2018 Joule Innovation grant program

You don’t have to be a physician to know Canada’s health care system is facing significant challenges. But, we believe physicians are uniquely positioned to drive change in the industry. Our goal is to make it easier for physicians to expand their roles to include “innovator” and “entrepreneur”.

Our annual grant program drives physician-led innovation by providing flexible funding to CMA members who are making a difference in health care.

Meet our 2018 grant recipients

This year, we are honoured to award 9 innovators with funding totaling $200,000.
Click through to learn more about our recipients, their teams and their innovations.

Dr. Brian Courtney
Conavi Medical Inc.

Image guidance technologies for minimally invasive procedures


''Dr. Alexandra T. Greenhill
Careteam Technologies

AI-powered collaboration platform for the entire care team

''Dr. Don Burke
Critical Outreach & Diagnostic
Intervention (CODI)

Support service connecting rural physicians and intensivists


Dr. David Benrimoh
Aifred Health

AI-powered clinical decision aid for depression

Dr. Nada Gawad
My On Call (MOC) Pager App

Learning and assessment tool to practice safe clinical decision-making

Dr. Alex Bilbily
16 Bit

Triaging mammogram interpretation with artificial intelligence


Dr. Latif Murji
Stand Up for Health (SU4H)

Experiential learning simulation for the social determinants of health

Jiahua Eric Zhao

An improved toolkit for central line access

Charles Choi

Non-contact method to measure the vital signs of emergency department patients


How we evaluate applications

Grant applications are evaluated by the Joule Innovation Council, a team of skilled physician innovators and business leaders, based on four weighted criteria:

Degree of Disruption

and transformation of
current health care

Relevance (30%)
to Joule's brand and
helping physicians be at
their best


Health care benefits

that improves people's lives


Scalability (25%)
potential, especially beyond Canada

About the Joule Innovation Council

The Joule Innovation Council provides guidance to Joule, support to physician entrepreneurs and is responsible for the selection of grant recipients.

The Council is a balanced team of physician innovators with a range of practice and business experience as well as business leaders who are experts in marketing, finance, venture capital, product development and/or health policy.


Get prepared for next year

Our grants open many doors:

Gain recognition for being a leader in innovation

Benefit from Joule Innovation Council mentors

Get your idea in front of more than 87,000 of your peers

Participate in events and other Joule ventures


If you aren’t quite ready to apply yet or left it on your to-do list too long, don’t stressthere’s always 2019.
Here are some resources to help you prepare:


  For inspiration, check out our past grant recipients.
  Still have questions? Contact us: jouleinnovation@cma.ca