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Management and Board
Audil Virk is the President of Huron Digital Pathology, with more than 15 years of progressively responsible experience, having started his career with Huron as the head of software development. In his current role, Audil is responsible for strategic planning and execution, budget planning, staff development, and cost reductions with quality improvements. Audil directs the day-to-day operations, guides product development, and works closely with the sales team.
Prior to Huron, Audil worked in the telecommunications industry for Mitel Networks, where he was an inventor of two software patents on managing log files. He holds a BSc in Biochemistry from Queen’s University and a diploma in Computer Engineering Technology from Saint Lawrence College.
Savvas become Chief Technology Officer for Huron in 2010. He joined the company (originally known as Biomedical Photometrics Inc.) in 1998 as project leader. He led the development and manufacturing of micro array readers, tissue imaging systems, and a MacroScope/Microscope combination system for general confocal imaging applications. He has been involved in the development of imaging systems for more than 20 years and is the author of several patents and more than 30 publications on confocal microscopy imaging techniques and applications.
Savvas Damaskinos received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Waterloo in 1985 and was the first recipient of the GWP Pearson medal for graduate work in Physics. He spent three years at the Institute of Energy Conversion in Delaware, a centre of excellence for photovoltaics, returning to the Department of Physics at the University of Waterloo as a Research Associate Professor in 1988. Research activities at the Physics Department resulted in several patents in the area of confocal scanning laser imaging technology.
Savvas Chamberlain a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of Waterloo is presently the CEO and Chairman of EXEL Research Inc. a company which provides services to identify and commercialize innovations arising from university research. This company also invests in promising young high tech companies in Canada.
Savvas was born in Dhikomo, Cyprus, of Greek Cypriot heritage. He was educated in England, received his first degree in London, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Southampton University. After his Ph.D. in 1968 he worked briefly with Plessey Research Laboratories in Caswell, and then immigrated in 1969 to Canada. In 1974 he became a proud Canadian Citizen. In July 2009 Savvas was inducted into the Order of Canada. He is a resident of Ontario. In 1980 he founded DALSA, a successful Semiconductor and Electronics company in Canada.
Christine Chamberlain is Vice-President of Operations at EXEL Research Inc., a company based in Waterloo Ontario which focusses on investment in small to medium sized companies, primarily in southwestern Ontario, and also manages commercial and vacation rental properties. She began working with EXEL in May 2004.
From September 1996 to April 2004, she was Manager of Undergraduate Processing at the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) in Guelph Ontario, managing the processing of undergraduate applications to all Ontario universities for applicants from Ontario, from Canada and from international applicants. She began her career in 1981 at Wilfrid Laurier University in Office of the Registrar, ultimately as Assistant Registrar, Admissions.
Christine’s skills are primarily focussed on the management of human resources/personnel in companies and on efficient, accountable and responsible operations. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and has, as well, completed a number of business courses at the same institution’s School of Business and Economics.
Susan Robinson is an accomplished executive with international experience in Human Resource Management, Change Management and Business Transformation.
Susan has over 25 years of executive level experience leading human resources, marketing, strategy and communication teams in North America, Europe, and Asia. She joined Xerox Canada in 1977 as one of a few women in the country hired as sales representatives and after 12 years of progressively responsible positions in operations and human resources was appointed the first female executive in Xerox’ history. Susan went on to work as a senior HR executive in the telecommunications, health care and financial services sectors in Canada and Europe gaining experience in leading human resource operations, compensation, labour relations, executive recruitment, succession planning, leadership development, and change management for global Fortune 500 companies.
Since her retirement in 2009, Susan has led her successful consulting practice in the fields of strategy development, change management, organization design and leadership assessment and development. As well, she has a successful executive coaching practice with “C” level executives and their teams. She is a trusted advisor to many executives and is said to bring great wisdom to her coaching practice.
Susan has extensive board experience as a board member of the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario), Chair of the LCBO Human Resources and Compensation Committee, Acting Chair of the Ontario Cannabis Corporation, board member for BBD a national employee benefits provider and board member of Royal Botanical Gardens (Hamilton, ON).
Susan has been an active community volunteer throughout her life. Some volunteer activities of note include a founding Director of The Learning Partnership, the sponsor of “Take Your Kid to Work Day,” Chair of the Human Resource Professional Association’s (HRPA) annual award committee, and Business Advisory Coach at the McMaster University Centre for Innovation and Engineering.
Susan has her MA in leadership studies from Royal Roads University. She is a certified executive coach (CEC) through the International Coach Federation, the global body for setting standards and certifying executive coaches, and a Fellow in Board Governance from WXN (Women’s Executive Network).
