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Geoff completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees in engineering at the University of Toronto. During his engineering degrees, he had the opportunity to work with some of the leading lung transplant surgeons in the world. This led him to co-found his first start-up: XOR Labs Toronto, which he helped grow to a successful acquisition. After working on XOR, he embarked on a new career as a physician.
He completed his medical degree at McMaster University and his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of British Columbia. He was drawn to physiatry because it combined his interests in both engineering and medicine. While in training at UBC, he was one of four residents instrumental in renegotiating the $100 million dollar per year contract between the Resident Physicians of BC and the BC government. Negotiations were highly successful, securing important improvements in remuneration and working conditions for residents. He then co-founded a financial education consultancy, which led to the creation of the Financial Pulse, a novel online learning tool that helps resident physicians master the concepts of personal finance.
Geoff continues to live a double life as both a physician and engineer. In his clinical practice, he treats patients with a variety of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and neurological concerns. He enjoys pairing the practice of medicine with the opportunity to help change the health care system through ventures like Raft. His career goal, which aligns with the company’s philosophy, is to efficiently improve care everywhere, for everyone.
When not at work, Geoff loves a good board game and skiing in the mountains.
Over the past 20 years, Christian has built a career in finance, operations, and marketing. He has worked with some of the world’s most recognized companies, building and advising from the ground up.
Christian’s career started out at Critical Mass during the early days of digital marketing, and rapid rise of e-commerce and mobile advertising. Here he worked on innovative and award-winning campaigns with iconic global brands in both automotive and consumer technology. Following his MBA, Christian expanded his career into finance and joined UBS. When he and his family returned to Alberta, Christian joined Deloitte’s financial advisory services team where he focused on corporate finance and valuations for technology and life sciences clients.
Christian began developing an interest in entrepreneurship when he joined a software services start-up. His major accomplishment included building up sales and finance operations to support more data-driven decision-making, setting the organization up for further growth including M&A activity. He then took his experiences into management consulting and worked with small businesses, non-profits, and public sector clients. Most recently, he was with PwC’s operations consulting team, working with public sector clients on operations strategy, service transformations, and procurement.
Christian holds an MBA in finance and economics from the Schulich School of Business, an MA from Athabasca University in Global Change, a BSc in Psychology from the University of Alberta, and a certificate in Corporate Sustainability Management from the Yale School of Management.
In the community, Christian supports science and innovation as Chair of the Aurora Project Campaign Cabinet for the Telus World of Science — Edmonton, and Trustee for Ingenium — Canada’s Science and Innovations Museums. He is also co-president of the Edmonton Chapter of the Schulich School of Business alumni network.
Ryan has worked to accelerate small and medium-sized companies in the Digital Health, Banking, Post-Secondary, Energy, and Financial Services industries. Most recently, Ryan was the Director, Marketing & Operations for Lumiio Inc. Lumiio, has built a collaboration platform for Health Communities to grow together that has proven to advance the treatment discovery process.
Ryan is a graduate of the Bachelor of Commerce program at the Haskayne School of Business. During his time at the University of Calgary, he held numerous leadership positions, including the President of the Haskayne Students’ Association, and the Vice President, Operations & Finance for the Students’ Union. The University of Calgary, Students’ Union, is an ~$18 Million non-profit that represents students to University leaders and multiple levels of government. During his term with the Students’ Union, Ryan played an instrumental role in settling a decade-long legal dispute with the University of Calgary.
Lawrence is a Neuromuscular Neurologist specializing in diseases of the muscles and nerves. He is the Director of the Calgary Neuromuscular Program and the Calgary ALS and Motor Neuron Disease Clinic. He serves as Director, Innovation and Commercialization.
Gord has over 30 years financial services experience with his last role as President of Cidel Trust Company, a national trust company and asset management firm. Other senior positions with CIBC and RBC included senior leadership, corporate strategy, corporate services, governance, sales management, investment management, fiduciary services, philanthropic planning, cross border structuring, risk management, and training and development.
As President of Cidel Trust, Gord led the creation of a national trust company, was responsible for institutional asset management for Western Canada and also created a national indigenous strategy as well as building out strategic relationships with ATB and Richardson GMP. At RBC, Gord’s last role was Joint Head of the Caribbean (Barbados, Cayman and the Bahamas) for RBC International Wealth Management responsible for discretionary asset management, RBC Dominion Securities, global custody, captive insurance, and fund administration, as well as trust and corporate services based out of Barbados.
Gord serves on several for profit and not for profit boards and is past Chapter Chair for YPO Gold Alberta. Gord is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP), Family Enterprise Advisor (FEA), and Corporate Director (ICD.D).
Gord is the Founder and CEO of Anchor Wealth Advisory, a consulting firm that focuses on governance and strategy for successful families. Gord also has a deep passion for Indigenous Economic Development.
After 25 years in the financial services industry, Mark retired from the wealth management industry in December 2018. Prior to that he had worked as a Partner, Director Wealth Management and Portfolio Manager with Richardson GMP Ltd. and was First Vice President with a major bank-owned brokerage firm for more than a decade. He and his brother Scott were business partners for more than 21 years.
Outside of his vocation, Mark served on the Board of Governors at the University of Calgary and was Vice Chair of the Investment Committee and member of the Executive Committee. Mark is a passionate Rotarian and became one of the youngest District Governors in 2008/09 in the Rotary world when he served District 5360, representing Southern Alberta and Western Saskatchewan.
Mark recently completed a 4-year term as a Director of the Paralympic Foundation of Canada and currently sits on both the Calgary Rotary Clubs Foundation and the Dean’s Advisory Board at the Cumming School of Medicine. In April 2013, Mark and his wife Jennifer formed The Starratt Family Foundation to advance neuromuscular disease education and research and to help improve accessibility for those with disabilities. Mark serves on several private company boards and leads a Single Family Office based in Alberta.