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Our Team

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Marshall Ring, Chief Executive Officer

Marshall has been involved in company formation and commercializing early-stage technologies since the late 90s. He is committed to providing executive mentoring, and building a strong network for Manitoba Technology Accelerator member companies. He has great reach into many national markets, service providers, and investors. Marshall holds a Master’s Degree in Natural Resource Management specializing in Community Economic Development. He also holds an undergraduate Honours Degree in Cultural Anthropology.

Michael Zhang, VP of Asia

Michael Zhang is the Director of Research and International Cooperation for Canada Wellness Institute (a top health management and wellness facility in North America), is a Founder of the first China and Canada Joint Wellness Center located in China, and serves as the General Secretary of China Canada Health Management Association.

In addition to his roles in health management, Michael is also an established research scientist in biomedical Engineering, and inventor with product in Arterial Stiffness Detection, Microfluidic Chip, etc.,

Michael Zhang received his Ph.D of Biosystems Engineering from University of Manitoba and PostDoc Training in Health Informatics from Canada Institute of Health Research. Currently he is also an adjunct professor of university of Winnipeg.

Our Board of Directors

Wilson Parasiuk, Chairman

Wilson is President of Paralink Management Ltd., which organizes private and public partnerships devoted to the export of Canada’s health care, education, energy and general management expertise.

Before Paralink, Wilson served as President, CEO and Deputy Chairman of Interhealth Canada Limited. He has also served as Chairman of the British Columbia International Power Group, Chairman and CEO of the British Columbia Trade Development Corporation, and President of Vancity Enterprises. Wilson is involved as a director of various organizations including Interhealth Canada Limited, The Quorum Group, The Public Policy Forum, The Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on Government Restructuring, and he is also Member, Senior Advisory Committee on Governance Innovations for a group of Asian nations. He holds a Master of Arts from both the University of Manitoba and the University of Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.

Don Gerhardt

Don is the President and CEO of LifeScience Alley, and has held many roles in the health care industry. These include CEO at MedCenters Health Plan, Administrator at Michigan State University medical facilities, Consultant at Kaiser Permanente, and an officer for a high tech health care data company. He has also served with several international health care businesses.

Don is a faculty member at the University of St. Thomas, and sits on the Advisory Boards of the University of Minnesota’s Biomedical Engineering Institute, the College of Pharmacy, the Institute of Technology, and the Greater Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association. Don sits on the board for two medical technology companies, is a frequent speaker and contributing writer to health care related articles and books.

Don attended Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, received a Masters degree in Health Administration from the University of Colorado, and completed postgraduate studies in finance and statistics from Ohio State University.

Diane Gray

Diane Gray is the President and CEO of CentrePort Canada Inc, Canada’s first inland port which encompasses 20,000 acres in the North West quadrant of Winnipeg, Manitoba. From 1995 to 2009, Diane worked for the Province of Manitoba with many roles, such as Deputy Minister of Finance, Deputy Minister of Federal-Provincial and International Relations, and Deputy Minister of Trade. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s and University of Winnipeg’s Joint Master of Public Administration Program and has an undergraduate degree in political studies from the University of Manitoba.

Ian Smith

Dr. Smith is dedicated to early detection and treatment of disease and using this knowledge to advance the state of medicine and the economy. He is a passionate mover for the commercialization of the products of research, and has started nine companies with a present value of $300 million. In 2013, he retired from NRC to help build a spin-off company, Innovative Biodiagnostics, specializing in tests for colon cancer and breast cancer.

John Clarkson

John Clarkson is the Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Ontario Brain Institute (OBI). In this role he provides executive leadership to the programming and operational areas of OBI. Though this position, John works with the management team to maximize the impact of neurosciences research and commercialization initiatives and improve the position of Ontario as a world leader in brain discoveries, commercialization and care. Prior to joining OBI, John held executive positions for 23 years within the provincial government in Manitoba and in healthcare; including being the Deputy Minister of Finance and the Deputy Minister of Innovation, Energy and Mines for the province of Manitoba. He has held many board and committee positions in public / private and not for profit organizations and is a founding Member of BCC (now MTA).

Jack Nixon

Jack has more than 25 years working in the Information Technology industry.   Jack currently works for IBM Canada in Winnipeg as a Client Executive in the Prairies Enterprise group. The client segment represents a diverse group of clients across multiple industries. Prior to IBM, Jack held other positions in the Information Technology industry including 4 years with Apple Computer.  The primary goal with Apple was focused on bringing new products to new markets. Jack graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Administration.  He has continued his education through Executive Programs at Boston University, Queens University, York University and completed his IBM Client Executive Certification through the Harvard School of Business.

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