Team Members

Dave BarrettDavid Barrett
Assistant Professor, Operations Management
Executive Director, Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation
Chair, Bone and Joint Institute, Research and Business Advisory Committee

David is an assistant professor of operations management at the Ivey Business School. David is also a Certified Management Accountant and a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. His research is focused on the organizational factors that influence the successful adoption of Lean Management in health care.

Prior to Ivey, David previously worked as a global strategy consultant for Adventis Consulting, specializing in the telecommunications and technology industries and as a management consultant at Axia Consulting, leading cross-functional project teams focused on new product development and supply chain optimization in the pharmaceutical, medical device and fast moving consumer goods industries. His work in Canada, United States, Mexico, Germany and the United Kingdom involved collaborating with companies including Pfizer, Kinetic Concepts, Cadbury, Microsoft, Sprint, Bell Canada and Tufts Medical Centre.

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Lisa BitacolaLisa Bitacola
Centre Manager, Projects and Operations

Lisa is the Centre Manager of Projects and Operations. She has a BA Honors in Psychology from King’s University College at Western University and an MA in Social Psychology from Simon Fraser University. Her Master’s research focused on intergroup relations and collective action. Before coming to the Centre, Lisa managed the development of a state-of-the-art behavioural research lab at Ivey and pioneered an undergraduate mentorship program for volunteer research assistants.


Andrew ScarffeAndrew Scarffe
Research Associate

Andrew is a research associate for the Centre. He earned his Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters of Science from Western University. His Master’s research sought to start the creation of an academically defensible body of literature that explored the nature of the globalization in health care and international agreements amongst Ontario Academic Health Science Centres. Recently, he was invited to be a Guest Lecturer, on behalf of TRU World and Thompson Rivers University, for the Beijing Municipal Education Commission’s Leadership Institute in Beijing, China. Having been actively involved in leadership positions across various organizations, Andrew has led multiple change management strategies and group facilitations for over 1,000 student volunteers and has overseen fundraising efforts that have grossed >$170,000 in revenue. Andrew’s research at the Centre is predominantly focused on international health system performance.


Alexander SmithAlexander Smith
Research Associate

Alexander is a qualitative researcher for the Centre. His Master’s research focused on studying the corporate values of hospital CEOs and their negotiation between system and patient values. He has an MSc, HBA, and HBSc from the Ivey Business School and Western University, and has published multiple academic case studies and peer-reviewed publications all focused on the health sector. His research at the Centre is focused on supply chain optimization in health care.


Kaitlin SaxtonKaitlin Saxton
Research Associate

Kaitlin is a research associate for the Centre. She has a BSc from Western University and an MSc from Duke University. Her Master’s studies focused on global health research methods and her research focused on the positive influences of grandparent-grandchild interactions in rural Sri Lanka. Kaitlin’s interests are in health system design and optimization, as well as access to care.  


Elizabeth ChoiElizabeth Choi
Finance Manager

Prior to joining Ivey, Elizabeth spent over 8 years working around the globe within the financial industry, for both private and public sector organizations.  Her experience included Portfolio Management and Financial Markets Trading for organizations including TD Asset Management, TD Securities, Barclays Capital (US, UK, Singapore), and The Bank of Canada.  After her extensive experience in finance, Elizabeth left to start her own venture, where she successfully grew her business to profitability and eventually sold to focus on other opportunities.  She is currently on her second venture in the medical innovation realm, and is conducting clinical trials with a major Toronto hospital.  Through this venture, Elizabeth has developed firsthand knowledge pertaining to the challenges of translating medical technologies into Ontario’s health care industry. This experience has inspired Elizabeth to develop more efficient and value based processes to steer the adoption of smart innovative technologies within Ontario’s health care system.  


Dan RossDan Ross 
Business Development

Dan Ross is the past Chair of the London Health Sciences Centre Foundation Board of Directors. Prior to his position as Chair, Ross was the Executive Vice President and Corporate Counsel of Crystallex International Corporation, and former managing partner of the London office of McCarthy Tetrault. He is a St. Thomas native, and a graduate of the Law School at the University of Western Ontario. Ross still has ties to Western as a Director with the Richard Ivey School of Business and its Foundation. Ross is also a dedicated volunteer in the London community and a former Chair of the London Health Sciences Foundation.

Among his many varied commitments was his appointment by the Province of Ontario as a Commissioner on the Health Services Restructuring Commission where he served from 1996 to 2000.

Aleksander StosicAleksandar Stosic
Government Relations

Through his boutique government relations firm Stosic & Associates, Aleks leverages top tier political relationships and policy development know-how to build consortia of support behind strategic business development projects on large and complex files for a host of blue chip firms and organizations. 

Prior to opening his own practice, Aleks held senior advocacy positions in the private sector as well as the Toronto Region Board of Trade before being asked by the Premier's Office to serve as Executive Director to Ontario's Minister of Economic Development, Infrastructure, and Trade.

While at Queen's Park, Aleks ushered in new sector growth strategies for several Ontario sectors, including food and beverage, advanced manufacturing, and health sciences. He also led the safe passage of the Partnerships for Jobs and Growth Act and Better Business Climate Act.

Aleks was an integral part of the team at the Toronto Region Board of Trade that developed a campaign to win public support and Ontario government buy-in for specific revenue tools for transit expansion.