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Welcome to MedTech Trailblazers where Andrew Cleeland, CEO of Fogarty Innovation, hosts in-depth conversations with the disruptors and innovators in the field of medical technology. Join him as he shares their insightful stories, effective leadership styles and what they're doing to transform patient outcomes and shape the future of human health.
 
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There’s the perfectly Instagrammable version of motherhood, and then there’s the reality of what that drive to be perfect does to a woman’s mental health. In this episode, Tamara engages Amanda D. Watson, bestselling author and lecturer, in a frank discussion about the unrelenting pressures of motherhood and how to address them with honesty and a f…
 
While he needs no introduction, it’s always an honor to list Dr. Tom Fogarty’s many accomplishments over his nearly eight-decade career as one of the medical device industry’s most prolific inventors. Dr. Fogarty has had a profound and lasting impact on patients, on healthcare, on innovation on our industry and many of its leaders. As an internatio…
 
As the World Juniors approaches, the mental well-being of elite athletes is in the spotlight. In this episode, Corey Hirsch, Olympic Silver Medalist and former NHL goalie, tells his mental illness story, and joins Dr. Diane McIntosh, psychiatrist, author and TELUS’ Chief Neuroscience Officer, for a spirited discussion with Tamara. Together, they hi…
 
When Nicole and James Angiolino’s son Joey was diagnosed with the rare disease Hurler’s Syndrome at seven months old, they did everything they could to save his life. They left their eldest son Nicholas, their family, friends, and teaching careers behind and headed to Duke University Hospital in North Carolina to get him the care he needed. James a…
 
Governor General award-winning Winnipeg author and sought-after speaker, David A. Robertson has published over 25 books, including many children’s stories. David talks to Tamara about his Norway House Cree Nation identity, which he learned about later in life, and he delves into how writing about the love, culture, and resilience of Indigenous peop…
 
Dubbed as a “walking encyclopedia of medtech experiences, innovations and impact,” Hanson Gifford, CEO and managing director of The Foundry, has been directly involved with or founded over 30 companies in the past 40 years. In this episode, he rejoins Andrew Cleeland, CEO of Fogarty Innovation, as he shares his views on teamwork, investing, digital…
 
Marc Brackett is a research psychologist, Founding Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. He’s also the best-selling author of Permission to Feel, which describes his evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning. Marc breaks down what it means to ask “how are yo…
 
When Ashley Bristowe was told her son, Alexander, would never walk or speak as a result of a rare genetic disorder, her life changed forever. Ashley’s memoir, My Own Blood, chronicles her years as Alexander’s caregiver and advocate, in a Canadian system that often disregards disabilities. Today, Alexander has subverted expectations and regularly at…
 
Anxiety, stress, and exhaustion are on the rise and impacting many of us. With a lot happening in our world that we don’t have much control over, our routines have been disrupted and it’s affecting our overall health and mindset. Combine that with the stress holidays can bring, and you have a recipe for total burnout. In episode 22, we wanted to co…
 
Hanson Gifford, CEO and managing partner of The Foundry, is perhaps best known as a co-founder of this iconic Silicon Valley-based incubator that has blazed the path for numerous successful medtech companies, developing cutting-edge treatments that address a broad range of large, unmet clinical needs. In this episode, he joins Andrew Cleeland as he…
 
Writer and Director Michael Mankowski and producer Charmaine Hammond created the animated short film Back Home Again to show the world how a community could come together and rebuild after a devastating wildfire. The film, set in Fort McMurray in Northern Alberta, has an all-star voice cast and a universally hopeful message, and Michael and Charmai…
 
Amy Chan is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, mental health advocate and the Founder of Renew Breakup Bootcamp, the world’s first and only breakup bootcamp. After leaving the corporate world, Amy’s company grew to success and has been featured across national media including Good Morning America, Vogue and the front page of The New York Times. In t…
 
Fabrice Grover is a non-profit specialist who has worked in the communications industry through some of the most vital global initiatives, such as the UN Climate Change Conference and World Humanitarian Day. He is instrumental in developing Innovations for Learning in Canada, the world's largest virtual reading program for children. In this episode…
 
Men across the globe are dying too young. In the US, three out of four suicides are men, and one in eight (around 10.8 million) will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and testicular cancer, the most common cancers in young men. Our fathers, partners, brothers, and friends are facing a health crisis that isn’t being talked about, and it’s time to sp…
 
Jan Garfinkle, founder and managing partner of Arboretum Ventures, rejoins Andrew Cleeland as she shares the reasons behind launching the firm and the grit it took to get the company started. Jan also discusses the pivotal role she played at the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) to help ensure venture-backed startups could apply for PPP l…
 
