The Ottawa Hospital Foundation President’s Breakfast

In keeping with its core value of Giving Back, Systemscope was a major sponsor of The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) President’s Breakfast on April 25, 2017, for the third year in a row.  This event drew close to 600 senior representatives from the Federal government, including many of our client representatives, and it raised over $2M which will be used to fund continuing research in a number of fields, as well as the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to treat patients locally.

After TOH President Dr Jack Kitts finished his keynote presentation, we were privileged to hear from doctors and researchers who presented their advanced research and medical techniques, and the impact they are having on patients dealing with debilitating and possibly life-threatening ailments.

Under the program motto “TLR” (Tender Loving Research), we also heard from a patient who suffered from Parkinson’s disease and had undergone deep brain stimulation surgery last fall.   Up until her surgery, a simple walk outside of her home was a stressful undertaking for her and her family.   Last week, she was able to get on stage and talk about her experience, and the lifestyle enhancements it has introduced, allowing her to travel, play tennis and ride mopeds.

Another gentleman recalled his loss of vision due to the presence of a brain tumor, and how minimally-invasive brain surgery techniques had removed the growth with minimal recovery time and discomfort.  This anecdote – symptoms, surgery, and recovery – reflected my own experience five years ago when I had the same procedure performed.  It was an emotional moment for me, and reinforced the value of giving to worthwhile causes that help others in need.

Next up – a 70 km ride for CHEO on Sunday, May 7.  If you’d like to donate to our team, you can help us out here. Stay tuned for our next blog and photos!

Denis Barbeau is a Systemscope Partner and engineer with more than 15 years of experience helping public sector clients to successfully address significant organizational and business challenges. As the Practice Lead for Strategic Business Consulting, Denis’ experience and specializations include business planning and transformation, organizational redesign, governance and integrated process management. Denis’ broad experience in the public and private sectors, coupled with excellent communication skills, allows him to leverage best practices for a wide variety of organizations and propose achievable solutions for the benefit of his clients. In 2008, Denis was named one of the National Capital Region’s Forty under 40 by the Ottawa Business Journal. The awards recognize business people under the age of 40 for their career accomplishments, professional expertise and community and charitable involvement


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