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Current Staff
Dr. Garnette Sutherland Professor of Neurosurgery (Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary)
Garnette Sutherland
Dr. Garnette Sutherland began his medical career in 1984 following an undergraduate education in Chemistry and a medical degree from the University of Manitoba. An interest in neurosurgery was sparked through a clinical clerkship at the Montreal Neurological Institute and the influences of Theodore Rasmussen and Dwight Parkinson. His residency in Neurosurgery was completed at the University of Western Ontario under the supervision of Skip Peerless and the legendary Charles Drake. Following residency, Dr. Sutherland’s first appointment was at the University of Manitoba, in both the Departments of Surgery and Pharmacology.
In 1993, Sutherland was invited to become the head of the Division of Neurosurgery at the University of Calgary, a responsibility he fulfilled until 2003. He re-established his medical research laboratory, focusing on the study of central nervous system neoplasia, brain ischemia and stroke using MR spectroscopy. His evolving research interests, ranging from fundamental bench research to clinical integration, have attracted over $50M in external peer-reviewed funding to the University of Calgary.
In collaboration with the National Research Council Institute for Biodiagnostics, Sutherland developed an intraoperative MRI (iMRI) system based on a moveable 1.5T magnet. The invention, a world first, formed the basis of a spin-off company, IMRIS. IMRIS has now successfully commercialized the technology, selling 42 systems and employing over 180 people, and is publicly-traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:IM). In 2004, Dr. Sutherland received the Ernest C. Manning Award of Distinction for his work and the Canadian Healthcare Manager’s Who’s Who in Healthcare award for Medical Research in 2005. In 2007, the project received the Federal Partners in Technology Transfer Excellence in Technology Transfer Award.
To take full advantage of the iMRI environment, Sutherland, in collaboration with Macdonald Dettwiler and Associates, developed neuroArm, an image-guided MR-compatible robotic system for stereotaxy and microsurgery. The robot has earned Dr. Sutherland the 2007 Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Foundation award for Outstanding Leadership in Alberta Technology and the 2008 City of Calgary Signature Award. In 2012, Dr. Sutherland was also honoured to become a Member of the Order of Canada for his lifetime achievements in the field of medical innovation.
In his time away from work, Sutherland enjoys fishing and researching the newest sports cars.
Dr. Kourosh Zareinia, PhD, P.Eng, Chief Engineer and Project Manager, Robotics Engineer
Kourosh Zareinia
Kourosh was born in Stanford, California and was raised in Iran where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (Electronics, Circuit Design) from Isfahan University of Technology and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Control Systems) from University of Tehran. He earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics, Mechatronics) from the University of Manitoba, Canada. He was a faculty member for eight years, head of department for 6 years, and dean of Faculty of Engineering for two years at Islamic Azad University. He was postdoctoral fellow for two years (2012-2013) and has been Chief Engineer and Project Manager since 2014 at Project neuroArm (an image-guided MR-compatible robotic system for stereotaxy and microsurgery). He has been appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor with University of Calgary, Medical Robotics Program, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, in early 2015. He established the most advanced Haptics Laboratory in North America, in which, many graduate and undergraduate students has been/are being trained. His work resulted in many publications and media attention and recognition (CNN, National Geographic, NASA, Calgary Herald, The Globe and Mail, and many other websites. Currently, he is supervising postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, MSc students and leading multiple ground-breaking research projects. Kourosh is a principle investigator with secured grants awarded by various granting agencies including NSERC and CIHR. His research interests include Robot Assisted Space Surgery, Mechatronics, Innovative Surgical Tool Design for Robotic Applications, Instrumentation of Surgical Tools, Biomedical Device Design, Teleorobotic Platforms for Medical Applications, Smart Surgical Tool Development, Instrumentation in Biomedical Applications, Teleoperation, Telesurgery, Haptics, Medical Warning and Monitoring Systems, Haptics for Surgical Training, Surgical Robotics, MRI-compatible Haptic Systems, Image-guided Robotic Systems, Surgical Performance Evaluation, Hydraulic Robots, Underwater Robots, Nonlinear Control System Design, Lyapanov Stability Analysis for Nonlinear Systems, Embedded System Design and Development, Microcontrollers, Virtual Fixtures in Robotic Applications, Sensors, and Actuators. Currently, Kourosh works on design, development and integration of advanced haptics and robotics on second generation of neuroArm surgical system and many other research projects related to surgical performance and advanced robotic and surgical tool design. Kourosh was awarded Marquis Who’s Who in the world award in 2017 for his contribution in the field of Medical Robotics and Telesurgery. He has published numerous peer reviewed journal papers in high impact journals and conference papers in world class conferences. Kourosh is a registered professional engineer in the province of Alberta (APEGA), Canada. He is co-founder, Vice President, and Chief Technology Officer at OrbSurgical Ltd. where novel state-of-the-art technologies designed and developed by him and under his supervision at Project neuroArm are commercialized (
