Innovation Council

Dr. Joshua Liu, Chair

Dr. Joshua Liu, Chair

Physician turned entrepreneur, Dr. Joshua Liu co-founded SeamlessMD, a digital health company that’s transforming surgical care, in 2012. He is currently the company’s CEO and is also active as a Startup Advisor to Northeastern University and mentor for the Canadian “Top 20 Under 20” program. Dr. Liu also founded the SMARTS youth science network, created MedHopeful, one of Canada’s most popular blogs for students, and was on the Board of Directors of Shad International, one of Canada’s largest summer programs for high-school students interested in science and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Liu is the recipient of multiple awards, including Forbes “30 Under 30” in Science and Healthcare, Canadian “Top 20 Under 20”, “Next 36” high-impact entrepreneur, and the Eric Fonberg MD Award for Health Systems Leadership.

Dr. Liu holds an MD from the University of Toronto and a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from York University.

Dr. Mark Dermer

Dr. Mark Dermer

Dr. Mark Dermer is a Medical Director and telemedicine physician for Dialogue, Canada’s leading telemedicine company. He previously hworked as a community family physician from 1992-2018 and was the founder and lead physician of an 11-doctor practice in Ottawa that is recognized as a Canadian leader in innovative, high quality care. He also has experience in acute hospital and nursing home care.

Since 1996, Dr. Dermer has provided strategic advice, clinical expertise, program development, research and communications for organization and clients in a wide variety of healthcare environments. His consulting work focuses on enhancing the quality, safety and efficiency of care through innovation, optimization of information systems and the measurement of outcomes.

Dr. Dermer has also worked as a Clinical Advisor and Physician Educator for a subsidiary of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and served as a Senior Medical Advisor to Canada Health Infoway. He holds an MD from McGill University.

Dr. Breanne Everett

Dr. Breanne Everett

Dr. Breanne Everett was 25 when she co-founded Orpyx Medical Technologies and developed the world’s first diabetic insole sensory substitution system, the SurroSense Rx, in an effort to save the limbs and lives of diabetic foot patients. As Orpyx’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Everett aims to make the company the world leader in innovating and developing wearable medical sensor-based technologies and sensory substitution systems, and help patients better cope with disease and improve their overall quality of life.

Named a “Top 40 under 40” in Alberta in 2012, Dr. Everett has been a Resident in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery with Alberta Health Services since 2009. She has served as a Loran Award Assessor for the Loran Scholars Foundation, which identifies and supports exceptional young Canadians who demonstrate character, service and leadership. She is also a member of the Scientific Review Board of the Pedorthic Research Foundation of Canada.

Dr. Everett earned an MBA and an MD from the University of Calgary, and holds a BSc in Biochemistry from McGill University.

Dr. Alain Larouche

Dr. Alain Larouche

A general practitioner by training, Dr. Alain Larouche is particularly interested in establishing a clinical organization that is adapted to the needs of vulnerable, chronic patients. He is currently President of Concerto Health Group, a team of experts in medicine, nursing and healthcare management who are dedicated to implementing computerized care pathways designed for the interdisciplinary practice of family medicine. Dr. Larouche has designed and implemented organization plans for regional and local medical services, and optimized medical services offered in institutions and the local service network.

Dr. Larouche spent 10 years as a medical advisor for the Quebec Conference of Regional Health and Social Services Boards, has 15 years of clinical experience in primary, emergency and intensive care, and has 25 years of experience in medical administration. He is a member of the Discipline Council of the Quebec College of Physicians, and previously sat on various boards of directors including the Quebec College of Physicians, the Quebec Association of the Councils of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists, and the Quebec Medical Association (QMA). He is also a co-trainer for the Quebec version of PLI program.

Dr. Larouche holds a Diplôme en omnipratique from Unversité Laval.

Dr. William Parker

Dr. William Parker

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 Synew Co. 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. 

Tatiana Rac

Dr. Tatiana Rac

Dr. Rac is a Public Health Resident at the University of British Columbia and holds an MD, MPH, and BSc from the University of Saskatchewan. As a part of her Residency program, Dr. Tatiana Rac initiated and designed the first medical elective at Joule. She has also worked with several start-ups.

Dr. Rac recently evaluated a naloxone pilot project in addressing BC’s opioid overdose crisis. She is ever-passionate about health promotion and community wellbeing. Throughout her studies, she served as a principal investigator for the Canadian Medical Association-Canadian Physician Health Institute’s Special Project Fund in medical mindfulness, played a major role in pandemic planning, and led the evaluation of a mental health program in schools.

Dr. Rac is an accomplished speaker at both the national and international level. Throughout her academic career she received many awards including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research: Public Health Agency of Canada Master’s Award, and the U of S Spring Convocation Third Year Medallion for top academic student. 

Mr. Luc Sirois

Mr. Luc Sirois

Luc Sirois, a seasoned executive and entrepreneur in medical technology and digital health, is the Executive Director of Prompt, a R&D consortium who funds collaborative research projects in digital health and ITC.

