meet our leadership team

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The Lumiio Team includes experts who specialize in Healthcare Research, Security & Privacy, and Technology Commercialization. Collectively, we have decades of experience working with individuals and families trying to find treatment and have built a network of researchers, patient organizations, and pharmaceutical companies to drive meaningful outcomes.

Blaine
Penny
B. ENG
Chief Executive Officer

Blaine began his career as a Professional Engineer, with a focus on leadership and management roles.  He has over 20 years of experience in the health, technology, and engineering sectors leading and managing large teams and portfolios, capital investment projects, product management, M&A, and go-to-market strategies.  Fifteen of those years were in Executive roles and included Co-founder and CEO of MitoCanada, CEO of the start-up engineering firm Integrated Sustainability, and Vice President of the global technology firm IHS Markit.

Blaine’s involvement in rare disease advocacy and research began in 2008 with the tragic onset of a mitochondrial disease in his then 4-year-old son. Motivated to help others going through similar experiences, Blaine co-founded the MitoCanada Foundation, which has raised over $3 million to advance mitochondrial medicine.

Blaine’s governance experience includes serving on multiple Boards, including three as Chair.  Blaine is currently the Intricate Group Board Chair, a Director with the MitoCanada Foundation, and Director with Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders (CORD). Additionally, Blaine is an Executive Advisor to the Mitochondrial Innovation Initiative (Mito2i – a strategic initiative at the University of Toronto) and a co-chair of the working group for the Canadian Rare Disease Drug Strategy with CORD

Josh
Lounsberry
BSc MBA
Co-Founder & Chief of Strategy and Real-world Outcomes

Josh has over a decade of experience managing research projects and teams in the healthcare space including technology commercialization, patient registries, and investigator networks. He also has experience with platform development and implementation in healthcare settings and brings a unique expertise in the psychological aspects such as usability analyses, technology adoption, and attrition mitigation. He has provided strategic positioning consulting to technology companies and has participated as an officer in multiple start-up companies.

Dr. Lawrence
Korngut
MD MSc FRCPC
Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer

Lawrence is a clinician investigator at the University of Calgary where he conducts research in registry best practices at the Korngut Registry Science Lab. He led the development of the Canadian Neuromuscular Disease Registry which includes 31 participating clinics across Canada which has successfully recruited over 4500 patients across four disease sub registries. Recognizing the challenges of designing, implementing and operating registries in various disease groups he has focused much of his academic research on optimizing registry methodology for successful “real-world evidence” outcomes. He has published extensively on the science of registries including leading the Canadian Neurological Registry Best Practice Guidelines. He has also provided guidance and support for the development of registries and their integration into Health Communities, clinical trial programs and post-marketing studies since 2009

Filip
Korngut
BASc PEng CISSP CASP+ CySA+ PenTest+ Security+
Chief Technology and Information Security Officer

Filip has over 15 years of combined experience in database development, project management and information security in the health, mining, non-profit, and oil and gas sectors. He has extensive experience managing the development of major software and digital transformation solutions across multiple industries with heavy focus on cybersecurity and compliance. Filip has led cybersecurity engagements for big four consulting organizations and is proficient implementing cybersecurity frameworks such as ISO, CIS and NIST.

Victoria
Hodgkinson
BA PhD
Director, Patient Registries & Real-World Evidence

Victoria is a recognized global expert in registries following her work on large-scale international projects such as the Global SMA Registry and the Global Acromegaly Registry. Her experience in registries includes dataset derivation, protocol and ethics, privacy legislation, and platform design. Victoria also has extensive and varied experience in data analysis and publishing findings utilizing real-world registry data. Victoria co-leads the implementation of platform user requirements in addition to leading ongoing registry projects for clients.

Sarah
Akierman
MSc PMP
Director, Product Development

Sarah has experience in growing an acquired health and technology start-up by implementing strategies which resulted in the commercialization of SaaS product offerings in the insurance, and health and wellness markets. Sarah graduated from UCalgary with a MSc in Biological Science focusing on gut chronic diseases. During her program she received the Dean’s Graduate Performance Award, in recognition of superior performance, as well as the Presidents’ Award, in recognition of her leadership. Sarah served on the UCalgary Board of Governors, UCalgary Alumni Board, and Calgary Pride.

Rory
St Clair
BA BSc
Business Development Executive

Rory is an experienced business development leader for health technology companies bringing transformational products and services to market. He has led enterprise go-to-market strategy for multiple classes of technology products, including clinical decision support applications, genomic interpretation platforms, remote monitoring devices, and intradermal delivery devices. Rory is passionate about connecting people and supporting healthcare champions in their pursuit of improved health outcomes. When he is not working at Lumiio, Rory enjoys spending time with family, reading, and cycling.

Natalie
Swanson
BSc
Manager, Marketing and Communications

After spending over a decade working in the energy industry as a Professional Geologist, Natalie pivoted her career to marketing, communications and business strategy. With experience in building companies from start-up to growth stage, she has a passion for bringing visions to life and seeing the positive impact it has on others. Natalie values creative and strategic solutions that drive growth and value. She is also the Founder and Lead Coach at Run.Jump.LEAD!, an organization committed to fostering equitable opportunities for girls in sport and leadership.

Shawn
Veltman
BComm
Senior Developer

Shawn specializes in helping SMEs create the tools, software, and processes needed to help them operate at peak efficiency. He has developed decision support systems, business intelligence solutions, GIS applications, as well as customer facing retail solutions for clients ranging from start-ups to publicly traded multinationals.

Shawn provides platform development expertise in coding, system design, and usability.