BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Leaders creating leaders
Chaired by Barb Kinnaird, CEO of Response Biomedical, the ACETECH board of directors brings together a group of experienced leaders who are committed to supporting the growth of the tech industry in BC by helping CEOs lead better, grow faster, and get connected. Together they validate the strategic direction of the organization and ensure that ACETECH holds true to its mission.
CEO, Claris Healthcare Inc.
Geof has 30+ years’ experience in the medical device field. He was part of the Vancouver-based team that built and tested the world’s first robot specifically designed to assist in surgery. He has served as director of the Medical Device Development Centre for 22+ years and holds 16 US patents for medical technologies.
Geof, then went on to develop a number of other medical technologies, including surgical tools for laparoscopic surgery, surgical limb positioning, blood sample handling equipment, apparatus for total knee arthroplasty and surgical drapes.
In 1997, Geof co-founded Neoteric Technology Ltd. Neoteric developed and commercialized technologies for ensuring the correct storage, tracking, handling and administration of blood for transfusion in hospitals. This technology, BloodTrack®, is now in daily use in hospitals in the UK, Canada, US, Australia and the EU.
In 2009, Neoteric Technology Ltd. was sold to Haemonetics Corporation of Braintree Massachusetts (NYSE:HAE). Geof left Haemonetics in 2011 to co-found Claris Healthcare Inc. Claris provides Claris Companion, a communications hub that engages seniors in Internet communication and promotes aging in place.
Geof is also an active technology business mentor through the BCIC mentorship program and AceTech Growth Strategy Program, serves on the AceTech board and a number of private boards, and is a program advisor for BCIT.
In 2012, Geof was awarded the Encana Principal Award by the Manning Innovation Awards Foundation, Canada’s highest award for industrial innovation, in recognition of his development of the BloodTrack transfusion system.
Vice President and General Manager, Vecima Networks
Lindsay is experienced in growth companies, and has taken companies through a growth phase and a subsequent company sale. Most recently he took Contigo Systems, Inc, a provider of fleet management services through 60% growth in 3 years and an exit to a publicly-held Canadian company.
Previously, he took a division of a publicly held company, NII Norsat International, from $3½ million to $35M over a period of 5 years, and sold it to a privately owned Canadian company.
He is an executive leader that drives sales growth without sacrificing profitability.
Lindsay is an accomplished leader and market-focused executive with progressive experience in management of companies which market hardware, software, and services to a variety of vertical markets. He has a proven track record of growing companies through creation and execution of business plans. As CEO of a software company, successfully led company to first full year of profitability, acquisition of companies accretive to the bottom line, and successful exit to a public company.
His specialties include: Expertise in corporate strategy, product marketing, business case development, and the tactical execution of business plans
CEO, one45 Software
Brian joined one45 in 2003 and was one of the company’s first software developers. He became CEO in January 2011, and attended his first ACETECH event a few months later. Through ACETECH, he’s met close friends and learned a lot. He’s an enthusiastic member and is extremely proud to serve on the board.
One45 is working at being a global force in medical education technology. At medical education industry conferences, you’ll see Brian’s staff not only at their booth, but taking detailed notes at conference sessions. These notes are presented back to the entire company. We’re continually learning about trends and new research in medical education – so that we can serve you as your program changes.
We pride ourselves on being a company that cares deeply about its customers’ success and is committed long term to medical education.
Independent Director, ACETECH
John has enjoyed 30+ years in the Vancouver high tech industry starting out in engineering and moving through technical consulting, sales, channel management, international business development and most recently in COO and CEO roles.
With companies like Nexus, Epic Data, Dynapro/Rockwell, NICE Systems (Israel), Infowave, Marqui, SXIP Identity and Tri-M Technologies, John has learned significant lessons through both success and failure. Growing companies through go-to-market execution is a passion and a strength.
Outside of work, John considers his Christian faith, his family (married with 3 young adults), his friends & community, along with physical activities (extreme conditioning, ball hockey, cycling and competitive bowling) as life priorities.
