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Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital reaches substantial completion

Vaughan’s first hospital set to open in 2021

The following exerpts are from a statement issued by Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua to mark the substantial completion of Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital:

“Today, we mark another important milestone in our healthcare journey; the construction of Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital is now substantially complete. We have long anticipated the transition from constructing the building to turning it into a fully functional hospital. Mackenzie Health is preparing to welcome patients when the hospital opens in 2021.

“The new $1.6 billion Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital will mark a series of firsts: Vaughan’s first hospital, the first new hospital built in York Region in more than 30 years and Canada’s first smart hospital.

“In October 2019, I signed a memorandum of understanding with York University, Mackenzie Health and ventureLAB to identify transformational opportunities to maximize the best use of the lands surrounding the Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital through a feasibility study. At its core, this partnership is about city-building, leveraging these partners and anchors to enable innovation, technology and economic opportunities from startups to multi-national enterprises in health-related sectors and creating a community healthcare experience.

“The first of the three-phase feasibility study is now complete. We are examining various options, including a new space for ventureLAB to expand and create another regional innovation hub in Vaughan and opportunities for collaboration between Mackenzie Health and York University in health sciences. The complete and final study is on track to be finished by the end of 2020. This site will connect people and spaces and bring together different sectors to become an epicentre of healthcare excellence across Canada.”

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Activate!Vaughan Innovation Program

Activate!Vaughan is a new innovation program that connects high-potential entrepreneurs to market-driven entrepreneurship opportunities and mentorship from industry leaders. The City of Vaughan will deliver five Activate!Vaughan pitch challenges from 2019–2021, each focused on a specific opportunity for innovation.

Check out this recap of the Activate!Vaughan Sustainable Transformation Challenge.

Activate!Vaughan Health Innovation Challenge

Presented by the Province of Ontario and Sterling Industries

Imagine a healthcare system that anticipates individuals’ needs, improves communication between patients and care providers, and delivers as much care as possible to people in their homes, workplaces and communities. The future of healthcare is one where powerful technology will allow for parts of the hospital or clinical experience to happen beyond traditional physical spaces, improving healthcare systems for both providers and patients.

In partnership with Mackenzie Health and the Mackenzie Innovation Institute (Mi2), SE Health, Sterling Industries and ventureLAB, the Activate!Vaughan Health Innovation Challenge has called on entrepreneurs to advance a technology-enabled healthcare system by presenting solutions to four important healthcare and data challenges.

After two months of training and mentorship, five finalists have been selected to pitch their solutions to each of the four problem statements. Tune into our live broadcasts to watch these innovators pitch their solutions for the chance to win funding from a pool of $45,000!

Register to attend the live broadcasts:

Judging Panel: 

  • Dr. Aviv Gladman, CIO/CMIO, Mackenzie Health 
  • Amir Soheili, Program Director, Clinical Support Services, Mackenzie Health 
  • Kiran Govind, Director Digital Strategy and Enablement, SE Health 
  • David Van Slingerland, CEO, Sterling Industries
  • Jane Gertner, VP, Partnerships, ventureLAB 

For information regarding future Activate!Vaughan challenges, please contact

Challenge Briefing

To launch the Activate!Vaughan Health Innovation Challenge, Mackenzie Health and the Mackenzie Innovation Institute (Mi2), SE Health, Sterling Industries are presenting “reverse pitches” which describe pressing healthcare challenges in need of innovative solutions.

Participating entrepreneurs will be invited to present solutions to one of four problem statements present by our program partners. To learn more about each problem statement, check out the Challenge Briefing below.


Program Phases

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