BlueDot protects people around the world from infectious diseases with human and artificial intelligence.
BlueDot protects people around the world from infectious diseases with human and artificial intelligence. We help governments protect their citizens, hospitals protect their staff and patients, and businesses protect their employees and customers.
Our team understands the complexity of the challenge in front of us – and that the urgency to solve the problem has never been greater. We’ve combined our public health and medical expertise with advanced data analytics to build solutions that track, contextualize, and anticipate infectious disease risks.
SARS spreads from Hong Kong to Toronto, causing an outbreak that cripples the city with 44 deaths and $2 billion in losses.
After completing his training as a physician specializing in infectious diseases and public health in New York City, Dr. Kamran Khan returns to Toronto just before the city’s SARS outbreak begins.
To understand how infectious diseases can spread worldwide, Dr. Khan launches BioDiaspora – a scientific research program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto studying how the world’s population is connected through commercial air travel.
The BioDiaspora program is used to predict the global wavefront of the first influenza pandemic of the 21st century, with findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
BioDiaspora partners with Public Health England to evaluate local risks from global infectious diseases as the world converges in London for the summer Olympics. The approach is published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases.
To support growth prospects, BioDiaspora completes a seed round with Horizons Ventures, a private investment of Sir Li Ka-shing, and renames the company to BlueDot – a metaphor for our small world.
Ebola spreads throughout West Africa, with over 11,000 deaths. Using risk models that leverage billions of passenger itineraries, BlueDot predicts the migration of Ebola out of West Africa, publishing its results in The Lancet.
Zika lands in and spreads from Brazil, causing up to $18B in economic damages. This outbreak is also linked to a new symptom: microcephaly in newborns of women infected with Zika virus.
Using our risk assessment models, we predict an outbreak of Zika in Florida, six months before it actually occurred.
BlueDot launches Insights, delivering timely global surveillance of infectious disease threats around the world for healthcare organizations and businesses. Insights provides actionable intelligence for healthcare workers and employees on the front lines.
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Tackling a complex problem like infectious disease requires a diverse team.We're a talented team of leading experts in clinical medicine, epidemiology, data science, public health, spatial analytics, software development, and designers.
Kamran is a practicing infectious disease physician and an Associate Professor of Medicine with the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Toronto. After completing his training in infectious diseases, preventive medicine, and public health at Cornell, Columbia, and Harvard, he returned to Toronto just before SARS crippled the city during the 2003 outbreak. Deeply motivated by this event, Kamran has dedicated his career to finding solutions that help the world better prepare for and respond to tomorrow’s infectious disease threats.
Lindsay is passionate about growing companies that have a life-changing impact on their customers, and has a broad range of experience working across both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining BlueDot, Lindsay managed a leading Microsoft partner's marketing efforts in London, oversaw the Clinton Health Access Initiative's malaria programs across East Africa, and led Fenix International's Customer Experience division in Uganda. Lindsay holds a Bachelor's degree in Arts (Honours) in Political Science & International Development from Queen's University, and a certificate in Marketing from the London School of Marketing.
An innovative and accomplished Senior Financial Executive with over 25 years of solid Canadian, US, and international experience in a variety of roles and organizations. Demonstrated success in business planning and analysis, effective financial control, strategic focus, system integrations and conversions, statutory and management reporting, treasury, and tax. Kevin is also involved in education having taught finance courses in-class since 2009, including both undergraduate and continuing education. Kevin is a CPA, CA, MBA.
Mike served as Senior Director at Fio Corporation focusing on diagnosing and managing infectious diseases using machine learning and cloud computing technologies.
Earlier at Merge, now a part of IBM, Mike worked on advanced PACS systems – medical software used by radiologists around the world.
Mike’s passion is leading talented software professionals to their personal best and to team excellence while working on a socially sustainable projects.
Mike holds a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from AGH University of Science and Technology. He has authored and coauthored several patents.
James leads the product and data visualization design team in setting the design strategy and architecting user-centric solutions. Prior to BlueDot, he led design teams in public and private sectors, and lectured sessionally at OCAD University. He holds a Master’s degree in Knowledge Media Design from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Combinatorics & Optimization from the University of Waterloo.
Alexander Watts is an infectious disease ecologist specializing in landscape ecology and spatial epidemiology. This quantitative background is applied to BlueDot’s zoonotic and vector-borne disease research strategies, environmental modeling efforts, disease mapping, and surveillance. Alexander holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto Department of Ecology and Evolution and an Master’s degree in Science from the University of Calgary in the departments of Geography and Veterinary Medicine.
