Shanti Gidwani is a healthcare business leader with a diverse international clinical background and 20+ years experience. She is passionate about breaking down the complexities of healthcare environments and supporting the necessary but complicated cultural shifts. Gidwani was most recently at Cisco as the National Director of Healthcare at Cisco Canada, responsible for the transformation of how healthcare is delivered across Canada and improving patient outcomes and experiences through technology. Prior to Cisco, she was a healthcare consultant for the World Health Organization (European Region and International) before beginning her own healthcare consulting practice in Canada. Throughout her career, Gidwani has worked with a variety of organizations including First Nations communities, post-secondary institutions, regional health authorities, and the provincial government of British Columbia in Canada. Gidwani began her career as a registered nurse (RN) and has worked in diverse clinical areas including maternal/child, reproductive health, STI management, medical/surgical, and HIV/AIDS. She has also taught new nurses at the University of British Columbia and performed duties as director of clinical services for a British Columbia-wide non-profit healthcare organization, setting provincial clinical and operational policy for more than 50 clinics. She has also contributed to the Ministry of Health (BC) publication “Baby’s Best Chance”. Gidwani holds an honours bachelor of science degree in human biology and zoology (French minor) from the University of Toronto, a bachelor of science in nursing from Thompson Rivers University, and master of health administration and master of science in nursing degrees from the University of British Columbia. She also has Certified Health Executive status with the Canadian College of Health Leaders and previously held a nursing license with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals. As a clinician, Shanti has always had a passion for patient-centred care and has participated on working groups as well as consulting contracts with this theme in mind. She believes that despite financial, political and logistical challenges, that we should always remain cognizant of the patient, and their central role in health care delivery, outcomes and satisfaction. Recognizing where decision-makers can positively impact and enable patient care, for example through the use of technology, is where the interesting challenge lies. Gidwani also sits on the Board of Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada (VLRC) and is pleased to begin as an advisor to SPARK Global through the University of Calgary.