Executive Management Team
Trevor Gascoyne, M.Sc., P.Eng
President & CEO
As the President & CEO, Trevor is focused on leading research and development initiatives to improve orthopaedic medicine and enhance the safety and efficacy of medical devices. Through investing in local talent, he develops meaningful collaborations with both national and international groups to advance the state of orthopaedic care in Canada and around the world.
Trevor also serves as the Canadian Chair of the ISO Implants for Surgery – Bone and joint replacements subcommittee and is the General Manager of the Canadian RSA (radiostereometric analysis) Network.
Meaghan Coates, B.Sc., P.Eng
Director of Engineering Operations
Meaghan’s past experience in prosthetic design has given her a breadth of knowledge in kinematics and wear testing. Always looking at the larger picture, she keeps the end user in mind while focusing on minor details. Through managing diverse projects she is knowledgeable on a myriad of standards and stays up to date on industry protocol. Meaghan works to ensure your projects are managed efficiently with quality service delivered.
Christiaan Righolt, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Research
Christiaan is an engineer, data scientist, epidemiologist, and assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Manitoba. He has experience in quantitative health research methods in statistics, big data, image analysis, and machine learning. He has applied these methods in cancer research, infectious disease epidemiology, and orthopedics in studies ranging from small pre-clinical studies to massive administrative database studies. Christiaan has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal publications and obtained over $8 million in research grant funding as a (co-)investigator in local, national, and international research studies.
Biomedical Engineering & Services Group
Ian Polyzois, Ph.D., EIT
Mechanical Engineer, Technical Lead – PPE/FEA Simulation
Ian joined the Orthopaedic Innovation Centre in 2019. His background in materials science R&D and forensic engineering allows him to think outside the box to ensure that our customer’s designs are well-optimized and meet performance requirements. Ian focuses his time on developing finite element models and carrying out virtual testing, simulations, and advanced materials evaluation.
Sarah Fay, M. Sc., EIT
Biomedical Engineer, Technical Lead – Joint Replacement
Sarah joined the OIC in 2021 as a Biomedical Engineer after completing her master’s in materials engineering. Her research was focused on microstructural analysis and corrosion behaviour of additive manufactured biomedical alloys. Her previous experience in the hydro industry provided a strong background in project management. Sarah is focused on managing long term wear projects for new and existing orthopaedic implants.
Sara Gustafson, M.Sc., P.Eng
Senior Biomedical Engineer, Technical Lead – Spine & Osteosynthesis
Sara joined the OIC in 2015, then achieved her master’s degree in biomedical engineering where she studied additive manufacturing for medical applications. She has years of experience at the OIC with biomechanical testing, implant failure analysis, precision measurement, particle analysis, and clinical research. Sara is keen on understanding projects start to finish and delivering quality results. Her focus is keeping up to date with the spine and osteosynthesis market.
Clinical & Biomedical Research Group
Sarah Tran, CCRP
Sarah joined the OIC in 2010. She is a member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA), and is responsible for conducting clinical trials following good clinical practices (GCP). She ensures trials are conductedaccurately and ethically, as defined by the Declaration of Helsinki, as well as by the International Conference on Harmonization Guidelines (ICH).
Clinical Research Assistant
Anna joined the OIC in 2019. Before she moved to Canada, she was a registered nurse in South Korea serving orthopaedic and rehabilitation patients as well as coordinating research on stomach, head, and neck cancers at the National Cancer Centre. Anna manages the orthopaedic database system for the Concordia Joint Replacement Group and assists with numerous clinical trials.
Physician Support Team
Thomas Turgeon, MD, B.Sc., MPH, FRCSC
Dr. Turgeon completed his Orthopaedic Residency at the University of Saskatchewan and in 2003, attained a Fellowship in adult Reconstructive Surgery at the Arthritis Surgery Center of San Diego. He attained a Master’s of Public Health and Epidemiology at the University of California San Diego.
Collin Burnell, MD, B.Sc., FRCSC
Dr. Burnell completed a Bachelor of Science and his medical training at University of Manitoba. He then completed his Orthopedic Residency at the University of Manitoba 2002, attained a Fellowship in Adult Hip and Knee reconstruction at the University of Manitoba.
Eric Bohm, MD, B.Eng., M.Sc., FRCSC
Dr. Bohm completed his Orthopedic Residency at the University of Saskatchewan and in 2001, attained a Fellowship in primary and revision arthroplasty at Dalhousie University. In 2002, Dr. Bohm completed a MSc in Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University.
David Hedden, MD, B.Sc., FRCSC
Dr. Hedden completed his Internship at Addington Hospital, Natal University Medical School, South Africa Rotations. He then completed his Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Manitoba 1997, attained a Clinical Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction and Trauma at the University of Toronto.