Matthew has a diverse background in molecular and epidemiological infectious disease research with on the ground experience in the Canadian Arctic and abroad. He holds a Master's degree in Molecular Immunology and Virology from McGill University and a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology.
Robb leads BlueDot’s culture, people, and talent initiatives. He is a seasoned professional and brings over 12 years of HR experience to BlueDot. Robb has held multiple leadership positions while working at a number of leading and fast-paced organizations such as Klick, Randstad, and Ernst & Young. Additionally, Robb brings significant entrepreneurial experience to BlueDot. He has started and operated multiple profitable small businesses. While leading the People team at Klick, the organization grew from 375 employees to almost 700 while being recognized as the 8th Best Place to Work in the country. He is a member of MaRS’ Tech Talent Advisory Council which is focused on alleviating the talent challenges facing Toronto's fast-growing tech ecosystem.
Isaac is an infectious disease physician with training in tropical medicine and global health. Dr. Bogoch completed his training in infectious diseases at the Harvard Medical School, holds a Master's degree in clinical epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, and trained in tropical medicine at the Gorgas Memorial Institute and Instituto de Medicina Tropical in Lima, Peru. His clinical practice is based at the Toronto General Hospital and he is an Assistant Professor of Medicine with the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Toronto.
Jennifer holds a Master's degree in epidemiology and manages BlueDot’s international clients and partners, including the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Prior to BlueDot, she worked on the BioDiaspora academic research program at St. Michael's Hospital for six years coordinating research activities for government and academic stakeholders and before that spent 10 years in the private sector specializing in technology and license management.
Ali is a firm believer in the value of creating unique customer experiences by using design thinking and a humanistic approach to sales. At BlueDot he is tasked with leading sales and business development activities in the public and private sector.
Ali has worked in enterprise sales for over 12 years with companies like the Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal and Thomson Reuters. Prior to joining BlueDot, Ali was the founder of Hanali, a boutique consulting firm focussed on scaling up sales teams.
John is interested in the process of business building and delivering outsized results. He is passionate about sustainable business, early stage growth, and data-driven decision making. He has experience both as a founder and as an M&A banker. Before joining BlueDot, John co-founded a social impact consumer technology company in New York. Prior to that, John was an investment banker in New York where he advised companies on M&A transactions and capital raising. John graduated from the University of Western Ontario where he studied finance.
Tiffany leads marketing & communications strategy and execution at BlueDot. Prior to joining BlueDot, she held a diverse set of marketing and communications positions in technology, nonprofit health, and book publishing. With more than 12 years of progressive digital marketing experience and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from MacEwan University, she’s passionate about helping tech brands tell compelling stories and reach audiences through multichannel campaigns.
Carmen is a Spatial Analyst with experience in health geography, spatial decision support, and spatial statistics. At BlueDot, she leverages GIS to provide insights to decision makers on topics such as resource allocation and emergency response to infectious disease. Carmen holds a Master’s degree in Spatial Analysis from Ryerson University.
Kieran is a geospatial data analyst specializing in ecological determinants of health, environmental data, and urban systems. At BlueDot, he works on modelling and mapping data relevant to zoonotic and vector-borne infectious diseases. Kieran holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environment and Geographic Information Systems from McGill University.
Deepit is an epidemiologist and project coordinator at BlueDot. Previously, he worked on population health studies as an analyst at the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences. He also has field experience in TB research in India. Deepit has a Bachelor's degree in Science from McGill University, where he studied the ecological determinants of health, and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto.
Dr. Andrea Thomas is a veterinary epidemiologist with experience in quantitative and spatial epidemiology. She has previously worked on projects involving evaluation of West Nile virus surveillance in Ontario and enhanced surveillance for livestock disease detection. Andrea’s expertise in the domains of zoonoses and animal population health, and her quantitative and spatial analytic skills support the BlueDot Analytics, Data Engineering and Development teams. Andrea holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a Masters in Epidemiology from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, and is currently a PhD Candidate in Epidemiology within the department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College.
Ashleigh is an epidemiologist with extensive experience modeling infectious diseases of public health importance. In her role at BlueDot, she supports the development of models for infectious disease risk assessment, prediction, and surveillance. She holds an MSc from McGill University, an MPH and PhD from the University of Toronto, and recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University.
Basam is a software architect and developer with over 15 years of experience in programming and GIS technologies. He architected, developed, supported and maintained successful applications in many sectors including finance, medicine, and academia. Basam holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology from Abertay University and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
Vivian holds a Master's degree in Spatial Analysis from Ryerson and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from York. She curates, manages and analyzes BlueDot’s many large datasets.