John is the past-Chair and a Director of ACETECH, a Director with A Rocha Canada, and the Chair of the Port Coquitlam Community Foundation. Another passion is mentoring and today he journeys with 9 CEO’s (one-on-one) and ~40 CEO’s (via ACETECH roundtables).
VP Global Sales & Marketing, ResponseTek
Peter co-founded and served as CEO of RewardStream (TSX: REW), an award-winning loyalty & referral marketing platform that has been deployed for top brands around the globe. He currently serves as Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing for ResponseTek, a global leader in Customer Experience Management (CEM) technology with offices on four continents.
Peter relocated to Vancouver in the mid-1990s after working with Bain & Company on management consulting engagements in North America, Australia, and Hong Kong.
In his spare time, Peter loves spending time with his wife and two active boys traveling, biking, surfing, and paddle-boarding.
Peter holds a degree in Economics from University of Western Ontario and an Honours Business Administration (HBA) degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Dr. Barbara Kinnaird
CEO, Response Biomedical Corp.
Dr. Barbara Kinnaird has over 25 years of research and business experience primarily in the fields of point of care (POC) testing and in vitro diagnostics. Dr. Kinnaird has held several key management positions including responsibilities for Product Development, Quality, Regulatory, Manufacturing and Sales. She has consistently demonstrated her ability to deliver results from her areas of responsibility.
Chris has an extensive understanding of the operation, management and workflow processes of Design studios, Advertising agencies and Architectural firms, with experience assisting thousands of firms in standardizing their business of design.
Chris holds a bachelor degree in commerce with major in service industries.
CEO, AML Oceanographic
Robert is passionate about culture and institutionalized leadership as unbeatable strategic differentiators. He implements and advocates for the Rockefeller Habits, One Page (Strategic) Plan, ACETECH’s Growth Strategy Program, and Gazelles Growth Methodology. He believes in mutual accountability and open communication.
With extensive sales & marketing expertise, domain experience in B2B software and instrumentation (commercial and scientific), Robert is globally focused. He is also trilingual (English, Spanish, French) with work experience in North America, Europe and Latin America.
Founder, All Inclusive Marketing
Sarah is a recognized expert in performance marketing by the New York Times, is ranked in the Top 40 Digital Marketing Strategists of 2012 by the Online Marketing Institute, and is an in-demand main-stage speaker at digital, business and performance marketing conferences around the world.
Sarah founded and currently leads the team at All Inclusive Marketing (AIM), an award-winning, boutique digital and performance marketing agency with remote offices in Canada, U.S., U.K and South Africa.
Sarah Bundy is a Top 40 Under 40 entrepreneur, ranked in PROFIT and Canadian Business Magazine as the #55 Female Entrepreneur in Canada, PROFIT 500’s #90 Fastest Growing Company in Canada, and Best Company of the Year in British Columbia, as ranked by Small Business BC.
CEO, Aspect Biosystems
An entrepreneur, engineer, inventor, Tamer currently serves as President and CEO of Aspect Biosystems. The company is tackling some of the biggest challenges in medicine by enabling the 3D printing of human tissues on demand. Tamer co-founded Aspect in 2013 and has played a leading role in overall corporate, business, and technology development.
Under his leadership, Aspect has secured significant funding and entered strategic collaborations with best-in-class pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. As a leader and visionary in the field of 3D bioprinting, he has been invited to speak on this topic at venues ranging from TEDx to industry, scientific and executive conferences. In 2017, he was awarded with BC’s Top 40 under 40 award for demonstrating excellence in business, judgement, leadership, and community contribution. Tamer holds a B.A.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering and M.A.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia.
Managing Partner, Drive Digital
Originally from Montreal, Miles ultimately decided to gain a BA in English Literature from UBC and make Vancouver his home. He joined Drive Digital as one of the first handful of employees and has led the agency from a strategic and leadership perspective since 2014. His passion lies in bridging the gap between Drive’s client’s current business technologies and where they hope to go.
Drive Digital is a creative digital agency that provides clients across North America with a wide range of digital design and development services.
Miles’ spare time is spent playing basketball or navigating the complex emotional relationship between him and his wife’s cat.