Our Team

Management Team

Amol Karnick

Amol Karnick, CEO (M.Eng, BASc)

A seasoned executive in the medical industry, Amol has over 20 years worth of experience with medical devices with a focus in medical imaging space. With a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, Amol has managed multidisciplinary teams, including sales, engineering and operations. Be it start-ups or large OEM’s, Amol brings to the table the knowledge and expertise to lead KA Imaging to be a global force to be reckoned with.

Karim S. Karim

Karim S. Karim, CTO (PhD, PEng, MBA)

A professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Dr.Karim is a distinguished academician known for pioneering and commercializing large area current mode active pixel sensor technology that is now used in bio-metric fingerprint readers for mobile phones. With over 18 years of experience in designing and prototyping large area digital imagers, Dr.Karim has been instrumental in raising over $12 million in research funding. A full member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), Dr.Karim is also an IEEE distinguished lecturer.

Sina Ghanbarzadeh

Sina Ghanbarzadeh, Co-Founder (MSc, PhD*)

Sina is the co-founder and the lead of the design team at KA Imaging Inc. He brings over 7 years of experience in design and characterization of imaging detectors to the KA Imaging Inc. He has designed the state of the art imaging detector prototype and currently leading the design team at both device and system level. Sina holds a Masters in Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is also working towards his PhD at University of Waterloo.

Joan Medley

Joan Medley, Quality Regulatory Expert (ISO 13485, CMDCAS Auditor)

Joan began her career as a Medical Radiation Technologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences, specializing in general and trauma radiography, CT scanning, angiography, heart catheterizations and fulfilled the role of clinical instructor. She has co-authored a Quality & Regulatory college course providing outline, course content and learning objectives. With over 2 decades of experience as a Quality Assurance (QA) Manager and Director, Joan has led medical device manufacturers through ISO registration and managing Quality Management systems. Certified as an ISO 13485 Lead Auditor & CMDCAS Certified Auditor, Joan currently provides contract services for a certification body.

Jill Zappitelli

Jill Zappitelli, Human Resources Consultant (CHRL)

An experienced and accredited Human Resource Professional and Program/Project Manager, Jill’s rich expertise and national and international experience in every facet of Human Resources affords her the distinction of being one of the most sought-after HR professionals in the region. As a member of the HRPA Board of Directors, her CHRL designation combined with a Business Administration Management Diploma from Conestoga College – Jill brings a genuine level of confidence to any organization that finds itself without some HR guidance.

Creating and implementing authentic and effective HR solutions to solve an array of employee challenges have been Jill’s signature for several years with companies ranging from SunLife Financial to Blackberry, to non-profits such as Trellis Mental Health. Now, as a consultant to Waterloo’s emerging businesses and tech community, Jill has been delivering relevant and meaningful solutions to scale – be it program level or simply getting the right advice.

Board of Directors

Amol Karnick

Amol Karnick, CEO (M.Eng, BASc)

Karim S. Karim

Karim S. Karim, CTO (PhD, PEng, MBA)

George Pinho, Board Member (PhD, MBA)

George began his career with Christie in 2001 as senior product developer and has held progressive roles, including project leader, and both director and senior director of business products development. An expert in projection design and optical technologies, George led the development of multiple market-leading products at Christie, several of which achieved industry firsts in performance and function and helped cement Christie as a leader in high-brightness projectors. In 2010 George became president of Christie Medical where he has continued to drive innovation and new applications for imaging technologies for visualization, diagnostics, and treatment applications for acute and non-acute care environments.

George was instrumental in the acquisition of Luminetx Corp., whose assets included the technology and intellectual property for the market-leading vascular imaging system – VeinViewer®. With a Ph.D., in Physics from the University of Waterloo and an MBA with specialization in strategy, marketing and finance from Wilfrid Laurier University, he has authored 14 research publications focusing on projection, optics and laser applications, and holds eight patents in projection design and medical device technologies.

Advisors

Ian Cunningham

Ian Cunningham (BSc, MSc, PhD)

Dr. Ian Cunningham is a professor and scientist at the Robarts Research Institute at The University of Western Ontario and physicist at London Health Sciences Centre. He directs a research team of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows that are investigating new ways of acquiring and displaying medical images using digital radiography and computed tomography for improved health care.

Susan Horton

Susan Horton (BA, MA, PhD)

Working for the World Bank got Susan interested in health and economics. Dr. Horton then proceeded to work at the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh while writing her thesis. She has worked or taught in about 25 low and middle income countries, on topics ranging from labour markets, women's participation, benefits and costs of micronutrient interventions, and currently costs and benefits of breastfeeding, cost and cost-effectiveness of cancer interventions, and disease control priorities in low and middle income countries. Currently, Dr.Horton is working on the Disease Control Priorities project and in the past, worked on research projects with the World Bank, FAO, WHO, UNICEF, Copenhagen Consensus, etc..