Team

Managing Directors

Gerald Fried, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Gerald Fried is currently Professor of Surgery and Associate Dean for Education Technology & Innovation, Director of the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning at McGill University and is the Medical Director of the Clinical Innovation Platform (CLIP) at the RI-MUHC (MGH site). Previously he served as the Edward W. Archibald Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at McGill and Surgeon-in-Chief of the McGill University Health Centre Network in Montreal, Canada from January 2010-January 2020.

In 1990, he established Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) as a clinical and academic program at McGill. He and his colleagues have built this into one of the foremost such programs in North America. They have made significant contributions to surgical education, simulation, and the process of introducing innovation into clinical practice. His surgical education research is directed at teaching and evaluating procedural skills, currently through the use of artificial intelligence powered computer vision. Previously, they developed the MISTELS laparoscopic simulator, adopted as the manual skills component of the Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery Program, a mandatory requirement for certification in surgery and gynecology in the U.S. and one of the most used simulators in surgery.

Dr. Fried is a champion of Surgical Innovation through building partnerships between clinicians, engineers, computer scientists and business experts. To this goal, as Chair of Surgery, he established a thriving graduate program in Surgical Innovation at McGill and helped plan and design the CLIP. He serves as Chief Surgical Consultant of Theator, applying AI to surgical education to improve quality and safety in surgery.

Dr. Fried has served as President of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the Canadian Association of General Surgeons, the Central Surgical Association, and James IV Association of Surgeons (Canadian Section), Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (the largest surgical professional organization in the world) and has served on the Boards of Directors of the SSAT and International Society for Digestive Surgery. In 2011 he was elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the Canadian equivalent of the Institute of Medicine.. He has given over 300 invited lectures internationally and published widely on minimally invasive GI surgery and surgical education. In 2019 he was awarded the Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada in recognition for his leadership in the development of Minimally Invasive Surgery in Canada.

Jake Barralet, PhD

Scientific Director

Dr. Jake Barralet is the Scientific Director of the Clinical Innovation Platform, is the Alan Thompson Chair in Surgical Research,  the Director of Innovation for the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning (SCSIL) and the Faculty of Medicine, Associate Director of the Injury Repair Recovery Program at the RI-MUHC, Vice Chair Surgery (Research), and Director of Research, Division of Orthopaedics, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. He worked for the UK’s premier medical technology company (Smith and Nephew Ltd) where he developed a new bone graft product (Jax). He went on to run Ortus Medical in the UK that licensed technology surrounding a bone cement product. He has experience in filing, licensing and defending IP surrounding 3D printing of implants, drug incorporation into implants and biocement.

Dr. Barralet runs the NSERC funded “Innovation at the Cutting Edge” CREATE program which pairs engineers, researchers, doctors and business students to find an unmet clinical need, create a new technology and subsequentially a viable start-up.


Advisory Committee

Judith Menard

Advisory Committee Member

Judith Ménard, Senior Vice President, Private Banking 1859 is a National leader, both in sales and to a team of managers who have earned an avant-garde reputation in the wealth management industry.

Prior to joining Private Banking 1859, Judith was Chief Compliance Officer for all National Bank’s business sectors both in Canada and internationally; Personal and Business, Wealth Management and Financial Markets. She is a committed leader, transformative and entrepreneurial, expert in compliance and recognized for her skills to build, coach and mobilize efficient teams of professionals.

Ms. Ménard is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Sherbrooke and holds a master’s degree in International Commercial Law from the University of Edinburgh where she has been awarded a distinction Emeritus. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialty in accounting from the University of Sherbrooke. She has been a member of the Quebec Bar Association since 1994.

Before joining National Bank Financial in 1998, she practiced banking and civil law within a private practice. She regularly acts as a guest speaker on topics relating to the securities industry.

Between 2013 and 2019, Judith Ménard sat on the Board of Directors of the Centre François-Michelle, a school for young people with mild intellectual disabilities. In 2020, she joined both the Code LiFE Campaign Cabinet of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Louis et Véro Foundation. In 2021, she is expanding her community involvement through the Women’s Y Foundation as a member of its Campaign Cabinet.

