an award-winning team with a passion for healthcare outcomes and improving patients’ lives

Michael Fergusson

CEO

I’m the CEO and Founder of Ayogo, and immensely proud to be part of a company acknowledged as one of the 100 most innovative mHealth companies in the world, and that is widely recognized for helping patients take control of their treatments. Over past few years, I’ve won many kudos: I was Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and named to the PharmaVOICE 100, a peer-nominated list of the 100 most inspiring people in Life Sciences. What I’m most proud of, though, is my work creating an environment where I and my colleagues can live the Ayogo motto: to do our best work, to change the world, and to laugh every day. To that end, the Ayogo team has identified values that we feel are core to our mission: leadership, innovation, passion, teamwork, diligence, and kindness. As the CEO, I am the steward of those values, and it is a job I am grateful for every day.

In my spare time (ha!) I’ve been a multi-gold medalist and grand champion at the Western Canadian Martial Arts Championships, and I live in Vancouver with my beautiful, amazing family, very happy to be alive at this particular time in history. My superpower? I can hypnotize people with my eyebrow(s).

David Green

VP of Technology

I'm VP of Technology at Ayogo, passionate about software and how it can improve peoples lives. I'm an expert in software development, able to fluently cross the team management and technology aspects of software, with an emphasis on architecture, software craftsmanship, agile and lean delivery.

I love to get out in nature, especially if it involves a bicycle. I've combined my expertise in integrating systems with my passion for riding to create an awesome weather app for cyclists. This has made me the official provider of the weather to a WorldTour pro cycling team! I'm also a dog lover and salsero.

My superpower? tenacity.

Katherine Benjamin

VP of Service Design

Hi, I’m Katherine! I came to service design (and design more broadly) through working in frontline roles where I saw people falling between the cracks of service provision because systems were not properly set up to support things like adherence or behaviour change. I get excited about leveraging technology and elegant design to help people achieve better health outcomes.

I am a fitness enthusiast, with running, yoga and skiing as my activities of choice.
I’ve lived and worked in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, London (UK) and Blantyre (Malawi).

My superpower, perhaps unsurprisingly, is the ability to live out of a regulation size carry-on suitcase.

Nicole Lynd (Moisey)

Executive Assistant

I use my obsessive need to organize and plan to support our Executive Team and ensure we are detail oriented in all aspects of the business development chain. When I’m not wrangling schedules, I can be found biking around the city, playing board games, or dancing. My superpower is being able to drink copious amount of coffee without vibrating into oblivion, and being an archaeologist in the same way that Indiana Jones is (not at all).

Zak Woytowich

UX Designer

I believe good design is like a good friend—approachable, dependable and fun.As a User Experience Designer, I enjoy making digital experiences accessible and rewarding for users. By combining technical skills with a unique understanding of the relationship between people and products, I can create tailored solutions for any project. With an emphasis on a less is more design approach, I focus on making visual designs beautiful, yet simple and unobtrusive.Outside of the office you will find me making music, reading, and going to the gym, as well as working on a million different side projects.My super power is the ability to move at an extremely leisurely pace, but still always be on time.

Amanda Penuta

UX Designer

I am one of the UX designers at Ayogo. I use my expertise to break down complex problems into more tangible ways of thinking through them. I get to use my passion for user research to learn about the hidden, underlaying problems users face, and then think of creative and engaging ways to address them. It’s exciting to see something that was once a burden for people to use, transform into something they can look forward to. This is especially true when it comes to health care and patient experience.My passions outside of design include fitness, painting and ballet. When the weather’s looking good you can find me camping and spending days at the beach. My superpower is being able to drink a Slurpee without getting a brain freeze.

Darryl Pogue

Software Developer

I’ve been working as a full-stack web developer at Ayogo in some form since mid-2010, and it’s been an exciting journey. I spend most of my days building apps with JavaScript and trying to push the boundaries of the mobile web. I’ve been particularly interested in the boundary of web and native navigation patterns and UI elements, and I’m a devout supporter (maybe the only supporter) of the HTML5 <MENU> tag spec. As one of the (relatively) early employees, I’m one of the go-to people for questions and resources relating to projects we’ve done over the years. I’m a bit of a historian outside of the office too, with a love for local history and how it’s shaped the present world.

Keela

Chief Smile Therapist

I came into the world in April 2016 and I’ll admit much is still new and exciting. What I am already extremely well versed in on the other hand includes warm greetings, cuddles and playtime. I also seemed to have honed the unique skill of acquiring belly rubs anytime I want them – win! I was so thrilled when Ayogo welcomed me to be part of the team. My role here is to make people smile and at that I am an expert (if I do say so myself). I also keep a close eye on our CEO when he works on his treadmill desk as I worry he’ll get hurt, and always ensure guests smell safe before entering. I love my time at the office as there are always folks to mosey on over to for a quick pet or a play. Plus, there are always tons of tasty post-it notes for me to snack on;)Outside of ‘work’ I spend a lot of time looking for and trying to play with other dogs, birds, squirrels, skunks, humans, sticks, leaves, and the list goes on. I’m quite the social butterfly. My superpower? Adorability.

