Caylee raber

Director, Health Design Lab, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Caylee Raber is the Director of the Health Design Lab at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Within this role, Caylee establishes and leads health design projects that bring together faculty and students with industry and community partners to improve health services and products through a human-centred design approach. This includes collaborations with Vancouver Coastal Health, Providence Health Care, Ministry of Health, Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, BC Children’s Hospital and many other local start-ups and non-profit organizations. Caylee’s research interest lies in the use of co-design and participatory research methodologies as a way to support the improvement of health product, services and systems through a community and patient-centred focus. Within the lab, Caylee leads research projects related to quality improvement, hospital redevelopment, and service design using participatory and community-based research methodologies.

dr. gabe kalmar

Entrepreneur-in-residence at e@UBC

Dr. Kalmar has been an avid supporter of entrepreneurship in Canada for the past 25 years. Throughout his career, Dr. Kalmar has been engaged in strategic consulting activities with several early stage pharmaceutical companies which included overseeing operations, implementing technology development and providing merger and acquisition planning. A testament to this is the 12 years Dr. Kalmar spent supporting the strategic goals for Genome BC. He has taken on roles as the Executive Director of Operations, Vice President of Sector Development, and Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Commercialization. He was also the President and CEO of the Pacific Autism Family Network which has solidified its presence as a centre for excellence and a top tier support system for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families in British Columbia. He is also on the board of a number of companies including MRMProteomics and HeadCheck Health.  Dr. Kalmar holds a BSc in Biochemistry and MSc in Virology from the University of British Columbia, and received his PhD in Virology from Simon Fraser University.

dr. william parker

Joule Innovation Council

Currently completing his Radiology Residency at the University of British Columbia, William Parker is passionate about the development of innovative technology to improve patient care and outcomes. He has previous experience as Chief Medical Officer for medical wearable device start-up, Salu Design Group, and currently designs and develops primary care clinical tools and devices with medical start-up RFX Corp. Dr. Parker is also a writer on health technology for the Medical Post, and previously for CMAJ Future Practice.
Dr. Parker was part of the team that brought Hacking Health to Edmonton. Hacking Health is a conference that brings together health professionals, designers, engineers and business experts to identify and propose solutions to specific medical challenges. He was also a member of the Royal College Technology Task Force.
Dr. Parker studied Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Victoria and holds a BSc in Medical Sciences from the University of Alberta.

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Dr. leannie currie

Professor at the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia

stephanie phillips

Design & Technology Professor, KPU

Stephanie Phillips graduated with a Masters of Art in Textile Futures from Central Saint Martins College & Design with the focus of material sustainability. Her design research practices focuses on the development of functional composite textiles for a single waste stream, focusing on bio-derived material sources.

Stephanie has been working in the field of Textile Design since 2003, and has been teaching Design since 2010, having taught at OCAD University prior to moving to Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2014. Her work has been exhibited at Tent as part of London Design week, as well as The Munich Craft Council’s Exhibition on Craft & Innovation. She has worked as a trend forecaster with WGSN, and has run workshops with Subtle Technologies, IDEO and The University of Toronto.


Associate Professor in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at UBC


dr. ian gardiner

Director at Canada Diagnostic, Prof in Radiology

Dr. Gardiner is the Director of the Breast Imaging Program at the Canada Diagnostic Centre in Vancouver BC, as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UBC Department of Radiology and a breast-imaging consultant at the Specialist Referral Clinic. He sits on the Board of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (BC & Yukon Chapter).

Dr. Gardiner's area of expertise is medical breast imaging including mammography, ultrasound and MRI. Dr. Gardiner frequently speaks to radiologists, residents, medical students, technologists and lay audiences throughout North America on topics such as screening mammography and the use of computer-aided detection software for interpreting breast MRI images.

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Dr. Jaimie Borisoff

Member of MDDC board of directors + President, Western Clinical Engineering Ltd. + Adjunct Professor, Faculties of Applied Science and Medicine, UBC

Dr. Jaimie Borisoff is the Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation Engineering Design at the BC Institute of Technology, an Adjunct Professor at UBC Occupational Therapy, and a Principal Investigator at ICORD (International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries). His lab performs rehabilitation engineering research and development on assistive and therapeutic technologies for people with disabilities. His projects include the development of dynamic wheeled mobility devices that allow users to quickly change their wheelchair configuration to suit different daily activities (e.g. the Elevation™ ultralight wheelchair), and a supported-walking exercise machine for improved cardiovascular and locomotor outcomes after spinal cord injury.