Schuyler is the first openly transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division 1 men’s team. In this episode, he explores his historic choice to transition, showing all of us how to honour our authentic selves. His advocacy has since evolved into rallying for inclusion, body acceptance and mental health awareness. His novel, Obie Is M…
 
Social entrepreneur Suzanne Stevens calls for purpose and giving back to become more embedded in our businesses and our culture. In this episode, Suzanne dives into her initiative YouMeWe, and showcases the plethora of opportunities for social change and how to truly connect our actions to what we care about. She urges us to view giving as a long-t…
 
Jan Garfinkle, founder and managing partner of Arboretum Ventures, has played a key role in multiple foundational companies in the medtech industry. Today, she supports the early-medtech ecosystem at the firm with a mission that is similar to Fogarty Innovation's: driving down the costs of healthcare through innovation. Arboretum has invested in 60…
 
Nick North was assigned female at birth, had four children and came out as a transgender man in his 30s. In this episode, Nick explores themes of traditional masculinity, femininity, and assigned gender roles and encourages parents to create a safe space for their children to question everything. His documentary, Just Another Beautiful Family, show…
 
In 2016, Judge Marion Buller was appointed the Chief Commissioner of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The inquiry looked into the systemic violence against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited people, and it was the first of its kind in Canada. Judge Buller describes her experience of hearing over 2,300…
 
There’s no question that clinical research is the backbone of healthcare invention, helping to improve the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. But at the heart of it all you’ll find that patients are the true lifeblood of clinical research, keeping things moving and allowing researchers to save more lives every day. With pat…
 
RoseAnne Archibald made history by becoming the first woman to serve as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. She shares her perspective on the upcoming National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and says it gives non-Indigenous Canadians a day to reflect on why we have this new statutory holiday. She asks allies to pressure the governmen…
 
Paul Yock, MD, has had an unparalleled career as an accomplished physician, innovator and educator. In retrospect, Paul is proudest of the Stanford Biodesign program trainees, many of whom have gone on to lead health technology start-up companies, found innovation training programs, become faculty members of major universities, or return to clinica…
 
Rebekah Taussig wrote Sitting Pretty, a memoir about having a body that looks and moves differently in the world. She recognized that disabled lives are almost always portrayed as tragic or triumphant when actually the experience of having a disability is quite ordinary. She challenges some of the attitudes people have toward disabilities, many und…
 
Andrea Paquette founded the Stigma-Free Society in 2010 after being hospitalized for bipolar disorder and losing her home. She was hoping to address the significant stigma around mental illness, and created customized workshops, mental health toolkits and presentations to support people too embarrassed or ashamed to speak up about their experiences…
 
“In addition to the vast impact his inventions have had, I believe Paul’s multifaceted legacy will be kept by his influence on the innovators of today and generations well into the future." The iconic Paul Yock, MD, joins Andrew Cleeland as he provides a glimpse into his stellar career as an accomplished physician, innovator and educator. Paul is t…
 
Dr. Dominik Nowak joins us again to talk about how “social prescribing” can complement medical treatment and help provide better health outcomes for everyone. Social prescribing addresses issues like loneliness, poverty, and job insecurity and ties them into formal recommendations from health professionals for mental and physical support resources.…
 
Medical devices are an integral part to many procedures and treatments, and last month we started to investigate the vast and innovative world of these types of technologies in a two-part series on The Latest Dose. In part one, our esteemed guests, Dr. Khaudeja Bano, the executive medical director of combination product safety, global patient safet…
 
The son of a residential school survivor, artist and master carver Carey Newman has spent the past decade working on The Witness Blanket, an art installation created with artifacts gathered from Indigenous communities across the country that have been affected by Canada’s dark legacy of the residential school system. In this episode, he speaks abou…
 
Anyone who’s spent time in the medtech field knows that the name Josh Makower is synonymous with innovation, as he has blazed numerous trails for new technologies and therapies alike. Josh cut his teeth at Pfizer, then went on to become the quintessential entrepreneur, founding eight medtech companies in a variety of clinical specialties including …
 
When hockey player Kori Cheverie became Assistant Coach of the Ryerson Rams in 2016, she made sports history as the first woman to hold that role with a men's university-level hockey program. Kori shares her trailblazing experience, the differences between coaching women’s and men’s teams, and why professional sports could benefit from more diversi…
 
From bandaging a sprained ankle and diagnosing HIV/AIDS, to implanting an artificial hip and monitoring your heart, medical devices are an integral part to many medical procedures and treatments. There is a lot to unpack when it comes to medical devices, so we’ve invited industry leaders Dr. Khaudeja Bano, the executive medical director of combinat…
 