Parker Bailey

Employee Experience Manager

As the Employee Experience Manager, it’s my job to ensure that we have an amazing work environment at Ayogo. While most of the awesome folks here get to focus their time and effort on our clients and making amazing strides in the healthcare sector, I have the opportunity to focus my full attention on my fellow Ayogis! This includes everything from recruiting and benefits to celebrating milestones and hosting social events. I get to use my passion for approaching HR in new and exciting ways, at a company that is changing the world. What more could I ask for? In my free time I’m usually cooking up a (hopefully tasty) meal and/or watching the latest Netflix series. My superpower? I’m a vault.

Ann Kistenmacher

Creative Director

I’m a strategic visual designer with a background in psychology centring around user health behaviour and related outcomes. So I’m here as a creative director looking into user’s minds, figuring out how to make them a little better one step at a time. I am an expert at sitting in the sun… and looking into tendencies, habits, motivations and things that are not interesting to everyone but powerfully shape behaviour. I really wish I were Spiderman, but since I’m not, I’d have to say my superpower is never being bored.

Ian Suda

Director of Software Development

I am the lead software developer and judo sensei here at Ayogo. A few years after graduating from UBC Comp Sci in 2004, I started working with Michael and Paul and the rest is history. From coding to QA to systems administration, I have done it all over the years. My superpower is lightning fast reflexes.

Kelsey Hemphill

Senior UX Designer

With every project comes a unique set of challenges. How can we best guide game players to achieving their health goals? How can we use gameplay to reinforce good habits and help break bad ones? How do we ensure that each screen a player encounters is intuitive AND effective? My job is to meet these design challenges with our visual layout.My superpowers are: employing educational psychology (I’m apathy’s worst nightmare); living and breathing the Adobe Creative Suite (sometimes I kern text in my dreams); and getting a bit too intense about coffee.If I’m not at the office, chances are I’m on my bicycle.

Sam Evanuk

Software Developer

As a Software Developer at Ayogo I use my expertise to build mobile and web apps that serve to drive patient engagement and improve global health. I’m passionate about producing clean code and maintainable applications. In my spare time, I enjoy watching sports, tinkering with my computer, and playing both video and tabletop games. My superpower is my ability to stop the microwave at the last possible moment before it beeps.

Brian Carter

Director of Strategy, Clinical

As a registered pharmacist with multiple and varied roles in the health system, including the delivery of front-line care, I relentlessly pursue innovative ways to improve the experiences of patients and bring value to the health system.At Ayogo, I apply my clinical and strategic expertise to understanding the unmet needs of patients, health care providers, and our clients. With a deep curiosity for difficult health challenges, I work with my Ayogo team mates to explore, understand, and synthesize workable solutions for pharmaceutical and medical device companies. My role is to help identify and apply the right strategies for successful deployment of world class digital health solutions.On a personal level, my creative outlet is photography, and I look forward to spending time outdoors getting re-connected to my favorite planet and to my friends and family. My superpower is to defy gravity in a very specific way that most people can’t do, and my goal is to eventually shoot my age in golf.

Jeff Chang

Software Developer

I'm a software developer focusing on creating new front end components with modularity and fluid user experiences. I started off creating mobile applications in native iOS and am transitioning to utilizing my knowledge of mobile practices to improve and update Ayogo's modular components. I'm passionate about creating impactful products for the medical sector and seeing the difference they make in the lives of our users. In my spare time I dabble in photography (@readysetshutter), basketball, video games and craft beer. I'm a huge fan of boardgames and I strongly believe in the sheep monopoly of Catan. My superpower is the ability to set off the fire alarm when I cook.

Kristel Co So

Accountant

I am currently working with the Finance Team in all things related to excel spreadsheets and accounting. From time sheet reports to expenses and accounts payable/receivable invoices. When I’m not punching numbers in excel, you can find me gaming (online or over a nice board game with friends) or baking sweet treats in the kitchen.
My super power includes my ability to sleep soundly in the loudest of environments.

