The Third Annual Healthy Cities Conference

Session Four

From Learning Health Systems to Learning Society Systems: Insights for Rural and Urban Circular Economy Acceleration
2:00pm – 3:00pm
In this session we will explore the crucial interplay between learning health systems, learning society systems, and the advancement of circular economies in rural and urban landscapes across the globe. This session guarantees a rich array of perspectives drawn from indigenous communities and major urban centres, illuminating innovative pathways towards sustainability and progress. Discover with us how education and learning act as drivers for the cultivation of resilient communities and the promotion of sustainable methodologies. From tapping into indigenous knowledge systems to embracing state-of-the-art urban planning tactics, delve into a spectrum of insights from various backgrounds that can shape the evolution of circular economies. 


Jennifer Gutberg

Embedded Scientist, Directorate of Quality, Transformation, Evaluation, Value, Clinical & Organizational Ethics, and Virtual Care, CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal 

Jennifer Gutberg is an Embedded Scientist within the CIUSSS Centre Ouest de l’ile de Montreal, where she leads research on the implementation, scale, and spread of complex digital health interventions, with an emphasis on health system stakeholders’ experiences. This work includes evaluating the adoption of a network-level command centre, as well as exploring integration of AI into clinical decision-making. Jennifer holds a MSc in Administration from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, and is completing her PhD at the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Her research interests particularly emphasize leadership as a critical mechanism for health system transformation, having studied across numerous contexts including crisis, organizational change, and in response to new policy adoption. In addition to her research, Jennifer has also served as a consultant and facilitator for several Canadian healthcare and government entities. Her research has been supported or recognized by fellowships and awards from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRSQ), Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), and MEDTEQ+, among others.


Peter Hutchinson

Peter Hutchinson Ph.D. MA, BHK. (UBC) is Métis, an Indigenous population and public health worker, researcher, and educator.  Mr. Hutchinson is an Assistant Professor within Indigenous Studies, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Department of Community, Culture and Global Studies at University of British Columbia Okanagan.  Dr. Hutchinson works with Indigenous populations from around the globe to ensure Indigenous knowledge informs population and public health services, programs, research, and education. Dr. Hutchinson has worked to increase Indigenous knowledge within the Canadian cancer care system; chronic disease surveillance, HIV/AIDS, tobacco use, and cultural activities as health-promoting activities.

Karim Keshavjee

Dr. Karim Keshavjee trained as a Family Physician and is the CEO of InfoClin, a company that provides health informatics consulting to a variety of organizations across North America.  He has over 25 years of progressive experience in health informatics.

Karim was the architect and implementer of several community healthcare EMR initiatives, including the COMPETE 1, 2 and 3 studies, the High Blood Pressure Management initiative, the eRourke Well-baby project, the Vascular Health and Screening Tool project and Canada’s primary care chronic disease surveillance network, CPCSSN.  CPCSSN is now at 1500 physicians who donate data on over 2 million patients to a de-identified, standardized and cleaned data repository at Queen’s University. 

Karim’s current research is focused on how to use artificial intelligence and machine learning in the service of diabetes prevention through the PREVENT program.

Karim is an Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Master of Health Informatics program at the University of Toronto and a Visiting Scholar at Toronto Metropolitan University.

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