John is a healthcare industry innovator who was most recently CEO of Akira, a business he co-founded in 2016 and grew to become Canada’s leading virtual care provider. Akira’s vision is to enhance the way healthcare is delivered in Canada, giving millions of Canadians access to high-quality, personable and convenient healthcare directly on their mobile device or computer – anytime and anywhere they need it. Akira’s clinicians have successfully conducted tens of thousands of virtual medical consultations for patients across the country by secure text, audio, and video chat, in turn helping Canadians to save precious time and money by allowing them to get diagnoses, prescriptions, lab requisitions and specialist referrals without having to go to a doctor’s office. Available 24/7/365 across Canada, in French and English, Akira is helping Canada to catch up to international jurisdictions that have experienced decreased costs and increased efficiencies by leveraging virtual care. Akira was acquired by TELUS Health in 2019.
Previously, John was President and CEO at the Medcan Clinic, one of the world’s largest ‘executive health’ and preventive medicine practices. John led Toronto-based Medcan’s growth from 30 employees to 350 over the span of a decade. Earlier, as one of the co-founders of Grocery Gateway, John helped build one of the leading online grocery and logistics businesses in North America. In 2003, John was running a Grocery Gateway team of 450 employees with $50 million in revenue. John’s career also includes roles at GSK as a Director, the Boston Consulting Group and Warner-Lambert.
John is currently on the Board of Back in Motion and Midland Appliances, both Ironbridge Equity Partners businesses. He is also a Board Member for Elovee and an advisor to a number of startups in the healthcare space. John has been an active member and held several leadership positions for the Young President’s Organization. John received his MBA from the Schulich School of Business and his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. He volunteers extensively in the community, along with his wife Andrea and two adult children Jack and Reid.