Meet Our Leadership Team
Sachin Aggarwal, CEO
As the Chief Executive Officer of Think Research, Sachin Aggarwal understands that health care systems around the world are on the brink of profound, necessary change. Scientific knowledge, clinical best practices and medical data are increasing at an exponential rate, contributing to a global knowledge crisis – with implications for clinicians, patients, governments and countries at large.
In the midst of this growing problem, Sachin sees data as the solution – and the key to system transformation. This principle drives the mission of Think Research: to organize the world’s health knowledge so that everyone gets the best care.
As part of this vision, Sachin led Think Research in 2010 through a strategic transition to become a cloud-based service provider. The move has positioned Think Research as a leader in the global health data economy, allowing the company to standardize care at scale, aggregate knowledge across health systems and improve the quality of care for patients.
When he’s not advocating for disruptive change in health care, Sachin is actively engaged in his community. A recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2017, Sachin also sits on the Board of the Council of Canadian Innovators. He previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Leader of the Opposition prior to joining Think Research. He’s currently a Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and has served as an advisor to numerous start-up and scale-up companies in the innovation sector. He was called to the Bar in Ontario and New York, and holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.
Joanna Carroll, Chief Administrative Officer
Joanna is Think Research’s Chief Administrative Officer. Over the past 10 years, Joanna has been instrumental in growing Think, helping the company expand from a small startup to a team of more than 200 full-time and part-time employees. Joanna oversees Think’s robust seniors care programs, and works with stakeholders in the sector to develop large-scale projects and business development activities. Joanna also serves as Think’s Chief Privacy Officer and as a legal advisor to the executive team on employment and litigation-related matters. She holds a law degree from the University of Calgary and has more than 15 years experience practicing law as an employment lawyer and commercial litigator.
Jae Cornelssen, Chief Financial Officer
Jae is Think Research’s Chief Financial Officer. Jae was previously Senior Vice President – Finance with Dye & Durham Corporation, where he helped lead the company’s IPO. Prior to that, he was Associate Vice President with KPMG Corporate Finance, performing various M&A and corporate finance advisory roles.
Riyaz Lalani, Chief Operating Officer
Riyaz is TRC’s Chief Operating Officer. In his role, Riyaz is focused on leading our mergers & acquisitions, asset integration and value maximization efforts. He is also providing leadership to certain of our organic growth initiatives.
Prior to joining Think Research, Riyaz has held C-level executive roles at a professional services company and a consumer-packaged goods company, where he executed on mandates ranging from M&A to operational optimization. Riyaz was also the CEO and founder of Bayfield Strategy, a leading investor and public relations firm that represented public companies, institutional investors and high-profile individuals across North America.
He began his career at a multi-strategy international asset manager focused on healthcare and technology investing, eventually becoming the firm’s head of research. Riyaz is currently a director of a TSX-V listed company, and a past director of three public companies.
Kirsten Lewis, Senior Vice President, Clinical Research and Development
Kirsten is the Senior Vice President on Think Research’s Clinical Research and Development team and has been a registered nurse for nearly 30 years. Since joining Think Research, she has worked extensively on building our Order Set library in collaboration with leading health care associations. Prior to joining Think Research, she worked as a Clinical Manager at the University Health Network. While at Toronto General Hospital, Kirsten focused on improving patient flows, enhancing the quality of care delivered to patients and maximizing capacity. In 2012, she coordinated a province-wide roll out of the Ontario Renal Plan where she provided expert clinical consultation.
Saurabh Mukhi, Chief Technology Officer
With a passion for product and design, Saurabh has adapted agile principles to the field of healthcare technology and leads a multidisciplinary IT team of more than 50 engineers, software developers, UX designers, and security specialists. His efforts have been central to the development of the Think Research’s suite of products which connect clinicians and patients at every stage of the patient journey. Prior to joining Think Research, Saurabh worked as a Management Consultant at KPMG. Saurabh has a Bachelor in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.
Dr. Parminder Singh, Managing Director, Clinical Services
Parminder is the Managing Director Clinical Services at TRC. Parminder is responsible for providing leadership and strategy for the clinics division of TRC’s existing products and services as well as growth plans. He consults and provides support and direction to the Clinical Research and Development team in helping to innovate and develop sector-specific solutions and build efficiency for partners while improving the care experience. Parminder’s major responsibilities also include strategy and oversight related to the HealthCare Plus primary care clinics. Parminder has a doctor of medicine degree from Windsor University School of Medicine along with degrees from the University of Toronto and certification from Harvard University School of Medicine. Parminder is an experienced executive with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and health care industry. Parminder was also the founding voice providing live play-by-play commentary for Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi Edition and for the National Basketball Association in Punjabi.
Mark Sakamoto, Executive Vice President
Mark is the Executive Vice President for Think Research. A lawyer by training, Mark has enjoyed a rich and varied career, having worked at a national law firm and served as a senior political advisor to a national party leader. Prior to joining our Executive Team, Mark worked as an Executive Manager for the Canadian Broadcast Corporation where he led negotiations for hundreds of content deals. He is an entrepreneur and investor in digital health and digital media and has been instrumental in driving the growth of Think Research. In 2014, he authored his first book, Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents, which went on to be a #1 national best seller.