Fang Wei Yang Robotics Technician
Fang Wei Yang
Fang Wei was born and raised in China. He was trained in plastic surgery and practiced until his immigration to Canada in 1989. He began working with Garnette Sutherland while in Winnipeg, Manitoba, as a research assistant in the small animal laboratory. Together, Sutherland and Yang used small animal models of both global and focal brain ischemia to elucidate mechanisms and treatments of stroke. In 1993, Fang Wei relocated to Calgary with Sutherland to assist in the re-establishment of his research lab. His well-above-average microsurgical skills have been instrumental to the mentorship of surgical residents and his knowledge of physiology crucial for experimental design and execution. Fang Wei now performs the duties of robotic technician with neuroArm, providing a leadership role in the set up and maintenance of the Advanced Prototyping and Engineering Laboratory.
Yaser Maddahi Robotics Engineer, Killam Laureate, PEng
Yaser received his BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering from Bu-Ali Sina University (2001) and Iran University of Science and Technology (2003), respectively. He obtained his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering (Haptics and Telerobotics) from the University of Manitoba, Canada in 2013. He was a lecturer and the head of the Robotics and Automation Research Laboratory at the Islamic Azad University (Saveh branch) in Iran. He has also been a lecturer at the University of Manitoba and the International College of Manitoba (ICM), Winnipeg, Canada. He was an Eyes High postdoctoral fellow in Department of Clinical Neurosciences at University of Calgary and a visiting academic scholar in Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manitoba from January 2014 to April 2015. He is currently a Killam Postdoctoral Laureate at University of Calgary. The research interests of Dr. Maddahi include surgical robotics, MR-compatible haptic devices, networked robotics, and human-machine interaction.
Hamidreza Hoshyarmanesh Postdoctoral Fellow, Mechanical Engineering
Hamidreza was born in Isfahan, Iran and received his BSc and MSc in Manufacturing Engineering and Industrial Automation from Isfahan University of Technology in 2005 and 2008, respectively. He earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Mechatronics) from Isfahan University of Technology, Iran in December 2014. During his PhD program, he joined MCLAB (Advanced Materials Lab) in Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea as a visiting researcher from 2012-2013. He was a faculty member for 5 years from 2010 and Deputy of Research Affairs in the Department of Mechanical Engineering for 1 year. In addition, he was the founder of the Mechatronics Laboratory at Islamic Azad University, Khomeinishahr branch in Iran, where he supervised 10 graduate students. Along with his academic training, he worked in industry as a designer, mechanical and R&D engineer, technical director, and member of a directing board. He was formerly the head of Robohexapod research group in Isfahan Science and Technology Town. Hamidreza joined Project neuroArm in December 2015 and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow with the University of Calgary, Department of Clinical Neurosciences. His research interests include mechatronics, surgical robotics, haptic hand controllers, smart clinical tools, structural health monitoring, piezoelectric sensors and actuators, industrial automation, and manufacturing processes. At neuroArm, Hamidreza is working on the design and development of an optimized neurosurgery-specific hand controller.
Sonny Chan Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Sonny recently joined the University of Calgary as an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering programs. His research interests are visual and interactive computing for surgery and medicine, with the mission of advancing computational technologies to improve medical education and healthcare delivery. His expertise include computer graphics, medical image analysis, and computer haptics. He spends the majority of his research time with neuroArm team to create immersive virtual reality simulations that allow surgeons to practice procedures on patient-specific anatomy. Sonny holds a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University where he studied surgical robotics and simulation in the BioRobotics Lab with Kenneth Salisbury.
