DATE for Very Valuable Service Conference - Friday, November 9th, 2018

Welcome to A Very Valuable Service Conference - Friday November 9th,  2018

Reasons to Attend

Growth and Opportunity


  • learn about the myriad opportunities and challenges now facing walk-in clinics.
  • hear informed and spirited discussions on vital issues now facing B.C.’s health sector.
  • listen to knowledgeable presenters.
  • discover the importance of small businesses – such as hundreds of walk-in clinics – to B.C.’s economy.

Mixing & Mingling

Attendees come from various healthcare settings. 


  • Owners, Operators, Doctors and Managers of Walk-in Clinics in British Columbia. 
  • Over 200 top physicians and business health decision-makers:
  • Medical Directors of Walk-in Clinics
  • Clinic Owners and Managers
  • Health Governance Decision Makers from Health Authorities, 
  • Ministry of Health and Physician Professional Organizations.

Registration & Venue

Conference Fee is $175 until September 30th, 2018. After September 30th, Conference Fee is $275.

Conference will be convened at Vancouver's Executive Airport Plaza Hotel in Richmond, BC.

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Our Speakers

The Honourable Ujjal Dosanjh, Lunchtime Keynote Speaker

Ujjal Dosanjh served as the Attorney General of British Columbia from 1995 to 2000 and then as the Premier of  British Columbia from February 2000 to May 2001.  In June 2004, he made the leap to federal politics when he  was elected Member of Parliament for Vancouver South. From July 2004 to February 2006, Ujjal served as federal Minister of Health. His achievements include the $41.3 billion-dollar 10-year Plan to Strengthen Health Care, which was agreed upon by first ministers, and resulted in the establishment of evidence-based benchmarks for wait times in December 2005.  Ujjal modernized Health Canada by creating a more open and transparent approval process, particularly with regard to prescription drugs. This led to the first-ever public forum on drug approvals in Canada, which allowed members of the public to present their views on selective COX-2 inhibitors to Health Canada’s expert advisory panel.  Ujjal was re-elected in January 2006 and then again in October 2008. He has served as the Official Opposition Critic for National Defence, Foreign Affairs, and Public Safety.

Hamed Shabazi, CEO, WELL Health Technology Inc.


· Hamed Shahbazi is a successful operator and investor who has a proven track record in operating and/or helping operators of private and/or publicly traded businesses grow and be successful. His areas of focus have primarily been related to a wide spectrum of technology related industries (Fintech, digital media, digital health).

· Hamed is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of “WELL” or WELL Health Technologies Corp. (TSXV:WELL). WELL is consolidating and modernizing primary healthcare operating assets. The Company currently owns 6 healthcare facilities where 34 doctors provide approx. 200k patient visits/yr

· Previously, Hamed founded TIO Networks (TSXV:TNC) as a kiosk solution provider in 1997 and transitioned TIO Networks into a multi-channel payment solution provider specializing in bill payment and other financial services. TIO Networks was acquired by PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL) for $304 million in February 2017. 

· Hamed has extensive strategic M&A experience both as an operator with TIO and WELL and as an investor and board member with numerous other businesses including BroadbandTV Corp, MetaOptima Technology Inc., EasyRent Real Estate Group. 

· Hamed is a passionate advocate of impact entrepreneurship where entrepreneurs aim to do “well” by doing “good”, which he promotes as the role of an “Impactreneur”. He regularly mentors founders and entrepreneurs of early stage companies in strategy and execution. He has made dozens of investments in both public and private companies throughout North America via his own Impactreneur Capital Corp. 

· Hamed has acquired numerous awards and accolades in the past several years including honours from the Cantech Letter who named Mr. Shahbazi the TSX Venture Tech Executive of the Year an unprecedented 3 times in a row between 2014 – 2016. This award is based on a closed ballot vote from the Canadian analyst community. 

· He was recognized with the Hall of Fame award in 2013 for his “distinguished service” to the kiosk industry by KIOSK.COM. Business in Vancouver Magazine also named Mr. Shahbazi one of the prestigious 40 Under 40 in 2001. He also won E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017 in Fintech for the Pacific Region.

