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Program Director, Precision Health

Vancouver, BC
Full Time
5 days ago


Fast facts about the Digital Technology Supercluster

Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster is an industry-led innovation consortium centered in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Supercluster brings together small, medium-sized and large companies, post-secondary institutions, research and not-for-profit organizations, enabling them to collaborate in ambitious technology projects that will innovate the natural resources, healthcare and industrial sectors. The Supercluster then co-invests and supports these projects, managing investments provided by the Government of Canada and the public and private organizations which constitute its membership, with the ultimate goal to position Canada as a global leader in innovation and digital technologies.

What is a Supercluster?

A supercluster is an innovation hotbed that is home to strong industrial clusters, linked through their shared reliance on specialized inputs, including technologies, talent and infrastructure. Superclusters offer strong and numerous linkages across sectors, and between private companies, public entities, post-secondary institutions, and research and government partners. Superclusters create a strong brand and competitive advantage that translates into global recognition and impact, the ability to attract talent and investment across highly innovative industries, and exceptional performance, including an outsize impact on job creation and GDP.

Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster is a proud member of a national network of five Canadian, industry-led innovation superclusters. Over the next five years, the federal government has committed to investing up to 950 million dollars in its five superclusters to drive major economic, social and industrial benefits for the country.

Why Digital Technology?

More data has been created in the last two years than in the entirety of human history, but less than 0.5% of this data has ever been analyzed. Unlocking the potential of data will establish Canada as a global leader in digital technology in the era of the intelligent enterprise. The Digital Technology Supercluster will leverage virtual mixed/augmented reality, data analytics and quantum computing to create scalable, applicable solutions that address key industry problems and advance economic opportunities for Canadians by applying data in new and innovative ways. Find out more at



Program Directors for the Digital Technology Supercluster are thought leaders who combine vision of the future of digital technologies with experience in science, corporate R&D, academic labs, program management, startups, or the public sector. Program Directors lead the Digital Technology Supercluster programs, working with Supercluster members through ideation, proposal development, review, selection and project management.  

What makes a successful Program Director? 

Successful Program Directors display a willingness to dive deeply into technical areas that might be outside of their immediate areas of expertise. They relish forming, leading, and working closely with project teams to solve daunting technical, technological and commercial problems. , Supercluster Program Directors are powerful advocates for disruptive change through the use of digital technologies who actively communicate new ideas to a wide range of stakeholders.  

What do Program Directors do? 

The Digital Technology Supercluster’s commercially astute and technically skilled Program Directors have a passion for changing the world through new, advanced digital technologies combined with the ability to do so. Program Directors join as experienced professionals who leverage their deep technical knowledge, desire for direct impact, and passion for digital technologies to drive the evolution and creation of new projects in focused subject areas while successfully managing a portfolio of sophisticated commercial oriented projects. Program Directors influence the direction of Canadian digital innovation by: 

  • Identifying technology “white space” where Supercluster projects can have maximum impact. 
  • Working with innovation communities, future customers and stakeholders to evolve the concepts for a focused technology program. 
  • Establishing rigorous and aggressive goals for the program including detailed technical milestones and other program activities. 
  • Developing strong and trusted relationships with Supercluster members. 
  • Working closely with Supercluster members as consortia prepare proposals 
  • Evaluating proposals and recommending projects for award selection in focused technology and open programs. 
  • Actively managing a portfolio of high impact innovations projects. 
  • Engaging as a thought leader with world-class researchers in academia and industry, entrepreneurs, and government officials.  

What will the Precision Health Program achieve? 

The objective of the Precision Health Program is to propel Canada to become the world’s most effective and efficient healthcare delivery system. The healthcare system of the future will be data-driven, predictive and delivering therapies, treatment plans with a precision never possible before resulting in greater efficiencies and effectiveness of the healthcare system overall and better outcomes for individuals. The future of healthcare delivery will be founded on data to: 

  • Predict and prevent disease.
  • Diagnose more precisely.
  • Personalize targeted interventions.
  • Engage, inform and empower patients, professionals and caregivers.

To attain these goals, new, innovative, digital technologies for healthcare delivery systems are needed. The development of these technologies requires understanding complex system interdependencies Through the Precision Health program, the Digital Technology Supercluster seeks to identify and develop innovative technologies and platforms that enable the healthcare ecosystem to mature their designs for future commercial deployment. These technologies will establish the basis for a precise, personalized healthcare system in Canada, and around the world. 

