We are critical thinkers, team players, patient advocates, and optimists, united by our vision to put the patient at the center of healthcare and research.

Kenneth Rockwood, MD

Kenneth Rockwood, MD

President & Chief Scientific Officer

Professor Kenneth Rockwood brings over 25 years experience as a key collaborator and research lead on numerous studies in geriatric medicine and dementia. He holds the Kathryn Allen Weldon Chair in Alzheimer Disease at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.

In addition to being a specialist in internal medicine and geriatric medicine, he has a masters degree in Public Administration and has fulfilled several roles in advising on public policy at both the provincial and federal levels. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers, including in such prestigious medical journals such as the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Professor Rockwood has received dozens of awards over the last 20 years, including prestigious prizes and lectureships from the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, China, Japan, Singapore and Italy, as well as several from Canada. He founded DGI in 2001.

Chere Chapman, MBA, MHSc

Chere Chapman, MBA, MHSc

CEO

Chère Chapman has a Master in Health Science in Community Health and Epidemiology and global experience in HIV research with injection drug users. After completing her MBA at London Business School, Chère founded Rasbora Consulting to bridge the divide between the private and non-profit sectors. For over a decade, Chère used her skills and experience to provide guidance to non-profits trying to improve their effectiveness, help multinationals develop impactful corporate responsibility programs, and support social enterprises focused on creating shared value. Chère has lived and worked in Japan, India, United Kingdom, Vietnam, and Singapore. Chère is now based in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she is thrilled to lend her skills in health research and business management to her role as CEO of DGI. Chère spends her free time ocean kayaking, trail running, and planning hikes, trips, and Asian meals with her husband and four kids.

Susan Howlett, PhD

Susan Howlett, PhD

Senior Scientist

Dr. Susan Howlett is a Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine at Dalhousie University. She has almost 30 years of experience as a researcher and is at the forefront of cardiovascular research, particularly in sex and age differences in heart disease.

Internationally recognized for her pioneering work on sex hormones in heart disease and on frailty, Dr. Howlett is regularly called on to present her work at international scientific meetings. She has presented work on frailty at Parliament Hill and was the sole Canadian invited by the NIH to participate in a working group examining sex disparities in basic science research.

She has over 125 publications in leading scientific journals and is committed to addressing the societal importance of frailty and aging as well as women’s heart health.

Arnold Mitnitski, PhD

Arnold Mitnitski, PhD

Director of Data Mining

Professor Arnold Mitnitski brings his expertise in mathematical modeling and advanced data analysis/ data mining to his role at DGI Clinical. Born and educated in St-Petersburg, Russia, he has been collaborating with Dr. Rockwood since 1995. Together they have published over 120 peer-reviewed papers which highlight their nuanced approaches for dealing with complexity and uncertainty in health data.

Dr Mitnitski was behind the development of several tools fundamental to DGI’s analytics offering, including the Frailty Index and sophisticated mathematical techniques such as connectivity analysis.

Amanda Simpson, BBA

Amanda Simpson, BBA

Operations

Amanda Simpson joined the DGI team in 2008, and brings a vast amount of product and technical knowledge to DGI’s projects. She is a point of contact for overall company operations, projects and ensures the clients’ needs are successfully met.

Amanda is passionate about health technology, clinical research and SymptomGuide™. Amanda’s experience derives from her previous roles in marketing, business administration, as well as project and event management.

In her free time, Amanda is a high performance curler who trains and competes on the World Curling Tour (WCT) circuit.

Aaqib Shehzad, BDS

Aaqib Shehzad, BDS

Product Manager

Dr. Aaqib Shehzad started out with a degree in Dental Surgery from Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R University and proceeded to work as a health care provider for multiple years. Aaqib moved to Halifax from Chennai, India to pursue a Master in Health Informatics at Dalhousie University. Aaqib understands firsthand the intricacies and processes of the health care environment and leverages this knowledge when working with health care technology. In his free time Aaqib loves to tour on his motorcycle.

Ashley Pringle, MA

Ashley Pringle, MA

Software Engineer

Ashley Pringle is a programmer and software engineer. He graduated with a Master in Philosophy from Dalhousie University in 2008 and has been working in the tech industry since then, doing everything from Apple computer repairs to mobile app design and coding. He began coding and designing websites in high school when he learned HTML, and has expanded his repertoire to include CSS, PHP, x86 assembly, C++, C#, Lua, and a host of other programming languages. Ashley has won awards for his programming and video game design, most recently winning top placement in a Volta Labs Hackathon competition. Ashley is also a lifelong musician and songwriter and enjoys strumming the guitar from time to time.

Lisa McGarrigle, PhD

Lisa McGarrigle, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Lisa McGarrigle is a postdoctoral fellow researching the psychometric properties of patient-centered measures with the DGI team. She received her PhD in cognitive psychology from Dublin City University, Ireland. Her PhD research was part of a European project that aimed to promote long term brain health by combining social innovation, multifactorial modelling and clinical expertise. Over the course of this research, she gained experience working with large longitudinal datasets on the determinants of cognitive aging, and developed skills in statistical modelling. Over the years Lisa has also worked as a researcher in diverse health areas, such as the assessment and enhancement of cognition in both aging and dyslexia, the relationship between cognition and the placebo response, and assistive technology use in dementia. Lisa enjoys travel, yoga, and exploring the Nova Scotian countryside whenever possible.