· Hamed earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1997

Dr. Thom Tyson, President & CEO Apple Tree Medical Group

Dr. Thom Tyson

Dr. Thom Tyson is President of Appletree Medical Group and CEO of Canadian Health Systems Inc. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Toronto, and earned his Medical degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. With over 20 years of experience, he is one of Canada’s recognized experts in group practice management, process improvement in operating medical clinics and the development and implementation of electronic health record systems to improve both the patient care and the economics of practice. Dr. Tyson has been central to many of the innovations in Canadian medical-practice management, helping to unlock efficiencies and improvements in operating medical centers that benefit all stakeholders. He invented the first touch-screen registration kiosks in Canadian health care, the first practice wait time tools for patients, and launched the most successful patient portal in Canada.

Additional Speakers & Panelists

Caroline Wang

 Dr Caroline Wang is a family physician of 30 years and well-known advocate with leadership experience in organized medicine and various nonprofit organizations. More recently she obtained a Master of Public Administration from New York University, pursuing her interests in health policy, quality improvement, and governance. She recently founded the Coalition for Better Health Care Society, utilizing her skills in her passion for transforming health care delivery by empowering physicians and patients to lead change for better health care. Dr. Wang has served as President of the Vancouver Medical Association, ten years on the Board of Directors (as elected district delegate, including one year on the Executive) of the British Columbia Medical Association, Chair of the Area Medical Advisory Committee of RIchmond Health Services, President of the Chinese Canadian Medical Society (BC), and was the Founding President of the Association of Chinese Canadian Professionals. She is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, and serves on the FCMS Foundation Board of Trustees. In 2015 she was a recipient of the Primus Inter Pares Award from the Vancouver Medical Association in recognition of her contributions to the medical profession. She graduated from UBC with B.Sc. in Honours Physiology and MD 1984. 

Cobus Kriek

Cobus Kriek has been working as an regulated immigration consultant for 15 years. During this period he became known as an immigration policy analyst with specific

reference to LMIA and skilled immigration.

After obtaining a bachelor and an honours degree in economics he completed a post graduate diploma in International Trade /Export Management majoring in International Trade Law as well as a diploma in immigration law from Seneca College.

He also worked as a military officer for 15 years where he worked as an analyst. He has published several articles on LMIAs and skilled immigration over the past decade. Cobus has also appeared before the parliamentary standing committee twice about ICCRC and has been quoted in national media on policy matters.

Mike McLoughlin

Mike McLoughlin is the founding Director for Walk-in Clinics of BC Association. He is one of the few who is a fifth generation British Columbian. Born and raised in Vancouver, he has degrees from UBC and the University of California.

His wife Sue is a family doctor in Kelowna. Together they own and operate the Medi-Kel Walk-in clinic inside the Real Canadian Superstore. The clinic has been servicing the medical needs of Kelowna since 2001. Over that time they have recruited 10 family doctors to the community, opened clinics in three different locations and closed two clinics. In 2015, they launched the Walk-in Clinics of BC Association to give voice to the concerns of clinic owners and walk-in doctors in British Columbia.

Matthew Mazzuca

 Matthew Mazzuca is the CEO and Co-Founder of Insig Health. Matthew studied Engineering Science from the University of Toronto. He completed a dual major in Robotics and Biomedical Engineering with a minor in data mining and artificial intelligence. Matthew's mission is to solve inefficiencies in healthcare using machine intelligence and data science.  

Blake Adam


Blake is the co-founder and CEO of Medimap.  Medimap is a wait time management solution designed specifically for walk-in medical clinics to save time for staff and improve the patient experience.  Since launching in White Rock in 2016, Medimap has partnered with over 950 walk-in clinics in 6 provinces and their service is used by hundreds of thousands of patients across Canada every month.

Bill Tieleman

Bill Tieleman is one of BC’s best known communicators, political commentators and strategists. Bill is a political panelist regularly on CBC Radio and TV in BC and with other media. Bill has been Communications Director in the B.C. Premier’s Office and at the BC Federation of Labour. Bill owns West Star Communications, a consulting firm providing strategy and communication services for labour, business, non-profits and government. Bill blogs at

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BC Walk-in Clinics - A Very Valuable Service!

Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport, 7311 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC

Registration: (250) 317-4992 Booking: (604) 278-5555

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