Vice President of Innovation & Chief Technology Officer
Ron Riesenbach, BSc, MSc, MBA, P.Eng, CPHIMS-CA
Ron is VP Innovation and CTO of Baycrest Health Sciences -- global leader in driving innovations in aging and brain health. Ron's team develops new information systems, tools and services for clients, clinicians, researchers and educators to transform the journey of aging.
In addition to his responsibility of leading the information technology mission at Baycrest, Ron leads the Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI). This $124M 5-year investment by the Governments of Ontario and Canada, community donors and industry partners is a sentinel initiative levering an unpresented level of funding to foster innovation across a network of seniors care organizations and health system organizations. Now moving into its third year, the CC-ABHI team supports dozens of multidisciplinary projects driving innovation and creating new economic activity across North America. Solutions emerging out of CC-ABHI hold promise to significantly improve the quality of life and the effectiveness of care of hundreds of thousands of older adults in Ontario, Canada and around the world.
Prior to joining Baycrest, Ron worked in senior leadership positions with the Ontario Telemedicine Network - one of the world’s largest and most successful telemedicine networks. OTN now supports nearly 600,000 videoconference-based clinical consults as well as provided healthcare professionals with store-forward and telehomecare services. As founding CIO of OTN, Ron was central to the creation of the technology and services which now underpin OTN’s operations. AT OTN, Ron also took on the role of VP of Emerging Business forging new business opportunities to help modernize healthcare systems in the middle-east, Europe, Australia and elsewhere.
Ron is active in the Global eHealth community, making numerous presentations to government and industry associations world-wide and advising on technical strategy. He sits on several advisory boards and was also the co-chair of the telemedicine technology special Interest group of COACH – Canada’s Health Informatics Association.
Ron is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario. He holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Toronto. Ron was also among the inaugural group of Canadian health system executives to complete the requirements for the CPHIMS-CA certification.
Ron is an avid jogger, amateur photographer, wilderness canoe tripper, husband and father to three brilliant boys.