2020 Innovation Nation Conference Speakers

Dr. Ishwar K. Puri is dean of the Faculty of Engineering and professor at McMaster University in Hamilton.  He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a licensed professional engineer (P.Eng) registered in Ontario. He is also founding academic director of the McMaster Computing Infrastructure Research Centre.





Marwan Sati
Ph.D., P.Eng., STSM, IBM Master Inventor
Development Executive
Watson Health Imaging

 Specializing in medical imaging since 1992, Marwan has created, designed and developed dozens of ground breaking medical imaging products across all major medical imaging specialties that have had international impact throughout his 26 year career. At Merge Healthcare (now IBM) he developed hospital enterprise imaging systems for radiology, orthopedics, oncology, cardiology and eye care used today in thousands of hospitals on hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide. His clinical specialty products were awarded 10 Best in KLAS awards.

Marwan is currently leading commercial developments of medical imaging AI solutions for IBM Watson’s Health Imaging division. These AI developments include women’s breast imaging screening and liver cancer detection and staging. Throughout his career Marwan has continuously innovated and patented inventions for which he was awarded the prestigious “IBM Senior Technical Staff Member” (STSM) title in 2017 and “IBM Master Inventor” title in 2018.

Prior to IBM and Merge Healthcare Marwan achieved world renown and multiple international research awards as a founder of image guided orthopedic surgery. He created the first computer assisted knee ligament replacement surgery systems resulting in 2 spin- offs sold to large orthopedic manufacturers. Marwan has extensive international experience heading a research lab in Switzerland for 5 years where he expanded his work to imaging guided total hip and knee prosthetic replacement. He then joined Cedara Software developing many business-to-business products and technologies sold through dozens of international medical imaging and equipment OEM companies such as GE, Toshiba, Medtronic, Stryker etc. for image- guided surgery and enterprise imaging solutions.

Dr. Michael Gallagher is the President and CEO of Association of Spaceflight Professionals Inc., an organization developing early-stage human-in-the-loop space experiments and technologies. Michael currently practices family medicine and dive medicine at the Canadian Forces Base in Edmonton, Alberta. He also provides medical care in rural emergency departments, hospitals and clinics in Alberta and Canada’s north. He completed a Canadian Space Agency-sponsored aerospace medicine elective at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in April 2010. His preliminary investigations into lower body negative pressure as a possible countermeasure for bone loss earned him a spot as a finalist for the Aerospace Medical Association’s Jeff Myers Young Investigator Award. In 2005, he received his Bachelor of Science Honours Degree with a Subject of Specialization in Life Sciences from Queen’s University. He believes profoundly in human spaceflight’s capacity to spur meaningful technological innovation and unify humanity in pursuit of a common goal.