Dustin Proctor Molecular Biologist
Dustin joined the neuroArm team in January 2015 having been a post-doctoral fellow at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute in Calgary since mid 2011. Prior to moving to Calgary, Dustin received a BSc Hons (Physiology and Pharmacology) and a PhD in (Molecular and Cell Biology) from the University of Queensland, Australia. He has worked on projects ranging from developing genetic and proteomic molecular tests for neurological diseases, determining functions of new drugs in cell and animal systems as well as designing and validating drug testing platforms. At neuroArm, Dustin is creating point-of-care molecular diagnostics for brain tumours to offer patients personalized treatment options. He is also collaborating with the neuroArm team to develop sensors and interrogation devices to assist neurosurgeons in brain tumour resections.
Sanju Lama Clinical Research Fellow
Sanju Lama
Sanju, a native of Pokhara, Nepal, comes to the research team following completion of her Masters of Science thesis entitled, “MRI diagnosis of descending corticospinal tract degeneration in experimental neonatal cerebral hypoxia-ischemia”. While still in Nepal, Sanju earned her medical degree and license from the Nepal Medical Council and worked as the Senior House Officer in the Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery. She also worked as a clinical research officer at the South Asian Pneumococcal Alliance at the Kanti Children’s Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal and as a clinical research fellow with the enteric fever clinical trial in the Patan Hospital’s Oxford Research Unit in Lalitpur, Nepal. Sanju completed her PhD on cerebral metabolism in traumatic brain injury (TBI), studying metabolic perturbations in severe TBI with MRI and MR spectroscopy. Sanju maintains a close connection with her Nepalese roots, spending her free time hiking, doing yoga, travelling and reading.
Andrew Ryu Senior Neurosurgery Resident
Andrew is a senior neurosurgery resident at the University of Calgary. Following an Hon. BSc degree in Human Biology and MSc degree in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto, he received his medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2012. With the support of the Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Clinician Fellowship, Andrew has recently completed a combined Masters of Translational Medicine – Bioengineering degree at the University of California San Francisco and the University of California Berkeley. His research interests focus around the themes of innovative health solutions, knowledge translation and medical education. His current research project at Project neuroArm is aimed at developing novel virtual reality surgical simulation that will enhance resident education and ultimately patient care through individualizing surgical planning based on the unique characteristics of a patient’s anatomy and pathology. Upon completing his neurosurgery residency in 2019, Andrew is pursuing a clinical fellowship in spine surgery.
Current Students
Don Peterson
Don Peterson
Don brings 25 years of experience in academic and industrial engineering design, analysis, and leadership to the neuroArm team. He earned a BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta with additional training in biophysics and biochemistry from the University of Waterloo. Don completed an MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta, receiving the R.R. Gilpin Award for research and teaching excellence. He has written a number of papers in the areas of experimental stress analysis and novel sensor technologies, has been a member of, and held leadership positions in ASME, STLE, SEM, ACS and AAS. Don has been married to his very supportive wife Carol for 24 years. Don and Carol have two daughters attending the University of Calgary – Holly (History) and Kedra (Science / Medicine).
Rachael L’Orsa
Rachael L'Orsa
Rachael was born and raised in Smithers, British Columbia. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish with a Computer Science Minor at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. Rachael is currently completing a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Calgary, where she focusses on adaptive control systems for teleoperated surgical robots such as neuroArm. A licensed paramedic, she is deeply interested in the relationships between technology, medicine, and community. She is widely involved in robotics initiatives for children, and is also fond of the outdoors, languages, and rowing on the Glenmore Reservoir in rain, shine, or snow.
Past Contributors (Alphabetically by Last Name)
Nicole Blenkin Administrative Assistant
Nicole was born and raised in Grande Prairie, Alberta, and came to the project after completing a Bachelor of Biological Science from the University of Calgary. Having experience in both institutional and fine arts administration and event planning, Nicole completed a number of administrative, strategic and logistical roles with neuroArm. She maintained communications with external groups and stakeholders, balanced the finances and ensured all of the t’s were crossed and the i’s were dotted.
May Choi Undergraduate Student
May completed three research terms with Project neuroArm, beginning as a second year undergraduate. Her research focused on comparing robotic surgical performance of staff neurosurgeons, neurosurgical residents, medical students and video gamers while using the neuroArm training platform. May has since been studying medicine at the University of Alberta and will graduate in 2014.
