Meet Our Leadership Team

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Sachin Aggarwal, Chief Executive Officer

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.

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John Hayes, Chief Financial Officer

John is Think Research’s Chief Financial Officer. A versatile executive, John has experience leading numerous departments in fast-growing companies, including finance, operations, technology, and sales teams. He has also executed large corporate transactions, including growth capital financings, two IPOs and over a dozen strategic acquisitions. As a financial executive, John helps companies negotiate a variety of complex transactions and develop reliable, timely and persuasive financial reporting during periods of transition. Prior to joining Think Research, John served as CFO, COO & VP Customer Experience at CarltonOne Engagement, CFO of Natraceuticals and Rand Worldwide, and was President at Engineering.com. John is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was awarded the Henry Ford II Scholarship for highest academic standing.

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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.

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Saurabh Mukhi, Chief Technology Officer

Saurabh is the Chief Technology Officer at Think Research, where he leads a team of technologists in building innovative healthcare solutions that bring clinical knowledge to the point of care. With a passion for product and design, Saurabh has adapted agile principles to the field of healthcare tech. His efforts have been central to the development of the Think Research platform, which connects clinicians and patients at every stage of the patient journey. Prior to joining Think, Saurabh worked as a Management Consultant at KPMG, and was founder and CEO of Fili Solutions Inc. He has a Bachelor in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

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Michael Stewart, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Michael is General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Think Research. In this role, he provides legal and governance advice and oversees all of the company’s legal affairs. An accomplished senior legal executive, Michael has extensive practical experience in all aspects of corporate-commercial technology law, human resources, corporate governance, policy development and privacy matters as well as financings and acquisitions. He has provided guidance for companies in all levels of the technology industry, from large, publicly traded multinationals to agile not-for-profits and is well-versed in navigating complex, multi-stakeholder environments, both globally and domestically, leading policy initiatives successfully to fruition.  Prior to joining Think, Michael served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Saba Software, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, and other technology companies.

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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.

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Renzo DiCarlo, CEO, BioPharma Services

Renzo is the Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors at BioPharma Services Inc., a Think subsidiary. Since 2011, Renzo has been integral in expanding BioPharma’s clinical footprint into the USA and fortifying their Bioanalytical Lab operations to meet the growing volume demand. Prior to joining BioPharma, Renzo held senior executive management positions in the Life Sciences sector, with extensive international experience working in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. He has inspired teams to innovate and deliver first-in-world NDA approved therapeutic drugs and medical devices in a variety of cultures and languages.

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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.

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Janet Kimura, Managing Director & EVP, Clinical Content and Education

Janet is Think Research’s Managing Director & EVP, Clinical Content and Education where she leads the Knowledge Business Line including the global healthcare professional memberships of MDBriefCase.com and OncologyEducation.com. Janet brings over 20 years of experience in both large and small multi-national organizations within the healthcare sector in a wide range of leadership roles including business development, sales and marketing, global strategic partnerships, and commercial operations. Since 2010, Janet has been integral in expanding the company’s global footprint in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Australia. Janet’s work experience includes the management of key partnerships and initiatives for world-renowned health and academic institutions, medical societies, and professional associations, with a strong focus on behaviour change and improved patient outcomes. Janet currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian International Health Education Association, representing the health technology private sector.

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Brynne Eaton-Auva’a, Managing Director, Clinical Connectivity & Chief of Staff

Brynne is Think Research’s Managing Director, Clinical Connectivity & Chief of Staff where she oversees and manages the Connectivity Business Line and holds ongoing relationships with our largest healthcare clients, government stakeholders, and partners. Prior to joining Think, Brynne worked in the USA, New Zealand, and the South Pacific where her focus was on strategic partnerships and business development. Previously, she led the sales and implementation of hotel booking software, lead partnership initiatives with organizations such as America’s Cup, project managed several international sporting events, was a featured speaker at Monterey Bay’s TEDx Conference, and sailed more than 20,000 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean while filming a feature-length documentary and television special. She was named one of The Peak’s Emerging Leaders in Healthcare for 2022.

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Nidhi Chopra, Managing Director, Clinical Operations

Nidhi is the Managing Director, Clinical Operations at Think Research, where she oversees the company’s healthcare clinics. She has over a decade of experience operating clinics and was previously the co-founder and co-owner of a multi-modality medical clinic in the Greater Toronto Area and co-owner and operator of a pharmaceutical company before it was acquired by a publicly traded company. With over 20 years of accounting and finance experience in organizations ranging from large multi-nationals to smaller start-ups, Nidhi also offers valuable expertise in financial reporting and controls. Nidhi has taught accounting and business administration courses at York University’s School of Continuing Studies and has drawn from her CPA designation and Risk Management certification to provide financial advisory services for small businesses. In addition to Board experience in the private sector, she is a passionate volunteer with non-profits, treasurer of Lumenus Community Services, and a former board member for the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences.