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Amol Karnick, CEO (M.Eng, BASc)
Amol is a seasoned executive in the medical device industry. He has over 20 years of medical device experience, mainly in the medical imaging space. Amol has managed multidisciplinary teams that included sales, engineering and operations personnel. His experience stems from both, large OEMs (GE Healthcare)) and start-ups (Ultrasonix, Sentinelle Medical, Ventripoint) and he has the experience and knowledge necessary to lead this company to a be global leader. Amol holds a Bachelors in Engineering from University of Waterloo and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from McGill University.
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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 20 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.
Ken Green, CFO (CPA, MBA)
Ken has a strong background in finance, accounting and strategic business operations developed from several years of work experience in the financial services industry. Ken gained valuable experience working for a number of major Canadian and global firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Royal bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal and Scotia Bank. However, his most valuable learning experiences come from working with many small businesses including start-ups and established businesses helping them manage their accounting and finance operations. Ken is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has an MBA from the Schulich Business School.
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, Quality Regulatory Expert (ISO 13485)
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, Joan currently provides contract services for a certification body.
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.
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.
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.
James Wei (VP, Business Development )
James graduated from University of Waterloo in Canada and INSA Lyon in France in RF engineering with M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree, respectively. He worked as an experienced mixed signal designer in the telecom industry before taking on a leadership role in business development. With an Executive MBA degree from University of Zurich in Switzerland, James specializes in international M&S and business development in scientific instrumentation. He has over a decade of experiences including business development for tech startups, new product market entry, global distribution channel management, and setting up and managing a subsidiary in China. James is responsible for driving the colour x-ray and the benchtop micro CT businesses at the global scale in KA Imaging.
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.