Carmela De Luca, BSc, PhD, JD

Advisory Committee Member

Carmela De Luca is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Carmela is a lawyer (Ontario Bar) and registered patent agent in Canada and the United States. Her work experience in intellectual property is diverse, ranging from plant breeder rights to medical devices to artificial intelligence. She has a focus on patent matters, including advising biotech/life science clients on strategic global aspects of obtaining and managing patent portfolios, and the preparation and procurement of patents and industrial designs.

Carmela is the founding and Emeritus Co-chair and the present secretary of the Greater Montréal Chapter of Women in Bio (WIB). She has been a faculty member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada’s (IPIC) Patent Drafting Course, for years 2017-20, and has been active with the organization for a number of years.

Carmela obtained her Ph.D. from McGill University in 1999, and her J.D. from the University of Toronto in 2005.

Edward Harvey, HBSc, MSc, MDCM, FRCSC

Advisory Committee Member

Edward Harvey is a clinician-scientist, the Hornstein Chair in Surgical Excellence, a professor of surgery at McGill University, and the leader of the Injury Repair Recovery Program which is one of eight program at the RI-MUHC. Dr Harvey has a rich history of collaboration with basic, clinical and engineering scientists. He is, or has been, editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Surgery; editorial board member of the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma and OTA International; chairman of the Research Committee and of the Annual Basic Science Course of the OTA; chair of the Trauma Section at the ORS; and president of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association amongst other national and international positions. 

Dr Harvey has also experienced success in the commercialization of intellectual properties. He is the founder of several companies including MY01 and NXTSens Inc. He has been the keynote speaker at several conferences and universities to speak about medical innovation and corporate success. 

Jean-Guy Gourdeau, CPA, CFA (CA)

Advisory Committee Member

Jean-Guy Gourdeau is the President and CEO of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, a leading hospital foundation part of the McGill Academic Health Network in Quebec.

Mr. Gourdeau has over 30 years of financial services industry experience in senior management roles including strategy, governance, acquisitions, and investments in organizations such as Solstice Financial Group Inc., Richardson Financial Group, Power Financial Corporation, Investors Group Inc, Trilon Financial Group Inc. and Brascan Limited (now Brookfield Asset Management). Currently, Mr. Gourdeau is an Independent Committee member of Banyan Capital Partners, a Canadian based private equity firm that makes control equity investments in mid-sized private and public companies throughout North America.

Mr. Gourdeau obtained his Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McGill University, with great distinction, as a university scholar and become a Chartered Accountant in 1987 with the firm Touche Ross (now Deloitte). Mr. Gourdeau obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst charter in 1992.

Mr. Gourdeau is active with community organizations as Board member and Treasurer of the Montreal Holocaust Museum and previously served as Board member of the YMCA of Quebec Foundation, the community Foundation of Greater Montreal, the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation and the Gustav Levinschi Foundation. Mr. Gourdeau previously served on numerous other corporate and community boards in Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg. Jean-Guy Gourdeau is the President and CEO of the Montreal General Hospital Foundation, a leading hospital foundation part of the McGill Academic Health Network in Quebec. Mr. Gourdeau has over 30 years of financial services industry experience in senior management roles including strategy, governance, acquisitions, and investments in organizations such as Solstice Financial Group Inc., Richardson Financial Group, Power Financial Corporation, Investors Group Inc, Trilon Financial Group Inc. and Brascan Limited (now Brookfield Asset Management). Currently, Mr. Gourdeau is an Independent Committee member of Banyan Capital Partners, a Canadian based private equity firm that makes control equity investments in mid-sized private and public companies throughout North America. Mr. Gourdeau obtained his Bachelor of Commerce Degree from McGill University, with great distinction, as a university scholar and become a Chartered Accountant in 1987 with the firm Touche Ross (now Deloitte). Mr. Gourdeau obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst charter in 1992. Mr. Gourdeau is active with community organizations as Board member and Treasurer of the Montreal Holocaust Museum and previously served as Board member of the YMCA of Quebec Foundation, the community Foundation of Greater Montreal, the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation and the Gustav Levinschi Foundation. Mr. Gourdeau previously served on numerous other corporate and community boards in Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg. Mr. Gourdeau lives in Montreal with his spouse and his two daughters.