 Within 5 years the Precision Health Program will, amongst other things: 

  • Provide Canadians with their health data and insights in a way that works with their caregivers with a special emphasis on enabling remote, universal access within a secure an environment.
  • Deliver Canada’s Indigenous peoples access to next-generation treatments.
  • Introduce health therapies tailored to individualized genomic profiles with a priority on managing chronic diseases.
  • Demonstrate systemic cost-effectiveness and improvements in health outcomes.
  • Develop world leading approaches to privacy, security, access, consent and leveraging of health data. 

The Digital Supercluster provides Program Directors with: 

  • Exposure to and a deep of understanding of innovative technologies. 
  • Engagement with leading technical experts and innovators. 
  • Contextualization of technical innovation within a highly market-driven economy. 
  • Unparalleled freedom to design new focal areas. 


Reporting to the CTO, Program Directors will be responsible for program development, project management and thought leadership. Specific responsibilities include: 

Program Development: Through appropriate technical and market analysis and engagement with the Digital Technology Supercluster team and innovation communities both internal and external to the Supercluster region (typically through a focused workshop), the PD must become a thought leader in one or more areas of digital technology. The PD must constantly evolve the concept for a Supercluster program, through priority areas, and defend it in the face of challenging but constructive criticism from the Supercluster team. Following successful development of the program concept, the PD leads the drafting of Call for Proposals and all stages of the procurement process, including independent review of concept papers and full applications, culminating in award recommendations. 

Project Management: Active management of the projects within the PD’s portfolio, from award negotiation, including full development of technical milestones and intellectual property/commercialization strategy, through award completion. This requires extensive, “hands on” work with the projects. The PD is responsible for adjusting, re‐scoping, extending, or cancelling projects during the performance period. The PD’s project portfolio includes all projects in his/her program area(s) and may include other ongoing Supercluster projects as required. 

Other Duties: Represents the Digital Technology Supercluster as a clear thought leader within Canada and to the external R&D community. Develops “lessons learned” and best practices as part of continual improvement in how Supercluster does business. Evaluates PD and PM candidates. Leads or serves on ad hoc groups of PDs as required for specific tasks. 


  • Strong vision relative to the future of economies and society resulting from transformational digital technologies. 
  • Relevant digital-related experience in industry, technology investment and/or academia. 
  • Ability to span science, commercial and engineering systems with the ability to understand market requirements and realities, preferably with experience in starting a company and/or delivering a product to market. 
  • Strong background in program management, and technology transfer. 
  • Demonstrated leadership in communicating a vision and bringing different communities together to catalyze something new; clear and authoritative decision-making. 
  • Deeply knowledgeable in at least one scientific/engineering/clinical area with demonstrated creativity/originality – using new approaches and connecting seemingly disparate ideas. 

-          Discovered, developed and commercialized new products and innovations.

-          Implemented new innovations into clinical practice.

-          Established shared infrastructure to support the development of new technologies, research and/or practice.

-          Has led and participated in application development activities for industrial applications.

-          Managed complex technology development activities.

-          Managed complex clinical adoption activities.

-          Served as a technical adviser to the Boards or Executive Management of medium or large organizations, start-ups, government bodies or associations.

-          Supported other innovation intermediaries (VCs, NFPs etc.) by assessing commercial and strategic value of new opportunities.

-          Experienced in development, scale-up and licensing of new technologies.

-          Has undertaken techno-economic analysis, long-term portfolio management and funding decisions.

-          Led a multidisciplinary team to develop new technologies.

-          Managed collaborative industry-university projects.

-          Forged strategic alliances and global partnerships with multinationals, universities, and venture capital firms.

-          Has demonstrable expertise in developing technology strategy, marketing research, strategic planning and business development, and helped to launch several early stage business ventures.

-          Leaps tall buildings in a single bound.

  • Passionate about solving challenges using digital technologies, even if lacking previous direct experience in science and technology. 
  • Comfort with a high level of risk and uncertainty; ability to be flexible with regard to technical area, market assessment, and workload (substantial travel may be required). 
  • Masters-level degree preferably in a science, engineering or similar discipline is an asset. 

Especially relevant backgrounds include, but are not limited to: 

Precision Health | Privacy and Security | Bioinformatics | Software Development | Big Data | Heatlhcare Information Technology | Informatics | Healthcare Management | Medical Devices | Electronic Health Records | Clinical Research | Clincial Trials | Public Health | e-health 

Job opportunity details: 

  • Initial term of hire is three years, with renewal options. 
  • Location: Vancouver, BC Canada



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