Downloadable 2018 Program

Wednesday, November 7th

All conference activities will take place at the Halifax Convention Centre.
  • 9:00am – 9:30am: 
    Registration (Light breakfast provided)
  • 9:30am – 12:00pm: 
    BIC Junior (Open to the public)
    Budding life science entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges. (high school & first-year post-secondary students)
    Host: Jeremie Saunders, Founder/Host of Sickboy Podcast
  • 12:00pm – 1:30pm: 
    Lunch Break (on your own)
  • 1:30pm – 5:00pm: 
    The BioInnovation Challenge (Open to the public)
    Semi-finalists will pitch to a panel of judges to determine the top three finalists to go on stage during the BioPort conference on Thursday, November 8th.
    Host: Dr. Corinna Lathan, Brain Scientist, Technology Pioneer, Founder & CEO, Anthrotronix
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm: 
    Welcome Reception presented by Grant Thornton
    Join us to open BioPort – For all conference attendees and Keynote ticketholders, an opportunity to meet and network.
  • 6:00pm – 7:30pm: 
    Kick-off Keynote: Dr. Corinna Lathan, Brain Scientist, Technology Pioneer, Founder & CEO, Anthrotronix
    Talk: The Future of Health
    Individual tickets for Welcome Reception and Kick-off Keynote available

Downloadable 2018 Program

Thursday, November 8th

All conference activities will take place at the Halifax Convention Centre.
  • 7:30am – 8:00am: 
    Registration (Light breakfast provided)
  • 8:30am – 9:30am: 
    Welcome and Opening Address
    Join us as members of government discuss the value of the Health and Life Science Sector.
  • 9:30am – 10:30am: 
    BioInnovation Challenge – Final Presentations
    The top three finalists will present to the judges and the audience to determine the winner, announced at the end of day.
    Host: Brett Dickey
  • 10:30am – 11:00am: 
    Networking Break (B2B Meetings)
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm: 

    Concurrent Session #1: Emerging Natural Products of Atlantic Canada supported by Natural Products Canada
    Join us for a discussion on the ecosystem of expertise, resources, and investment that bolsters commercialization in Atlantic Canada’s natural products industry.

    Moderated by Stephen Ball, MSc, MBA (Regional Director, NPC-Atlantic)
    Panel 1: Value of Medical Cannabis in the Health Market
    Panelists: Dr. Bob Chapman, Dr. Bill Cheliak, Dr. Christian Lehmann

    Panel 2: Focusing our Natural Products Market Potential
    Panelists: Dr. Beth Mason, Tracey Allen
    See panelist bios here.

  • 11:00am – 12:00pm: 

    Concurrent Session #2: Solutions for Health Innovation
    The value of health innovation is about more than just cutting costs, it’s about outcomes for patients, physicians and our health system. Join us to learn how a group of healthcare innovators are working to empower the region’s healthcare system to adopt new health innovations made in our own backyard and transform them into an economic driver.

    Moderated by Paul Bradley (President, MedTech Consulting Inc.)
    Panelists: Dr. Bob Abraham, Jocelyn Hiltz, Dr. Krista Jangaard
    See panelist bios here.

  • 12:00pm – 12:45pm: 
    Lunch Reception 
  • 12:45pm – 2:00pm:
    Keynote Luncheon: Jeremie Saunders, Founder and Host of Sickboy Podcast
    Talk: The Need for Continued Health Innovation
  • 2:00pm – 2:30pm: 
    Networking Break (B2B Meetings)
  • 2:30pm – 4:00pm: 

    The Tech Revolution Reshaping Health
    We are at the cusp of change in the way health services in Canada are delivered. Disruptive health technologies bring transformational improvements in the affordability, accessibility, quality and simplicity of health care solutions. Join us to hear from industry leaders how tools such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are revolutionizing and reshaping health.

    Moderated by Miriam Zitner (Vice President, Halifax Innovation District)
    Presenting Speaker: Allan Miranda
    Panelists: Ryan Cameron, Dr. Steven Beyea, Chris Crowell, Brian Thompson
    See panelist bios here.

  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm: 
    Announcement of the BioInnovation Challenge Winner and Closing Reception