Innovation Talks

Kathy Malas, M.P.O., GCHlthMgmt
Associate President & Chief Executive Officer- Innovation & Artifical Intelligence

Kathy Malas is passionate about innovation and knowledge management as a vector of transformation of healthcare system. Associate president and chief executive officer in innovation and artificial intelligence at the Hospital Center of the University of Montreal CHUM, Kathy is a dedicated manager in fostering the integration of care, education, research, innovation in partnership with patients and employees in clinical and managerial practices. She also encourages open innovation to better respond to the health needs of patients and their families.
Having obtained a graduate certificate at McGill University in Health Management and a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Université de Montréal, Kathy is involved in implementing a strategy of innovation and AI, is a research collaborator in health innovation management research projects and facilitates a community of practice in this field. She deploys concrete mechanisms to foster a culture, an organization and open ecosystem of innovation to create value: improving health and well-being for all!

Bernard Petiot 
Vice-President, Cirque du Soleil

Bernard holds a bachelor in Physical Education and has a Masters in Science and Physical Activity from the Université Laval. He also taught Physical Education at the Université de Montréal from 1980-1997. As one of the main organizers of the first international conferences for the development of talent in gymnastics (World Gymnastics Championships held in Montréal in 1985), he was often asked to analyze international competitions such as the Sabaë World Championships and the following Olympic Games: Barcelona in 1992, Atlanta in 1996, Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008, London in 2012 and Rio de Janiero in 2016.

Renowned coach at Gymnix de Montréal from 1980-1998, Bernard has contributed to the development of some of Canada’s best gymnasts, including Cathy Giancaspro (Seoul 1988), Mylène Fleury (Barcelona 1992) and Marilou Cousineau (five time World Championships winner). He has also coached the Canadian Olympic Team, through 13 World Championships and 2 Olympic Games.

Bernard Petiot has been part of the Cirque du Soleil management team for 19 years and currently holds the title of Vice President of Casting and Performance. His Vice Presidency consists of the following departments: Human Performance Design and Management / Performance Medicine / Casting.


Artist in residence

Annabelle Guimond-Simard

Annabelle Guimond-Simard holds a bachelor's degree in visual arts and works on the borderline between animation and performance. On an overhead projector, she develops a visual language reminiscent of natural phenomena. The significant evolution of the images follows a score written and created according to different improvisation processes. This overlap causes a back and forth between enchantment and demonstration, between dreaming and understanding.


Important Dates

Registration starts
January 7, 2019

Workshop proposals submission deadline
January 7, 2019

Abstract submission deadline
February 7, 2019 CLOSED

Workshop proposals acceptance notice
February 15, 2019

Abstract acceptance notice
March 15, 2019  Notice sent

Early bird and presenting author registration deadline
April 7, 2019 CLOSED

July 3-6, 2019

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