & Analytics applications to health care challenges and what Alberta is doing with SAS.

Hear from SAS and Alberta health care leaders in analytics about:

  • How Alberta is leveraging advanced analytics to make better, more informed decisions?
  • How SAS AI and Machine learning augment current processes?
  • What is involved in building a data driven culture that supports cross-collaboration?
  • How can analytics help provide ‘real-world’ evidence to drive policy decisions and provide measurable ROI?
  • What’s ahead for Alberta? How do we increase collaboration? Opportunities and challenges.

Keynote Speakers

Larry Svenson
Provincial Health Analytics Officer & Executive Director, Alberta Health

Larry Svenson is the Provincial Health Analytics Officer and Executive Director for Analytics and Performance Reporting at Alberta Health. He is responsible for working with internal and external stakeholders to strengthen the analytic capacity of Alberta’s health sector, and the promotion of a data driven culture. Larry is also an Associate Professor with the Division of Preventive Medicine at the University of Alberta, and holds Adjunct Professor appointments with the University of Alberta School of Public Health and University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine. He holds a PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in 2016. He brings over 25 years of experience in the use of administrative health data for health policy development and evaluation, and is a strong advocate for open data initiatives.

Greg Horne
Global Principal for Health, SAS

Greg is the SAS Global Principal for Health and has clinical background in health care and international experience in health information technology. In this role, Greg consults with organizations across the globe to enable them to leverage analytics to drive outcomes. Moving past the hype, Greg helps organizations take complex concepts in health, AI, data driven outcomes and management of change, and make sense of them in light of the focus on improve patient outcomes while increasing efficiencies and driving down cost.


8:00 AMRegistration, Breakfast and Networking

8:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:45 AM

Health Care Analytics, Ethics and Outcomes

9:10 AM

Advancing Medicine and Human Health by Turning Data Into Information

  • Larry Svenson, Provincial Health Analytics Officer & Executive Director, Alberta Health

9:35 AM

Panel Discussion
Leveraging analytics to drive value within Health care


  • Harsh Vardhan, Healthcare Lead, Western Canada, SAS


  • Larry Svenson, Provincial Health Analytics Officer & Executive Director, Alberta Health
  • Stafford Dean, Chief Analytics Officer, Alberta Health Officer
  • Greg Horne, Global Principal – Health, SAS
  • Alex Alexander, Executive Director of BI and Analytics, Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
10:20 AM

Closing Comments

  • Kwok Seto

JW Marriott Edmonton Ice District

10344 102 Street | Edmonton, Alberta T5J 0K9

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