Susan lives in Waterloo, ON with her husband Dr. A. E. (Ted) Dixon, Professor Emeritus of Physics, University of Waterloo, and their adorable Labradoodle Annie.
Mike is President of Pinnacle Capital Partners, a self-funded private equity group. He spends most of his time managing the portfolio of companies, completing acquisitions, and serving on the board of directors of investee companies.
He started his career working in public accounting with Zittrer Siblin Stein Levine (merged with EY in 1988) before joining the Canada Revenue Agency in Kitchener from 1988 to 1999 as a tax auditor and then as a Senior Business Valuator. In 1999 he returned to public accounting for one year before venturing out in 2000 to co-find Pinnacle Capital Partners, offering services in mergers and acquisitions, financings and divestitures.
Mike studied at Wilfrid Laurier University obtaining an Honors Business Administration degree with an option in Economics in 1987. He continued his studies while working, obtaining the designation of Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) in 1997 and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), designation in 2001.
Steven Lynum is President of Epredia Holdings, a global leader in the anatomical pathology space. Concurrently, he is a Corporate Officer of PHC Holdings, where he is the Co-Head of the Diagnostics & Lifesciences Domain. Steven brings over 30 years of experience working within Panasonic in Japan, Singapore, Philippines, and the United States prior to its healthcare arm being spun off as PHC Holdings in 2019.
Steven is Board Certified in medical affairs, and graduated from George Washington University receiving a bachelor’s degree in business with a major in International Business and double minor in international affairs and Japanese language studies which he took at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Steven has spent his career working in Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, and the USA.
Brian is the retired CEO of Teledyne DALSA, one of Canada’s most successful imaging technology companies and OEM supplier of digital imaging components to the medical, scientific, and industrial markets.
Don Guelich is a Senior Manager of Global Solutions for Digital Pathology at Epredia. His primary focus is on the creation and monetization of digital pathology and AI focused solution offerings that adhere to Epredia’s mission of improving lives through enhancing precision cancer diagnostics. He has spent the past 20+ years building a foundation in customer-centric innovation working within the disciplines of wireless communications R&D, cloud systems architecture, AI software development, and digital biotech systems integration.
Before joining Epredia in 2021, Don served in roles of progressive scope over eight years with Panasonic, focusing on solution offering creation, technical systems architecture, and strategic business planning for the Innovation and Digital Solutions centers. Prior to Panasonic, Don lived in Japan while working as a Senior Software Design Engineer with ST-Ericsson developing software for WCDMA/LTE mobile platform chipsets.
Don holds a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and has also studied Japanese at The Yamasa Institute in Okazaki, Japan.
Viet Nguyen is Vice-President of Finance at EXEL Research Inc., a company based in Waterloo Ontario which focuses on investment in small to medium sized companies, primarily in southwestern Ontario, and also manages commercial and vacation rental properties. He began working with EXEL in September 2019.
He started his career working in public accounting at Embree & Co. LLP (now known as Caissa LLP) in Guelph and later at BDO LLP in Waterloo. Prior to his current role, Viet was working at Manulife Corporation where he held positions in Internal Audit and Segregated Funds Reporting.
Viet studied at Wilfrid Laurier University obtaining a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2010. He continued his studies while working, obtaining the CPA, CA designation in 2015.
Granted its first US patent for barcoding digital images.
Commercial availability of the Lagotto image search engine, with API to integrate with 3 party image management systems
Launches ‘Scan Index Search platform.
Launch TissueScope iQ with real time indexing.
First commercial prototype of image search engine.
Launch 2nd generation TissueScope LE, optimized for faster scanning
Receive Frost & Sullivan’s 2013 Product Excellence Award in Slide Scanners
Launch TissueScope HS Scanner and TissueView software
TissueScope awarded 1st prize in two categories (20X Fluorescence and 40X Fluorescence) at the 2nd International Scanner Contest
Launch TissueScope Autoloader for continuous operation and automated workflow
Receive injection of new capital from investors Savvas Chamberlain and Mike Panayi. Company name changed from Biomedical Photometrics Inc. to Huron Technologies Inc.
Next generation TissueScope scanner for whole mount breast imaging at Sunnybrook hospital
Introduce 1st generation TissueScope multi-slide holder scanner for brightfield and fluorescence imaging of microscope slides
Launch first TissueScope scanner for brightfield and fluorescence imaging of microscope slides
Introduce 3rd generation DNAscope scanner for DNA microarrays
Launch 2nd generation DNAscope scanner for DNA microarrays
Develop first DNAscope scanner for DNA microarrays
Biomedical Photometrics Inc. founded to commercialize scanning laser imaging technology developed at the University of Waterloo.