Board of Directors
Paul Dowie is the former Chief Operating Officer at Medavie Blue Cross, where his career spanned almost 30 years. His extensive corporate responsibilities have included insurance operations, health care delivery, information technology, government program administration and financial oversight. Prior to joining Medavie, Paul was an executive in an Atlantic Canadian retail operation and during that time acquired his Accounting designation. He has also served on the Boards of TecKnowledge, Inc., Blue Cross Life, and Medavie EMS.
Paul’s activities in the community have involved serving as a Board member, volunteer, and consultant in a variety of charitable organizations. These organizations include the Alzheimer Society, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, Ronald McDonald House Atlantic, and the IWK Hospital. In 2012 these contributions were recognized when he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.
Ross Finlay is a Co-Founder and Director of the First Angel Network Association – Atlantic Canada’s association for private investors. He is a board member and past Chair of the National Angel Capital Organization (Canada), and is a Director of the U.S. Angel Capital Association. Ross is also Vice Chair of the Angel Resource Institute (of the Kaufmann Foundation). He is a recognized international speaker, facilitator, business planner, and strategic change advisor who has an extensive background in public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Ross has extensive business networks throughout the world and has written as a regular columnist for Atlantic Business Magazine and Progress Magazine. He also contributed to the new book “Angels Without Borders – Trends and Policies Shaping Angel Investing Worldwide”
Ross has been Executive Director of a professional association in Ontario and President of a national consulting company specializing in providing services to scientific, engineering and technical clients.
Since 1994, Ross has managed his own successful consulting practice. He returned to the corporate world for a time with PwC LLP and SolutionInc Ltd. – a software development company.
In 2002 Ross was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal for outstanding community service through his efforts in numerous charities.
Dr. Lidija Marusic is an investment manager at Innovacorp, a venture capital fund investing in seed and early-stage technology companies. With over 16 years of experience in life science technology commercialization, Lidija manages all aspects of the investment due diligence, approval and closing cycle, and works hands-on with Innovacorp’s portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Innovacorp, Lidija worked at MDS Capital Corp. (now Lumira Capital) and its seed fund MedInnova Partners, focusing on commercializing biomedical discoveries.
Lidija holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Zagreb, a PhD in molecular genetics from the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA/ISAS) and an MBA from McMaster University. She served on the International Peer Review Panel for the Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) and on the Proof of Principle Peer Review Committee of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).
Lidija is a member of the board of directors for Appili Therapeutics, DeCell Technologies, DGI Clinical and DeNovaMed, and a board observer at ABK Biomedical and Densitas.
Professor Kenneth Rockwood brings over 25 years experience as a key collaborator and research lead on numerous studies in geriatric medicine and dementia. He holds the Kathryn Allen Weldon Chair in Alzheimer Disease at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.
In addition to being a specialist in internal medicine and geriatric medicine, he has a masters degree in Public Administration and has fulfilled several roles in advising on public policy at both the provincial and federal levels. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed papers, including in such prestigious medical journals such as the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine.
Professor Rockwood has received dozens of awards over the last 20 years, including prestigious prizes and lectureships from the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, China, Japan, Singapore and Italy, as well as several from Canada. He founded DGI in 2001.