Mitch Wilkie is the Director of International Programs at cbm Canada where he strategically leads the selection, support, monitoring and evaluation of a portfolio of projects and programs. He is an experienced leader in functions of international business and development. Mitch's 35-year career history includes management of: academic, municipal, provincial government and NGO programs and initiatives; engineering design/build power projects; manufacturing/process operations; and building power systems in industrial and institutional environments. He has authored and co-authored 21 publications on business planning, development and finance topics. Mitch is also a recipient of several economic and international development awards. He has lived in China and has worked on projects extensively there as well as in Eastern Europe, Central and South America and Africa. Mitch holds a Master of International Management degree from the University of St. Thomas, has three diplomas in the field of International Business Management and Trade, and is a certified power engineer.
Emily Kere is the Research Program Manager for 3D PrintAbility and is a Senior Officer of International Programs with cbm Canada where she is currently responsible for a program portfolio in Central and East Africa and Latin America. In collaboration with practitioners and researchers in Uganda and Canada, she is managing the clinical study which will examine the biomedical effectiveness of 3D printed sockets. As past Project Manager of 3D PrintAbility, she developed an integrated research and program development plan to move the first phase of this initiative forward. With over 11 years of experience in global health, international and community development and program evaluation, Emily has fostered partnerships and managed development projects all over Africa and Latin America. Emily has a BSc in Human Biology from the University of Toronto and an MA in International Development from Eastern University.
Laurie Lowe is the Manager of Partnership Development at cbm Canada and a member of the core team of 3D PrintAbility. Prior to joining cbm, Laurie worked as a corporate strategic planner for a major Canadian financial institution and also owned and operated a consulting business. Her consulting and volunteer work has provided the opportunity to work internationally helping both for-profit and charitable organizations build and execute strategy. Laurie's team is responsible for fundraising for specific initiatives as well as sourcing medical equipment for cbm's Gift-in-Kind program. Laurie has a BTh from the University of Saskatchewan and recently completed a program in community-based rehabilitation/international development at Queen's University.
Jerry Evans is the Project Manager for 3D PrintAbility and is managing the second phase of the initiative aimed at solidifying a social enterprise structure and transitioning the program to scale. He is an accomplished business development and finance professional with over 30 years of experience during which time he has organized and managed numerous successful start-up companies, and has taken other companies to higher levels of sales and profitability. He has bought, sold, restructured and merged firms, and has financed various private and public sector companies, both in Canada and abroad. Jerry draws on his legal, accounting, engineering, governance and organizational skills to increase stakeholders' wealth and protect valuable corporate IP. He holds a MASc in Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario's Ivey School of Business.
Dr. Matt Ratto is the Director of the Semaphore Research Cluster and the Critical Making lab at the University of Toronto and is the Principal Investigator for 3D PrintAbility, leading the research initiative that is investigating the development and use digitally-aided design (3D printing) technology for the production of prosthetic sockets in Uganda. 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. Ratto is an avowed expert on 3D printing and digital fabrication, having carried out research on this topic since 2009. His research also addresses pervasive and ubiquitous technologies including wearable computing and the Internet of Things. Ratto created and ran the ThingTank (http://www.thingtank.ca) from 2009-2011, a collaborative project between private, non-profit, and academic partners working collectively on new IoT products and services. Matt Ratto received his PhD from the University of California, San Diego in 2003, completed a 2 year post-doc following this at the Netherlands Institute for Scientific Information (NIWI) and in 2005, helped create the Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences in Amsterdam (VKS-KNAW). In 2005, he was awarded a Netherlands Science Foundation (NWO) grant to study the use of computer simulation and modeling technologies in Archaeology and in 2007 was given a 1 year fellowship in the HUMlab, an innovative digital humanities laboratory located at the University of Umea, Sweden.
A PhD student in the University of Toronto's Critical Making Lab, ginger "all-lower-case" coons studies issues of customization and digital production. With a background in design (BFA Concordia 2009), Ms. coons currently focuses on the relationships and interfaces between individuals and the artefacts they use. This interest shows in her work on prosthetics. With a particular interest in 3D scanning, ginger's involvement in 3D PrintAbility runs the gamut from comparing the viability of different technologies, to building partnerships with researchers working on similar initiatives.
Malcolm Simpson joined CBM International as CEO of Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services Uganda (CoRSU) in 2013 after a successful career working in Public Health for the National Health Service (NHS) and the Department of Health (DoH) in the UK. His previous roles include National Business Planning Manager for the Care Services Improvement Partnership and North East of England Regional Lead for Long Term Neurological Conditions at the DoH. Malcolm will be providing strategic direction and oversight to the implementation of 3D PrintAbility in the Ugandan context.
Ryan is a Research Scientist and head of the Design & Fabrication Group at Autodesk Research in Toronto, Canada. He is the creator of several novel 3D design tools, including Meshmixer, which was acquired by Autodesk in 2011. At Autodesk he has evolved Meshmixer into one of the standard tools for 3D printing, inventing novel techniques for design-to-print analysis, support structure generation, and geometry processing. In his current work he is exploring the new design workflows made possible by the fusion of 3D scanning, direct mesh modeling, and advanced digital fabrication. Ryan received his BSc and MSc at the University of Calgary, and his PhD at the University of Toronto.