Mr. Sirois is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the board at Hacking Health — a global movement to improve healthcare innovation — and of the Hacking Health Accelerator, a seed-stage investment fund and support program for digital health start-ups. Mr. Sirois is known as a passionate driver of innovation, creativity and positive change.

Over 20 years, Mr. Sirois has been General Manager at EMR vendor NightingaleMD, Vice-President of Consumer Health at TELUS Health, and Vice-President of Business Development at Telesystem, where he also directed Plexo, their medical clinic and related services network.

Mr. Sirois holds a Harvard MBA and Electrical Engineering degree from McGill. 

Ms. Caroline Somers

Ms. Caroline Somers

Caroline Somers is an innovative technology executive with extensive experience in the medical sector, as well as in building financial strategies, and funding and mentoring start-ups. Ms. Somers is currently the Board Chair for the Digital Opportunity Trust, Board of Director Chair for the CHEO Research Institute, and Past Chair and Director of the Capital Angel Network, which helps connect local entrepreneurs with angel funding. She is also Co-Chief Executive Officer and an Executive Coach with Cassidy Bay Group, which helps companies build powerful teams and executives to be successful managers and leaders.

Ms. Somers served as Chairperson of DNA Genotek for more than seven years, co-founded a successful technology startup, and was a Managing Partner for Band of Scoundrels for more than 15 years, where she helped build a fund and invest in nine startups. She was also a Director for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre, and a Member of the Strategy and Audit Committees and Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee for Ontario Centres of Excellence, which commercializes innovation that originates in Ontario’s publicly funded colleges, universities and research hospitals.

Ms. Somers is a graduate of Queen’s University and the Directors Educations Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Mr. Rob White

Mr. Rob White

Rob White has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, business development and post-merger integration. He is currently a Mentor with Cliniconex, the fastest-growing patient communications vendor in Canada, as well as with L-SPARK, the only Canadian incubator and accelerator that focuses exclusively on enterprise SaaS and cloud startups. Prior to that, he spent more than 10 years in various roles with IBM where he was responsible for mergers, acquisitions and post-merger integration, and eight years with Object Technology International as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

Mr. White has established relationships with key venture capital firms, angel investors and the investment community. He also volunteers for numerous organizations including the Ottawa Network for Education, Telfer School of Management, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Invest Ottawa and One Young World.

Mr. White holds Chartered Accountant (CA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designations.

Sabrina Tang

Sabrina Tang

Sabrina Tang is a consultant to iamsick.ca, a digital health start-up that empowers patients and health care professionals. Her focus is innovation, policy, and education with the aim for large-scale impact at these intersections. To motivate future health innovators, she has led an interprofessional course on health technology and design at Dalhousie University.

She studied at McGill University’s Artificial Intelligence for Social Good Summer Lab where her research explored the policy implications of artificial intelligence in health care. In 2016, she received a full scholarship from Google to attend Singularity University’s summer program on applying exponential technologies to health care at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.

Prior, Sabrina worked in a variety of roles such as a policy analyst in Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, operations consultant for academic hospitals in Boston, including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and user experience designer on Imprivata’s New Products Team. 

Sabrina is studying medicine at Dalhousie University and holds a BASc in Industrial Engineering and MHSc in Clinical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Sameer Masood

Dr. Sameer Masood

As an academically trained emergency physician, Dr. Sameer Masood's interests include health technology integration into clinical care and quality improvement in emergency medicine. He was 22 when he founded his first company, MD Consultants, in 2009 which focuses on educational- and health care consulting. He is also the CEO of Mednovation Health Technologies, a health-technology venture supported by the 'Ontario Centers of Excellence SmartStart Seed Fund,' which is utilizing artificial intelligence and deep learning to improve the diagnostic accuracy and management of emergent conditions.

Dr. Masood is the recipient of several awards, including three research awards by the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, a 'Quality Improvement Award' by the University Health Network amongst other awards by the University of Toronto he received during his training.

In addition to his undergraduate studies, Dr. Masood completed his MD and residency training in emergency medicine at the University of Toronto. He also holds a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University, where he specialized in quality improvement and clinical effectiveness.

Dr. Ori Rotstein

Dr. Ori Rotstein

Dr. Ori Rotstein is a director at the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science and the Surgeon in Chief at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. He is also a professor and the Associate Chair for the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.  As a practicing trauma and general surgeon, he has an interest in understanding how traumatic injury leads to alterations in the immune response of patients. When it comes to the management of intra-abdominal infection and inflammation, Dr. Rotstein is an acknowledged expert. He uses these insights to generate novel therapeutic approaches to improving patient outcomes.

From 2001 to 2011, Dr. Rotstein was a director at the Institute of Medical Science, the postgraduate arm for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Previously, he has served as President for the Surgical Infection Society and has been a part of numerous committees for the American College of Surgeons.

He is a member of several medical societies including the Society of University Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, and the American Society for Clinical Investigation.