Board of Directors
Leaders Creating Leaders
ACETECH Directors are experienced leaders who volunteer their time to help CEOs in B.C. accelerate the growth of their companies.
Geof Auchinleck Claris Healthcare Inc.Geof has more than 30 years of experience in the medical device field. He was part of the Vancouver-based team that built and tested the world’s first robot specifically designed to assist in surgery, then went on to develop a number of other medical technologies, including surgical tools for laparoscopic surgery, surgical limb positioning, blood sample handling equipment, apparatus for total knee arthroplasty and surgical drapes.
In 1997, Geof co-founded Neoteric Technology Ltd. Neoteric developed and commercialized technologies for ensuring the correct storage, tracking, handling and administration of blood for transfusion in hospitals. This technology, BloodTrack®, is now in daily use in hospitals in the UK, Canada, US, Australia and the EU.
In 2009, Neoteric Technology Ltd. was sold to Haemonetics Corporation of Braintree Massachusetts (NYSE:HAE). Geof left Haemonetics in 2011 to co-found Claris Healthcare Inc. Claris provides Claris Companion, a communications hub that engages seniors in Internet communication and promotes aging in place.
Geof has served as director of the Medical Device Development Centre in Vancouver (www.mddc.org) for more than 22 years including 20 years as Chair. The MDDC is a not-for-profit incubator centre promoting the commercial development of new medical devices. He is also an active technology business mentor through the BCIC mentorship program and AceTech Growth Strategy Program, serves on the AceTech board and a number of private boards, and is a program advisor for BCIT.
Geof holds 16 US patents for a wide range of medical devices and technologies.
In 2012, Geof was awarded the Encana Principal Award by the Manning Innovation Awards Foundation, Canada’s highest award for industrial innovation, in recognition of his development of the BloodTrack transfusion system.
David Christie Christie Consulting Inc.David has broad and deep experience in the development and commercialization of technology. David works with early-stage and emerging technology entrepreneurs to help them create and execute sustainable business strategies that expand their business. As President, CEO and Director of a publicly-traded technology company, he more than doubled revenue in two years, expanded their asset base four fold and increased cash flow 12-fold. Early in his career David was Sales Manager of the Year for three consecutive years at Baxter Corporation. David has worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies but since 2000 has dedicated himself to local early-stage technology companies. David’s strengths are in implementing strategic change, delivering financial results and effectively commercializing technology. David has run a couple of companies in the life sciences industry and began his career in information technology sales.
Brian Clare one45 SoftwareBrian is the CEO of one45 Software (www.one45.com). He joined one45 in 2003 and was one of the company's first software developers. He became CEO in January 2011, and attended his first ACETECH Whistler Symposium a few months later. Through ACETECH, he's met close friends and learned an awful lot. He's an enthusiastic attendee at almost every ACETECH event and is extremely proud to serve on the board.
John Diack Independent DirectorJohn is an Executive in Residence at Wavefront. John has enjoyed 30+ years in the Vancouver high tech industry starting out in engineering and moving through technical consulting, sales, channel management, international business development and most recently in COO and CEO roles.
With companies like Nexus, Epic Data, Dynapro/ Rockwell, NICE Systems (Israel), Infowave, Marqui, SXIP Identity, Circon, Tri-M Technologies, and PendoRent Software, John has learned significant lessons through both success and failure. Growing companies through go-to-market execution is a passion and a strength.
John graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology with a focus on telecom, and attended Simon Fraser University in the Executive Management program.
Outside work, John puts faith, family and the outdoors (kayaking, waterskiing and golf) on the top of his list. He is the Chairman of ACETECH, and is a Director with A Rocha Canada and the Port Coquitlam Community Foundation. Another passion is mentoring and today he journeys with 6 individuals and 2 companies.
Peter Oxley ResponseTekPeter relocated to Vancouver in the mid-1990s after working with Bain & Company on management consulting engagements in North America, Australia, and Hong Kong. After falling in love with the city, he co-founded and served as CEO of RewardStream, an award-winning loyalty platform that has been deployed for top brands around the globe. He currently serves as Vice President - Global Marketing for ResponseTek, a global leader in Customer Experience Management headquartered in Vancouver and with offices in Toronto, London, India, and Sydney.
In his spare time, Peter loves spending time with his wife and two active boys biking, surfing, and paddleboarding.
Peter holds a degree in Economics from University of Western Ontario and an Honours Business Administration (HBA) degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Chris Wilson Function Point Productivity Software Inc.Chris is the Founder and Chief Client Advocate, Function Point Productivity Software Inc.
As the company’s leader, Chris wants to create the world’s leading digital tools for managing the day to day hassle of running a professional service firm. Chris’ focus is on creating a place, a team and a culture where the best creators, communicators and collaborators can grow.
Chris has an extensive understanding of the operation, management and workflow processes of Design studios, Advertising agencies and Architectural firms, with experience assisting thousands of firms in standardizing their business of design.
Chris holds a Bachelor degree in Communications with major in Service Industries.
Coaching teams to perform above expectation
Relationship builder and team mentor
Helping people grow through their own experiences and education
Business process adviser and consultant
Builder and protector of our company culture
Focused on the customer experience through a commitment to those I work with.