Alma Barranco-Mendoza, PhD
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Alma has over 25 years of professional experience in the scientific and technology sectors. A seasoned business executive, she has worked as Chief Information Officer of the Canadian Space Society and Trinity Western University (TWU), where she was also a tenured professor in Computing and Information Systems and Biotechnology from 2004-2012. She also was Founding Co-Director of the TWU Gender Studies Institute and founding member of the TWU Institute of Chronic Conditions and Ageing. After TWU, she worked at NerdForce, an international technology and cloud solutions company, as COO and VP of Business Development in Canada.
She has received numerous academic and research awards, published over a dozen scientific publications and is a regular invited speaker in business, health, and technology conferences, seminars and executive summits. Most recently she received the 2015 Frost & Sullivan CIO Impact Award in Enterprise Social Networking and was a finalist for the 2015 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Technology, Science and Research.
Alma holds a PhD in Computing Science focused on Artificial Intelligence and Health Informatics from Simon Fraser University, a MSc in Applications of Modelling in the Natural and Social Sciences and a B.Sc. Hons. in Computer Sc. and Mathematics from Trent University. In addition she has done numerous independent courses on Business, Leadership, Accounting, Operations, Project Management, and Sales.