Robyn Tamblyn, MScN, MSc, PhD, CM

Advisory Committee Member

Dr. Robyn Tamblyn is a Professor of Medicine, a James McGill Chair, and a Medical Scientist at the McGill University Health Centre.  She is Scientific Director of the McGill Clinical and Health Informatics Research Group.  She was appointed Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research in 2011 and served in this position until her term ended in December 2018.  In 2005 Dr Tamblyn received the CHSRF KT award for research in improving medication use and in 2006 she received the ACFAS Bombardier award for innovation in the development of a drug management system. In 2014, she received the John P. Hubbard Award for outstanding achievement in the assessment of professional competency in health care and medical education and she was appointed to the Order of Canada. In 2015 she received the Outstanding Achievement Award in the evaluation of clinical competence for sustained excellence in Canadian health care and research from the Medical Council of Canada.  Dr Tamblyn was selected as the 2018 Justice Emmett Hall Laureate in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the health ideals extoled by Justice Hall and she was named the recipient of the 2018 Peggy Leatt Award in acknowledgement of her work in improving outcomes in Canada’s health care system.   Recently, in 2019, she was elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada and she was appointed Director of the Division of Clinical Epidemiology at the McGill University Health Centre.

Cinzia Raponi, CPA, CMA

Advisory Committee Member

Cinzia Raponi is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 25 years of experience in research administration. During the course of her career, Mrs. Raponi occupied various positions such as Associate General Director of Operations, Director of Research Grants and Contracts, as well as Director of Financial Systems and Operations. In 1999 she presided over the merger of all research centres affiliated to the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) to become what is now known as the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC).

In her current role, Mrs. Raponi is responsible for the day-to-day operations and performance of the numerous divisions within the RI-MUHC, including Finance, Grants & Data Management, Quality Assurance, Environmental Health & Safety, Human Resources, Communications, Biomedical & Technical Services, Research Informatics & Information Technology, Animal Resource Division and the Centre for Innovative Medicine (CIM).

Mrs. Raponi served on several committees of the Ministère de la Santé et Services Sociaux (MSSS), through which she contributed to the development of new policies that support research activities in the province of Québec. She also served on McGill University’s Tri-Agency Financial Monitoring Review Advisory Committee and collaborated with numerous research centres across Québec to harmonize administrative processes and promote research.


Management Team

James Mehta, B.Eng, MBA

Platform Manager

James Mehta holds an MBA from Concordia University and a bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from McGill University. He is currently the Program Manager for the Injury Repair Recovery Program at the RI-MUHC as well as the Manager of the CLIP. He completed the surgical innovation courses at McGill, creating a novel medical device and subsequent start-up. Previously, as an R&D engineer at Velan, a multinational valve manufacturer, he managed research programs for fugitive emission seals and wear-resistant materials. As a program analyst at Bombardier Aerospace, he managed the needs of the firm’s top business jet customers. He therefore brings a breadth of experience in innovation, marketing, strategy and project management to the CLIP

Email me: james.mehta@muhc.mcgill.ca


Collaborators

Anaick Briand, RN, BScN, MSc

Nurse Practice Consultant
& Project Manager

Anaïck earned a Bachelor in Nursing Sciences and a Masters’ in Health Administration (MHA) at the
University of Montreal as well as a complementary diploma in Management of the health care system.


She is a Nursing Practice Consultant and a Project Manager for the Nursing Directorate of the McGill
University Health Center (MUHC). Between 2012 and 2015, she implemented the Transforming Care at the Bedside program throughout the organization so that the targeted unit teams would learn how to
implement changes in their unit in order to redesign their work environment and improve the efficiency and efficacy of their work processes. Since 2016, Anaïck implements an organizational program that aims to reduce nosocomial infections. This program called “Controlling Specific Infections Successful Strategies” (CSISS) received an honorable mention from the Healthcare Ministry (MSSS) during the Prix d’excellence du réseau de la santé et des services sociaux in 2019. Anaïck was also vice-president of the Emerging Health Leaders Montreal between 2013 and 2018