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Each year, Rotman hosts over 100 public talks by bestselling authors, management executives and other thought leaders, many from the health sector and life sciences. The insights shared by these speakers have an extraordinary impact.

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André Picard - "Neglected No More: The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada's Elders in the Wake of a Pandemic"

In Conversation With: Leslee Thompson, CEO, Accreditation Canada & Health Standards Organization; Executive-in-Residence, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Introduction By: Prof. Brian Golden, Sandra Rotman Chair in Health Sector Strategy, University of Toronto and The University Health Network; Professor of Strategic Management, Academic Director, Sandra Rotman Centre for Health Sector Strategy, Co-Academic Director, Global Executive MBA Program in Healthcare and The Life Sciences, and Academic Director, Global Executive MBA, Rotman School of Management

Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021

Timing: 5:00 to 6:00pm 

Venue: On February 25, Rotman Events will email registrants the link to the page where you can watch the livestream of the book talk on March 4 from 5:00pm sharp to 6:00pm EST.

Cost: $19.95 + HST per person (includes the link for the livestream and 1 paperback copy of "Neglected No More")

Speaker - André Picard is a health reporter and columnist for the Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987. He is also the author of five bestselling books. André is an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada's top journalism prize, and past winner of a prestigious Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism. He was named Canada's first "Public Health Hero" by the Canadian Public Health Association, and a "Champion of Mental Health" by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication to improving healthcare. André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and has received honorary doctorates from six universities, including UBC and the University of Toronto.

Book Synopsis - It took the coronavirus pandemic to open our eyes to the deplorable state of so many of the nation's long-term care homes: the inhumane conditions, overworked and underpaid staff, and lack of oversight. In this timely new book, esteemed health reporter André Picard reveals the full extent of the crisis in eldercare, and offers an urgently needed prescription to fix a broken system.

When COVID-19 spread through seniors' residences across Canada, the impact was horrific. Along with widespread illness and a devastating death toll, the situation exposed a decades-old crisis: the shocking systemic neglect towards our elders.

Called in to provide emergency care in some of the hardest-hit facilities in Ontario and Quebec, the military issued damning reports of what they encountered. And yet, the failings that were exposed--unappetizing meals, infrequent baths, overmedication, physical abuse and inadequate personal care--have persisted for years in these institutions.

In Neglected No More, André Picard takes a hard look at how we came to embrace mass institutionalization, and lays out what can and must be done to improve the state of care for our elders, a highly vulnerable population with complex needs and little ability to advocate for themselves.

Picard shows that the entire eldercare system--fragmented, underfunded and unsupported--is long overdue for a fundamental rethink. We need to find ways to ensure seniors can age gracefully in the community for longer, with supportive home care and respite for family caregivers, and ensure that long-term care homes are not warehouses of isolation and neglect. Our elders deserve nothing less.

Series Host: Sandra Rotman Centre for Health Sector Strategy at Rotman

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Session 4 - “Primary Care and the Digital Health Revolution”

Join us for a lively discussion with a variety of noteworthy start-ups in digital health.  What are the trends?  What are the challenges?  What is their strategy to succeed?

Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Timing: 5:00 to 6:30pm

Moderated by: Will Falk, Adjunct Professor and Executive-in-Residence, Rotman School of Management


  • Adam Hutton, Managing Director, Doctor Care
  • Christy Prada, VP Business Development at Maple
  • Dr. Daniel Pepe, Primary Care Digital Co-Lead, Western Ontario Health Team
  • Wayne Samuels, General Manager, Medicentres Canada Inc.

Registration Here


Fourth Annual Rotman Roundtable on Healthcare Analytics

Further details to Coming Soon

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Timing: 8:00am to 1:00pm

Cost: Free of Charge

Moderated by: Opher Baron, Distinguished Professor of Operations Management, Rotman School of Management

Registration Info: Coming Soon


All current Rotman students, staff and faculty are eligible to register for the above sessions free of charge. To sign up, login to RWorld and visit the event calendar.

If you are from outside of Rotman and interested in attending any of the above sessions, there is a registration fee. For full details and to register please visit

Rotman Link and Learn Series Certificate

The certificate is available to all Rotman students, as well as anyone from the broader public. If you attend four sessions in-person you are eligible for the certificate. A person may take up to two years to complete the necessary sessions.

If you think you qualify for a Rotman Link and Learn Series Certificate please contact Rosemary Hannam, Senior Research Associate - Sandra Rotman Centre for Health Sector Strategy, at Please include your full name as you would like it to appear on the certificate, the sessions you attended, and whether you would prefer a hard copy (if so please provide your mailing address) and/or a digital version.

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