As a strategic advisor to the partnership of Klick Health, Glen facilitates the company’s continued growth by removing obstacles, filling gaps, and solving problems so as to unleash the full potential of the 200+ talented professionals that make up Klick. He has 19 years of post-graduate experience in a variety of executive roles, joining Klick in 2006; since then he has broadly revolutionized the company’s support systems for sales, human resources, marketing, finance, legal, public relations, client service, and corporate communications while Klick was one of the fastest-growing companies in North America. Recognition as one of the Best Managed and Best Employers in the country followed.
Glen has a solid background in management consulting, digital marketing, and project management with firms like Deloitte Consulting, CGI, and Price Waterhouse. His career experience has focused on healthcare with clients like Pfizer, Novartis, Schering-Plough, Wyeth, Acorda Therapeutics, and Astra Pharma. Professor Webster has taught several courses on e-business at some of the best colleges and universities in the area, including the MBA program at the Schulich School of Business, York University. Glen graduated on the Dean’s List from his MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business, UWO in 1998.
Why are you passionate about health and wellness?
Ever since the Internet boom started I’ve thought that this technology could make the biggest difference in people’s lives by transforming how they manage their health. So in 1999, I created a company called eDrugstore. It was an online retail drugstore supported by Microsoft’s speedStart program for promising Internet start-ups. It turned into my first big lesson about the challenges of working within a highly regulated industry but it also got me hooked on the powerful intersection of technology and healthcare. I also find it tremendously rewarding knowing that my work is in support of clients doing wonderful research and development that sometimes results in miraculous drugs and treatments for debilitating diseases like cancer, MS, and diabetes. I had the opposite feeling in a previous job when I was architecting internal audit software for a giant investment bank.
What excites you about technology and its role in healthcare?
The most exciting thing for me about what technology has enabled for healthcare is the way that it has connected and empowered people. People with rare diseases that felt like they were alone and uneducated can now feel like they’re part of a community, even if they’re spread out across the country or around the world. And e-patients are now empowered with as much information about their disease and treatment options as the healthcare professionals that are helping them. That’s an amazing achievement that was never before possible and that excites me!
What are your passions outside of work?
Outside of work I love spending time with my kids and family, traveling and taking pictures. I play Ultimate Frisbee with friends in the local sport and social club, but it’s more for the latter than the former! Occasionally I get to relive my more adventurous youth spent skiing, scuba diving, mountain climbing, adventure racing, or sky diving, but not so much anymore.