Stacey Vachon

Software Developer

I am a software developer at Ayogo with experience working on web, mobile, and game related projects. Originally self-taught at a young age, I later went on to level up with post secondary training in tech, web, and business. I have a passion for problem solving and love learning new skills. I enjoy the process of making beautiful things become functional, useful, and fun. At Ayogo, I get to do all of those things!When I am not programming, I enjoy playing guitar, ukulele, and drums. I also like tabletop games, adventuring, and am always up for trying new things. My superpower is that I have an endless supply of high fives to give.

board members

Michael Fergusson

CEO

I’m the CEO and Founder of Ayogo, and immensely proud to be part of a company acknowledged as one of the 100 most innovative mHealth companies in the world, and that is widely recognized for helping patients take control of their treatments. Over past few years, I’ve won many kudos: I was Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and named to the PharmaVOICE 100, a peer-nominated list of the 100 most inspiring people in Life Sciences. What I’m most proud of, though, is my work creating an environment where I and my colleagues can live the Ayogo motto: to do our best work, to change the world, and to laugh every day. To that end, the Ayogo team has identified values that we feel are core to our mission: leadership, innovation, passion, teamwork, diligence, and kindness. As the CEO, I am the steward of those values, and it is a job I am grateful for every day.

In my spare time (ha!) I’ve been a multi-gold medalist and grand champion at the Western Canadian Martial Arts Championships, and I live in Vancouver with my beautiful, amazing family, very happy to be alive at this particular time in history. My superpower? I can hypnotize people with my eyebrow(s).

Faye Sahai

Independent

Lead innovation and catalyst for change and strategic initiatives across multiple companies such as AIG, Schwab, Deloitte Consulting, Blue Shield, and Kaiser Permanente. Faye serves on the Board of Ayogo Health, Autonomous ID, Ascend, Berger and the CMC Alumni Board. Faye currently is AIG’s Global Head of Technology Innovation.

Paul Prescod

Ayogo Co-Founder, Management Appointee

Paul has been developing social, collaborative web software for 15 years. He started his career building large-scale content collaboration systems used by organizations such as the State of California, World Intellectual Property Organization, DaimlerChrysler and the European Space Agency. On the basis of this work, he was invited to help define a key technology for Internet interoperability: the eXtensible Markup Language. Later, Paul co-authored The XML Handbook, one of the first and most influential books on XML.

Paul was recently named one of the Top Ten mHealth Entrepreneurs by the World Healthcare Congress.

Lee Shapiro

7Wire Ventures, Chair, Finance Committee

Lee is Managing Partner at 7wire Ventures and a former officer at Allscripts, where he successfully executed over $4B in mergers, acquisitions and financing.

Dr. Alex Greenhill

Management Appointee

A Physician and entrepreneur, Alex is a previous CEO of the BC Medical Association and has received numerous awards, including Cartier Women’s Global Entrepreneur Award, WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, YWCA Women of Distinction Award, the BIV Top 40 under 40 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal of Service.

Prem Tumkosit

Global Health Innovation Fund

Prem Tumkosit is Investment Principal at Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, focused on digital health and healthcare IT investing. Prior to joining GHI, Prem co-led the Life Sciences Mergers and Acquisitions platform and the Growth & Innovation Capital Practice at Accenture Strategy and worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse.

Caleb Winder

Excel Venture Management

Caleb has over 20 years of operating, startup, and financing experience in life science and healthcare companies. He plays an instrumental role in sourcing and structuring deals and works closely with portfolio companies to form strategic partnerships and to develop commercialization and marketing strategies. He is an experienced venture capital investor and board member, having served on over a dozen boards including representing Excel on the Boards of Aileron Therapeutics, Aventura (acquired by Philips), Ayogo Health, ClearData, Cleveland Heartlab, InfoBionic, Molecular Templates, Oculus Health, ShapeUp (acquired by Virgin Pulse), Saladax Biomedical, and MedVentive (acquired by McKesson).

Prior to joining Excel, Caleb was a Principal at Biotechonomy, where he financed and managed several entrepreneurial ventures, including Synthetic Genomics, where he was also the Director of Finance, BioTrove (acquired by Life Technologies), Biocius (acquired by Agilent Technologies), and Xcellerex (acquired by GE), where he was recruited to organize a turnaround and was a member of the Board of Directors.

Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Caleb was an award-winning sales and marketing executive at medical device and diagnostics companies. He received his M.B.A. from Babson College, magna cum laude, where he was a Babson Fellow in the Center for Technology Enterprise. He received a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Economics from Colby College.

in our memories

David Thomas

Senior QA & Social Media

He was the virtual Orkin / Mad Man of Ayogo. When he wasn’t thinking like a bug to track them down and point them out to the developers, he was helping the marketing team spread the word of Ayogo’s great work. He loved technology and its power to open doors by helping people achieve their goals. When he wasn’t helping Ayogo put out a polished product, you could find him gaming, practicing his coding skills, or enjoying the outdoors. His hidden superpower was the ability to squash the toes of his enemies.