Tyler Cossetto Undergraduate Student
Tyler was born and raised in Newmarket, Ontario. He joined Project neuroArm as he made a move to Calgary to pursue his Masters in Biomedical Technology (M.B.T) at University of Calgary. Prior to this, Tyler had completed a Bachelor in Biomedical Science from University of Waterloo. His research at Project neuroArm comprised of study on inter-body fusion cages in spinal reconstruction, and human machine interfaces in robotic neurosurgery. At present, Tyler is a first year medical student at Dalhousie University and continues to pursue his research interest at the Brain Repair Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Liu Shi Gan Robotics Engineer
Liu Shi Gan was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Alberta, Edmonton. From 2010 to 2011, she was a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Neuroscience, and a Research Assistant at Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at University of Alberta. She was previously a research associate with Project neuroArm and was involved in the development and clinical integration of neuroArm. Her research interests include surgical robotics and neuroprostheses.
Ahmad Ghasemloonia Postdoctoral Scholar, Mechanical Engineering
Ahmad received his BEng (Mechanical) from the University of Tabriz in 2003 and his MSc in Applied Mechanics from Tarbiat Modares University in 2006. His research focused on vibration condition monitoring and fault diagnosis. Between 2003 and 2009 he worked in industry as a Quality Control and Vibration Analyst Engineer. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Memorial University, graduating with distinction in 2013 with a research focus on vibration analysis of drilling structures. Following completion of his PhD, he conducted an industrial postdoctoral fellowship in the area of FEM creep analysis of caverns at Subsurface Imaging Technology. In 2014, he joined Project neuroArm as a Postdoctoral Scholar. At neuroArm he worked on the design and development of ENT surgical robotic tools, vibration analysis of cancer tissue with atomic force microscopy and vibration simulation of surgical drills. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in Canada.
Michael Greene Robotics Engineer
Michael Greene received his undergraduate degree in Space Engineering at York University and a Masters of Applied Science in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS). During his graduate studies, he worked at the UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory where he developed flight hardware for several currently operational satellites, most notably AISSAT-1 and BRITE. He gained further experience in the fields of aerospace engineering and robotics at MDA on several projects, including the Next Generation Canadarm. Michael is a licensed Professional Engineer, and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine program at the University of Calgary.
Alex Greer Robotics Engineer
Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Alex Greer earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Following that, Alex went on to earn his Masters in the same discipline, studying numerical modeling for leg trauma predication and injury protection from anti-personnel landmines. He created a human torso model for the prediction of blast trauma to the lungs to help improve personal protective equipment. For the neuroArm project, Alex worked on the development and integration of advanced technologies into the operating room, interfacing with industrial partners and researchers to ensure safety, maintenance and proper incorporation of the technology.
Tomas Hirmer Robotics & Software Engineer
Tomas Hirmer has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Lakehead University, a Master of Science Degree in Space Studies from the International Space University, and a Diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology in Control Systems from Seneca College. His work at Project neuroArm included surgical simulation, video production and photography, graphic design, and network/website administration. He is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Medicine program at the University of Calgary.
Michael Lang Medical Student
Michael spent one year (2009-2010) working with Project neuroArm studying 3T intraoperative MRI, application of advanced MR sequences and MR-compatible surgical robotics. Since then he completed his medical degree at Ohio State University Medical School and is working towards a career in academic neurosurgery at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, USA.
James Larsson Simulation Engineer
James Larsson, an electrical engineer, was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia and completed an Electrical Engineering Technologist diploma from Nova Scotia Community College. Following his time there, James went on to complete his Electrical Engineering degree with Dalhousie University and the Technical University of Nova Scotia. James has experience in firmware and software applications in the sensor and telecommunications industries. He worked on maintaining the Surgical Simulation Laboratory and developing simulation software in an open source environment for the neuroArm project.
Isabelle Latour Molecular Biologist/ Research Manager
Isabelle worked for Project neuroArm in the capacity of project manager and as a molecular biologist for the joint-venture bimodal nanoparticle project in collaboration with the National Research Council. She moved on from the project in 2008 to become Manager of Chairs and Professorships with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. Since then, she has moved to France with her two sons and her husband, Dr. Ed Vigmond.
