Leadership Team

A strong team of dedicated, passionate people, committed to innovation and driven to succeed.

Our Founding

Intellijoint Surgical was birthed from a capstone project at the University of Waterloo. Realizing that orthopaedic surgeons rely on experience and judgment to make critical cuts and position implants during total hip arthroplasty (THA) our trio of co-founders identified an opportunity. Armen Bakirtzian, Richard Fanson and Andre Hladio sought to deliver surgical navigation without the hurdles created by complicated systems, that were often repurposed from other surgical areas. Intellijoint HIP®, our flagship product, was designed specifically to be helpful, reliable and easy to use for THA.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Armen Bakirtzian Headshot

Armen Bakirtzian, MHSC

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Armen leads increased market adoption and team growth, manages strategic partnerships, investor and government relations, and fundraising. He is passionate about growing the Canadian medtech industry and seeing patients around the world benefit from Canadian innovation. He spearheaded the creation of MIX--Canada’s first industry-led innovative hub dedicated to helping medtech companies scale within Canada. Armen holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Richard Fanson

Richard Fanson, MASC

Chief Science Officer and Co-Founder
Richard brings an exceptional technological and analytical background particularly in all things mechanical and electrical. His previous experiences were on advanced product development teams at General Motors and Critical Systems Labs. His bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering is from the University of Waterloo, and Master’s in Medical Robotics is from McMaster University.
Andre Hiladio

Andre Hladio, MASC

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder
Andre contributes meticulous project management skills, which are applied to product development, regulatory and legal, as well as manufacturing activities. His previous technical and management experience spans the automotive, bio-medical, architectural and defense industries. His Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering, and Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering are from the University of Waterloo.

Marwa Jazi, CHRE

VP of People & Culture
Marwa works closely with the Leadership Team to develop and execute Intellijoint Surgical people strategy. She leads a team of HR professionals focused on attracting and developing talent and creating an engaging and inclusive culture to accelerate the company's growth. Marwa is a certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) and a seasoned Human Resources practitioner with several years of experience in various HR leadership roles in the tech world. As a strategic people leader, she has helped build and develop teams at Rogers Communications, Dell Canada, LG Electronics and most recently at Ricoh Canada. Outside of work, Marwa loves traveling and spending time with family.
Dave has held commercial roles of increasing complexity and responsibility in the medical device industry for over 25 years. He is known for industry-leading strategies, best-in-class commercial execution, and building a culture of collaboration and respect. He is dedicated to enhancing value through innovation, education, and superior service to customers and patients. Dave holds an Honors Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with Chemistry Minor from The University of Waterloo.
Joshua Mitchell

Joshua Mitchell, CPA, CA

VP of Finance
Joshua is a proven business leader with an aptitude for improving collaboration and efficiency. He develops the financial strategy and operational objectives while ensuring the company is properly capitalized to pursue its mission. Joshua holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Aidan Thompson

Aidan Thompson, PhD

VP of Marketing
Aidan is an experienced leader in the Medical Device Industry with prior expertise in 3D motion tracking as a research scientist. He came to MedTech with a long-standing passion for solving complex problems which has translated to an established track record of successful development and implementation of commercial and product strategies globally over the last decade. Known for a strategic mindset, team building, organizational leadership, and goal achievement, Aidan holds a PhD in Neuroscience and Biomechanics from the Centre for Vision Research at York University.

Our vision

We will be a global MedTech leader, providing homegrown, advanced technology for musculoskeletal health.

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