President and CEO
Jerry is an accomplished business development and finance professional with over 30 years of experience. He has organized and managed numerous successful start-up companies, and has taken other companies to higher levels of sales and profitability. Jerry has bought, sold, restructured and merged firms, and has financed various private and public sector companies, both in Canada and abroad. He draws on his legal, accounting, engineering, governance and organizational skills to increase stakeholders’ wealth and protect valuable corporate IP. Jerry holds a MASc in Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario’s Ivey School of Business.
Chief Science Officer
Dr. Matt Ratto is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information and directs the Semaphore Research Cluster on Inclusive Design, Mobile and Pervasive Computing. Matt is an avowed expert on 3D printing and digital fabrication, having carried out research on this topic since 2009. He is the author of peer-reviewed books and journal articles about critical making and social change. His work explores the intersections between digital technologies and the human life world, with a particular focus on new developments that trouble the divide between online and offline modes of production. His current research is funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Ministry for Innovation, and the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
Senior Communications Manager
A wordsmith to her core, Kathleen believes that any idea, however complex, can be communicated clearly and concisely, with empathy and impact. And that’s what she’s been doing for the last fifteen years with national, provincial, and local non-profit organizations in the health and development sectors. She uses her natural curiosity to tease out ideas and her love of language to communicate them. Kathleen handles communications for Nia and is eager to share the stories behind 3D PrintAbility: the innovation, its researchers, the technologists who use it, and the people who will benefit from its orthopaedic solutions.
Kathleen has a Master of Arts in Communication from Carleton University.
Product Support Specialist
David graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Electrical Engineering and a specialization in Biomedical Engineering. Set on a career in biotechnology, he then completed a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering at Wayne State University. Since then David has worked in the medical devices field with a focus on research. At Nia, David is responsible for proactive and reactive customer support. He develops technical documentation and training materials, and he also communicates directly with customers to give help where needed. This support involves listening to customers and incorporating their feedback into Nia’s products to ensure that we offer a service that centres on the needs of orthopaedic technologists and patients.
Joshua Qua Hiansen
Joshua’s role is to help Nia develop the processes involved in data collection, management and analysis; this involves scientific literature reviews, development of quantitative/qualitative clinical questionnaires and mechanical testing of 3D printed materials. Joshua graduated from Western University with a Master’s degree in Human Physiology where he researched the relationship between the biophysical function of hypercholesterolemic pulmonary surfactant and the development of acute respiratory distress syndrome. He has authored several published, peer-reviewed scientific papers and is currently the Biomedical Industrial Designer at The Advanced Perioperative Imaging Lab located in Toronto General Hospital.
Daniel Southwick is supporting the development of 3D PrintAbility at Nia Technologies Inc.
Daniel is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Information at the University Toronto. His work examines issues of automation and labour, expertise, and digital materiality, with a particular focus on 3D printing and other digital manufacturing technologies. Daniel conducts his research in the Critical Making Lab under Dr. Matt Ratto, which has included a Mitacs-funded project exploring the practices of 3D printing and Camera Obscura, a study that looked to trouble claims of 3D printing as a purely digital technology through the production of pin-hole cameras. Daniel holds an Honours BA in History from the University of Wilfred Laurier, and a MLIS in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario.
User Experience Intern
Danielle is a Master’s of Information candidate (exp. 2017) at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information. She has previous experience in writing, editing, design, social media, and communications at various publications and offices at the University of Toronto. She is passionate about good writing, great user experiences, and leveraging technology to solve problems in the world. On the Nia Technologies team, Danielle is working on several projects, including user experience design and information architecture for the organization’s forthcoming online peer review platform. She is also providing communications support and helping out with training documentation.