Tackling misinformation has long been a passion for health policy expert and bestselling author Timothy Caulfield, and the COVID-19 pandemic is providing ample opportunity to further his research. In this episode, Timothy discusses the importance of fact-checking medical advice from celebrities, why we should avoid social media influencers who are …
 
Casey McGlynn, a founding architect of the MedTech industry, has been guiding and connecting innovators and operators for more than 3 decades. He is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and has played such a pivotal role in MedTech that the industry would look very different if not for his contributions. He rejoins Andrew Cleeland to share…
 
For the past 20 years, Saleema Noon has been a driving force in helping kids and their parents navigate the topic of sexual education, something that has changed dramatically since the introduction of the internet. Saleema speaks on the different ways to teach consent, body science and sexual health, and takes a look at some of the questions being …
 
When storyteller, activist and self-proclaimed “road dog” Ivan Coyote found their travel plans put on hold due to COVID-19, they began writing replies to the stack of letters fans had sent them, unaware that this heartfelt correspondence would become the core concept of their new book, Care of. In this episode, Ivan speaks to Tamara about how story…
 
Casey McGlynn is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He is a founding architect of the medtech industry and has been guiding and connecting innovators for more than three decades. Casey has played a pivotal role in the medtech industry: his legacy is so vast that the industry would not be what it is today without his contributions. He jo…
 
If you’ve ever googled your own symptoms you know first hand that the internet is a minefield of shady advice, influencers selling miracle cures and sites that are adamantly against modern medicine. Luckily Dr. Jen Gunter, affectionately known as “Twitter's Resident Gynecologist” is on our show this week to educate listeners on the right way to res…
 
Cheekbone Beauty founder Jenn Harper didn’t just decide to start a sustainable, cruelty-free beauty brand that gives back to the Indigenous community: it came to her in a dream. Now she’s helping Indigenous youth feel beautiful in their skin, and her products are on the shelves of some of Canada’s largest beauty retailers. She joined Tamara to talk…
 
The clinical research ecosystem has undergone an evolution over the past 18 months, and many want it to continue. To help set the industry on a solid path forward, ICH has created guidelines that provide direction on behaviors and actions to take. Recently, a specific set of these guidelines, ICH E6 Revision 3 and E8 Revision 1, have been referred …
 
When most of us hear the words virtual reality we think of futuristic technology and bulky headgear. But artist and technologist Amelia Winger-Bearskin sees VR as a way to connect to a fully sensory form of story-telling, and a tool to help amplify marginalized and remote voices. She spoke to Tamara about how equitable access to innovative technolo…
 
Few writers can boast a publishing schedule like Dene storyteller Richard Van Camp, who published twenty six books in as many years, including novels, children’s literature, and graphic fiction. But Richard has a not-so-secret method for developing stories: he listens. He spoke with Tamara about how the people in his family and community are bursti…
 
For LGBTQ2+ individuals facing persecution and state-sponsored violence around the world, Rainbow Railroad can provide a pathway to a better life. They partner with local and international organizations to relocate and support queer people whose lives are in danger. Managing Director WInnie Luk spoke to Tamara about the role of the media in bringin…
 
The field of MedTech uses the latest technology to address medical challenges and find new ways to transform patient care. The industry is filled with groundbreaking experts paving the way to a better and healthier future— transforming patient care and saving countless lives. In this exciting new podcast, Andrew Cleeland invites listeners to tune i…
 
You might know author Eden Robinson from the feature film adaptation of her novel Monkey Beach, or from the binge-worthy CBC series based on her Trickster trilogy. But the Eden that Tamara spoke to was someone painfully and hilariously honest about the messy inner world of a writer. From using writing to weather the pandemic to taking comfort in th…
 
When Dr. Daniel Kalla isn’t leading the emergency department at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital, he pens best-selling thrillers that take us behind the curtain of global medicine. His new novel, Lost Immunity, arrives at just the right time, capturing the trials and tribulations of a public health officer tasked with defeating a terrifying new pand…
 
Aboard the HMS Salisbury of Britain’s Royal Navy on May 20th, 1747, surgeon James Lind performed what is often considered to be the first randomized clinical trial. Now, every May 20th, International Clinical Trials Day gives us a well-deserved occasion to honor and thank both the professionals and patients who make clinical research possible. It a…
 
We’re over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re all missing our friends. Journalist and author Kayleen Schaefer has written two books about the power of female friendship, and she joins Tamara to talk about how women can support each other at home and in the workplace, the role sexism plays in keeping women apart, and how we can all nurture…
 
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