Advisory Committee

The Advisors behind the Team


Leader Background

Ian Smith

OC, DSc, PhD, FRSC
Chief Executive Officer, HealthTech Innovation Foundation

Dr. Ian Smith has dedicated his career to the early detection and treatment of disease. He is a passionate advocate for the commercialization of research products, and has started nine companies with a present value of $3 billion, best known of which is Novadaq. Dr. Smith began his National Research Council (NRC) career in Ottawa as a Research Officer specializing in magnetic resonance. In 1987, he became Director General of the NRC Institute for Biological Sciences, Ottawa and in 1992, founded the Institute for Biodiagnostics (IBD) in Winnipeg becoming its first Director General. IBD focused on the development and commercialization of medical devices for the non-invasive diagnosis of disease. Dr. Smith was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008 for his leadership in the advancement, development and commercialization of Canada's diagnostic technologies, notably magnetic resonance imaging, in the field of health care. In addition, he received the 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada, presented to individuals who have displayed long-term excellence throughout their careers in Canada's public service. He was also awarded the Queen's Gold (2002) and Diamond (2012) Jubilee Medals for his contributions. Dr. Smith holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Manitoba, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Cambridge, England. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of CIMTEC, a firm specializing in the commercialization of medical imaging technology.

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Brian Chapell

PhD
Dean, Science and Technology, Douglas College

Brian Chapell has been involved in post-secondary teaching and administration for over 15 years. Prior to joining Douglas College, he held the positions of Acting President, Dean of Academic Affairs and Special Projects, and Chair of Mathematics and Science at the University College of the Cayman Islands. He has also been a technology instructor at Mohawk College. Mr. Chapell holds a PhD from the University of Waterloo. Over the last nine months Brian has been leading Xccepted’s strategy for engaging with post-secondary institutions for recruiting resources as well as grant development and applications. Brian has directly helped in developing the software programming and psychology work streams for Xccepted’s baby monitor project.

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Neil Haran

CEO, InEarth Game (RawBots)
Chief Executive Officer, HealthTech Innovation Foundation

Neil is the CEO of InEarth Games, a company he founded in 2010 and the maker of RawBots. Before Neil founded InEarth, he had been a senior software engineer for leading BlueChip corporations such as Zynga, LucasArts and Electronic Arts. He has over a decade of game development experience including such well known titles as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2003), Hulk (2003), The Simpsons: Hit & Run (2003) Scarface: The World Is Yours (2006), and Zynga’s Farmville (2009). Neil started his programming career at The Art Institute of Vancouver’s ‘Center for Digital Imaging and Sound’ in the Game Development program. Neil is advising Xccepted on its software coding, interoperability between multiple hardware devices and overall design of the user interface including the mobile device applications (Android and iPhone).

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Leader Background