Experiential learning is the art of immersing the learning in a hands-on learning environment that leverages workshops, customized use cases, and other techniques such as role-playing, and group discussion to ensure that material is not just seen or observed, which is easily forgotten – but experienced.
Cognaissance’ customized learning offerings focus on providing a well-rounded package for the learner including pre-requisite reading, full-immersion seminars, homework, and tiered follow-up surveys and other methods for ensure that learners are able to integrate core concepts into their daily work upon returning from the session.


Cognaissance has provided customized learning offerings on the following topics to clients across Canada and the United States:

  • Introduction to privacy for small, medium or large business owners and your obligations under national and regional laws
  • Introduction to healthcare privacy for healthcare providers
  • Chief Privacy Officer: You’ve been assigned a new role, now what? (Including tools and templates)
  • Healthcare Privacy implications for community care organizations, including Mental Health, Addictions, and Long-Term Care (including tools and templates)
  • Intro to Privacy by Design


  • IT Security 101
  • Health IT Security 101
  • Intro to Privacy and Security by Design

Risk Management / Disaster Recovery

  • Privacy Risk Management: Performing Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) and managing privacy risk,
  • Security Risk Management: Performing Threat Risk Assessments (TRAs) and managing security risk
  • Project Risk Management: How to communicate and manage risk effectively to deliver projects on time and on budget
  • Enterprise Risk Management: How to manage risks across an organization
  • Disaster Recovery planning / Emergency Preparedness
  • Business Continuity planning

Health IT Standards

  • Health IT Standards 101: Alphabet soup and when do I need them?
  • Procurement of Health IT Standards compliant products
  • Achieving Interoperability: Implementing Health IT Standards
  • Introduction to IHE profiles and Document Sharing

Health IT specializations of numerous programs

  • Managing IT projects in the Healthcare domain
  • Health IT consensus building: Challenges and motivators in Health IT

General team building and skill development

  • Presentation skills
  • Communication skills
  • Facilitation Training
  • Team-building Workshops

Cognaissance has over a decade of experience conducting projects in the Healthcare IT world. Among the more recent assignments were:
Managed and facilitated the IHE Document Sharing

Managed and facilitated the IHE Document Sharing Metadata Redocumentation project to rewrite a key standard document for healthcare IT integration

Planned, facilitated, recruited speakers

Planned, facilitated, recruited speakers and conducted follow-up survey and webinars for a Healthcare IT workshop as part of a state-wide conference in Michigan for healthcare providers and suppliers

Led core team of Privacy Principal Engineers

Led core team of Privacy Principal Engineers in the development of Privacy and Security procedures and supporting tools to integrate Privacy and Security By Design into all design engineering activities. Project included providing hands-on mentoring to develop privacy and security subject matter expertise across the design engineering team

Researched and mapped adoption of IHE profiles

Researched and mapped adoption of IHE profiles across Canada, identified opportunities to leverage IHE profiles to solve priority Canadian use cases and liaised with Canadian standards constituency to identify opportunities for collaboration with IHE International

Developed a Common Privacy Framework

Developed a Common Privacy Framework (CPF) for the implementation of Privacy and Consent across Ontario, and obtained province-wide approval of challenging privacy implementation requirements

Conducted quantitative and qualitative research

Conducted quantitative and qualitative research on current privacy practices of provincial health service providers to support the development of an achievable and relevant Common Privacy Framework