Rahnuma is a programmer with experience in software analysis, design and development covering both desktop and mobile application environments. Rahnuma received her Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan.
Anson is a developer that specializes in web development and GIS technologies. Prior to BlueDot, he created various applications for both public and insurance sectors. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geomatics from the University of Waterloo and is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Spatial Analysis from Ryerson University.
Kevin is a developer with a passion for full-stack web development. He has experience developing web application platforms and Android applications, having previously worked at a healthcare technology and research company. Kevin holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.
Norman is QA analyst with much experience in software testing. Prior to BlueDot, he worked as Sr. QA at Deloitte and Scotiabank. Norman has a Bachelor’s degree in industrial automation.
Jennifer is a visual and interaction designer with an interest in empathizing with users’ emotions and behaviours. Coming from a traditional graphic design background, she has had previous experience working on a range of branding, print, campaign, and product material at various agencies. She holds a Bachelor of Design (Honours) from the York/Sheridan Joint Program in Design.
Meghan is a user experience designer, who enjoys developing holistic solutions to problems, while maintaining an eye for detail throughout the process. She brings a variety of product design experience from organizations both locally and in the US. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo. When not designing, you can find her baking for the office while pursuing a certificate in Culinary Arts.
Adriano has deep expertise in geodatabase design, web-GIS development, and the consumption, analysis of and visualization of data services through satellite data. He holds a Master's degree in Spatial Analysis from Ryerson University.
Sonya is a data engineer with strong GIS expertise. She specializes in geoprocessing workflows for visualization, analysis and data warehousing. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geographic Analysis and is pursuing a certification in Data Analytics, Big Data, and Predictive Analytics, both at Ryerson University.
Jaimie is a GIS Analyst with experience in health geography, advanced GIS techniques, and spatial decision analysis. At BlueDot, she provides daily geoprocessing support and database maintenance. She holds a Bachelor’s degree with honours in Geographic Analysis from Ryerson University.
Greg is a data scientist at BlueDot. He works on using machine learning to help predict epidemic outbreaks and to improve surveillance of existing outbreaks. He previously worked as a data scientist at RBC and the University of Oxford. His dream job is one which helps makes the world a better place, with challenging problems and a diverse group of interesting coworkers. So basically, BlueDot. He has PhD in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.
Jack is a data engineer with a strong understanding of spatial data. He applies his interests in GIS and programming at BlueDot by developing custom processes to add meaning to complex data sets and automate the flow of data into the company's products. Jack holds a Bachelor's degree in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of Waterloo, specializing in geomatics.
Yuriy is a data engineer with experience in data modeling, full stack software development, and open source GIS. At BlueDot, he works on automated data workflows and database maintenance. Yuriy holds a Bachelor's degree in Urban Studies from the University of Toronto along with a certificate as a GIS Applications Specialist from Fleming College.
Hernan is a physician specialized in Internal Medicine. He brings clinical and public health expertise to a wide range of BlueDot activities, including building up the organization's knowledge foundations and consulting on various research and development projects. Hernan finished his training in Internal Medicine at the Hospital Universitario de Maracaibo and La Universidad Del Zulia in Venezuela.
Mariana is a physician with Pediatric specialization and Masters Degrees on Clinical and Research in Infectious Diseases. She brings her clinical and research expertise in Surveillance activities at BlueDot. She recently finished an Infectious Diseases Fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.
Rahim is a senior biostatistician and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto with deep expertise in spatiotemporal statistical modelling and predictive analytics. Rahim holds a Ph.D. in Statistics and a Master's degree in Biostatistics from the University of Toronto.
Michael has 15 years of experience in a leadership role in GIS, IT Systems and Computer Networking at Ryerson University. He enhances the workflow and capabilities of the BlueDot team by providing GIS and IT infrastructure and exploring new technologies. He holds a Master’s degree in Spatial Analysis from the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.
As the Financial Controller at BlueDot, Greg oversees all day-to-day accounting functions. This includes being responsible for the accounting systems and procedures, tax and regulatory filings, payroll, and operations. Greg is a CPA, CA and attained his Diploma in Accounting at McGill University. His professional background includes working as an auditor at a mid-sized firm in Toronto and as a Financial Accountant for a condominium developer servicing the GTA.
Beatrice provides administrative coordination for day-to-day operations to the team. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources and Economics from the University of Toronto.