Dr. Ryan C.N. D’Arcy
Dr. Ryan C.N. D’Arcy is the co-founder and senior scientist/entrepreneur for Health Tech Connex Inc. Trained in neuroscience and medical imaging, Dr. D'Arcy holds a BC Leadership Chair in Medical Technology and is full Professor at Simon Fraser University.
He also serves as Head of Health Sciences and Innovation at Fraser Health's Surrey Memorial Hospital and is widely recognized for founding Innovation Boulevard. Dr. D'Arcy received a B.Sc. (with distinction) from University of Victoria along with both M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in neuroscience from Dalhousie University.
He did post-doctoral training in medical imaging at the National Research Council's Institute for Biodiagnostics, and spent over a decade leading the development of Atlantic Canada's biomedical imaging cluster. He has extensive experience in translational neuro-imaging, has been the driving force in taking several biotechnology products to market.
Kirk Fisher is the co-founder and chief executive officer for HealthTech Connex Inc. As one of the founding developers of Innovation Boulevard, Kirk is Senior Vice President of The Lark Group.
The Lark Group specializes in healthcare innovation through the development of advanced care infrastructure, such as hospitals, clinics, and care homes. With a background in engineering (P.Eng., UBC) and business (MBA, SFU), Kirk has extensive experience in corporate management, project planning, business operations, investment and strategic business growth. Kirk is versed in medical technologies, independent living technologies, and digital health technologies and works closely with many of the clinical, university, and business sector partners of HealthTech Connex.
Kirk is currently co-leading the development of the Health and Technology District adjacent to Surrey Memorial Hospital, in which HealthTech Connex is a key founding business.
Rudi van den Broek
Rudi has three decades of experience that includes finance, healthcare, innovation and infrastructure delivery.
Rudi also has extensive experience in corporate management, project planning, business operations, and infrastructure and strategic planning. Rudi has a deep understanding of the healthcare system, clinical models, change management, lean process improvement and agile product development and was formerly on the executive of a major healthcare provider. Rudi also has had significant roles with management consulting firms including Accenture.
Rudi is experienced with information technology and management, medical technology, finance, markets and technology applications. He manages the company's rapid product commercialization successes. Rudi works closely to link product and service development with users of HealthTech Connex’s products.
Rowena Rizzotti has been a highly successful healthcare leader with more than 30 years experience, in senior and executive-level leadership roles in multi-site, complex health and business environments.
Rowena holds two Masters Degrees in Management and Business Administration (MBA) and also holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Biochemistry from UBC. She is clinically trained as both a nurse and a paramedic.
Rowena served as VP Operations for BC largest private senior care operator and also served as a Chief Operating Officer for BC’s Northern Health Authority among many other healthcare leadership roles. Rowena earned wide acclaim for senior leadership of Fraser Heath's Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) and for overseeing the over $500M SMH campus redevelopment, which included SMH's Critical Care tower expansion and developing the Health Sciences and Innovation initiative.
With a bachelors in Biological Science and an MBA from Stanford University, Mr. Otto started his 40 year medical career in sales for the Coulter Corporation on the West Coast of the United States.
After business school, he worked at General Electric’s Medical Systems in Business Development for Europe before being called back to Coulter to help them establish their subsidiary in Japan.
Working in Japan for 25 years before returning to the States, he started 3 subsidiaries for Coulter, Meridian Instruments, and Elekta, running each of them. He also ran the Elekta Australia office for several years.
In his final 6 years for Elekta he ran their magnetoencephalography (MEG) diagnostic imaging division, managing sales, marketing, customer service, regulatory, engineering, and outsourcing world-wide from his office in the United States.