Pamela Leblanc Charge Nurse Intraoperative MRI
A backbone of the clinical integration work at Project neuroArm, Pam provided leadership as the Charge Nurse of the intraoperative MRI operating suite (iMRI OR) and Nurse Clinician for the neuroArm surgical team. Pam was born in Bassano, Alberta, and graduated from the Foothills School of Nursing with an RN diploma and special certification in Perioperative Nursing. Following school, Pam dove into a career in the operating rooms of the Foothills Medical Centre and developed a love of neurosurgery there. She managed the iMRI OR since its opening in 1997, and her responsibilities extended as a Nurse Clinican for the ENT service. Routinely, Pam was called upon to interface between research and clinical care, between Alberta Health Services and the University of Calgary. She was instrumental in the smooth integration of new technology into the OR as it relates to administration, OR workflow, and sterility. She is mom to son Brenden and daughter Kara, and a very proud grandma to grandson Caden. In her free time Pam enjoys decorating and reading, spending time outdoors hiking, gardening, and quading and especially loves time with her grandson.
Deon Louw Project Manager
Dr. Louw was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada following the completion of his medical degree. After completing his neurosurgical training, he joined Project neuroArm. He contributed to the early development of neuroArm as it progressed from preliminary design review to critical design review. In addition, he was an important contributor to the successful Canada Foundation for Innovation research grant for Project neuroArm.
Paul McBeth Robotics Engineer
Paul McBeth joined Project neuroArm after obtaining his MSc Engineering degree from the University of British Columbia. He contributed to the project as it progressed through preliminary and critical design reviews. He subsequently moved on to complete his medical degree and general surgery training at the University of Calgary.
Jason Motkoski Medical Student
Jason was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, and came to the University of Calgary to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with a Biomedical Specialization.  A multiple undergraduate scholarship and award winner, Jason is enrolled in the MD program at the University of Calgary and is due to graduate in 2013. He worked on bioengineering design, pre-clinical device testing and integration of an advanced surgical laser tool for neuroArm. He enjoys travelling and high performance cars, distance running and swimming.
Patti Paulson Business Manager
Patti Paulson was the Business Manager for the Seaman Family MR Research Centre from 2000 to 2006. During her time working on the project, Patti worked in the early fund raising for Project neuroArm and in the development of the initial successful Project neuroArm research grant acquired from Western Economic Diversification, Canada, and the subsequent Canada Foundation for Innovation grant. Patti is currently the Manager, Research, Diagnostic Imaging for Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone.
Pete Rizun Graduate Student
Pete was the first Project neuroArm PhD student completing his degree in the Department of Physics. His early experiments related to the development of Haptic Forceps. For this he brought to Calgary four engineering students (Dylan Gunn, Brian Cox, Krispin Davies and Edward Wong) from the University of British Columbia. His PhD thesis was entitled, “On the Estimation of Angular Orientation with Microelectromechanical Systems”. He also provided the architectural design of what became the present Project neuroArm research space in the HRIC building, University of Calgary. He currently works in the private sector.
Manar din Samad Graduate Student
Manar completed his MSc in 2011 under the co-supervision of Drs. Garnette Sutherland and Yaoping Hu within the department of Clinical Neurosciences and Electrical and Computer Engineering respectively, at the University of Calgary. His MSc research thesis was based on human psychophysics in the application of robot-assisted surgery. After successfully defending his MSc. Manar is presently pursuing his PhD at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. His present research focuses on the study of computer vision techniques to interpret behavior in subjects with cognitive deficits.
Taku Sugiyama Research Fellow
Dr. Taku Sugiyama is a cerebrovascular neurosurgeon from Sapporo, Japan. He received medical and neurosurgical training from Hokkaido University, and gained Board Certification from both the Japan Neurosurgical Society and the Japan Stroke Society. He previously conducted translational research on cell-based therapy using bone marrow stromal cells for central nervous system disorders, and completed his PhD in 2011. He has extensive experience in the field of cerebrovascular surgery, including aneurysm clipping, EC-IC bypass, carotid endarterectomy and resection of AVMs. His research interests include improving cerebrovascular surgical treatments and understanding pathological mechanisms of cerebrovascular diseases, such as Moyamoya disease.
