Business Mentors

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Director, Industry Innovation Programs | Genome BC

Pat Brady has held the role of Director of the I2 Fund at Genome British Columbia, a non-profit organization, since September 2015. The I2Fund is focused on funding companies commercializing life science technologies. Prior to this position, Mr. Brady was Vice President, Investments at Growthworks Capital Ltd, a venture capital fund management firm. At Growthworks from 1998 to 2015, Mr. Brady lead equity investments in numerous companies. He served as a Board Director or observer for over 13 private and public life science firms during this period including OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals Inc., Celator Pharmaceuticals Inc., Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (now Arbutus BioPharma Corp.) and Xenon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Prior to Growthworks, Mr. Brady spent six years in financial and operating roles with Inex Pharmaceuticals Inc. and a cleantech company, DynaMotive Technologies Corporation. He was also a professional athlete. Mr. Brady holds a MBA and an HBA from the Ivey Business School. He resides in Vancouver, BC.

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Andrew (Andy) Siu

BCPSQC Engagement & Campaign Specialist

Andrew Siu works for the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council, a government organization that advances the improvement of health care quality across the province. His practice includes applying human-centered design and design thinking toward building products, services, and experiences that accelerate patient safety and quality of care. He is a design graduate from Emily Carr University of Art & Design and is finishing his MBA in Design Strategy from the California College of the Arts.

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Megan Schellenberg

Meg Schellenberg is an Advisor with Joule Inc., a subsidiary of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). Joule proudly collaborates with physician entrepreneurs who are pushing the boundaries of technology in health care. Meg is responsible for administering the Joule Innovation grant program which funds physician-led innovation across Canada. She also supports health care events (including Hackathons and Design Jams) and a nation-wide mentorship program for CMA members. Meg has 10+ years' experience in administering healthcare grants, implementation science, and project management.

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Daniel Wanis-Ruiz

Senior Venture Manager at Creative Destruction Lab West

Daniel Wanis-Ruiz is a Senior Venture Manager at the Creative Destruction Lab West. Prior to joining the Lab, he conducted mental health research as a consultant for counseling organizations in Vancouver, held marketing positions within the fashion industry, and volunteered with non-profits such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Synaptic Health. He received a BSc from the University of Calgary in natural science with specializations in mathematics and biology and recently graduated with a masters degree in health policy and leadership from the University of British Columbia.

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Tomasz (Tom) Majek

BCPSQC Director Health System Improvement

Tom joined the Council in 2018 as the Director of the Health System Improvement team. Prior to this he led numerous process improvements, strategic projects and change initiatives in his role as Manager of People and Culture at Vancouver Coastal Health. Tom is grateful for all that he has learned from years of working with clinicians, staff, leaders, patients and families across the spectrum of care, including perioperative services, medical and surgical programs, mental health and addiction, home health and long-term care. Tom has a passion for organizational transformation, systems thinking, quality improvement and education. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Simon Fraser University and has extensive training and certification in lean six sigma, planning and change management methods. On his days off Tom plays amateur mechanic and cook. Additionally, he loves to travel, ski and hike, exploring the beautiful backcountry of British Columbia whenever possible.

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Chandni Rao

Venture Manager at Creative Destruction Lab West

Chandni is a Venture Manager at the Creative Destruction Lab West and manages a mixed portfolio of Prime and Health Ventures. Prior to joining the lab, she used data-driven insights to lead sales and marketing activities in the biotech sector, most recently at STEMCELL Technologies. She has also served as President of the Student Biotechnology Network, a Vancouver non-profit focused around supporting budding entrepreneurs and students in the life-sciences. She holds a BSc and and MSc in biochemistry from the University of Calgary.

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Geoff Houlton

Chief Executive Officer and President of Heart Force Medical Inc.