Toronto Health Innovation Week: Where health means business

Toronto Health Innovation Week: Where health means business

From April 9 – 13, Toronto Health Innovation Week (THIW 2018), the largest health investor and innovator gathering in Canada, takes over the Toronto region.


More than 35 health events are planned across the region to accelerate Toronto’s health innovation ecosystem, drive business growth and improve outcomes for patients worldwide.

Join the health industry, investors, partners and startups to connect, secure funding and hear from experts while the best of Canadian health innovation is gathered in the heart of the city.

We’ve selected a few highlights on each day from the events taking place next week across the Toronto region. Please be sure to check each event page for registration and availability. For a full list of events visit  


Monday, April 9, 2018

Impact Health Summit – The opening of Toronto Health Innovation Week 2018, where industry leaders and stakeholders from Canada and the world come together. The day will include keynotes and panels from industry leaders, roundtables, workshops and the Health Partnering Forum.

MaRS HealthKick FOCUS: Investing in AI – Hear multinational corporations discuss their views on adoption, use and deployment of AI; entrepreneurs present what’s being developed now and what will be possible in the future; and investors explore “reality versus bubble” and the evolving AI investment landscape. 

IDEATHON: Innovating the Patient Experience – Help reimagine the clinical experience for patients with chronic diseases with Hacking Health Toronto.

Toronto Health Innovation Week Partnering Program – Register for one-on-one sessions with potential industry partners. Note: The partnering program runs all week with Monday’s sessions reserved for attendees of Impact Health.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

RESI on MaRS – The largest health investor event in Canada, RESI on MaRS unites more than 200 early-stage investors from across the globe with fundraising CEOs from the most cutting-edge health startups in the areas of biotech, medical devices, digital health, and consumer health and wellness.

healthBOT 2018 – Introducing healthcare decision makers from pharma, pharmacy, insurance, hospital, government and associations to the power of chatbots to reimagine the way they engage their stakeholders in compelling conversational solutions designed to drive treatment adherence and healthcare outcomes.

An Evening of Inspiration & Enlightenment for Women in Health Sciences – Co-hosted by Accel-Rx and CQDM. Molecular biologist Julie Angus, the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat, will share her remarkable story — a roadmap for tapping into our passions to fuel courage, curiosity and purpose.

Trials and Tribulations of the Healthcare Entrepreneur – Building any health technology company has ups and downs. This evening panel and social event, hosted by MaRS and JLABS @ Toronto, celebrates the journey of the health entrepreneur. Learn from industry veterans from across the health sector on how they have built their companies while remaining agile, dedicated and resilient.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

TELUS Ventures Summit – Join global leaders in health IT, AI, IoT, and next generation telecommunications services at the 2nd annual TELUS Ventures Summit. Network with invitation-only entrepreneurs, executives and investors, as well as gain exposure to global telecommunications carriers and partners. 

HealthTO: Showcasing Toronto’s Healthtech Startups – An opportunity to meet and network with Toronto’s technology and health community and discuss the future of innovation in health and wellness.

Bringing Immunotherapies to Ontario – Healthcare providers, governments and industry are working on solutions that will make immunotherapy widely available. What are the key challenges we need to address to bring immunotherapy to patients here in Canada? Join CCRM to hear from an expert panel on this important issue.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

U of T: Future of Health Innovation – Highlights and showcases health and life sciences innovation from the University Toronto and the Toronto community including those from U of T affiliated hospital partners. The day will showcase wearables and robotics health technologies, the advancement of cell-based therapies and tissue-based technologies, and a startup showcase.

The Healthcare Commercialization Journey – Successful innovation in healthcare requires navigating a long and challenging journey. It takes dedication, time and ultimately perseverance to forge into the unknown and disrupt the healthcare industry. Join JLABS @ Toronto to hear from life science entrepreneurs who will discuss their technology, journey and successes. 


Friday, April 13, 2018

Illuminating the Dark Matter of the Cancer Genome – More than 700 scientists came together in 2015 to form the Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes (PCAWG) project. Be one of the first to hear about these discoveries at OICR’s Illuminating the Dark Matter of the Cancer Genome: The Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes Symposium.