Stefan Wolfsberger Research Fellow
Dr. Stefan Wolfsberger, a native of Vienna, Austria received his medical and neurosurgical training from the Medical University of Vienna. Following his residency under the supervision of Chairman Professor Wolfgang Koos and Professor Engelbert Knosp, he was appointed Associate Professor of Neurosurgery in 2005. He also completed a postgraduate MBA in Health Care Management at the Medical University of Vienna in 2009. Stefan’s research interests include advanced imaging techniques in neuroendoscopy, multimodal neuronavigation, 3D visualization, surgical simulation and fluorescence guidance. He completed a clinical fellowship with Dr. Sutherland working to integrate navigation and 3D imaging with neuroArm, and was appointed Adjunct Professor with the University of Calgary Department of Clinical Neurosciences.
Company Creation: neuroArm Surgical Ltd.
Advisory Board
Kent Anderson Calgary Lawyer
Kent Anderson, Q.C. is the Managing Partner of the Calgary office of Miller Thomson and member of the firm’s national executive committee. In addition to his management role, Kent is a business lawyer with over twenty-five years of transaction and litigation experience. He provided legal advice in the development and evolution of neuroArm Surgical Ltd.
Henry Lawrie Calgary Accountant
Henry was born in Calgary and began his professional career with the local accounting firm Henderson, Waines and Anderson. He received his CA in 1960, his FCA in 1979 and his CPA (Texas) in 1980. From 1962 until his retirement in 1997, he worked for Price Waterhouse, Serving in offices in Calgary, Toronto and Dallas. He was the managing partner in Calgary from 1992 to 1997. Following retirement from Price Waterhouse, he was Chief Accountant for the Alberta Securities Commission. He provided mentorship and accounting advice for neurArm Surgical Ltd. After a long and productive life, Henry passed away on November 7, 2009.
Daryl K. “Doc” Seaman Calgary Businessman, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist
Mr. Doc Seaman was a Calgary businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist. As the owner of Calgary Flames and active member of various ice hockey commissions, he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010. He was involved in the awarding of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. For his many contributions, in 1993, Doc was appointed to the Office of the Order of Canada. Along with his brothers B.J. and Don Seaman, Doc provided $2 million for the establishment of the Seaman Family MR Research Centre at the Calgary Health Region-University of Calgary. The project led by Dr. Garnette Sutherland went on to set an example of innovation in science and technology with its linkage to community and philanthropy. Doc’s ongoing support through capital, contacts, experience and time, helped University of Calgary become home to neuroArm in 2007. In 2009, the city of Calgary and province of Alberta paid tribute to Doc’s life and his many remarkable contributions.
Michael Tims Calgary Businessman
In the formative period of neuroArm Surgical Ltd., Michael Tims provided business acumen and mentorship to the company. He is presently the Chairman of Peters & Co. Limited, an investment firm specializing in investments in the Canadian oil and gas, oilfield services and energy infrastructure industries. Mike holds a B. Comm. degree (with distinction) from the University of Calgary and an M.B.A. degree from Harvard University. He is a Chartered Business Valuator. Mike has also had extensive involvement with a number of other community, educational and charitable organizations.
Chief Executive Officers
Alykhan Nanji
Alykhan was the acting CEO while neuroArm Surgical Ltd. was in its early phase of development. He is presently a General Internal Medicine specialist with a Masters in Public Health from Harvard and an MBA from Wharton. Alykhan served as the Executive in Residence (Biodevices) with University Technologies International. UTI is the technology commercialization arm of the University of Calgary. Alykhan is a member of the Calgary MD-MBA group.


Michael Raymont
Following company development, Michael Raymont was appointed CEO. Dr. Raymont has B.Sc (Hons) and Ph.D. degrees in chemisty, and was a Killam Scholar. He was the Vice-President, Technology and Industry Support, with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), and also served as acting president of NRC from 2003 to 2005. While CEO of neuroArm Surgical Ltd., he led the negotiations that resulted in the successful transfer of the neuroArm IP to IMRIS Inc.


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Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Calgary
University of Calgary
Alberta Health Services
IMRIS/Deerfield Imaging Inc.
Awards & Grants
Order of Canada, Office of the Governor General of Canada
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Alberta Advanced Education and Technology
Alberta Innovates: Health Solutions
AsTech Awards
Manning Award
How To Contact Us
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