Justin Stanley, BEng

Justin Stanley, BEng

Data Analyst

Justin Stanley joined the DGI team in 2016 and brings technical knowledge surrounding the data mining, analysis and management field. Since starting, he has been working closely with the SymptomGuide™, identifying and interpreting trends or patterns and performing analysis under the Director of Data Mining.

Justin continues to work with data management and statisticians to apply common practice statistical methods across all fields.

Kari Knox, BScN RN

Kari Knox, BScN RN

Research & Training Assistant

Kari graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Since graduating, she has spent her time caring for patients within the Hematology/Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at the Victoria General Hospital and Newborn and Women’s Health at the IWK Health Care Center, both in Halifax. As a cancer survivor, Kari is passionate about patient-centered care and cutting edge research and particularly enjoyed her time as a Hematology research coordinator. With her lived experience and professional background, Kari is able to advocate for approaches that are both meaningful and practical in real-life patient-based settings. Kari spends her free time running in Halifax’s downtown seaside park, hiking up and down the coastline and eating as much fresh sushi as is humanly possible.

Taylor Dunn, MSc

Taylor Dunn, MSc

Biostatistician

Taylor Dunn completed a Master of Science degree in 2016 from Dalhousie University and has over four years of research experience in the field of biological physics. Over this time, he has developed skills in data analysis, mathematical modeling and scientific communication in interdisciplinary environments. As Biostatistician, Taylor participates in the development of study designs and contributes to research projects by performing database maintenance, statistical analysis and data interpretation. Additionally, he prepares technical documents and presentations for scientific meetings and industry clients. In his free time, Taylor enjoys playing soccer, biking and travelling.

Sandy Darrach-LeBlanc

Sandy Darrach-LeBlanc

Office Manager

Sandy Darrach-LeBlanc joined the DGI team in October 2017. As the new Office Manager & bookkeeper, Sandy brings 20 years experience and has worked with many start-up companies from family-owned design firms to mobile tech companies. In her free time Sandy enjoys spending time with her 3 children and travelling home to PEI.

Board of Directors

Paul Dowie

Paul Dowie

Chair

Paul Dowie is the former Chief Operating Officer at Medavie Blue Cross, where his career spanned almost 30 years. His extensive corporate responsibilities have included insurance operations, health care delivery, information technology, government program administration and financial oversight. Prior to joining Medavie, Paul was an executive in an Atlantic Canadian retail operation and during that time acquired his Accounting designation. He has also served on the Boards of TecKnowledge, Inc., Blue Cross Life, and Medavie EMS.

Paul’s activities in the community have involved serving as a Board member, volunteer, and consultant in a variety of charitable organizations. These organizations include the Alzheimer Society, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Ronald McDonald House Atlantic, and the IWK Hospital. In 2012 these contributions were recognized when he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.

Ross Finlay

Ross Finlay

Director

Ross Finlay is a Co-Founder and Director of the First Angel Network Association – Atlantic Canada’s association for private investors. He is a board member and past Chair of the National Angel Capital Organization (Canada), and is a Director of the U.S. Angel Capital Association. Ross is also Vice Chair of the Angel Resource Institute (of the Kaufmann Foundation). He is a recognized international speaker, facilitator, business planner, and strategic change advisor who has an extensive background in public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Ross has extensive business networks throughout the world and has written as a regular columnist for Atlantic Business Magazine and Progress Magazine. He also contributed to the new book “Angels Without Borders – Trends and Policies Shaping Angel Investing Worldwide”

Ross has been Executive Director of a professional association in Ontario and President of a national consulting company specializing in providing services to scientific, engineering and technical clients.

Since 1994, Ross has managed his own successful consulting practice. He returned to the corporate world for a time with PwC LLP and SolutionInc Ltd. – a software development company.

In 2002 Ross was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal for outstanding community service through his efforts in numerous charities.

Lidija Marusic

Lidija Marusic

Director

Dr. Lidija Marusic is an investment manager at Innovacorp, a venture capital fund investing in seed and early-stage technology companies. With over 16 years of experience in life science technology commercialization, Lidija manages all aspects of the investment due diligence, approval and closing cycle, and works hands-on with Innovacorp’s portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Innovacorp, Lidija worked at MDS Capital Corp. (now Lumira Capital) and its seed fund MedInnova Partners, focusing on commercializing biomedical discoveries.

Lidija holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Zagreb, a PhD in molecular genetics from the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA/ISAS) and an MBA from McMaster University. She served on the International Peer Review Panel for the Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) and on the Proof of Principle Peer Review Committee of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).

Lidija is a member of the board of directors for Appili Therapeutics, DeCell Technologies, DGI Clinical and DeNovaMed, and a board observer at ABK Biomedical and Densitas.

Kenneth Rockwood

Kenneth Rockwood

Director

Professor Kenneth Rockwood brings over 25 years experience as a key collaborator and research lead on numerous studies in geriatric medicine and dementia. He holds the Kathryn Allen Weldon Chair in Alzheimer Disease at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.

In addition to being a specialist in internal medicine and geriatric medicine, he has a masters degree in Public Administration and has fulfilled several roles in advising on public policy at both the provincial and federal levels. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers, including in such prestigious medical journals such as the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Professor Rockwood has received dozens of awards over the last 20 years, including prestigious prizes and lectureships from the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, China, Japan, Singapore and Italy, as well as several from Canada. He founded DGI in 2001.