The Health Cities Team

Our team includes a small group of highly skilled professionals with extensive backgrounds in health care and business.


Reg Joseph
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Cassandra Rasko

Stakeholder Engagement Manager


Lisa Laferriere
Director, Business Operations



Justin Pitt
Coordinator, Business Operations

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Ron Sulatycky
Senior Advisor,
Health Analytics & Diagnostics Cluster


Rebecca Keichinger
Executive Assistant

Health Cities Board

Our Board provides governance and strategic oversight to Health Cities and is accountable for all actions and activities related to Health Cities.

To contact any of our board members, please email


Jason Pincock – Board Chair
Effective March 16, 2018
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Randy Yatscoff – Vice Chair
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Mel Wong – Director
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Dianne Balon – Director
Vice President of Government, Alberta Blue Cross
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Jim Saunderson – Director
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Health Cities Steering Committee

The role of the Health Cities Steering Committee is to provide strategic direction and leadership to the Health Cities Board to drive the future of innovation in our region’s health sector. The Steering Committee members are a dedicated group of individuals from organizations across our health innovation ecosystem.

Read the Steering Committee Terms of Reference

Jason Pincock, Board Chair, effective March 16, 2018 
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Andy Ridge
Assistant Deputy Minister – Health Standards, Quality & Performance, Alberta Health

Brenda Hemmelgarn (Dr.)
Dean, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Alberta

Deborah James, PhD
Associate Vice-President, Innovation, University of Alberta

Nima Najand
Associate Director, Business Development, Innovate Calgary

David Edmonds
Industry Chair, A100 & The Accelerate Fund II & III

Mark Joffe (Dr.)
VP & Medical Director for Northern Alberta, Alberta Health Services

Tim Murphy
VP – Health, Alberta Innovates

Andrew MacIsaac
CEO, Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation & Assistant Dean, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta

Robert Raucher
VP Western Canada, MEDEC

Christy Holtby
Vice President, Philanthropy, Alberta Cancer Foundation

Pierre Lemire
CEO, Kent Imaging

Justin Riemer
Assistant Deputy Minister, Alberta Region, Western Economic Diversification Canada / Government of Canada

Robb Stoddard
President & CEO, BioAlberta

Marc Leduc
Senior Provincial Director, Health Innovation & Evidence – AHS

Chris McCabe (Dr.)
Executive Director & CEO, Institute of Health Economics (IHE)

Paul Lebane
Assistant Deputy Minister – Economic Policy & Strategy

Ian Lewis
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary

Health Cities Industry Advisory Committee Members

The role of the Health Cities Industry Advisory Committee is to provide insight and leadership to the Health Cities Board (and thereby management).

Read the Industry Advisory Committee Terms of Reference

Jason Pincock, Board Chair,

Robert Burrell 
Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Faculties of Engineering and Medicine & Dentistry

Jim Rikley 
President, Associated Health Systems Inc.

Joel Rikley
Vice President – Partner, Associated Health Systems, Inc.

Guy Plamondon
Director (and founding partner), priMED Medical Products Inc.

Murray Ellis
CEO, Classic Health

Jennifer Bisson 
CEO , Mountain Integrated Medical Devices

Christopher Micetich
President and CEO, Brass Dome Ventures, Ltd.

Badeia Jawhari 
Manager, Healthcare Technology Strategy and Architecture, Deloitte